February 11, 1987 |
Movie director Jean-Jacques Beineix is on the phone to Paris, cursing and yelling something fierce. "C'est stupide," "incroyable," "absurde," "horrible" and the all- purpose "les idiots" flavor his conversation like garlic in a Provencal stew. While he protests, his right hand is going through maestro-like maneuvers, as if, perhaps, the urgency of his gestures might make his transatlantic argument more persuasive. After a good 15 minutes of frantic Gallic ranting, Beineix slams down the phone, raises both arms toward Manhattan's cold heavens and sighs in earnestness: "Oh zee Frahnch!
December 8, 1996 |
Count on MTV to put a new spin on the game-show genre. Fans of such warhorses as Jeopardy! will need to gear up their metabolism a notch or two to watch MTV's new entry in this venerable field. Idiot Savants, part of an image makeover unrolling on MTV this winter, will premiere at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Sixty-five episodes will be televised at the same time Monday through Friday. The host is Greg Fitzsimmons, a fresh-faced and hip young comedian. As illustrated by a visit last month to the Idiot Savants set, which occupies a ballroom in the Pennsylvania Hotel across the street from Madison Square Garden, the question categories are all youthful: songs by Prince before he changed his name to something unspeakable, James Bond movies, famous Dicks (Dick Clark, Dick Cavett, the two actors named Dick in the cast of Bewitched, etc.)
May 25, 2004 |
Perhaps this year's "American Idol" winner should be accompanied by an asterisk in pop culture's history books: Idiot voters. When La Toya London and gospel belter Jennifer Hudson were voted out early, fans reacted with shock and outrage. Some accused both the voting system, with its insufficient number of phone lines, and its users of racism. When John Stevens survived weeks of subpar performances, it was chalked up to love-struck girls, who have more time to kill to dial than more sensible viewers.
May 4, 2005 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. called Jimmie Johnson an "idiot," and blamed the Nextel Cup series points leader for causing a 25-car accident at Talladega Superspeedway. "If there was one idiot out there it was him," Earnhardt said during a break yesterday in a test session at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. "To be honest about it, I think Jimmie Johnson caused about all the wrecks out there. " Both Earnhardt and Johnson were at the center of the massive accident in Sunday's race that wiped out half the field and ranked as the second-largest melee in track history.
January 10, 1986 |
"Does this aggravate you?" Len Cella says, clanking a teaspoon around in a mug of instant coffee. Cella is standing in the middle of his sparsely furnished purple living room - that's right, four walls painted in a deep, psychedelic hue. He stalks over to you, holds the mug close to your ear and clanks the spoon some more. "How about now?" he inquires, barely suppressing his laughter at this great prank. "That's one of the things that I like best," Cella explains. "I have 10 or 15 'How to Aggravate' films.
November 4, 2004 |
SIGH. I REALLY didn't want to have to write this. George W. Bush has been re-elected. Yeah, the lawyers will haggle about Ohio. But this time, Democrats don't have the popular vote on their side. Bush does. If you're a Bush supporter, this is no surprise. You love him, so why shouldn't everybody else? But if you're dissatisfied with him - or, like me, you think he's been the worst president in memory - you have a lot of explaining to do. Why don't a majority of voters agree with us?
February 16, 2000 |
Calling John Rocker "an idiot," Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Wells said the Atlanta reliever will need bodyguards to protect him from hostile fans. "People will throw stuff at him," Wells said yesterday at the Blue Jays' spring training camp in Dunedin, Fla. "If I was a bodyguard, I wouldn't even want to be around him. He isn't the president. Nobody will take a bullet for him, no matter how much money he pays them. " Rocker was suspended until May 1 by commissioner Bud Selig after saying in December he would never play for a New York team because he didn't want to ride a subway train "next to some queer with AIDS.
December 5, 2012 |
WHEN FORMER Philadelphia cop and convicted murderer Frank Tepper shot 21-year-old William Panas Jr. to death, did he do so in his capacity as a police officer, or, as the city alleges, in his capacity as "Frank Tepper, drunken idiot?" In a federal civil trial that began Monday against the city, the Police Department and Tepper, the attorney for the Panas family, Jimmy Binns, said that Tepper, who identified himself as a cop and flashed his badge before the shooting, was acting as a cop, even though he was off duty when he fired the fatal shots after a neighborhood argument on Nov. 21, 2009.
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
September 2, 2013
It's hard to imagine a president of the United States publicly denouncing someone as a "dope" and an "idiot. " Sure, President Obama called rapper Kanye West a "jackass" during a bit of off-camera banter, but he didn't intend it for public consumption. And George W. Bush used a more vulgar term to describe a New York Times reporter, deeming him a "major-league" one at that. But his insult also was revealed unexpectedly by a hot mic (as was Vice President Dick Cheney's famous rejoinder, "Big time")