(I always love things people send in the mail, and thank you so much--I just wanted to make it clear that I don't usually post about things unless I'm trying to figure out who sent it, not because I didn't like it. I just don't want it to turn into, you know, Send Cleo Presents and Buy a Shoutout on Her Journal.)
(Although I do want to mention a glittery Christmas card from Chesh: "Just pretend the snowmen are vampires sparkling in the sunlight. They feed on snowballs.")
Re: Official SKIN OF A KILLER Glitter: I am so disturbed by how many people were like, "I know exactly what I'm getting my friends for Christmas now!" I mean, I know it's intended as a lolgift, but... it gives me the wig to think of so many jars of powdered sparklepire with THAT TERRIFYING PICTURE on it in people's houses on Christmas morning. If someone gave me one I'd have to cover it up with masking tape or make it face the wall or something. Don't get me wrong, he's a cute guy, but that particular shot is so BAD TOUCH, DO NOT WANT.
So of course, they're also selling That Face on pillowcases. WHY? I mean, I understand they're selling it because they know the girls
(It's SOLD OUT? )
Oh, and I wanted to mention/recommend this--every year, I get a Kinuko Craft calendar because I love her artwork. (I have already secured 2009's, because apparently I am doomed to know every single thing I am getting for birthday and Christmas, to the point where my mother and aunt and grandmother sat around in my grandmother's kitchen and sorted out who would give me what when. While I was sitting there in front of them. "Would you rather have Prince Caspian for birthday or Christmas?" "OMG STOP IT!!") So... consider it rec'd.
Also, a link request: A write-in campaign to protest the whitewash casting of 'The Last Airbender.'
’40s heartthrob Van Johnson dies at 92.
Scott Ruffalo Case Gets Seedier, Sadder [Mysteries].
Ex-Idol Producer Responds to Paula Abdul. Okay, let me break it down for you: what happened was, Abdul is alleging that the producers let a stalker of hers audition for the purpose of messing with Abdul. The woman overdosed outside Abdul's house afterwards. If the producers did what Abdul is saying they did... well. You can imagine how bad it's going to look for the show, and that's not even getting into how completely horrible the whole thing is. So "Scoop: Abdul as good as gone from ‘Idol’ " is not very surprising, in other words. Nor is "Report: ‘Idol’ to make changes in 2009" or "A Scandalous ‘American Idol’ Tell All Book." The show gave
Governor declares 'Year of Alabama History,' "another installment of yearly tourism campaigns that have focused on Alabama food, sports, outdoors and arts." Yes, I share a birthday with my own state.
David Henry Hwang Honored As M. Butterfly Hits 20.
Actor slits own throat accidentally in suicide scene ("After emergency treatment at a hospital, Hoevels declared that the show must go on, and returned to the stage on Sunday night with a bandage tied around his neck, ready to once again meet his mock demise"); Police Launch Investigation Over Theatre Suicide Scene.
New 'Doctor Who' Christmas special promos + trailer.
Lost Season 5 Promo Shots. These are studio photographs of pretty people being pretty (Deeeeesmoooond!), no spoilers.
Another helpvera update: Fans & Friends Raise More Than $20K For An Author in Need.
The Power List: 20 Movers And Shakers In Science Fiction.
Richard Roeper Names His Top 25 of 2008.
Stephen King: 10 best movies of '08. Number 10? Death Race. It's that kind of list. I wish I could do my own top ten list, but (as always) I'm not even sure I saw ten theatrical releases this year, and I can tell you straight off that at least three of them were flat-out awful. Lessee... Cloverfield, The Other Boleyn Girl (STAB), 10,000 B.C., Vantage Point, Prince Caspian, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Wanted, The Happening, The Dark Knight, Hamlet 2, Quantum of Solace, and... Twilight. Okay, so I managed to see more than ten, at least. (And four of them got Fifteen Minutes...ed. This is a level of productivity unseen since the glory days of 2004, let me tell you.)
Wes Anderson Directs Brad Pitt in Ad for Wacky Japanese Sensibility; Lemon Zest [Mysteries Solved].
The Hater: Hugh Jackman To Turn The Oscars Into The Tonys. AND MORE POWER TO HIM, SAYS I.
Oscar Visual Effects Short List Revealed, and it really is an embarrassment of riches this year.
11 Brand New Oscar Scripts from ‘Revolutionary Road,’ ‘Milk,’ ‘Ben Button’ and Many More; Meryl Streep Liked Awards-Season Better When She Didn't Have to Beg.
Trailers and clips: Must Watch: Brand New Full Length Trailer for 'Knowing'; Exclusive: Three TV Spots for 'The Spirit'; 'Goemon' Trailer: It's Like if Anime Were Semi-REALITY; 'Paris by Night of the Living Dead' Clip: Zombie Murder!
Three Ways to Make the Most of "Day the Earth Stood Still" [Review]; 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' doesn't do original justice; Review: 'Earth Stood Still,' movie falls apart; ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’: Klaatu barada stinko (someone out there is really proud of that headline); Vulture’s Complete Field Guide to the Facial Expressions of Keanu Reeves; The Tao Of Keanu [Profitable Prophets]; Reeves: 'Fame Is A Drag'; Reeves Is Jealous Of Jackman (he wanted to play Wolverine!).
Bryan Singer's Valkyrie Review - This Year's Best WWII Film. Really? Because there were a lot of them this year. Like, so many that someone made an actual flow chart. I'm just saying.
Emma Watson ‘Thrilled’ With ‘Deathly Hallows’ Ending, Looking Forward To Filming Favorite Scene.
J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Coming to IMAX; 'Star Trek' Returns with Classic Plot Device.
Success Of ‘Twilight’ Kills Planned Remake Of Gory Vamp Romance ‘Near Dark.’ Or, you know... you could just go rent 'Near Dark.'
David S. Goyer Directing 'The Invisible Man' Before 'Magneto'; Exclusive: Goyer Talks 'Flash Forward'!
Lucas Launches Star Wars Stage Show.
Tom Cruise to Reprise 'Thunder's' Les Grossman?
Terry Gilliam Visits Last Country On Earth Willing to Give Him Money.
Caruso Won't Helm 'Thor.'
Giamatti and Mackie Head for 'Babylon.'
Odette Yustman Talks Tarot Card Comedy 'Rogue's Gallery.'
Friday Producers Eye Satanic Thriller.
With Kristen Stewart And Jessica Biel Taking Up Pole-Dancing, Here’s Our Top 10 Strippers In Film List.
Reese Witherspoon Postpones Participation in Unofficial 'Joe Versus the Volcano' Remake [Bad Ideas].
Will Smith’s Search For Mr. Miyagi Continues As ‘Karate Kid’ Remake Moves To China.
Kim Cattrall does a Polanski movie. What?
'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Gets the Green Light.
The Alien Rape Menace Has a Catchy Theme Tune [Found Footage]. What?