Rocci Fisch

Random Thoughts

Rocci Fisch watches what's out there and has a lot to say about it. "Random Thoughts" is a quick-read, running commentary column which features his observations about the news, pop culture and the media, zested up with Rocci's unique humor.

“TALKIN’ LOUD AND SAYIN’ NOTHING”

April 4, 2012
  1. . . . That’s what most politicians do, if you ask me.

  2. . . . Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Obama, Biden, Clinton, who else?

  3. . . . They’ve all got an axe to grind.

  4. . . . “Like a dull knife . . . just ain’t cuttin’ . . . Just talkin’ loud . . . and sayin’ nothing,” as James Brown (along with Bobby Brown) would sing in Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing (1972, on Polydor Records).

  5. ENAMOURED. That’s what the morning network shows are acting like to their newfound “co-hosts/exclusive guests this week.

  6. . . . They’re worshipping at their feet.

  7. . . . Katie Couric on ABC, Sarah Palin on NBC, Oprah Winfrey on CBS. So what?

  8. . . . Matt and Ann and Al and George and Lara and Josh and Sam and Charlie and Erin and Gayle.

  9. . . . I’D LIKE TO KNOW. Who cares if Katie Couric comes back to host GMA for a week?

  10. . . . Who cares if Meredith Vieira is returning to NBC to co-host the Olympics from London with Matt Lauer?

  11. . . . Who considers her a “legend,” as the show dubbed her in promos for her upcoming announcement.

  12. . . . What’s she a legend of, “Sleepy Hollow”?

  13. . . . Who cares if Oprah Winfrey was a guest on CBS This Morning? Was it a big “get” for the network?

  14. . . . All she talked about was her TV network (OWN) and what a struggle it’s been for her.

  15. . . . She was all business and therefore boring.

  16. . . . And who cares if Ryan Seacrest was going to be on the Today show to reveal something? (He’ll also be part of NBC’s Olympics coverage as well.)

  17. . . . Doesn’t he have enough to do?

  18. . . . Good God, the self-importance of it all.

  19. MOONLIGHTING. Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman (the crabby one) is.

  20. . . . He’s hosting hosting a special on PBS called The Titanic with Len Goodman (April 10, 8 p.m. EDT).

  21. . . . Why him?

  22. . . . Before he himself was a dancer he was a welder in East London for the company that built the passenger liner – which sank in the Atlantic Ocean on a April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg -- in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  23. . . . There are many TV specials coming up in the next week on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

  24. DUMB. Keith Olbermann blew a $50 million a year job (five-year contract). How stupid is that?

  25. . . . His Current TV boss Al Gore said in a statement that the network “was founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann, and we have ended it.”

  26. . . . Olbermann reportedly missed too many days of work asked for too many days off and made fun of how his show was being produced, likening it to a rinky dink operation.

  27. . . . (Sounds like some places I’ve worked at.)

  28. . . . He’s taken to Twitter to badmouth.

  29. . . . He’s taking after Charlie Sheen.

  30. . . . Everyone’s wondering where he’ll turn up. Will it be anywhere now? He’s worked for literally every broadcast entity there is.

  31. . . . He’ll land another deal, people fail up.

  32. CNN’s Don Lemon had two guests (LZ Granderson, a CNN contributor and ESPN senior writer, and Will Cain, also a CNN contributor) on over the weekend to discuss “The Politics of Trayvon Martin” and whether President Obama should have commented on the case.

  33. . . . It was a very heated discussion.

  34. . . . Lemon had to act like a referee.

  35. . . . When the contentious debate was over he said to them at the end of the segment, “You guys’re awesome.”

  36. . . . Is that what an anchorman says?

  37. . . . At least he didn’t say “’totally’ awesome.”

  38. MOVIE: “The Deep Blue Sea.”

  39. . . . Directed by Terence Davies.

  40. . . . Ridiculous, pondering, overly dramatic, darkly filmed.

  41. . . . British drama, takes place in London around 1950.

