Friday, February 27, 2009

Tom And Gisele Get Married

Pats superstud Tom Brady reportedly...
The Boston Herald has reported that it's a done deal.
Because I know that many Freeway regulars want all of the details, here they are:

"New England Patriots superstud Tom Brady - the region’s most eligible bachelor - reportedly tied the knot last night with his supermodel galpal, Gisele Bundchen, in a romantic twilight wedding in California.

US Weekly magazine reported on its Web site that the pigskin prince and his Brazilian bombshell traded “I do’s” in a small Catholic ceremony in St. Monica’s Church in Santa Monica. The “very small and intimate” gathering consisted mostly of immediate family, including Brady’s parents, Tom Sr. and Gaylen, and 2-year-old son, Jack, by ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan .

The 28-year-old bride wore a form-fitting strapless ivory lace gown with a trumpet skirt, scalloped edges, long train and a floor-length veil with attached handmade satin roses and attached satin headband by her favorite designers Dolce & Gabbana, the magazine reported. Her three dogs also wore matching Dolce & Gabbana floral lace collars.

A spokesman for the Patriots was unable to immediately confirm that Brady was a married man. But a source at US said the story was “1,000 percent true.” A witness to the nups confirmed the details for the magazine, the source said.

The reported wedding seemed to fit with what Bundchen once described as her perfect “I do” scenario.

“I don’t like parties,” she said. “I prefer something more intimate, just for the closest people.”

The church, in a quiet parish near the beach, is known as “the church of the stars” because a number of movies have been filmed there, including “Going My Way” and “The Bells of St. Mary.”

Parishioners include Martin Sheen, Brooke Shields, Kelsey Grammer and the late Chris Farley . Lucy Lawless of “Xena, Warrior Princess” fame also was married there.

In recent weeks, both Brady and Bundchen repeatedly denied engagement rumors that began in December when reported that No. 12 proposed to his girlfriend of two years on a private jet filled with roses and champagne.

“Someone deduced I was getting engaged . . . I don’t know how people are so creative,” Bundchen told Brazilian magazine Caras Gi last month after receiving more than 100 e-mails from pals asking about the engagement.

And just last week at a charity event in Allston, Brady also claimed he had no immediate wedding plans. When WBZ-TV (Ch. 4) sportsguy Steve Burton asked the QB/QT whether he was going to tie the knot, the two-time Super Bowl MVPreplied “I say, ‘may’ - maybe, maybe not.”

“I am in a great spot in my life. I have a lot of people who care about me that I love being around,” Tom continued, “and one of them is my girlfriend.” However, Brady added that “unfortunately” the engagement rumors weren’t true.

However, the Internet was buzzing earlier this week about some fuzzy paparazzi snaps of Gisele taken at Carnival in Brazil, which showed a ring on her left ring finger.

A pal close to the couple told Us Bundchen and Brady are perfect together.

“She’s definitely ‘The One,’ ” the source said. “She really makes him comfortable and just happy.”

The couple purchased an $11.7 million piece of property in a gated community in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles late last year and are building a house there."

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Added To My Bucket List

Next visit to Walt Disney World I'm the guy in the rear seat, even if they need a crane to get me in and out:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Get a Grip, You’re British!

Timely commentary about tonight's Academy Awards:

"Britons are a chauvinistic bunch, proprietary about their place in the world and eager to see their talents recognized abroad. 

"So they were gratified in January when Kate Winslet, one of their favorite home-team actors, snagged a Golden Globe Award, her second of the night, for her performance as a frustrated prisoner of suburbia in “Revolutionary Road.”

"That is until, failing her own actorly advice to “gather,” she began hyperventilating and burst into convulsive sobs, right there on stage. 

"Ms. Winslet then went on to pay tribute to people no one had ever heard of, like her agents and make-up artists; announced that she loved her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio “with all my heart”; forgot Angelina Jolie’s name; and generally behaved as if she had just learned that a donor heart had finally been found, enabling her transplant operation to go ahead after all.

"Oh my God, was the general reaction in Britain."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

God Bless The Boston Ironworkers!

I was in an adjoining building a few years ago, during construction of a different wing of Dana Farber, and saw some names of young cancer patients painted on the beams. It was (and still is) a very moving experience, as this video demonstrates.

I pray, as one of the Ironworkers once said, that a cure will be found and they won't have to build any more of these.

(Thanks also to the Red Sox for supporting the Dana Farber Institute.)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Eliza Dushku - Hulu "Dollhouse"

We've been enjoying Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" on Fridays.

This Hulu ad is almost as good as the Alec Baldwin one:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Chris Rock Should Host The Oscars Again!!

Chris Rock is a worthy heir to George Carlin. He is a cultural subversive at a time when we really need one.

He speaks truth to power, as at The Academy Awards broadcast in 2005:

"He lamented Hollywood’s offerings for black audiences, and the camera cut more than once during the night to a stoic looking Spike Lee. And in what was (for me at least) the highlight of this year’s Oscar presentation, Rock revealed the serious disconnect the Oscars have with audiences. He took the home viewers, as well as those in the Kodak Theatre, across town to the Magic Johnson Theatre where he interviewed movie-goers at the cineplex. None of them had seen The Aviator, Million Dollar Baby, or Sideways but they’d all seen White Chicks."

