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Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie on Ike's short list

October 29, 2008 |  4:30 pm

Eisenhower A competition to pick a designer for the National Eisenhower Memorial, slated for a site just off the Mall in Washington, D.C., is down to seven finalists, including Frank Gehry and Moshe Safdie.

The short list also includes Berkeley-based landscape architect Peter Walker, who has teamed with Michael Arad on the forthcoming, much-delayed 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero; San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz; New York firm Rogers Marvel; and a pair of Chicago architects, Ralph Johnson (of Perkins + Will) and Ron Krueck.

The competition to honor the 34th president is being run by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and the federal government's General Services Administration. Under former director Edward A. Feiner, the GSA helped boost the design standards for federal courthouses and other sizable government buildings, enlisting the likes of Richard Meier and Thom Mayne.

The last major design project on the Mall, the National World War II Memorial, is a rather lifeless neoclassical design by Friedrich St. Florian. To judge by these finalists, the Eisenhower Memorial Commission is clearly going for something a bit more contemporary -- even if Ike seems an unlikely candidate for the avant-garde treatment. We'll let you know how this unfolds.

--Christopher Hawthorne

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I don't want Russell Brand coming to USA to shread his brand of humour.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7696714.stm

Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Brand and Ross suspended by BBC
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Andrew Sachs says he accepts Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross's apologies
Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand are to be suspended and all their shows taken off air until the BBC has investigated their prank calls made on Radio 2.
It follows a series of calls made by the pair to actor Andrew Sachs on Brand's Saturday night programme.
The actor, 78, said he would not be reporting the matter to police.
Meanwhile, Brand has told reporters: "It would be silly of me to speak without thinking because that's caused all this trouble in the first place."
He added he was sorry he upset Sachs, famous for his part in Fawlty Towers, over comments made about the actor's granddaughter.
Sachs, 78, said he was "not surprised" by the BBC's suspension of the pair but added: "I am not going to take it anywhere. I'm not out for revenge."
The calls were broadcast as part of Russell Brand's pre-recorded show on 18 October.
During the calls, Ross swore and said Brand had slept with Sachs' granddaughter.
More than 18,000 people have complained to the BBC while watchdog Ofcom has launched its own investigation.
The corporation's governing body, the BBC Trust, has now called a special meeting of its editorial standards committee for Thursday.
Director general Mark Thompson will report management findings to the meeting and tell bosses what action he plans to take.
'Breach of privacy'
Announcing the suspensions in an earlier statement, Mr Thompson said he would be returning from a holiday and would "in the coming days, announce what action we will take".
He added he was sorry he upset Sachs, famous for his part in Fawlty Towers, over comments made about the actor's granddaughter.
Sachs, 78, said he was "not surprised" by the BBC's suspension of the pair but added: "I am not going to take it anywhere. I'm not out for revenge."
The calls were broadcast as part of Russell Brand's pre-recorded show on 18 October.
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Russell Brand said he was sorry he had upset Andrew Sachs During the calls, Ross swore and said Brand had slept with Sachs' granddaughter.
More than 18,000 people have complained to the BBC while watchdog Ofcom has launched its own investigation.
The corporation's governing body, the BBC Trust, has now called a special meeting of its editorial standards committee for Thursday.
Director general Mark Thompson will report management findings to the meeting and tell bosses what action he plans to take.
'Breach of privacy'
Announcing the suspensions in an earlier statement, Mr Thompson said he would be returning from a holiday and would "in the coming days, announce what action we will take".
"Since Sunday, I have been in regular contact with the senior executives I tasked with handling this issue," he said.
"In the meantime, I have decided that it is not appropriate for either Russell Brand or Jonathan Ross to continue broadcasting on the BBC until I have seen the full report of the actions of all concerned.
"This gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team has angered licence payers."
He added his "own personal and unreserved apology to Andrew Sachs, his family and to licence fee payers for the completely unacceptable broadcast".
BBC One show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross was due to have been filmed at BBC Television Centre, west London, later on Wednesday.
Guests on the show were to have been Sir David Attenborough, comedian Frank Skinner, US teen singer Miley Cyrus and band The Killers. The BBC said people with tickets to be in the audience should not attend.
A decision has yet to be taken on what should be shown in its place on Friday night.
Ross's Saturday morning radio show, as well as Brand's Saturday night radio show, have also been pulled from Radio 2's schedules.
'Lovely old man'
Meanwhile, Ms Baillie, 23, told the Sun the pair should "pay for what they've done with their jobs".
She said her grandfather was "really upset and says he wants the whole situation to end".
"What's funny about humiliating a lovely old man who has never harmed anyone in his life?" she added.
She said Brand and Ross were "beyond contempt".
"It was bad enough that they recorded these things on my grandfather's answer machine but astonishing the BBC saw fit to broadcast it when they could have stopped it.
"Someone high up at the BBC must have decided it was funny and suitable for national radio. They've shown an appalling lack of judgement."
'Not handled well'
Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticised the pair for "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour", while Conservative shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a speech on Wednesday that it was "wrong for broadcasters to produce programmes that legitimise negative social behaviour".
He told BBC News the corporation's reaction to the affair was "concerning".
Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman, former chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, said it was "essential for the BBC to ascertain quickly who was responsible for approving this pre-recorded episode".
"This has not been handled well - clearly this should not have been broadcast in the first place and if Mr Thompson did not know about it then he needs to cut some heads off of the people that didn't let him know," he told BBC News.
Sir Gerald added that if media regulator Ofcom were to fine the BBC for the incident, it should not be paid with licence payer's money.
"If the BBC is fined I believe the two people involved should pay the fine and not the licence payers," he said.
Story from BBC NEWS: Published: 2008/10/29 17:22:11 GMT © BBC MMVIII


