Friday, July 31, 2009
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While it was at best mildly succesful at the box office back in 1982, for years there have been rumors that Disney was preparing a sequel. Three minutes of test footage for a new film, again featuring the star of the original, Jeff Bridges, was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2008, under the tentative title "TR2N," a name which spawned a million "Rick Rolls" on You Tube.
Nonetheless, that same footage (now converted to 3D) was shown again at this year's San Diego Comic-Con and has been posted for real on You Tube. Here it is:
My daughter already has a few favorite shows, one of which is called "Yo Gabba Gabba." The half-hour program itself is a little bizarre and hard to describe. But each episode features at least one song-and-dance number. Many of these songs, I've come to appreciate, actually contain positive, aspirational messages (like "Keep trying/Keep trying/Don't give up/Never give up"). Why is it that these sorts of things stop being reinforced so abruptly when children hit a certain age? Is it that, once they've reach school age, they're assumed to have already become too cynical? If so, what does that say about our society?
In any event, some of the other songs contain very straightforward, practical advice, that's actually good for people of any age. Like "Don't bite your friends," embedded below, advice that Chris Brown might have benefitted from a few months ago:
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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The clip embedded below is from his appearance at this year's Comic-Con International San Diego, just a couple of days ago. It's 10 minutes long, but has several laugh out loud moments, including his take on the "Twilight" series and its legion of pre-teenage girl fans. This is part 2 of 6. If you like his movies, then you'll like this. If you don't, definitely don't bother....
As the clip begins, he has just been asked whether his future films will include more openly gay characters.
Friday, July 24, 2009
“'I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station,' Mr. Obama added. 'I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.'”
Thursday, July 23, 2009
On an almost entirely unrelated matter, embedded below is a 40 second You Tube video of a man who walks into a Taco Bell wearing only his tight whites and asks for a job application.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Today, most publishers (other than Wizards of the Coast and a few others) are lucky to sell even 1,000 copies of anything they produce, according to James Mishler, a former editor of "Comics and Games Retailer," in a post on his blog at this link below:
If that's true, the photo above, taken at Gen Con 2007, may be of every living "gamer." (Notice how every person in that picture is male, caucasian, and over 30?)
But did you know that his bosses at CBS News initially hated his signature "that's the way it is" sign-off? He discusses how he came up with that, and why, and how he was almost forced to stop using it during this 2 and a half minute clip from 1998 embedded below.
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I liked this cartoon as a child. But how can this combination fail to produce a movie that is anything other than scat, man.
Don't believe me? Remember the live action "Scooby Doo" film that was released (to terrible reviews) in 2002? The trailer for that movie is embedded below. Can you even make it through the full 2 minutes?
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Next time: the pulse-pounding, penultimate chapter. An unusual publisher emerges for the Halogen comic book.