Journalist. Editor. The anesthetic wearing off.
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Happy birthday to George Michael, who is 50. He shares June 25 with George Orwell, who would be 110 if he were alive today. What else do they share, other than magnificent artistry? Ahem:
• “George Orwell” and “George Michael” are pseudonyms for men named Eric Blair and Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, respectively.
• Both Georges grew up with two sisters. Orwell had an older sister named Marjorie; Michael has an older sister named Melanie. Close enough.
• George Orwell’s most famous book is Nineteen Eighty-Four. George Michael’s breakthrough album with Wham!, Make it Big, was released in 1984.
Why the fuck are you still on Facebook? Answer me. One good reason. You hate it. You openly, actively hate it. You tell everyone how much you hate it. They tell you how much they hate it. You leave it open all day and wait for it to reveal some reason not to hate it, to redeem itself, to inspire or inform about a single thing that will make you not hate it. You hate it for this compulsion, which leads you to hate yourself. Facebook makes you hate yourself. But you don’t want to hate yourself. Why are you still on it? Quit Facebook, and quit hating yourself.
From a press release:
Production has begun on NO STRANGER THAN LOVE,a quirky, romantic comedy starring Alison Brie (AMC’s “Mad Men,” NBC’s “Community”), Justin Chatwin (Showtime’s “Shameless”) and Colin Hanks (Showtime’s “Dexter,” “Orange County”). Nick Wernham will direct from a script by Steve Adams. The film is currently shooting in Toronto.
NO STRANGER THAN LOVEfollows Lucy Sherrington (Alison Brie), a heart-breakingly attractive high school art teacher in the small, secluded village of Spot Valley, where there is not a male in town who is not secretly or openly in love with her. And who can blame them? She is kind to everyone, and helplessly sympathetic, yet romantically she keeps them all at a polite distance…until tonight. Tonight she has agreed to a rendezvous with Clint Coburn (Colin Hanks), the married high school football coach who’s been on a lustful quest in Lucy’s direction for the last five years. Just as they are about to begin their affair, Clint disappears down a hole that opens up in Lucy’s living room floor. But this is not just any hole. It is an inter-dimensional, one-way hole of infinite darkness that leaves Clint stranded and floating in oblivion.
In this unpredictable love story, Lucy Sherrington must embark on a harrowing quest to rescue Clint Coburn and keep their love affair a secret, all the while avoiding a dark stranger in town, Rydell White (Justin Chatwin), who has one thing in mind: finding Clint Coburn.
On lobster throwing as the embodiment of the modern-day American dream.
NO LOBSTERS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS OSCAR BAIT.Christopher Rosen
I really don’t watch movies everSpent 10 minutes talking to Jesse Eisenberg about stuff. Not included: our asides about the Knicks and Marv Albert. (via 42inchtv) Christopher Rosen
Jason Molina, the leader and architect of the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., has been on my mind a lot since news of his death emerged on March 18. He died a few days before that during a protracted hiatus from recording and touring. In 2011, fans, friends and peers helped raise money to support Molina’s long and ultimately unsuccessful recovery from alcoholism. I wish I had known then, and I wish I had contributed. I also wish I’d known how much his songs would possess me over the last month and a half, because I might have held off revisiting them for a while. As it stands, 45 days after Molina’s death, I cannot silence them.
HOW MANY LIVES COULD HAVE POSSSIBLY BEEN SAVED OR CRIMES SOLVED BY THE AGENTS OVER THE YEARS WHO HAD JOINED BECAUSE OF" DIE HARD ". This does’nt excuse any crime commited but sometimes one must take into account the totality of the individual. The epic moral sensibilty in the work of John McTiernan needs a voice once again . The culture cries out ! Who knows who or what his work will inspire ! So , it is with this that I call all who can be if help to possibly help -FREE JOHN MCTIERNAN. Prayers to St Patrick to Intercede .
"[Rob] Thomas is responsible for delivering not only a movie to his devout Veronica Mars following, but also the tokens customarily promised to Kickstarter backers for their various levels of largesse. At 9 this morning, that meant no fewer than 34,763 limited-edition t-shirts. It meant 17,919 DVDs of the finished film (plus Blu-ray copies for the 7,222 backers who have pledged $100 or more) and 8,092 Veronica Mars movie posters — 2,885 of which must be signed by the film’s cast, as ensured by Thomas. At least 967 backers at the $175 and $275 levels will receive the complete Veronica Mars TV series on DVD. The vast majority of these rewards must be designed, manufactured, packaged and shipped new to the organizers, who then must repackage and reship them (within the US only!), after various stages of customization, to their respective backers. […]
Looking at the figures and the estimated deadlines for delivery (most are concentrated around Thomas’ projected release date of February/March 2014, an astoundingly tight production schedule even for a film with whole-hearted studio backing), the obvious question is, “How can this be accomplished?”