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Lindsay Lohan knows ... her stripper movie "I Know Who Killed Me" was so bad, no one should ever watch it ... EVER ... at least that's what she's telling her fans.
Lohan -- who's still in rehab at Cliffside Malibu -- was allowed to play around on the Internet yesterday (which happened to be her birthday) ... and responded to a fan who had tweeted her the following message:
"@lindsaylohan can you tweet me I seriously watched I know who killed me twice last night."
Lohan's response was classic -- "two times too many!"
I haven't watched this movie; is it one of those 'it's so bad it's good'? or is it more laughable than Liz & Dick?
Usher poses for a picture during a ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in New York, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Usher scored the music for and helped design elements of the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show
it's just Khia's verse I'll edit it when full version is released
Last night's award for worst cable news roundtable about meaningless aspects of the Trayvon Martin case — following up CNN's inane "cracker vs. N-word" debate — goes to Bill O'Reilly's belated dissection of a celebrity T-shirt. At Sunday's BET Awards, Jamie Foxx wore the face of Trayvon Martin (as he's done to awards shows at least twice prior), and O'Reilly, in a just putting it out there way, wondered why he got a pass. Foxx, O'Reilly said, "doesn't know what happened" the night Martin was killed (except, you know, that a 17-year-old black teenager was killed). "If a white actor had worn a George Zimmerman T-shirt, would that have been acceptable?" Let's ask Alan Colmes!
"We have a white power structure," Colmes, who is still on television, timidly tried to explain. Fox News analyst Monica Crowley offered that if a white celebrity wore an "I believe George" shirt, "his or her career would be destroyed on the spot."
"But Jamie Foxx is not a racist?" O'Reilly asked, still ignoring the fact that one of these people is dead at the hand of the other. "We can assume, Colmes, that if a white actor did that, he would get a Paula Deen." So, here we are, in the Fox News universe, where a Paula Deen is a thing that makes sense.
The Pokemon Company in Japan has just released images of 2 new Pokemon XY-themed 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan). They will both come with Pokemon X or Pokemon Y pre-installed and will go sale for 22,800 yen each on October 12th in Japan.
No word yet if these units will be available outside of Japan.
I'm in love with the gold one so much. Nintendo better release these systems worldwide too or I'm going to have to shank a beech.
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Jay-Z is dropping a brand new album called “Magna Carta Holy Grail”. As previously unveiled on his official Android app, Beyoncé is featured in two songs respectively called “Part II (On The Run)” and “BBC”. You can listen to them below! Make sure to buy Jay-Z’s new album.
Beyoncé is also featured on the last part of Jay-Z’s track “Tom Ford”. Check it out!
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SONGS
Pic source as well
Magna Carta Holy Grail track pays tribute to the former Disney star and her online antics.
Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail is already receiving a truckload of publicity but the rapper has guareteed even more talk by name-checking a certain headline hitting celeb in one tune, Miley Cyrus!
The star pays tribute to Miley and trend for twerking in his new song 'Somewhereinamerica', which features on his anticipated album. It sounds like Jay wasn't exactly impressed with Miley's twerking though as he's heard chuckling after the name-check:
"When I was talking Instagram/ Last thing you wanted was your picture snapped/ Feds still lurking/ They see I'm still putting work in/ Cause somewhereinamerica/ Miley Cyrus is still twerkin',".
"Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk/ Twerk, Miley, Miley, twerk/ Twerk, Twerk, Miley, Miley, Miley, twerk/ Twerk, yeah, ugh-huh/ Twerk, Miley, Miley, Miley/ Only in America."
Maybe he's replying to his name drop in Party in the USA. Ha.
I never thought I'd write anything that combined Sex and the City, pubic lice, and the British Assocation of Dermatologists (B.A.D.). Here goes nothing.
Before we get started though, B.A.D. really wants me to mention their annual conference. And I quote:
"If using this presentation, please ensure you mention that it was given at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference. The conference will be held at ACC Liverpool from July 9th to 11th 2013, and is attended by approximately 1,300 UK and worldwide dermatologists and dermatology nurses."
Done and done.
Dermatologists at the aforementioned conference plan to "hypothesise" next week that the pubic louse (Pthirus pubis) is going extinct because women everywhere are going hairless because Brazilian bikini waxing became popular because Carrie Bradshaw did it in one episode of Sex and the City.
Unfortunately, the brief press release on B.A.D.'s website doesn't offer any data showing how the dermatologists know more women are more hairless, or how they can conclusively pin this on a single episode of a single television show. They are just "hypothesise"-ing, after all.
