Monday, January 13, 2014

That's Entertainment - The Golden Globes

Sunday night was all about the Golden Globes (CNN full coverage) with some very interesting speeches as many of the winners seemed a bit inebriated though enjoying their moment of victory. Actress Jacqueline Bisset was literally speechless until the the music sounded the end of her acceptance speech. After taking an eternity to make it to the stage, the five-time nominee and former steamy screen siren let out a surprise "s**t", which slipped past the NBC censors, and aired live. Eyebrows continued to rise as Bisset, 69, rambled long past the "get-off-the-stage-now" music. Oh well ... even women my age can 'cuss now and again. I was amazed at just how many of us senior citizens were there and won awards. I loved Jon Voight mentioning his family in his acceptance speech, also saying he was nervous. Jon ... nervous? Doubtful. There was something off with the energies of most of the acceptance speeches, so we have to conclude it was bit too much to drink. Enjoy and congratulations to all.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey scored once again as a great hostess team. My favorite line came from Tina when she said, "Gravity was nominated for best film. It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." (Okay... so her delivery was better ... but I'm typing the words.) There was also a great skit where Amy pretended to be Tina's illegitimate son then walked around the room asking which man was her father - deciding on Harvey Fierstein.

Speaking of films about adventures in space
Monday morning Nasa got in on the film fun with their
Astronomy Picture of the Day titled A Trip to the Moon.

What would it be like to visit the Moon? The first major fictional cinematic film exploring this enduring transcultural fantasy was titled Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) and made in 1902, becoming one of the most popular movies of the early years of the twentieth century. The silent film starred the filmmaker Georges Melies himself and portrayed a club of astronomers voyaging to the Moon and back. Pictured above is a frame from the movie that has become an enduring icon for both film and space. Alluding to a bullseye trajectory, the Man in the Moon is caricatured as being struck by the human-built spaceship. The entire 14-minute film is now freely available. Visiting the Moon remained a very popular topic even 67 years later in 1969 when humans first made an actual voyage.