Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mc Donalds in Walmart in Georgia

I have never seen a McDonalds in a Walmart but then I do not shop at Walmart much at all.

Interesting that the two mass-market organizations have teamed up in this way.

It also explains why a lot of folks here are fat.
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Tiger Woods scandal update - Rachel Uchitel talks to OK Magazine

In the latest Tiger Woods scandal update, the woman some now call "Mistress #1" Rachel Uchitel apparently grew tired of New Media crafting her image for her and decided, undoubtedly with prodding from her attorney Gloria Allred, to talk.

Rachel Uchitel

But rather than give a full blown press conference, Rachel played it in a passive-aggressive way and gave OK Magazine an exclusive interview. Before I turn to it, I must explain that had Rachel created a full press conference she would have been able to have multiple media outlets send out her message and the pattern of online search would have been turned to her. But she didn't do that.

Meanwhile, we have OK Magazine and flashing a photo of her rear end as she climbs over a railing to get into her apartment building.

In the OK Magazine interview, Rachel kind of spills her guts, so to speak. I write that because OK Magazine wants you to buy either the street version or the online version of the article, which I'm not going to do and I doubt you are either. What OK Magazine quotes Rachel as saying is...

In every story, you need a villain and a hero. I’ve been characterized as a villain. People have called me homewrecker, gold digger, tramp, whore. I make mistakes, but I’m not those things. I have very good qualities. When you’re judged by the nation, it’s really difficult. It’s horrible.

And that's it. That's all online.

The rest was provided to Star Magazine which is reporting an alleged email sent from Woods to Uchitel. Now, here's where it gets real weird. How does Star Magazine know the email's really from Tiger Woods? That's where Woods needs to take Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg's advice and dig up every bit of information that he's sent out so he and his team alone can separate fact from fiction.

If you missed my interview with the legendary sports agent click here.

Tyler Perry's mother passes - inspiration for Medea

On his website Tuesday, actor and producer Tyler Perry announced the passing of his mother Willie Maxine Perry who was 61 years old.

Tyler Perry

My sympathies are with Tyler Perry as the news reminds me - as if I needed it - why I'm here in Georgia as I write this and why I make this trip so very often. My Mom needs me here and its not just that I'm the only child but I love my Mom.

Mom's are the ones who know who we really are through and through and more often than not because of that tell us thing we don't want to hear but make us better people to others and especially to ourselves. If you're reading this, take time to let your Mom know how much you love her. If you read this and happen to have what we call "issues" with your Mom, work to overcome them because I guarantee you when she's gone you're going to wish you took the time to do that while she was here.

Willie Maxine Perry was the inspiration for Medea, the irrepressible character of so many movies that made Perry rich and famous. Tyler Perry talks about his mother, his young life, and the roll of God in this interview with CNN's Larry King:

Part Two:

San Francisco 49ers proposed new San Francisco stadium

I had to chuckle at the happy accident of the timing of a two-day-old cryptic email I got with no subject, an unrecognized email address, and some very cool photos of the planned new San Francisco 49er stadium. Er, the one to replace Candlestick Park that's located in San Francisco. That one.

(For the record, that's not the first time that's happened.  Someone called me out of the blue to annouce they were sending a package containing a study on the Oakland Army Base.  The voicemail started "I can't give you my name...") 

Not the Santa Clara pipe dream. Ok, that's my bias. Maybe that's why I got the email - someone's reading my stuff? At any rate, I planned to do something with the pretty pictures one day then the SFGate top link on the Santa Clara 49ers Stadium appeared today and that's when I started to laugh. Oh, the irony.

Here's one stadiun project taking what looks to me is a really deep fall in its path becoming shovel-ready, and the other in San Francisco that looks like its moving closer to the that status. Well, at least these photos indicate what a new San Francicso stadium at Hunter's Point will look like both day and night. Here's the night shot with fireworks:

And here's the day shot at a wider distance over the land:

I don't understand why the San Francisco 49ers are trying to fit a city planning square peg (the need for a stadium) in a round hole (the Great America land) when they have a proven site at Candlestick Park. I can't see how Great America's business will not be impacted by the operation of a stadium there. First, there's not enough parking for all the demand - stadium and park - that will exist. Second, stadium and park not designed to be "one" and doing so would require a whole new environmental impact report.

But it's good to continue the process, if only so that the National Football League can see that the Great America dream is just that, and convince the 49ers to work singularly on a new stadium at Candlestick Point.

Stay tuned.

Up In The Air wins Washington Film Critics Assn Best Film Award

On Monday, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (the WAFCA which consists of 48 Washington, D.C. area- based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet) selected the George Clooney-acted, Jason Reitman-directed movie Up In The Air as "Best Film". Also, Clooney took home the "Best Actor" award, his second WAFCA win (he won in 2007 for Michael Clayton).

George Clooney gets Best Actor at WAFCA

But those weren't the only awards for the romantic travel dramedy. Up In The Air's Reitman won for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well. In all, adding last week's "Best Film" win at the National Board of Review Awards, Up In The Air has embarked on what appears to be an unimpeded march to Best Picture at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in March.

Carey Mulligan won Best Actress for An Education and the "Best Supporting Actor" nod went to Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds.

While Up In The Air took the top award, critically-acclaimed Precious did not escape the view of WAFCA members: Mo'Nique won for Best Supporting Actress, and first-time actress Gabourey Sidibe won "Best Breakthrough Performance" for her role as Precious.

Rounding out the WAFCA awards, Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for Inglourious Basterds, Disney and Emeryville-based Pixar's Up earned the "Best Animated Film" award, while the "Best Foreign Film" award went to Sin Nombre, and Best Documentary went to Food, Inc

Disney / Pixar's "Best Animated Film" award for Up was their fourth WAFCA win to date.