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June 15, 2009

I Will Always Have Been Back: Toward a Grand Unified Theory of Schwarzenegger

I Will Always Have Been Back: Toward a Grand Unified Theory of Schwarzenegger | Overthinking It
Arnold Schwarzenegger was one of the first action movie stars of the 80s. Perhaps he was one of the first action movie stars, period. His predecessors to that title – Steve McQueen? Clint Eastwood? – had dramatic credits to their name as well as escapist fare (Papillon, Play Misty For Me, etc). But Arnold Schwarzenegger will never direct Million Dollar Baby. Explosive action movies sit at both the beginning and end of his range.

Consequently, not many critics take Schwarzenegger seriously as an actor. He’s a muscle-bound lunk, they claim. He’s nothing but a stony face and some catchphrases. He always plays the same role.

But what if that’s deliberate? . . .

This is pretty damn amazing. Click through for the evidence.

June 13, 2009

Analog TV is finished

After Long Wait, Stations Switch Off Analog - NYTimes.com
Television stations across the United States powered down their analog signals on Friday, hours ahead of the long-awaited midnight deadline for the country to switch to fully digital TV broadcasts.... The switch was staggered across the country, as some stations switched before dawn. Many others were planning to wait until 11:59 p.m.
Amazingly, 2.5 million people who care about TV still haven't switched to digital. And people claim they haven't heard about it, which would take a supreme effort of willful ignorance. We get analog cable, which should continue through 2012. At that point, I'm prepared to tell my kids to suck it up and turn off the TV forever. With the Web, I'll never miss it.

June 09, 2009

30 Rock is a secret remake of The Muppet Show

Brian Lynch: 30 ROCK is a rip-off of THE MUPPET SHOW!

Tina Fey's 30 ROCK is currently the most acclaimed comedy series on television. It's won numerous Emmys and Golden Globes and I think Pulitzers. Critics and audiences alike love the show and its lovable zany characters, and consider it one of the most original comedies in years.

And I guess it is original...if you've never seen THE MUPPET SHOW. Because, my "friends" (in quotes because I don't know or trust you, please don't be offended), Tina Fey's 30 ROCK is quite obviously ripping off Jim Henson's beloved TV show.

"You're crazy", you say? "Wow, now with the insults. This is why I don't trust you", I respond. And the I hit you up with so many facts you HAVE to concede I'm absolutely right. . . .

Click through for the evidence.

Ellis' Do Anything 002 - Kirby, Lucas, Druillet

Bleeding Cool � Do Anything 002 by Warren Ellis
... In a 1979 interview, George Lucas explicitly cited [French writer/artist Philippe] Druillet — but not Kirby — as a visual influence on STAR WARS. Publicity images for the latter three films in that sequence (which I’ve never seen) look like photographic versions of character designs from Druillet’s SALAMMBO. But Darth Vader exudes the stench of Darkseid, and those huge spacegoing wedges could easily be Kirby’s. I like to think they would have found something to talk about. ... Druillet was already doing New Gods, five years before Kirby’s NEW GODS. And more, he was doing the postmodern, deconstructed version, Kirby with gravemoss grown over him and his towers and starships, designing STAR WARS ten years before Lucas had beaten out the first awful draft of the film (the one whose treatment begins “The is the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Ophuchi who was related to Usby C. J. Thape, a padawaan leader to the famed Jedi.”).

June 08, 2009

HBO goes in a strange direction with Song of Ice & Fire casting

Not A Blog - A Change of Plans

They've scrapped the live actors and are going with a South Park-esque animation. Below is House Stark, click through for the rest.

June 04, 2009

The alluring art of the follow shot

On the Creepy Alluring Art of the Follow Shot | Video Essays | The L Magazine - New York City's Local Event and Arts & Culture Guide

This film is a delightful montage of following shots. The link is to an essay exploring the idea.

June 03, 2009

Olbermann calls for quarantine of Bill O'Reilly and Fox News

Olbermann To Retire O'Reilly Schtick, Proposes Fox News 'Quarantine'