Monday, July 21, 2014

Mr. Cope’s Cave: Rest In Peace, Bret

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

My wife and my mother had little in common other than a stronger-than-usual affection for moi. Mrs. Cope the Younger came from Venezuela, then Ohio, then Meridian. Mrs. Cope the Elder came from Meridian, then Meridian and then died in Meridian. Mrs. Cope the Younger has loved to dance all of her life, while Mrs. Cope the Elder had an inner ear malfunction that made her unsteady on her feet, all of her life.

Mom was the daughter of a farmer and a farmer’s wife; my wife was the daughter of an artist and a missionary nurse. My wife loves to go to big cities; my mom thought Boise was a big city. My wife is Hispanic; my mom was as white as white can be.

I could go on. But what brings me here today isn’t how different they were, but how in one respect, they were alike. They both had huge crushes on James Garner.

Another way they were alike is that neither of them were (are) the sort to go goofy over celebrities. As an observer of their lives, I had a pretty good feel for who they admired and who they didn’t. My wife, for instance, has always wanted to meet David Bowie. My mom always wanted to meet Billy Graham. But only in the person of James Garner did their admiration graduate to schoolgirl-crush status.

I knew it about my wife. When we were courting, she would joke that whatever her circumstance—going steady, engaged, married, Golden Anniversary veterans, whatever—if for some reason James Garner came to sweep her off her feet, she would allow herself to be swept. She admitted to thinking he was about as cool, in every way, as a man could get.

Oh, and he just happened to be the best-looking guy on the planet.

I didn’t allow it to hurt my feelings. First of all, I had to agree he was one handsome hunk of dude. Plus, there was always a geniality to his screen persona—a sweetness—that never felt artificial or contrived, and one sensed it was as real in the actor as in the parts he played.

In other words, I understood what my wife saw in him, and I liked it nearly as much as she did.

But then, after sharing some secrets with Mom over a cup of coffee, she comes home and announces, “Guess what. You’re mother is even hotter for James Garner than I am.”

Actually, I don’t think she used the vernacular “hot.” It was more probably something like, “You’re mother is even more attracted to James Garner than I am.” Or, “You’re mother thinks James Garner is even cuter than I do.” Something like that.

But no matter how it was said, the message was clear. My Mom had the hots for James Garner!

Only then did I understand why Mom stayed awake and attentive until the end of every episode of Maverick, when on any other night, she would fall to sleep in her recliner by the time the theme music stopped playing for most shows.

I wonder if my dad knew. I’d like to think he did, and that it didn’t bother him any more than it did me to know my wife had the hots for James Garner.

Fact is, I think maybe I had a little of the hots for James Garner, too. And maybe Dad did too, because he always stayed up for Maverick, too. I think maybe both of us understood—not that we’d ever admit it—that a fellow could do a lot worse than have the hots for James Garner

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Emmy Nominations: Nods to Game of Thrones, House of Cards, True Detective

Posted By on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Television honors its own Aug. 25, when the Primetime Emmys are handed out. And in addition to some familiar names up for the big trophy, some new nominees joined the contest when the television academy unveiled its nominees in a pre-dawn announcement this morning.

And there's quite a bit of star power in this year's nominees, including Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts, who all made appearances this past year on the small screen.

HBO leads the pack with 99 total nominations, including 19 for, you guessed it, Game of Thrones, the most of any show this year.

Netflix continues its stunning success with 31 total nominations, including 13 for House of Cards and 12 for Orange is the New Black.

Other big contenders are FX's Fargo (18 nominations), American Horror Story (17 nominations), Breaking Bad (16 nominations) and HBO's movie The Normal Heart (16 nominations).

Up for best TV comedy series are The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Veep.

Best drama nominees are Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, House of Cards and True Detective.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Attention Future Stars: Crooked Flats Can Get You On TV

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

As you sit in your butt-groove on the sofa, you watch television reruns and say to yourself, "I could do that." You are referring to acting, of course. Deep down you've longed for an opportunity to step inside the small screen but you've lacked the necessary opportunity... until now. 

