Terry Pratchett diagnosed with rare, early-onset Alzheimer's. He announced this himself, by the way ("PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - t's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say 'Is there anything I can do', but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry"), so he's all right for the moment. Meanwhile, at nadwcon, charishawk (one of the organizers) notes, "We'd like to confirm that the convention will be going ahead as planned. Terry is very optimistic about his health, and has indicated to us that he plans to attend as long as circumstances permit."
(In a similar, sad vein: 'Wheel of Time' to be finished by new author.)
(In reply: This puppy will cure all the world's suffering.)
Ike Turner dies at 76; Alex Trebek has heart attack. For those of y'all wondering why the hell bad things are happening to people healthwise all of a sudden, keep in mind: deaths and ailments are particularly common around the holidays. I can't quote which study it was, but it makes sense, in its own way. So be prepared to hear more bad news over the next couple of weeks.
And so it begins: Russian LJer jailed.
MTV + other Viacom employees walk out. I don't know who painted the sign that reads "WE DECLARE SHENANIGANS," but I kind of want to hug them.
The strike may mean star-free awards shows; WGA To Allow Writer for SAG Awards Show; Writers’ strike may impact 2009 films; How Costly Is Strike to Writers?; NBC refunds advertisers as ratings plunge; Striking Writers Disrupt Carson Daly Taping, Ruining His Talk Show Christmas.
Merck recalls meningitis vaccine for kids.
U.S. refuses 'Any Wounded Soldier' mail. Dateline: Birmingham, AL.
Merriam-Webster's word of '07: 'w00t.'
More fun with Amazon reviews: this time, Bic pens. Tuscan Milk is, of course, the gold standard.
Australian senator: 'Always wear clean underwear' ("A senior Australian lawmaker who was once handcuffed in his underpants to a pole during a drunken night in a Russian strip club...").
Best Buy apologizes to blogger for nastygram.
The top pop-culture moments of 2007; Video Rewind: The Year’s Most Awkward Celebrity Moments.
‘Citizen Kane’ script sells for nearly $100,000; No Buyer for 'Citizen Kane' Oscar.
Are these really the most overpaid stars?
Scully gets (even more) serious on 'Masterpiece Theatre.'
'Sopranos' creator accused of stealing ideas.
Voyager 2 discovers solar system is bent.
Ominous Arctic melt worries experts.
Energy source of northern lights found. Lord Asriel? Is that you?
'Compass' on Target Overseas; The Golden Compass and Dakota Blue Richards nominated for Critics Choice awards; Nicole Kidman to take a break from acting; great article/interview from the Atlantic Monthly on the making of the movie (thanks, dramedy); Pullman interview at moreintelligentlife.com (who gave me the link? Help!).
From annlarimer: Caspian toys!
Sweeney Todd 's Opening Credits Online; Entertainment Weekly review; Playboy's 20 Questions with Helena Bonham Carter; 20 best revenge movies; The 'Sweeney Todd' trailers: What kind of movie are they trying to sell? (with videos); Sweeney Todd TV Spots and Video Interviews; Secrets Of Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Sweeney Todd' Package Revealed!; Johnny Depp: 'I don't want to be a product.'
Could Johnny Depp Play Pee-Wee?; Reubens Still Has Grand Plans For ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ DVDs.
Richard Corliss Wants to Know If Film Critics Matter.
10 cool gifts for film buffs.
New Indiana Jones poster. Note the... oddness of the skull in question.
"You MUST Watch The Dark Knight's IMAX Short Film on I Am Legend"; 'The Dark Knight' Update: New Pics, Lots More Promotional Madness.
Movie Stills From The Dark Knight + Upcoming Movie Posters in 2008.
Austria Becoming More And More Likely For 'Bond 22'; Anatole Taubmann Cast in Bond 22.
Almodovar Goes Back to Noir.
Slusho unrelated to Cloverfield?
‘Harry Potter’ kids face adult issues in 6th film; David Yates on Half-Blood Prince Film:"the sex, drugs, and rock and roll" of the Potter books"; ‘Harry Potter’ Actors React To ‘Deathly Hallows’ Epilogue; Luke, I am Not Harry's Father; Lourdes Not Set For ‘Harry Potter,’ Insists Guy Ritchie; Giant OOTP character publicity shots, for the costume hounds among you; Robert Pattinson cast as Edward Cullen in Twilight movie.
New 'Where the Wild Things Are' photo.
New 'Get Smart' Pictures.
First Photos from 'Mamma Mia!' With Meryl Streep, no less.
First Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio in Ridley Scott's 'Body of Lies.'
Another Poster for 'The Great Debaters.'
First X Files 2 Set Photo. Nope. Still don't believe it.
Witherspoon May Spend Night at Museum; EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Gervais on Starring in 'Night at the Museum 2'; Fox Sets New Avatar, Museum 2 Dates.
Lance Armstrong Biopic Pedals Forward With Matt Damon Still In Running.
The Screens Will See 'A People's History of the United States.'
New Extended National Treasure Trailer.
Kristen Bell dons gold Leia bikini. Note: I predicted this nearly two years ago.
Note to 'Poughkeepsie' Director: Get a New Marketing Team, Immediately: "See, I thought it would be perfectly okay to talk about the film not being real during the interview, and I happily pointed out all the 'cues' that clued me to the fact that it was phoney. This caused John great agita and weeks after the interview was published, I started getting frantic, panicked emails from the film's publicity people asking me to cut out the passages where I talked frankly about the film being fictional. John, get a new marketing team. No human being with a third-grade education or higher is fooled into thinking your movie is a legit documentary."
VIDEO: Winona Ryder Has Sex with ... a Puppet?
An email I just got: "Send your friend a facehug! THIS CHRISTMAS, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE ON EARTH."