Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Princess Bride Live Reading feat. Hugh Jackman

Oh, dear friends. It’s not often that I get to treat myself, but tonight I did, and it was so freaking worth it.

Roughly a week and a half ago, the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote an article announcing that none other than Hugh Jackman would be starring in a live reading of The Princess Bride at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. 

If you’re anything like me, the sound of Hugh Jackman and The Princess Bride in the same freaking sentence is like chocolate and peanut butter.

But then add on top that all the proceeds for the live reading go to Puerto Rico and basically there was no fucking way I wasn’t going to grab a ticket.

It was the best decision I’ve made in months.

The live reading was put on by Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking), his father Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Evolution), and some odd cast members (I apologize–I didn’t recognize any but two of them, and unfortunately I didn’t see a program listing their names) from a biopic they are shooting starring Hugh Jackman. They’ve been filming in Atlanta for two months now and they thought it would not only be a great chance to raise money for Puerto Rico, but it was a lovely thank you for how much fun they’ve had in our city. 

I had so much fun that I’m pretty sure I’ve been smiling ever since the metaphorical curtains went up.

This was my first ever live reading. Basically, they had the actual screenplay for The Princess Bride film adaptation and the actors read the parts with a background behind them that changed with the scenery. It was a very fun, relaxed atmosphere. 

The kicker is that I didn’t know who else would be on the cast live reading and…

Freaking J.K. Simmons was there.

Originally posted by everythingstarstuff

I just about lost my voice cheering.

I’ve loved the man forever. Since Spider-Man and The Mexican. I’ll watch any damn thing he’s in and he was cast as Prince Humperdink, and couldn’t have been more amazing. 

So basically I got to watch Wolverine vs. J. Jonah Jameson.

Aside from just needing to geek out, the reason I wanted to make a post is simply five priceless moments that I thought I should share with you guys. Keep in mind, this’ll have more relevance if you’ve seen The Princess Bride.

Moment #1:

During the opening where the narration is describing Westley and Buttercup’s relationship, Hugh Jackman says “As you wish” for the first time and I swear to God, the entire female half of the audience simultaneously swooned. It was so noticeable that Hugh chuckled and asked us if we were all okay and then we laughed before they moved on.

Moment #2:

During the confrontation between Vizzini and Westley, there’s that line of, “Because everyone knows iocane powder comes from Australia” and the actor pauses and stares pointedly at Hugh Jackman and he and the whole audience burst out laughing. It is then proceeded by the line, “And as we all know, Australia is entirely peopled with criminals.” We laugh even harder at that one. It was just a happy coincidence.

Moment #3:

During the scene where Westley is on the Machine, Hugh Jackman was acting out the pain and during his flailing, he pretends to whip out his Wolverine claws and mimics slashing things up and so of course we were all cracking up.

Moment #4:

During the scene after Inigo and Fezzik have revived Westley with the Miracle pill, there’s a line from Westley, “Well, I’ve always been a quick healer.” Cue the entire audience and the cast cracking up that yet again we have a happy coincidence line relevant to Hugh Jackman.

Moment #5:

During the scene where Westley and Buttercup are reunited, in the film, Westley’s on the bed and Buttercup gives him little kisses in excitement. Hugh and the actress playing Buttercup are sitting next to each other, naturally, and the actress picks up Hugh’s arm and starts kissing up his arm in a Gomez-Morticia fashion. Again, absolutely hysterical. We’re all laid out in the aisles. It was too cute. 

Everyone did a phenomenal job. I had so much fun. It was just a breath of fresh air in my dumpster fire life that keeps getting worse with every day. I just really want to thank the cast for their performances and thank them even more for donating the money to help Puerto Rico recover. 

I hope this post brought a smile to your face. 

It sure brought one to mine.

Col. Bruce Hampton Dead at 70

Col. Bruce Hampton - the celebrated Granddaddy of the Jam Scene - collapsed on stage Monday at the end of his all-star, 70th-birthday concert celebration at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

Hampton, who turned 70 on April 30, died early Tuesday morning at a hospital, his family said.

“After collapsing on stage surrounded by his friends, family, fans and the people he loved, Col. Bruce Hampton has passed away,” said an online statement. “The family is asking for respect and privacy at this difficult time.”

