Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles says that her chain currently discourages cell phone use “but if we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, we could test some of these concepts.” For example, she says that the chain talked about being more flexible about cell phone use at some screens that showed 21 Jump Street. “You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18 year old son” might.
This is a movie industry press release that says to me - ‘PIRATE THE FUCK OUT OF ME!” Good luck with that.
"Last week, Chris Roberson, a novelist and publisher who has worked on several comics titles for DC and Vertigo, including his own co-creationiZombie, announced via Twitter that due to ethical concerns, he was no longer comfortable working for DC Comics. The remarks, following in the wake of several other comics-related controversies (Before Watchmen and general disappointment over the handling of Jack Kirby’s legacy, among numerous other things) very quickly spread throughout the comics internet, and very shortly led to DC terminating Roberson’s contract. Roberson’s public statements, and the sometimes fiery arguments that it has provoked, seemed in some way to indicate a possible paradigm shift, and we were very pleased when he agreed to speak to us about what happened, his relationship with DC, and the ethics of the comics industry.”
"Omer Petti is a 95-year-old USAF veteran with artificial knees and a heart condition. Madge Woodward, his partner, has an artificial hip. They recently flew home to Detroit from San Diego, and were humiliated and robbed at the San Diego airport TSA checkpoint. The metal in their bodies set off the TSA magnetometer, and Petti was instructed to put his $300 in cash in a bin. Then he was further detained when a swab detected the nitroglycerin residue from his heart pills. He and Woodward were subjected to humiliating patdowns, and then discovered that their $300 had gone missing. When Petti asked where his money had gone, the TSA agent required he and Woodward to remove their shoes again and empty out their pockets, and asked if they were "refusing his request" when they objected. The TSA manager checked the security footage, but reported that it was "too blurry" to see what had happened to the money. The two elderly people were loaded into their wheelchairs and taken to their plane at full tilt, barely making it. They never got their money back."
"Kennedy-Macfoy’s solicitor, Shamik Dutta, of Bhatt Murphy solicitors, voiced concerns at his client’s allegations, saying: "The question many people are bound to ask is why an off-duty firefighter, wearing a pinstriped suit and offering assistance to the police, should have been dragged from his car, shot with a Taser, locked up for many hours and then prosecuted for an offence he did not commit by the very officers he was trying to help."
This episode was Made In Germany With American Parts. Rev. Bucky Argyle, who lives in Germany, unexpectedly sent us this completed show (in both X-rated and PG versions!), leaving a couple of instrumental breaks for credits, which were added in Cleveland as best we could from his rough list of tracks. His source material ranges from 1981 SubGenius tapes with Dr. G. Gordon Gordon to mysterious brand-new tracks snagged from YouTube videos, with a little of everything in between, like oddball songs, devival preaching, and kook clips. A true Media Barrage in the spirit of the early Pleistocene pre-Hour of Slack church tapes. Some of it is Olde SubGenius “best-of” while other audio treasures are completely new to the rest of us. The rant by (?) at the end is a must-hear.
"The source code for the original Prince of Persia game has been released on github by its author, Jordan Mechner. This release comes three weeks after Jordan announced the find of a box containing old floppy disks that had been forgotten in the back of a closet for 20+ years."
I’ve just read a bunch of online articles attempting to discern the meaning behind the phrase, “Klaatu Barada Nikto,” from sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. Given the context in which it is used, I had presumed as a child - watching the film for the first time - that it simply meant, “Klaatu says no.”
According to the internet, it’s not that simple. I think the internet is wrong.
1) Conan The Barbarian Soundtrack: If you are a fan of the movie, Conan the Barbarian then you know how awesome the soundtrack is as well. Great music by Basil Poledouris set the tone of the movie and is an epic score to kick ass to.
Well, that’s a weird start - but nope. I had already read some Conan before Arnie’s film was released and it goes off the rails pretty quickly if you’re a fan of Howard’s stories. As for the score, I can’t recall it. I do know that Poledouris also scored Robocop, and that is a a great score, though I don’t feel the need to own it. Movie soundtracks have to be exemplary for me to bother with them (most of Morricone and Goblin, Clint Mansell, David Lynch) or to be singularly identifiable with the film (Fight Club, Repo Man, Blade Runner).
2) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: This is the book by Phillip K. Dick that inspired Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner. It’s good, real good and in fills in lots of holes in the movie and also gives you a different twist on it. Great, easy read even for you folks out there who haven’t read a book since college.
