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Mondays with Schobie



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For better or worse, I’m a creature of habit, and my Monday morning internet routine typically doesn’t change much. Behold! (As a soundtrack, enjoy long-forgotten Britpop band Rialto’s “Monday Morning 5:19,” a New Wave-y, melodramatic tune sure to lend an air of mystery to your multimedia meanderings.)

• One of my first stops is always Movie City News, a link-heavy site that does an especially nice job of sorting through the Sunday paper film features, including the following.

Last night, the long-in-the-works Woody Allen “American Masters" documentary—cleverly titled Woody Allen: A Documentary—finally premiered on WNED. (Part one aired last night, part two airs tonight; the whole shebang runs at 11 p.m. on Saturday if you miss it.) The New York Post ran a fascinating interview with director Robert Weide over the weekend; perhaps the most choice nugget concerns Mia Farrow:

“Early on, Weide contacted representatives of Allen’s former muse and lover, who very publicly split with him in 1992 after finding his nude photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, who later became Allen’s third wife. A long, bitter custody battle over Allen and Farrow’s three children ensued. The actress refused to allow footage of her from their 12 films together to be used in a 2002 documentary about Allen’s career for Turner Classic Movies. 'I was concerned about the same thing, and I told Mia’s people I wasn’t sure I wanted to make the documentary if I had to skip over those 11 years,' Weide says. 'I got permission the next day. I just think nerves were more raw back in 2002.'’’

This is not to be missed, so thank goodness for the re-airing.

• Whether the Bills have won on Sunday or not, I can’t help but head to the popular ProFootballTalk for a breakdown. Today, following what may have been one of the most gutless and disheartening losses in recent memory, a 35-8 shellacking in Miami, Ryan Fitzpatrick is “baffled,” Chan Gailey says the team is “pitiful,” and I say “It’s time to cheer for someone else.”

• Speaking of the Bills, Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News remains my favorite Monday morning Bills commentator. He offers the finest tell-it-like-is sports rant in Buffalo, and he does it with great humor. It can be hard reading a dead-on putdown of the team I love, but Sully does it so well. This may be the most tight breakdown of where things stand that I’ve come across:

“Did I say the Bills were one of the worst half-dozen teams in the NFL after the Dallas debacle? Try this: The team that lost to the Dolphins, 35-8, on Sunday couldn't beat anyone. They're the worst team in the league right now.”

• Similarly, my favorite place to catch up the Sabres is HockeyBuzz, a site mainly known for spreading often ludicrous trade rumors. But the site’s Sabres blogger, “Garth,” offers fine updates throughout the day, and on this Monday, he even includes some cool YouTube links to several of the great Sabres-Bruins brawls in team history.

• Returning to the land of pop culture, I’m one of those odd folks who finds the Monday morning breakdown of the weekend box office results utterly fascinating. Indiewire’s The Playlist site does this with a snarky wit that I truly love—case in point, this week’s headline: “‘Breaking Dawn' Does $140 Million, Still Sucks Uncontrollably.” (In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve contributed to the site in the past, but that just makes it more interesting, right? RIGHT?!)

• The first music site I check for news is always NME.com; even though it’s the online version of the seminal UK music weekly, it doesn’t just focus on British acts. In fact, it provides the finest condensed news round-up for current music that I’ve found. It’s also often utterly absurd. Sample headline: “Frank Sinatra starred in porn film, claims biography author.”

•Lastly, this Huffington Post column from Alec Baldwin ran four days ago, but I just came upon it this morning. It’s a reminder that the 30 Rock star—who returns to WNY on January 27 for a reading of Clifford Odets’s The Big Knife at UB’s Center for the Arts—is an astute thinker, and a bold, compelling voice. It often leads to criticism, but I would guess that doesn’t bother him a bit. In this piece, Baldwin discusses the lessons of Occupy Wall Street, and even ties it in with the high-speed rail debate. I’ll be very interested to hear his thoughts on the UC Davis pepper spray video …

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