The new "hypothesis" does, however, provide a convenient launching pad for pithy press-release writing. I quote again:
"Much like the panda, pubic lice are being threatened with extinction due to the disappearance of their natural habitat. However this is due to deforestation of another kind - the increased popularity of ‘Brazilian waxing’."
Happily, the press release does include data on pubic lice infestations. Incidence rose to 3.2 per cent in 1964 from 0.8 per cent a decade earlier, a rise blamed on "sexual freedom." But from 1997 to 2003 prevalence dropped to 0.17 per cent from 0.41 per cent. (What happened in those intervening decades? I don't know. I'm not a dermatologist, or a pubic-lice-ologist, or a writer of pithy press releases.)
Oh here's another fact: archaeologists have discovered evidence of pubic lice as early a 1 A.D. Cool!
That's about it for fact-type-stuff though. Here's a quote instead:
”Pubic hair removal has been practised by humans for thousands of years, by cultures from all over the world, including the Ancient Egyptians. However, until recently, with the rise of truly global mass media, pubic lice have been able to weather changing cultural attitudes to body hair.
“What we have seen at work is the law of unintended consequences, in popularising hair removal Carrie Bradshaw and co. have contributed to ridding humanity of pest that had plagued humans for millions of years. Sadly there isn’t an Emmy for that”.
That's from Dr. Kun Sen Chen, one of the hypothesisers/authors of the presentation.
Hat tip to Marina Hyde for the pointer. As Hyde points out in her column over at the Guardian, you know it's summer when the PR "news releases" in your inbox start looking like this.
Kate Allen is the Toronto Star's science and technology reporter. Find her on Twitter at @katecallen.
Zayn Malik's mum Trisha doesn't want to live off her son's money.
One Direction singer Zayn, 20, has told Trisha, 48, to quit her job as a school cook - but she has no plans to retire anytime soon.
'I'll continue to work despite my son's superstar success,' Trisha tells the Daily Star.
Zayn is close to his family and melted fans' hearts when they saw him treat Trisha to a new house in the trailer for 1D's upcoming 3D documentary movie This Is Us.
The dark-haired cutie - who's currently in North America on 1D's Take Me Home world tour - splashed out on a £250,000 detached home in their hometown of Bradford.
'I know you always used to say: "I'll get you a house one day when I'm older." Thank you for what you've done for us,' says a tearful Trisha in the clip.
'I'm so proud of you.'
Mischa Barton attends the Marc Cain Photocall during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 at the Hotel Adlon on July 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
Screen legend Helen Mirren has some stern advice for Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan.
When asked what she would tell the troubled starlets and other young wayward celebrities in a recent interview with Joelle Garguilo, Mirren, who is currently promoting her upcoming film "Red 2," was brutally frank, saying:
"I don't know if you're allowed to say this on television: Don't be up your own bum ... People get up their own [bum], and you really don't need to. It's the thing of the young, and just don't do that."
Bynes and Lohan have been making headlines in recent months for all the wrong reasons.
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Yes, the conservative rocker who’s wango tango for gun rights is actively considering a bid for the White House in 2016, according to an amazing profile in the upcoming Washington Post magazine.
“Things are just so wrong in the country now,” Nugent said. “And I know that my answers would make things wonderful, unless you just refuse to produce, and then I’d recommend that you move to Canada. Or Illinois.”
Nugent has thought about running for office in the past, but this seems different, his wife told the Post.
“He’s talked about it before,” Shemane said. “But this time he seems more serious. People are constantly asking him to run.”
And might one of those people be Mike Huckabee?
“You’d have to put those debates on pay-per-view,” said Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate and evangelical Christian who counts Nugent as a friend and duck-hunting partner.
“Ted says things in public that I wouldn’t even say in private, but what people look for more than anything is authenticity,” Huckabee said. “I’m probably as strait-laced a Republican as there is, but I’d rather be around Ted Nugent, who has an absolute honesty about him, than a so-called values guy who is secretly bedding down half his staff. I think you’d be surprised at how many evangelicals respond to him.
“If he runs, I’ll go help him.”
Camryn Manheim will be paying a visit to "Criminal Minds" for the CBS drama's two-part Season 9 premiere, according to TV Line.
The "Ghost Whisperer" alumna will play "the mother of an UnSub" who is "very protective and watchful over her son, whom she knows has some serious emotional problems," which chiefly include killing women who happen to look like his ex-girlfriend. To make this happy family even more appealing, rumor has it that Manheim's character has some skeletons in her own closet, too.
