Wednesday, June 25, 2003
I knew it. Molly's Australian trip was just a ruse to cover up where she's really gone. This from the blurb for the next episode of Buffy:
"As the Scoobies research the origins of the First to find a way to rescue Spike, Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) arrives with reinforcements---three apprentice Slayers. Also: Buffy is rattled when her mother (Kristine Sutherland) offers advice in her dreams. Kennedy: Iyari Limon. Annabelle: Courtnee Draper. Molly: Clara Bryant. Ubervamp: Camden Toy. Andrew: Tom Lenk. Principal Wood: D.B. Woodside."
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Goodbye Pop-Pop. Go here instead.
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Barbelith tackles my new adopted country, and its place in the world:
" I don't think many people here hate America, or more precisely the United States of America. However, many people here are deeply suspicious of the Bush administration, and aware that it is fostering and supporting a way of life that is toxic to the continuing survival of the world. That the United States administration is currently heaping vitriol on nations unwilling to support its foreign policy, after having demanded special rights in every attempt so far to combat climate change, reduce consumption of resources and, for that matter, prosecute war criminals in an international court. Right now, a lot of that suspicion is based around the USA's apparent abuse of Article 51 of the United Nations charter, claiming that this entitles it to act militarily and, if necessary, independently against other members of the United Nations, in self-defence when no border is threatened. Personally, I am concerned that military action in the Middle East, a region apparently barely understood even geographically by the population of the United States, is likely to destabilise moderate regimes and greatly increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks on the capital cities of Western nations. Pure self-interest demands that I question the motives and the wisdom of US policy."
I don't know if I've ever posted a link to Jinjur here before, but if not: It's the cool Martha Stewart everyone has always wanted. Sarah kicks ass.
Peter David on the issues that count:
"If Osama bin Laden is so hot on the idea of suicide bombings, I wonder why he doesn't offer to lead the way. Y'know, show how it's done. Otherwise it's like being one of those people standing safely on the ground, shouting to the guy on the ledge ten stories up 'Jump! Jump!'"
"The Onion: Who could you take in a fight?
William Shatner: I could take Salma Hayek.
O: Really? I would think she'd fight back something awful.
O: Do you want to back down on that?
WS: No, I'll just accept what's given to me."
The above is the work of possibly the nicest man in comics today, Cameron Stewart.
And I'm not just saying that because we've been exchanging emails recently with a view to me interviewing him for my comics column...
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
This really is fascinating:
"Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite channel that specialises in Osama bin Laden scoops, was itself scooped yesterday by the US secretary of state, Colin Powell. When Mr Powell announced that the station would shortly broadcast a new tape from the al-Qaida leader, executives at the TV studio in Qatar appeared flummoxed. The editor at first denied it and the press spokesman declined to comment. But Mr Powell's prediction came true. The 16-minute audio tape - purportedly the ninth recording from al-Qaida received by al-Jazeera since the start of the Afghan war - arrived in the studio just after 7pm London time."
How did Colin Powell know? I mean, really. How?
(Interesting last part to the article, too: "Many in the west will see its headline message as support for Iraq against the United States - a message that may well play more into Mr Powell's hands than those of President Saddam. So perhaps Bin Laden has scored an own goal. Or perhaps it is not the voice of the al-Qaida leader at all. Could it simply be an actor, hired by the CIA, addressing the world from Langley, Virginia?" Hmm.)
Thursday, February 06, 2003
This is coming out in America next week. Worth it?
I love the Onion.
"Russell Simmons has called for a boycott of Pepsi from next week, if an advert featuring Ludacris isn't reinstated. The ad was pulled last August, a day after Fox News Channel ran a news story criticising Pepsi for using the rapper, and questioning whether he was a suitable spokesman, given his lyrics. Simmons, founder of the Def Jam label, who release Ludacris' records, accepted the decision at the time, but after seeing The Osbournes - famed for their four-letter diatribes on their MTV series – advertising Pepsi during the Superbowl, he decided to take action. The advert featuring 'The Prince Of Fucking Darkness' and his brood cost Pepsi $1.6 million for a 30-second slot. At a press conference yesterday (February 5), Simmons demanded an apology from Pepsi and a $5 million donation to his charity organisation... 'They are being hypocritical in this case. Falling out of favour in the hip-hop community could be very damaging... In hip-hop,' Simmons said, 'our idea is if you don't want us, we don't want you.'"
A Pepsi spokesman couldn't make a comment because they were too busy laughing.
What. The. Fuck?
