To clarify from yesterday: Amazon UK seems to be pairing the hardback M15M with the paperback M15M as a "great deal," and since the paperback has a slightly different title, it's confusing people. I can't tell if they're doing this intentionally or if someone's asleep at the switch over there, but don't fall for this. I mean, unless you just really want a hardback and a paperback.
I'm not commenting on the actual controversy here, except to say that "(Blah) is more important than free speech" always sets off bells with me, but just as an FYI: Warriors for Innocence protesting certain kinds of fanfic on LJ. Communities and personal journals have been suspended. Again, I'm not really interested in holding a referendum on whether you're okay with fanfictional underage/incest/whatever stories; I'm just saying, if you're wondering what happened to certain LJs, or you have controversial material on your own, well... now you know.
(Which reminds me of something my sociology professor wrote on the board one afternoon: "ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK. 6-PACK BEER IS 2.99 AT THE GAS STATION ACROSS THE STREET. NOW YOU'RE AWARE.")
scornedsaint: "I was wondering if you could mention the Adrienne Shelly foundation in your next linkspam? Adrienne Shelly was one of the few female directors out there, and if Waitress is any indication, she would have had an amazing future ahead of her had she not been murdered. For any woman who wants to enter the film industry or is just sick of seeing the Best Director nominations read like the membership of Get Rid of Slimy Girls, they should check the foundation's website out."
Still the center of the universe: Ala. terror Web site angers activists. "The Alabama Department of Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and anti-war organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists. The Web site identified different types of terrorists, and included a list of groups it believed could spawn terrorists. The list also included environmentalists, animal rights advocates and abortion opponents." *facepalm*
Flags replaced with swastikas in Wash. "Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that decorated veterans' graves for Memorial Day and replaced many of them with hand-drawn swastikas, authorities said Monday. Forty-six flag standards were found empty and another 33 flags were in charred tatters Sunday in the cemetery, authorities said. Swastikas drawn on paper appeared where 14 of the flags had been." What the hell?
Palm oil puts squeeze on Asia's endangered orangutan.
Well-heeled art collector publishes lulu of a novel.
From boutros boutros kitty: Presidential macros!
Best alarm clock EVER!
Pegleg Pomeranian! Pirate cat!
7 films to watch from the Cannes Film Festival.
First Look: Topps 'Hollywood Zombies' trading cards. Okay, "Sanjaya Malacarcass" for the win.
4th 'Pirates' film already on horizon. Okay, I don't know about a fourth in this particular series, but you know what? I like the craze for sequels we've had the last ten years or so. They're not cheap afterthoughts the way they used to be in the '80s and early '90s (for some reason, a very sad commercial for Another Stakeout always sticks in my mind regarding this subject). In addition to the series-of-standalone-movies we usually get (the Spider-Man franchise, for example), people are really looking into serial filmmaking again, particularly fantasy films due to the remarkable number of series being published now, and I love that. I love big multi-film epics (the fact that they involve swords and fantastic costumes doesn't really hurt). I mean, I admit that the world doesn't really need another Rush Hour, but I like that people are really looking at this or that franchise and seeing that people really love certain characters, and generally doing their best to continue telling stories about them. It doesn't hurt that the filmmakers involved are often genuinely fans of or at least attracted to the material--even in the case of the Harry Potter movies, the directors will say, I didn't like the way the previous one(s) were done, I want to do it this way. They'll at least come up with a particular vision, which is so different from the half-hearted, half-assed, half-baked sequels you'd see in the '80s, several years after the originals. You can feel any way about the two POTC sequels that you want, but I love that they took this huge chance and did this giant two-part epic; I'd rather see people fail big and go down swinging than succeed with small, safe, piddling efforts.
Stigmata 2 in the Works. Okay, this isn't the kind of sequel I was talking about.
New 'Hulk' Movie Synopsis Revealed.
Weitz Bros. Conjure Elric.
Confirmed: Change to US "Order of the Phoenix" Release Date, Now July 11.
Michael Madsen Says 'Sin City 2' Might Not Happen; Blames 'Grindhouse' Bomb. WHAT. NO. NOOOO!
Director Mike Figgis Detained at LAX for Threatening to "Shoot a Pilot." Dude, you'd think that people at LAX of all places would be up on TV terminology.
Helen Mirren Takes On Gaza Strip Story.
Trailer for George Clooney's 'Michael Clayton.'
Vague Glimpses of the Joker. I don't know, I'm more creeped out than if they were full shots.
Whee, I can has spaghetti now! Oh, but one more thing: I have a MySpace