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March 19, 2009

First: Cannes opens with animated film

Cannes in first as animated film opens festival | Reuters
PARIS, March 19 (Reuters Life!) - An animated 3-D comedy directed by the one of the creators of "Toy Story" will raise the curtain on the Cannes Film Festival, the first time an animated film has opened the world's biggest cinema competition, organisers said on Thursday. "Up", directed by Pete Docter, who also directed the animated hit "Monsters, Inc." and developed the story and characters for "Toy Story", will be shown at the opening ceremony on May 13.

March 16, 2009

Economists, experts to CNBC: "Stop being shitty."

Economists, Progressives Petition CNBC For Coverage Overhaul
"Americans need CNBC to do strong, watchdog journalism -- asking tough questions to Wall Street, debunking lies, and reporting the truth," the letter reads. "Instead, CNBC has done PR for Wall Street. You've been so obsessed with getting 'access' to failed CEOs that you willfully passed on misinformation to the public for years, helping to get us into the economic crisis we face today. You screwed up badly. Don't apologize -- fix it!" The letter is signed by, among others, Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy Research; Doug Henwood, author of Wall Street and After the New Economy; Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute; Linda Jue director of the G.W. Williams Center for Independent Journalism; Robert Borosage of Campaign for America's Future, Todd Gitlin, a professor of journalism at Columbia University; Adam Green, Co-founder of Progressive Change Campaign Committee; Rick Perlstein, author of NixonLand; and Chris Hayes of the Nation.

Sci Fi network suddenly ashamed of geeks, renames itself SyFY

Blog@Newsarama -- To Drop Geek Image, Sci Fi Network Becomes “SyFy”

Wow this is stupid. Because clearly it's the branding that turns people off, not the "Attack of the Ice Spiders" or marathons of shitty 1980s TV shows.

“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.

Mr. Brooks said that when people who say they don’t like science fiction enjoy a film like “Star Wars,” they don’t think it’s science fiction; they think it’s a good movie.

“We spent a lot of time in the ’90s trying to distance the network from science fiction, which is largely why it’s called Sci Fi,” Mr. Brooks said. “It’s somewhat cooler and better than the name ‘Science Fiction.’ But even the name Sci Fi is limiting.”

March 13, 2009

Failed songwriter whines his way through a review of a pro-sampling film starring Girl Talk

Would like to see this. Would like to read a...

March 12, 2009

The opening title sequence of Watchmen is stunning

Watchmen - Opening Title Sequence 守護者:開頭標題片段 (HQTV 高清電視)

March 09, 2009

Never have I seen as many people walk out of a movie as I saw during a Saturday showing of “Watchmen.”

Who Watches Who Walks Out of "Watchmen"? | Talking Pictures - Conversations about film, the bad and the beautiful
The couple behind me argued for 45 minutes about who was who and what was happening and why is that man blue and was this scene happening now or did these events happen in the past and, holy crap, why are we now on Mars; eventually, they gave up and laughed their way through the exit doors. (And they were not shushed.) A father seated in front of me, accompanied by antsy young boys, shifted uncomfortably with every splatter of brain; he sank lower into his seat at the arrival of a nude Dr. Manhattan’s fully exposed Little Dr. Manhattan then gathered up his stuff and bolted during the fairly explicit sex between Night Owl and Silk Spectre in the back of the Owl Mobile – or whatever it’s called. (The movie is rated R.) It’s hard to say exactly when the trickle became an exodus – but maybe a quarter of the theater walked.
I better go see this while it's still in first run. I got a feeling this is the early-21st Century's Dune.