She'll appear in the two-part season premiere, which kicks off Wednesday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Also ahead for Season 9? Star Joe Mantegna will direct an episode!
"Criminal Minds" fans had a bit of a scare before the show was renewed for Season 9 -- cast negotiations for contract renewals went down to the wire, prompting worries that stars Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook might leave the show. Thankfully, the entire cast was secured for another season and the show will continue to detail the investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU).
Mariah Carey, Cher, Pitbull, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez performed for Macy's 4th of July Spectacular.
Mariah opened the festivities with America the Beautiful.
Mariah Carey: Hero
Mariah Carey and Miguel: #Beautiful
Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran: Everything Has Changed
Pitbull: Give Me Everything
Cher: Woman's World
Tim McGraw: Something Like That
Taylor Swift: We Are Never Getting Back Together
Selena Gomez: Come & Get it
Source: this Youtube channel
I am so indifferent to 87.5% of these artists. Happy 4th anyway, ONTD!
It’s been 12 hours since I saw The Lone Ranger, and I still have the darn William Tell Overture stuck in my head. I wonder how long that lasts. It’s like waking up with a Tonto hangover, I guess. I have so many thoughts on this film, and only maybe one of them is good. But I think we need to start off with this: The Lone Ranger is just a bad movie. It’s 2.5 hours of a film with an identity crisis, not knowing if it’s supposed to be funny, campy, dramatic, “authentic,” or what. At points it was very hard to separate the stereotypical and hurtful from the bad script, bad editing, and bad character development of the movie itself.
So, if it even needs to be said: SPOILER ALERT–I’m about to give away everything. But you’re not going to see the movie anyway, so it shouldn’t really matter. But you know how the internet is. Here’s my review, in only 6 parts. I restrained myself.
Some quick overall thoughts: Like I mentioned above, this movie didn’t know what it was, and that was a problem. It was also so. incredibly. long. By the time we got to the final big train chase scene at the end where the pair saves the day (accompanied by the aforementioned William Tell) I wrote in my notes: FINALLY! I AM SO BORED! and then that scene drug on for another 15 minutes and I just wanted it to end. I forgot what we were even fighting for. Which I think was the problem all along.
This is also the most violent movie I’ve seen in awhile, and I’m a fan of Game of Thrones. Don’t take your kids, despite the Disney label and PG-13 rating. There is so much shooting and stabbing, and they show the aftermath. Early on in the film the bad guy even cuts out and eats the Lone Ranger’s brother’s heart (yes, eats it). They have no qualms about shooting someone for the sake of shooting someone, and there are blood and guts and barn beams smashing people’s heads. It’s not something I would want to expose my kids to, at all.
And for those of you new to the blog or need a refresher, here’s all my Tonto coverage over the last year or so, which covers the casting, the costume, and a whole bunch of other things: my initial reactions, why you should care about Tonto when there are “bigger issues” out there, tearing apart Depp’s reasoning over his costume choices, the controversy I dealt with for writing about Tonto, and Armie Hammer’s comments about Indians loving the movie.
Part 1: The Opening Scene–Indians are so backward and funny, y’all!
The movie opens with a Buffalo Bill-style Wild West Show, set up like a museum of Natural History, and a little kid wanders in dressed like the Lone Ranger, eatin’ some peanuts, lookin’ at the buffalo, then, oh hey! “The Noble Savage in his natural habitat.” Guess who that is??
Spoiler! It’s Johnny Depp. In some scary-ass old person makeup. Like seriously crypt keeper style. Then OMG he moves! and reaches out! and says in a croaky old person voice, the first words of the whole film: “Kemooosabeeeh.” Then there’s this whole bit where Tonto asks the little boy to “traaaade” (sounding like zombies and “braaains”) and points to his peanuts, which Tonto exchanges for a dead mouse. Then he proceeds to eat the peanuts with the shells on, crunching through them to the boy’s disgust and wonderment, while feeding the crumbs to the bird on his head.
I won’t go this in-depth with the rest of the film, but I wanted to set the stage. The very first scene we are presented with an image of a Native person, in a museum–which presumably we’re supposed to critique, but there’s no questioning of Tonto’s position there. To me it reinforces the idea that all the Indians are dead, relics of the past, which is actually a theme throughout. This Indian is so silly and backward he trades a dead mouse for a bag of peanuts, doesn’t even know how to eat peanuts, and is feeding a bird, but it’s dead. Even the child knows that’s wrong. So this is the “new” Tonto? Definitely an improvement, amiright? (that was sarcasm. In case you missed it.)
