(Also, I don't know who sent me an LJ v-gift, but thank you! I have a feeling it's in regards to writing--being a quill and all, sort of a keep-on-truckin' sentiment--so thank you. I need it right now. : )
Things That Make Me Irrationally Squeeful: I have an aunt who works for a magazine, and she had mentioned at Sister Girl's Culinard graduation shindig that Victoria was going to come back. We were standing in a crowded hallway balancing plates of food (this was the evening I had the coconut ice cream and mojito truffles) and I honestly, literally, had to restrain myself from screaming "OH SHIT NO WAY!!!" in public. I flipped the hell out as it was, but I think I managed to put a cork in the profanity. I'm not even sure; I kind of had an out-of-body experience as it was. I freakin' LOVED Victoria, as if you couldn't tell, to the point where I actually bought three back issues on eBay after it went under, and apparently I am only one of many fanatical devotees of the magazine, which also include a number of people in the magazine industry itself, according to my aunt. I can't really explain it--it's this lovely, slim, unassuming little magazine that looks at both surviving Victoriana (this month's has photos of early Victorian gowns from Tasha Tudor's collections) and sort of a neo-Victorian lifestyle. Kind of like a much lower-key Martha Stewart--Victorian styles for gardens, casual wear, jewelry, travel, stationery, recipes, entertaining that kind of thing. It's much more about taking general aesthetic inspiration from the Victorian, Regency and Edwardian eras (and I think they've even done features with Renaissance or 1700s styles, even) than actually being like, you know, how can I wear this bustle to the office? It's more the kind of magazine where they'd have features on decorating with toile de jouy, or places you could visit in Italy to feel like you were in A Room with a View. Nothing really scary.
The key phrase in that preceding paragraph, by the way, was "this month's," because OMG IT HAS COME BACK AND IT IS JUST THE SAME AS IT EVER WAS. My mother and I dropped by Publix to pick up a couple of things on the way to get dinner and even she was like, "Go! Check the newsstand! Be free!" But it wasn't there. I stared and stared and pored through the Magazines About Lifestyles None of Us Actually Have and it just wasn't there, even though my aunt had said it would come back in October and it was already getting on mid-November. And then I walked away, glanced around for my mother, went back, and IT WAS THERE.
ME: "Victoria! NEVER LEAVE ME AGAIN!" *huggles*
MY MOTHER: "Stop, stop, you're going to bend it!"
The website's a bit skimpy at the moment, but that's because they've only got the one new issue and obviously they don't want to give away the whole thing. I'm sure more will go online as they get a few issues under their belt. Also: "Now, four years later, Victoria is being relaunched by Hoffman Media, the Birmingham, Ala., publisher." We were meant to be together, I'm telling you.
Okay, so: massive backlog of linkspam. We're going to go quickly, there's going to be a lot, and I apologize. It's either do it this way or leave off about four days of it. The odds of borking a link are not in my favor, so tell me what I've messed up and I'll fix it.
Because so many people have sent it to me--I thought I'd linked it, and I know I've played it, but I guess not: freerice.com.
Norman Mailer: Norman Mailer, Towering Writer With Matching Ego, Dies at 84; An interesting look back from Gawker.
The writers' strike: The WGA's YouTube channel of picket line footage; WGA strike grows stronger. Pamela Ribon (pamie.com) reports from the front lines.
Showrunners turn strike into a show stopper. Season 7 of 24 canceled due to writer's strike. FOX happily plans for writerless television; viewers mourn.
Hiatuses for serialized shows a ‘Lost’ cause ("Strike could mean a long break, viewer drop-off — again — for TV series").
WGA Strike Striking Other Workers. NBC fires 102 Workers From The Office. Leno and O'Brien Staffers May Be Laid Off.
Ellen on why she's a scab. WGAE States Ellen "Not Welcome In NY." In Defense of Ellen: One Writer's Experience.
WGA Negotiators Felt Betrayed, Says Columnist.
More celebs show solidarity at writers' picket lines. What are the stars saying about the strike? Robin Williams, Ray Romano support strikers.
Eisner: Writers' Strike Is "Stupid." Angry Writers, Sympathetic Actors, And Clever Babies Taunt Rupert Murdoch At Fox Rally.
Sign this online petition to show solidarity with the WGA. It might actually do some good, by the way.
Miscellaneous news: Will a Child Be Charged in the Fires? "Though too young to be charged as an adult, the boy could still face millions of dollars in fines, removal from his home and possible detention as a ward of the state. For now the boy's fate - and that of his parents, who would be partially liable for any restitution payments he would have to pay - rests with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley."
Australian scientists decode whale sounds.