From The Times
October 30, 2008
Russell Brand falls on his sword and a sorry Ross is taken off the air
The BBC suspended one of its biggest stars yesterday and saw another resign after its Director-General finally responded to an audience revolt over obscene phone calls aired on the nation’s most popular radio station.
As 27,000 members of the public made complaints and the Justice Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury both joined in the row, Mark Thompson finally apologised personally for the actions of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross.
Mr Thompson, who returned from a family holiday in Sicily to face an emergency meeting of the BBC’s governing body today, said that the pair, who sent the 78-year-old actor Andrew Sachs a series of sexually explicit messages, had shown a “gross lapse of taste” and suspended both from their BBC duties.
Ross then issued an abject apology of his own, before Brand announced that he had resigned from his Radio 2 show. He is travelling to the United States, where he will perform on Sunday night to an audience of 280 industry trendsetters in Los Angeles. Shows in San Francisco and New York are due to follow.
It came to light yesterday that Sir Michael Lyons, the head of the BBC’s governing body, had insisted that the corporation fast-track its handling of the row. He announced that the trustees would convene an emergency meeting today to hear the results of a BBC investigation into how the calls came to be broadcast. Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, is also conducting a separate inquiry.
Sources close to Sir Michael, Chairman of the BBC Trust, said that he had decided that the corporation was being damaged by its perceived sluggish response, and that waiting for a scheduled meeting of the trust’s Editorial Standards Committee, next Thursday was “not good enough”.
“It’s become apparent that this is a matter that requires action to be taken speedily, to demonstrate that it’s being taken seriously,” the source said.
Ross expressed his contrition for the “stupid error of judgment” that led to his “juvenile and thoughtless” remarks, which included shouting down the phone line to Sachs’s answer machine that Brand had slept with his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie. But there are still calls for Ross to follow Brand and quit.
Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, became the most senior politician to demand that he resign. Writing in his local newspaper, Mr Straw said that had Ross and Brand worked for a local radio station “they’d have been given their P45 before you could say ‘Jack Robinson’.” He added: “And it’s difficult not to feel that that’s exactly what should happen to these two so-called stars.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, speaking at the University of Glasgow last night, said: “I’m astonished that any editor gave the go-ahead to this disgusting and pathetic infantilism. Have we really got to this point of humiliation as entertainment? Why do we reward so colossally this toxic immaturity?”
Brand issued a video statement in which he said the calls to Sachs were “a really, really stupid thing to do”. He said: “As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I’ve decided that given the subsequent coverage I will stop doing the show.” He said he hoped that his resignation would mean “Jonathan and the BBC will endure less forensic wrath”.
Brand’s Channel 4 show, Ponderland, will still be broadcast tonight, and the comedian hopes to forge a career in Hollywood. He will next appear in Disney’s Christmas family film, Bedtime Stories, with Adam Sandler, and has been cast as Trinculo in a new film adaptation of The Tempest.
The chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has said that there were fundamental flaws in the BBC’s regulatory and governance arrangements. Lord Fowler said in a letter to The Times that there was “confusion all round” because both Ofcom and the BBC Trust were investigating the row. He said that the public did not know who to complain to and it was not clear whether one of the regulators should preempt the other.
In his first personal response to the incident, Mr Thompson said: “BBC audiences accept that, in comedy, performers attempt to push the line of taste. However, this is not a marginal case. It is clear from the views expressed by the public that this broadcast has caused severe offence and I share that view. This gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team has angered licence payers. I am determined that we satisfy them that any lessons will be learnt and appropriate action taken.”
Mr Sachs said he respected Brand’s decision to quit. “I hope he moves forward,” the actor said. “I hope he finds a better direction. I really wish him well, if he has done that.”
Ms Baillie, 23, a member of the burlesque dance troupe the Satanic Sluts Extreme, said that she was “thrilled because justice has been done”. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article5042843.ece