Anyway, Tonto launches into the story of the Lone Ranger for the kid in the museum. So the whole movie is in flashback.
Tonto speak summary: Tonto in museum. Tonto old. Tonto silly and backward. You listen to story now.
Part 2: The Indians–Let’s combine ALL the stereotypes!
Here’s the part you wanted to hear about, and I’m trying to think of the best way to frame it. Despite the Comanche involvement in the film, there’s still a lot of problems with conflating all Indians together. First off, we’re in “Texas,” except Texas is set in the iconic Monument Valley–Navajoland. Tonto from the start talks about being a “Wendigo hunter” and that the bad guys are “Wendigos” and that “nature is out of balance.” Wendigos are a Eastern Woodlands (Algonquian/Cree/Ojibwe) thing. Though they did get the stories kinda right, despite it being the completely wrong region/tribe. I’m not trying to argue that the movie should have been 100% “authentic”–whatever that means–but to tout your Native involvement and have a central plot point be totally wrong just felt weird to me.
Also general Tonto comments: Depp’s “accent” is hilariously inconsistent, and whenever he has more than a few words to say, it would veer into an almost stereotypical Italian-sounding thing, and for not speaking English, his vocab is great. He’s also very much the mystical-magical-Indian, an early scene shows him in jail making his bird come alive by singing and flapping his arms, he talks to the horse (and the horse talks back), he talks about LR being a “spirit walker,” etc.
Tonto speak summary: Indians during this time wild and dangerous. Indians all the same, kemosabe. Indians especially magical. Squint eyes and you will see, Utah can be Texas.
Part 3: The Comanche–Wait, is that Gil Birmingham?
After a false start where we see Rebecca (Lone Ranger’s love interest and his brother’s widow) protecting her homestead from raiding Comanches complete with war whoops and flaming arrows–but wait, they weren’t really Indians, it was Cavenish’s (the bad guy) men just playing Indian, we finally get to meet the Comanche camp after they capture the LR and Tonto. Here’s where we get to see the Native actors involved in the film, and the first glimpse of any Indians besides Tonto. Guess what they’re doing? Preparing for war, dancing around a fire, of course. Lots of yelping, lots of drumming, lots of masked, painted, and darkened Native faces.
Then the LR is pulled into a Tipi, and we meet Saginaw Grant’s character, who, low and behold, speaks in complete sentences! Makes jokes! He gives us Tonto’s back story (more on that in a minute). I don’t really remember the rest of the scene because I was distracted by the fact that Gil Birmingham, who actually *is* Comanche was sitting there with face and body paint on and doesn’t. have. any. lines. My dad compared it to Civil War movies where they have the Black regiment march by in a scene as a “oh, see, we thought about the POC!” moment. I feel like his cameo was an attempt to show they had Native actor involvement despite the lack of any depth of character.
Throughout the film, besides the tipi exchange, the only scenes we see of the Comanche are them preparing for war, leaving for war, fighting in war, or dead.
Edit: I should add that there is use of Comanche language throughout, for commands, greetings, and small exchanges. Tonto speaks it a bit too when talking to the horse. So that’s important to note. I also failed to mention that I’ve read the tipis in the film are done Comanche-style, and I can only assume the other details like the drums, dancing, etc. are “true” to Comanche culture.
Tonto speak summary: Comanche just like hollywood western Indians. We war whoop around fire. Get ready for war. You see? Gil Birmingham and Saginaw Grant. Indians watching film should be happy now.
Part 4: Tonto’s Backstory–He’s off his rocker, so don’t get mad!
I think this was the “twist” everyone kept telling me would “explain everything.” Saginaw’s character tells the LR about how, as a child, Tonto showed the bad guys where all the silver was, in exchange from a pocketwatch from “Sears and Roebuck” (a weird detail that stuck out–product placement? ha). The bad guys come back and murder his entire village to keep the location a secret–of which they show the aftermath. They show the village burnt to the ground, dead women and men everywhere, and then Tonto picks up his dead raven from the rubble and stripes his face with the soot. Saginaw tells us all this (starting with “many moons ago”–I kid you not) and that now Tonto is a “man apart (or departed? I can’t read my notes. It was dark.)” and has basically gone crazy and taken on this “Wendigo hunter” thing as a means to cope with what he did. So, I think this whole thing was supposed to excuse his crazy antics and look, because his own people don’t endorse it. But I’m pretty sure most movie audiences aren’t going to pick up on that nuance.
