As every loyal reader of this blog knows, I love watching Man vs. Wild on Discovery. I consider Bear Grylls one of my fave TV personalities, and having spent some time with him, I can assure you that he is as charming and self-effacing in real life as he is on camera. And he’s the real deal, a ballsy outdoorsman and survivalist.
But this story is disturbing: The Hollywood Reporter is sending shockwaves through the community that I swim in. I can tell you that we wrestle with the same issues as mentioned in the HR piece on our show, Bizarre Foods, and we have continued to hold fast to our commitment never to fake or stage a scene or to say we have eaten something that we haven’t or been somewhere we haven't been. M v. W only works because of the idea of ‘genuine jeopardy’ that the host is placed in at all times. If that notion is ever forsaken and M v. W is only wild some of the time, or even mostly wild, then it’s a piece of fakery, spun and marketed to achieve maximum exposure. I hope that Grylls turns out to be all wild, all the time, and that if anyone high-tailed it back to a warm tent somewhere it was his crew and not him. If this story goes anywhere, I’ll let you know.
No shock here. A few weeks ago I hosted a premiere party for No Reservations, the Catherine Zeta-Jones remake of a German film about an accomplished chef and her changing life-course when her orphaned niece comes to live with her. Mpls.St.Paul and FM 107 cohosted the event with me. We had some lengthy film discussion over the next few days here on this blog, with readers submitting some fabulous posts on food-friendly movies. Sara Dickerman is one of my favorite writers, and here’s her Slate take along with a slideshow!
Popular Science comes out with a shockingly cool gadget list every so often that I drool over. PS’s hot-gadgets list this month is no exception, and the mesh wi-fi system, the new JVC HD camcorder, and the GPS watch are high on my list of must-haves these days.
Looking to shock your friends with your awesome online digital skills? Animax Entertainment developed a user-generated mash-up contest for ice-cream maker Dippin' Dots. Users can go online and utilize a Flash-based tool to create a short featuring the Dippin' Dots mascot, Packy, for a chance to win cash and prizes. The deadline to enter is August 14.
Shocking food! Is it true that lamb brains are on the menu at Saffron?? Holy crap, that’s awesome!