October 27, 2008
Transcript: 'offensive' Brand and Ross calls
Condensed transcript of the stream of phone calls made to former Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs by BBC presenters Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand. At times the presenters can be heard giggling and talking over the top of each other as Ross jokes at one point: 'We can keep doing this for hours.'
Russell Brand (RB): “This is Andrew Sachs’s answerphone. Right Jonathan, well this is unconventional..
Jonathan Ross (JR): “Don’t worry I’ll blurt something out”
RB: “Don’t blurt something out, not on the answerphone Jonathan.
Andrew Sachs’s answerphone: “Sorry I can’t answer at the moment, but please call again or leave a message. Speak after the tone, thank you.”
RB: “Hello Andrew Sachs this is Russell Brand. I am a great appreciator of your work over the decades. You’re meant to be on my show now mate, I don’t know why you’re not answering the phone, it’s a bit difficult - I’m here with Jonathan Ross.”
JR: “Hello Andrew...”
RB: “That’s Jonathan Ross speaking now. Anyway, we understand.. anyway.. we can still do the interview to his answerphone...”
(The two presenters exchange banter)
JR: “He f***** your granddaughter!” (laughter)... I’m sorry I apologise.
Andrew I apologise... I got excited, what can I say. it just came out.“
RB: “Andrew Sachs, I did not do nothing with Georgina - oh no I’ve revealed I know her name! Oh no it’s a disaster.
“Abort, abort. Please watch that show. I am out of The Bill, starring Andrew Sachs, I’m out of The Bill... Put the phone down, put the phone down, code red code red. I’m sorry Mr Fawlty I’m sorry, they’re a waste of space...”
JR: “... How could I carry that round in my head like a big brain blister all day? I had to pop it and let the pressure out...
“Like it’s really bothered us though, he’s the poor man sitting at home sobbing over his answer machine...
“If he’s like most people of a certain age he’s probably got a picture of his grandchildren when they’re young right by the phone.
“So while he’s listening to the messages he’s looking at a picture of her about nine on a swing.”
RB: “She was on a swing when I met her. Oh no!”
JR: “And probably enjoyed her.”
RB: “Let’s ring back Andrew Sachs... What if he answers this time? Oh no Jonathan please. I’ll do anything.”
(Andrew Sachs’s answerphone message comes on for a second time.)
RB: Andrew this is Russell Brand. I’m so sorry about the last message. It was part of the radio show. It was a mistake.“
JR: “It was just a joke. If there is any truth in that, I don’t know. It was just a joke.”
RB: “It was just a joke that we done. I didn’t ask him to say it though...”
JR: “It might be true, but we didn’t want to break it to you in such a harsh way.”
RB: “Ok, look the truth is, Andrew I’m ringing you to ask if I can marry, that’s right marry your granddaughter, Georgina the granddaughter.”
JR: “And I’d like to be a page boy.”
RB: He wants to be a page boy. We’re going to have a Fawlty Towers-themed wedding.“
JR: “No, no, you’ve spoiled it...”
RB: “No I’m sorry I’ll do anything. I wore a condom. Put the phone down. Oh, what’s going to happen?...”
JR: “You’ll never become king rat in the Variety Club now Russell Brand.”
RB: “Oh no that’s over for me. I’m never going to be king rat in the Variety Club. Jonathan I think we’ve made the situation worse.”
JR: “Who’d have thought two people like us could possibly have made the situation worse.”
RB: “How could we with all our skills, our social skills, our talents our experiences.”
JR: “Our intentions were pure.”