And he can make politics understandable to fans of the NFL:

"It was such a bad pick, I thought Al Davis made it.''
-- Chris on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Radio, on John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate.

Check out "Kill the Messenger," Chris Rock’s latest HBO special if you can, to witness an artist at the peak of his comedic powers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Kevin Bacon "Taking Chance" On HBO

Like HBO's "Section 60," this connects us all as Americans.
Try to see it if you can:

Monday, February 16, 2009

Red Sox Nation

Of course I'm biased, but you can't help noticing that there are an awful lot of Red Sox fans at games the Sox play on the road -- to the point where in some cities it must be embarrassing to the other team when the Sox fans seem to outnumber the home team fans.

"Red Sox Nation" is much more than a marketing concept.

So because we're in that awful dead zone right now between the end of the football season and the first Spring Training game, and because my nephew Paul sent me this excellent video that a friend of his wrote and produced, it's time for baseball!

(You can get more information about the video here.)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Miss Teen USA South Carolina

There's an Anchor position open at Boston's Channel 7.
I think Miss Teen USA South Carolina would be perfect:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Octomom Update

Some followup to a recent post on the Freeway:

"MONTEBELLO, Calif. — Pictures of children, his trophies, decorate Dr. Tien C. Chiu’s office.

"Three smiling siblings, he says, were the first Japanese-American triplets conceived in a laboratory, while the robust-looking quadruplets were born after sperm was injected into their mother’s eggs with a needle.

"To the couples who turned to Dr. Chiu to have families, the babies were special gifts. To the government and fertility industry, though, such large multiple births have begun to look like breakdowns in the system. The issue has taken on renewed scrutiny since a California woman, Nadya Suleman, who already had six children conceived through in vitro procedures, gave birth to octuplets near here last month.

"Nearly a third of in vitro births involve twins or more. The government, along with professional associations, have been pushing fertility doctors to reduce that number, citing the disastrous health consequences that sometimes come with multiple births — infant mortality, low birth weights, long-term disabilities and thousands of dollars’ worth of medical care.

"The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the association of fertility doctors, even adopted guidelines in 2008 encouraging the transfer of only one embryo for women under 35, and no more than two, except in extraordinary circumstances. The guidelines allow more for older women, up to a maximum of five.

"But unlike some other countries, the United States has no laws to enforce those guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a surveillance system that collects data on fertility clinics, but reporting is voluntary and there are no government sanctions for not reporting."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kindle 2 Is Here

Click here for the scoop on the second generation Kindle, just announced by Amazon.

If you're thinking about buying a Kindle, click here.

If you'd like to know why I love my Kindle so much, click here.

And if you'd like to join my Wall Street Journal Kindle group, and add your comments, click here.

Single Mother Of 14

I'll bet at least one of the networks that thrives on "Reality" programming is pursuing this sick and deluded woman to "star" in a new show.

I remember reading about the Dionne quintuplets and all of the publicity they generated at that time, but this story is a freakshow -- an out-of-control train heading for a major wreck, and at a staggering cost in both financial and human terms.

Somehow, it's just not the same as "Jon and Kate Plus Eight."

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cat Haiku


My affection is conditional. 
Don't stand up;
It's your lap I love. 


Toy mice, dancing yarn, 
Meowing sounds. I'm convinced: 
You're an idiot.

-anonymous 21st century haiku master

Friday, February 6, 2009

Linda Ronstadt Live - Tumbling Dice

It's back -- maybe not for long...enjoy!

Linda Ronstadt was a pioneer Rock and Roll woman who paved the way for those who came after.

We saw her at the Orpheum in Boston in 1974, before the era of elaborate stage sets, lighting and costumes. As this clip from that period demonstrates, she and her band absolutely kicked ass.

No frills, no smoke and mirrors -- just straight-ahead Rock and Roll in its purest form from one of the best singers of all time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

John Updike

John Updike is dead at 76. He has always been my favorite American novelist.

Michio Kakutani captures some of the reasons why in her remembrance:

"It is as a novelist who opened a big picture window on the American middle class in the second half of the 20th century, however, that he will be best remembered."

"In his most resonant work, Mr. Updike gave “the mundane its beautiful due,” as he once put it, memorializing the everyday mysteries of love and faith and domesticity with extraordinary nuance and precision."

"In Kodachrome-sharp snapshots, he gave us the 50’s and early 60’s of suburban adultery, big cars and wide lawns, radios and hi-fi sets, and he charted the changing landscape of the 70’s and 80’s, as malls and subdivisions swallowed up small towns and sexual and social mores underwent a bewildering metamorphosis."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mysti Mayhem

It's always so wonderful to discover a new singer/songwriter with the kind of fresh, smart, and accessible voice that makes you want to hear her song again as soon as it's over.

Thanks, Andy, for telling me about Mysti Mayhem!

Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play

Monday, February 2, 2009

Super Bowl 2009 - eTrade

2nd Runner-Up (Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play):

Super Bowl 2009 - Castrol

3rd Runner-Up  (Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play):

Super Bowl 2009 - Victoria's Secret

4th Runner-Up (Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play):

Super Bowl 2009 - Pepsi

The Winner (Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play):

Super Bowl 2009 - Hulu

1st Runner-Up (Click on the Post Title, then on the video, to play):

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl - Lizards

My all-time favorite.
Be sure to watch what happens after the grasshopper joins the dance...