"Courtney Love duetted with Elton John and dressed up in a Donald Duck costume on stage at a fund-raising show for the Old Vic Theatre in London last night (February 5). The former Hole frontwoman was lending her support to actor Kevin Spacey, who announced yesterday that he is taking over as artistic director of the historic London theatre. A host of stars had turned out for the concert, during which Love and Elton John sang 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' together. Later in the show, Love came back onstage dressed as Donald Duck, and then stripped down to her pants."
British tabloids are hilariously wonderful.
Tuesday, February 04, 2003
"Order versus Chaos. Control versus Free Will. The Establishment versus the Zeitgeist. Me and You versus the World. The Invisibles is about all these things. That, and looking really cool. And with the release of the final volume of the saga, it's finally possible to assess as a whole what will one day be looked upon by comic book aficionados and literature courses alike as one of the most boundary-breaking, gutsy, postmodern works of fiction of the late twentieth century. The Invisibles, like all classic fiction, can be read on a number of levels: on one level, it's a science-fiction adventure story, superheroes in mufti; it's also a Fortean almanac, blending the latest in magical, supernatural and superscientific theory; and in some respects, it's a love letter to the 20th Century, with all the flashy clothes, ultraviolence and high sex that implies. The Invisibles is all those things and more."
My favourite sentence is the fourth one.
"When they were getting started, Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes had some fun with their image by telling some reporters they were brother and sister and others that they were husband and wife. The are-they-or-aren't-they vibe gave them a little boost that only generated more interest and buzz. The Russian duo Tatu is employing a similiar ploy with Julia Volkova, 17, and Lena Katina, 18, proclaiming that they are lovers and sharing a kiss while wearing school girl uniforms in their video for their hit single "All the Things She Said." The coy couple was discovered three years ago by a child psychologist/advertising executive who packaged them as an underage sex project aimed at adult men who like that sort of thing. However, those who follow the music industry are pretty sure that their image is nothing more than a bunch of spin, and the girls aren't even gay and definitely not lovers. No matter where the truth really lies, critics are not amused, and even though it is No. 1 in England (having knocked "Fame Academy" winner David Sneddon out of the spot) Britain's BBC will not air the video for "All the Things She Said" Friday (Feb. 7) on its popular countdown show "Top of the Pops." The channel says that they will replace the video showing the girls kissing with "better" exclusive footage of a live performance and may show the video at some point in the future. However, since the show airs at 7:30 p.m., 90 minutes before certain decency restrictions are lifted, they are refraining from doing so currently."
He makes good movies, if nothing else...
"Steven Soderbergh is taking his talents to the small screen, where he's developing a series set in the world of politics for HBO... The series will revolve around political consultants. To keep the show current with real-life events, the producers hope to shoot each episode only a week before it airs. That would be a significant departure from the model for HBO's other original series, which often shoot entire seasons before any episode makes its debut. Each episode would also leave room for improvisation by the cast to incorporate current events."
This could possibly be the most exciting thing I've heard in a long time.
Hey kids! Like The Matrix? Get ready for overkill...
"On April 29th, a special two-disk edition of The Matrix on DVD will be released, which will include both the original movie and The Matrix Revisited (see "Matrix Revisited DVD Now in Stores") with all of their extras, plus a coupon good for admission to The Matrix Reloaded, the May sequel; Preload: On the Set of Reloaded, a featurette; an Animatrix preview; a Marilyn Manson music video' a teaser for the Enter the Matrix videogame, and a sample of Reloaded music. Then on May 15th, The Matrix Reloaded will bow in theaters on the same day as the Infogrames videogame Enter the Matrix streets. The Wachowski-written continuity for Enter the Matrix is all new, and ties into The Matrix Reloaded. And on June 3, the Animatrix DVD will street, with all nine of the Matrix anime, including four that will not have been previously seen. The release date for The Matrix Reloaded DVD has not been announced, but it will presumably be before the November theatrical release of the final portion of the trilogy, The Matrix Revolutions."
"Creepiest, most flesh-crawly aspect was the realisation that he really has bought people, not just adults but their children too. He views children - other people's and his own ('presents' from women who could see he "needed to be a Daddy") - not as individuals but as extensions of himself and his twisted dream. He's also bought an entourage whose purpose, on the face of it, is to insulate him from any inkling that there might be anything wrong with any of this..."
Barbelith on Michael Jackson.
Monday, February 03, 2003
Call me detached and cynical, but Phil Spector being arrested on suspicion on murder seems like the last act of his life as a movie...