Scoring his third nomination is Nashville-based sound mixer Peter Kurland, who got his nod for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for multiple nominee True Grit. Kurland remains the only person (besides Joel and Ethan Coen) to have worked on every single Coen Brothers film, starting with their very first, 1984's Blood Simple.
Music Row hitmakers Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges notched up a Best Song nomination for "Coming Home," their contribution to the soundtrack of the Nashville-filmed Gwyneth Paltrow drama Country Strong. Reached a few hours later, Douglas said he was teaching his lyric-writing class at Belmont when his phone went haywire.
"We were trying to figure out how to rhyme 'blue' and 'you' when all this happened," Douglas said wryly. "I'm speechless. I'm happy for Nashville and happy for everybody. Everybody's just pinching themselves." The author of hits such as Collin Raye's "Little Rock" says he's "sure gonna try" to attend the ceremony next month.
"We're all floating on a cloud over here," he says.
Below: the whole list of nominees.
Asner made the gruff but goodhearted newshound editor Lou Grant a beloved figure on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, arguably the '70s finest non-political sitcom. But when the show ended in 1977, CBS decided to spin off his character in a different direction, returning Grant to his first love, newspaper editing. Lou Grant ran five seasons, won 13 Emmy awards, and prominently displayed the dramatic flair of a veteran character actor who'd been working for decades in westerns, anthologies and cop shows.
Asner also used his forum to speak publicly on plenty of issues, often criticizing American social and domestic policy with vigor and specificity. He became such a visible figure the show also became seen as a vehicle for his views, something the producers repeatedly denied. It also began to lose ratings steam, though when it was canned in 1982 it hadn't yet completely lost its audience. There were charges CBS prematurely yanked the show due to Asner's controversial stances.
Since Lou Grant ended, Asner has continued to work in film and TV, most recently earning rave reviews for his work in the animated movie Up. Though he isn't nearly as outspoken now in the '70s and '80s, he still participates in plenty of social efforts. But Friday night Asner returns to weekly episodic TV as the co-star of Working Class, a half-hour comedy that also marks Country Music Television's (CMT) entry into the sitcom and scripted sweepstakes.
Pith should probably preface the above headline by saying, "Little Support Exists For Repealing All Provisions of Health Care Reform." This is an altogether different, more nuanced question and, thankfully, the New York Times went the extra step in this CBS/NYT poll.
According to the poll, 40 percent are in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act. But 48 percent like it just fine in its current state. This is a very black-and-white way to look at a very complex piece of legislation. The GOP did a masterful job in 2010 at selling the big lie — that a health-care system still completely reliant on private insurers under ACA is a "government takeover" (see: PolitiFact's Lie of the Year). Meanwhile, Republicans have been proclaiming to anyone who will listen that we hate this bill and that it was, with a super-majority, no less, rammed down our throats like the proverbial ... ramrod?
Even in black-and-white terms, this poll doesn't bear that out.
But when pollsters got beyond talking points and political monochrome, they found a much more varied picture of our attitude toward reform. When respondents were asked if they were in favor of a full repeal or just certain parts, those in favor of full repeal fell to 20 percent. And when they got down to the nitty-gritty, the piece-by-piece, only 8 percent said they hated everything about health-care reform. Only 11 percent said they would like to see the individual mandate repealed. No other provision of reform was opposed by more than 1 percent of the respondents.
Should "government takover's" reign as 2010's big lie succumb to this apparent falsehood: That we overwhelming hate ACA? It's hard to figure the prevailing attitude in a place like Tennessee, but Blackburn, Fincher, DesJarlais and Black (among others) seem to think they have a mandate for repeal, even if that mandate doesn't extend beyond the U.S. House of Representatives.
When the Amazon deal to bring two distribution centers to the southeast corner of our state was announced, the issue of whether Tennessee residents would have to pay sales tax on Amazon orders was briefly raised and then seemed to fade from public discussion. The Times Free Press had a really good article on why this is an issue and what's at stake:
With nearly 1,500 full-time and as many as 2,200 more part-time jobs planned for Amazon's proposed local distribution facilities, Tennessee may be cautious about getting too tough over taxes.
A ruling that Amazon's facilities constitute a physical presence under Tennessee's revenue definitions could mean the state would require Amazon to collect millions of dollars of sales taxes on Tennessee purchases. Tennessee consumers could be required to pay when they order online.
The Times Free Press story certainly made it seem as if it was plausible that Tennesseans would have to pay sales tax on Amazon orders. But that was December. This is January. And now The Seattle Times is insinuating that Governor Haslam is on Amazon's side and willing to work with them to find a way around the sales tax issue:
While acknowledging that untaxed online sales are a growing problem for cash-strapped states, Haslam said tax collectors should not "interfere with our recruiting of Amazon to Tennessee. That's a huge priority for us," he told the Times Free Press.
The website Pleated Jeans has made a map called "The United States of Shame" showing what each state is the worst at. Kentucky has the most cancer deaths, while the states along our southern border can now be called "Most Sickly," "Stroke," and "Obesity."
