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All right here. I highly recommend the lovely (and surprisingly controversial) Coca-Cola spot "America the Beautiful", the Budweiser one with the puppy, the SodaStream one for sheer prurience, the Jaguar one for your British bad guy fix, and the faux ad for Monsanto.

Which are your favorites?

Superb Owl

Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:58 am
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There is, apparently, some sporting event or other today. I suspect it has something to do with Tom Riddle, as the organizers get very touchy when someone tries to actually use the name of the thing. Fortunately, a simple slide of one letter to the left produces Superb Owl, a much more glorious thing to celebrate.

What are your plans for this year's commercial-laden testosterone fest? I'm going to get a pizza this afternoon, work on music, play too much Marvel Puzzle Quest, and wait for the Captain America: The Winter Soldier teaser, for which there was a teaser the other day:

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Our old buddy Gary Wood, the filmmaker behind Saving Star Wars, is doing something cool for the next week:
Beginning today, August 23, through Friday, August 30, WoodWorks Films will donate $2.00 from every online viewing/rental of Saving Star Wars. We're excited to make this happen and hope you'll make this a Saving Star Wars/Make-A-Wish Weekend.
If you haven't seen it before, SSW is a great little picture, with humor, wit, and a lot of heart. I wrote "Rock Me Amidala" for it, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Check it out, won't you? And, if you like it, boost the signal.
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Great sadness. Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87. He wrote remarkable works, vivid and exciting, many of which were translated to film.

I will never forget the first time I saw Get Shorty. There's this remarkable moment with John Travolta and Dennis Farina, where Farina -- oh, just watch:

I was about to go crazy when Farina incorrectly used "e.g.", and Travolta corrected him, and I loved this movie and everything about it, and especially I loved Elmore Leonard.

Rest well, sir, and thanks.
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A little extra love and attention for:Any other cool projects we should know about?
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(to a possibly recognizable tune)

The most ludicrous plot I've ever seen:
Sharknado! Sharknado, Sharknado, Sharknado!
First we need a hurricane on the West Coast and a big green screen.
Sharknado! Sharknado, Sharknado, Sharknado!
Sharknado, Sharknado...

I just saw a film called Sharknado,
A documentary
Of killers from the sea... and air.

Effects made with box fans and Play-Doh!
Is tossed aside and we... don't care!

Tweet it loud with appropriate #hashtag,
While Asylum is filling their cash bag...

Can't wait for the Blu-ray, Sharknado!

If we encourage them, they'll just make
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My old buddy Gary Wood (the guy who created Saving Star Wars) is running a Kickstarter for a new film. My Kid Brother's Band is based on interviews with George Harrison's sister Louise, currently living in Benton, IL.

This KS is just starting out, and they could use some help. Won't you give it a look? Thanks.
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Just... just look at this. Besides the context, the damn costume doesn't look jack shit like Superman's.
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First up, a German-made 3D CGI Tarzan which looks interesting. I presume there will be an English version:

And then there's Boxtrolls:

What animated features, CGI or no, are you looking forward to?
filkertom: (i_has_a_sad)
Great sadness -- one of the legends has fallen. Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87.

It isn't really possible to overstate Matheson's influence on the genres of fantasy and science fiction. His works include:
  • I Am Legend (adapted to film at least three times, starring the minor, unimportant actors Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, and Will Smith)
  • The Shrinking Man (also adapted to film, another minor, unimportant Effing Classic of horror)
  • Bid Time Return (you might have seen the film adaptation of this -- Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour)
  • Hell House (adapted to film as The Legend of Hell House)
  • a bunch of classic Twilight Zone episodes (and when I say classic, I mean "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" classic).
He wrote the short story "Duel", which Spielberg adapted to film, and the screenplays for The Night Stalker, The Martian Chronicles, and the excellent Jack Palance TV adaptation of Dracula. His short story "Button, Button" was adapted (not to his liking) on The New Twilight Zone, and also into the movie The Box.

He wrote the screenplays for three of Corman's Poe movies, including The Pit and the Pendulum and The Raven, fer cryin' out loud.

I will never forget one of his Night Gallery scripts (from his own short story), "Big Surprise". You can watch it here. Such a simple story, such a great payoff.

The upshot of which is: Go down his list of works, and you will find a lot of things you know and love.

Rest well, sir, and thank you so much.
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The big shocker for the day is the sudden passing of actor James Gandolfini at the age of 51. Gandolfini is, of course, best known for his multiple-Emmy-winning portrayal of Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos. He was also in a bunch of movies, and produced two documentaries for HBO, focusing on American war veterans.

Condolences to his family and friends.
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71% on Rotten Tomatoes. First shows are at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

I'm looking forward to it. I hope it's good. Gotta say this, though: When a movie reviewer complains about the science in a Superman film, it'd better be really, really hosed science.

Because, Superman.
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Sadness. Actress and athlete Esther Williams has passed away at the age of 91. Lovely lady, decent actress, and a lot of us had aquatic fantasies over the years because of how she looked in a swimsuit.

Rest well, gentle lady, and thanks.
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Sadness. Actress Jean Stapleton, best known for playing Archie Bunker's wife Edith on All In The Family, has passed away at the age of 90. She had a long, award-winning career on stage, screen, and television, and was pretty much universally beloved.

Rest well, Ms. Stapleton, and thanks. We'll miss ya, ya dingbat.
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So many things we celebrate on Geek Pride Day!

First, of course, it's the Glorious 25th of May, for all you Discworld fans.

It's also the 36th anniversary of the release of the original, non-Episode IV Star Wars. We weren't completely unprepared -- technically, Jaws was the first "blockbuster" -- but, besides being the coolest thing most of us had ever seen up to that point, Star Wars was absolutely transformative in how films were both created and marketed. Along with Star Trek, it can be considered one of the foundations of modern mythology.

And, celebrating another of those foundations, it's Towel Day, celebrating the life and writings of author Douglas Adams, creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Here's hoping that, someday, we'll all have a proper edition of that mind-bogglingly useful book.

And, on top of all that, it's the birthday of such geek legends as Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803), Sir Ian McKellen (1939), Frank Oz (1944), Barry Windsor-Smith (1949), and Stan Sakai (1953).

How are you celebrating Geek Pride Day? I'm at Up In The Aether Con in Dearborn, MI, where the place has already been going crazy since yesterday morning. Wonderful folks, superb cosplay, Victorian mad science, gorgeous women in corsets, fun fun fun.
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Hilarious idea. They could use a little g... love.

Any others we should know about? Any of the main services -- IndieGoGo, GoFundMe, others I'm sure I've never heard of but are out there.

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