. . . And while we're on the topic of unseen actors, P&J are astonished that studios continue to use the voices of celebrities like Johnny Depp to make their animated films more marketable; never mind Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, whose popular appeal has never been that of impeccable line delivery.
Of course, one could argue that 90 percent of Hollywood's leading men and women are cartoons to begin with, but if you are going to plunk down your money to hear Depp dub a chameleon's voice, maybe it's time to pick up a book.
Can you spell "overkill," boys and girls?
We sure hope so, because we are now near the end of two weeks of Soopah Bowl saturation. (That's three if you're the JARheads, who have been mercilessly pumping the fact that they will be airing the game, with "17 DAYS UNTIL THE SUPER BOWL" promos that have run more often than the handcuffed woman getting kicked in the head by the cop.)
One-third of every station's news team seems to be in Indianapolis, bringing us entertaining and thought-provoking insights on the local community, such as: Indianapolis is located north of the equator; some people there are Patriots fans; and 1 percent of the city knows where Little Rhody is on a map. Oh, and they occasionally have a car race there. Tell me more, you fahhh-scinate me!
P&J certainly hope this migration doesn't intrude on the usual hard-hitting, 24-7, full-court press our TV stations devote to local issues (cough, cough), but maybe the time spent on Indy inanity will at least spare us the fillers of oil truck crashes in South Dakota, or dogs being rescued from floods in Arkansas.
If it bleeds, it leads. Let's hope it's Eli's nose.
THIS IS BIG!
That is what Herb Weiss, the indefatigable economic and cultural affairs officer for the city of Pawtucket told your superior correspondents last week. We are talking about the Pawtucket Culinary Arts Initiative. The Charles & Agnes Kazarian Foundation has agreed to be a founding member and supporting organization for this latest big-time project in the Bucket.
It's a bid to make Pawtucket a creative center for vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotic culinary arts (look out, Johnson & Wales). Co-chairs for the Kazarian Foundation are two Pawtucket natives, Paul and Richard Kazarian (Richard still lives in Pawtucket and is deeply involved with economic development in the city).
The vision includes approximately a dozen vegan, vegetarian, and macrobiotic restaurants, state-of-the-art culinary classes, health food grocery stores, and compatible retail stores. Daily musical and theatrical events are also envisioned.
Sounds like Pawtucket is aiming to become the healthy eating capital of the world. We say "pretty cool."
RI MUSIC HALL OF FAME UPDATE
You've already seen articles in the Phoenix about the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame's first induction ceremony and concert (see "Local heroes at the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame" and "Phillipe & Jorge's Cool Cool World," January 13-19) but you'll want to know how to get tickets for this major event. They are available now and can be purchased at the Met in Pawtucket, at Lupo's box office on Washington Street in downtown Providence, and at any of the usual spots where you get tickets for shows at Lupo's.