Timberlake set the upbeat tone. Jimmy Kimmel hit perfect balance of topical and funny. Then. Gold to Black. Ali. O.J. Academy Prez. Viola. Legend. Moonlight. Gay, too. Woo hoo.
White on rice. Ah. The irony. Meryl Streep the victim of “fake news”. Charlize Theron wins couture class. Emma Stone in Givenchy. Not crazy. Warren. La La. What? Not.
The New Abnormal.
Global warming? Balmy February in New York. Rowboats on the Lake.
Bannon’s economic nationalism. Dismantling administrative state. Trump golfing with Els and McIlroy. The new abnormal.
Books are still normal. Just finished a good one. The Honeymoon, Dinitia Smith. A novel about literary icon George Eliot’s life and last honeymoon. Which was a doozy. See review here. Oscars. Ho-hum. This year.
Unprecedented resistance march on Central Park West. He’s Not My President’s Day rally from 59th to 67th. Even Northamptonites were there. A young kid yelled, “look it’s Steve Bannon!” Ha. It’s going to be a long four years. Fun to watch the throngs gather.
Better to walk just down the hill to Tavern on the Green’s outdoor garden for a private protest on a sunny warm February afternoon.
Was it okay for John McCain to make Sarah Palin his running mate opening the door to Donald-ism. Or. For Jeff Zucker to have installed Trump’s Apprentice show at NBC. Then. Propped him up by running his rallies non-stop and uncensored on CNN for ratings? And. Now. Both McCain and Zucker conspire to take the President down with Russian dossiers and intelligence leaks? Guilty as charged.
Is it wrong to like both Lena Dunham and Milo Yiannopoulos?
A show within a show. Only it’s real. Press conferences. Bill signing photo opps. Dinners at Mar-a-Lago with world leaders. Couples lunch in the White House Blue Room with Bibi Netanyahu. Campaign-style rallies on a Saturday in Florida. Where are Jim Carrey and Scott Rudin when you need them? Keep the klieg lights on call. It’s going to be a surreal soap opera.
Almost as weird is FX new show Legion. Matthew Crawley meets Quentin Collins.
Happy Valentine’s Day From Russia With Love. Putin’s arrow on a dangerous trajectory. Flynn’s ties to Vlad finally results in his demise. What was Trump’s own complicity. Chaos Doctrine front and center. Sure has blown up the White House inner circle. Will it backfire on the disrupter-in-chief himself? Pence could be the next Prez sooner rather than later.
Snow. Sleet. Wind. Time to finish series left dormant on DVR. The Affair season 3 was not as riveting as past two. It did leave each in the cheating couple alone at the end. Good Behavior besides star Michelle Dockery’s great performance as a very flawed woman, also features a stellar acting ensemble. Bradley Cooper in movie Burnt was a fun distraction about dueling top chefs in London. SNL did not live up to prior weeks’ standards. Alec Baldwin disappointing. Writing weak. On to Girls, Grammy’s and Homeland.
Capping off a successful Super Bowl celebration, Bob Kraft dined with Japan’s Abe & the Trump’s at Mar-a-Lago while Bill Belichick played golf at Pebble Beach (but he is a member of Mar-a-Lago).