“The president had gone to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in one of his favorite athletic pursuits, a game of basketball. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends and including Reggie Love, Obama’s personal assistant who played at Duke University.
Obama emerged from the building after about 90 minutes of play, wearing a short-sleeve T-shirt and gym pants, and was seen dabbing at his mouth with what appeared to be a wad of gauze. A few hours later, reporters who had gathered on the White House driveway for the arrival of the Christmas tree, saw the president in an upstairs window, pressing an ice pack against his mouth before he stood and walked away. [snip]
Obama had no public events scheduled during the long holiday weekend.”
Obama is too busy to actually work. Hillary Clinton worked today:
“Beijing held phone talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday on the tense situation following North Korea’s deadly bombardment of a South Korean island, the Chinese foreign ministry said.”
Hillary worked, Obama
golfed basketballed. Perhaps Obama was thinking of his thumping in 2010 or the thumping to come in 2012 and went to play games and escape Michelle Obama.
Poor little Princess. My cousin Marcia's already weighed in so be sure and check out her "Princess hides out with busted lip."
Now we go to the movies! Or at least the TV screens and laptops!
I had wanted to write about the movie I'm covering two weeks ago and had to check to make sure I hadn't already. I knew I bumped it one week but wasn't sure it was gone both weeks.
The movie's cast includes Angela Landsbury who is very popular and when I mentioned her before, I got probably six e-mails from people stating they were her biggest fan. We may need to book a ring and let them duke it out.
But she's one person in the cast.
Another is Elliott Gould. And I like him but I hate his first name because every E spells it different it seems (Elliot, Eliott, Elliott). So he's in the cast.
I think that's it except for one person in terms of fame in the US. So before I name her, and it's a her, do you want to guess what the movie is?
It came out in 1979.
The third cast member is Cybill Shepherd who plays the lead role.
Guesses are over, it's The Lady Vanishes.
I saw this movie on TV years ago when I was probably 12. And I loved it and every grown up I knew put it down. It was a remake of Hitchock. The Hitchcock version was better.
That's what they told me.
I've now seen the Hitchcock version. It's good, it's a different kind of good.
I still love the 1979 version. It's got a lot more comedy.
First off, how can you see it?
You can wait around for it to air on TV. Or, if you're a member of Netflix, you can stream it here. Stream it. They don't have a DVD, you can only stream.
Here are the basics of the film, Cybill plays a socialite named Amanda -- a madcap socialite -- and it's the late 30s. Hitler's beginning his march to war. He's already famous enough that Amanda does a drunken send-up of him. Then the next day she's on the train going through Bavaria. One of the compartment companions is Miss Froy who is English and returning home after many years as a nanny. Their other companions in the compartment aren't very friendly. The two of them end up bonding and have lunch at one point where they share different details including Miss Froy's favorite tea -- she keeps tea bags in her purse and doesn't drink the tea prepared on the train -- and her last name which Miss Froy spells on the window due to the train noise.
Then Amanda takes a nap and wakes up to find Miss Froy gone and everyone claims she never existed. They insist Amanda is crazy. But we know she's not. Slowly Elliott's character begins to believe her (he's already in love with her) and wait 'till you find out what really happened to Miss Froy!
I think it's fun movie and would rank it as perfect to watch on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Anthony Page is the director and, for those who don't know the case, Elliott Gould is the star of "The Long Goodbye" (Robert Altman), "M*A*S*H" (the film), "Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice" and much more. He also played Monica and Ross' father on "Friends." Angela Landsbury starred in the long running TV show "Murder She Wrote," and more films than I can name though "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is among my favorites, she also did a voice (the tea cup?) for "Beauty & The Beast" (Disney animated version). Cybill Shephard is the star of many movies including "The Heartbreak Kid," "Chances Are," "The Last Picture Show" and of the TV shows "Moonlighting" and "Cybill." And this month she also played Stephanie's mom on "No Ordinary Family."
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"