Every afternoon join me for CLOCK WATCHER TRIVIA. At 4pm each day I give you a new question to ponder. If you are the first to correctly answer it, you can win! And it's great fun, as you wait for quitting time to roll around. Missed a question? Want to find out who won? You can get that here: 987theriver.com/pages/trivia.html
And don't forget THE DRIVE AT FIVE...an hour of commercial free music as you head home for the day, plus the traffic information you need.
Response was mixed on Facebook during NBC's three hour LIVE broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC with Carrie Underwood playing the character made famous by Julie Andrews.
Of course this was a stage version and not as glamorous as the original movie--with no doubt a smaller budget. But the show went off without any major hitch. For an effort geared to the small screen, I thought it was terrific. Here are some excerpts. Tell me what YOU thought of it...
You know about critics. We usually don't agree with them. Here is People Magazine's TV critic reviewing The Sound of Music:
Sound of Music Live Without Much Life, Says PEOPLE's TV Critic
By TOM GLIATTO
NBC's Sound of Music Live!, starring country star and American Idol
winner Carrie Underwood as trilling, hill-hiking governess Maria von
Trapp, was like a snow globe with scarcely any flakes.
You could turn it upside down and shake it, really shake it, but no
magic ever swirled around that plastic Alpine scene.
I can't imagine it supplanting the 1965 movie, with Julie Andrews
singing of warm woolen mittens and larks learning to pray in a voice so
purely crystalline it can induce brain freeze.
Underwood, in her first few scenes, suggested a towering Kristin
Chenoweth, but her voice never had much distinction or strength, and
her acting even less. When Maria began confronting her romantic
feelings for Captain Von Trapp
– moving beyond the asexual realms of
the convent and the nursery
– the emotions came trickling in
unexpectedly like water under a doorway.
The part, as written, is actually rather skimpy and even
interpretation-resistant. No one is expecting the "neurotic" Maria, the
"delusional" Maria, the "enigmatic" Maria. What's necessary, perhaps
even more than a great voice, are a presence, theatricality and
personality to make the part more than it is. In that regard,
Underwood, despite her blonde wholesome sunniness, was miscast.
True Blood's Stephen Moyer, looking like F. Scott Fitzgerald fortified
on a diet of vitamins and raw vegetables, didn't have much more luck as
the Captain. He did sing a nice "Edelweiss."
Neither performer was helped by the fact that the production stuck to
the original Broadway show, which premiered more than half a century
ago. It was full of business that might be delightful or even exciting
on a stage
– nuns gliding about while singing their alleluias,
characters racing up and down grand, sweeping staircases
– but on a
wide-screen television it tended to look like just that, lots and lots
of stage business.
The Von Trapp children kept rushing into group-hug formation as if they
were a tiny football team in lederhosen.
Why was this done live?
Audra McDonald, in a nun's habit, sang a tremendous "Climb Ev'ry
Mountain," and Laura Benanti made a luscious and surprisingly
sympathetic minx out of the Baroness.
FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA HAS DIED AT AGE 95.
Family have been gathering in Johannesburg for the past few hours where he was said to be on his deathbed.
He had been in poor health for the past few years.
CHATHAM COUNTY: Bring One for the Chipper set for January 4
Savannahians decking the halls are reminded to save those Christmas trees after the holidays are over for the Bring One for the Chipper recycling event.
Bring One for the Chipper will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at various locations. Christmas tree mulch will be used by the City for parks and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Savannah.
The free service is available at the following locations:
· Home Depot, 11180 Abercorn
· Home Depot, 190 Pooler Parkway
· Home Depot, 1901 Victory Drive
· Dean Forest Landfill, 1325 Dean Forest Rd.
· Bacon Park Transfer Station, Shorty Cooper Rd.
Bring One for the Chipper has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. The local event is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Georgia Power and Home Depot.
For more information, please contact Nathaniel Glover with the City of Savannah at 912-651-1967.
Today is the birthday of the iconic Walt Disney, born in 1901 and who passed away in 1966 at age 65. He created Mickey Mouse when he was 27 and even provided the voice for him!
Walt will be back in theaters, kinda sorta, when Tom Hanks plays him in the new movie "Saving Mr. Banks," about the making of "Mary Poppins"
HERE IS AN APP THAT REVEALS WHICH FACEBOOK FRIENDS SECRETLY HATE YOU!
We all have a few Facebook friends that we keep just so we can compare our lives to theirs. Now there's a new app that claims it can reveal which of your Facebook friends secretly hate you. HateWithFriends.com asks users to log in with their Facebook account before bringing up their list of Facebook friends and asking the user to reveal who they secretly "hate" by clicking on a button below each face. If the person being rated has also used the service and the "hatred" is mutual, the site will send an e-mail informing both parties. The creator of the app says it isn't meant to be taken seriously, and says, "It's meant to be some fun and social commentary on the current status of Facebook."
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On this day in 1901, Movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago. He died on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65. He created Mickey Mouse at age 27 and also was the original voice. Walt will be back in theaters when Tom Hanks plays him in the movie SAVING MR. BANKS this month:
On Dec. 20, CBS will rebroadcast "The Christmas Episode" of "I Love Lucy," and that's big news. But here's the kicker: The episode has been colorized.
Surreal? Yes. Legend has it that when "The Christmas Episode" first aired in December of 1956, star Lucille Ball had mixed feelings about it. (See "The Lucy Book: A Complete Guide to Her Five Decades on Television" by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman for more details.) For whatever reason, the holiday episode was taken out of syndication, much to the chagrin of the iconic series' massive fan base. And now, it's back.
In the sneak-peek clip below, Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) are untangling Christmas lights and singing "Jingle Bells" when Lucy decides to join in... in endearingly off-key fashion. The dynamics are evergreen, but the colors lend new life to the classic.
How red is Lucy's coif, you ask? See for yourself right here
Three kids got on a New York subway and re-enacted a scene from A CHRISTMAS STORY as others watched and enjoyed..