*goes off to poke around the site*
Oooh, they're showing off photos of...THEIR DESKS? The desk meme! LOL. Check out Jane Wagner's desk, I'm frakking jealous -
In related news: this person is starting an LJ comm for fangrrls over 30... wisteria_ seems to be thinking the same thing... and LJ's front page just featured this comm for Gen-X'ers called genx_xslacker. Let's party grrls!
Seriously, it was kinda embarrassing.
Meanwhile this is downright hilarious, I love Scott Ian's blog...and I love Aaron Douglas...
"Now Tigh gets to kiss Six and once again the Chief just goes and gets loaded... tell me how that is fair? Fuckers!"
Speaking of stuff in NYC...are any of you gonna be at NY Comic Con this weekend? How 'bout a meetup? :D If you're feeling shy, ping me at proggrrl at yahoo dot com...
Jones Soda is planning a series of new bottle labels featuring LOLcat macro art. Finally.
The first ep of S2 of THE TUDORS is up on Showtime’s website if you just cannot wait. But apparently that’s an edited version. Meanwhile, Salon calls the show “beautifully costumed soft porn.” Yeah? And your problem with that is?
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is starting next week (yay), IN TREATMENT is ending this Friday (boo)…and soon after that my DVR will be overflowing with all the shows coming back from strike-hiatus. Whoa!
New music is out from The Raconteurs, and me likey. First video here.
Also, a nifty new Spoon video here.
Think about cutting meat out of your diet now and then – it’s The Green Thing To Do.
A list of Judd Apatow’s favorite films. All worth seeing.
Joss-related-news: no surprise to see a DOCTOR HORRIBLE fansite pop up…but check out this great video they have of NPH & Jason Segel singing. Very promising for Joss’s little webshow.
Promo ad for Showtime’s new import, THE SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL. Hmmm.
Ian McKellan uses the words “the fevered imagination of slashers” in a sentence. *glee*
Thanks to BoingBoing, the source of this skullphone art, which I used to see EVERYWHERE on the streets of LA, has been revealed. And why am I not surprised: there’s merch!
I first heard of this on Bill Maher’s show last Friday: Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is hoping to get a bill through the house to decriminalize personal pot use in small amounts. Well. Good luck with that. *inhales*
The I <3 TORCHWOOD Department: Still squeeing over the last 3 eps. I've seen everything up to the wedding. Fun stuff! We Jack/Gwen fans have a lot to love right now – “unstated” or not, it’s CANON bitches. Terrific eps recently; the show is really proving itself as an adult-themed merger of BUFFY and THE X FILES. I just caught up with Pop Candy’s podcast interview with Eve “Gwen” Miles, what a sweet lady. Plus…Marsters returns! Love! Currently I am ignoring rumors/spoilers about the show that are swirling around. But io9.com seems to be hunting them all down, stringing them up, and stuffing them for our amusement, if any of you are looking. Meanwhile: photos from John Barrowman’s wedding (erm, civil partnership) last year. Awww.
Zikes, what I wouldn't do to get one of these framed BSG ads that a bunch of (mostly unappreciative) journalists received recently. Sigh.
OTOH...you might say that this vinyl ad banner I JUST WON ON EBAY, might be a tad better, y/y? :D
Hilarious 1995 Newsweek piece about how the internet will never amount to much. [hat tip to MCN]
So do any of you have an opinion about the web series SANCTUARY? Would I like it? I'm a BSG & FARSCAPE fan, but cannot get into the STARGATE shows. Yet I am intrigued by the concept that Tapping's character is 157 years old. Sounds like a merger of ANGEL and THE X FILES. ;)
Hee hee, rumor mill says that Paul "Billy" Campbell just auditioned for Joss Whedon's new show. *joy*
Anyone who enjoys writers talking craft, peeking into the Large Sexy Brains of Joss Whedon or JJ Abrams, and/or CLOVERFIELD will definitely, definitely enjoy this recording of a recent Q&A session with Drew Goddard. Goddard wrote CLOVERFIELD, is a current writer for LOST, and wrote for both BUFFY and ANGEL back in the day. It's a long recording with lots of gems. For me the best stuff begins around 50 minutes in, where DG starts answering tons of obsessive-compulsive type fan questions about CLOVERFIELD which lead to his expounding about ARG, viral marketing, and the nature of internet fandom. I don't really agree with some of his opinions on these topics - but I imagine many, many creative types share his feelings. A fascinating listen. (Also note there are tons of other cool Q&A's on the blog, with Todd Haynes, Richard Kelley, Alfonso Cuaron, Diablo Cody, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Moore, etc.)
