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I have Syfy's Ferocious Planet, starring JFlan, on Tivo. I watched two minutes of it, then realized that when ComicbookMan gets home, I'll be forced to watch the movie all over again, so I stopped. I suspect a nice glass of wine & someone to snark it with should make it quite an enjoyable viewing experience.


When I watch the rest of the movie, I'll do a real review.
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I watched Supernatural tonight because I heard they were having a Cheeseboard* episode (I love it when a show does meta or self-parody) and was immediately reminded as to why I stopped watching this show early-on in first season... DUDE, LIKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE GOT OFFED IN GRUESOME AND HORRIFIC WAYS IN THE "PREVIOUSLY-ON-SUPERNATURAL" OPENER! One guy got his throat cut and, in a truly insult-to-injury moment, someone stuck a chalice under the gusher. So wrong.

Spoilers for The French Mistake )

Spoilers for Fortune )
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So much love for Wil Wheaton, who is so very One of Us:

Someday, we shall give a convention and he shall invited as our Most Honored Guest, and we shall call him "Squishy" and he will be our Squishy.

Also, the cast of Dr. Who sings (for various values of "singing") "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", and the ghost of Judy Garland claps a hand over her eyes:

Through the years, they all will be together, YA GET IT?
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From [personal profile] rheasilvia, it looks like Del.icio.us will be shut down soon.


[personal profile] rheasilvia suggests Diigo.com as a pretty good substitution -- you can import your Delicious bookmarks and tags, though the process apparently takes a while. Unless someone wants to weigh in with another suggestion, sounds like a plan.

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From ComicbookMan, who called me up a couple of hours ago, it looks like Stargate Universe was canceled. I know people who like it, so I will not be a jerk about it and crow, but I won't miss it. I swear we tried to get into it, but it was soooo unlikeable, and arrogant about the fact that it didn't want to be liked! If you know what I mean?


Despite rumors that made me very happy -- that SGU's demise meant money was freed up to be used for the movies instead -- it seems that both SG-1 and Atlantis films are currently very much on hold:


ARGH! And HUMBUG! I miss the guys!
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If I hear one more CNN news-mannequin self-righteously talking about those terrible, awful people parasites on society who absolutely refuse to get health insurance and decide to "roll the dice" instead, I am going to reach right through that TV screen and throttle them, or at least muss up their overly-hairsprayed and gelled hair.


Not if we want to pay our rent and eat. Health Insurance is magnificently, freakishly, awesomely expensive. Even cheap-o, crappy, low-balled health insurance is beyond our ability to pay. And the state-provided* insurance can only be had if you're living in a box on the street. Seriously, we have a friend got laid off 3 years ago and has a kid, who squeezes in some shit-pay temp work when he can find it, who is coming to the end of the long, slow, horrible process of losing his house because he hasn't paid his mortgage for quite a long time -- AND HE CANNOT GET STATE-OFFERED "HEALTH INSURANCE" BECAUSE THEY SAY HE MAKES WAY TOO MUCH MONEY!

I seriously have yet to hear one news-mannequin talk about how awful it is that people cannot afford health insurance BECAUSE IT IS SO EXPENSIVE, and how unfair it is to force people to buy it or be fined when it's so far out of reach of so many of us. And how, if there was a single-payer system, it would make life so much easier for everyone, and we'd all have health insurance like the civilized countries do.

*Massachusetts, which, courtesy of that opportunistic weasel-douche-bag from hell, Mitt Romney, has that charming government-mandated thing where you must buy health insurance or pay a fine, which should be familiar to you all at this point, as it's been expanded to the rest of the country.
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Gakked from [personal profile] paratti:

Below, Craig Ferguson's excellent LOST COLD OPEN for his Dr. Who special episode. They couldn't do it on the air because they didn't manage to get the rights to the Dr. Who theme music in time. I believe a producer was flogged to within an inch of his life for that grievous error, though that might just have been in the Mirror, Mirror universe.

Hilarious AND adorkable, all in one! I cannot describe it any other way.
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I first (and last) saw this (poorly) animated Dr. Suess special back in 1973. They're running it RIGHT NOW on ABCF, the ABC Family channel. OMG, it's as awesome as I remember it!!!! (so many exclamation points!) THE SONGS! THE SONGS ARE SO "LOVE AMERICAN STYLE"!!!

