By the way, if you were working the upstairs register at the Brookwood Mall Books-a-Million on Wednesday night, and you sold a copy of Dead Until Dark to two women, the older of which kept saying "SHE WRITES ABOUT THE SHOW" really loudly over and over again, and the younger of which looked like she kind of wanted to die... I need to apologize to you about that.
("Mom, you really don't need to go announcing to people that you've heard how terrible the Twilight books are. You have to scope people out! You have to find out whether they like them or not first!" "No, see, you need to do that. I don't actually care if people get mad at me." "WELL, CLEARLY WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT.")
("I still can't believe you thought EDWARD imprinted on the baby. How long did you think that?" "Ever since you told me! When the book first came out!" "In August? Damn, no wonder you had such a weird look whenever you talked about the movie, if you thought that." "I'M SAYING! He's the love of her life!? And he was going to run off with THEIR BABY?!" "And it didn't strike you as weird that no one in the media raised holy hell about that?" "Look, I don't know. People are crazy. That's all I know.")
Also, I feel like I should say a bit more about The Gift of Fear, since several people raised this concern--it actually doesn't make you feel paranoid at all, or at least I've never talked to anyone who had that problem. (In fact, one of his subsequent books is called Fear Less.) What it actually does is tell you to trust your own gut feelings and how to recognize a true warning signal; it actually made me feel less paranoid, because I knew I could rely on my instincts to tell me if something was wrong. I mean, in addition to normal prudence (locking your doors at night, using the buddy system, not taking candy from strangers, whatever). I haven't read it in a while so I can't cite chapter and verse, but I actually found it comforting and kind of empowering.
And no, it's not culty (even though people like to give the book out to others a lot). It's not some kind of complicated self-help crock. There aren't "steps" or anything. It's just security expert extraordinaire Gavin de Becker (who is awesome, and understands violence against women in a way that so many people don't: "Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them") saying (and this is a gigantic paraphrase), "If you feel uncomfortable or anxious or scared in a situation and you feel like you want to leave or disengage, do that, and don't worry about being 'polite' or what other people will think of you. Trust yourself and put your own safety first." It's not about feeling more scared; it's about listening to the times you already feel scared, and giving yourself permission to act on that.
helpvera was a complete success.
Rare snowfall hits New Orleans. None here yet, although schools actually closed in terrified anticipation of an inch of snow that wouldn't stick anyway.
Dakota Culkin Killed By Car.
Scientists extract images directly from brain.
8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs. I particularly like the German pickle ornament that no one in Germany's actually heard of.
From krazycat: Nine Inch Noëls.
Tennant Ruled Out Of Hamlet Until 2009.
Malkovich To Play Serial Killer In Austrian Play.
Entertainment Weekly Considering Going Online-Only? This would not surprise me at all, given how flimsy the print copies are now. It's the end of an era and yet... I can't link to print articles and I don't read the hard copy anyway.
The Hater: How Lost Can Get A Golden Globe Nomination Next Year. SERIOUSLY.
OSCAR NEWS: Host Won't Do Stand-Up; Protests Over Honor For Jerry Lewis ("The controversy is over his recent repeated and public anti-gay slurs"); Paramount Awards Site Hacked Just in Time For Golden Globe Noms.
Images: 'Duplicity' Poster is a Glitterati Equal Sign; 'Knowing' Images And Onesheet; Pair of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Pictures Feature Pitt and Kruger; 'Madea Goes to Jail' Poster Makes Great 'Dove Grudge' Poster or Tattoo; Uma Thurman looks a lot like Sarah Palin in 'Motherhood'?; 'Unborn' Poster(ior) Looks Strangely Familiar. OH LIKE THE GAP BETWEEN HER THIGHS IS IN ANY WAY REAL.
Trailers and clips: 2009 Sundance Film Fest Trailers; The 'Watchmen' International Trailer Is Here!; Worth Watching: Natasha Arthy's 'Fighter' Trailer; EXCLUSIVE: New ‘Notorious’ Clip Features Biggie In Concert; 'Hit and Run' or 'I Know What You Did Driving Home Last Weekend' Trailer.