Now we’re talking. This is far from Dick’s best book, and it’s a departure for readers coming to it from Blade Runner, which is an excellent film in its own right, but this is a great book nonetheless.
3) The Twilight Zone Collection: The Twilight Zone is one of if not the greatest TV show ever. For any aspiring Sci-Fi geek and or creator, it is essential guide to storytelling, RIP Rod Serling, a genius way ahead of his time.
No argument. Some of the best television ever made, by anyone anywhere. Timeless storytelling.
4) The Original Star Wars Trilogy – WITHOUT ANY ADDED CRAP We didn’t need Boba Fett and Jabba to show up in the a New Hope. We didn’t need anymore crappy creatures that added no value and we all certainly know: HAN SHOT FIRST.
Yes - although, you know, this should go without saying. I have the Special Edition DVDs on my shelf (I don’t hate the versions of Empire and Jedi (in fact I’d go so far as to say that the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back is - unless you’re a rabid purist - an improvement)), but the version of Star Wars that gets played in my house is a DVD rip of the original release laserdisc.
5) A Profound Hatred for Star Trek Enterprise: Need I say more? Okay, I will. Brannon Braga’s take on the Star Trek universe was crap.
Actually going to disagree here. After a poor start, Enterprise became a very interesting show the more it tied to Original Series continuity. I think Hefner may be confusing it with Voyager, which is dreadful on all counts.
6) The Lord of The Rings Extended Edition, The Soundtracks and all of the books; You’ve gotta own it all. Own it. Live it. Love it.
Love the films. Can’t see why I’d listen to the soundtrack out of context. Love the books, once all that tepid shite with Tom Bombadil is over and done with.
7) A Profound Sadness for the Way Battlestar Galactica Ended: There’s a lot of us that feel we got hosed with that ending. I can still hear Jim Hendrix’s, All Along the Watchtower playing in my head and I’m thinking WTF is this?
I’m with Hefner all the way on this one, though it splits fan opinion so it might not fit on the list. Some people like having the show’s entire ethos beaten up and pissed on in the final episode. People are weird like that. I’m not like that; I think the finale of Battlestar Galactica is an insult to everything that came before.
8 ) A Passionately Favorite Version of the REAL Doctor Who: Tom Baker. Period. And I will gladly meet you in an alley to fight about it.
There is no ‘real’ Doctor Who. Firstly, he’s not called Doctor Who, so Hefner loses points there. And there is no break other than years between the seventh and eight Doctors, or the eight and ninth. They are all plainly and demonstrably the same character. And I grew up with the fourth Doctor, so my favourite is Tom Baker. With Matt Smith a very close second.
9) A Fear That Will Smith Will Someday Star in The Movie Adaptation of Your Favorite Book: Every character is the same, that wise cracking boy from Philadelphia living with his cousin Carlton and Uncle Phil.
Hollywood churns out so much tripe, it’s bad enough to worry about the crap they do make, much less worry about the crap they might make. And if some genius finds a way to cast Will Smith in a movie of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, more fucking power to them.
10) Toys from Your Childhood That You Refuse To Part With: I still have my original Kermit the Frog from when I was three and my first Boba Fett. Trump that.
I still have my original Boba Fett, as well as almost every other Star Wars figure up to the release of The Empire Strikes Back. Trump that.
11) The Belief that the Word Midichlorian Was Just from a Nightmare and NOT a real Star Wars Movie: This is just a dream. Metachlorians are not real. Seriously. It’s just a bad joke and it will be over when I wake up. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!
All of the prequels are just a dream. You’ll feel a lot better when you do what I did - take them down from the shelf and get rid of them. You don’t need them. They’re overwhelmingly more bad than good. They aren’t real and they don’t exist.
12) The Original Tron Movie: You own it. You love it. It loves you.
I saw Tron in the cinema on the week of release. It gave me a headache and made me feel sick. Also, it is rubbish.
13) An affection for the TV show Firefly: Every Sci-Fi nerd loves this show. If you don’t you are a loser.
This is a solid inclusion to the list and I approve. If you don’t love Firefly, seek medical attention.
14) A Hatred for Chris O’Donnell: As Robin, he was the harbinger of death for the original Batman movie franchise.
I hardly think someone cast in a supporting role is more responsible for the declining quality of the franchise than the writer or director, or the producers. More, I would argue that O’Donnell’s Robin is probably the best thing in Batman Forever; a very clever modern interpretation of the character.
