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He is supposed to be young forever

Dule Hill (Charlie from The West Wing) is 43 today. This makes me feel old.

I expect him to remain the baby-face in a world of old people forever. I’m scared to look up how old the rest of the cast is now.

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Ruby Bridges

We watched this powerful film about elementary school integration with the girls tonight.

Lovely that the two top-billed leads of the movie are the two white people in the movie.

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House of Cards Confession

I intentionally did not remind Vanessa that the new season of House of Cards was available until today so I could have more confidence that she wouldn’t watch them while I was in Hawaii.
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Austin Current Events Film and TV

Alamo Serves It Up Twice

Today, we watched a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse‘s recently reopened South Lamar location which was preceded by the released-that-day Star Wars Episode VII trailer.

After it ran through, in Alamo fashion, the screen went black with text asking if we wanted to watch it again and ordering the protectionist to roll again.

Then, they aired the trailer a second time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOVFvcNfvE

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The Cord Has Been Cut

Finally, I made the phone call. As expected, AT&T does not allow you to cancel a portion of their services online, so to actually end the U-Verse TV account, had to call during business hours. I have been dragging my feet. This TV show (on re-runs that we could watch via Netflix at an incredibly lower monthly cost) is in the midst of its last season, so we have to wait until we DVR the 2 a.m. showing of that and watch it. Or there’s a new episode of something or another that I can watch days later on Hulu for free that I just must watch four hours after it originally aired.

Yadda, yadda.

It hit me when I was writing “Call AT&T to cancel TV” in my little notebook and I started writing “after this episode airs”. What am I doing? Seriously? That’s how America has been sucked into paying so much money every month for 1000 channels of which maybe just five are the least bit interesting except in those late-night hours where we flip through the other 995 to find something not completely horrible to watch instead of going to bed.

So, as of tomorrow, the service will be terminated. It only took 25 or so days of Lent to start this little sacrificial act.

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Current Events Film and TV Funny

After 17 Years, Leno Hangs Up 10:35

Last night, Jay Leno hosted his final tonight show, available until mid-June on nbc.com, mixing both a look at the past and a look toward the future.

His opening stand-up included thanking Michael Jackson, Monica and Bill and others who helped the comedy write itself during the past 17 years. The comedy piece was a look back at the best of Jaywalking, his regular feature of recorded bits walking around L.A. asking “normal” folks easy current events questions with quite humorous results.

His only guest was his replacement–Conan O’Brien–with a somewhat awkward interview looking at what the new The Tonight Show will look like starting on Monday.

Musical guest was James Taylor. Leno introduced him mention that on his way out of Boston years and years ago Taylor’s song, “Ten miles behind me and Ten-thousand more to go” was playing on the radio leaving an impression on him that has lasted all these years.

The final “goodbye”, I thought, was the most touching. I’m going to let you watch that for yourself. It starts after the final commercial break.

Conan begins on Monday. Leno’s new show will premier at 9 pm (Central) in September.