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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Mister Rogers!

Tuesday would have been Mister Rogers’ 84th birthday. Here are some clips to celebrate our favorite neighbor. Our first video is from 1969, when Fred Rogers went before the Senate to plead for a $20 million grant for public broadcasting, which was in danger of being sliced in half. Watch him seal the deal. Here’s his intro [...]

"O, Canada" Shatner-Style

(Video link) The Shat may not want anyone to see this, but who cares? Here’s Captain Kirk’s pause- (and aside-) filled version of the Canadian National Anthem, in commemoration of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor General. It’s like being a knight, only different. Happy Canada Day again, northerly Neatoramanauts! You’re fabulous. Link

The Late Movies: Book Trailers, This Year’s Winners and Losers

The same week I enjoyed Ransom’s beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards — which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers. Below, I’ve collected some winners…and losers. I’ll be curious to see whether Ransom gets a nod next year! Worst Performance By An Author Jonathan Franzen: “This might be [...]

Mr. Rogers and His Lifetime Achievement Emmy (Get Ready to Cry at Work)

In 1997, Fred Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Emmys. His acceptance speech is one of the most gentle, moving, humble and powerful statements I’ve seen in a long time. Even the way he accepts the award from Tim Robbins — in a gentle, curious manner, just standing back and calmly [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cher

Cher’s done a little bit of everything. She’s blown up the pop charts, hosted a hit variety show, and even won an Oscar. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the woman who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian. 1. She Sang on More Famous Songs Than You Think Before she struck out as [...]