Monthly Archives: December 2007

Latest on Brijit: Walk Hard

Walk Hard Cast and Crew Make Beautiful Music –

 

John C. Reilly and Jenna Fischer, stars of the biopic parody Walk Hard, share their thoughts on their latest venture with a focus on writer-producer Judd Apatow’s script-versus-improv philosophy and the freedom to explore their characters. Writer-director Jake Kasdan and Apatow also weigh in on their responsibilities. The quartet share similar sentiments and not a discouraging word is heard, in this standard publicity puff piece.

in Premiere by Eric Alt, 18 December 2007

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Latest on Brijit: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds

Masterpiece #98: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds –

The Beach Boys’ album Pet Sounds may be one of history’s greatest, but it came at a great price. It was a commercial flop, relatively speaking, and took a heavy toll on Brian Wilson, who plunged into a valley of problems, both pharmaceutical and among his family and fellow musicians. The complexity of the record was hailed by groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, who appropriated some of the techniques for their own use. Lendler’s history is interesting enough, but the sidebar with rare details on Wilson’s studio tricks is a gem for music fans.

In Mental Floss by Ian Lendler, November/December 2007

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Latest on Brijit: Food for thought

Food for Thought –

Mental Floss presents a potpourri of the legend and lore behind myriad foods, restaurants, products, and people. This story includes a rating of some memorable TV marketing slogans, the truth behind the five-second rule, and some inventions purported to be “the best thing since sliced bread” (note: bread always wins). A.J. Jacobs also weighs in on confusing Biblical diet rules, and the venerable swine is virtually dissected and used for purposes other than eating. A buffet of fact bites in different formats keeps the knowledge entertaining.

In Mental Floss, November/December 2007
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Latest on Brigit: Head games for girls

Head Games –

After years of seeking school sports equality, women have surpassed men in one area: head injuries. Girls are more likely to sustain concussions than their male counterparts, and the possible reasons may be societal as well as anatomical. Males generally have thicker, stronger necks, which help absorb the impact; but boys also are supposed to be tough, and many may try to hide or downplay the extent of their injuries. To solve the problem, female athletes are turning to protective headgear and more aggressive training methods to build up the neck muscles. Gregory’s short article illustrates the trend with statistics as well as a few anecdotes.

By Sean Gregory, in Time magazine, 10 December 2007

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