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The Director's Guild of America has released their five nominees for Best Director of a Feature Film and they are: Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind, Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Baz Luhrmann - Moulin Rouge, Christopher Nolan - Memento and Ridley Scott - Black Hawk Down. Typically, the winner of this award goes on to win the Best Director Academy Award. In fact, only twice has the winner of the DGA award NOT won the Oscar. In 1985, Steven Spielberg won for "The Color Purple" and in 1996, Ron Howard won for "Apollo 13." Ironically, neither of these men were even NOMINATED for the Oscar the year they won! Spielberg has since won 2 Oscars. I'm hoping that this year Ron Howard finally gets his.

Carrie Hamilton, the actress/musician daughter of comedian Carol Burnett, died this past Sunday of cancer at the age of 38. Hamilton, probably best known for her work on the television series, "Fame," was also a strong anti drug advocate. She often spoke publicly in the 80's about her struggle with drug addiction.
Speaking of Carol Burnett, one of her writers, Emmy award winner Mike Marmer, died last week of pancreatic cancer. He was 76. After leaving the Burnett show, Marmer produced and created the 70's show "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp".
John Buscema, long time Marvel Comics artist who worked on such books as Avengers and Conan the Barbarian, died January 10th of stomach cancer. When I mentioned Mr. Buscema to our esteemed editor, he expressed surprise that I even knew who he was. I told him, "come on..............who doesn't know the man who took over "Thor" after Jack Kirby left Marvel?" (You're still full of surprises!---Nolan
Peggy Lee, who's 30-plus year career ran the gamut of entertainment, from music to film, died Monday at the age of 81 from a heart attack. Best known for her signature song, "Fever," and her Grammy award-winning hit, "Is That All There Is," Lee's music encompassed all fields: jazz, show tunes, even the occasional rock-and-roll selection, covering the Ray Davies-penned song "I Go to Sleep" and the song, "Let's Love," which was written expressly for Lee by Paul McCartney. She rose to fame as a singer in Benny Goodman's band in the early 1940's and later broke away to become a top solo artist. A songwriter herself, Lee collaborated with such musical talents as Sonny Burke, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones. She provided songs for the 1955 Walt Disney film, "Lady and the Tramp," and later was awarded more than $2 million after suing for residuals from video sales of the film. Her first foray into film acting, "Pete Kelly's Blues," garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her smoky, sultry voice will long be remembered for the warmth it brought others.

Congratulations to the new Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts...........Tony Dungy! Though I'll always remain a Buc's fan, the Colts have just become my favorite team in the AFC.

What in the HELL is going on with these crybabies whining over the way the murderous Taliban detainees are being treated. Four months ago this group's buddies murdered thousands of innocent people, and now these idiots are bitching because we have had to tie down, blindfold and gag these fuckers!! It's amazing to me how some people completely ignore common sense and seem to jump on whatever bandwagon comes down the street. At least one of these detainees has already promised to "kill an American," and another has bitten one of the guards helping to transport them. These people are complaining about everything from the lack of mobility to the food we are feeding them. Bagels in the morning and lunch/dinner prepared to their religious specifications. BAGELS! Man, I don't even eat bagels for breakfast. Religious specifications. Guess what we're having for dinner guys...............PORK..........the other white meat. Don't like it. Tough! Starve quickly and get your ass to hell. I have to give our government credit for one thing though. At least they're making it safely to Cuba. With all of the mechanical problems we're having with equipment recently, I'm surprised that at least one plane full of these guys hasn't had a "malfunction" over the ocean and crashed, with only the pilots parachuting to safety. "Sorry we couldn't save the others.........but it's hard as hell to pull a rip cord when your hands are duct taped to your head!" Oh well, I can only continue to hope.

That's it for this week. See ya!

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