“3-D is a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets. Its image is noticeably darker than standard 2-D. It is unsuitable for grown-up films of any seriousness. It limits the freedom of directors to make films as they choose. For moviegoers in the PG-13 and R ranges, it only rarely provides an experience worth paying a premium for.”—Roger Ebert, making a pretty airtight case for why 3-D movies suck (via newsweek)
“It’s just a myth, it’s like the white alligator in the sewer, you know? Who’s seen it, really?… Well, you know, all this talk is just talk — it drives me nuts — it’s just people talking. And now it’s like on the street, people going, ‘Hey, hey, hey…’ Well, why don’t you go back to high school? It doesn’t bother me. Until someone creates a great script, it’s just hogwash, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s interesting that people are interested in it, they’d like to see it. It was a great thing. It really was fun… if it’s such a good idea, someone will write the screenplay.”—Bill Murray on the highly anticipated “Ghostbusters 3”
“We had already been…relegated each year to the depths of the Shanghai international universities ranking. Lost our leadership in wine exports and on the catwalks of haute couture. And now even our gastronomy, the jewel in the crown of French culture and lifestyle, no longer has the edge.”—La Perisien responds to France’s placement on S. Pellegrino’s list of the 50 best restaurants in the world
File this one under “sign of the times” — the Irving-based Boy Scouts of America are now offering scouting awards for video games.
Scouts can earn a “belt loop” award for completing requirements like explaining why the video game ratings system is important, scheduling game time amongst activities like doing homework and chores, and learning to play a new game under supervision.
“The vitriol was so intense that at first I didn’t think they were serious,” Mr. Cusack said. “Because, like, who would care?”
They do. A small but vocal subculture has emerged on Twitter of grammar and taste vigilantes who spend their time policing other people’s tweets — celebrities and nobodies alike. These are people who build their own algorithms to sniff out Twitter messages that are distasteful to them — tweets with typos or flawed grammar, or written in ALLCAPS — and then send scolding notes to the offenders. They see themselves as the guardians of an emerging behavior code: Twetiquette.
In all this hubbub over Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS, and his national tour, and his upcoming spot on “60 Minutes,” there’s been one bit of information that hasn’t made its way to the surface. Namely, what is this new Conan show going to be called?
A few suggestions:
-Up Loco With Coco
-Not An Atlanta Braves Telecast With Conan O’Brien
-Not Really That Late, Particularly In The Central Time Zone With Conan
“People always want you to link your real life to acting. I actually think that you can come from any life experience and be a good actor if you just have a great imagination and an ability to put yourself in somebody else’s shoes.”—Lauren Graham in an interview with NBC Philadelphia
“I’m very proud of the Obama poster … because it’s an image that showed that someone outside of mainstream politics, outside of corporate lobbyists could do something that affected what’s going on in politics.”
“The ultrasound gel makes her double over and rub her belly and ears vigorously, exhaling with pleasure. Rolling on her back reminds one staff member of a breakdancing back spin as she scent anoints her body with the gel.”—
If those 500 hours of taped phone calls don’t produce the “smoking gun” of innocence that Rod Blagojevich is promising, his attorney, Sam Adam Jr., may have another argument up his sleeve: it wasn’t really Rod on that tape.
Adam used that argument — successfully — for R.Kelly.
During Kelly’s child pornography trial, jurors viewed a videotape that allegedly showed Kelly violating the innocence of a 13-year-girl. At one point during the trial, Adam suggested that Kelly’s head may have been morphed onto the real pervert’s body.
On Tuesday, the DMV recalled a plate that read “14CV88.” The decision to recall it was made after people complained that the plate made references glorifying Adolf Hitler.
The “88” is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eight letter of the alphabet.
The “14” is thought to stand for the number of words in a white supremacist credo.
The “CV” is an apparent reference to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations was among the groups offended by the plate. The truck bearing the plates also featured graphics of the Confederate flag and the phrase “Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.”
In the real world, you’re worth more than everyone on Forbes’ latest list of the richest people in the world.
The venerable magazine has put together a roster of the world’s wealthiest fictional characters, with imaginary magnates like Thurston Howell III, Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich and “Twilight’s” Carlisle Cullen boasting bogus bankrolls.
“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show… This is not a threat, but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them”—A posting on RevlutionMuslim.com that lead to cuts from last night’s “South Park” episode.
I know that 82% of you would sell your own mother and kidney on the black market to get the chance to run your hand through the unicorn meadow that is Sparklepants’ hair so here is your chance…
There is an open casting call for the film “Water for Elephants” starring Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz and Patti-Cakes. You can audition for a role in the Robert Pattinson film if you are in L.A. on April 17th. The Twitter verified Craigslist ad also stated you must have these requirements:
• Caucasian men with very 1930s looking period faces. • African American men with short 1930s period haircuts, all size 46 coat or smaller. • Caucasian women with shoulder length hair or shorter, size 6 or smaller.
*No piercings, tattoos, no breast implants, no artificial nails, no highlighted or colored hair (natural looking color is okay).