  42. . . . Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, wife of a High Court judge, who leaves her husband (Simon Russell Beale as William Collyer) for a young, hot-headed RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston as Freddie Page).

  43. . . . Passion is lacking in the marriage. She’s conflicted.

  44. . . . Hester’s a little unstable and tries to commit suicide.

  45. . . . Freddie is furious and flies off the handle.

  46. . . . Hester ponders her future and smoke from her cigarette floods the dingy flat that they shared together.

  47. TEA ANYONE? “You want passion fruit or black,” asked a barista at my local Starbucks. Same thing a “server” asked me at a Cheesecake Factory near where I live.

  48. . . . Whatever happened to plain old Lipton, Tetley or Red Rose tea?

  49. . . . Nah, they’re too common and not high-end enough for the snob crowd.

  50. . . . The ‘black tea’ doesn’t taste like the standard tea we all grew up with, if you ask me. Too strong, just like the coffee they make nowadays.

  51. . . . Starbucks just has a lockup on coffee and they’ve done the same thing with tea.

  52. . . . And another thing. Would it be too much to ask Starbucks for a slice of lemon for my iced tea?

  53. . . . They don’t have lemon.

  54. . . . All the money they make and they don’t offer lemon? Get out.

  55. . . . Somebody oughta rethink that, for crissakes.

  56. THE BODY’S NOT EVEN COLD YET. They’re already auctioning off Whitney Houston’s belongings: a bustier, a vest and pearl-drop earrings she wore in “The Bodyguard.”

  57. . . . She only just died in February.

  58. . . . They did it last weekend in Beverly Hills.

  59. . . . Most of the items were reportedly provided by friends and family.

  60. . . . Nice family and friends she’s got.

  61. . . . Money grubbers.

  62. . . . They all see dollar signs.

  63. . . . Are they all that broke?

  64. . . . And there’s another auction scheduled for June which features dresses worn by the singer.

  65. RETRO RAPPER. 50 Cent (Fiddy Cent?) was on Rachael Ray the other day and talked about his upcoming fifth album and guess what?

  66. . . . He listens to the new stuff he’s recorded on his . . . Walkman. Yeah, some people actually still listen to cassette tapes (anyone in the Internet crowd remember what they are?)

  67. . . . He explained that it’s safer to do it this way because if it’s done on a computer/online it makes it easier to be stolen, bootlegged or released unlawfully and before it’s ready for release.

  68. . . . The man’s smart. The hell with downloading.

  69. BREAK A LEG.” That’s what theater people say to one another before a performance and what is said to Blythe Danner before she takes to the stage in a “dramatic” enactment TV commercial for a bone density product called Prolia.

  70. . . . Danner, an actress herself and Gwyneth Paltrow’s real-life mother, is in mid-stride to the stagee when an assistant smilingly asks her . . .

  71. . . . “Ready?”

  72. . . . “As I’ll ever be.” (DANNER)

  73. . . . “Break a leg.” (ASSISTANT)

  74. . . . DANNER, SHRUGGING TO CAMERA: “I used to love hearing that phrase but not since I learned I have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture.”

  75. . . . “I want to keep acting but a broken bone could change that.”

  76. . . . “So my doctor and I chose Prolia to reduce my risk of fractures.”

  77. . . . (We now see Danner in various scenes during her on-stage performance while the announcer makes all the claims and ‘disclaims’ of what the product can and cannot do.

  78. . . . She comes backstage again.

  79. . . . “What’s out there matters to me,” she says, gesturing with one hand toward the audience beyond the floodlights.

  80. . . . “So does what’s in here,” gesturing with both hands toward her body-is-a-temple self.

  81. . . . “Break a leg,” says a stage manager as she’s about to go back out.

  82. . . . She pauses, raises a knowing eyebrow, turns around to look at him and says, “Thanks Ed.”

  83. . . . It’s a nice little ditty of a TV commercial, has good production values, is convincing and Gwyneth should be proud of mommy.

  84. . . . UH . . . Ain’t Too Proud to Beg  The Temptations, on Gordy Records, 1966.

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