Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

'Thousands Died in Africa Yesterday'

An NYT editorial on why the United States and the rest of the world has to start giving a damn about Africa: Some excerpts: hen a once-in-a-century natural disaster swept away the lives of more than 100,000 poor Asians last December, the developed world opened its hearts and its checkbooks. Yet when it comes to […]

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'W.'s stiletto democracy'

The NYT's Maureen Dowd engages in a bracing round of Bush-bashing centred on his recent meeting with the great Russian democrat Vladimir Putin. An excerpt: It was remarkable to see President Bush lecture Vladimir Putin on the importance of checks and balances in a democratic society. Remarkably brazen, given that the only checks Mr. Bush […]

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Pity poor Stephen Harper

Toronto Star columnist Chantal Hebert looks at the recent performance of Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper and finds it wanting. He's painted himself in a corner by being so hardline on same-sex marriage and by giving the Liberal budget of last week virtually instant approval. However, she also has some sympathy for his position. An […]

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Ontario's funding demands

I wonder whether Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's demand for more money from Ottawa will eventually hurt the federal Liberals — or provide an opportunity for the Conservatives. Writing in Sunday's Toronto Star, Anthony Keller made an interesting point: The party that should be interested in this agenda — if they can stop obsessing over gay marriage — is […]

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Explaining Roger Dodger

In a recent post, I discussed NYT columnist Maureen Dowd's musings about the beauty pressures on women. Sarah Marchildon, who blogs at The Hollywood North Report, left a comment, which led to one from me. At one point, I recommended she watch Roger Dodger. Her is her response (taken from the comments of an unrelated […]

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Canadian expats in running for CBS anchor chair(s)

This Toronto Star story looks at how two former Canadian broadcast journalists, John Roberts and Thalia Assuras, may end up hosting the CBS Evening News together after Dan Rather hangs it up.

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When a six-figure income means living modestly

So, you made it into the $100K (US) salary club, eh? Big deal. In the more expensive American cities, you're not doing really well unless you've topped $200K — from an ego perspective, if nothing else, sez this yarn. An excerpt from the NYT story: There was a time not long ago when earning six figures was a […]

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'Internet fame is cruel mistress for dancer of the Numa Numa'

Gary Brolsma is a 19-year-old New Joiy-sey guy who made a short video of himself dancing to a Romanian pop song. He put it on the Internet. He became briefly famous. He's wishing he didn't. With that background, some excerpts from the NYT story: He has now sought refuge from his fame in his family's small […]

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From Oscar to Razzie-winner; Give it up for Halle Berry!

It appears Halle Berry was purr-fectly bad in her role as Catwoman — so bad that the Razzies crowned her worst actress of the year who starred in the worst film of the year! But in a completely unexpected move, she showed up at the Razzies (no “winner” ever does that — with one exception)  — and parodied her […]

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Oscar ennui

The Oscars are on tomorrow night! Big deal. It tends to reward films, actors and directors I don't particularly like, and snubs the ones I do. How is it that Martin Scorcese has managed to go his whole career without an Oscar, despite creating so many classic films? Raging Bull is considered one of the great […]

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