Indiego Films began shooting in Ferguson before the grand jury decision.
The project will be a docu-series and is being referred to as “The black
male crisis.” The production company: “It will illuminate the magnitude
of the murder of black males in this country.”
New York Post: “Hands up, don’t shoot!” “If only Michael Brown had done last August”. . .NODDITTY-ODDITTY: In 2010, Ferguson was in the running to be tagged “All-American City” by the National Civic League. It missed, having no youth association. . .Some protestors in NYC hit the hashtag, #Stoptheparade, targeting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. . .Lead-in to coverage of Ferguson, FOX2 aired a commercial for Premarin Vaginal Creme.” Voiceover: “Intercourse painful? Try Premarin creme.” Side effect: “Can cause uterine cancer.”
“MACK & MABEL”
One of my favorite musicals of all time is “Mack & Mabel,” which had a pre-Broadway run at The Muny 40 years ago. Hometowner/producer David Merrick had cast Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters in the title roles of silent screen producer, Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, depicting their off-screen romance. The music by Jerry Herman was enchanting. He came here to see the show on the giant stage. Backstage, Preston and Peters couldn’t have been more amiable. Merrick also arrived for the opening, despite his reported dislike for his native town. He told me that he wasn’t seeking personal publicity. But, when a newspaper photog arrived and confronted him, Merrick stood back like a Brooks Bros. model. One of his minions: “Merrick basks in it!”
McGraw Milhaven and Bishop Geoffrey Dudley of New Life in Christ interdenominational Church were interviewed last night by Bill O’Reilly discussing the Ferguson controversy.
Among the local clergy protesting outside the Justice Center in Clayton: Rev. Deborah Krause of Eden Theological Seminary; Rev. Shaun Jones of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition; Rev. Erin Counihan of Oak Hill Presbyterian; Rabbis Susan Talve and Randy Fleischer of Central Reform Congregation and Rev.David Gerth and Rev. Susan Sneed of Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). The event was spearheaded by Rev. Dietra Wise of Liberation Christian Church in north County, who also co-chairs the “clergy caucus” of MCU.
According to Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Budweiser parent company, nearly 44 percent of 21-27 year-old drinkers today have never tried the brand. Craft beer sales now outstrip the “King of Beers.” Craft beers and flavored malts have contributed to a 9 percent decline in shipments of Budweiser. To reach that demographic, this year’s holiday ads are replacing the Clydesdale horses with people in their 20s looking directly into the camera and calling out friends’ names as a narrator asks, “If you could grab a Bud with any of your friends these holidays, who would it be?”
CHILD MOLESTER BACK IN TOWN
Former teacher David Kramer, who pled guilty to two counts of child molestation in St. Louis county in 2008 and was sentenced to a seven-year prison term, has been released and is now living on South Grand. He had taught in U. City and in Australia.
* N.Y. TIMES: “Fury boils from plains to both coasts”
* LONDON DAILY MAIL: “Explosive U.S. grand jury evidence reveals how aggressive black teenager taunted white police officer before he was shot”
* SOUTH AFRICA DAILY MAIL & GUARDIAN: “Riots grip Ferguson”
* TORONTO STAR: “Violence, looting erupt in Ferguson”
* PARIS LE MONDE: “Mort de Michael Brown – 4 raisons qui ont conduit au non-lieu du policies”
* CHINA DAILY: “Ferguson grand jury has reached decision”
* TIME: “Ferguson erupts as cop cleared”
Anderson Cooper on CNN from Ferguson: “This is a sickening sight!”
The official beer sponsor of the NFL is set to create the Ultimate
#UpForWhatever experience: Bud Light House of Whatever. . .Enter
oddsmakers for Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium:
Green Bay Packers $300 (3 to 1); New England Patriots $350 (7 to 2) and
the St. Louis Rams $100,000 (1,000 to 1).