January 2005

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Comic Movies Cant Be 100% True To The Comics

In other news: Pope suspected of catholic leanings, Bears proven to defecate in the wooods.

Quote of the Day: The drug of the nation

We think TV is a big part of peoples lives

- Jonathan Rosenberg, Googles vice president of product management on the launch of the search engine giants TV search service. As quoted by BBC Online.

An explosion of cool!

According to Monkey Peaches, Chow Yun-Fat is, currently in Hong Kong, growing beard for his role as a Chinese pirate leader in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel.

Let me repeat that Chow Yun Fat and Johnny Depp are going to be on screen together in 2006. If that doesnt make this the coolest film of next year, I dont know what does.

(via Bad movies dot net)

Faithful vandals

Beckham statue attacker in court

A protester who attacked a controversial waxwork nativity scene featuring England soccer captain David Beckham as Joseph has been ordered to pay 155 pounds costs.

Lecturer James Anstice, 39, admitted travelling to Londons Madame Tussauds waxwork museum last month with the specific intention of damaging the exhibit.

Anstice said he had felt compelled to act to uphold Christian values

Vandals for Jesus? Whatever next?

Its a hard life being Halle

Halle Berry Still Hunts for Roles

Winning the Academy Award doesnt mean youre suddenly bombarded with offers for great movie roles, says Halle Berry

We noticed

Quote of the Day: Rather good news

[L]ike having your birthday on Christmas Day, discovering a winning lottery ticket in your stocking and having chocolate poured all over you

- Stephen Fry on what it feels like to land the job of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which opens on May 6th. As quoted by Reuters

Do sun beds make you barmy?

You decide

Quote of the Day: Paranoid Fruit

I am very disappointed by Apples behavior and its new policy of issuing legal threats to its best customers. Is corporate paranoia really more important than the First Amendment?

- Jason OGrady, as quoted by EFF

The best news Ive heard all day

Hammer nails new horror production deal

The lucrative resurgence of the horror genre in recent months has inspired a group of investors to back the first productions from the legendary Hammer Films studio in nearly 30 years.

The studio behind such classics as Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Devil Rides Out is joining forces with Random Harvest, a British production and funding company, and Stan Winston Productions, a Hollywood-based effects house, to set up Harvest Pictures III to back new productions.

According to Screendaily Harvest Pictures III will support quality, low-budget horror projects from all three partners, capitalising on the low-cost, high-reward model that has generated tidy profits on the likes of 28 Days Later, Shaun Of The Dead, Cabin Fever and Saw.


(Via The Movie Blog)

Political Correctness Gone Mad

US TV cuts nudity from BBC film

A US TV network is editing BBC Films Dirty War to avoid showing the front of a nude woman being scrubbed down after a fictional chemical attack.

This is insane. In a film about a dirty bomb attack on the City of London, broadcasters are worried that their viewers might see a pair of tits. I really do think that Americans - or large sections of American society - have lost all sense of proportion.

But it gets worse

It is not worth showing non-essential nude scenes when indecency complaints are aggressively pursued by US TV watchdogs, said PBS Jacoba Atlas.

Umm non-essential? This argument might have some validity if the scene in question was a gratuitous one. The scene in question is one of a woman being scrubbed down by a decontamination unit - and for this she needs to be naked.

As such, it isnt a non-essential nude scene. Its an essential part of depicting the aftermath of such an attack. Quite frankly, if American audiences arent adult enough to deal with a bit of nudity, then they certainly arent adult enough to be discussing the prospect - however remote - of an unconventional terrorist attack.

And finally

[Jacoba Atlas] added that PBS, which is a private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nations 349 public television stations, is bolder about screening non-fiction or historical programming.

If this is bold, Id dread to see what constitutes tame.

(via The Movie Blog)