A few of you are gonna be all over this one…
Because it harks back to my biggest journalistic faux pas. Everyone makes errors, don’t kid yourself – every writer, reporter, editor. It’s not exclusive to just me or the Scribe.
But before we delve into my greatest, all-time writing blunder, I want to let you in on a secret. While errors of any sort are big time frowned upon at the Kansas City Star, the journalists who make them are not above trying to get away with them without publishing a correction…if they possibly can.
To illustrate this point I’m going to share a couple of big ones that went uncorrected by Star staffers. Continue reading
This just in…
Movie industry tracker Deadline reports great news for fans of the critically acclaimed and box office hit SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Its director David O. Russell has tapped Jennifer Lawrence to star opposite Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner in a yet untitled new drama.
Untitled? Continue reading
With the Buzz Beach Ball out of the way, all eyes turn to the second coming of the locally-produced music fest known as Kanrocksas…
Beach Ball’s pending move to September clears the way for Kanrocksas to go down hassle free in terms of getting local alternative rock radio station The Buzz to accept its promotional ads for the June 28/29 fest at Kansas Speedway.
Now if Kanrocksas can just come up with acts attendees are willing to shell out $175 to $200 per person to see. Continue reading
About this summer’s alt rock showdown in June between the Buzz Beach Ball and Kanrocksas…
Call off the dogs of war.
Entercom station The Buzz is moving its Beach Ball concert date at Livestrong – I mean, Sporting Park – from June to September, sources say.
Word on the street is Beach Ball was having a hard time finding marquee acts for a hoped-for June 8th date. Continue reading
The handicap parking was packed an hour before showtime…
Not exactly a big surprise since the headliner was iconic, 79 year-old comic Carol Burnett. Clearly this was no Lady Gaga concert crowd.
That said, my first encounter of the evening was with a 20-something hipster couple dressed as if they’d made a wrong turn on the way to the Record Bar. Pitch readers, I suppose.
“She’s an INSTITUTION,” the dude said. “Some of my best childhood memories are of my mom and me watching her reruns.” Continue reading
Think of it as the ultimate Jayhawk tribute…
It’s no secret Saturday Night Live funny guy Jason Sudeikis bleeds KU blue. Sudeikis even wrote an SNL sketch for Jack Black that was set in iconic Lawrence bar The Wheel and has been known to sport KU shorts on the show’s set.
Not to mention he’s been seen around Lawrence while here to attend basketball games with his fiance, actress Olivia Wilde.
Now sources say Sudeikis and wild are taking it to the limit and planning to marry here in Lawrence, possibly at the historic Eldridge Hotel downtown. Continue reading
If you’ve seen the TV spots promoting A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD you pretty well know what this movie is all about…
Namely 98 minutes of rolling gun battles, explosions, violence and car chases. All punctuated by semi-clever one-liners uttered by Bruce Willis.
Guess you’d call that truth in advertising. Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day! The convenience store in my hood is out of chocolates, so it looks like this year I’ll make another trip to the Flying J.
The hunt for the ex-police officer ended with a cabin fire and a corpse. Or was that my last trip to Lake of the Ozarks? I’ve had too much chocolate ale.
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Lemme tell you what I mostly know about Carol Burnett…
Along with Lucille Ball she was one of my mother’s favorites. Two looney ladies of the 50s, 60s and 70s – Burnett being the one who did the Tarzan yell.
Coupled with the fact that Thursday’s Burnett show at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts could sell out and the Pitch even recommended it, that speaks volumes for the staying power of the 79 year-old comedy legend.
What to expect? Not your standard issue senior citizen standup comedy show.
Burnett’s 90 minute throw down is – mostly anyway – an anything-could-happen Q&A session with the audience. They ask, she answers. It went down in Tucson recently late last month. Continue reading
There’s a school of thought among some Kansas City Star reporters – past and present – that fired former columnist Steve Penn‘s lawsuit against the newspaper didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades…
Penn got the ax a year and a half ago for including passages from press releases in his some of his columns.
But Penn didn’t just quietly get let go as is usually the case, the newspaper fired him, then burned him at the public stake.
