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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
It is time for the annual pilgrimage to San Diego for Comic Con International, the convention that isn't just about comic books, and isn't just for comic book readers, but is in truth a convention that embraces almost all of the popular arts. This year cast members from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis will be on panels, as just one example of the many ways in which a day at comic con can be filled with wonderful memory making experiences.
And more and more folks are coming to con to highlight what they are working on... here is just one example of the e-mails I've been getting to pysch me up for this 4.5 day adventure in fandom:
On behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films, we are thrilled to announce that director Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO) will be at COMIC-CON to make a special announcement regarding his highly anticipated film, SOUTHLAND TALES starring DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MANDY MOORE, CHERI OTERI, MIRANDA RICHARDSON, AND JON LOVITZ. Following his announcement, KELLY will be signing posters from the film.
Friday July 27th
11 AM – 1 PM
Location - AA12
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Cartel has been in the bubble for several days now, and things have been surprisingly interesting and fun... at times. :) (Curious about what has been happening in the Bubble, and with the Bubble thus far? Check out http://blog.myspace.com/cartels_bubble )
webcams are broadcasting Cartel's every move. With these codes, you can check out exclusive footage, daily highlights, and sneak peeks at Cartel's new tracks--as they're recorded!
Each one of these codes is good for 24-hour access to the official site. They are good for one full day of access on the site.
Please feel free to share them anyone and everyone
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, William Shatner is a comedian. I detested him as Kirk, it was simply the wrong role for him, and his amazing performance as Denny Crane on ABC's Boston Legal is PROOF POSITIVE that this man can act, he can entertain, and he can leave you laughing so hard you are SURE your laugh muscles are going to be sore the next day.
And then there is Jerry, Clarence, Claire... Shirley, Paul, Denise and Brad who keep the office hopping, interesting, and most importantly, both real and extreme all at once.
In a recent episode Jerry asked for his job back, and in it he gave a brilliant run down of the people who work at Crane, Poole and Schmidt. In it he pointed out the eccentricities that make each character special, and interesting, and asked how, amid such a cast of characters, she could wonder whether or not there was room for a man who keeps his hands on his thighs, and hops. And he was so clearly right, of all the places on TV Boston Legal is where he fits in.
Above and Beyond all that... Boston Legal is a show where characters grow, evolve, and change. They become more than they were in the beginning, and better... and watching that evolution is a wonderful experience.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Have you heard about the band in a bubble that MTV is going to be sharing with the world in late May and throughout June?
The band is Cartel (aren't familiar with Cartel, we'll here's the two liner on 'em: Atlanta-based Cartel, recently highlighted as a “Breaking Band” in Rolling Stone , is generating major heat thanks to the success of Epic Records debut CHROMA and hit lead single “Honestly.”)... and as for this "bubble" they are going to be in, here's what I've found out about the Building of the Bubble
Currently being constructed on Hudson River Park 's Pier 54 in New York City , the bubble is a 40-by-40 foot state-of-the-art recording studio equipped with everything Cartel needs to record their next album. Designed by international firm TPG Architecture, the 2,000-square-foot structure will consist of 55,000 pounds of steel truss and quarter-inch-thick fireproof rigid fiber glass. Three semi-circular steel arches will loop the bubble and act as light trusses to provide a glowing effect. While in the bubble, Cartel will have access to a custom kitchen and dining room, a casual lounge area and a spa-like bathroom as well as a “Sleeping Bubble,” or mezzanine level, which will be a giant pod elevated nine feet off the ground and hung in place with airplane hanger cables, that will house the band's sleeping quarters.
The bubble will feature interactive Web cams that will stream every moment live so fans can watch on http://bandinabubble.fanaction.net/?L3378. These cameras will capture everything from the band members' waking moments and creative differences to their jam sessions and appearances by special guests. Special two-way microphones built into the window of the bubble will provide opportunities for the public to speak to band members on a daily basis.
Ya know... I'm thinking I wouldn't mind spending my next vacation in this bubble! (Check out our myspace fanspace profile for the band in the bubble... and leave comments about the show!
Monday, May 07, 2007
I have a fascination with movies that come from books, and books that come from movies, and often will watch a movie and read the book with hopes that one will contain "more" than the other, and knowing that I am likely to find a lot of differences.
I had no idea when I sat down to read The Children of Men what I was in for... a book written by a woman who has seen nearly twice as many years as I have, speaking of a time in which there is no hope, because there is no future.
My hope, that the book would contain more than the movie was exceeded, and my reading was enhanced both by understanding that the author was in her 70s when the book was published (in 1992) and that the movie was made in our moder (ie post 9-11) era. There were significantly different aspects of the culture portrayed in the movie and book... in many ways they were aspects that simply weren't touched upon in the other, and as a result may well have been there. That was something I really liked, that the changes could have just been enhancements, but the more I got was a better understanding of relationships... and rather different histories, and thus a different present, and most definitely a different future for the main character, Theo, who was so beautifully portrayed by Clive Owen.
This is a movie that could very well leave you with a great deal to think about... if for no other reason than it is intriguing to wonder how you would react, how you would live, if you knew you were one of the final generations of mankind.
Whether it is the movie, or the novel, that catches your eye, I strongly encourage one and all to experience this tale of the end of mankind... or is it... are we just so egotistical as a species that we think we can even see the end coming and have the final word... be right when we say it is all over?
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Fans of the movie Serenity, and the television show Firefly are once again using the film Serenity to raise money for Equality Now, known as a charity Joss Whedon supports.
And ReadMyChest.com is now a global sponsor of the Can't Stop the Serenity showings! So go see the movie, help raise money for a great cause, and you may come home with a little something from ReadMyChest.com :)
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Dougray Scott is leaving Desperate Housewives?
I watched Ian pack, and I was devastated! Oh, don't get me wrong, what he said to Susan made perfect sense, and there is a part of me that is very glad to see that particular love triangle end as I've always been a fan of Mike and Susan as a couple... but... Dougray Scott is such a fantastic actor and he's been wonderful as Ian.
Here's hoping we see a LOT more work from this particular actor in the near future!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Why do the advertisers of so many of the shows I love not the faith in them to give them a chance to grow, build, and become a tidal wave of excitement?
Yes, I'm talking Drive here. 4 episodes aired (if you count the two hour opener as the pilot and ep 2 which many do) and the show was FANTASTIC.
I sat down to watch all four episodes at once and was crushed at the end to know I wasn't going to find out more.
The conspiracy was a tiny bit "too grand" once or twice for me... the waitress in the diner... I mean, did they have waitresses hanging out in every diner around town to eavesdrop, bolster people's flagging courage, and generally poke about, or did mommie dearest just get lucky?
I enjoyed all of the characters, they were three dimensional and "real" where so many shows forget that every character arrives at the pilot with a past, as well as the present we are seeing, and assumptions/dreams for the future.
Nathan Fillion and Melanie Lynskey knocked the ball out of the park with their performances. Their characters were so complex, and so well played that I simply couldn't look away. There are so many shows these days that you can simply listen to, but with Drive it was the facial expressions, and the unexpected that kept your eyes on the screen to see just what bit of sublty they'd add.
And the cinematography going between cars in the race scenes was FANTASTIC! Please, someone, give an award to the people that brought that magic to the screen.
Oh, and while I'm asking for favors from folks on high, would someone please release every bit of film from this show on DVD so I can see as much as they were allowed to put together... I know you didn't let them tell the entire story, but maybe, just maybe, you let them fill in a few more pieces, and answer a few of the questions I've got knocking around in my noggin.
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