Golden Globes’ Most Touching Moment Wasn’t Captured On TV


It was the most touching moment of last night’s Golden Globes, and it wasn’t even caught by NBC’s cameras. It came shortly after Kevin Spacey returned to his table after accepting the award for Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, and dedicating the award to his old friend, the late great filmmaker Stanley Kramer.

Karen Sharpe KramerKramer’s widow, Karen, was in the audience, and was deeply touched by what Spacey had said about her late husband. “I was overwhelmed,” she told Deadline. “I was so moved by what he said about Stanley.” So she sought Spacey out. Karen, a past Golden Globe recipient herself — she beat out Shirley MacLaine and Kim Novak in 1955 as Most Promising Newcomer — began working her way from the back of the room. That’s when Michael Stern, a coordinator of the event who she’d known for years, came up to her and asked: “Are you…

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on

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Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every…

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Go To The Storyteller

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“When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller.”
Robert McKee

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Nimmo’s blog in 2012



burmese-python--python-molurus-3Last night, I dreamt that I “owned” a 12-foot python named Mike, who rode around my shoulders like a very long scarf when we had to travel together. Mike could talk, and was very witty.

We went shopping in NYC, where I found a couple of very pretty dresses. But even Mike was surprised when “he” gave birth part-way through that trip. Thoughts? Or do I need a shrink?

Mitt Romney wants to fire Big Bird?

Big Bird and fellow cast members

Big Bird and friends, looking pretty good for 42-year-olds

Mitt Romney has taken a lot of flak lately for his comments about ending government funding for public broadcasting. I’m not sure why — except that the public memory is short. Many conservatives have called for pulling the plug on public broadcasting support for, like, ever.

A huge inroad into plug pulling was made in the mid-80s, and a lot of chiseling has gone on since.

I’m not a fan of Romney’s. And I don’t want to see federal funding dry up for some of the programming we associate with public broadcasting.

But I would like to see local government get out of the public broadcasting business. And this is a great time to revisit this topic.

Currently, the federal government makes up 15% of public broadcasting support, and 95¢ of every dollar goes to support local stations and the programs and services they offer.

I can’t speak for independently run public broadcasting affiliates, but I do believe that asking states to be in the media business is a mistake.

Three tenets are at work here:

  1. State-appointed media people are a bad idea.The president of any state-run affiliate is appointed by the governor or by a state board of some sort. Often, these are not people with cultural vision. TV stations, particularly culturally driven ones, must be run by people with vision and energy. Let’s take applications. Let’s hire a task force. Whatever needs to be done to avoid situations such as what happened to Maryland Public Television in the late 80s and even now. (To wit, vision was lost along with federal dollars, and those who rose into management positions were often not qualified for the jobs — even though they’d earned a “state raise” and ended up in management.)
  2. Running a TV station that must adhere to state rules and regulations ham strings that station.
  3. The busier a station is, the more competitive and better trained are its employees. Many public television stations, like MPT’s, look like virtual ghost towns these days. No one wants to work there, and no one is getting the top-notch training and production experiences they need to grow.

I short, I can foresee someone with vision taking over a public television affiliate, stocking it with companies and individuals who understand writing, production, programming, and distribution, and running the operation as a cooperative. A business.

Imagine how a tight-knit group of local service providers could fill the needs of a public television station while simultaneously stimulating their own business. I don’t know how it would work specifically, but I do know it could work, bringing additional work in for the service providers as well as filling the needs of a variety of local nonprofits and other businesses.

Karen Handel drove ill-fated Komen decision

Read: Karen Handel railroaded Komen’s demise

Karen Handel, anti-abortion Komen VP

If nothing more, what will come out of this debacle are four public awarenesses: 1) politics and health care don’t mix, 2) just one bad decision can bring down decades of good doing, 3) anti-abortionists are not popular, and 4) every organization needs a crisis management plan before a crisis occurs.

Oh, and hire a great marketing director because … DAMN.

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