# Allen Sherman as The Cat in the Hat (of "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda, here I am at Camp Grenada" fame)
# Hans Conried as the Narrator and the North-going Zax (Character actor of joy! He was on every show!)
# Paul Winchell as Sam-I-Am, the Grouchy Guy, and Sneetches

Paul Winchell was a god when I was a wee kid: we were all addicted to his kiddie show, The Winchell Mahoney Show*, wherein he acted as ventriloquist for various dummies that were quite similar to the Edgar Bergan characters that predated them, except way more subversive. He also spoofed kiddie puppet shows in general on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show, where he played a kiddie-show ventriloquist of a sarcastically snarky puppet snail named "Jellybean" who wanted Rob Petrie to write for his show. IT WAS SO META! The episode was called "Talk to the Snail", which anticipated "talk to the hand" about 25 years before that expression was used. PAUL WINCHELL - RENAISSANCE MAN AND POP CULTURE FORECASTER! He was a voice on about a thousand poorly-animated Saturday morning kid shows during the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Snidely Whiplash on the Penelope Pitstop show and Wacky Races, anyone?

From Wikipedia:

Winchell was interested in medicine and studied pre-med at Columbia University. He graduated from The Acupuncture Research College of Los Angeles in 1974, and became an acupuncturist. He also worked as a medical hypnotist at the Gibbs Institute in Hollywood.

He was not only a ventriloquist on a kiddie show and the voice of a thousand hackneyed cartoon characters, he was THE VERY FIRST PERSON TO PATENT AN ARTIFICIAL HEART, MAKE IT AND IMPLANT IT IN SOMEONE'S CHEST.

Yes, my kiddie icons were Jean Shepherd (genius curmudgeon) and Paul Winchell (genius snark-master). This explains so much.

So, back to the Dr. Seuss special... the Sneetches tale teaches a child not to be a racist, the Zax bit teaches a child to make nice (really, to not be an asshole) and compromise, and Green Eggs and Ham probably wants to teach a kid to try new foods before judging, but really teaches that you might as well do what a persistent salesman wants you to do, because he's going to harass you into doing what he wants eventually anyway... but the songs on this 70s show, the MUSIC THEY WROTE for this cartoon. Just so Hollywood Squares.

Jeebus, it turns out that ABC Family is doing a Dr. Seuss night of ancient animated specials! The Lorax** is on now! How The Grinch Stole Christmas is last and best (Chuck Jones did the animation for that one.)


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Set your Tivos, kittens-n-cats, because tonight on CBS after David Letterman, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson will be featuring Matt Smith! Clearly Mr. Ferguson is champing at the proverbial bit:

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Last night, I caught the fully restored Metropolis (1927) on Turner Movie Classics. It was the most recent and updated version, almost completed to its uncut original glory using some 30 minutes of footage recently found in Argentina and New Zealand film vaults. It's an excellent film, and a fascinating study in the way Some Things Never Change.

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Metropolis is a vast futuristic city founded by plutocrat Joh Fredersen. The city is run as an oligarchy by the elite few, who live a luxurious life in the penthouses of skyscrapers. A vast, down-trodden army of workers support it all by living and toiling underground, in the worst conditions imaginable. So, yeah; timely!

Wikipedia was a huge help writing this synopsis.... )So, that's my (long but extremely truncated, believe me) synopsis of Metropolis. One thing I found interesting about Metropolis was that pop culture's idea of "What Is Sexy" has been refined over many generations of visual entertainment. While on paper "half-dressed young woman dancing seductively" still works, what that means in the flesh has changed. Check out New Maria's sexy-dancing in this Metropolis trailer:

It's kind of hilarious how men who are supposed to be jaded, degenerate playboys suddenly act like repressed virgins with a wad of cash and the Pope's blessing let loose in a whore house when New Maria starts flopping around.

Here's Fox's preview of Glee's "Britney/Brittany" episode shown earlier this year:

I think Brittany in the green top dancing with the snake pretty much approximates what Lang was going for, bless his heart. She looks awesomely sexy, and I'm sure men would snap to attention if they saw her dancing at Yoshiwara (or anywhere else), but doubt that anybody would kill anybody else over her. One of the side-benefits of internet Pr0n available to all is that nobody faints over the sight of a bare ankle anymore, let alone tries to kill anyone over it.

Bonus vid:

Queen! Radio Ga Ga!
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Joe Mallozzi addresses "Opinion: Atlantis fans need to stop punishing Universe" and its comments on his blog.


Gee, I wish my comment had gotten out of limbo in time for him to read it. If he did, indeed, bother to read the comments, which I have my doubts.

