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Ready for the Olympics?

We’ve still got plenty of Wimbledon and the Tour de France to enjoy, not to mention the British Open baseball’s All-Star game (which one doesn’t belong). But on July 27, all eyes (most eyes?) will be on London and the Summer Olympic Games.
To celebrate, here is an Olympic athlete montage video featuring Muse’s London 2012 official (you gotta be official to matter) song, “Survival,” by the group Muse.
The video opens with a reverse highlight reel of the Summer Olympics, beginning in 2008 and going back to the start of the modern Games. What follows is a more linear and timeline of iconic Olympic moments.

NBC’s shabby treatment of Ann Curry

NBC News' poor treatment of Ann Curry.

I have respected Ann Curry‘s humane journalism for more than a decade. I came to personally respect her several years ago when she played host to the conclusion of a cross-country LIVEstrong fundraising cycling trip that finished on the Oval in Washington D.C. There was no doubting her sincerity and dedication.
Ratings are down for the NBC News division, including their flagship “Today Show,” where Curry has been a co-host for a year and part of the anchor team for 15 years. She seems to be the scapegoat.
While the program prefers tripe like “Where in the World is Matt Lauer,” Ann Curry is making a difference with her reporting in Darfur.
I find this whole episode shabby. NBC remains my broadcast news network of choice. But I watch “Morning Joe” rather than the “Today Show.” I guess that mades me part of the problem for NBC>
Here is video from a year ago highlighting Curry’s career.

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Got Batman

Into Batman?
“The Dark Knight Rises,” the third and final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, hits the theaters July 20.
Pretty good cast: Oscar winner Christian Bale as you-know-who; Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy plays Bane (as in “the bane of Batman’s existence?), another Oscar winner, Marion Cotillard, Oscar winner Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and how about another Oscar winner, Morgan Freeman.
So, can four Oscar winners screw up a sequel, and a second one at that?

The French can sure play a typewriter!

The typewriter is music to my ears.

For anyone who ever used a typewriter, this will be music to your ears!

You knew there’d be video

Bird man interrupts Bob Costas and Webb Simpson at U.S. Open.

So, what was the best part of Bob Costas‘s interview late Sunday with U.S. Open Golf champion Webb Simpson? It had to be the guy wearing a Union Jack hat interrupting the interview with some impromptu bird calls. Costas seemed momentarily flustered, but Simpson had a clever retort: “Enjoy the jail cell, pal.” Simpson even tweeted a picture of himself with Bird Call Man with the message, “My new friend.”
Can’t wait until Simpson wins another major championship!

Celebrating the 2012-13 NHL season

When “Hockey Night in Canada” pays tribute to the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, well, it’s simply paying tribute to its own long-standing, honorable coverage of hockey in general.
Celebrate and enjoy!

You can call me … Chevy?

Here’s Paul Simon without Art Garfunkel — but replaced, in a manner of speaking, by a much younger Chevy Chase.

New York, New York in about 4 minutes

I love these time-lapse videos. This one takes us all around the Big Apple in about 4 minutes. Cameron Michael shot, directed and produced this video. Thanks!

Lord Stanley’s summer Cup plans

So, now that the Los Angeles Kings are the 2012-13 Stanley Cup champion, how will the Cup be spending its summer?

The history of rock ‘n roll (really!)

Chicago guitarist Alex Chadwick plays 100 famous guitar riffs in one take for a chronological history of rock n’ roll.
You can see the full detailed list of all the artists, keys, and year of each song played in the 100 riffs plus the pedalboard, guitar and amplifier too!
If I had to pick just one, I’d check in for 7 seconds at No. 54: “Glory Days” by (of course you know who!) Bruce Springsteen.

Remembering D-Day

More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded on this day 68 years ago. Not many people remain who were involved in World War II, but these heroes should never be forgotten for their sacrifice on D-Day in 1944.

Wanna be Kevin McCarthy?

Watch Mason grad Kevin McCarthy ask “really good question(s)” to director Ridley Scott and the cast of “Prometheus” — Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Guy Pearce.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.