Barbapapas, Anson Mount, Cancer Man, and Andrew Lincoln [I read stuff]

Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…

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Anson Mount Q&A: ‘Hell on Wheels’Hell on Wheels, TV, Emmys, Emmy Awards Nominations 2012 – Drama Actor: AMC has had an impressive track record at the Emmys in recent years. “Mad Men” is the four-time reigning Best Drama Series champ. “Breaking Bad” has won three lead-acting trophies for star Bryan Cranston. And last year “The Killing” earned six nominations. Will the network’s latest drama, the gritty western “Hell on Wheels,” follow suit? “I’ve learned to just keep my head down and do my work,” says star Anson Mount about the series’s Emmy prospects. “In terms of nominations … I choose not to think about stuff like that. It takes up too many brain cells.”

Mount plays Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier enlisted in the construction of the transcontinental railroad following the Civil War, but as he oversees the massive rail project, he also secretly hunts the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and son during the war. “I think it was really brave and more interesting for them to consider the character as a former Confederate. And being from the South I found that there’s a lot to delve into,” says the Tennessee-born actor of his morally ambiguous character, but despite the darkness of the role, he avoids taking his craft too seriously: “Acting doesn’t feel like it is or should be an intense process.”

“Then the other thing of course is being paid to ride a horse every day … I was one of those kids who grew up playing ‘Cowboys and Indians’ in my backyard with all my friends,” he adds. But despite the thrill of living out his childhood fantasy, he admits production of the series was physically strenuous. “There are times when I come home beat to s—,” Mount explains with a laugh. “After the first week of shooting there was a ring of dirt around the inside of my bathtub … Nobody ever said making a western was a clean affair.” [goldderby/Chris Beachum/15 Apr 2012]

The ‘Cancer Man’ tells all in autobiography – William B. Davis signing book copies in Vancouver tonight:

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VANCOUVER – The Cancer Man is revealing his secrets. “Where There’s Smoke” is the autobiography of actor William B. Davis. He has appeared in more than 130 movies, TV shows, and plays; but the 74-year-old is best-known for smoking cigarettes on the X-Files. But he’s most proud of the people who’ve been mentored through his William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study. [NEWS1130/John Ackermann/20 Apr 2012]

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Andrew Lincoln: Film star shows support for teen project: FILM and TV star Andrew Lincoln visited Salisbury on Friday to support a new service trying to help Wiltshire teenagers turn their lives around.

Lincoln, star of hit US TV series The Walking Dead, British series Teachers and romantic comedy Love Actually, is an ambassador for children’s charity Barnardo’s and came to Salisbury to mark the move of Barnardo South West’s Revolutions project into Wiltshire.

The charity has invested £180,000 in Revolutions – a mobile classroom and workshop contained within a pair of specially-adapted trucks.

Project workers visit schools, colleges, youth clubs and other venues to offer motor mechanics courses to 14 to 19-year-olds who are at risk of dropping out of education and provide them with individual support and important life skills including writing CVs and preparing for interviews. [salisburyjournal/21 Apr 2012]

Egg-as-Person Bill Dies in Oklahoma House of Representatives: Senate Bill 1433, Oklahoma’s legislative attempt to define life as beginning at conception, has been stalled in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and will not come to a vote this session. After passing the Senate earlier this year, the bill was put on the House agenda for consideration yesterday. Proponents and opponents alike filled the House Gallery and after a tense day at the capitol, the bill still had not been heard. [rhrealitycheck/Rachael Vinyard/20 Apr 2012]

Due To New Law, Planned Parenthood Of Wisconsin Suspends All Medication Abortions: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced today that they will be forced to end distribution of all medication abortions — known as the abortion pill — because of a new law just enacted that has too many gray areas and makes it too legally risky for the organization to continue providing the pill.

The law, Act 217, is part of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-abortion agenda, aimed at making it harder for a woman to choose an abortion. [thinkprogress/Annie-Rose Strasser/20 Apr 2012]

Ann Romney, Working Woman?: So there it is: the difference between a stay-home mother and a welfare mother is money and a wedding ring. Unlike any other kind of labor I can think of, domestic labor is productive or not, depending on who performs it. For a college-educated married woman, it is the most valuable thing she could possibly do, totally off the scale of human endeavor. What is curing malaria compared with raising a couple of Ivy Leaguers? For these women, being supported by a man is good—the one exception to our American creed of self-reliance. Taking paid work, after all, poses all sorts of risks to the kids. (Watch out, though, ladies: if you expect the father of your children to underwrite your homemaking after divorce, you go straight from saint to gold-digger.) But for a low-income single woman, forgoing a job to raise children is an evasion of responsibility, which is to marry and/or support herself. For her children, staying home sets a bad example, breeding the next generation of criminals and layabouts.

All of which goes to show that it is not really possible to disengage domestic work from its social, gendered context: the work is valuable if the woman is valuable, and what determines her value is whether a man has found her so and how much money he has. That is why discussions of domestic labor and its worth are inextricably bound up with ideas about class, race, respectability, morality and above all womanhood.

…We talk about employment or staying home as a matter of choice, which obscures what it takes to make that choice: money and a mate. Do books praising the stay-home life ever suggest that if it’s really best for children, the government, which supposedly cares about their well-being, should make that possible for every family? The extraordinary hostility aimed at low-income and single mothers shows that what’s at issue is not children—who can thrive under many different arrangements as long as they have love, safety, respect, a reasonable standard of living. It’s women. Rich ones like Ann Romney are lauded for staying home. Poor ones need the “dignity of work”—ideally “from day one.” [thenation/Katha Pollitt/18 Apr 2012]

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