Mostly his blog entry is lots of hand-waving and "it's not our fault"ing. He comes up with a lot of reasons why the show isn't doing well like time-shifted viewing and Tuesday night being a bad move for the show. Certainly at no time does he admit that the writing on SGU is not quite what it should be.

He answers, point by point, the letter of a fan who folded to his usual "tone" argument and very *nicely* explains her (apparently very few and somewhat mild compared to the rest of us) problems with SGU. The closest she gets to an actual criticism: she writes that as a 30 year old woman, she was made to feel unwanted, and he answers, I can’t recall anyone ever dismissing a portion of our audience as unimportant. Then she writes, I want to make it clear my frustration here is based more around feeling ostracized from the Stargate brand at large, and NOT specific criticism towards the existence of SGU. That's when she lost me, because my criticism is all about SGU. I have absolutely no problem with the brand at large. Give me my Atlantis movie and I'll be a happy fan. Give me another SG-1 movie, I'll be almost as happy. I'll pre-buy them on Amazon so quick, Mallozzi's head will spin.

Eh, go read it. It reminded me of those phony town halls President Bush used to call, with it's carefully hand-picked ordinary citizens. It's a lot of passive-aggressive tap-dancing and I can't focus on it properly.
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Well, my post to a site everybody on my flist has linked to, "Opinion: Atlantis fans need to stop punishing Universe", is *still* awaiting moderation. No idea why -- yeah, it's long, but there are longer comments posted, and I don't use any profanity, or even near-profanity. Believe me, there are *much* harsher comments than mine posted! Maybe they hold comments from anyone who's never posted there before? Because a lot of the fans who commented on the essay have also noted their comments have been held in limbo.


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This is ridiculous. It's true that when SGA was canceled, I was very unhappy. I loved SGA and SG-1 and all those great characters! We never missed SGA, or SG-1 when it was on, and we still watch the reruns to this day. I was even more unhappy when I read interviews with the Stargate creators that said they thought fans of SGA were old and boring, that their new show would be much more awesome than previous Stargates, and that they were looking forward to attracting a more youthful and therefore desirable demographic. Yet I wasn't so insulted that I decided to boycott SGU — I figured it was the kind of thing TPTB had to say in interviews -- it was a marketing thing, and not meant personally. After all, Stargate's PTB and I are the same age! Surely they weren't saying that they, themselves, were old!

Problem is, these guys are good at writing "penny dreadfuls" — silly, fun, crazy scripts (with a million holes in them) that don't aspire to great art, that are acted out by amusing, heroic characters. SGA won the People's Choice award, so they must have been doing something right. Unfortunately, their aspirations have risen, and they crave the critical adulation shows like BSG and Firefly have garnered — not in and of itself a bad thing, but the problem is, their talent has not risen with their aspirations. They've stripped all the joy, silliness, and wonder from their usual brand of show and substituted irritating characters, dark sets, shaky-cam, and tiresome, plodding plots, as if that's what made shows like BSG and Firefly great, not superlative writing. They haven't a clue. And they don't take constructive criticism at all well, preferring to insult in the vilest terms anyone who points out the very real problems with SGU. The quotes in this article are an example of that — still unwilling to take the blame for their well-deserved low ratings, they blame the mean ol' fans who are purposely getting in the way of their success!

My husband and I watched every single episode of SGU's first season, or we tried to. He kept falling asleep and my attention wandered. Sometimes things didn't make sense, so we'd back it up to try to figure out if we missed something, but half the time it still didn't make sense. I don't expect something I'm watching for fun to be torture to get through. BSG and Firefly were never torture to get through, so I'm not sure why these guys think that, in order to be high art, a show has to be such a joyless, monochrome drag.

The show is NOT GOOD. In fact, it is often ACTIVELY BAD. People don't like watching shows that are NOT GOOD or ACTIVELY BAD. So, dearest Brad, whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past, if you want eyes on your show, you have to make it GOOD, or at least BETTER. You do that and we'll watch it. Suggestion: hire really good script writers, and make sure some of them are women, because your female characters are truly embarrassingly, cringingly awful. But stop blaming the mean, ol' fans for your lack of success.
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A new kiddie television channel called "The Hub" has popped up on our menu courtesy of Verizon Fios and, for once, it's a channel I'm actually interested in watching. I'm happy to say that it's already giving Nickelodeon's cartoon channel, Niktoons, and Cartoon Network a run for their money. For one thing, The Hub is running one of my all-time favorite animated series, Men in Black. MiB has the bestest, coolest opening sequence ever:

I feel more dangerous just for having watched that, even if it was a bit fuzzy.