Meanwhile, let's keep our fingers crossed that this Buffy Reunion at the Paley Fest does indeed go to DVD, as rumored...
Oh and also utterly random: THE BIG LEBOWSKI and SIDEWAYS are on there! Two fantastic, fantastic movies.
"If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke (snerched from my latest feed: motivationquote)
Lots of great stuff on the nettywebbage today - it’s actually hard to keep up!
This is brilliant: the LOST showrunners answering fannish questions from…THE CAST. Great idea, guys. BSG, plscopyit kthxbai. (Why does it not surprise me that the best questions are from the guy who plays Desmond?) Also in the LOST Fun Department…I am now addicted to these:
- Ack_attack’s picspam recaps
- The Many Faces of Jack Shephard - the most-maligned EmoGuy on TV today (even more than – gasp – Lee Adama)!
- The Some Other LOST Screens blog…which I am sure is Bad Robot owned and operated, but I have no proof. Regardless, it's chockful o' nerdtastic details, that lead to burning questions, that lead to nerdtastic details, until my head explodes!
ohnotheydidnt is well worth sifting through the endless Lilo, Britbrit and American Idol posts for gems like these: Robert Downey Jr. in the most dangerous role of his lifetime…Wow. And, you just knew that those LiLo Marilyn Monroe shots were not gonna go…unanswered. Right? Ouch, MY EYES!
E!Online made a nice list of when the strike-shot TV shows will be coming back on air this season.
For those unafraid of spoilers on the BUFFY comic books, this one is a doosey…see how it comes around? BUFFY inspires the makers of TORCHWOOD, and then…etc. It's that - or maybe Drew G. & Joss have been reading too much slashy fanfiction? ;-)
Some random products of bizarre and wondrous minds:
A Balloon Panzer
A Booze-carrying Bra
A Store That Sells Whatever The Guy Feels Like
“I’m very fond of telling people when they say that they would like regime change, for example, in Washington, that what we really need is species change. That the species itself is so impossible and so deeply degraded that one could well do with something else for a change.”
-- documentarian Errol Morris, from this wonderful transcript of a moderated conversation with filmmaker Werner Herzog
OK, let's linkspammit people!
Jezebel: "Uh, thanks for RUINING our orgasms, mens magazine!" I suppose I’m supposed to think this is sad? I just laugh uncontrollably every time I reread this and look at that (what? 100 YEAR OLD?) advertisement clipping at the top. Heh.
Awesome Nathan Fillion/Nicholas Brandon Whedonverse Con panel vids. LOL. Several parts if you have the stomach. Such charming and bizarre boys.
You recall those Paley Center panels that are starting next month with the casts of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, MAD MEN, CHUCK, PUSHING DAISIES, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, and that pesky little BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reunion? Well how cool is this: you can submit questions for the panels to the Paley Center mods. Open until Monday March 10th. FTW. [via paleyfest08 ]
Both sad, and hilarious: Spike Jonze's new film version of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is apparently making children cry in fear at early test screenings. I still cannot wait to see it.
A food comm I read, about_food , has posted all the concepts Michael Pollan lays out in his latest book, IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, right here. Please read them and do as many as you can – it’s GOOD FOR YOU! Also that’s a very cool comm if you’re interested in slow food, local food, etc.
OMG, look at this crazy adzuki/green tea cupcake! I don't know if I have the energy to make it...*considers*
I suppose a lot of my flist will consider this old news, but I just found out about this FIREFLY fanfic novel by established fantasy novelist Steven Brust.
Let's discuss for a sec, how much I lurve this photo of Ellen Page. *sigh*
If you missed Jon Stewart's hour last week on Larry King, it's all on youtube now.
