Hello-Hello, today we share an odd assortment of tidbits and morsels, most the kind of things that make me sit back and ponder. The first such item is this.
From the production company’s website:
Diana is a compelling portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales during the final two years of her life. It charts how finding true personal happiness allowed her to achieve her defining successes, as she evolved into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.
The film is due for worldwide release in 2013
The trailer for the film was also recently released.
There is a Facebook page for the film as well.
The film is slated for release in the UK about two months from now, September 20. A specific US premiere date hasn’t yet been announced, but it is expected to be this fall.
The film’s official Facebook page even has some side-by-side photos of Princess Diana and Ms. Watts.
I am an enormous Naomi Watts fan, but am not sure how eager I am to see this particular movie. Is it goofy to just kind of prefer remembering Diana as she was….?
With apologies to those who may have seen me tweet this, the next thing involves Le Boutique Targét.
It’s our own fault. We’ve all embraced this Christmas in July thing, so Black Friday was the natural next step. But here’s the problem – if you run a special sale every week, then it’s not really a special sale, is it? Why not do away with sales altogether and go with rock bottom prices every day of the year?
J.C. Penney tried that and failed. Seems customers don’t trust you when you say something is priced low all the time.
Here is today’s time-waster. Behold, BabyCam (as I’m calling it), ideal for those eagerly awaiting news from across the pond.
Brought to you by The Sun newspaper in Britain, that is a live shot of the hospital where a certain Royal is expected to deliver her baby at some point in the next….well, at some point in the future. And you can now watch that very same live feed on your computer, it is up and viewable 24 hours a day.
Speaking of babies, I hadn’t realized the stress associated with naming one’s offspring. Alex Williams had a fascinating piece in the Times sharing the process he and his wife, Joanna, went through.
What’s in a name? What isn’t, these days? Baby naming has become an industry — with paid consultants, books, Web sites brimming with trend data, and academic studies exploring correlations between baby names and future success. The once-simple task of coming up with a monogram for the baby blanket has evolved into a high-stakes exercise in personal “branding.”
And so many prospective parents feel paralyzed, trying to find the elusive name that is exotic yet not bizarre, classic yet not pompous, on trend but not trendy.
Many of us enjoy a casual scan of the annual lists of popular names, a glance at those gaining and losing in popularity.
The Social Security Administration’s list …for 2012, released last month, showed a continued slide for staples like “John” (now No. 28) and “Mary” (123), which were among the Top 5 for a big chunk of the 20th century; the biggest gainers were “Major” (483 from 988) and “Arya” (413 from 711).
And then there are those celebrity baby names.
Not long ago, unusual baby names were largely the province of celebrities — who can forget the rolled eyes that greeted “Apple” (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter) or “Moxie CrimeFighter” (Penn Jillette’s daughter).
I think this was written before a certain famous child was given a directional moniker. Back to the story.
Looking beyond the Top 1000 was not enough for Jenn Lewis-Gordon, a waitress in Lakewood, N.J. She and her husband crossed off any name that had been used more than 100 times in the entire country in the last year. This left “Ptolemy,” “Bombay,” “Thursday” and “Ocean,” as well as “Atlas,” their ultimate choice. “I feel as though he’ll be less likely to be a follower if he starts out from the beginning being different,” Ms. Lewis-Gordon, 35, explained.
As I said, things that make you go “Hmmmm.” You may read the entire column here.