Stories for September 22, 2007
This week on A Way with Words: When traveling abroad, are you charmed by mistranslations? Martha and Grant discuss Chinas effort to eradicate awkward English before the Olympics. And . . . podcast only: Martha announces the winner of the Collective Noun Contest.
First, Taymor selected 33 songs from Sony's 200-title Beatles songbook (rights use was reportedly $10 million). She chose songs from the Beatles' early pop years and well as the more socially conscious songs John Lennon was pushing for around the time of the Beatles' break up. She then worked with screenwriters Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to fashion a story that would weave these songs together into some kind of narrative. She couldn't use any of the Beatles' original recordings, so all the songs are newly arranged and sung by the mostly young cast (a few singing cameos by vets such as Joe Cocker and Bono are sprinkled in).
That's where the story really begins. Mario wants to join his son in Miami and needs to get a visa. But he's told that since everyone wants to move to America, visas are hard to come by. Mario tries the legitimate route and is rejected. So he decides to try his luck with a more shady operator who demands $5,000 for the visa. The steep price forces Mario to consider how badly he wants to leave and what price he's willing to pay. Complicating matters are a beautiful woman named Blanca (Kate del Castillo of the upcoming
Some worried admirers of progressive San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye's populist approach to politics are questioning two of her recent votes. She opposed the ban on big box stores in the city of San Diego, and two weeks ago she voted against the friends of the court brief endorsing same-sex marriage. (She later voted for it.)