Entertainment

A Sad Gray Day in Geek City

It’s a gray, rainy day in Chicago and somehow that’s fitting my mood right now. Elisabeth Sladen (aka Sarah Jane Smith) died after a battle with cancer today. As a kid I had a crush on Sarah Jane. Heck, I had a crush on her as an adult when I saw her again in the […]

There’s Dancing and There’s Dancing

Hey, does everybody remember those viral dance videos from OK Go? They did them for songs like “A Million Ways” (the one in the back yard) and “Here It Goes Again” (the one with the treadmills). If not, you might want to follow those links to take a look (they won’t let me embed them). Those […]

In Plain Sight – a review

This new summer series stars Mary McCormack (West Wing, Murder One) as a U.S. Federal Marshall for the witness protection program. Her personal life is almost non-existent because her job requires that she keep a low profile. Or at least that’s what she tells herself. As she slowly realizes the need for more in her […]

Hollywood Is Calling

I can’t decide if this is kind of cool or kind of sad. Check out Hollywood Is Calling: Now for the first time ever you can have a real celebrity make a live phone call to someone you know for just $19.95. You can also purchase an email video greeting card with a message from […]

Comic Genius / Comic Giants

While I was surfing for info on my last post on the TV show Rules of Engagement, I came across someone else’s review of the show. They referred to David Spade as a “comic genius”. Really?? David Spade? Some might argue that the phrase comic genius is an oxymoron, but it got me to thinking […]

What Madonna and I Have In Common

Madonna has created a clothing line to be sold through H&M stores starting on March 22. What I find most surprising—given her infamous costumes over the years—is that she didn’t already have a line of clothing. I’ve decided to take this as a sign that it’s time for my own line of clothing. Even more […]

Why I Probably Won’t See Borat

Andrew Tobias has a friend who appears in a scene in the movie. Basically, the location scouts lied to him and pretended to be making a documentary about something else. Then Borat walked in and behaved rudely: I’m in “Borat”…much to my embarrassment. Borat tried to check into The Adolphus, and I had security throw […]

Natalie Tells It Like It Is

I missed this when it happened, but I guess Natalie Portman was trying to break out of her Star-Wars/princess/Sesame Street/kiddie-movie image, and picked an SNL bit to do it: Natalie Tells It Like It Is I never used to pay much attention to her, but after seeing this video, I think I’m getting a bit […]

Mel Gibson and those F*****g Jews

Got this bit about Mel Gibson’s recent DUI bust from TMZ.com: Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me […]

Colorblind Hollywood

In Sunday night’s Oscar show, George Clooney used his speech to congratulate Hollywood for taking on controversial progressive issues. He also mentioned with pride that the Academy gave an award to a black woman, Hattie McDaniel, in 1939. That’s admirable, and the Academy deserves credit for its colorblind recognition of outstanding acting. However, before Clooney […]

Jesus Christ Superman

Now that everyone with a computer can do non-linear video editing, there’s a whole emerging folk art built around clever re-edits of movies. Here’s Superman re-edited into a music video for the “Overture” from Jesus Christ Superstar: http://www.jeffyorkes.com/supes/JY_Supes_web.html It’s pretty cool and, perhaps because it features Christopher Reeve, in a way it’s kind of moving. […]

“Bond Helmer Busted for Prostitution”

When I saw the above title on a Yahoo story, I assumed that some producer or director of the James Bond series was busted for soliciting a prostitute, and the headline writer was in a hurry and got the grammar wrong. But it turns out the headline is accurate: Lee Tamahori, the New Zealand filmmaker […]

The 8th Wonder of the World!

Kong! Saw it. Loved it. Nothing that happens in this movie happens just a little. Director Peter Jackson lets us spend a lot of time with every beautiful scene in the film. It’s a long film, but like all the Lord of the Rings movies, it never feels long.

The not-so-secret-history of ‘Aeon Flux’

Stealing once again from Antigravitas, here’s the history behind the Aeon Flux movie.

Superman Rewritten

If you’re trying to develop a script for a Hollywood movie, you’ll get a lot of “Does it have to be that way?” questions from the studio executives. For example, someone might ask about one of the characters, “Does he have to stutter?” because that might make the film harder to enjoy, which would reduce […]

Let The Gun Do The Talking…

The Amazingly prolific and talented James Lileks is now doing some audio productions of something he calls the Diner. Think of it as the musical version of his other cultural commentary. His 3/4/2005 Diner is pretty good, but I have three gripes. First, it’s a little insulting that he thinks his readers wouldn’t recognize the […]