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October 01, 2008

CW bringing the adventures of young Robin to TV

Batman Sidekick Robin Gets TV Pilot | The Underwire from Wired.com

The CW Television Network is readying a pilot that will delve into Robin's experiences before he became Batman's sidekick.

The show, titled The Graysons, will portray Dick "DJ" Grayson during his formative years as he deals with girlfriends, rivals and family problems, Variety reports.

Executive-produced by Terminator: Salvation director McG, the show was hatched by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, who deal with the early years of Superman as showrunners for the CW's Smallville series.

September 30, 2008

Michael Cera on Letterman

Michael Cera Makes His Family Call Him "Mr. Big Shot" - Late Night - Videogum

September 23, 2008

Economic Collapse: This is the heart of the question

Poynter Online - Forums

Ask this question -- are the credit markets really about to seize up?

If they are then lots of business owners should be eager to tell how their bank is calling their 90-day revolving loans, rejecting new loans and demanding more cash on deposit. I called businessmen I know yesterday and not one of them reported such problems. Indeed, Citibank offered yesterday to lend me tens of thousands of dollars on my signature at 2.99 percent, well below the nearly 5 percent inflation rate. That offer came after I said no last week to a 4.99 percent loan.

If the problem is toxic mortgages then how come they are still being offered all over the Internet? On the main page AOL generates for me there is an ad for a 1.9% loan (which means you pay that interest rate and the rest of the interest is added to your balance due.) Why oh why or why would taxpayers be bailing out banks that are continuing to sell these toxic loans?

How does the proposal help Joe and Mary Sixpack who can afford their current monthly payment, but not the increased interest rate that has been or soon will take effect? Every day bankers work out loans with customers -- so why are taxpayers being asked to act when banks are largely on strike, refusing to negotiate revised deals with many loan customers?

How about interviewing small landlords who were drawn into these toxic loans. Are banks negotiating with them? If not it means more foreclosures and renters who had nothing to do with this being evicted. Ask why banks are refusing (landlords I spoke to said they are) to negotiate with small landlords.

What steps are being taken to take back bonuses, fees and other compensation from the folks who got rich selling toxic mortgages and illiquid investments that Secretary Paulsen claims are threatening the whole system.

How will adding $700 billion to the national debt ease strains on the credit markets?

No one gives a shit about the Emmy Awards

WaPo | The Emmy Awards' Harsh Reality | By Lisa de Moraes
After broadcast TV execs received word about the ratings on their beloved Emmy Awards yesterday morning, they flung themselves on casting couches and chewed the cushions in an ecstasy of grief. Sunday's 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, celebrating all that's best and brightest on cable TV (and broadcast series that do cable-like ratings) and featuring superannuated stars of '70s shows and a five-headed reality-TV host, had inexplicably attracted the franchise's smallest audience in its history.
Old media is old. Related: What’s that lingering odor? Sunday night’s Emmys ceremony

September 22, 2008

Stephen Chow to direct, co-star in "The Green Hornet"

Stephen Chow is 'Hornet's' Kato, helmer

Stephen Chow is flying high with "The Green Hornet."

Chow is teaming up with Seth Rogen to bring the superhero to the big screen. Chow will not only star in the film as Kato but also make his American directorial debut.

Chow, known for his visual work in "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer," gives momentum to the project, which has a June 25, 2010, release date.

Colonel Bleep Arrives on Earth

Colonel Bleep Arrives on Earth Keg Foam | Stand by for ADVENTURE
Starting in 1945, the inhabitants of the planet Futura begin witnessing man's atomic age culminating in guided nuclear missiles. To the Futurans this means trouble, "Trouble in SPACE!" The "Futura Interplanetary High Command" thus sends Bleep to earth to do...something. With pretty much no explanation why or how, Col. Bleep hooks up with Squeak (A little boy puppet in a cowboy costume) and Scratch .(A bald caveman who was blasted out of his cave by an atomic explosion.) The three get a fly glass domed pad on "Zero Zero" island and proceed to have a bunch of far out adventures which don't seem to have much to do with nuclear proliferation.