From wolfsilveroak: "Hey, check out this Etsy shop. It was set up expressly for the Aussie Bushfires. So far, they've raised $12,000 in Australian funds. 100% of the proceeds goes to fire relief and they have free international shipping." Also, from sailorcoruscant: "One of my favourite yarn stores in Victoria is asking for people to knit squares that she will make into blankets for the victims." And from alexthedevil: "A reporter's tale of surviving the fire - 'How we cheated the flames of death.' "
I... have no good segue from that! Snack Deathmatch! Peanut butter cups vs. red licorice.
(Note: Much of the news, even the movie news, is toy-oriented because it's being reported from Toy Fair. So... that's what's up with that.)
Master jazz drummer Louis Bellson dies at 84.
Estelle Bennett: A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer’s Burst of Fame.
Rihanna Appalled by Brown's Apology? As all thinking people should be.
Tori Amos: 'Abnormally Attracted to Sin' in spring 2009.
Nine Inch Nails to tour with Jane’s Addiction.
Author’s Guild Tells Authors to Stay Out of the Ebook Game; Federation of the Blind Pushes Back Against Authors Guild; Publishers Weekly Finds that the eBook Genie Is Out of the Bottle. What's this all about? The Kindle: "They don’t have the right to read a book out loud. That’s an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law," says Paul Aiken (Authors Guild executive director). The Dear Author blog: "As one other blogger noted, I wonder if I will be able to read my daughter’s books aloud without the Authors Guild coming to my house and taking my books away or requesting a royalty?"
Behind the Scenes at Frankfurt Book Fair.
'Cyberabad Days' Blasts Into India's High Tech Future.
Flowers After the Nanotech Revolution [Science Design].
Our Favorite Science-esque Toys From Toy Fair; Fat Toys With Good Intentions [Mixed Messages].
How Does John Barrowman See Captain Jack? [Exclusive]; Doctor Who and Torchwood action figures. (No, I won't be getting any for Secret Life. Since I don't watch either show, I wouldn't know how to write the characters.)
Site of the Day: Hurley's blog, but specifically this amazing Lost cake; Does Fox Plan To Wipe Out 'Lost' Once And For All? or, why 'Lost' might move back an hour again.
Michel Gondry Directs 'Flight Of The Conchords' [clips].
Will ‘Slumdog’ win the best picture Oscar?; ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ kid stars face uphill battle; Can 'Slumdog' Bring Back 'Millionaire?' Who wants it?
Images: Daniel Day-Lewis and Sophia Loren Snaps from Marshall’s ‘Nine’; from skellington7d: New Footage Of Disney's 'The Princess and the Frog' Screens At Toy Fair; New York Toy Fair: The new Wolfman unveiled; speaking of Emily Blunt movies, two 'Young Victoria' pics; First Look: Jim Jarmusch's 'The Limits of Control' (WHOA! That is a new look for SWINTON); 'Dragonball' Has Stopped Putting Effort Into Anything.
Trailers and clips: Second Wolverine Spot Spoils Wolvie's Love; Must Watch: First Trailer for Derick Martini's 'Lymelife'; ‘[REC] 2′ Teaser Trailer Screams Online; Oh Yes, Full Trailer for 'Lesbian Vampire Killers'!; Impressive Fan Made Movie Trailer: ‘The Hunt for Gollum.’
ETA: Last new TV spot for Wolverine featuring pretty much ALL the cameos. "Also, Deadpool fans, I expect you cry in excitement."
Watch Five Watchmen Clips; Silk Spectre Runs Into The Fire In First Watchmen Clip; 'Watchmen' Producers Confident Enough To Release Terrible First Scene Into The Wild; ‘Watchmen’ Fight Continues with ‘Staggering Failure’ as the Latest Description. Well, that got real ugly real fast. On the other hand: 'Watchmen' Review Shocker: Geeks Will Love It!
Early 'Public Enemies' Reviews Hint Johnny Depp Might Be Proficient Actor.
'Nottingham' is Now 'Robin Hood'; Ridley Scott's 'Nottingham' Will Only Have One Robin Hood; EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott Reveals New Name For ‘Nottingham’ And It’s Back To Basics (plus cast details). All right, FINE. The tag is duly changed. And LISTEN UP, PEOPLE. There are a lot of stories and properties and franchises with frothing fanthings that moviemakers have to deal with--all their petty complaints and petitions and whining. Well, I'm an old-school Robin Hood fangirl. DON'T SCREW THIS UP.
Followup: MTV will air 'Half-Blood Prince' Set Visit Footage This Saturday.
Another Indian Story On Way To Hollywood: Ang Lee To Direct 'Life Of Pi.'
Sabretooth to join Jolie's 'Salt.'
Madonna to be involved in Twilight sequel! (Last-minute update: 'Twilight': Madonna won't appear in 'New Moon' but may provide songs.) I think this whole thing is going to--not "turn into a trainwreck," exactly, but it's going to snowball into some kind of piecemeal Frankenmovie clusterfuck because, after the way the first movie hit, everyone wants a piece of it. Meanwhile: Oscars Turn the Corner: Rob Pattinson Confirmed as a Presenter; New Moon Countdown Begins/Twilight special via Wal-Mart; Wal-Mart in a teenage-girl-like frenzy over 'Twilight' retail deal; There are ~*DAZZLE AWARDS*~. Oh, and explain to me what a "Vampire Mini Kit" is
(Related: 'How To Be' Gets Picked Up for a Release. The poster made me laugh out loud, so it's got that going for it.)
Gilliam: 'Ending Ledger film was madness.'
Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Might Be Assassinated.
Halle Berry Becomes A Jewel Thief For ‘Who is Doris Payne?’
Robert Downey Jr, Reese Witherspoon, and Timur Bekmambetov in Talks for 'The Days Before.'
Sam Raimi Remaking 'House of Flying Daggers'?
Arnold Schwarzenegger Roped Into 'Expendables' Cameo.
‘G.I. Joe’ Movie Toys Reveal Major Twist To Headquarters ‘Pit.’
William Monahan Adapting John Grisham's 'The Associate.'
Discuss: The Trilogy Meter.
Elton John Introduces Jane Austen To Aliens In ‘Pride and Predator.’
It's About Damn Time Campy Evil Bulldozers Enacted Their Revenge ['Crawler'].
The Best Moments From Kirk Cameron's 'Fireproof.'