The main reason to be an American is so you can watch the Upright Citizens’ Brigade’s Ass Pennies sketch wherever and whenever you want. USA.
Gene Wilder’s costume for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory went up for auction back in December. It eventually sold—for $70,000. Pretty sure you can buy an everlasting gobstopper with 70 Gs. After we posted about the auction, Walker Lamond reminded us of Wilder’s input in the costume design. Essentially, Wilder thought the costume was too true to the book’s character, and wanted the outfit to represent a man unpredictable not in a silly way, but in a calculated way. Regarding Wonka’s trousers:
Jodhpurs to me belong more to the dancing master. But once elegant now almost baggy trousers — baggy through preoccupation with more important things — is character.
Can a man in a purple velvet jacket, massive bow tie, and top hat can seem like he’s preoccupied with more important things than trouser elegance? The 70s were weird. Read the whole thing at Letters of Note.
President Obama. Zach Galifianakis. Between two ferns.
Watch, then visit HealthCare.gov.
This fantastic and moving tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman by Caleb Slain features over 40 of Hoffman’s films.
At 17:22 the video uses a clip from a 2010 interview with Ross Reynolds of NPR affiliate KUOW in which Hoffman says:
People need each other and that actual interaction or relationship or friendship or romantic love affair, all the different ways relationships take form—is one of the hardest things we do in our lives. It’s one of the biggest risks we’ll take in our lives… If you say ‘yes’ to someone, ‘I will,’ [you] are also saying, ‘I will be hurt by you.’ Because you can’t have relationships if you’re not willing to be disappointed and hurt by that person. It’s almost impossible. And you have to be able to enter the world and realize that the richness of life is all the good and joy and thrill of it, but also all the disappointment, hurt, and heartache of it—and that all of that is what’s great.
Hoffman spoke to Terry in 1999 and 2008. We play parts of both interviews in our tribute to him.
*Quote transcribed as it was said in the interview, not as in the tribute
If you haven’t seen Future Islands’ Letterman performance, you really, really should. —Lars
Superstars of BMX
Have you ever heard of dartball? If not, you’re not alone. That’s because this eclectic mashup of darts and baseball is often tucked away in the more rural parts of the state. WPR’s Rich Kremer took the drive far outside the city to witness this age old pastime.
Grilled Cheese Mac & Cheese in Shots of Tomato Soup.