Saturday, October 9, 2010

Saturday morning coffee

- Yes, that was Bill and Cindy Self canoodling on the Sprint Center "kiss cam" at last night's Miami Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder NBA preseason game. Seated alongside Self were assistant coaches Barry Hinson and Joe Dooley, and their spouses, and the Kansas team apparently was elsewhere in the arena, judging from player tweets last night.

- The outcry about Gap changing its logo is one more example of the importance of brand identity and how it resonates with consumers.

- I lamented in this space a few days ago about the early cancellation of Lone Star, a show which FOX had promoted heavily prior to the premiere last month. I guess it proves that viewers aren't all that interested in a series which features infidelity, greed, and criminal behavior. Oh yeah--I forgot that 90% of all other programming on television hits on one, or all, of those themes.

- Also spotted courtside last night at the Sprint Center were Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, sporting hipster skull cap and designer hoody. The dude would likely have been the last person picked out in the arena as looking like an NFL head coach.

- Huey Lewis and the News, rained out of their performance locally last month at "Treads & Threads," have a new album coming out in November. The band's first album in six years will feature covers from Stax Records, including songs by Booker T & the MG's, Sam & Dave and Isaac Hayes. Should be fun...

- There was an article recently about cheap costume ideas for Halloween. One was to take black duct tape and wrap it around your body's profile, thus becoming the troublesome antenna on Apple's latest iPhone.

- Happy Birthday, Robert Wuhl. Long before Jeremy Piven in his Emmy winning role of Ari Gold on Entourage was Wuhl, a super sports agent in the television series, Arli$$.

- Speaking of birthdays, John Lennon would have been 70 today. Nowhere Boy, a British-Canadian biopic about Lennon's adolescence, was released this week in the U.S. and is receiving good reviews. British actor Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon and Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff play his mother, Julia.

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