We're No. 1 — for corruption!
As if that weren't embarrassing enough, over at Crooks and Liars, they've put together a map of domestic terrorist violence directed at liberal and/or government folks since 2008. Who has a fifth of said incidents?
People of America, I beg you to not write off Tennessee as a tourist destination just because we seem like an incredibly scary place to visit. Really, it's not that bad. Sure, four domestic terrorist incidents sounds troubling, but look at the map: Middle Tennessee is domestic terrorist incident-free*.
So, come to Nashville. Sure, we may be corrupt, but you could buy yourself a government official. That'd be a hell of a souvenir, right?
*Disclaimer: That sentence is not true if you look more broadly than "violence directed at liberal and/or government folks," obviously.
Joey Garrison's story in today's City Paper sets back on the city's radar an item that shouldn't be allowed to drop off: that quiet little meeting of legislators, lobbyists and businessmen a few weeks ago at the downtown LifeWay building, where this secret conservative assembly met to discuss its strategy against the so-called "homosexual agenda." That would include the CANDO nondiscrimination bill coming up next month before the Metro Council.
Garrison lists some of the folks present at this meeting: "... [host] David Fowler, a former Republican state senator who heads the Family Action Council of Tennessee ... businessmen such as Lee Beaman of Beaman Automotive Group and Stan Hardaway, president of Hardaway Construction; Bill Phillips, former deputy mayor of Bill Purcell’s administration who now works as a lobbyist; and a pair of Republicans: state Rep. Glen Casada of Williamson County and Jim Gotto, currently serving a dual role as state representative and Metro councilman."
What comes through clearly from Garrison's article — echoing Jeff Woods in the current Scene — is that the hard right is learning to mask its own social agenda as pro-business fervor. Five decades ago, the group of Nashville businessmen and city leaders known as Watauga met in secret to help the city greet the unavoidable onset of progress, including the civil rights movement.
Behold the dawn of the anti-Watauga.
Location: On Gallatin not quite to Briley
Size of Park: Medium
Approximate Age of Patrons: Just me
Topics of Conversation: None
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: None
Perceived Safety: Medium
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Almost irresistibly high
Number of pitbulls sighted: None
Incorporation of Local History: Pretty good (I know!)
Recommended Patrons: Families and people who like bricks
His Girl Friday
Where: The Belcourt
When: 7 p.m. Mon., Jan. 24
If you tell me, “I’ve seen this on TV,” I will seal you up in a rolltop desk like Cary Grant’s conniving editor Walter Burns and shoot it full of holes. Seeing Howard Hawks’ voracious newsroom farce in a theater means the difference between joining 200 other people in convulsive laughter and watching alone bleary-eyed in the late-morning hours between Botox infomercials. Besides, at some point in his life everyone should see Cary Grant on the big screen. It’s like encountering the buzzing enormity of a Jackson Pollock canvas after you’ve only seen a postcard.
Hawks and screenwriter Charles Lederer run with the genius idea of transforming the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur warhorse The Front Page into breakneck romantic comedy, with the con-is-on rapport between Burns and star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell in the play’s male role) wound tight with sexual tension. Here words are bullets and everyone in the room has a machine gun, and by the second hour the rat-a-tat delivery has you laughing at almost every syllable. My brother and I used to go around imitating the way Grant brushes off a nuisance of a poet, smacking every other syllable like gum bubbles: “Tell him his poetry stinks and kick him down the stairs!”
It’s the latest in The Belcourt’s weekend series of screen romances. Take a date to see this, fellas, and if she laughs as hard as you do, get down on bended knee in the lobby and propose.
For the 30 seconds of this hilarious scuzzy trailer, it's 1983 and I'm back at a grimy suburban mall cinema, Nashville's equivalent of a 42nd Street grindhouse. The film is the notorious splatter movie Pieces, The Belcourt's midnight movie this Friday and Saturday night.
It's one of a few titles we didn't get to mention in this week's print edition. Below, we've got trailers for Peter Weir's fact-based World War II escape drama The Way Back, starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell; Nigel Cole's Made in Dagenham, with Sally Hawkins and Miranda Richardson in the story of the women who went on strike against the Ford Motor Company in England over equal pay in 1968; and more. Report back if you see anything.
This year, they're doing it all again in late September with fresh faces, and you could be one of them. They're currently on the hunt for Nashville's next emerging designer, whom they'll feature at the festival's runway show next to two national designers who haven't been named yet. It's great exposure from lots of well-connected local folks who hope to elevate Nashville talent to national and international heights. The winner not only gets to show their stuff, but they'll also be featured in a short fashion film made by a local filmmaker, and receive a stipend, prizes, and — the invaluable prize — mentoring sessions from Imogene + Willie owners Matt and Carrie Eddmenson, and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. (If you don't know who those folks are, you can't call yourself a Southern designer.) Apply at Belcourt.org starting next Friday, Jan. 28. Deadlines and deets after the jump.
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