There was also this almost sacred clown thing going on with Tonto too–where he does the opposite of what is accepted by his tribe. For example, in one scene he grabs the LR’s whiskey glass and drinks it in a single gulp (problematic for a couple reasons), but says its a “Comanche welcome ritual.” Later, the LR tries to repeat the same gesture to Saginaw, and the whole tipi reacts as if he’s committed a huge social taboo. Again, probably way more nuance than anyone is going to pick up on, and a tradition from another community anyway.
Tonto speak summary: Tonto sold out his community for pocketwatch. He watch them all die. He take on Wendigo hunter role to get justice. See, Tonto crazy, not stereotypical! Tell Adrienne K. she no can be mad.
Part 5: The Genocide–We killed them all…now look at the horse in a tree!
This, to me, was the worst part of the movie in terms of the portrayals of Natives, and a lot of it was due to the jumpy nature of the film, the editing, and what-not, but still. After the scene at the Comanche camp, we watch the Comanche ride off to war, leaving Tonto and the LR buried up to their necks in scorpion-infested dirt. As Saginaw and Gil ride off, the LR shouts after them, “There doesn’t need to be a war!” and Saginaw answers, “It doesn’t matter, we are already ghosts.” Indians are so brave. ::swoon:: Skipping forward, we watch the Comanche attack come over a hillside in the shadows, you know what it looks like, and there’s a moment as a viewer of “ohhh damn, watch out you silly railroad and calvary dudes, you’re about to get owned by some Comanches!” because they look so intimidating and like there are far more of them then the white guys. But no, the Calvary mows them down with an early machine gun, and we watch as all of the Comanches are slaughtered, including a close up of Saginaw getting stabbed.
It’s very much a Guns, Germs, and Steel type moment–even though the Indians outnumber the whites, they’re not technologically advanced enough to win, and they are too dumb (or full of backward “honor”) to realize they’re headed for a death trap.
While all this is happening, Tonto is busy saving the LR from the firing squad, with plenty of jokes and quips, and he looks over his shoulder, watching the massacre happen, as he pumps away on one of those railroad hand cart things. He’s definitely too busy making jokes and saving his white friend to try and help his people.
After it all happens, and we’re to understand all the Comanche are dead, Tonto picks up his bird from the river full of floating feathers, shields, and bodies. I braced myself for the emotional realization that his entire tribe had just been slaughtered. Again. But no. Instead the camera pans up and we are shown Silver, the horse, standing in a tree holding the LR’s hat in his mouth. To which Tonto quips, “Yes. Something definitely wrong with that horse.” The scene then quickly cuts to a loud brass band and celebration at the unveiling of the railroad line back in town.
Let me reiterate that, not in Tonto speak, because it’s important: They slaughter an entire tribe of Natives, and there is no discussion. Just an awkward joke and a cut to the next scene. What?
Part 6: The End–Tonto wanders off into the sunset
Finally we come to the end of the story. Tonto finishes telling it all to the little boy in the museum, and we see that he has put on a suit, holds a suitcase, and places a bowler hat over his crow (which he has continued to “feed” throughout the film). The boy gets momentarily distracted, turns back, and OMG again, Tonto’s gone! In return, a (live) crow flies out of the exhibit and at the screen. Then we cut to credits. Then, a few minutes later, we see Tonto wandering off into the vastness of Monument Valley, hobbling along, carrying his suitcase. He continues to walk, back to the camera, for the next 10 minutes as the credits go on, and on, and on. I guess we’re to assume his time as a “Noble Savage” has passed, and he’s returning to his unbridled wilderness, alone–but dressed as a white guy this time? This, like most of the movie, didn’t make any sense.
Tonto speak summary: Tonto still magical and mystical. Tonto wander off alone. Just like Edward Curtis “The Vanishing Race”.
Bonus: The other stuff–The womenz, the Chinese, and other POC
The Lone Ranger fails the Bechdel test. There are not two (named) women, who speak to each other, about something other than a man. The portrayals of the Chinese laborers who built the railroad are super problematic too, they have them in rice paddy hats, and the only time they speak is to tell the bad guys they won’t go in the tunnel because there are “Indian spirits” in there. Then that guy gets shot. The only Black characters are one of Rebecca’s employees (who gets shot defending the house), and the driver/bouncer of the “House of Sin” where Helena Bonham-Carter works. This is also supposed to be Texas, but I can’t actually think of any Latino characters, besides a “Spaniard” (bad guy), and another of Rebecca’s employees.