(Also, technically, the original Batman movie franchise was the black and white Columbia serial from 1943.)
15) You Know Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: Learn it now if you don’t know it.
I know the Three Laws. This is tempered by the fact that I think Asimov was a dreadful writer. Like Clarke, Asimov was an ideas man, a scientist and futurist, but not much of a writer, and incapable of creating likeable and interesting characters. Unlike Clarke, Asimov was considerably better in the short story form.
16) You think Cheetara is HOT! The star of two version of Thundercats cartoons was also the star of your wet dream. Admit it, you’d love to let her claw your back and bite your neck. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Having trouble picturing who Cheetara actually is, as I’ve never knowingly watched the Thundercats; way after my time. I’ll tell you who is hot, and would be better placed on an essential nerd list - Julie Newmar’s Catwoman. She invented hot, back in the sixties when hot was still just mildly warm and frowned upon sternly.
17) You Believe Aliens are our REAL Gods: If you read enough science fiction, and of the right kind, all of those books questioning are existence in the universe, finally open up some possibilities for you. BUT depending on where you live, who your parents are and who you are sleeping with, you may not admit this in public.
I believe this with more readiness than any other theory of gods. That is, if there are such things as gods (and I’m far from admitting that there are) then they are aliens, misinterpreted by primitives and exploited by those in power. Also - Cthulhu.
18) You Have a Favorite Animated Cult Sci-Fi Movie: There are so many to pick from. Many will choose Heavy Metal.
Many would be wrong. I would plump for Akira or The Nightmare Before Christmas.
19) You Blame Hot Rod for Optimus Prime’s Death: Well, it was his fault. And after Optimus rose form the grave Rodimus got hosed. AND DESERVEDLY SO!
Again, after my time, to the point where I have no idea what’s even being discussed here, beyond that it’s a matter of more heated debate than whether Han shot first or not.
20) You DESPISE Michael Bay for Masturbating on your Childhood. The king of explosions, inexplicably keeps making million dollar movies and in the process he has destroyed the Transformers and has now decided to shit on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by making the aliens in his new adaptation. Someone needs to destroy the people at Paramount for allowing him to live. Michael Bay is the fucking anti-Christ.
I like that the word ‘masturbating’ was used instead of the unpleasant and offensive ‘rape’. Speaking of which, no, I disagree. Having no vested interest in Transformers, I was able to sit back and watch the mayhem for what it was - a stupid movie in which giant robots transform out of cars and punch each other. George Lucas keeps masturbating on my childhood, as he does for far more people than Michael Bay.
(Although, if Bay does indeed fuck up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the way he seems to have soiled Transformers, he may end up on my shitlist.)
This list doesn’t seem to have hit Tumblr yet - anyone else fancy adding to it?
"I’m not sure why they hate you. You didn’t do anything to them. You don your princess crown, take up your sword, and pretend at Pokemon. You read your books and you learn how to draw comics and dragons and you play piano and practice kung fu. You delight in pretty dresses and weaponry. You love me when I nurture you as a mom, train with you as a warrior, and play video games and card games with you.
"There is nothing worse than being a girl. I’m not saying this as a former girl- I quite liked being a girl. I’m saying this from the POV of the entire rest of the world…"
"Amazon.com, Inc. and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd today announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired a ten-year license for North American rights to the entire list of James Bond books by Ian Fleming in print and ebook."
Within the genre of science fiction there are many sub-genres, the most prevalent of which include first contact with aliens, space warfare, hard SF, future earth, and big dumb objects - I’ve never read someone put these all together as well as Watts does here.
This is in many ways a difficult book; the science is by no means easy, and the characters (including the non-empathic (and intrinsically unreliable) first person narrator) are humans augmented beyond humanity; the aliens are truly and unknowably alien, and the plot (and the novel on the whole) relies a great deal on the reader keeping up.
If there are faults, it’s that the climax seems rushed and oblique, and the lack of characterisation means that the essential connection with the cast is diminished. But the pace is brisk, the science is cleverly handled and explained, and the themes of consciousness, sentience and intelligence are rare in a book overflowing with so many other good qualities.
"You know what it means when someone writes the phrase "all grown-up" on the cover of a men’s mag, or on a blog? It means that a young girl has reached an age where it’s legal for her to be sexually active, yet she still retains a hint of untouchable youth about her. Fun and not at all creepy, right?
"You wanna see something depressing? Type "All grown-up" into the world’s largest news provider, DailyMail.co.uk…”