Hampton was stricken near the end of a four-hour concert that brought more than 30 musicians - including former Allman Brothers Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell and Derek Trucks; Widespread Panic’s Duane Trucks, John Bell, Dave Schools and Jimmy Herring, who played in Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit along with Jeff Sipe, Karl Denson and Drew Emmitt, who were also on hand; Susan Tedeschi; Todd Snider; and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, among others - to Atlanta to celebrate his birthday and career.

Hampton appeared to pass out as the musicians performed “Turn on Your Lovelight.” According to reports, the concert came to an abrupt end and concertgoers were unclear if Hampton was actually ill.

“The low lighting, crowded stage and configuration of the musicians probably kept people from realizing immediately what had happened,” the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.

Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul described himself as “stunned and deeply saddened” by the news of Hampton’s death, while taking “some comfort that he died theatrically … Just as he would have written it.

“But what a sad day for so many of us.”

Hampton’s career spanned more than 45 years, beginning with the 1971 release of the Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat. He founded ARU and the Code Talkers, helped launch the H.O.R.D.E. music festival and recorded with Frank Zappa, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Widespread Panic and others.

In a 2017 story in the Atlanta Journal -Constitution, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’’s Kevn Kinney called Hampton a legendary presence in the music world.

“People don’t understand how far back he goes,” Kinney said. “He’s just the ultimate showman. He’s our P.T. Barnam. You never know when he’s going to pop out of the jack-in-the-box.”


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[ ☠ ] — “Kanye Omari West  is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Born in Atlanta and raised in Chicago, West briefly attended art school before becoming known as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hit singles for artists such as Jay Z and Alicia Keys. Intent on pursuing a solo career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success, and founded the record label GOOD Music. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration (2005), Graduation (2007), and 808s & Heartbreak (2008). In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, and the following year he collaborated with Jay Z on the joint LP Watch the Throne (2011). West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016.

West’s outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media, and in other public settings. His more scrutinized comments include his off-script denunciation of President George W. Bush during a live 2005 television broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief and his interruption of singer Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West’s efforts as a fashion designer include collaborations with Nike, Louis Vuitton, and A.P.C. on both clothing and footwear, and have most prominently resulted in the YEEZY collaboration with Adidas beginning in 2013. He is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to widespread media coverage.

West is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century,and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwideHe has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time and the most Grammy-awarded artist to have debuted in the 21st century. Three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stone’s 2012 update of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. He has also been included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015.

West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old. After the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West’s mother, Dr. Donda C. (Williams) West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as his manager. West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago.

At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, where she was teaching at Nanjing University as part of an exchange program. According to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in high school, West replied, “I got A’s and B’s. And I’m not even frontin’.”

West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age; he began writing poetry when he was five years old. His mother recalled that she first took notice of West’s passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade.[21] Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene. He started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artists. At age thirteen, West wrote a rap song called “Green Eggs and Ham” and began to persuade his mother to pay $25 an hour for time in a recording studio. It was a small, crude basement studio where a microphone hung from the ceiling by a wire clothes hanger. Although this wasn’t what West’s mother wanted, she nonetheless supported him. West crossed paths with producer/DJ No I.D., with whom he quickly formed a close friendship. No I.D. soon became West’s mentor, and it was from him that West learned how to sample and program beats after he received his first sampler at age 15.”

After graduating from high school, West received a scholarship to attend Chicago’s American Academy of Art in 1997 and began taking painting classes, but shortly after transferred to Chicago State University to study English. He soon realized that his busy class schedule was detrimental to his musical work, and at 20 he dropped out of college to pursue his musical dreams. This action greatly displeased his mother, who was also a professor at the university. She later commented, “It was drummed into my head that college is the ticket to a good life… but some career goals don’t require college. For Kanye to make an album called College Dropout it was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you.”

