Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

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Topless And Muzzled In Italian Vogue: Promoting Film

September 2, 2009

Rhianna, Scorsesse and comedian Sarah Silverman team up &
Rhianna appears topless and muzzled in Italian Vougue to promote the project.
Hold onto your codpieces-

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Will.I.Am vs. Perez Hilton • Hermit History Lesson #4 • this day in history: june 24

June 24, 2009

A special report for TheUmpteenthtimes.com • Hermit History Lesson #4 

According to MTV

the couple in happier times

the couple in happier times

“It’s the biggest pop-culture blowout of the summer: the alleged assault of Perez Hilton by Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio “Polo” Molina in Toronto on Monday morning, and the resulting war of words that has erupted between the celebrity blogger and BEP rapper Will.I.Am.

It began with some frantic, early-morning tweets and has grown to encompass multiple response videos, grainy camera-phone footage, the Toronto Police Service, GLAAD, TMZ, “Access Hollywood,” every celebrity’s Twitter page and finally, some litigious threats from personal attorneys.”

Why do we care?  Interestingly enough the historical events of June 24 offer some clues.

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Mind Control Device Demonstration – Tan Le

January 2, 2009

from FORA TV header

Actual demonstration of the device begins at around 10:35. Tan Le, co-founder and president of Emotiv Systems, gives a live demo of a mind control device that uses a person’s thoughts to input computer commands.

EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas – a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web – The Entertainment Gathering

Tan Le is an Australian telecommunications entrepreneur, businesswoman and the 1998 Young Australian of the Year. She is president and co-founder of Emotiv Systems.

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The year in film 2008

December 18, 2008

A.V. Club  • Noel MurrayKeith PhippsNathan RabinTasha RobinsonScott Tobias
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synecdochenewyork2previewNoel: Gang, a year ago at this time, we were so overwhelmed by the quality of the movies we were seeing that we actually came up with a feature where we looked back at other great years for movies, just for the sake of comparison. Well, that run sure didn’t last long, did it? I actually don’t think 2008 was a bad year for movies—I’m happy with my Top 10, and I can think of 10 to 15 more ’08 movies I’d recommend fairly strongly—but I certainly didn’t see much that I believe will stand the test of time the way the likes of No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood surely will. I didn’t see a lot of greatness, in other words, or even much that aspired to greatness. Outside of the daring, wonderfully confounding Synecdoche, New York, much of the real ambition in 2008 came from blockbusters like WALL-E and The Dark Knight (and even Hancock, to some extent). Those were the movies that stirred debate, and earned passionate defenders and detractors. As much as I like Milk—to name just one of the purportedly serious movies competing for our attention here at the end of the year—I don’t consider it a landmark piece of cinema that people will be discussing for decades to come.
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Aesop Rock • Interview

December 12, 2008

David Wolinsky • A.V. Club                                 jump to most recent post 

user70221_pic715_1212762098Aesop Rock counts as a major star in the world of independent rap, where he’s remained a flagship act of El-P’s Definitive Jux, arguably the most vital label in the hip-hop underground. Rock’s mindful rhymes stream out at warp speed, with a style built around a Shakespearean jester’s mix of self-deprecation and incisive urgency. Rock kept a strong focus on the streets and science fiction on his 2003 albumBazooka Tooth, but he places a greater emphasis on story-songs on last year’s None Shall Pass, an album largely produced by Blockhead. On the heels of a monthlong tour,The A.V. Club spoke to Ace about his next record and how rappers are like the Golden Girls.

The A.V. Club: With None Shall Pass, you said you wanted to take yourself out of the equation. Why?

Aesop Rock: Lyric-wise, I didn’t want it to be just, “I did this. I went to the store. I think this, because I like this.” I guess my stuff starts leaning toward being a little soap box-y. Even if it’s just braggadocio stuff, it still kind of gets that way, and it just bothers me. Maybe not “bothers” me; it’s just so available for that, especially in rap music where a solo album is a record not only by a guy, but about the guy.   (NONE SHALL PASS VIDEO AFTER THE BREAK)
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Chinese Democracy vs. Synecdoche, New York

December 8, 2008

Josh Modell   •  A.V CLub

“When are we going to get an audience in here? It’s been 17 years.”

