In a moment that any dog lover, newscaster, survivor – human being – would love, an Oklahoma tornado survivor finds her dog crawling out from under the rubble of her home – right in the middle of a live TV interview.
The footage, shown below, was taken by CBS, who asked Barbara Garcia to elaborate on the moment 200mph winds raced toward her home. While telling her story, she said that she "never lost consciousness," and "hollered for my little dog, but he didn’t answer and didn’t come, so I know he’s in here somewhere."
Miraculously, moments later, a member of the camera crew spotted a dog’s eyes and face moving from beneath a scrap of aluminum, and starts yelling, "Dog. Dog!’
Mrs. Garcia turns and crouches by the dog, lifting the aluminum, exclaiming with joy: "bless his little bitty heart."
"Well, I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK," she said. "But He’s answered both of them."
First off, we already know that right-wing nutjob Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has smoked crack cocaine. Secondly, that’s Canada’s problem—as far as I recall, the U.S. reelects crazy drug addicts without much fuss. Third of all, do you care about Gawker getting an exclusive video of this ruddy, racist, drugged-out mess, or the people who shot it getting a bunch of money for being there when he smoked crack cocaine? Man, for $200,000 I’ll win public office and smoke crack cocaine right in front of you. Deal.
At the moment, Gawker’s “Rob Ford Crackstarter” stands a little more than halfway from completion, meaning people have actually contributed—mindlessly wasted—$85,546 up to this point. Could this money have helped some inner-city addiction programs instead of going toward the downfall of a politician whose days are clearly numbered regardless? Who knows! We’ll only know that if the intended deal goes south and the money is rerouted. But when you throw $75 directly at a non-profit, you don’t get a public thank-you from the Gawker Twitter account, now do you.
Or, for a generous contribution of $1,000, you can go out to dinner with the Gawker Staff. I kind of wonder which of them would actually show up, and the perk description doesn’t mention who will be paying. All this cash is ostensibly going toward the travel/resettlement costs for the guys in danger for even possessing such a video, but given that they’re involved in the drug trade, are we at all worried this money might just go toward … crack cocaine? No? Cool.
Puppets made a huge comeback last year, with Disney’s Jason Segel and Amy Adams-starring The Muppets ruling over the holiday box office, fueled equally by positive reviews and even more positive word of mouth marketing Well, I’m happy to report that the film’s nearly nine-minute blooper reel, which you’ll find after the jump, is just as entertaining! Because who doesn’t love bloopers? [via ONTD]
The way we feel about the upcoming film What To Expect When You’re Expecting can be summed up from two things. The first is by Tyler’s post entitled What To Expect From What To Expect When You’re Expecting. The second is by the phrase: "We’re not that excited about it." However, this morning they released a new clip called "Dudes Group" in which fathers, with babies strapped onto their chests, commiserate about the indignities of fatherhood and the yank of the old Ball and Chain. As a new father—my son is almost five months old—I watched it with trepidation and awe. Is this really my future?
To get the exposition over with, this clip involves these fathers who are hanging out in Central Park talking about how they are gradually being asked to surrender those fetishistic items which, to them, denote masculinity. One character has a vintage Camaro but he is test-driving a minivan. Another looks at houses with his wife Holly but doesn’t think they are going to buy one. Chris Rock disabuses him of this notion. "Bro! Bro! Bro! When your wife says you’re just test-driving a minivan, you buying a minivan." [Note: the absense of the copula, a typical indicator of AAE used, in this case, to add, perhaps, street cred to the statement.]
Anyway, I watched this clip way too many times. But I keep thinking, a) it’s not funny and b) that it really indicates an approach to gender dynamics which is a hegemonic quicksand. It’s the worst trap and, unforunately, it’s one that is super easy to fall into. I don’t have a crew of Dad dudes with whom I meet up in Central Park. One of them isn’t always shirtless. I don’t have a perfectly calibrated racial mix. But the few times I have hung out with other fathers, bitching about the plight of fatherhood and domestication is always an easy way to build rapport. But it’s also the absolute worse. Sooner or later, it morphs into talking shit about your wife (or partner or whatever) which, sooner or later, begs the question: Why did you marry this person? To talk shit about them to fill up potentially awkward silences between acquantainces because you aren’t imaginative enough to think of other topics that aren’t simply reinforcing the stereotypical norms?
Also, what the fuck is wrong with a minivan? Why is it uncool or somehow unmasculine to want a car in which a carseat fits? That’s your kid in it.
Ultimately, the clip—and everything I’ve seen of the movie— is that it just suffers from a lack of imagination. Now whether this is the fault of it being a lazy movie or simply that it reflects stupid hegemonic stereotypes is immaterial. Isn’t the hegemony just kept in place by laziness anyway?
After a long battle with cancer, Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, aka "MCA," died yesterday at the age of 47. Yauch’s passing elicited tributes from all over the music world, including one from Coldplay–and its frontman, Chris Martin–during the band’s concert last night at the Hollywood Bowl. After the jump, watch Martin and Co’s acoustic rendition of the seminal Beastie Boys classic, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) [via ONTD]
We can all relax: Kanye West is doing something other than reality show stars. While the hip-hop genius has been seemingly dating both a lady and the paparazzi lately, reports coming out of Qatar say that West is working on an opus of a music video. According to The Hollywood Reporter, West has been camped out near Education City, a complex on the outskirts of Doha, working on a long-form video project with rapper Kid Cudi.
“It’s going to be approximately 30 minutes long, in between a long form music video and short film,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter. “Kanye conceived the story, which is set in the Gulf. It’s supposed to showcase the beauty of the region, a piece that’s culturally sensitive and embraces the customs and traditions of the region.”
West is no stranger to long, involved videos shot in far-flung locations. Last year’s 30-minute-plus epic “Runaway” was shot in Prague and seemingly spared no expense. At the time of its release, West told New York magazine, “"It’s the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world."
Saturday Night Live returned with a new episode yesterday, hosted by Josh Brolin and with musical guest Goyte. By mostaccounts, it was actually pretty good! After the jump, check out videos of my three favorite sketches (chosen from the ones NBC decided to make available online).
First up, a spoof of Piers Morgan Tonight. Come for Josh Brolin’s Ozzie Guillen impersonation, stay for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian:
Next, "The Californians," a fake soap opera featuring a lot of talk about the traffic. Watch as Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig struggle to keep from breaking character:
And finally, Steven Spielberg cameos in a new installment of the always-popular Laser Cats-themed Digital Shorts:
Hi there! I’m Matt, I’m six, and I’m a beauty queen. Coincidentally, I’m also going to be hanging out here for the next two days keeping you company–and hopefully keeping you entertained, as well. Speaking of which…
Do you like ballet? What about Radiohead? Oh, and videos shot in super slow-motion, are you a fan of those? If so, then you’ll love this mesmerizing clip of Berlin State Ballet dancers Marina Kanno and Giacomo Bevilaqua showing off their skills at 1,000 frames per second, all set to Radiohead’s "Everything in Its Right Place."