Wired has a ton of cool pieces this month that blew my mind, inspired me, made me want to get out and MAKE SHIT, and made me very impatient about my business. Here are the ones that are online now: The mysterious honeybee CCD and the world of 'metagenomics' - reads like a Neal Stephenson or William Gibson plot bunny; FREE STUFF is the future of business (by Chris "Long Tail" Anderson). If you have access to the print mag (free copy available here), check out the pieces in the March issue about online gallieries that let us all become art collectors; the concept of the PMOG - does anyone want to play this sounds AWESOME. Let's all regroup about the PMOG after I can linkspam you later.
SciFi Wire and io9 pimping the WANTED footage screened at Wondercon. I wanna see!
Let me leave you now with a great quote from this outta-control rant about the Oscars that popped up on Salon today. You just have to give this writing some props:
Hollywood is always a lopsided reflection of the political situation we're in.
In this sense, performing artists, classically a fairly high-strung, hypersensitive lot, have always been pretty effective canaries in the cultural coal mine. What they've been telling us, lately, is that we have a very, very sick culture on our hands.
It was a terrible, tooth-gnashing year of hideous self-reflection, for America: the ugly flipside of cultural narcissism. Our country, on the back end of a rapacious tear of sophomoric jerkbag behavior, is moving into the slightly more mature adolescent phase of starting to hate its own smell.
I am the greatest country in the world / I am the piece of shit at the center of the universe.
After shaving its head and driving drunk around the globe with no panties, calling itself the Antichrist, and finally abandoning its children, totaling its SUV and getting its ass kicked in the parking lot of the Persian Gulf, America is realizing that it is internationally loathed, broke, soulless, tasteless, fat, drunk, malicious, greedy and stupid, and has been generally behaving like a lousy excuse for a world superpower for long enough to lose all its friends and position.
Conspicuously missing from this Oscars was any loose talk of politics or the war, until the designated time block for dissent during the presentation of the documentary film awards. This was especially weird: Why, if they didn't want to acknowledge the outside world, did they get a truth teller like Jon Stewart to host the thing?
Huzzah! Who is this Cintra Wilson?
JJ Abrams, Robert Orci, Bryan Burk and even Zachary Quinto for a sec (posting as "ZQ"), answered fan questions here today live from the STAR TREK set. Love them. ETA: summary of answers and set photos now up over here.
A 90 minute podcast interview with Joss. *swoon*
I would kill to go to this. And for you folks who haven't seen all the Oscar-nominated movies yet: check this out.
We are planning the event for Friday, December 14th from 12 noon - 3 pm. There will be an assembly of writers, fans (and potentially celebrity guests!) at the distinguished public affairs program Cambridge Forum in the Meeting House of the historic First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138. There, guest speakers (which so far include Joss Whedon, Rob Kutner with a few of his Daily Show crew, and myself) will say a few words of thanks to our fans and talk about the cause they're supporting. Once we are sufficiently pumped up, everyone will march with picket signs and pamphlets throu gh Harvard Square to a rally outside of the famed Harvard Lampoon building, where so many great television comedy writers cut their teeth. It will offer a chance for Boston fans and writers to walk side by side, show the media and AMPTP that we're galvanized in our cause, and we're growing. We know our position is just, and we'll keep adding similar demonstrations in cities across the country until we get a fair deal. (In the event that an agreement between the Guild and the AMPTP is reached prior to the rally, we'll simply change the focus to a celebration of the resolution.)
Your job is to show up and bring your friends! We want fans of all shows and films in attendance. We wouldn't be here without you and we want to show the studios and networks that our fans are a force to be reckoned with. So get on the fan boards and spread the word.
I hope to see you on Friday, December 14th. It's going to be a memorable event.
OK that is super cool.
Also, you Los Angeles area Whedonverse fans can go show your support for the writers of the Mutant Enemy clan at their picket day on December 7th. All details and a map of location at Fox Studios here.
Joss Whedon is returning to TV! That he is re-teaming with the wonderful Eliza Dushku and Tim Minear, is heaven sent.
That it's on Fox, and announced on the eve of a still quite likely WGA strike, makes me shiver.
