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Local music group shines in HBO documentary

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:35 PM



Da Rich Kidzz/photo by Marlin Levinson

What do Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson, Tina Fey and Da Rich Kidzz have in common?

They all participated in the new documentary "Saving My Tomorrow," which focuses on the environment. It debuted Tuesday night on HBO.

The north Minneapolis hip-hop group contributed a video called "Weird Weather," rapping about Minnesota's unpredictable climate.

The movie was made in conjunction with the American Museum of National History and looks at how climate change and other environmental issues facing our children.

The group of youngsters first got national attention in 2012 for their song, "Hot Cheetos and Takis." The video has had over eight million views.They have also worked with K-Mart.

If you missed the documentary, it will be rebroadcast at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on HBO2.

Local designer to appear on 'Today' show

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 16, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Cookies for breakfast?

That's what's on the menu Wednesday morning on the "Today" show -- and a local baker is part of the fun.

Whitney Hermes, a designer at the Minneapolis-based marketing agency Preston Kelly, is one of three finalists in a "Today" show contest geared towards finding the tastiest, healthiest cookies.

Hermes' gingerbread cookies are based on a recipe handed down from a kindergarten friend, Esther Hanson, who is from St. Paul.

The winner gets a cooking class at Sur La Table.


Minneapolis commuter to be featured on 'CBS Evening News'

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 15, 2014 - 1:25 PM



Manuel Bojorquez (forefront) and Ian Bearce (on the phone) / courtesy of CBS News

And you thought your commute was bad.

Ian Bearce travels from his home in Minneapolis to his New York-based job every week to the tune of about $13,000 a year.

Will he get a financial break because of lower oil and gas prices across the country?

That question was on correspondent Manuel Bojorquez's mind when he came to Minnesota to talk to Bearce for a piece that's expected to air Monday on the "CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley."

It's part of a multi-part series on how lower prices are affecting the economy.

The "CBS Evening News" airs locally at 5:30 p.m. on WCCO, Ch. 4.

Kirsten Dunst cast for second round of 'Fargo'

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 10, 2014 - 3:42 PM



Kirsten Dunst


Kirsten Dunst says bring it on.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress has been cast for the second season of "Fargo," which will debut on FX in the fall of 2015. She'll play a small-town beautifcian with big city dreams who's trying to find herself while struggling with social expectations.

Jesse Plemons, best known for "Breaking Bad" and "Friday Night Lights," will play her husband, a butcher's assistant.

This new chapter will take place over 10 episodes, back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luverne, Minn.

Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman in the first chapter, will be 4 years old in this telling and much of the story will revolve around her father, previously played by Keith Carradine. No other casting has been announced.

Noah Hawley will continue as showrunner and the Coen brothers will remain as executive producers.

This isn't Dunst's first time feeling Minnesota. She played a Minnesota beauty pageant contestant in 1999's "Drop Dead Gorgeous," the film that brought Amy Adams to national attention.

UPDATE: Garrison Keillor participates in Kennedy Center Honors

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: December 8, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Garrison Keillor has yet to receive a Kennedy Center Honor, but at least he got invited to this year's bash.

Keillor paid tribute to inductee Lily Tomlin Sunday night in Washington D.C., praising the actress who starred in his film adaptation of "A Prairie Home Companion."

"People who adore Lily Tomlin ask you if you know her, and if you do, they want to know if she really is who we imagine she is," Keillor said. "And she really is."

Following Keillor's remarks, the stage was taken by Jane Lynch, Kate McKinnon, Reba McEntire and Jane Fonda who performed a spoken-word performance piece dedicated to Tomlin.

Not bad company.

Backstage, Keillor shared a dressing room with David Letterman and Steven Spielberg.

In a phone interview Monday, Keillor said Letterman appeared to be under the weather and was very focused on his presentation while the Oscar-winning director was "very friendly and chatty." Spielberg asked Keillor if anyone had ever thought about doing a movie based in Lake Wobegon. Keillor replied that he had talked to Sydney Pollack about it, but it didn't go anywhere.

Just before the ceremonies, Keillor was among the guests invited to the White House for dinner.

"I sat in the East Room in a spot where I could see the president's teleprompter," Keiller said on Monday. "His ad-libs were beautiful. He's a funny, funny guy and I got a chance to tell him that."

Other honorees -- singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride and rocker Sting -- were feted by Herbie Hancock, Bruce Springsteen, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and many others.

The event, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air Tuesday, Dec. 30 on CBS. Let's hope next time around, Keillor will be among those joining the prestigious club.


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