Still with me? Nice work. So clearly I went into this with a critical lens, but you wouldn’t expect anything less. This film has come under a lot of harsh criticism, and for the most part, it deserves it. As a piece of cinema, it’s just a bad movie. On top of a bad movie, we have layers of stereotypes and harmful representations that are going to keep haunting us as Native peoples for years to come.
My theater had a bunch of kids in it. I kept thinking about what images they were leaving the theater with–and that left me upset and worried. Now an entire new generation is going to play the Lone Ranger and Tonto at recess, thinking Indians talk in incomplete and inconsistent pidgin English, think all Indians are dead, and that it’s ok to dress as an “Indian” for Halloween. While this might be a flash-in-the-pan film, it solidifies the continuing views of Native peoples as lesser, as relics of the past, as disappearing, as roadblocks to “progress.” Tonto might have been less of a sidekick and running the show, but in the end, the LR gets the girl and the glory, and Tonto ends up in a museum. Hows that for a re-imagining.
I have a lot more to say (of course), and can only imagine there might be a follow up post (or two, or three) as I think through some of the bigger issues of white supremacy and messaging and how this has all played out in the media. But I do have to say, as backward as it sounds, thank you to Johnny Depp. Because all of a sudden everyone cares about Indians in hollywood, everyone cares about stereotypes in the media. He might have thought it was his Tonto character that would fix things in Hollywood, but in fact the huge mistakes of this film have opened up the door for a conversation that needed some publicity. So thanks for that, I guess. Let’s hope this signals a turning point.
Bottom line: Don’t go see the Lone Ranger. Just don’t.
Oblig white tears have already popped up on the comment section; "I see so many comments like "white people did this", "white people did that", "there's not enough Natives to teach all the white people how stupid they are", blahblahblah, lot of racial bs like this.....It's not my fault that the more comments from Natives I see the less expectations I have. Or more, if I see often enough that white people are stupid, they stole someones land, they can't understand how it is to be opressed, discriminated, things like that, it will make me more and more immune for their complains. If you think I'm so stupid, racial, stole your land (even though I'm not American nor I've ever been there) then don't expect me to kiss your ass. I didn't do anything to you so if you can insult me I can insult you as well, if you think it's fine to say whatever you wish about my ethnicity then so be it, but same goes to you. And btw, Whites are not one big group who arrived to America, invaded indigenous people, killed them and stole their land - there is actually a lot of nations of people with white skin (you know, not white per se, I'm speaking about ethnic group)."
Some Comic-Con news (but still no word on the GoT panelists)
Comic-Con 2013 Schedule: See what's happening Thursday
By SANDRA GONZALEZ
And at 4:45 p.m. in Ballroom 20, we’ve got some of TV’s gutsiest (and, ahem, most attractive) men coming together for our Brave New Warriors panel. Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), and David Giuntoli (Grimm) are scheduled to appear.
And Esme Bianco tweeted the other day that she would be in attendance, although did not share in what capacity. I would be surprised if she was on the actual panel. HBO invited Kristian Nairn last year even though he wasn't on the panel, so who knows.
Maisie Williams Interview with Flicks and the City
New Outtakes of Sophie Turner in 1883 Magazine
And finally, I present the cutest thing ever: Kit Harington and Michelle Fairley were spotted hanging out together on Canada Day.
My last post was a little heavy, so here's a lighter post for some fun times and speculation about who will be on the panel this year. Kit is an obvious one, and I hope Nikolaj comes back. I'm also hoping the kids are invited since they would have a total blast. And even though it's like ~tradition for GRRM to moderate, I hope they get Mike Schur or something. Parks & Rec/GoT crossover, tbh.
If you were lucky enough to have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection in the late '90s/early '00s, you were undoubtedly asked by those also online, "Are you on Napster?" In today's world where music can be streamed and downloaded through an endless array of legal options, it's easy to forget what a monumental groundshift Napster represented. The common shorthand narrative is that Napster arrived and the music industry imploded, but the service was essentially around for two years and in that time, its influence on how audiences obtained, shared and enjoyed music was perhaps even more profound. And it's that element that director Alex Winter (yes, Bill from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") gets right in his documentary "Downloaded," a comprehensive look at the rise and fall of the music service, that unfortunately may be a bit too cozy with the men who started it.
