The Polaris Music Prize was given out last night. The 50 thousand dollar prize, given out by people who take music very very seriously, went to Cree artist Buffy St Marie, who is 74 and an icon of 1960’s folk, and probably best known commercially for writing the Joe Cocker hit “Up Where we Belong”. St. Marie is the second indigenous winner of the Polaris Prize, following last year’s win by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. You know who is never going to win the Polaris Prize? Robin Thicke.
This may or may not be true, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly in the process of adopting a Syrian orphan. The couple has 6 children ; 3 are biologically theirs, and the others are adopted from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam. It certainly would not be out of character for the family to take in another child. The story is that Angelina, on a recent trip to Syria as a UN goodwill ambassador, met three Syrian brothers who were orphaned in the recent conflict, and wanted to adopt all three, but Brad insisted that they could only adopt one. You know when I travel, I like to bring home one those snow globes …
It’s tough keeping your private life private when you’re famous. Ryan Reynolds reveals that he was devastated when a close friend attempted to sell photos of his baby daughter James. Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively became first time parents 9 months ago, and would not even reveal the baby’s name, when a childhood friend of Reynold’s was caught shopping around a photo of the new family taken in the delivery room. That is tough. You can’t bro that out.
And at the risk of tainting your childhood memories, you should know that Captain Kangaroo, host of the popular kids TV show in the 60’s and 70’s , used to engage in all sorts of backstage shenanigans with his sidekick, Mister Greenjeans. In his book “Last Stage Manager Standing” , longtime CBS stage manager Daniel B. Morgan reveals that the Captain, played by Bob Keeshan and Greenjeans, Hugh “Lumpy” Brannun, used to flash each other before they’d go on stage, and occasionally, when they’d be doing voice overs backstage – they would attempt to pee on each other. Hence Mr. Green Jeans.