Acura found itself in a bit of hot water this week when it was revealed that a casting agency in Los Angeles only desired light-skinned African-American actors for the company's Super Bowl commercial featuring Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.
At this stage of winter, when life consists principally of waiting for the Super Bowl, think about how much time you spend waiting -- in traffic, on hold, at the doctor's office. "It's called a waiting room," as Jerry Seinfeld said. "There's no chance of not waiting."
Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
The author of a children's cookbook cannot copyright ideas for slipping vegetables into children's food, a federal appeals court said in upholding a ruling in favor of the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld in a copyright infringement case.
A federal judge on Thursday threw out an author's claims that Jessica Seinfeld, the comedian's wife, plagiarized from her cookbook, but the judge left open claims of defamation against Jerry Seinfeld himself.
In our tough economic climate, it's worth reminding ourselves that losing a job might not be the end of the world. Sure, it never feels good, but for these well-known folks, getting the boot from their gigs provided the impetus for them to reach even greater successes.
The software giant's new ad starring Jerry Seinfeld has drawn largely negative reviews online after premiering Thursday night during NBC's broadcast of the National Football League's season kickoff game
In an episode of the television show "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld worries that his dentist has converted to Judaism so he can tell jokes about Jewish people. Someone asks Seinfeld, "And this offends you as a Jewish person?" No, he says, "it offends me as a comedian."
Handed down since Moses was kvetching about having to cross the desert in his bare feet, Jewish humor emanated from Eastern Europe where the Hebrews overcame some seriously hellacious circumstances on the way to the Promised Land. "Laughter through tears," they called it.
Video courtesy ABC The upside of being married to one of the world's most famous comedians: You've got a leg up on getting publicity for your cookbook. The downside, according to Jessica "Mrs. Jerry" Seinfeld, author of the bestseller Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food, is that the success of the cookbook also brought accusations of plagiarism.
"It's pretty neat. I've always had a childhood obsession with wanting to fly and I think is the closest I'm going to get because I'm playing a character that can just take off and fly wherever he wants. I don't think I'm going to get the superman part."
Hollywood may not have a Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Shrek or Capt. Jack Sparrow on its upcoming lineup. Yet the fall and holiday schedule does offer filmgoers a chance to catch up with some familiar characters, stories and movie-making teams.
Here's to dads! With Father's Day almost here, Monster.com surveyed hundreds of working fathers and found that 58% think their employers should do more to accommodate the demands of fatherhood; 71% of those with a child under age 5 took a paternity leave when it was offered. The poll also found that, if money were no object, 68% of fathers would consider being stay-at-home dads.
Alexander Graham Bell had it right from the beginning. "Mr. Watson," he called to his assistant through the first working telephone, "come here?I want to see you." Fifty years later, the first television transmission made his words literal. And now, 130 years later, the pieces are falling into place to finally let us all be seen.
Let us now praise Merv Griffin, who doesn't get the old-school talk-show-host veneration that Johnny Carson received or the classy-act kudos that have sustained Dick Cavett's reputation. Griffin, now 80, presided over truly chatty chat shows on NBC and in syndication, in the evenings and afternoons, off and on from 1962 to 1986.
As a kid, I never missed an episode of "The Cosby Show." Then again, I never missed an episode of "She's the Sheriff," so it was with some trepidation that I approached this season 1 set. Was the show as fresh and funny as I remembered, or merely a convenient excuse to ditch homework for 30 minutes?