Yesterday, completely by coincidence, I saw Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York for the first time and listened to Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy, also for the first time.

I’m guessing this parallel has been drawn by some sharp word-jockey already: SNY is a movie—a fantastic movie—about a guy who spends his whole life and inordinate amounts of money trying to create art that is “true” and “honest.”Chinese Democracy is an album made by a guy who didn’t seem to blink at the idea of spending more than a third of his life (read that again—a third of his life!) and untold millions to make it exactly the way he wanted to.

And while Chinese Democracy didn’t move me at all, I find it incredibly difficult to dismiss after watching the painful (and often painfully funny) Synecdoche. More than that, I find myself creating a new movie in my head, a sort of post-modern reality show following the creation of Chinese Democracy as seen from Axl’s eyes. The amazing review that Chuck Klosterman wrote for us theorizes a bit about Axl’s thought processes, but I want more—straight from the mind of a crazy guy so deep into the creation of something that it all seems fairly normal, as if there’s no other way to do it.

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Chinese Democracy

December 8, 2008

Chuck KlostermanA.V. Club

Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It’s more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom? I’ve been thinking about this record for 15 years; during that span, I’ve thought about this record more than I’ve thought about China, and maybe as much as I’ve thought about the principles of democracy. This is a little like when that grizzly bear finally ate Timothy Treadwell: Intellectually, he always knew it was coming. He had to. His very existence was built around that conclusion. But you still can’t psychologically prepare for the bear who eats you alive, particularly if the bear wears cornrows.

chinese-democracy-1Here are the simple things about Chinese Democracy: Three of the songs are astonishing. Four or five others are very good. The vocals are brilliantly recorded, and the guitar playing is (generally) more interesting than the guitar playing on the Use Your Illusion albums. Axl Rose made some curious (and absolutely unnecessary) decisions throughout the assembly of this project, but that works to his advantage as often as it detracts from the larger experience. So: Chinese Democracy is good. Under any halfway normal circumstance, I would give it an A.

But nothing about these circumstances is normal.

For one thing, Chinese Democracy is (pretty much) the last Old Media album we’ll ever contemplate in this context—it’s the last album that will be marketed as a collection of autonomous-but-connected songs, the last album that will be absorbed as a static manifestation of who the band supposedly is, and the last album that will matter more as a physical object than as an Internet sound file. This is the end of that. But the more meaningful reason Chinese Democracy is abnormal is because of a) the motives of its maker, and b) how those motives embargoed what the definitive product eventually became. The explanation as to why Chinese Democracy took so long to complete is not simply because Axl Rose is an insecure perfectionist; it’s because Axl Rose self-identifies as a serious, unnatural artist. He can’t stop himself from anticipating every possible reaction and interpretation of his work. I suspect he cares less about the degree to which people like his music, and more about how it is taken, regardless of the listener’s ultimate judgment. This is why he was so paralyzed by the construction of Chinese Democracy—he can’t write or record anything without obsessing over how it will be received, both by a) the people who think he’s an unadulterated genius, and b) the people who think he’s little more than a richer, red-haired Stephen Pearcy. All of those disparate opinions have identical value to him. So I will take Chinese Democracy as seriously as Axl Rose would hope, and that makes it significantly less simple. At this juncture in history, rocking is not enough.

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Obama Win Causes Obsessed Backers To See How Empty Lives Are

November 6, 2008

The revelation that Obama’s candidacy was the only thing that gave their lives any meaning has caused many supporters to wander aimlessly, unsure of what to do with themselves.

from THE ONION

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Obama flips off McCain

November 3, 2008

Smooth!

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Tina Fey PWNs John McCain as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live?

November 3, 2008

According to Liberal ViewerWhen John McCain appeared in the opening segment of Saturday Night Live last night with Tina Fey reprising her SNL role as Sarah Palin, I thought McCain ended up looking weak, ridiculous, and worst of all, like a loser as I show with the clips in this video.