The government has accused Goldman Sachs & Co. of defrauding investors by failing to disclose conflicts of interest in mortgage investments it sold as the housing market was faltering.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday civil fraud charges against the Wall Street powerhouse and one of its vice presidents. The agency alleges Goldman failed to disclose that one of its clients helped create — and then bet against — subprime mortgage securities that Goldman sold to investors.
Israel’s iPad complaint centers around an Apple design component. Apple designed the iPad to comply with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Wi-Fi standards, which allows products to broadcast at higher power levels than in Israel. Israeli officials says the higher frequency could disturb the connection of other devices.
Joe Holtz, the general manager of the members-only Park Slope Food Coop (famous both for its varied affordable produce as well as its left-leaning views), wrote a letter to The Brooklyn Paper this week stating that ”Barney’s [sic] misuse of the word dilutes this effort and effectively undermines our business model and, for lack of a better concept, ‘brand.”
As it turns out, the Park Sloop Food Coop may actually have a case, since, as Holtz points out, an old (and, as the paper points out, rather “antiquated”) state law states that “The term ‘cooperative’… or any abbreviation, variation or similitude thereof, shall not be used as, or in, a name except by a corporation defined in this chapter.” The law then goes on to state that “any cooperative corporation may sue for an injunction against such prohibited use of the term.”
Now, we must say that we’re not necessarily sure that Barneys’ use of the word necessarily “dilutes” the Park Soop Co-op’s brand, and as a spokeswoman for Barneys told the paper, the Co-op has been around for 25 years as of 2010, and the name’s been trademarked. That said, a lawyer told The Brooklyn Paper that “only a food co-op could bring this case,” so even if the law seems old-fashioned and out of left field, it’s there nonetheless.
“To call KFC’s new Double Down Original Recipe® creation a sandwich is an insult to the wheat-centric tradition America holds so dear. This is no standard sandwich, but a two-bird prom dance packed tight around a strip of bacon smothered in Colonel Sanders’ magical awesome sauce. It’s a monster. It’s like the Colonel is high-fiving your fat, juicy heart.”—Brian Ries reviews the KFC Double Down
Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series of books are now among the classics like “The Catcher in the Rye” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book hit in at No. 5 on 2009’s list of “challenged books.”
The ALA says a “challenged book” is one with a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”
“Vampire novels have been a target for years and the ‘Twilight’ books are so immensely popular that a lot of the concerns people have had about vampires are focused on her books,” said Barbara Jones from the American Library Association.
State Senator Leland Yee still doesn’t know how much money California State University Stanislaus is paying for an upcoming speech by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but he says he does know some of the promised perks. The list includes a promise of everything from First Class tickets to bendable straws.
The way the perks were found is straight out of Matt Drudge history. Leland says students found the documents – including parts of the university’s speaking contract with Palin – in a dumpster on campus.
So here are the goods found in pages 4 through 9 of the Palin contract with the university.
Round-trip, first class commercial air travel for two between Anchorage, Alaska and event city
Presumably for Palin’s guests, “full, unrestricted round-trip coach airfare for two between event city and lower 48 US States
if the university chooses to use a private jet, “the Speaker, their traveling party and the plane crew will be the only passengers
Ground transportation in both the originating city and the event city “will be by SUV(s) from a professionally licensed and insured car service
Security arrangements as deemed necessary by Washington Speakers Bureau and the speaker
Accommodations are to include “a one-bedroom suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel” as well as a “laptop computer and printer (fully stocked with paper) and high speed Internet” and “all meals and incidentals”
For Q&A, the questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative shall ask questions directly of the Speaker
The contract also includes other stipulations regarding autographs, photographs, press releases, advertising, recording, lighting, bottled water and “bendable straws.”
“You don’t have a right to censor art. You don’t have a right to say it can’t be seen or sold or bought, or keep anybody else from seeing it or feeling it. Because somebody is going to get something from it.”—Erykah Badu’s take on the firestorm that followed the release of her video “Window Seat.”
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s more of that Baaji custard. I admit I thought the same too, but no. It’s mustard Richard. MUSTARD. More mustard than any man could consume in a month. On the left we have a piece of broccoli and some peppers in a brown glue-like oil and on the right the chef had prepared some mashed potato. The potato masher had obviously broken and so it was decided the next best thing would be to pass the potatoes through the digestive tract of a bird.
Once it was regurgitated it was clearly then blended and mixed with a bit of mustard. Everybody likes a bit of mustard Richard.
”—From a letter to Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Airlines about the quality of his in-flight food (via aatombomb)
Charitybuzz just posted yet another magazine internship auction, but this one’s a doozy: A week-long stint at Vogue, two tickets to fashion week, and the chance to meet Anna.
Proceeds from the Vogue auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, a powerhouse organization that has done tremendous work for the post-earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti, among several other initiatives worldwide. Wintour is the latest bold-face name to join fundraising efforts — Diane von Furstenberg also donated an internship (that one’s a month long) and Tim Gunn is offering up lunch with him at Bryant Park Grill.
The winning bidder pledges to fight human rights violations, while at the same time entering the Vogue lion’s den for a week — meaning there’s a good chance they’ll learn a lot about intense human interactions.