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Obama Depressed, Distant Since 'Battlestar Galactica' Series Finale

Obama Depressed, Distant Since 'Battlestar Galactica' Series Finale | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

WASHINGTON—According to sources in the White House, President Barack Obama has been uncharacteristically distant and withdrawn ever since last month's two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica.

"The president seems to be someplace else lately," said one high-level official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Yesterday we were all being briefed on the encroachment of Iranian drone planes into Iraq, when he just looked up from the table and blurted out, 'What am I supposed to watch on Fridays at 10 p.m. now? Numb3rs?'"

"I haven't seen him this upset since Admiral Adama realized that Earth was actually an uninhabitable wasteland," the official continued. "Or at least that's what he told me. I don't actually watch the show. It's not really my thing."

March 30, 2009

Cromartie High School -- The All Girl's Episode

Cromartie's girls school

This is the entire first episode retold as if the competitive thug guys were actually competitive girls, but with the same voice acting and with the art being *almost* the same.

I think I love this show.

New York Times profiles Fox News' screaming man-child Glenn Beck

Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star - NYTimes.com

Above Mr. Beck does his impression of a tiger. Roar!

With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN’s Headline News channel this year, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans.

In an interview, Mr. Beck, who recently rewatched the 1976 film “Network,” said he identified with the character of Howard Beale, the unhinged TV news anchorman who declares on the air that he is “mad as hell.”

“I think that’s the way people feel,” Mr. Beck said. “That’s the way I feel.” In part because of Mr. Beck, Fox News — long identified as the favored channel for conservatives and Republican leaders — is enjoying a resurgence just two months into Mr. Obama’s term. While always top-rated among cable news channels, Fox’s ratings slipped during the long Democratic primary season last year. Now it is back on firm footing as the presumptive network of the opposition, with more than 1.2 million viewers watching at any given time, about twice as many as CNN or MSNBC.

Mojonaut Julia adds: "So I presume Mr. Beck didn't finish watching the movie, where Mr. Beale's populism is recycled and rehashed until it's nothing more than a pale, pointless shadow of its former self, good only for drumming up ratings (and thus, advertising revenue) for the parent network? Not to mention that the famous "mad as hell" rant didn't actually achieve anything besides a bunch of people yelling out their windows?

On the other hand, at least he seems to understand his role in all this... quote: “I’m a rodeo clown”."

March 28, 2009

The Best TV You've Never Seen: ReGenesis

Hulu - ReGenesis: Baby Bomb - Watch the full episode now.

ReGenesis for me is the gold standard of procedurals. It's centered around a Toronto-based team of international scientists tasked with fighting outbreaks, epidemics, and biological attacks.

The plots are fun--and involve contributions from the audience--but the real stand-outs are the actors. They are completely excellent. From Peter Outerbridge to Sarah Strange to Ellen "Juno" Page it's just a powerhouse cast.

The first season is strong (and all on Hulu) but the following seasons get weaker and weirder until the amazingly awful final episode which has to be seen to be believed.

March 25, 2009

Classy Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In released in America with vastly dumbed-down subtitles

Movies: Dumbed Down Subtitles Ruin US Release Of 'Let The Right One In'

What if you started to watch Let The Right One In, a highly acclaimed foreign film from last year, and you discovered the US release had been renamed Open Up!? That's sort of the experience consumers are having when watching the new release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray. At some point between the theatrical release and the DVD release, the distributor replaced the original, nuanced English subtitles with dumbed-down ones.

They are now re-releasing the film with the theatrical subtitles after the uproar yesterday. Click through to see examples of just how stupid these subs were.

March 24, 2009

Anne Hathaway has balls as big as wagon wheels

Anne Hathaway could contend at Oscars and Tonys for playing Judy Garland | Gold Derby | Los Angeles Times
f you thought Anne Hathaway was brave for singing and dancing with Hugh Jackman on the recent Oscarcast, that was a walk in the park compared with her next performance — playing Judy Garland on both stage and screen. The Oscar-nominated actress ("Rachel Getting Married") is to star in upcoming film and legit adaptations of Gerald Clarke's 2000 biography "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland."
But oh, Anne... either you need a makeup consultant or a new plastic surgeon. What happened?! Go look at the picture at the link.