July 26, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Summer Movies!

Here are the top movies of the summer (with their original casts!)

From The Hollywood Reporter.

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How to Train Your Dragon II

Young viking (Adam Silver) discovers it’s not so easy to train his dragon (Donald Sterling).

 

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Maleficent

Vindictive troll (The Sultan Of Brunei) is insulted by the local townspeople (Sherry Lansing, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg).

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Jersey Boys

Chris Christie and friends go out to practice tunes but end up becoming a major public nuisance.

 

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Godzilla

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts takes a culinary tour of major media establishments.

 

It Ain’t Over ‘Till the Fat Man Sings

“Bridgegate” isn’t just about a mistake that some bureaucrat made in New Jersey. It’s about Chris Christie’s using the city of Ft. Lee and surrounding towns as hostages in a political game. It’s a kind of political terrorism.  And don’t think people were unhurt. Many were. As their stories  come out, so too will be those of the people surrounding the Big Boss. And like all Big Bosses he will have to come clean. If he had from the beginning, this, and he, wouldn’t smell so bad. Here’s my take for The Nation, coming out today. First the sketches:

Bulldog

Godfather

O the Humanity

Sopranos

Guillotine

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty and the Great Grey Bridge was the winner. After a number of email exchanges with the great art director Robert Best, all compositional issues were resolved.

On your newsstand soon.

Thanks to Robert, Roane Carey and Katrina vanden Heuvel for being typically wonderful.

Drive safely!

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Hey, Summer’s Over!

Summer's Over

OKAYOKAYOKAY!

So, where was I?

. . . there was the top pop 100 for Entertainment Weekly.  Squeezing Elvis, Michael, Bruce, Madonna, Prince and Dylan all together was a challenge. Here’s my first sketch. It happened that the eras had to be just so.

Pop 100 first sketch

So back to the drawing board to get the right scrap  . . .  and a better design (Kory Kennedy AD).

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Then a call from ESPN to render A-Rod’s comeback . . .  not without the fans’ reactions (Chin Wang, Jason Lancaster, ADs).

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For Ogilvy and Mather: chief creative officer Steve Simpson is interviewed by Simon Dumenco on the virtues of  “branded content”. They cite examples of a Dove soap campaign, a short film

and the IBM pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair (David Frankel AD, Todd Puzan, Ed).

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For The American Lawyer there was the cover and opener about inequality among attorneys. Yep, they face it too (Joan Ferrell, AD).

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For the American Prospect, The New Socialists (Mary Parsons, AD).

It seems that whenever conservatives have a problem with something they become RABID MARXISTS  . . . on that one issue.

So here’s the gang:

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Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk, after suffering a stroke, became a public health care Mao.

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Sarah Palin, of course, is the Che of special needs children.

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Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a stauch opponent of Hurricane Sandy relief, was a hell-yes Jerry Rubin on Federal money for tornado relief in his home state.

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Dick Cheney found it in his new heart to endorse gay marriage. He has a gay child.

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As did Rob Portman.

Socialist Portman detail

Cindy McCain is a veritable commissar for federal money for migraine research. She has migraines.

Cindy McCain detail

Nancy Reagan goes full Lenin on Alzheimer’s money. A disease she knows about.

Nancy Reagan detail

Fidel Christie took his crusade to the streets when Hurricane Sandy arrived.

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For The Washingtonian, the new Obama cabinet as in a Vogue fashion spread (Michael Goesele, AD).

Finally confirmed and ready for crises of all kinds. Coming up.

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Pres. Obama and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Obama Rice Detail

Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Labor Sec. Thomas Perez, Sec. of the Treasury, Jack Lew.

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UN Ambassador (and Syrian strike advocate) Samantha Power.

Samantha Power Detail

And last but not least: for a personal project, Woodrow Wilson.

WilsonsmHave a great Autumn. More soon.

New Faces of 2012: Stephen Sweeney

New Faces of 2012: Stephen Sweeney has an answer to the Californians who think they are on the right side of history by opposing marriage rights. He is the New Jersey state senate president or voted to abstain on the equal marriage bill the last time it came before the legislature. Not this time.  He has reconsidered and is now championing the bill due for a vote next week. A symbol that the arc of history is indeed bending toward justice. The bill will probably be vetoed by Governor Christie. But will win there and elsewhere in the long run.  The talk is that Sweeney wants to be US senator. This is an excellent place to start his campaign.

YABBA BLOBBA DO

In a speech that only fueled more pre-presidential speculation, Chris Christie spoke at the Reagan Library last night, extolling the former president’s union-busting virtues. Clearly they are soul mates. Also in common is their closeness to rich puppet-masters. Reagan had GE and all that flowed from that.  Christie has a couple of Kochs and more.  See the sordid gang HERE.  And then read (AND LISTEN!) to the recording of Christie at a recent Koch Brothers confab.

He’s a page right out of history!