I haven't read MiB comics yet, but apparently the animated TV series is a lot closer to the look and feel of the concept source than the movies were. The comic was a run of six issues; three by Aircel, three by Malibu, which was then bought out by Marvel. Marvel ran a few one-shots based directly off of the movie that were not part of the original run of the comic; the characters were drawn to look like Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

I've read that MiB comics are quite hard-core in terms of violence; the code of the Men in Black is "by any means necessary" when protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe. The characters on the TV show ostensibly have the same code, but, per the usual kid-show morals, nobody ever really gets hurt, and of course nobody gets killed. In fact, the movie introduced a flashing device that wipes a citizen-who's-seen-too-much's memory, and the animated series went with that -- way less ordinary-citizen's blood spilled.

The TV series picks up where the first movie (not sure about that second movie) left off -- they even reference the first movie on the animated show by saying that it was funded to mislead the public. (Kinda like how Wormhole Extreme misleads the public about the Stargate project.)

The show was part of the much-missed "Kid's WB" line up. Great adverts.

Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe! Bring the scooper!

Man, I really miss Kid's WB!

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So, I'm watching "Weird Science" (dir. John Hughes, 1985) and it suddenly occurred to me as I watched the house tidy itself up that this movie is a kind of a dirty, slutty version of "Mary Poppins." o.O

Oh, the Eighties! It was a shameless time!

Teen-aged bad guy Robert Downey Jr. looks pretty much like today's all-growed-up Robert Downey Jr., but I find it hard to believe Anthony Michael Hall grew up out of that skinny, geeky kid.
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- X what you saw
- O what you haven't finished/seen or saw sizable portions
- Bold what you loved
- Italicize what you disliked/hated
- Leave unchanged if neutral

This way to the animation! )

This looks like a good place to mention that if you go to http://www.sitasingstheblues.com/ , you can download a fabulous full-length animated film called "Sita Sings The Blues". The animator couldn't afford to pay for the rights to the many old-tymie, 1920s and 30s-era songs she used, so she put it online with a "pay whatever you want" button.
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ComicbookMan purchased a lovely Torchwood coffee mug for me last Christmas--it has a full four lines of BBC copyright notices on the bottom and a company logo for "Underground Toys", he bought it from the Diamond catalog, so it's NOT a bootleg. It's a blue/gray toned photo of Captain Jack standing valiantly in front of Torchwood with the Torchwood SUV parked in front, door opened.

What it is, is a piece of cheap crap. It is, essentially, a white china mug with a thin plastic wrap of the illustration vacuum-sealed around the outside instead of screened or printed on it. It looks like it's printed on, but if you wash the mug in hot, soapy water a few times and stick it in the dishwasher a few times (we've done both), it starts to shred right off in cheap plastic-cling-wrap strips. There is NO indication on the mug that this thing isn't dishwasher safe. It originally cost $8. It's not worth buying for a buck in a dollar store unless you plan on using the mug to hold pencils on your desk.

The endless BBC copyright notifications and store info is printed on and won't wash off, but not the photo.
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I stumbled upon something rather cool on teh youtubes this afternoon and promptly spent the kind of time usually spent when you accidentally fall into tvtropes.com. It's like coming out of a movie theater into the dark; you blink and wonder at how much time has passed while your mind was checked out.


That is a link to Inside Media: Top TV Stars in their Own Words. The Paley Center examines the creative process behind great entertainment, offering a range of events that give fans and media enthusiasts unprecedented access to the cast, creators, and executives behind great dramas and comedies.

The clips are grouped by year and date from 2002 through 2009, excerpted from seminars given by the cast, writers, and creative show-runners of The Daily Show, Ugly Betty, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lost, BSG, 30 Rock, Entourage, House... etc. Good questions from a knowledgeable audience yields interesting answers. (FYI, The Paley Center was formerly known as The Museum of Television & Radio, and before that, it was The Museum of Broadcasting.)