Sherlock Holmes: First look at Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler; More pics of RDJ and Rachel McAdams. Yes, I find this important enough to be THE LEAD MOVIE ITEM.
WGA Hopes You Won't Remember Who Directed 'The Dark Knight'; Heath Ledger’s Family Responds To Golden Globe Nomination; 'The Dark Knight' Breaks Blu-ray Disc Sales Record; Is Rachel Weisz Catwoman in Dark Knight Sequel!?? OH WHATEVER! THEY DON'T HAVE A SCRIPT YET! (That said... I endorse this product and/or service.)
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio: EW's Exclusive Reunion Q&A! And they are ADORABLE. I really didn't buy into the whole Kate & Leo thing until right now. Also: DiCaprio Warns Young Stars To Keep Acting. It cracks me up that they specifically asked him about RPattz and Zefron, particularly having seen this picture of Efron nattering away while DiCaprio looks like he wants to die.
And for my birthday, I will get 'New Moon' wank: The Weitzening to be official on Sunday? I have pre-emptively begun feeling sorry for Chris Weitz just in case. I don't know--maybe I'm crazy, but I really liked The Golden Compass; I'm not saying it was perfect or even close to ideal, but I loved the look and I loved the casting, and I was pretty sure that the story wasn't going to survive uncut or unaltered no matter who directed it. So he's okay by me. Which is, again, why I am adding him to the List of People Involved with Twilight Who I Feel So Incredibly Sorry For (Please Upgrade Your Riot Gear, You're Going to Need It). Also: TwiMoms are already trying to get parts on 'New Moon,' find sets, avoid freaking the mundanes; the Twilight DVD will be loaded and giggly, basically including the commentary of my dreams.
BREAKING NEWS: Do we have a new Jacob?
(Related: Robert Pattinson Teams With Rosario Dawson For ‘Parts Per Billion,’ for certain values of "teams": "I don’t have a relationship to him in the film. So we never meet.")
(Hmm. Austenbook begets Meyerbook. Definitely read the former.)
Major Hints For Iron Man 2, Dragonball, T4, And Clone Wars [Morning Spoilers]
Film review: 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'; Don Draper Solves the Alien Problem With Scotch [Exclusive]; No Laughing Matter: We Give Keanu His SF Due.
Heyman to Kloves on Deathly Hallows: "There are times I think we could have done three movies" (I will skip the one about camping, thanks); Harry Potter: the Exhibition premiere announced; Book review: 'The Tales Of Beedle The Bard.'
'Terminator: Salvation' Update: New Image and Set Reports.
Hugh Jackman dishes on Gambit and Deadpool.
Del Toro says he won't make another film in Mexico.
Aronofsky's Plans for 'Noah' and 'The Fountain' Redo; Aronofsky Aims For Hardcore 'RoboCop.'
Benjamin Button Writer Heads Into Space With New Project.
Fincher's 'Torso' greenlit after all?
GI Joe Trailer Description.
Stiller Steps in for Ruffalo after Russian Roulette Tragedy; 'Us Weekly' Unable to Determine Mark Ruffalo's Problem ("MAYBE THAT'S WHY, Us Weekly ").
'Doubt': It's certainly one of the year's best; Review: Overly theatrical beyond a ‘Doubt.’
Review: Soderbergh’s ‘Che’ is quietly revolutionary.
'What Doesn't Kill You' makes a strong movie.
'Delgo': A fantasy world not worth entering.
Joby Harold Adapting 'Atlantis Rising.'
Oliver Stone Making Hugo Chavez Documentary.
'Brothers' Now to Bloom in May '09.
Duchovny Still Believes In X-Files. Yeah... you keep on keepin' on there.
The Suckiest SF Movie of the Last Twelve Months.
'Dragonball: Evolution' Movie Stills. So long as this movie is around, the Slot will never go empty.
ETA: Bettie Page passed away this evening.