:: prays for righteousness to win out in the end ::
:: also prays for Nathan Fillion to be cast alongside Dushku ::
:: overwhelmed by geeked out joy ::
...Other things learned this morning: Sci-Fi Channel is going green along with its NBC/Universal parents, and NBC is apparently either scrapping or postponing the making of HEROES: ORIGINS. That last one is a real shame - I seem to be in the vocal minority (or silent majority?) who is STILL ENJOYING THIS SHOW? Don't frak with it NBC.
OK, now everyone go back to JOSSIFIED SQUEEING! *g*
ETA: More on the new Whedon thing here and here and here...ah life. It's a pretty impressive week for Joss and/or X-Files fans, eh?
HEROES is apparently up there, so is BIONIC WOMAN, BUFFY, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the film SIDEWAYS…
Below is an embed for an entire ep of THE OFFICE (courtesy the Hulu blog), which you can check out even if they haven’t invited you to be part of the kewlhuluklub just yet. Best thing I see here is the timebar feature that allows you to choose a clip from within the ep, of any length, and grab that to embed. Also interesting is WIRED’s review of the service, which points out that the more (short?) clips you watch in one sitting, the less ads you are forced to sit through.
For me, obviously the issue with the frame width not fitting this LJ layout is a bummer. Also, the menu buttons aren't always responding to my mouse clicks. That sucks. But the streaming speed and especially THE VIDEO RESOLUTION, is pretty damned ROCKING.
Are we entertained?
The BtVS Sing-a-long shutdown is dire, but I love what the founders are doing in the meantime: hosting MOULIN ROUGE Sing-a-longs, and selling these great DIY home BtVS Sing-a-long kits (just like what you’d get at one of their shows).
Jane Espenson is doing a virtual book tour for her new tome SERENITY FOUND.
Jewel Staite has commented about the SERENITY 2 rumors on her blog.
Ah! Here’s something to tide us musical fans over - REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, co-starring Anthony Head…And, on a side note: how awesome is this picture of Head (which I now think is from DOCTOR WHO)?
LOL...Looks like we will all get a chance to see some footage from this, during the airing tomorrow of the Scream Awards on SPIKE. Vid got taken off of youtube, but FirstShowing.net still has it…*glee*
I will take this as my cue to also post all these Jossverse thingies I've been collecting this week... <3 <3 <3
Mister Whedon must have been a busy, busy boy at SDCC...Let's see here: we've got the interview with Amazon's blog (in which he repeats again how much he adores BSG, this time calling it possibly the best show ever on TV *glee*). The one with Hollywood.com. And the one with The Onion's A.V. Club. There's this huge and sweet piece by the pro writer who won the benefit auction for a dinner with Joss during Comicon.
And as an added bonus, let me add tangents of: Nathan Fillion talking to IGN about DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, and Upside Down and Halfway to Happy Land talking to the creator of the BtVS "ONCE MORE WITH FEELING" Sing-a-Long stageshow, which continues to tour all over the US. And a discussion of a new book written about being a Jossverse fan, the fallacy of the ‘fanboy’ stereotype, and the many things fandom can bring into your life.
An oldie but a goodie:
TVGuide.com: Have you seen the Battlestar Galactica comic?
Joss Whedon: No, I don't think I can do it. I love Battlestar too hard. I couldn't look at any ancillary work.
TVGuide.com: I love Buffy "hard," so are you saying we fans shouldn't read the comic?
Whedon: No, because if they stopped doing Battlestar Galactica, and then two or three years later Ron Moore and David Eick said, "We ourselves are going to continue the story in comic-book form — as opposed to something ancillary to the show done by other people," then I would be all over it. People used to say, "Will you make a Buffy movie like The X-Files did?" I was like never, because while the show is going on, the show is my only priority. That's not to say the Battlestar comic isn't great, but I love that show the way other people love Buffy. I love it unreasonably. [ Laughs] It feels wrong.
TVGuide.com: Is Battlestar your favorite current TV show?
Whedon: Yes, that is my favorite show. Maybe ever.
TVGuide.com: That's saying something. Do David and Ron know that?
Whedon: I think I drooled on Ron at a dinner party once. I don't think he was thrilled.
Oh and of course: LOLBuffy macros!
Because I love him unreasonably. It feels...right.