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Monday, November 29, 2010

Leslie Nielson and Irvin Kershner have passed

Two entertainment giants have passed this weekend. One man made me laugh, and another man directed one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. Dramatic actor-turned comedic superstar Leslie Nielson passed away on Sunday at the age of 84 from complications with pneumonia. And film director, and one of George Lucas' film professors, Irvin Kershner passed away at the age of 87. He directed several films, but is best known as the director of Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.

Here are some clips to remember them by:



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Neill Blomkamp's Wired Teaser Vs. The Montauk Monster

This clip has been floating around for the last couple of days. From what I understand, this is a Wired Magazine exclusive teaser from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. I don't have an iPad, so I am not able to check out the context from which this video is presented:

The moment I saw this, I immediately thought of the "Montauk Monsters". For those of you who don't know, there were two discoveries within about a year (starting in the summer of 2008) of carcasses of mysterious creatures that were found on beaches near Montauk, NY:

Fun stuff, eh? Turns out that this "monster" could be connected to the "Montauk Project", which is a series of experiments that allegedly occurred at the Montauk Airforce Station, as is apparently the home of the follow-up to Project Rainbow...also known as the "Philadelphia Experiment".

So this may be what Mr. Blomkamp is working on these days as maybe a movie or a television series. According to Slash Film, a company called Sable Entertainment registered the name "AGM Heartland", the name stamped on the creature's body, shortly before the release of the trailer. Word is that the name of the next project is called "Elysium", which was meant to start production in mid 2010. This could be it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Angry Birds Peace Treaty

It seems as if there are billions of catapult-type games available on the iPhone, but none of them have had the success of Angry Birds. If you haven't heard of this game by now, you are missing a bit of pop culture gold. In the game, you play a team of birds who are avenging the deaths of your unborn bretheren (eggs), who have been abducted by green pigs. The birds are flung from a slingshot at the pigs, who have taken to hiding in flimsy structures made of glass, wood, and/or stone. It's great, addictive fun for $.99, and a sequel has been announced as well (next time, from the pig's POV). BOY would I love to be the rich m'fers that created this game(!).

So now, in the form of a clip that was sent to me today, here is an attempted peace treaty between the birds and the pigs:

Friday, November 19, 2010

Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs", Directed by Spike Jones

I have really come to enjoy The Arcade Fire. I didn't really know their work until a few months ago, when their third album, "The Suburbs", was released. I really had no intention of listening to it, but then a friend of mine sent me a link to their video/web experiment for the song "We Used to Wait" called "The Wilderness Downtown" (which is a line from the song). I got the album, then listened to it about 8 times in 2 weeks. Then I got their first two albums, and...that was it for me. I'm a fan.

So when I discovered that Spike Jones (one of my favorite filmmakers) directed their latest video for the title track of "The Suburbs", I was very excited and curious. And it's a GREAT video-- more of a short film than anything else:

The spooky thing about this short film is how true-to-life it could be. I could see this country moving in this direction over the next 10-15 years. Well, if you listen to Alex Jones, we're practically already there.

Another interesting thing about "The Suburbs" is that Spike has said that this is a smaller part of a science fiction film that he and The Arcade Fire are working on.  That's pretty freaking exciting.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Conan Commercial For Black People

I have to tell you that I have been a bad Coco fan. I was there at the very beginning with his late night show-- back when NBC wanted to replace him with Greg Kennear. I was there when No Doubt and Weezer had their television debuts on his show. But now...his new show has been on for nearly 2 weeks now...and I have not seen ONE episode. I haven't even DVR'd it (I keep forgetting). LAME. I promise I will get better.

In the meantime, I found this clip from last night's show, when Deon Cole wanted to hook Conan up with a black-themed commercial-- just like McDonalds and Colgate:

SO freaking funny, because it's true. It's one of my pet-peeves about advertising-- the "let's throw some R&B music in with the black folks 'cause they like that kind of thing and will respond to it" bullshit. This parody is pitch-perfect. A TAD bit too long, but's still great.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Green Lantern Trailer

I have many reservations about watching my favorite superheroes from my childhood get butchered in big budget Hollywood pictures. But I have to say...Green Lantern looks freakin' good!

Yes, I know-- it's just a trailer. And we've all been disappointed before. But still though...looks good!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Chilean Miner Edison Pena on David Letterman

I love this clip.

The 34 year old 12th miner rescued in Chilean Mine event left his country for the first time in his life and arrived in New York City on Wednesday (Nov. 3). He is in town to run the New York City Marathon this Sunday. But before that happens...he appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. And he charmed everybody:

It's always amazing to see the reach of Elvis Presley.

MC Hammer Disses Jay-Z

Hey guys, Hammer's back. Did you miss him? Does anyone under 13 even know who he is? It's like announcing that Chubby Checker is making a comeback. But here he is, with a new track, and a video to go along with it. And this time, he's taking on young punk and whipper-snapper Jay-Z as..."King Hammer".

Apparently, Jay-Z busted on Hammer's piss-poor financial decisions on one of Kanye West's songs (from one of his G.O.O.D. Fridays tracks). So now, Hammer's all pissed off and, of course, he needs to retaliate. So here's the video for "Better Run Run", in all it's low-budget, poorly-acted glory. They even have a guy in a devil suit chasing a Jay-Z look-a-like. N-Joy (or not):

Word. 1995 is in the mutha-fukkin house.

Read more about it.

Naked, Drunk Russian Man vs. Neighborhood

This 7 minute clip has it all. I honestly don't know if he's drunk or not. Maybe he is. I dunno-- I've been drunk in my day, but I've never been inspired to act like this:

Wow, those people have a lot of patience. If someone breathed wrong on my car, I'd wanna knock their block off IMMEDIATELY.

By the way, the clip is translated to "Inadequate in Stravropol". That's in Russia.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Amy Winehouse Song

I like Amy Winehouse. In a world where crappy singers are a dime a dozen, it's great to have someone like her that can set a microphone on fire. Unfortunately, she's been spending far too much time in the last few years making stupid headlines, rather than singing. So I was excited to see today that she has released a new song(!). This time, a really slick cover of "It's My Party", the song made famous by Leslie Gore.

The verdict? I loved it. I wanna hear more new shit from you, Miss Winehouse-- no more fuckery! Unfortunately, this is not from a newly released Winehouse album. Instead, it's a new Quincy Jones-produced compilation called Soul Bossa Nostra.

Buzzfeed has the song. N-joy it.