Certainly, it's a pretty good coup that Winter landed the founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning to talk in detail about the company and Silicon Valley sensation that they started, but the director gives a bit too much leeway to the pair in framing the story. In their eyes, Napster started as an innocent project to simplify finding music online, and that their service just made it easier for people to engage in what we now call filesharing. As they point out, in the years before Napster, the internet was a place where communication between users was limited, and the idea of sharing files back and forth nearly non-existent. So this concept of opening your hard drive to essentially millions of strangers was somewhat mindblowing. In many ways, it completely turned around the idea of what the internet could be. But when it comes to talking about the legality of the activities Napster enabled, Parker and Fanning do a good job of dancing around the issue.
Even over a decade since Napster was shut down, and perhaps thanks to the rosy glow of hindsight, the two tend to lean on their technological accomplishments, while the fact that copyrighted material was openly copied, traded and downloaded is more like an unfortunate offspring of what they were doing. But the reality is, that was the whole point. Napster basically put your entire local record store online with access no more than a mouse-click away, and then some. And while Parker and Fanning timidly argue the sampling-music-leads-to-buying-music argument, both they and the director miss a larger point. Napster made more music available than the industry itself was, with numerous out-of-print, import and rare recordings available when often music stores didn't have them (or had them only at an outrageously marked up price). And some have argued that thanks to the early days of mp3s and sharing, many vintage recordings were digitized and disseminated for the first time. Music fans basically made it clear that the industry's stranglehold on their own catalogs, and their focus on a limited slate of music which they pushed out each quarter, didn't match the desires of the public.
But all of this got drowned out in the noise of copyrighted works being openly shared, some would stay stolen. Parker and Fanning take the position that they merely provided a tool, and they were not responsible for how it was used. And while they claimed they wanted to work with the music industry, their minimal efforts to curb the activity that caused CEOs to stay up at night didn't demonstrate that good faith. And with major tunes by acts like Metallica and Madonna leaking onto Napster early, any constructive conversations about the future of the internet, intellectual property and other web issues took a far backseat to the company's alleged crimes. And while "Downloaded" presents guys like Lars Ulrich and Dr. Dre as squares who went after their own fans if not directly, then ideologically, Winter fails to address the simple fact that in the '90s, it was record sales that made careers. Your placement on the Billboard chart determined if you played theaters, arenas...or not at all, and Napster was a serious fork in the wheel to musicians who were trying to make it within the system.
Now, was that system corrupt, saddled with old CEOs comfortable with the way things had gone for decades? Certainly. Testimony in front of Congress by The Byrds member Roger McGuinn, who shared the simple fact he was routinely underpaid by the record companies for his share of the royalties, is one of many, many similar stories. And while the moral argument of filesharing is best left to another day, it's clear that Napster kicked down the door and forced everyone -- label heads, A&R, artists, fans -- to start having the kind of conversations about music, art and commerce that should've been had ages ago. No one could afford to ignore the internet anymore.
But you won't find much of that talk in "Downloaded," and it's unfortunate. While Winter details the days of Napster perhaps better than anyone has to date, with invaluable insight from many players including employees at Napster, artists and investors, all backed by a wealth of archival footage, the movie is really just a feature length "60 Minutes" segment. Winter fails to ask Parker and Fanning any hard questions, and instead, they either contextualize or set up the narrative of the movie. There are few bad words about them and overall few reasonable dissenting voices to offer what this doc sorely needs -- perspective. Caught up in tracking the day-to-day growth and eventual collapse, "Downloaded" often misses bigger picture viewpoints, and mostly sticks with the standard narrative about Napster we all know (though with a bit more behind-the-scenes detail).
FINAL GRADE: B-
"Downloaded" is now available on VOD and is currently playing in limited release.
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Music nostalgia post? LBR, you know you used Napster, ONTD, so don't even deny it.
Do you remember the first time you used Napster, ONTD? What were the first songs you downloaded for free?
We discovered earlier this week that David Lynch has been feeling a bit glum about the current state of the film industry. Inland Empire was his last major movie, now already seven years old, and Lynch isn’t sure when his next film will present itself. The surreal director has only ten feature films to his credit. It seems like an absurdly small number when considering the scope of Lynch’s influence. We talk more about his cinematic lull after the jump, along with other directors who fell out of love with film — or almost did.
