(I am keeping myself religiously unspoiled for the movie, aside from a couple of minor things I accidentally stumbled across, so there will be no reviews or clips posted here until after Friday. IF YOU SPOIL ME, I CUT YOU. I'm weird that way--I'm a complete spoiler whore unless I actually want to see the movie.)
You know the Georgia wildfires are bad when you can smell them from Alabama. I actually kept the dogs inside this morning until the worst of it had passed.
Direct downloads of the Golden Compass trailer! And in case you missed them, Stelmaria and Pan.
Okay, so I've seen a few eps of Heroes, couldn't really get into it, but once I heard that they seemed to be borrowing a major theme from Watchmen (which might seriously screw the upcoming movie over, because there's going to be a bunch of non-comics readers going, "Dude, they totally ripped off Heroes"), I thought, okay, I'll watch the finale and see where they go with this. I've kind of kept up with developments anyway, as my mother always has to tell me the storylines on her favorite shows whether I want to hear about them or not, and I try to keep a modly eye on most of the Snarkfest TV threads anyway. So, you know, okay. Here's what I want to know: after NBC saturated the very air we breathe with SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD!!! for all those months, what did the cheerleader actually have to do with anything? Because as far as I could tell, her purpose was to stand there and wibble. And Peter, as EW puts it, has every power in the world, and all he can think to do is punch Sylar a few times and wait for someone else to think of some way to take both of them out.
As far as the storyline goes, however, Watchmen has nothing to worry about. And I mean that in the nicest, most literal way possible. (Side note: Keanu Reeves and Jude Law Offered 'Watchmen' Roles, Source Says. Keanu as Dr. Manhattan is so wonderfully cracked-out that I have to go with it.)
(I don't know, though. A lot of y'all have been complaining about Lost and insisting that Heroes is so much better, and... I just don't see it. I can see why Heroes might initially be more satisfying, because they had a single-season-long story arc; in the final episode, as far as I know, they pretty much answered the questions they had posed so far. Whatever the next season(s) are about, they'll basically be starting over with a new story. I mean, I know the Sylar-down-the-manhole thing was kind of ambiguous, and they set up this new Boogeyman character, but it's not like Lost where the season finale ends and it's like, FOUR-TOED STATUE WHAAAAT?? So I can understand why the Heroes method is more satisfying for a lot of people. All I know is that Lost used to blow my mind on a near-weekly basis, and after floundering a bit this season, they're back on track as of the Ben, He Crazy episode, and I like that. I know that Lost adds like three new questions in for every one that it answers, but I love that the storyline seems to unfold exponentially--in season one, it was primarily "What's that smoky thing in the jungle?," and now it's like, "The Others aren't the real Dharma people? What the hell is Jacob? What happened to Annie? Why do dead people keep showing up on the island? Why does Nestor Carbonell not age? Is he wearing eyeliner, or not? Are the Lostaways dead? Seriously, didn't the producers promise us they weren't all dead? Whose side is Juliet really on? Are we ever going to hash this Jack-Kate-Sawyer thing out and be done with it? What IS the smoky thing? FOUR-TOED STATUUUUUUUE??" It just gets crazier and crazier, and I love that.)
FanLib exposed: FanLib's parent company is pitching FanLib to the industry as "the new, turnkey entertainment marketing service" with, among other things, "[a] restrictive player's terms-of-service [to protect] your rights and property." Furthermore, "FANLIB TECHNOLOGIES (a division of My2Centences LLC) develops, markets and manages innovative social software and web services that unleash the creativity of the worldwide public and generate remarkable value for businesses." Keep in mind that FanLib was marketing itself to the public as "dedicated to promoting and celebrating fan creativity." Uh-huh.
More at telesilla's journal: As dragonkal puts it, "Any last shred of hope I had about these guys being clueless but sincere is now utterly gone. These bastards are playing both sides against the middle, hoping to make as much as they can before they disappear and let both sides collide."
