I thought it was kinda fucked up that Jolie and Aniston were both on covers of the "Art" issue of W, but someone at my magazine store on Hudson has an even more fucked up sense of magazine cover narrative. Awesome.
Was walking through Madison Park the other night and looked up and say these lights in the tree, snapped a quick shot with my N95. (A really good photographer would've flipped around and gotten the Flatiron Building in the background).
Wham's 'Last Christmas' has always been a highly satisfying corny 80s pop Xmas tune-catchy, affecting and unapologetically saccharine. This video is a pretty awesome depiction of a super fun, very heterosexual ski holiday, especially when followed by this amazing clip from the series finale of 'Extras' where George Michael sort of reveals the less than glamorous side of gay cruising. I love the image of he and Annie Lennox trying to dump a freezer at 2:30 in the morning.
My little last-minute Xmas gift guide is up at Esquire.com; I managed to get the Futurama movie, 'Bender's Big Score', in there. When you check out the film be sure to watch 'Everybody Loves Hypnotoad' on the extras--all 22 minutes of it. It's a cracked mirror of the classic dum-dum sit-com, with nothing but an stationary alien toad with pulsing, evil eyes and a laugh track.
John's in the 1:00 show at Lloyd Center, in Portland, Oregon.
Okay...my editor saw this last night in IMAX and stole a bit of my
thunder but what the hell. Here I am at the highly anticipated "I am
Legend". About 50 people in theater and many young urbanites. Concerned
about the talking.
3 Doors Down video - citizen soldiers - add
for army. Doesn't play very well but there is a dude behind singing the
song. Going to have to move.
Think they will preview the rambo retread??? Bet they will.
What has happened to Kevin Spacey???
John Reilly and Tim Meadows silence phone add...decent.
And how did the annoying Celine Dion get so popular.
Marlo Thomas and her plastic surgery is a freakshow.
Sandler, greatest Israeli soldier, PLO jokes, he wants to be a
hairdresser, leaves Israel to go to NY city to become a hairdresser, oh
no, he becomes popular and then gets recognized as army "Don't Mess
Op-Bro, martin lawrence, talk show host,
going home to see his family, james jones, Cedric, family hi-jinks,
monique, "I thought nell carter was dead - sorta funny" "Welcome Home
Roscoe Jenkins". Nope
Walt Disney, kids, the time has come to
journey back...to Narnia, school kids in paradise, 1 year for them,
1300 years for Narnia, knights, flying eagles, battles, lion, water
monster, "The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspan"
Before everything we know lies a legend, wooly mammoths, primive man, battles evil primitive man, sabretooths, 10,000 BC...maybe
Tie: "The Fury" (1978)/"Blow Out" (1981) Few
'70s directors were as reliably bleak or cynical in outlook as Brian De Palma -- which is saying something. Often
criticized for putting style before substance, De Palma was a filmmaker who
actually elevated style into substance, in keeping with a fatalistic (and
frequently violent) perspective about people, the world and other such concerns.
But as the decade wore on, his films became both bleaker and more fantastic,
concerning themselves less with human dynamics and more with humans being ground
up in the gears of society (and cinema). To that end, witness 1978's "The Fury,"
a supernatural thriller with one of the most gruesome endings imaginable, and
1981's "Blow Out," a reconfiguration of Antonioni's "Blow Up" using sound instead of photography, in
which John Travolta agonizingly fails to save Nancy Allen in the film's final moments. Both movies are
signature De Palma, and both are monumental bummers whose endings feel like
betrayals given that neither story boasts the kind of seriousness that a downer
ending warrants. Still, they both serve as mirrors of the psychological
underbelly of American culture at a miserable time. If ever a decade deserved a
bad ending ...