Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

Monday morning, sneak-blogging while pupses sleep

So I've been through my notes and made lists of what I want to add to Black Ribbon and done a little touch-up research, and I am now at the point where I have to actually start writing, and I have to tell you, I am gripped by cold electric fear. This may be the first time where I have realized that I do not, in fact, have writer's block. I mean, I do sometimes, but this ain't it. This is just pure cowardice. It's exactly the same feeling I get when I'm standing, let's say, on a high balcony or the roof of a building and I look down, except that I can't figure out how writing could actually kill me.

But while I was being a total coward, I was at Madame Talbot's site this weekend cruising for visual inspiration, and I stumbled across this: yet more proof that Alabama is the center of the universe.
Farris pulled out her six-shooter and shot her husband twice - with "steel nerve and deadly aim." He died on the living room floor. The neighbors heard the fighting and shots and summoned the police. Three of Louisville's finest arrived and immediately were shot dead on the spot, with the dead accuracy. A deputy sheriff then showed up after hearing the ruckus and when he entered the house, and ended up in a struggle with Hazel. He stumbled over one of the dead bodies and his gun discharged which shot off the ring finger on Hazel's right hand. Hazel broke free and grabbed her six-shooter, whereupon the sheriff became the fifth victim of the day and fell to the floor where the other four men lay dead.

Hazel fled through the back door as well as the state of Kentucky, along with a bounty of $500 on her head. She ended up in Bessemer, Alabama where she supported herself as a "soiled dove" until she fell in love with a man who also loved her. She mistakenly told him her whole story and who she was. Shortly, the man betrayed her to the local police and collected a nice tidy sum.
Also: Alabama delegation arrives in France.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have not one but two sippy cup stories: Toddler served margarita in a sippy cup; TSA video counters 'sippy cup' claim.

From bookworm: Latawyna, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say No to Drugs.

A new comm from sorchar: ishouldasaid.

'Architect of fashion' Gianfranco Ferre dies.

Thousands of pearls found in shipwreck.

Iron Age 'Mickey Mouse' Found.

Hareport: Rabbits snarl Milan flight radar.

Bulgaria's last 3 dancing bears freed.

The world's most expensive cities (#1: ... Moscow? Really?)

Elvis Presley's pills, gun auctioned off.

Teen diabetics try 'diabulimia' to be thin.

Lost girl, 5, stumbles from woods; Girl feared drowned reappears safe.

Conservative bloggers revolt over immigration.

Litblogs vs. Print Reviews: FIGHT!

Kristy Swanson Arrested in Run-In with Partner's Ex-Wife. Keep in mind that this is the skating partner-now-boyfriend she hooked up with on Skating with Celebrities while he was, if I recall correctly, still married. Oh, Buffy.

trailer_spot: 3:10 to Yuma, No Country for Old Men, Delirious, August Rush, Wall-E, Fantastic Four 2. Speaking of which: New Christian Bale "3:10 to Yuma" pics.

Pirated versions of 'Sicko' surface on Web; Pirated 'Sicko' taken down by YouTube.

Eli Roth Talks 'Hostel II' Box-Office, Blames Rampant Piracy, Says 'Cell' Is Now On Hold. "The R-rated horror film is in serious jeopardy. Studios feel the public doesn't want them anymore, and so they are only putting PG-13 films into production. The only way to counter this perception is to get out there and support R-rated horror." Which is funny, as it's seemed to me that we've been bombarded with "R-rated horror" in the last five years or so.

Some Guy Is Blogging That He's On the Set of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower.'

Elizabeth Kostova's Dracula Novel 'The Historian' Getting Treatment.

'Monster Squad' DVD Trailer.

Paramount Shares Some 'Sweeney Todd' Story Details.

Wilson One Step Closer to Nite Owl?; Patrick Wilson Basically Confirms He's Been Cast in 'Watchmen.' God, I hope they get Gerard Butler in there somewhere after all, just because I think that'd be a hilarious reunion. PLEASE FEEL NO NEED TO CAST EMMY ROSSUM AS THE SILK SPECTRE, THNX. Also: Jackie Earle Haley is Rorschach in Snyder's Watchmen? No Watchmen for Keanu Reeves.

Meanwhile, Patrick Wilson Joins Sam Jackson's 'Lakeview.'

First Pics of Batman On Set of 'The Dark Knight'; The Dark Knight 's Batcycle Revealed; The Dark Knight 's New Batman Suit; Maggie Gyllenhal and Aaron Eckhardt filming; Rumor Mill Says Anthony Michael Hall is The Riddler in 'Dark Knight.' Also: The Joker's Car in The Dark Knight, although I really don't know if this one is real.

New posters for The Bourne Ultimatum.

Jude Law and Forest Whitaker Will Lead 'Reposession Mambo.'

Atlas Shrugged Shelved.

A Vaguely Shimmering Review Of Stardust.

The Beatles played by comedy stars in new film.

Lucasfilm Promises Marketing Blitzkrieg For ‘Indiana Jones 4.’ Sigh. Maybe I'm just not excited about this because I don't view it as being of a piece with three previous movies. Didn't they all come out in the '80s? And here we are, twenty years later? And they're "promising" a "marketing blitzkrieg," 1) like Indiana Jones actually needs one and 2) like there wasn't going to be one anyway? At least this (warning: mild spoilers) sounds interesting. I'm telling you, if they didn't have Evil Cate Blanchett, I'd just write the whole thing off completely.

(Oh, now Jim Broadbent may be in it too. They're really trying to butter me up, aren't they?)

Speaking of Her Cateness, ONTD has stills from "In the Company of Actors," a documentary about the Australian production of Hedda Gabler she did recently with Hugo Weaving and The Most Unfortunate Beard Ever. Seriously. I love the man, and I will probably end up seeing Transformers for him, and if there's a less fortunate beard than that, I don't know what it is.

More Cateness: Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox script online (George Clooney and Cate Blanchett will voice Mr. and Mrs. Fox).

Is ‘Fantastic Four’ The Worst Superhero Franchise Ever? You know, having seen the first one and a review this weekend headlined "FF2 Bad, But Still Better Than Original," I'm going to have to check "yes" on this one. I'm not even sure why--reasonably good cast, everyone looks all right. It's like the movies just don't gel--like trying to make pralines on a rainy day or something. Just from the first one, I remember the tone being completely off and the pacing being bad--the big action sequence in the middle went on too long and the one at the end didn't go on long enough, there was never any real sense of urgency to anything. Actually, you know what it kind of felt like? A half-hour kid's cartoon where everything, including saving the world, was kind of light and inconsequential because they only had half an hour, after all, and at the end everyone learned a lesson and laughed at some really bad pun. I do think some summer movies are a little too Srs Bizness about things, but if the story doesn't even feel that important in the context of the movie, how am I supposed to care?

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