West’s musical career has been defined by frequent stylistic shifts and different musical approaches. Asked about his early musical inspirations, he named artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, George Michael, LL Cool J, Phil Collins and Madonna.Other music figures West has invoked as inspirations include Puff Daddy, David Bowie,Miles Davis and Gil-Scott Heron.West was formatively mentored by Chicago producer No I.D., who introduced him to hip hop production in the early 1990s, allowing a teenage West to sit in on recording sessions.Early in his career, West pioneered a style of production dubbed “chipmunk soul” which utilized pitched-up vocal samples, usually from soul and R&B songs, along with his own drums and instrumentation.His first major release featuring his trademark soulful vocal sampling style was “This Can’t Be Life”, a track from Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. West has noted Wu-Tang Clan producer RZA as an influence on his style.

West further developed his style on his 2004 debut album, The College Dropout. After a rough version was leaked, West meticulously refined the production, adding string arrangements, gospel choirs, and improved drum programming. The album saw West diverge from the then-dominant gangster persona in hip hop in favor of more diverse, topical lyrical subjectsincluding higher education, materialism, self-consciousness, minimum-wage labor, institutional prejudice, family, sexuality, and his personal struggles in the music industry.For his second album, Late Registration (2005), he collaborated with film score composer Jon Brion and drew influence from non-rap influences such as English trip hop group Portishead. Blending West’s primary soulful hip hop production with Brion’s elaborate chamber pop orchestration, the album experimentally incorporated a wide array of different genres and prominent orchestral elements, including string arrangements, piano chords, brass flecks, and horn riffs,amid a myriad of foreign and vintage instrumentsCritic Robert Christgau wrote that “there’s never been hip-hop so complex and subtle musically.” With his third album, Graduation (2007), West moved away from the soulful sound of his previous releases and towards a more atmospheric, rock-tinged, electronic-influenced style,drawing on European Britpop and Euro-disco, American alternative and indie-rock, and his native Chicago house.West retracted much of the live instrumentation that characterized his previous album and replaced it with distorted, gothic synthesizers, rave stabs, house beats, electro-disco rhythms, and a wide array of modulated electronic noises and digital audio-effects. In addition, West drew musical inspiration from arena rock bands such as The Rolling Stones, U2, and Led Zeppelin. In comparison to previous albums, Graduation is more introspective, exploring West’s own fame and personal issues.”


“That answer ya question?”

In the million years I’ve been alive, I never thought I’d be able to add ‘Muppet taxidermy’ to my resume. I’m just over a year deep in it with a couple more ahead of me. Now that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published some images (this one included) from the Jim Henson legacy conservation project, I’m finally allowed to talk about it. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to post any pictures, however, if you wanna chat about it or want me to create sketches or perhaps perform some interpretive dance related to my experiences in the project, holla.

Weekly, I open old busted road cases to find some of the most iconic TV and film characters in entertainment history. I typically don’t have a clue what’s in the box when I get it but it’s consistently gold. Most of it is metaphoric gold, however, much is simply gold-colored airborne particles what used to be various types of foam. The stuff breaks down and that’s simply what happens. I’ve both figuratively and literally been breathing in the essence Henson’s work over the past year. Tiny floating bits of Sam and Friends, Sesame Street, Tales from Muppetland, The Muppet Show, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, Dog City, Dinosaurs, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and the list goes on for quite a while. I only hope my future lung tumors resemble Muppets.

In case you don’t recognize the critter in this pic, it’s Fizzgig (”Fizgig” according to the Henson Organization production label), pet companion to the ever-so-enchanting Kira from Henson’s The Dark Crystal. When Fizzgig 1st appeared on my workbench he was just a loose mess of patch-worked animal fur, barely held together by a loosely woven fabric. This fabric was mostly, and accidentally, adhered to the fur by tiny mummified fists of dried, brittle, cast foam latex that once made up his inner structure. That’s just the nature of foam latex. He had no mouth at all when I received him, it completely disintegrated, taking along some of the fur around the set of lips that also used to be there. It appeared seamless from someone’s previous attempt at simply pinning together the fur around the mouth. Those pins eventually rusted in place, taking a few strands of fur hostage when removed. Orange crumbles of dead foam were left behind and the nose and eyelids were well on their way out. The bulk of him was a small pile in the box he had been stored in for so many years. I sifted through the debris and found some slightly bigger chunks which ultimately proved to be a very small portion of the roof of his mouth. I also eventually came across his shriveled little tongue, only ½ the size of it’s original cast form. I performed some re-hydration/suspension voodoo of the dead foam using a “magical,” archival potion. Then I fixed the new mouth plate to the body. I restructured the nose from the inside, building up small layers from within, then filling any tiny fault lines left on the surface of the original foam nose. I removed some inconspicuous fur from his performer sleeve to surround the new set of lips, matching the original design.