I disagree- I thought McCain was funny, displayed a good sense of humor about himself and got in some points. The skit dis not make McCain look like a loser. In my opinion, it made him look like a gut who can laugh. Don’t mistake my high marks for McCain on SNL with an endorsement. I would not elect this guy to the PTA, never mind president

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Funny Sarah Palin Prank Call With Nicolas Sarkozy

November 3, 2008

Marc-Antoine Audette as French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin. Must see.

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The Obama Nuts

November 2, 2008
A hopeful Obama supporter searches for Barack’s courage.
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McCain is Maverick and Palin is Goose. 2008

November 2, 2008

From Barely Political- America’s trademark Mavericks get back in the pilot seat and fit in one last skirmish before election day

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Frost Over The World – Oliver Stone

November 1, 2008

Oliver Stone talks to Sir David Frost about his new film ‘W’ which is based on the life of George W. Bush.

Since his breakthrough Oscar-winning screenplay Midnight Express Oliver Stone has become renowned for his intensely political and provocative films. His works include Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Nixon, Natural Born Killers, and Wall Street.

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Synchronized Presidential Debating

October 31, 2008


Did watching the 2nd and 3rd debates give you a feeling of déjà vu? This montage of synced-up footage from all three presidential debates confirms our deep-seated belief that every debate was exactly the same.
Watch more at http://www.236.com/video

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Melting Pot Project: Vote Different

October 31, 2008

from the MELTING POT PROJECT

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Obama Undertakes Presidential Internship

October 28, 2008

Obama’s duties in the Spanish government will include collating documents, negotiating treaties, and presiding over national days of mourning.

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The Onion: Cindy McCain Just Like Any Other Female Human’

October 27, 2008

Despite the media’s portrayal of her, Cindy McCain says she is a down-to-earth person who enjoys breathing oxygen and consuming earth food for energy.

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McCain Left On Campaign Bus Overnight

October 22, 2008

Campaign officials downplayed the incident, saying the senator was fine as soon as he was fed and taken to the bathroom

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Seven ways the Democrats can blow it in the next 18 days

October 22, 2008

from 23/6

Let’s hold off on the victory lap, cool? Obama is warning Democrats to not get complacent as they head into the home stretch. He should be warning them to “not act like Democrats.” This is one party whose capacity for losing should never be underestimated. Here are seven ways we can imagine it all going to hell.

7. Joe the Plumber experiences a sudden windfall that would finally yield him enough income for his taxes to go up under Obama’s tax plan.

Keep Joe from buying lotto tickets. And from becoming a plumber, for that matter.

6. Obama bumps into his neighbor, Bill Ayers, at a 7-11.

The last thing we need are headlines screaming “Terror Slurpees!” The campaign had better have a GPS device implanted in Ayers’ ass to keep those two from crossing paths at the dog run.

5. Bill Clinton decides to speak from his heart.

If he goes off script and says what he’s really thinking, big trouble. Clinton should be surrounded by sycophants stroking his ego at all times. Obama should never let him arrive at an appearance without sending a “You’re My Only Hope” fruit basket to greet him.

4. John Kerry says anything.

Remember his hilarious “If you do bad in school you go to Iraq” quip just a few days before the 2006 election? No one hand this guy a mic. In fact, lock him up in a safe-house and keep him under guard until November 5th.

3. The Obama campaign gets complacent…about Palin rally attendees.

He should be campaigning from inside a Pope-mobile until November 4th. Hell, keep him there until 2016.

2. Jeremiah Wright decides now is the perfect time to debut his new sermon titled, “No Seriously, God Damn America.”

Trinity Church had better be strictly enforcing their “no flip cameras” ban.

1. People finally wake up and realize THAT OBAMA IS A GODLESS RADICAL COMMUNIST SOCIALIST TERRORIST INTENT ON DESTROYING EVERYTHING WE HOLD DEAR!!! (please forward to ten friends)

If Americans start listening to what poorly designed, un-spellchecked, racist direct mail brochures tell them, it’s over.