Quiz the Season: Test your knowledge of Christmas TV specials
A good number of what we generally consider Christmas “traditions” are a bit dodgy. Do people really roast chestnuts? And has anyone seriously demanded figgy pudding? But everyone watches Christmas TV specials. Which means you should be able to ace the Post’s annual quiz. TAKE IT HERE: natpo.st/QLtIHK
School’s out, but our love for Greendale Community College is abiding. To tide us over during summer vacation, we’ve assembled a collection of California artist Dennis Culver’s illustrations of the many costumes worn by Greendale’s Dean Pelton:.
Two Game of Thrones creators have apologized for a scene in the show’s first season that show’s the head of former U.S. president George W. Bush on a stake. “It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement,” they said. “We just had to use whatever head we had around.”
The news of Fashion Television’s cancellation was first tweeted Wednesday afternoon by its iconic host, Jeanne Beker. “So surreal. This dream is over: After 27 glorious years, FT production ceased today.” A statement from the show’s parent company, CTV Bellmedia, soon followed. For the rest of the day it made headline news crawls in office building elevators nationwide.
Why was this lifestyle news trending on Twitter across Canada ahead of Charles Manson’s parole denial? Because when it launched in 1985, Fashion Television was a series ahead of its time that shaped a couple of generations of fashion cognoscenti and civilians alike, and made a name for itself well beyond our borders.
When I started reading A Game of Thrones, the first novel in George R.R. Martin’s epic, big-book Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, my favourite character was the 14-year-old Jon Snow. I liked his pluck, and I thought ultimately he would turn out to be the hero of the whole thing. The note inside the dust jacket said that the next book in the trilogy would be out next year. It was early 1997. I was 16.
Nothing especially groundbreaking took place within the ad offices of Mad Men on Sunday night, unless you count Megan’s planning for Don’s surprise 40th birthday party. Which you should. Despite Peggy’s protestations (“Men don’t like surprises,” she tells Megan, who dumbly ignores her. Never ignore Peggy!), Megan stocks the Deapers’ swank Manhattan digs with a motley crew of ad men — in varying states of Don Cherry-esque dinner jackets — and miniskirted jetsetters. Megan and her friends lounge, laugh and smoke “tea,” as Ken Cosgrove puts it, while Don’s consortium maintain the stiffness they grew up with. And as if the visual metaphor wasn’t rich enough, Don’s discomfort gets the spotlight treatment as Megan treats him to a burlesque-y performance of Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo, complete with lifted skirt and blown kisses. It — like much of Sunday’s episode — does not tone down the intended comedic effect, nor its effect on Don.
There’s liars and cheaters and then there are the main characters of Mad Men, a collection of individuals so steeped in adultery, secrecy and greed that it’s hard to tell who’s worst. Or is it? At left, we rank each of Mad Men’s key players according to vice.