Girl born with 8 limbs undergoes surgery. "The girl, Lakshmi, is named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth, and some in her village in the northern state of Bihar revere her as a goddess.... Others sought to make money from Lakshmi. Her parents kept her in hiding after a circus apparently tried to buy the girl, they said."
Teen gets strippergram at school.
Scriptwriter Peter Viertel, who recently lost wife Deborah Kerr, dies at 86.
Priest accused of stalking Conan O'Brien.
Underwear-obsessed stalker jailed. Not Conan's stalker, a different stalker.
Music: Elvis Costello turns his back on Britain. If there is a more fabulous mugshot, I do not know of it. Britney Spears "Real" VMA Choreography. Prince takes legal action against fan Web sites; Prince releases fan diss track.
Are Facebook’s Social Ads Illegal?
Heartthrobs Clooney, Fabio get into scuffle.
New York eatery offers $25,000 dessert. Shit, I just want one of the regular hot chocolates right now.
911 call for beer.
Climate change denialists winning the race for "Best Science Blog."
lolcats: Fluffy… reporting live; Can I Has Nother Red Bull; LAZORS CHARGED; is it can be u forgivez u too nao pls?
Harry Potter: Helen McCrory is now Narcissa Malfoy? And there goes my pipe dream of Narcissa being played by an Australian blonde. Any Australian blonde, really; I can think of at least three offhand. OotP deleted scenes. HP cast reacts to gay Dumbledore. David Thewlis - 'I can't handle the fake hugs and air kisses.'
Sweeney Todd: New pictures. The MySpace. The Sweeney Todd mini-poster now on my TV cabinet.
Golden Compass: I knew we could depend on the Noble Collection for a good alethiometer. Start saving your pennies! Golden Compass TV Spot; Second Golden Compass TV Spot. MTV opportunity to ask director questions. “Everything I’ve ever learned in the last 35 years” went into Ruth Myers' costumes. Donna Freitas interviews Philip Pullman. Butterfly Soup: An evening with Philip Pullman. Armored Bears Conquer Myspace. $50 million going into marketing and promo support.
The Dark Knight: The Dark Knight in Hong Kong; More of Bale on 'Dark Knight' set - HQ. Heath Ledger Says His Joker Has ‘Zero Empathy’; Who’s Laughing? Jack Nicholson ‘Furious’ He’s No Longer Joker in Batman Films. Nolan Debunks Dark Knight Pollution Story.
Star Trek: Winona Ryder to play Spock's mom; Bruce Greenwood to Play Captain Pike in 'Star Trek XI.'
Beowulf: What is that, a shot from Shrek 4? See Beowulf Early on Nov. 15 at 9pm. Also, I think I just now realized that Grendel is Crispin Glover.
Bond: Paul Haggis Joins WGA Strike; Comments On 'Bond 22' Script; Daniel Craig urges Activision to make a winning Bond game, reveals addiction to video games. Adorable.
New stills: Lars and the Real Girl, The Kite Runner, Valkyrie; First Official 'Righteous Kill' Pics; First Pics of 'Nim's Island', First Look at 'Nim's Island', Gerard Butler's Halloween Costume; 'The Eye' Poster AUGH WTF NO.
Clips and trailers: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' Full Trailer! ("According to descriptions of each chipmunk I'm given in the trailer, Alvin is a flamboyantly seductive hula hooper, Simon has a servant fetish, and Theodore is a nocturnal frotteur"); Debut of Bryan Singer's Valkyrie Trailer; Exclusive Clips: ‘The Mist’; Final Web Only Trailer for Stephen King's The Mist; De Niro-Pacino Righteous Kill Promo Trailer Online
Malkovich Makes A ‘Changeling.’
JLA, G.I. Joe , TF2 and Wolverine Updates.
'Incredible Hulk' Shooting in Brazilian Slums.
Dita Von Teese to play Mata Hari in new movie.
Mel Brooks' 'Young Frankenstein" Musical Gets Critical Lashing.
The way we were: Movie themes no longer top charts.
Scoop: Cruise ‘extremely worried’ about ‘Lions.’
Guillermo del Toro to Direct 'Champions.'
Sarandon The ‘Comic Relief’ For ‘Lovely Bones’?
Spacey Has Super Fun In Fred Claus; Fred's Vaughn Tones It Down.
Newell Approached for Prince of Persia.
Paul Verhoeven to Direct 'Thomas Crown Affair 2.'
After Villain Turn In ‘No Country For Old Men,’ Bardem Readies For Woody.
Jack Nicholson Reveals Plans For A Third ‘Chinatown’ Film.
Juno 's Diablo Cody: From Ex-Stripper to A-Lister.
Forest Whitaker Wants to Empower People with the Help of Mountain Dew.
Off to forage for dinner.