News of the Week: Best of the Year, Campbell’s Soup and Never Leave a Sportswriter in the Cold
It’s that time of year…
This is the week I usually link to various lists of the best movies, TV shows, books, music, and podcasts of the year. It’s still, well, tedious work finding 30 different sites that have the listings, then adding the links and making sure you have a nice, varied selection of sources. But the site of the end of year lists he has got everything! They have all the listings in one place, on a clean, well-designed site that can be browsed by category, so you don’t have to click through a million links and deal with pop-up ads and paywalls. .
Thank you, end of year list site!
75 years of 34 …
…if I may have one last Christmas story for 2022. I didn’t realize it was the 75th anniversary of one of my favorite movies, Miracle on 34th Street. CBS had a report on it last week.
It came out in the summer of 1947 and wasn’t really marketed as a Christmas movie.
Soup is good food
CBS also had this feature on one of America’s iconic foods, Campbell’s Soup. Journalist Mark Strassman talks to the company’s CEO and his archivist about the history of soup, how they made the mistake a few years ago of not putting so much emphasis on soup and works by Andy Warhol. The Campbell’s chef even prepares the famous Green Bean Casserole.
Hey, we were promised Ana de Armas!
U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled just two moviegoers who were angry that actress Ana de Armas was in the trailer for the 2019 film Yesterday but never actually appeared in the final film can sue Universal Studios. They each spent $3.99 on Amazon Prime and waited for her to appear, but she never did!
Lawyers for the studio argued that the trailers are protected by free speech, but Judge Wilson said they should abide by honest advertising laws.
video of the week
It’s winter, and that means endless videos of journalists standing in the cold and in blizzards to tell us all that it’s really cold and snowing. A sportscaster from Iowa was recruited for some reason to be one of those reporters this week, and he spent most of his reporting complaining about having to.
They should have sent him some Campbell’s soup.
RIP Pelé, Vivienne Westwood, Mike Hodges, Sonya Eddy, Diane McBain, Kathy Whitworth, Elena Xausa and Charlie Gracie
Pele – born Edson Arantes do Nascimento – was a Brazilian soccer superstar for 21 years and the only player to win the World Cup three times. He died yesterday at the age of 82.
Vivienne Westwood was a British fashion icon known for being one of the main influencers of the punk rock style of bands like The Sex Pistols. She died yesterday at the age of 81.
Mike Hodges directed films such as Get Carter, Dealer, Flash Gordon, The terminal manand A prayer for the dying. He passed away last week at the age of 90.
You may not know the name, but you’ve seen Sonya Eddy on dozens of TV shows over the years. She was a regular at general hospital and appeared on Seinfeld, Emergency room, Fresh off the boat, The middle, ITUC, Accommodation, and many other shows. She passed away last week at the age of 55.
Diane McBain was a regular at Surf side 6 and appeared on maverick, 77 Sunset Band, Batman, dallas, charlie’s angels, general hospital, days of our livesand co-stars with Elvis Presley in Dilute. She passed away last week at the age of 81.
Kathy Whitworth was not only the first professional golfer to earn a million dollars, she holds the record for most wins for both women and men on the American Tour. She passed away last week at the age of 83.
Elena Xausait is colorful and clever works of art appears in the new yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economistand rolling stone, as well as in ads for companies like Apple, Nike, and Airbnb. She died last month at the age of 38.
Charlie Grace was a singer and guitarist from Philadelphia who had songs such as “Butterfly,” “Fabulous,” and “Boogie Woogie Blues” and had a big influence on the Beatles and Elvis Presley. He passed away last week at the age of 86.
This week in history
Kill a mockingbird Release of the film (December 25, 1962)
It’s the 60th anniversary of the classic film based on Harper Lee’s novel. Here is the trailer. Hey, Gregory Peck’s intro isn’t in the movie!
Woodrow Wilson Born (December 28, 1856)
The 28th President served two terms and was going to run for a third but had a stroke. He opened a law practice and also tried writing but never fully recovered.
This week in Saturday night post The story: Good year (December 29, 1945)
This Norman Rockwell cover shows what many places will look like about an hour after the clock strikes midnight.
New Year’s Cocktails
Serious Eats has the recipe for a classic Negroniwhile Delish has the manhattan. Food & Wine has recipes for a Aviationa Grasshopperand one Tom Collins. AllRecipes has the classic old-fashionedand writer Vince Keenan tells you how to create a Spin and the Rob Roy.
I had Strawberry Champagne by André last eve and it was really good!
Here is 2023.
Next week’s holidays and events
National Hangover Day (January 1)
It’s one of those holidays that needs no explanation.
The Rose Parade (January 2)
The 134th Parade airs on ABC, NBC and Peacock at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Fruitcake Throwing Day (January 3)
If you haven’t already, now is the day to do it.
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