Sunday, June 27, 2010

6/28 - Nelson George, Andy Kindler, Saul Rubinstein; George -  ‘Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson’

Nelson George is an author, filmmaker, television producer, and critic with a long career in analyzing and presenting the diverse elements of African-American culture. Queen Latifah won the Golden Globe for playing the lead in his directorial debut, the HBO movie 'Life Support'.  In a new book, Jackson’s chart-topping days are under examination.  Journalistic decorum demands that when someone in the public eye dies, an obituary should accentuate the positive, or at least the neutral, aspects of the person’s life while acknowledging the unsavory details in a perfunctory way, if not glossing over them entirely. This rule was tougher to follow after Michael Jackson died. Despite a superlative body of work, Jackson’s often eccentric behavior and tawdry scandals loomed larger than his art in his later years, to the point that it’s now seemingly inextricable from the plastic surgery and “Wacko Jacko” headlines. Cultural critic Nelson George tries to thread the needle with his new book, Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson, an analysis of Jackson’s discography in which the art and the artist have been forcibly separated. Nelson George is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including his memoir, City Kid, and the classic Hip-Hop America. He is also a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. George was born in Brooklyn, where he still lives.

Andy Kindler - "Last Comic Standing" Judge
Andy Kindler is known in comedy circles as a troublemaker. Originally from New York, and now complaining from California, he annoys people all over the world.  Kindler is a frequent guest and correspondent for "The Late Show with David Letterman." Each summer at the "Just for Laughs" festival in Montreal he delivers the "State of the Industry" address to a packed ballroom filled with comics and Hollywood industry types. He is infamous for his scathing attacks on the world of entertainment, including the previously taboo practice of making fun of his fellow comedians. Just as the comedy boom of the '90s was imploding, Kindler wrote the "Hack's Handbook" for National Lampoon. This how-to guide satirized and exposed tired comedy formulas. Kindler can soon be seen in his second Comedy Central half-hour special. He currently recurs on "Wizards of Waverly Place" and the upcoming animation, "Bob's Burgers." He was also recently a regular comedy litigator on "The Root of all Evil." Other noteworthy credits include the "HBO Young Comedians Special," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Daily Show," "Dr. Katz Professional Therapist," "Home Movies" and "The Larry Sanders Show." Kindler is often recognized for playing the life-affirming character Andy on "Everybody Loves Raymond."

COREY (Contestant, Oxygen's "Dance Your Ass Off")

Hometown: Valley Stream, NY - At 6'5" and 325.9 lbs, Corey surprises people wit his dancing; they often assume he can't move well because of his size. In school, Corey was active in sports including football, lacrosse and wrestling . His weight really became a problem once he stopped being an athlete and wasn't burning the same amount of calories. Corey wants more than anything to get married, but feels girls aren’t attracted to him because of his weight. He wants to put a stop to his bad eating habits and lose weight before he turns 30.

SAUL RUBINEK (Artie Nielsen on Syfy's "Warehouse 13")
Warehouse 13, Syfy 's most successful series ever, returns for its second season on Tuesday, July 6, at 9PM (ET/PT), picking up from season one's finale.  MacPherson (Roger Rees) did more to Warehouse 13 than just blow up Artie (Saul Rubinek). He may have unleashed something into the world that Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) don't even know how to deal with, much less stop.   Season two also features special crossover episodes when Warehouse 13's Allison Scagliotti visits the town of Eureka and Neil Grayston of Eureka visits Warehouse 13. The programs will air on Warehouse 13 Tuesday, August 3, and on Eureka Friday, August 6.  Guest stars will include Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman), Tia Carrere (Wayne's World), Nolan Gerard Funk (Aliens in America), Jewel Staite and Sean Maher (both from Firefly) Philip Winchester (Crusoe) and Paula Garces (Defying Gravity), as well as WWE SmackDown Superstar Cody Rhodes.  Saul Rubinek plays Artie Nielsen a long-time Secret Service Agent who is in charge of Warehouse 13 in Syfy's number one series, Warehouse 13.  Rubinek was born in a refugee camp in Germany after WW II where his father ran a Yiddish Repertory Theatre company. Saul started his professional career as a child actor in theatre and radio in Canada. He was a member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario and later was a co-founder, actor and director of Le Théâtre du Hibou, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Toronto Free Theatre. Rubinek started working in the U.S. in the late 70's as an actor at the Public Theatre in New York, and he divided his time between theatres in both countries for several years.  Many Movies to his credit including "Unforgiven" ; "True Romance"; "Sweet Liberty" ; "Dick" ; "Wall Street";  "I Love Trouble"; "Against All Odds" ; "Man Trouble" ; "Bonfire of the Vanities" and many more.

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