Saturday, September 05, 2009

I'd feel bad about this, but...

...I've seen Playing For Keeps and The Burning. Karma has to count for something.

It looks like a very unhappy Halloween for Bob and Harvey Weinstein and everyone over at Dimension. It seems the studio is bleeding out and not in the fun way that we're used to seeing up on the big screen.

Deadline Hollywood reported today that the Hong Kong division of Bob and Harvey's company closed shop and the UK office is now down to one employee. How could this happen? Simply put, they're running out of money and doing so quickly.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Have I mentioned that Aubrey O'Day is a skank?

I have?

Have I mentioned that she's dumber than a bag of hair?

Not because she said Fidel Castro and Adolf Hitler were both "brilliant"...because she said it on the Sean Hannity show. I mean, I know why Hannity had her on--he's such an idiot that he needs someone dumber than the aforementioned bag of hair to make him feel like a big boy.

But, why would you even go on the Sean Hannity show unless you were dumber than, ah heck you know the rest...

Thursday, September 03, 2009

What we want President Obama to do

Or at least, what Dan Froomkin wants him to do--and it sounds like good advice to me. Excerpts:
And he needs to openly address the deals he has made with Big Pharma and other industry players. What were his intentions? What did he promise? What did he give up? Are the deals still in force? How does he think he can bridge the chasm between the interests of the health industry on one side and the American public on the other? Because he really can't. So who is going to take the haircut? Whose side is Obama really on?

To some extent, I understand why Obama hasn't taken a more aggressive approach until now. After all, the nativist right is ready to pounce the minute he gives them a video clip that allows them to depict him as an "angry black man." But they'll pounce anyway. They've already pounced. They'll keep pouncing no matter what.

Emphais mine. I cannot tell you how great will be my sigh of relief if Obama shows he has learned that--well, as Rachel Maddow said last night, that if you don't lie down in front of the door, there's much less chance of your being used as a doormat.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Just listen.

Another one of those "no idea if this book is any good or not, just a title (and subtitle) I found and liked" posts

Coincidentally one of the coauthors has the same name as a former Playboy "Playmate" and actress, but I am reasonably sure it is not the same person.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Video Repost

Got a note from the guy who made a video I posted here a few days ago, pointing me to a preferred version on YouTube, so I'm reposting it. If you enjoyed it once, why not do so again? And if you missed it, here's another chance. I still think it's plenty cool.

I think Showtime is trying to kill me.

Some of you may remember that I find most so-called "reality" shows rather nauseating. The two main reasons being that they're not reality, and half the time they seem to be set up to tempt people into sin. I'm surprised to find myself getting all moral too, but there you are.

You may also remember that the only series I've wanted to kill more than most said "reality" shows was The L Word. A show I found full of loveless characters whose dialogue quite literally made me have to scream. And please don't get me started on the way they portrayed a writer.

And now:

Showtime is planning a reality show version of The L-Word titled The Real L Word: Los Angeles.

The fact that this news broke on my birthday is just further proof of the conspiracy.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Game Comes Full Circle


For most of these, I invite you to make your own interpretations, but this requires some explanation. This photo is from the film The American President, in which Michael Douglas played the title character and Martin Sheen his chief of staff.

But in my head, of course, it's Douglas' President Andrew Shepherd meeting with his successor, Sheen's President Josiah Bartlet.

Allow a man his dreams.

BTW, if you've gotten this far down the screen and are wondering what's going on here, I'm ending this year's "list" meme for the month of August with three "photo essays," one for each of my blogs, upon the subject of delight.

These are some of the things I think delight me.


Trees in winter

Trees in winter
Originally uploaded by KrWe

Great Tit

Great Tit
Originally uploaded by Ian A Kirk
Honestly. That's what it's called. I didn't name the bird, people!

20:06 20/06/2006

20:06 20/06/2006
Originally uploaded by hugovk
Be aware of everything.

Great Pumpkin

Great Pumpkin
Originally uploaded by bon_here

A Guide to Recognizing Whores know what word I don't use very often, even when I want to be nasty about someone? Whore. Not absolutely never, I mean I'll call someone a media whore, for example. But for the most part, I don't.

Part of that is because I think that the Urban Dictionary generally got it right when they defined it thus:

whore: A woman that sleeps with everyone but YOU!!!!!

Also I just don't like the word. Just yesterday I was looking at one of those YouTube clips that I find and occasionally post here from time to time, this one was of a couple of kids dancing to Dire Straits.

Not very well done (just from a technical standpoint--you could hardly hear the music), so I didn't post it. I did glance at the comments, tho, and saw that some stylish person had written simply:


Couple of 15-year-old kids, for Christ's sake...

Now. To paraphrase Bill Cosby, "I told you that story, to tell you this one." Or rather, I wanted to establish that "whore" is not a word I toss around like a...well, like a whore sleeps around.

But, there is one exception. There is one person I have called a whore in the past, and will again in the future--the very, very near future. And it's not because they sleep with everybody but me.

But when you're a lesbian giving money to a homophobe because your daddy's rich and powerful and you are above the law...

Not to beat around the bush, when you are Mary Cheney.

You are a whore.

Fully awesome! ...Oh please, oh please... to put to put many of the rest of you have seen Bolt? It's not just me, is it? Well...oh bother, I'll just have to explain this further.

The title character in that movie is a dog who stars in a hit adventure TV-show, but who doesn't know that it is only a TV show, be believes his "powers" to be real.

When he meets up with the only other character who also believes that, a manic hamster called Rhino, the hamster exclaims in hushed tones:

"You're fully awesome!"

What made me think of that?

Oh, just this little jot of news:

Terry Gilliam wants to work for Pixar.

(There's also an interesting video interview, with my favorite director, at that link. Recommended.)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I think I'm going to cry.

Ok, not really. But still: This is damn disconcerting (in a good way).

Do me a favor: If you agree, spread this around. Let's see if we can't boost its viewership.


Stephen Fry wrote:
Monty Python was the practice of [comedy], the embodiment of the sketch, of silliness, of verbal and visual brilliance.

Note to self: In about seven years, introduce nephew to Python.