And finally, an apt summation from a comment at Making Light: "If fanfic writers are living in and fixing up buildings that theoretically belong to other people, FanLib's the guy who shows up to try to collect the rent, even though he doesn't own the buildings and hasn't done any of the fix-up work."
From many, many people: Joss Whedon rages about misogyny and injustice.
Smithsonian toned down exhibit on Arctic "for fear of angering Congress and the Bush administration." " 'It just became tooth-pulling to get solid science out without toning it down,' said Sullivan, who resigned last fall after 16 years at the museum. He said he left after higher-ups tried to reassign him."
CAN I PLZ HAS SHINY DEVICE? It's the cat to the left that makes it, I think.
What does Prince smell like? Sex, duh. Possibly with a top note of purple.
Another version of the Stardust poster. "The Fairy Tale That Won't Behave" is the closest thing I've seen to an accurate tagline yet, so...
"There ain't no party like a Pirates party": " 'I have never experienced anything quite like this before,'' marveled franchise newcomer Chow Yun-Fat at Saturday's premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which raised $3 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 'No one warned me how crazy this would be, although I'm not sure I would have believed them if they tried. There are people on stilts and live animals and people dressed up like pirates that Jerry [Bruckheimer] didn't even have to pay.' " A side note: Geoffrey Rush is quoted as saying, "I am not as good-looking as Johnny or Orlando, so I need a gimmick if I'm to have any chance of getting my picture in the papers." So he brought the monkey, as previously mentioned. Guess what picture has run with every single report of this story?
Johnny Depp in his own words: "I mean, we've entered the arena where Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol are Snoopy-dancing in the nude." I think this would be a very deep thought if I had any idea what it meant.
("Wearing bullet bras, garters, the whole shebang [for Ed Wood] has given me newfound respect for women and profound respect for transvestites.")
From the EW cover story: "When reports that Richards claimed to have snorted his father's ashes hit the news earlier this year, you can imagine the panic at Disney. But Verbinski laughs it off: ''It's Keith Richards! Of course he snorted his dad! I mean, I don't know if he did or he didn't, but does it matter? If his dad didn't have a problem with it, I certainly don't.' ''
More from EW on Gore Verbinski:
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Orlando Bloom Hoping To Grow Out Of Elf And Pirate Roles, Perhaps Play Dancing Cat On London Stage.
"Tons of New Pirates 3 , Ocean's 13 & Stardust Pics!" A direct Stardust gallery is linked at Neil Gaiman's blog.
From Lady V: Robert Rodriguez to direct the remake of Barbarella.
Shrek 4: The Origin Story. Sigh.
OscarWatch at its new home, now that AMPAS made them drop the word "Oscar."
'Dancing' Draws Bigger Ratings Than 'Idol.' O snap.
Queen Elizabeth honors TV's crankiest doctor.
Baron Cohen quietly shooting new movie about people making asses of selves.
Myers is Mitty.
Jay Roach To Direct Comedic Version of 'Vertigo.' I'm trying really hard not to go into Automatic Hatred Mode.
Sam Neill Joins Ethan Hawke's Vampire Pic 'Daybreakers.' Something about this headline makes me very, very sad.
Wait, there's two movies about Coco Chanel? Ah, Noah's Ark Syndrome strikes again.v
Eric Idle Not Happy About 'Shrek 3' Coconut Joke.
Christopher Lee Cut From Sweeney Todd. Awww, Darth Saruman can't ever get a break, y'all.
A Message From The Joker: A trailer (?) this December?
First Look:The new ''Flash Gordon.''
"Moarrrrrrr french people," or Eva Green, Daniel Craig, and Dakota Blue Richards at Cannes.
Bond 22 Director Tapped? Please, God, Marc Forster and not Tony Scott. I mean, Tony Scott is okay, but sometimes too much is enough.
And now, pancakes for dinner before Lost.