Let it be said, I totally deserved a break because I spent the morning scrubbing the damned refrigerator because of a terrible smell, only to realize the reason it smelled wasn't that the fridge needed a good scrubbing, it was because I had purchased a plastic container of naked little cloves of fresh garlic a week ago, and the odor had worked its way through the plastic. THAT IS SOME STINKY STUFF! I'd better make a ton of tomato sauce to use it up.
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Man, I always get thrown out of television shows when someone who obviously doesn't belong in a Life Drawing class (Life Drawing = nude model) waltzes in off the street without anyone demanding to know why they're there, and subsequently asking them to leave. Leave NOW. Especially someone who comes in and stares at the nude model.

This behavior is considered incredibly disrespectful. You do everything you can to let your models know they're not being exploited sexually and that you respect them and appreciate what they're doing for you -- every goddamn for-reals art student or artist knows this or *should* know this. And can you imagine how many people would wander into art classes to cop a free eyeful if this sort of thing wasn't carefully policed by whoever was running the class?

I don't care how attractive you are, you just do not come in in your suit and tie, reeking of privilege and power, make eye contact and ogle the model with a flirty smile on your lips while she's doing her job. She's not a Hooters waitress (no disrespect meant to Hooters waitresses, it's just that that's a large part of that job, and if you don't like it, you don't become a Hooters waitress.)

That scene pissed me off and made me dislike Neal quite a bit, which I do not think the writers meant to happen.
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Courtesy of [personal profile] neadods, this Library PSA done as a parody of the Old Spice commercials is perfection.

Here is the actual Old Spice Guy doing his own Library PSA, as part of the series of Twitter-, magazine-, and Internet-reply mini-commercials that were shot recently by the Old Spice people and shown on Youtube. You can waste an hour or so watching these, there are 185 of them. My fav is the one where a guy on Twitter asked him to propose to his girlfriend for him (apparently she said, "Yes!") I loved how they wheeled in those candelabras.

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Tell me, what's better in life than watching an episode of The A-Team where Rick James sings "Super Freak" on stage while Murdock plays in the band (with two other white guys and one white chick back up singer), and B.A. Baracus counsels Isaac Haye's character off-stage that he can't retire from music because he will one day overcome his convict days and find himself back on top of the charts. Yes, this was an era when a rock singer having a *gasp!* rap sheet was considered a drawback to success!

I'm already wearing my "I love it when a plan comes together" A-Team chibi tee shirt, and I may accessorize it with big earrings and teased up hair if my brain melts just a wee bit more.
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I am packing up some books for storage and found myself leafing through one of those blank-page journals that were so popular back then (this predates the whole "scrapbooking" craze.) Basically, it's my 1982 sort-of diary, though it's really more visually-oriented, as I used to draw quite a bit. It was full of odd little illustrations and glued-in ephemera, cartoons, poems, and a few snarky rants of the sort that I'd have written in my LJ or DW if journals-on-the-internets had been around back then.

Here is 1982's Celeste's honest opinion of the science fiction shows that premiered that year, which makes today's SF look really, really good in comparison (even SGU):

Voyagers: take a sort of a sixth incarnation of the Doctor, who looks a bit like a California beach hunk (who lifts weights) and who likes to jump on everything in skirts (actually, I should just say "women", as there have been a lot of men who have worn skirts throughout history), and you have "Voyagers." He shares a predilection for mucking about with history and with dragging an innocent bystander around on his travels with his previous incarnations, but he's lost his wit and has devolved into something of a lummox. Also, while I don't mind the Kaleds speaking with a British accent on "Dr. Who", I *do* mind Queen Victoria's granddaughter speaking in a Southern accent, "...but Ah don't love him, grandmothah!" and -- *blech!* -- Queen Victoria answering, "Close your eyes and think of England." (!)

Knight Rider: "My Mother The Car '80s Style!" ('Nuff said.)

Powers of Matthew Starr: Another cute California hunk in the mode of "Voyagers" and "My Mother, The Knight" -- this time he's a dispossessed prince hiding out on earth, exercising and limbering up his powers to return to and save his own world (think Luke Skywalker hiding out on Tatooine, except he's practicing.) This is a soft show: soft-core violence (a few explosions and someone saying, "Gee, it's a good thing nobody got hurt... *this* time!"), soft plots that don't hold up on re-viewing when the reruns roll around, and a soft hero with a round face, very white teeth, and a soft brain. The only good, sharp thing is Lou Gosset -- would that they'd give him a few good lines to say.

It's enough to make you think well of Battlestar Galactica... not enough to cause fond recollection of Space 1999, though close.

That's the late-70s BSG I'm referring to, of course! Tell it like it was, my snarky little precursor!

I have to say, my fav bit is that curt, one-line dismissal of Knight Rider!

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