Friday, February 28, 2014

And the winner is......

Something to get you in the mood for the Oscars. A ranking of all 85 best picture Oscar winners. I was at the ceremony in 1988 when Rain Man won. Who Framed Roger Rabbit won four Oscars that year, but wasn't up for best picture.  My wife was in line for the lady's room when the Best Actress category was announce. The woman in front of her, Glen Close, had to give up her spot and dash back to seat in case her name was called. It wasn't. Jodie Foster won for The Accused. At least now we know why Glen had such a pained look on her face when the camera came in for a close-up. Her bladder was ready to burst.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

All That Jazz

Just got back from a jazz cruise to the Caribbean.  On the ship I worked out and did yoga every day with a number of jazz musicians. One of them was multiple Grammy winning bass guitarist Marcus Miller.  When I told him I thought jazz musicians worked out by hanging out in smoky clubs and drinking lots of booze, he told me "That's old school, man.  You can't do that in our business anymore. The competition's too great."  Guess what.  You can't do that in my business either.

My yoga buddy and future mouse Marcus.
In my next animated movie, expect to see a small mouse, Marcus Mouse.  He'll be a hip jazz musician.  He wears a tiny black pork pie hat (Marcus Miller's trademark! I need me one of those!!!) and plays a talking bass guitar.  When he plays the high notes, the guitar giggles.  Heh heh heh heh.  When he plays the low notes, the guitar moans.  Ohhhhh, nooooo, whatcha going to me, man.  It will come off as scat singing.

I'm giving Marcus the franchise to sell teeny tiny pork pie hats on eBay.