He just directed a music video for Nine Inch Nails and will release his second studio album, The Big Dream, on July 15, but David Lynch doesn’t see himself making another movie in the near future. “It’s a very depressing picture. With alternative cinema — any sort of cinema that isn’t mainstream — you’re fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it. Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now,” the filmmaker recently told The Independent. “Unfortunately, my ideas are not what you’d call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don’t know what my future is. I don’t have a clue what I’m going to be able to do in the world of cinema.” The filmmaker hasn’t ruled out television, however. “I like the idea of a continuing story,” he shared. “And television is way more interesting than cinema now. It seems like the art-house has gone to cable.”
Almost a decade passed between Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic drama The Dreamers and the “lightweight, disappointing” Me and You released last year. The Italian filmmaker has set several of his movies in confined, intimate spaces, as in the case of Last Tango in Paris, but critics have argued that Bertolucci has also narrowed his vision. There have been ongoing rumors since The Dreamers that Bertolucci would never direct again, especially since an accident in Rome left him wheelchair-bound. “A few years ago, I couldn’t move any more. I couldn’t walk. That, maybe, was the moment when I thought I couldn’t do any more movies,” he told The Guardian earlier this year. ”I thought, OK, it is finished. I’ll do something else … [but] everything changed the moment I accepted this situation.” Eventually he realized he “could be happy even here.” While the director made peace with his physical condition, his view of the American film industry could one day push him into retirement out of sheer disgust: “I think that I used to love Hollywood movies. I remember great phases and moments. But, unfortunately, now is not the moment.”
You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger movie geek than Quentin Tarantino, but the director admitted he was ready to give it all up before he made another movie as terrible as Death Proof. No argument there. If any movie could make QT fall out of love with film, it would be that one. “Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make,” he said last year. “And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? So if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.” Tarantino also vowed to quit film before he reached his senior years. “I don’t intend to be a director deep into my old age. To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography.”
George Lucas probably has enough money to buy and sell us all, but he’s not looking to make another Hollywood film with his bankroll. Instead, he wants to bum around his garage and build stuff. “I’m moving away from the company. I’m moving away from all businesses, I’m finishing all of my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies,” he recently revealed. Lucas has threatened to quit the business multiple times, but it wasn’t due to his desire to make experimental movies. Instead, he seemed to blame the fans and critics. “Why would I make any more [Star Wars films], when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” he told the New York Times. The filmmaker just got married and sold Lucasfilm to Disney, making his escape to the garage closer to reality. Can he really stay away?
“There’s an attitude now, in a lot of corners, that the director is a footage-gatherer, not a storyteller, and it extends to the lowest budget film,” Steven Soderbergh recently said after announcing his retirement from cinema. “There’s a sense of ownership that goes beyond any accepted notion of collaboration. It’s about rounding the edges, removing anything that’s ambiguous or polarizing. And I’m afraid I’m not sure the movie audience has a problem with that any more.” Economic factors have also put a damper on Soderbergh’s view of the industry. “I don’t see a way forward,” he expressed. The director’s recently released Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, was the highest rated HBO movie since 2004. Cable television seems like an arena Soderbergh is open to exploring, but possibly not for film. Soderbergh is currently working on period medical drama series The Knick, starring Clive Owen, for Cinemax.
liking sassy!becky a lot
This season, fans can get a whole lot more of DEGRASSI with AFTER DEGRASSI, premiering July 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The all-new, 30-minute Much original after-show recaps the events that just transpired in the all-new episodes, and features exclusive interviews with cast members, behind-the-scenes footage, and interactive content with the live studio audience.
hoping much doesn't geoblock so that americans can see it
In the Season 13 premiere, school’s out and summer’s in! A few lucky Degrassi students are bound for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic trip to Europe, accompanied by some fresh new faces. Maya is looking to play it cool and put the past behind her, but things heat up when she makes a questionable judgment call and winds up banned from the trip! Clare thought her summer would be a bummer with Eli off in New York City, but the Europe trip on the horizon promises sunny skies ahead, as long as her cancer results come back negative. Meanwhile, Adam got an awesome summer job at Degrassi’s Kid's Camp, but his beach babe Becky is Florida-bound for the next two months. He’s insecure about being apart and wonders if the time and distance will kill their relationship.
how much does anyone wanna bet that they'll mention cam once or twice in passing before forgetting him altogether
Behind the Scenes on the Last Day of Season 12 from Epitome's Youtube
i don't think they planned on bringing munro back until they gave clare her cancer storyline
i refuse to believe jatie wasn't endgame
season 13 is a week away!!!