RB: “You know the only way we can make this better don’t you?”
JR: “Let’s phone him again. Let’s leave a nice message.”
RB: “Listen, we’ve got to make it better. We’ll phone Andrew Sachs back. We’ve got to stop upsetting Manuel. This time Jonathan I’m convinced we can make it better.”
JR: “What should we not mention, the war?”
RB: “Don’t mention the war, don’t mention his granddaughter. Don’t say: ’You only ever played Manuel’... Don’t mention The Bill in a negative way. Yes! We’ll just sing to him. I’ll make up something as I go along.”
JR: “I’ll be Bing Crosby to your David Bowie.”
RB: “I’ve always seen our relationship as a Christmas-themed hit.”
(The answerphone message plays again).
JR: (as the message plays): “She was bent over the couch...”
RB (singing): “I’d like to apologise for these terrible attacks - Andrew Sachs.
“I’d like to show contrition to the max, Andrew Sachs.
“I’d like to create world peace, between the yellow, whites and blacks Andrew Sachs, Andrew Sachs.
“I said some things I didn’t of oughta, like I had sex with your granddaughter.
“But it was consensual and she wasn’t menstrual it was consensual lovely sex.
“It’s full of respect. I sent her a text. I’ve asked her to marry me...
“Oh Andrew Sachs, will you marry Jonathan, it sounds like he wants to now.”
JR: “This has made it worse, I feel it’s made it worse, you’ve trivialised the whole terrible incident. It started fine and then you went on about nonsense.”
RB: “You said you wanted to marry him...”
JR: “I wasn’t really listening to you, I was concentrating on my back harmonies... There’s only one way we could possibly make this better.”
(Brand laughs)
RB: “What can we do?”
JR: “Let’s use up the rest of his tape, this time with a heartfelt and sincere apology... Pretend you’re Gordon Brown and make a beautiful speech rescuing the country from the credit crunch and rescue him from the inner turmoil you’ve caused by saying that you jumped on a relative.”
RB: “Yes, you’re right Jonathan, you’re right. Only by doing the exact thing that we’ve done three times already can we make the situation better.”
JR: “If you learn one thing from history, it’s do not repeat your mistakes.”
RB: “Don’t repeat them.”
JR: “So let’s do it right this time.”
RB: “Thank God Jonathan.”
JR: “Maybe this time... I want to do the song this time.”
RB: “You’re not doing the lyrics. You’ll balls it up. And can’t do backing it’s not in my nature.”
JR: “But you talked about his granddaughter’s menstruation.”
RB: “Look we’ve got a golden opportunity here, to make Andrew Sachs happy.”
JR: “... we should go in a little bit more relaxed this time.”
RB: “Right yeah that’s true, let’s not look at this as the last time we’re going to call Andrew Sachs.”
(Ross laughs)
JR: “... The wonder of technology is such that we can keep doing this for hours.”
RB: “And even after the show’s finished Jonathan we can find out where Andrew Sachs lives, kick his front door in and scream apologies into his bottom... We can just keep on troubling Andrew Sachs... let’s do it, right, ok.
“You pretend you’re Andrew Sachs’s answerphone.”
JR: “Hello, Manuel is not in right now. Leave your message after the tone.”
RB (as the phone rings again): “Alright Andrew Sachs’s answerphone, I’m ever so sorry for what I said about Andrew Sachs.”
JR: “Just say: ’Sorry’.”
RB (laughing): “I’ll kill you!”
JR: “Don’t say you’ll wear him as a hat, just say: ’Sorry’.”
RB: “Sorry, right.”
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article5023135.ece


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