It seems like there’s been talk about The Pacific, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s follow-up to Band of Brothers, since… well, forever, actually. I remember when Brothers came out in 2002 there was already talk of doing a sequel. And now… 7 looonnnng years later… there’s finally a trailer out for the series:
Farrah Fawcett, who made the 70s TV show Charlie’s Angels a massive hit and who for many personified the “All-American girl” look, has passed away from cancer. She was 62. Her longtime companion Ryan O’Neal and close friend Alana Stewart were at her side.
Charlie’s Angels debuted in September 1976, and the show became an instant hit for ABC, largely due to the presence of Fawcett (billed as “Farah Fawcett-Majors” due to her then marriage to The Six Million Dollar Man‘s Lee Majors). Fawcett’s image appeared on thousands of lunch boxes, t-shirts, and perhaps the most iconic poster in American history. Her image was used to sell toothpaste, shampoo and wigs… and even a specialty plumbing device called “Farrah’s Faucet”.
She would shock America by quitting Angels after the first season. Fawcett would appear in a bunch of forgettable films, including her first film, Somebody Killed Her Husband, which critics said should have been called Somebody Killed Her Career. Critical acclaim would finally come for her portrayal of an abused wife in the 1984 TV movie The Burning Bed.
His Beatitude, the Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) announced recently that his church has ended its ecumenical relations with The Episcopal Church, and will establish instead formal ecumenical relations with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA made the announcement June 24 at a plenary session of the ACNA’s founding convocation at St Vincent’s Cathedral, Bedford, Texas.
This is big news, but not “big” news. It still full steam ahead for the ACNA, though, and that’s AWESOME!
After the jump, there’s a sweet video from the BBC where Philip Glenister is interviewed on a morning show. There’s the usual “why do people love Gene Hunt so much?” question and answer, but also some speculation about the third and final season of Ashes to Ashes.
(Posted after the jump because the BBC’s video player is larger than the layout of this site and cannot easily be resized)
The Anglican Church of Uganda has now officially recognized the Anglican Church in North America and has transferred all their bishops and clergy to the ACNA, Bishop John Guernsey just announced to the ACNA Assembly in Ft. Worth.
The march towards orthodoxy continues! Read about it here.
jimcofer.com is officially the last website to report it, but what the hey… Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s sidekick of more than 30 years, passed away at the age of 86. This is probably not much of a surprise to many folks, as McMahon was in poor health for at least the last two years. Still, he will be missed.
Not only was McMahon a regular on The Tonight Show, he also hosted Star Search for several years, co-hosted Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark (back when bloopers were unseen by most folks), and was a regular at the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. McMahon was also a spokesman for American Family Publishers (contrary to all the jokes made at the time, which always mentioned Publisher’s Clearinghouse).
Enjoy this clip of McMahon, who had a wee bit too much to drink before going on that night:
That clip is priceless… not only because it’s funny, but because of the unedited nature of the clip. Had this happened today, you know the producers would cut this scene for not being “professional” enough.
I’m not normally a fan of The Daily Show, mostly because the show’s humor is all kind of the same after a while. Jon’s great and all, but the “reporters” all use the same shtick over and over again. I mean, how many times can the show ambush some hapless local politician and make it funny?
This clip, however, had me in stitches. Apparently some folks in Long Island, NY want to secede from the union, and Samantha Bee went to investigate:
Sorry for the lack of Anglican news lately. It’s just so… depressing.
Here’s something unusual though:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has sent the Rt. Rev’d Santosh Marray, retired bishop of the Seychelles (2005-2008) in the Province of the Indian Ocean, as his official pastoral visitor to the Anglican Church of North America Provincial Assembly in Ft. Worth, TX. Bishop Marray, was born in Guyana and is a former rector in the Diocese of Florida. He is a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Pastoral Visitor Programme started this past February.
I wonder what all this means? Nothing, probably. But it sure is… interesting.