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Saturday, September 18, 2021

NBC’s fledgling “Father of the Pride” is hauling in some unique star power for this coming week’s episode: Donkey, of Shrek movies fame, will be making a guest appearance. He’ll even be voiced by Eddie Murphy, just like in the theaters.

The cartoon-crossover potential is at least as strong as it was for “The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones”. Maybe even on the magnitude of the infamous “The Critic” guest shot on “The Simpsons”.

This should definitely pull in the kids, and maybe even boost the ratings for the week. I’m not sure it’ll be enough to salvage what’s been described as a dog of a show.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 08:33:52 PM
Category: Movies, TV
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Deeming it time for a makeover, Sears is rolling out an updated logo, with more color and a “fresher, friendlier” look.

A change was long overdue; the last logo looked totally 1982ish. I just walked past a Sears store today and did a mental check on the on-the-way-out logo, and noted that it reminds me of nothing so much as the Sears store in my hometown, a prominent fixture in the local mall while I was growing up.

I don’t know that this new one is particularly distinctive. I kind of like that they preserved something of the old logo: The white line that runs through the center of each letter, giving a hollowed-out impression. But I don’t know what it does for a logo. I suppose the elimination of all-upper-case conveys a more welcoming attitude.

Sears has been trying to better define itself for the past decade: Is it really an everything-for-everyone department store? Should it focus more on women, more on families, more on discounted items? The logo alone won’t resolve that, but it’s a visible step.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 08:13:36 PM
Category: General
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If you’re a fan of the “Left Behind” series — and it goes without saying that readers of this blog are the same people who would scarf up apocalyptic Biblical novels — then this conference based on the books is right up your alley.

I think they should debate on whether or not Kirk Cameron’s headlining turn in the movie adaptation signals the more immediate imminence of the End Days.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/18/2004 07:56:09 PM
Category: Publishing
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