After a little match-painting, voila! Certainly not perfection but I’m only allowed to do so much to be considered conservation work. I should mention that since all of Jim’s work is bound for a museum retirement, I can only use a very small library of archival-safe materials to mimic the stuff I would typically build a puppet from, that awesome toxic stuff. This has been the major crux of the entire project. Lots of trial by fire. Lots.

Though never to function again, I have to mention the mechanism in this Fizzgig fella. It is unbelievably tiny and clever. Fizzgig had side-to-side eye movement as well as eye-blinkers and a nose-twitching mech. The tiny 4 mm pulleys mounted to his fiberglass skull fed the even tinier polyester cord through 1 mm plastic tubes embedded in cast foam between the skull and fur skin. The 4 tubes (2 eyes, 2 eyelids), along with a 35mm camera whip (triggering the nose) ran to a second, remote puppeteer who controlled all the facial nuance through the mighty powers of analog action. All the tiny brass and steel mech hardware was soldered with a jeweler’s precision. It is now all seized by heavy corrosion. The mouth was simply hand puppeteered.

Concluding for the moment I want to leave you with some final insight. There is one major destructive force what is the ultimate enemy of all puppetdom in every form; it’s atmosphere + time. This mix has singularly and universally affected every last piece of the Henson collection. Soon, much of Henson’s early engineering magic will be permanently sealed away, if not destroyed by this evil sum. *sighs*  There is just sooo much mechanical genius within the entire collection which should be made publicly visible before it’s too late. I only hope the powers that be will someday allow me to share even just a few of my thousands of images with you. There is an absolute treasure trove in every piece from this collection. I can only suggest that you check in from time to time because just maybe, one day, perhaps…?


On May 1, 2008, Harold Wendal came home to find that his wife of twenty years, Eva Kay, had been beaten and had her throat slit and was laying in a pool of blood. Her murderer had been waiting in their home and attacked her as soon as she stepped through the front door. Nothing in the house had been stolen so it wasn’t a burglary gone wrong. The case went cold until July of the same year when a cut and paste letter arrived at the Atlanta Journal Constitution which indicated that Eva Kay had been having an affair. The police determined that the letter was genuine and was sent by whoever had murdered her. The case remains unsolved.


A Nation Remembers: A Look Around America On Memorial Day

All pictures courtesy of USA Today.

Picture descriptions (from top to bottom right):

  1. World War II Army veteran Jimmy Bishop Jr., 87, of Old Bridge, N.J., reacts as he looks at the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the first time. “I get more emotional now then I did when I was a kid fighting,” says Bishop, who fought on the Pacific front during WWII.  Jacquelyn Martin, AP
  2. Isis Stevens, 8, of Bethesda, Md., waves a small U.S. flag at passing motorcycle riders during the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. At left is her mother, Simone Stevens, whose brother Sadiq Stevens serves in the U.S. Air Force.  Jacquelyn Martin, AP
  3. World War II veteran Carl Beck, 88, left, who parachuted into Normandy and fought in the Siege of Bastogne as part of the Battle of the Bulge, is embraced by Korean War Veteran Jim Conway during a Meet Our Veterans event in Sandy Springs, Ga., on May 25.  Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal & Constitution via AP
  4. Mariana Cardenaz, 5, of San Diego, looks at a small U.S. flag while attending a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Her father, Army Staff Sgt. Michael Cardenaz, was killed serving in Afghanistan in 2010.  Jacquelyn Martin, AP
  5. President Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. He led the nation in remembering its war heroes, the fallen, and those who served and are serving their country in a Memorial Day tribute.  Susan Walsh, AP
  6. Robert Becker sounds ‘Taps’ during a Memorial Day ceremony at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va.  Patrick Kane, The Progress-Index via AP
  7. Chatham County Veteran of the year Bob Cutler, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Gilpin,the 3rd Infantry Division’s senior enlisted leader, lays a wreath for Memorial Day at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga.  Steve Bisson, Savannah Morning News via AP
  8. Raymonde Murphy walks past the flag-adorned graves after visiting the grave of her husband, William Murphy, a World War II veteran, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.  Ross D. Franklin, AP
  9. The Color Guard, led by Frank Ramirez, right, from the George K. Gannam American Legion Post 184 raises a new flag to half-staff during a Memorial Day ceremony at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga.  Steve Bisson, Savannah Morning News via AP
  10. At the State Veterans Cemetery in LIttle Falls, Minn., Raymond Flicek, 92, of Baxter pays his respects to his wife, Etta, who passed away in 2012 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Flicek served in the army from 1943-45 as a reconnaissance man and drove around on a Harley Davidson.  Richard Tsong-Taatarii, The Minneapolis Star Tribune via AP