Crooked Flats is hosting a reality television show crew from Los Angeles and they need extras. It may not get you Emmy eligibility, but every journey begins with a single step; start practicing your casual smile now. 

5:30 p.m. FREE. Crooked Flats, 3705 Highway 16, Eagle, 208-258-6882.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

HBO Taps Aronofsky to Adapt Atwood 'MaddAddam' Trilogy

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:09 PM reports that HBO has tapped Pi/Requiem for a Dream/Black Swan/Noah director Darren Aronofsky as executive producer (and potential director) of a new series based on Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam trilogy

Speaking of pi,  recently reported that Paul Ingrisano, aka Pi Productions Corp., filed for and received a trademark on π., Yes, that's pi with a period following it. According to Wired, Paul Ingrisano, a.k.a.Pi Productions Corp., the issue came to light when Ingrisano sent a cease-and-desist order to print-on-demand outlet Zazzle, which has a number of sellers that offer "an array of clothing items that feature pi," including one with the symbol dressed as a pirate.

On his Twitter account, Aronofky chimed in on what one Zazzle T-shirt seller called the "ridiculous asshattery" of the patent claim:

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

'Orange Is the New Black' Is Back

Posted By on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Piper, Alex, Taystee, Red, Crazy Eyes and the rest of the Litchfield Penitentiary residents return with season two of Orange Is the New Black, which airs in its entirety on Friday, June 6 on Netflix. 

Get your friends together for group therapy, or put yourself in solitary confinement and prepare to binge.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Stephen Colbert To Replace Letterman In 2015

Posted By on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

As you've probably heard, Stephen Colbert will take the Late Show reins from David Letterman sometime next year. CBS acted quickly in finding a replacement for Letterman, who announced his retirement would happen sometime in 2015. Colbert, who spent eight seasons as a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart before hosting The Colbert Report, will leave his satirical conservative character behind in favor of interviewing celebrities at an even higher rate and sitting at a desk that is considerably less patriotic. 

Colbert responded in part, "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth." What do you think of Colbert as a late-night host? Will he have an edge on Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan or will he fall behind? Jon Stewart seems to think he'll do just fine. We'll find out next year. In the meantime, enjoy The Colbert Report—its days are numbered. 
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Mr. Cope's Cave: It Just Doesn’t Ad Up

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 2:46 PM

So Mr. Cope, which Olympic events do you plan on watching?

I don’t want to talk about the damn Olympics. Is that what you came for? To get me to talk about the stupid Olympics?

But opening ceremonies are tonight. Everybody will be talking about them for the next three weeks.

Not me. If I’d known that’s what you wanted me to talk about, I would’ve slipped out the backdoor when I saw you coming.

OK then, what is it you want to talk about?

I was thinking about the Super Bowl commercials. I want to talk about them.

Super Bowl commercials!? You told me you wouldn’t be watching the Super Bowl.

I didn’t. But there’s more than one way to watch Super Bowl commercials. And I’ve been thinking about them. A lot. And now I want to talk about what I’ve been thinking about.

But Super Bowl commercials are sooooooo last week. 

Sooooooo what? That doesn’t mean there’s not more to say about them.

OK Mr. Cope. What is it that you feel you just have to say about Super Bowl commercials. 

Well, let me ask you something. You saw the Budweiser commercial with the puppy and the Clydesdales, didn’t you? Right? All adorable and sweet and shit? And you loved it, didn’t you?

Of course. Who wouldn’t love that commercial?

Exactly. But in the week since you saw it, have you had yourself a Budweiser?

No. Of course not. I don’t drink Budweiser.

So can you imagine that a whole lot of people decided they had to have a Budweiser because they loved that commercial so much?

Uh, I don’t know. I guess I can’t. But I’m sure the commercial was market-tested or focus-grouped or something. And if it wasn’t effective, I can’t imagine that Anheuser-Busch would pay Super Bowl ad costs, not if it didn’t work.

Yeah, that’s right. It must have cost them a trillion bucks or so to put that thing on the air during the game. But I’m trying to understand what it might be about that commercial that would convince people they would want to drink Budweiser. Same with the Cheerios commercial with that little girl. You know... all adorable and cute and shit. What is it about that commercial that would make anyone want to rush out and scarf up a big bowl of Cheerios?

