I spent all of Monday in high anxiety over Goblet of Fire in Fifteen Minutes because all I could sit there thinking was This is about one pound of good in a ten-pound sack of meh. So it's always a really strange experience when people apparently love things you intended as filler and don't even notice the things you were most proud of. I thought the entire "ARE YOU EVEN REALLY A TEENAGE BOY?" bit was awful, and it was a last-minute attempt to just put something in there, but I've been getting so many comments specifically citing that line. I'm still not thrilled with it, but--if it made other people laugh, it did its job. If you angst over this kind of thing long and hard enough, you start to lose your sense that anything can ever be good enough, I guess.
Also, from the Things People Never Believe I Didn't Make Up Department: "Three lads! One lady!" is actually in the movie. Yes, with the go down and come up and all of that, verbatim. I couldn't ever make out what the twins were actually saying until I watched the DVD again Monday morning with subtitles on, although I'd always wondered why Ginny turned back and said, "Don't be so mean." I'd always assumed that they'd given Harry particularly bad odds or something.
P.S. Still working on icons.
Dan Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter on "American Idol Gives Back" Tonight. I actually saw this--well, not Radcliffe, but I was waiting for someone interesting to show up and perform, and all of a sudden they decided to show some godforsaken clip of a bunch of British actors (and a few miscellaneous non-Brits?) dancing around like fools in front of a clipart background, lip-syncing to "Stayin' Alive." Actual conversation that took place between my mother and me:
Me: "Why is Keira Knightley on this?"
My mother: "Keira Knightley's on?"
"Apparently... oh, there's House again--good God, Hugh Grant looks rough. Does he have consumption? He looks like he wants someone to shoot him in the head right now."
"I don't know, because I'm not looking."
"Oh, God, there's Helen Mirren... Helena Bonham Carter? Is this the thing that Daniel Radcliffe's supposed to be on?"
"Who's Daniel Radcliffe?"
"What does Harry Potter have to do with anything?"
"What does STAYIN' ALIVE have to do with anything?"
"Maybe they needed something stupid now that Sanjaya's gone."
"No, he's actually in the audience... What did these people ever do to deserve this? I--I'm leaving, I can't watch anymore of this."
"Oh, British people, I feel sorry for you."
What would your daemon be? From the official Golden Compass site. Mine's apparently an ocelot named Themius.
Earth-like planet found.
Dazzling image captures violent birth of stars.
Prince Charles Will Pass His Duchy To The Left Hand Side. I adore this headline.
Also this one, from dduane: Kryptonite Discovered; Adamantium Remains Elusive.
Climbing legend Hillary hospitalized.
Roger Ebert on his illness, which has left him without part of his lower jaw: "A tracheostomy was necessary so, for the time being, I cannot speak. I make do with written notes and a lot of hand waving and eye-rolling. The doctors now plan an approach that does not involve the risk of unplanned bleeding. If all goes well, my speech will be restored. So when I turn up in Urbana, I will be wearing a gauze bandage around my neck, and my mouth will be seen to droop. So it goes." Warning: the pictures are tough to look at, particularly if you're a fan.
Vanishing honeybees mystify scientists.
Woman accuses daylight savings of exacerbating global warming, is complete idiot.
From dragondances: Acclaimed monologuist's show interrupted by (staged?) walkout of 87 people, one of whom pours a bottle of water on the only copy of his outline. There's a YouTube clip on his site that shows exactly what happened--apparently the show was just being filmed anyway, and then all of a sudden shit went down. The amazing thing is how thoughtfully and maturely--well, after an initial attempt to make the group come back and account for themselves--Daisey handles the situation. Most of the clip is a dialogue he proceeds to have with the audience about, as he puts it, "what the hell just happened here." Even more amazing: the phone conversation Daisey has the next day with Aquafina McVandal. And now it's hit EW: Getting fresh with Mike Daisey.
Rhys Meyers Checks Into Rehab.
'Girls Gone Wild' founder faces sexual battery charge, may end up in Federal Pound You in the Ass Prison.
"Perez Hilton Sued for Being a JACKASS."
Ioan Gruffudd's girlfriend gets into fracas with one of his fansites, demands that moderator be removed; fansite, which has supported him for nine years, forced to close. Also, she--Alice Evans--has allegedly threatened IMDB posters via PM and demanded that unflattering posts be removed. On the other hand, it could be that his fans are actually harassing Evans; it's hard to tell.
'No Myth' singer finds second act -- and Second Life. Okay, I have to say that "No Myth" is one of my most favoritest songs ever. Just FYI.
Fox cancels Drive.
Manager Of 'Heroes' Actor Exercised Client's No-Gay Option.
trailer_spot: Paris, je t'aime, Two Days in Paris, Treatment, Molière, ShowBusiness, Pirates of the Caribbean 3.
Sienna Miller replaces Lohan in Thomas biopic ''Best Time of Our Lives.'' Maybe this is just my dislike for Miller talking, but--this is not better!
Eric Roberts Joins The Dark Knight.
Black Sheep poster.
Variety Pans 'Spider-Man 3,' Cites Strained Script, Cartoonish Story. Upside: at least it'll be easier to parody. Downside: Is Spider-Man 3 is the most expensive movie ever made?
The trouble with Ratatouille: Audiences are weirdly resistant to original material. Not that this stopped Finding Nemo, but...
Edward Gorey's Work Finally Making It to the Big Screen.
1931 'Dracula' Sequel Rumored to Have Dickerson Direct & Bardem, Bellucci, Hurt Star.
The new OOTP site is going to be AWESOME. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. To Distribute Daniel Radcliffe's Indie Film.
Legend's Most Expensive Scene. oo! has an interesting look at that one sequence, which takes place on New York City's Brooklyn Bridge during a large-scale evacuation to escape the spreading vampire-zombie plague.
Rosamund Pike Talks Possible 'Gaslight' Remake. Apparently she's doing it on stage for certain, and Joe Wright--who directed her previously in Pride and Prejudice--may be doing a film version. I love Gaslight, but I am surprisingly okay with this. You know, because they were worried I wouldn't be, or something.
Rainn Wilson To Lead 'Nerd & Hooker' Comedy.
Colin Firth Will Star In Family Fantasy 'The Moon Princess.'
Unsinkable Molly Joins Jack and Rose in 'Revolutionary Road.'
New Pics From Baz Luhrmann's 'Australia' Set Hit the Web.
Julia Stiles To Star in Happy Version of Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar'! I think a "wtf" at the end of this headline is implied.