“What kept us watching were the coolly creepy atmosphere and high production values that gave the show a dark cinematic gleam. But even more important than those was the Mulder-Scully chemistry, the will-they-won’t-they sexual frisson that was yin to the characters’ professional yang. When ‘The X-Files’ movie hit theaters in 1998, the duo’s near-kiss was, for fans, more pulse-raising than the soft-core sex scenes in most Hollywood flicks.”

Atlanta Journal and Constitution, May 2002


Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief.

East Dublin resident David Hooks, 59, was killed because, according to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, he aggressively brandished a gun at the SWAT team that broke in his back door. But Mitchell Shook, a lawyer for Hooks’ widow, contends that the sheriff has misled the public about the shooting and raid, which turned up no drugs.

The sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant based on a tip from a thief who claimed he had found 20 grams of methamphetamine inside a bag he stole from a vehicle at Hooks’ home, Georgia station WMAZ reports. According to the warrant, Rodney Garrett claimed that he thought the bag was filled with cash but that he later discovered it contained meth. Garrett said that he then turned himself into the sheriff’s office because the drugs made him fear for his safety.

Garrett, a known drug abuser, also stole a second vehicle, a SUV, from the Hooks home.

The word of a thief shouldn’t have been enough to obtain the warrant, Shook told the Macon Telegraph.

He also disputes assertions that the sheriff’s office has made about Hooks’ killing.

Sheriff’s deputies raided the home without identifying themselves, Shook said, contrary to their claims that they told Hooks they were officers with a search warrant. The sheriff’s office had also said they fired at Hooks for aggressively pointing a gun at them near the back door, but Shook alleges that the deputies blindly shot at Hooks through a wall without knowing who was there.

When Hooks’ wife saw men in dark clothing heading for their home at 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, she woke up her husband and told him that the thieves who had stolen their SUV were back. Hooks grabbed a gun and headed to the door, according to Shook.

Deputies shot more than 16 times, Shook said in a statement.

Authorities searched Hooks’ home for 44 hours, but found no drugs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hooks’ family says that he didn’t use drugs or sell them. They say he ran a successful construction company.


I thought they stopped using drug addicts esp ones with a criminal history as witnesses

I’ve been learning how to edit every single day!! By observing and taking notes about what to click and what certain terms mean, etc. and by actually DOING. 

 I’ve helped to attach & edit animations for 5, 5:30, &6pm live newshows and have done CG and lower third graphics for a newshow.  TRANSLATION= making sure the video/images/graphics are edited and match the script/audio that is shown during the newscast.

However, there can be a LOT of last minute changes in scripts and computers/equipment have a mind of their own, but all of this teaches patience.

 Having a behind the scenes look at how things are done and the time it takes to create something gives you other perspectives of situations. There really wouldn’t be a news or television show without the producers, video editors, audio/sound technicians, content managers and sooo much more.                                                       

                                                  SOME ADVICE  


· Don’t limit yourself, it’s great to be versatile, learn everything you can from editors, producers, reporters, etc. while you’re there!

· Take notes

· Thank the people that take time out of their schedule to help and talk to you. Don’t forget to get their contact information too!

·   Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for help

·   Bring a light jacket/sweater, it’s usually cold when there’s a lot of computer/technical equipment around. 

·   Hand Sanitizer….“everyone” is touching the same equipment

Watch on

I was driving by when they filmed this. Wonder if I can see my car in the background…