What are you trying to say, Mr. Cope?

Gosh darnit, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure. I’m still trying to work it out. It’s like... it’s like there’s something going on behind the scenes here, know what I mean? It’s like... the better, the more appealing, the more remarkable the commercial, the less it has to do with the product they’re trying to sell. Get it? Same with that one with Bob Dylan in it. What is it about good old Bob Dylan droning on about how cool things are in America that would convince anyone they needed to buy a Chrysler?

Mr. Cope, I believe you’re in over your head. Perhaps there are things people like you and I were never meant to know. I believe the safe thing to do would be to forget about all of this. Let’s just talk about the Olympics, OK? That’s what’s happening now. 

And another thing. Remember that Apple commercial from years ago. You know... the one where a girl looks like she stepped right out of a Gold's Gym ad comes running through a crowd of drab, depressed, oppressed, proletariat types? And she swings that big-ass sledge hammer through that big-ass video screen where that big-ass talking head guy was telling everyone what to think? Remember that one?

I certainly do. And that commercial proves your theory is wrong, Mr. Cope. Because of that commercial, I went out and bought my first Apple computer and have never bought another kind since.

But did you ever imagine that Apple gadgets would be manufactured in a big gray Chinese factory by drab, depressed, oppressed, proletariat types? That maybe Apple became exactly what it was advertising against back then? Or maybe they were like that all along. Did you ever think about that?

But what does this have to do with your idea that the most appealing commercials aren’t effective at selling the product?

Gosh, I wish I knew. Like I said, I’m still trying to work it out. But I think maybe people shouldn’t be trusting commercials too much until we figure out what’s going on here. I think it may actually be dangerous. You know... to put too much faith in commercials.

Mr. Cope, I just don’t feel we should be talking about this. I have a family. I have to think of them, too. So please, let’s talk about the Olympics. Or Justin Bieber. We could talk about Justin Bieber, if you’d prefer.

Or those f***ing drug ads. Jeez-us! It flips me out when one of those pharmaceutical commercials ends with a big lecture on all the horrible, horrible things that could possibly happen to you if you take the drug they’re trying to sell you in the first half of the commercial. What’s that about?

Goodbye, Mr. Cope. I believe I have what I need. I can find my way out.

And those new toilet paper commercials! Can you belieeeeeeve what they’re discussing these days in toilet paper ads!? And what’s up with all these f***ing commercials for online dating services? And who would go out with a guy who doesn’t know any women, anyway? And speaking of women, what about those...     
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch Stops By Sesame Street

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch gets a little help from Count von Count to solve The Sign of Four. PBS for the win.

All three episodes of the third and final (or not?) season of Sherlock are available for streaming at for a limited time.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Artist Seiji Sets Game of Thrones in Feudal Japan

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

In the throes of winter, it can feel as though spring will never arrive. That feels especially true for fans of HBO's Game of Thrones, who must wait until Sunday, April 6, to see the first episode of Season 4.

To help pass the time, check out how artist Seiji spends some of his time waiting. Visit his website to see all six of his images, including Daenerys and her dragons, Ned losing his head, Hodor and Bran (above), and more. (via

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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Golden Globes: 90 Seconds of Highlights, All the Dresses

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Seeing our favorite movies, TV shows and actors receive recognition for their work is great, but we could watch one of those movies or a few episodes of one of those award-winning TV shows in the time takes to sit through something like last night's 71st annual Golden Globes ceremony, from the red carpet to the final acceptance speech. 

So thank you Digg for giving us 90 seconds of Andy Samberg wishing he'd done his homework; Robin Wright wishing she'd done hers; Jennifer Lawrence being adorable; Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Daniel J. Goor "thanking" his family; Julia Louis-Dreyfus looking cool in sunglasses; Aaron Paul shouting an apropos "Yeah, bitch"; and more. 

And, thank you Huffington Post for the slideshow of all the glamorous gowns.

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