John Cho is tired of getting high – literally, at least. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to retire Harold Lee, the normally cautious investment banker whose buttoned-down approach goes up in smoke whenever he’s around best buddy Kumar Patel. But Cho, who stars opposite Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, could certainly use a break from flying.
After tour stops in Chicago, Washington and Toronto, the 39-year-old Seoul, South Korea, native has arrived at San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel to promote the doped-up duo’s latest misadventure, and make no mistake, his spirit is willing. But his body? Not so much.
The primary theme of Oliver Stone’s South of the Border, in which the JFK director checks his trademark paranoia at the door to interview South American heads of state including Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is distrust of the U.S.-controlled International Monetary Fund. While only Chávez is openly contemptuous of Washington, none of those interviewed seem much interested in bending to America’s will.
No stranger to controversy—on the contrary, he courts it with the passion of a man possessed—Michael Moore has never minced words in his rabblerousing tirades against on-screen targets including the NRA, America’s private health-care providers and the Bush administration. So it should come as no surprise that the Michigan-born documentarian, 55, is equally blunt in his assessment of American economic policy in his latest offering, Capitalism: A Love Story.
We know that President Obama’s iPod is chock full of classic rock from The Stones to Dylan, as well as jazz greats and lots of Stevie Wonder. We know that Bush’s iPod – nicknamed “iPod One”- featured The Knack’s “My Sharona.” We wonder what the Queen will put on her playlists but now we can (pretend to) know what’s on Barack’s Blackberry.
Comedienne Wanda Sykes hosted the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday night. With 154,719 views this morning, it’s the top YouTube video.
Her best line: Sykes spoke of the satisfaction in saying “The first black president.” She then told Obama, “Unless you screw up, and then it’s gonna be, 'what's up with the half white guy, huh?”
Those mourning Kal Penn’s seemingly premature retirement from acting received tidings of great joy this week when Warner Bros. announced plans to release A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas on Nov. 5, 2010.
Penn, 31, made headlines in April by announcing that he would join President Barack Obama in the White House as associate director of the Office of Public Liaison, effectively ending the New Jersey-born actor’s year-and-a-half run on the TV medical drama House. Although Penn suggested at the time he would have no qualms about scuttling his career in entertainment for a life of public service, he has since insisted that his days on the big screen are not over.
Youth Speaks, a nonprofit committed to creating a forum for Spoken Word performance, will present their 12th Annual Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19. This year’s theme is “A Certain Kind of Fire” – a concept taken from Dr. King's last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," in which King states: “There was a certain kind of fire that no water could put out.”
With all the excitement about Barack Obama arriving in at the Hay-Adams hotel in DC, Sasha and Malia starting at Sidwell Friends School, the choice of family dog – and oh yeah, incoming President Obama saving the world, many of us have forgotten the other awesome thing about Inauguration Day --- Bush is leaving!!!!!!!!! That's right, it's time to celebrate.
Among, you know, other things, 2008 will be remembered as the year that Saturday Night Live became relevant (and funny) again. Ms. Tina Fey, obviously, has been coronated as the savior (just see January's Vanity Fair cover). Her spot-on impersonations of Sarah Palin may very well go down as the apex of SNL political satire. But Palin, of course, was the comedic gift that just kept on giving.