That was then. Continue reading
This just in…
How did this one fly under the radar for so long? Turns out Wyandotte County export Eric Stonestreet – of “Modern Family” fame – has hooked up with late night television talk show host Jimmy Kimmel have joined forces.
In the uh, meat biz it would seem, according to the National Enquirer. Continue reading
Does everyone have all their shame-shopping finished up?
Only two more days, guys! Don’t eff it up.
If you just broke out in a cold sweat thinking of the brutal beating your old lady will lay on you if you come home empty handed, let me help you out. I’ll let you in on a little secret. A secret whispered in my ear by none other than Mr. Jim Rome about a thousand times over the last few weeks: There is nothing any woman wants more than some fucking berries dipped in chocolate and stuff!
Or maybe, I don’t know, take her out to a concert?…. Continue reading
Being a Criminal Defense Attorney, I’m used to defending people and actions that are, personally, repugnant…
So this is how I would defend Christopher Jordan Dorner. In case you don’t know who he is, Dorner is a former Lieutenant in the US Navy and a three-year veteran of the LAPD who went ballistic after being fired by the latter, and has accused the Los Angeles Police Department of continuing to use of force, racism, corruption then firing him for bringing up those issues. Continue reading
How far is too far?
Should a film critic stray beyond the bounds of reviewing the movie itself and wage a verbal assault upon an actor’s persona as well? That’s what veteran New York Observer critic Rex Reed did in a very negative review of IDENTITY THIEF starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.
Reed attacked McCarthy for her weight, referring to her as “cacophonous, tractor-sized,” a “female hippo,” a “screeching humongous creep” and – last but not least – “being obese and obnoxious with equal success.” Continue reading
Here’s the deal…
Things are going to heck in Lawrence after three straight losses by the KU men’s basketball team. You see, they’re a little spoiled. Actually, they’re a whole lot spoiled.
I think former KU coach Roy Williams was onto something when he described Kansas basketball fans as the “wine and cheese crowd.”
“If you don’t want to cheer for us, keep your big butts at home,” Williams added.
Since losing to TCU, those big wine and cheese-scarfing butts have been in an uproar. Practically suicidal, with the hyperbole flying off of the keyboards of sportswriters like there’s no tomorrow.
Case in point, this lollapalooza unleashed by Lawrence Journal World sports columnist-turned-doomsayer Tom Keegan: Continue reading
It’s gotten to be kinda like Groundhog Day, you know, the movie…
Every handful or so of months the powers that be at the Kansas City Star issue some sort of interoffice memo about how things are looking up and even toss in a cocktail party for the ad execs to celebrate. And then – whammo! – the next thing anybody knows, here comes another round of layoffs and or cutbacks.
Bait and switch? You make the call.
The latest? Continue reading
For the casual web user, there is a decided lack of genuinely interesting things happening on the internet. Oh sure, there are 8,000,000 cat videos—cats with human looking eyebrows, and cats whimsically sitting on record players and cats smoking cigarettes on the toilet—but for those who don’t like cats, the internet can often be mistaken for a barren wasteland of futility.
And though the tedium is occasionally punctuated by delightfully racist comments left under unrelated Yahoo! news stories about the “best burgers in America!” the internet is, for the most part, mostly pretty boring. Unless you know where to look, that is. Continue reading
Kansas City is #6 on the nation’s most ROMANTIC cities list. According to LIVABILITY.COM, ” Kansas City’s growing collection of performance venues, museums, shopping areas, sports attractions and eclectic eateries makes this Midwest metropolis a cosmopolitan playground perfect for lovers to explore.” The way I see it, any city is romantic as long as I have Twitter and Manti Te’o.
The Kansas City Star introduced a new and improved KansasCity.com, but I still can’t find the funny pages online.
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After a week that included stadium style shows from the likes of Lady Gaga and Kid Rock, this weekend offers up some real music, devoid of shtick, flair, and spectacle.
Though to be fair, it would be kind of cool to see Victor Wooten take the stage in a meat suit. Or anyone for that matter. But I digress.
To the pickmobile!
At long last somebody with a nose for news finally pinned former KCUR FM host Jabulani Leffall down long enough to ask – and get – the long awaited answers to tough questions as to why he bailed on the station with no warning at the end of his show a few weeks back.
And the answer is – drum roll, please – he’s nuts. Continue reading