Harrison Ford

Cheat Sheet: Four Things You Maybe Missed This Week

June 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm , by

1. World Cup: Team USA Still In It with 2 Tie Games

Last Saturday, the US World Cup team ended its inaugural match in a 1-1 tie with England. Check out this very accurate Lego reenactment of the US goal, which some say was due more to England’s flub than the US team’s skill:


Just this morning, our boys played against Slovenia and eked out another tie, this time 2-2.  They did score a third goal, but it was voided by a penalty after the fact, and many say the US was robbed.

Now the US needs to win against Algeria next Wednesday in order to stay in the tournament. In other World Cup news, those vuvuzelas are loud! If you’re not sure what all this World Cup excitement is about, check out this Nike commercial; it pretty much says it all.


2. Obama Forces BP to Allocate $20 Billion to Compensate Those Affected by Oil Spill

President Obama addressed the nation for the first time from the Oval Office to talk about the oil spill clean-up and what the government is doing to address the problem. Now, some think that he’s going too far by dictating how BP will clean up its mess, and others wish he would go farther.  Throughout the influx of increasingly disturbing photos and reports of damage to the Gulf Coast and beyond, this 11-year-old is taking action through art to help, and this is just funny (Ladylike alert: there’s an F-bomb at the end of this clip, in case such things might offend):


3.  Celeb News Roundup:

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, after only 8 years together, have tied the knot!  People reports that the nuptials took place at the mansion of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in Santa Fe.  Meanwhile, Larry King is rounding up bright shiny stars like Justin Bieber and Cameron Diaz for a “Diaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help” telethon, coming up this Monday.  Blogger Perez Hilton published a supposedly racy up-the-skirt photo of Miley Cyrus, but she appears unscathed by the mini-scandal.  And in honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, here are some shots of famous dads with their kids from Us Weekly.

4. This Baby Dances the Samba. Trust Me, You Want to See This.


Extraordinary Measures Review

January 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm , by

Untitled Crowley Project

Inspired by a real life story, Extraordinary Measures is a tearjerker of a tale.  John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) is a rising corporate star and loving family man, but two of his kids have Pompe disease, a neuromuscular disorder. Told that they have a year left to live, Crowley gives up his high paying job and enlists the help of researcher Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) to design a miracle drug.  What Stonehill lacks in interpersonal skills (and funding), he makes up in terms of brilliance, and the two begin an unlikely partnership. Working around the clock, Crowley and Stonehill race for a cure while battling the hurdles of big pharma and each other.

Extraordinary Measures adds an interesting perspective to the ongoing health care debate.  Crowley comes up hard against the realities of pharma: It’s not personal, it’s business. More inspired by dollar signs than the faces of the disease, these companies will only invest if the drug seems profitable.

But in the end, big, bad pharma comes out as being not-quite-so-evil after all.  While their bottom line philosophy sounds cruel, their need for objectivity is actually quite necessary. The movie tugs on your heartstrings and unless you are devoid of human compassion, you can’t help but become emotionally invested in the Crowleys’ crusade.  Interestingly, it’s this very type of emotional involvement that the pharmaceutical company warns Crowley against.  Passion and personal interest may drive research, but in the end, the science has to speak for itself.

Photo courtesy of CBS Films