Friday, June 05, 2009

How you know when you've seen too many horror movies

When you can't even look at a perfectly lovely photo called "Cool Clear Water"...


...without wondering how many members of The Firefly Family are hiding in it.

Am I the only one who isn't sure if this is a good idea?

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Christina Ricci broke up with her fiancee

Now's my chance.

Well, that certainly spoils the illusion


Kate Winslet tells Allure in the June issue that when filming “The Reader,” she had to grow in the hair “down there,” so to speak. She tells Allure, “because of years of waxing, as all of us girls know, it doesn’t come back quite the way it used to. They even made me a merkin (wig) because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough.”

Thursday, June 04, 2009

A favorite TV show of mine that's still on the air? How did that happen?

Holly Hunter doesn't take roles based on what she thinks viewers want to see.

"I have, frankly, very few expectations when it comes to audience," the acclaimed actress said. "I've done features, I've done stage and I've done television movies."

"I'm used to having the experience of perhaps missing an audience where your feature, for some reason or another, may not have a large audience, while some of my features have found large audiences, so I am used to both. My expectations are adaptable and they are low."

Hunter need not worry, because she has a hit on her hands with TNT's "Saving Grace," which is soon to debut its third season.

The television drama follows the decidedly messy life of Oklahoma City Police Detective Grace Hanadarko, who lives and works hard while being shadowed by a no-nonsense angel.

"She wants to have conversations about sex, she wants to have conversations about faith," Hunter said. "She is very comfortable with the darkness in herself and with the darkness in others and I want to talk about that. There are not a lot of opportunities to have that conversation in features."

Maybe this is why according to at least one source, she's just my type

Britney Spears was prescribed Prozac—used for depression and panic attacks—at the age of 18. The singer, who rose to stardom in her teens, had stunning looks, bags of talent, a multi-million dollar fortune, and worldwide fame.

According to this test, I could grow accustomed to her face...I question the "bags of talent" part, but anyway, that's not important right now.

Her anxiety was not drug-induced, but was her natural state, which got further aggravated by fame. Britney’s moods noticeably started swinging— high and happy one minute, sad and brooding the next.

And thus, the ‘Womaniser’ star was prescribed Prozac. However, she treated it like headache tablets, and took a pill only on the days she awoke depressed—this seemed to make her more hyper.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


From The Washington Ind.

Manny Miranda, the chairman of the Third Branch Conference and the author of a letter that has asked Senate Republicans to consider a “Democratic filibuster” against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, just spoke at a Heritage Foundation luncheon for conservative bloggers. One point he hammered home was that questions about Sotomayor’s 2001 “wise Latina” speech and her support for affirmative action could be asked without alienating Hispanic voters as long as the party reached out to Spanish-speaking media on the substance of legal issues. “I want to get to answer the wise Latino man side of it,” joked Miranda, who is Hispanic.

Hispanic polls, Hispanic surveys, indicate that Hispanics think just like everyone else. We’re not like African-Americans. We think just like everybody else.

Wow. That's all.

Why Sinfest is my favorite webcomic (#138 in a series)

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

No! No! No no no no no no no no!

Winona Ryder's talking up a Heathers sequel again.

Dear Winona,

I'm sorry to make a fuss, but really, this is a terrible idea. You just got yourself back into a hit movie for the first time in a decade. Why do you want to waste any regained box-office clout on a totally unnecessary sequel to the most perfect film of your career?

What's your damage, Heather?

Monday, June 01, 2009

Tucker Carlson is beneath contempt according to...Tucker Carlson

On Crossfire in 2002, Carlson stated that "dismissing your opponents by calling them racists and bigots" is "name calling" and "beneath contempt."

in a June 1 online discussion, Carlson said of Sonia Sotomayor...

"she's a racist kook and ought to step down from the bench right now."

Gotta love it. For years now, I have referred to Carlson as "an awful human being," and "a weasel." Both with cause. Now, however, should I feel the need to refer to him in the future, I can say, "Tucker Carlson, who himself admits that he is beneath contempt..."

Gotta love it.

The hollow defense of something indefensible

Ok. As you might've guessed, the reason for all the happy little video clips is because I don't want this to become a too dank and depressing place. But, we do need to revisit the shooting.

First some more information about the murdered man. This comes from Cara at Feministe.

Dr. Tiller was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country. He had previously been shot, his clinic burnt down, harassed by ideological anti-abortion attorney generals, and threatened with death countless times. We’ve written about his many trials and tribulations here numerous times. Still, Dr. Tiller continued to provide abortions to women who desperately needed them, to save their own lives or health, or due to tragic fetal deformities. He put the health of women above his own life.

And now he is dead.

Cara also has a link to a statement from the victim's family, which reads in part:
"Today we mourn the loss of our husband, father and grandfather. Today's event is an unspeakable tragedy for all of us and for George's friends and patients. This is particularly heart wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace.

