Linkspam: Cancer deaths drop for second year. "Cancer deaths in the United States have dropped for a second straight year, confirming that a corner has been turned in the war on cancer. After a decline of 369 deaths from 2002 to 2003, the decrease from 2003 to 2004 was 3,014 -- or more than eight times greater, according to a review of U.S. death certificates by the American Cancer Society."
Mystery of Napoleon's Death Said Solved. And it's not arsenic, either.
No softies in Canada's Pillow Fight League.
Diana Ross to mentor on 'American Idol'. Speaking of whom: Diana Ross upset over Dreamgirls.
Hollywood's movie ratings system gets makeover: "For the first time in its 38-year history, the group that operates the system plans to make its ratings rules and regulations public. It will also describe the standards for each rating, and detail the appeal process. In addition, it plans to publish demographic information about the parents who serve on the ratings board and reveal the identities of its senior raters. To date, the identities of the people who hand out the various ratings -- such as the family-friendly 'G' and the much-feared 'NC-17' -- have been a closely guarded secret. However, filmmaker Kirby Dick attempted to expose the members in his 2006 documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated."
"Children of Men" novelist, screenwriters win award.
Heigl upset with co-star's comments. Okay, this is an interesting one. Remember the Washington-Dempsey choking episode on the set of Grey's Anatomy last fall? Supposedly because Washington called T.R. Knight a slur, and Knight then came out publically as a result? Well, someone asked the cast about it backstage at the Globes:
During an interview in the press room after the show's best-drama win, Washington denied his involvement in a heated on-set incident in October during which he allegedly used a homophobic slur. "No, I did not call (co-star) T.R. (Knight) a faggot," Washington said. "Never happened, never happened." Rather than soothing the situation, his comments left Heigl seething. "I'm going to be really honest right now, he needs to just not speak in public. Period," Heigl told "Access Hollywood" at a Golden Globe after-party. "I'm sorry, that did not need to be said. I'm not OK with it."A different version of the article: Katherine Heigl weighs in on the Grey's Drama (bolding is mine):
"I don't think [Washington] means it the way he comes off…But, T.R. is my best friend. I will throw down for that kid. I will beat you up. I will use every ounce of energy I have to take you down if you hurt his feelings," she said. When asked if she thought Knight was hurt by Washington's comments she added, "I don't see how you could not be under those circumstances. Drawing attention to it and saying the word again is just unnecessary."As Jessica of GFY points out on SF, it's a revealing choice of words: Washington must have really said it, if he's saying it "again" now. Meanwhile, Knight was on Ellen DeGeneres' show Tuesday confirming it. But what really convinces me, in such a he said/she said situation, is that Heigl unconsciously revealed what happened.
Unique Blood and Chocolate advertising on Livejournal. I think it's a great idea. Livejournal had announced a while back that they wanted to do corporated-sponsored communities), but they wanted companies to find a way to be creative about it. So the B&C studio approached them:
So instead I said: hey, why don't we do it this way. Let's make the community be the LJ entries of Vivian, the main character, during the early parts of the movie. Getting behind the scenes on her thoughts and fears, that kind of thing. That's nothing new; hell, the official website has a few pages of Vivian's "journal" on it. Nothing revolutionary. So, where's the uniquely LJ "feel" to that? Or, as Joy (our sales manager) asked, "Where's the community interaction?" (Which is what the entire point of a sponsored comm on LJ is.) "Easy," I said. "We'll let people play along. Comment as though they're talking to her, like it's any LJ account ever -- and she'll comment back."See, I love this kind of thing. It's that whole alternate-reality gaming/unfiction thing that we saw with the A.I. Cloudmakers game and the Dionaea House story. I would absolutely love to do this kind of thing, but I haven't been able to come up with a story, and planned out far enough in advance, that would work. (I don't want to use the Black Ribbon world because it's not published yet; I'd rather get something like that going with the cooperation of a publisher.) I'm at a point where I'd even love to contribute to someone else's ARG, although at this point I'd like to get paid for it if it's going to advertise something; God knows I could use some gainful employment (Will Pretend for Food). And I did go and check out the comm, and it's very thoroughly up front about being an advertisement for Blood and Chocolate--almost more so than I would like; there's no real mystery to it. It's more of an RPG than unfiction, which at least has that is it/isn't it gloss over it. But perhaps that transparency is more important to preserve LJ users' trust. Anyway, if this works, I expect you could see more--and bigger--movie marketing teams getting in on it.