So, instead, I went and read through Mark Reads Harry Potter--the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire blogs, at least. I'd kind of vaguely heard of it back when he was doing Mark Reads Twilight, and--God bless, but I was a bit Twilit-out. ("Even you?" ESPECIALLY me, people.) And quite honestly, it's way more fun to watch someone enjoy good books chapter by chapter than it is to watch them be appalled by bad ones. (Wait, is it? Then what have I been doing? Sudden existential crisis is sudden.) He's blogging a chapter or two of whichever book each day, so basically you're watching him read it in real time, and--well, the way I described it on Twitter was, "It's like Horrify the Twilight Noob with something that's actually good." Because someone linked me to it the other day when Mark got to the Third Task in the Triwizard Tournament in GOF and his head summarily exploded (complete with Gary Oldman gif), and that's the floor I came in on. And was rewarded when, later that day, he hit the Riddle cemetery and What Happens There. Never have the words "CEDRIC WAS A HUFFLEPUFF" carried so much despair. So basically, I laughed my ass off, but it's also great to relive the experience of reading the books for the first time by watching someone else do it. The most recent chapter blog, actually, is a very profound explanation of what the Harry Potter books have come to mean to him personally.
Also, he's on Twitter, and was very happy to see folks I sent over there. If nothing else, go start where I did, it won't take you long.
Also-also: Don't you dare go spoil him. Not even "I can't wait for you to get to chapter ##." I want him to be destroyed by the next three books the way the rest of us were: properly.
Rorschach Cat has seen the city's true face.
Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Trailer Gives Us Chills And Many, Many Questions; Exclusive: The Vanishing on 7th Street Trailer; Naomi Watts plays former CIA agent Valerie Plame in the trailer for "Fair Game."
January Jones is Emma Frost in 'X-Men: First Class.'
J.J. Abrams Developing a Spooky '7 Minutes in Heaven' Project.
First Look: Hartnett, Perlman, Moore in Guy Moshe's Bunraku. I'm not sure what's going on here, except that Gackt is somehow involved. If I knew who Gackt was, beyond "his fans used to show up on Fandom Wank a lot," this might be clearer, who knows.
Review: Vampires Suck. "Quick! Think of the first Twilight joke that pops into your head! Was it about sparkling vampires? Maybe it was about shirtless werewolves? Either way, congratulations! You are now a professional screenwriter, on the same level as the writers of Vampires Suck." I am definitely putting this on my resume.
'True Grit' Photo Surfaces! First Official Still Of Jeff Bridges And Hailee Stanfield!
5 Reasons Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Failed To Find An Audience. I'm really linking to this for the last paragraph: "When it hits Blu-ray, buy it and force it on your friends. Whether they're potheads or nerds, ravers or comic book readers, they'll thank you for it. It's Scott Pilgrim fans vs. the World." Because I won't. I really won't. Do you like it when missionaries of any religion come to your door? No, you don't. The hard sell--"forcing it"--is more likely to make your friend dig her heels in than actually want to see it, so all you'll really accomplish is making sure that she doesn't. Particularly if your friend is me. I'm telling you this to help you: for the love of whatever you love, please go about efangelizing it in a lower-key way. If you tell someone might like it, and they say, "I don't really think I want to see it," then let it go. Sure, they'll miss out on whatever orgasmic movie experience you have in mind--assuming they would, in fact, actually like it if they saw it--but they have the right to choose that. Maybe they'll discover it on their own later, on cable. Maybe they won't. That's okay. I hated Airbender, and some folks came back here and said they liked it; I loved Inception, and some commenters hated it. I thought my mother would like Shutter Island, and now I'm never allowed to choose movies ever again. You actually can't be sure that someone will like something, no matter how genius you think it is, nor should you take it upon yourself show up on their doorstep with a copy of the DVD in hand to "make" them, and doing so might actually turn them against it.
Please. Think of the movies.
/my being-forced-to-watch-things issues, let me show you them
Dracula: Year Zero is Moving Forward. Sam Worthington? Really?
A 'Jumper' Sequel? Hayden Christensen Says Talks Are Happening, 'Darker' Story Considered.
New images from AMC's The Walking Dead.
'My Soul to Take' Trailer: Some Teenagers, a Killer, Wes Craven, You Get the Idea.
Alex Aja Goes From 'Piranha 3D' To 'Cobra: Space Pirate.'
RT @christylemire: Totally: RT @ADuralde I am risking breaking the embargo because I must tell you that PIRANHA 3D IS INSANELY ENTERTAINING.
So to speak.