And as Jesse Taylor writes at Pandagon:

pro-lifers, there may be something wrong with your movement when you have to send out press releases making clear that you don’t actually condone cold-blooded murder.

Pro-gun control liberals don’t show up at gun shows and hector attendees. (And if your response is, “Damn right they don’t, because they’d get shot,” you’re proving my point.) Fundamentalists don’t have to worry about fleets of bike-riding hippies showing up at the entrance to their church every Sunday, telling them that their God is false. Religious “family planning” clinics don’t live in constant fear of a Molotov cocktail flying through their plate glass window, don’t have to train their employees on how to handle bomb threats, don’t need to worry about their clients’ safety on the way from their car to the front door. But if you provide abortion services - even if you’re not actually providing an abortion to the person coming in the door, even though it has been repeatedly declared legal - you live in fear.

Now we come to what has the "abortion foes" worried about all of this.

Say what you will about Randall Terry, but at least that loon flat-out says what most if not all of them mean:

Tiller was "a mass murderer and horrifically, he reaped what he sowed," Terry told the National Press Club in Washington.

Unlike those who just twitter (note the small t) around it:

Some anti-abortion leaders said they didn't believe people were paying enough attention to Tiller's abortion practices.

"What he did is being glossed over," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Glossed over? Is there any way to read that where it isn't saying, on some level, that the man deserved to die? How much gloss do you need to forget that?

"It's possible that the pro-abortion side will try to use an instance like this to avoid discussing the abortion issue itself, but that's not new," said David O'Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee.

There it is.

They're worried it could give people a bad opinion of them.

Holy. Heavenly. Christ!

a great novelty record of the ’80s

Some more moments of hilarity

one of the best records (and one of the videos I remember best) of the Eighties.

Prepare to feel really, really sad

You've probably heard by now about George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was killed in Kansas over the weekend. I didn't say anything about it because there didn't seem to be that much to say.

Aside from the obvious and oft-commented-upon irony that "pro-lifers" seem to have no trouble commiting murder. And as I say, that's both obvious, and oft commented upon.

This, however, is new. A question. If someone was going around saying about a person that:

He "destroys fetuses for just about any reason right up until the birth date for $5,000."
He's guilty of "Nazi stuff,"
a moral equivalent to NAMBLA and al-Qaida
"This is the kind of stuff that happened in Mao's China, Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union"
"operating a death mill"
"has blood on his hands"
"executing babies about to be born"

Well...would you think that someone was supporting and promoting violence against that person?

Guess what.

These are all things that Bill O'Reilly has said about Tiller.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Oh, man.

Via an article in Buffalo Report:

A friend sent along this 1902 cover from the first Life Magazine of GI's waterboarding Cuban prisoners...


...while soldiers from other countries comment, "Those pious yankees can't throw stones any more."

I never thought of it this way before, but it's true: The Bush-Cheney crowd set us back more than 100 years.

I thought it was terrorists that did that sort of thing...

Popular culture lies to you

What Leonard said (because I meant to mention the score in my post and forgot)

From Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy:

Up celebrates life as the greatest adventure of all, whether you’re a young boy just starting out or an old man. It paints its unpredictable story on a broad canvas with engaging characters, wonderful visual ideas, perfect voice work (by Ed Asner and company) and the attention to detail that defines a Pixar movie. I’m also very fond of the character design, which is based on the idea of caricature rather than a replication of reality: one more reason Up is such a pleasure to watch. It’s also a joy to listen to, thanks to Michael Giacchino’s evocative score.

You's not like I was expecting Transformers 2 not to be a bad movie...

But in a way, it's comforting to know there isn't a chance in hell of its being a good movie.

Talking at this weekend's BotCon, screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman explained the unusual genesis of Revenge's story, which started two weeks before last year's WGA writers strike, when the two had to pound out a 20 page outline for the movie that would be used as a pre-production guideline while the strike was going on. Once the strike finished, months later?

When the strike ended in February, Mr. Kurtzman and Mr. Orci were asked to get moving, post haste, on a full script for a movie that was already barreling toward the screen.

Yes! Die! Die die die die die!

Last week's #2 movie, TERMINATOR SALVATION, dropped like a hooker on New Year's Eve, losing 63% of its audience from last weekend, while nabbing another $16M along the way. The film has now grossed $90M in the first 10 days of its release, which isn't a great number considering that it apparently cost about $200M to make.

Sorry. It's just that it's not often you get this kind of immidiate satisfaction after a smart, exciting and stellar TV series that you loved and are really gonna miss is...terminated.

I mean, Life has said bye-bye, and as you know I'm sorry about that. But in a way, I'm sorrier still that I didn't get to see someone try to "reboot" the idea without Rand Ravich or Damien Lewis...and fucking die at the box office.