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February 27, 2006

Frey's book deal dead

Looks like someone's book publisher was pissed off.

Now he's free to find another publisher and write and publish a memoir about writing a memoir and fudging with the details only to be caught and go on national television after gaining huge success and having to explain away the indescrepencies. And if you don't think that he will get another book deal you're not paying attention. Someone will pay him to write a "mea culpa" book about his time caught lying. And what do you bet that his new memoir will claim that he went on "Oprah" to apologize and found Oprah shooting up in the coat closet? Ooops, looks like someones telling stories again!

Posted by sferrell at 12:11 PM

February 24, 2006

The end of the world is here.

natalie martinez_donnafeldmanmix.jpgNews Corp (which is really FOX), which owns WWOR (formerly UPN 9 in New York) and other stations across the country which are NOT currently FOX stations but are UPN stations is planning on unveiling ANOTHER broadcast network. This one looks like a combo of UPN and Univision in that it will have nightly soap operas in the TV novella format. Yes, they will revolve around skin and sex (actresses on the shows appear to mainly be STUFF models like Natalie Martinez and Donna Feldman (see left), both of whom I am sure can act) not that there's anything wrong with that, but it will also bring us FOX NEWS shows and plans to basically show stuff to questionable for FOX.

Our culture just created a giant "flush" sound.

As if my Tivo didn't have enough to record already.

Apparently we've simply given up on "making" anything worth watching, we just want to watch ourselves. And it's not even ourselves that we want to see--it's the vibrant, slithery, sexy, lubed up inner demons we want to see, the slinkier the better. To me this sounds like "America's Next Top Model" with a script. And what could be better television than that?

New York Daily News - Entertainment - Another net for Ch. 9? My!

Posted by sferrell at 10:04 PM

Uh-oh.

Maybe grabbing that professor's laptop WASN'T a good idea.


Posted by sferrell at 10:13 AM

February 21, 2006

TRAILER: A Scanner Darkly

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The trailer has just been released. It makes the film look more current and accurate to the book than anything I've seen so far. In short, this should be awesome. Philip K. Dick would be proud. Proud, that is, if this film weren't simply part of the entertainment-military-industrial complex's attempts to obfuscate what is happening by turning it into entertainment, making us revel in our own submission, and tricking us into paying for the oppression under which we squirm.

Scheduled to open: July 7, 2006.

Of course, I'm joking. I think.

Check out the trailer here, it's great:

SMALL
MEDIUM
LARGE

Posted by sferrell at 3:23 PM

"Did you hear the one about your being fired? Hello? Anyone? Is this thing on?!

President Bush was set to speak to a energy research lab about finding renewable sources of energy, only the White House was concerned there might not be enough people in the audience. To make sure there were more people they REHIRED the 32 people who the administration had previously fired. The firings were blamed on a "mix-up."

I bet it was a great speech.

CNN.com - Bush blames?lab's funding shortfall on mix-up - Feb 21, 2006

Posted by sferrell at 2:10 PM

February 16, 2006

Maybe it went to go see "A Scanner Darkly"

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Normally this would just be a creepy little tidbit:

Hanson Robotics : Project > Phillip K. Dick Resurrected

What sets this robotic version of A Scanner Darkly author Philip K. Dick apart from other creepy fandom is the fact that this robot has gone missing, apparently for weeks:

Articulate: When good robots go bad. February 14, 2006. ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corp)

My guess is they wanted to drum up some excitement. But who knows? Maybe it got a ticket for an advance screening for ASD?

Posted by sferrell at 12:36 PM

Darwin would be proud?

It's that time of year again, when the snow begins to melt, the days are getting longer, and the Darwin Awards are announced. Unfortunately, none of the winners, or contestants really, can be reached for comment.

Darwin Awards: 2005 Darwin Awards

Posted by sferrell at 9:27 AM

February 14, 2006

Who Says Steve Balmer Doesn't Have Rhythm?

Posted by mferrell at 3:57 PM

February 13, 2006

‘A Scanner Darkly’ Movie Trailer To World Premiere On Amp’d Mobile Handsets

Now you don't have to go to see a movie that sucks, just to see the trailer.

This is pretty cool. For the first time ever, mobile customers in the U.S. get the first look at a feature film trailer before it hits theaters or the web. Warner Independent Pictures will debut its trailer for “A Scanner Darkly” on Amp’d Mobile handsets beginning today.

The trailer premiere will give Amp’d Mobile subscribers an advanced look at this highly anticipated new film starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane. “A Scanner Darkly” is set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop (Reeves) is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on the novel by Philip K. Dick.

Found on the Amp’d Live deck as a stand-alone “A Scanner Darkly” entertainment channel, the full-length theatrical trailer will appear on Amp’d Mobile handsets through the film release July 7. As additional promotional mobile content is created for the film it will be added to the channel.

"The audience for films like this is technologically light years ahead of most," said Laura Kim, EVP of marketing and publicity at Warner Independent Pictures. "And if you know anything about 'A Scanner Darkly' and Philip K. Dick, who also wrote Blade Runner, this partnership is a really cool way to let people know about the film."

“We’ve made a commitment to deliver a wide range of exclusive, coveted entertainment video that’s optimized for our broadband wireless service,” said Seth Cummings, senior VP, content and Internet services. “We’re thrilled to be building a relationship with Warner Independent Pictures. We know this film in particular will be intriguing to our members.”

Releasing this summer, “A Scanner Darkly” was written for the screen and directed by Richard Linklater. Like a graphic novel come to life, the film uses live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Linklater’s 2001 film "Waking Life," has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.

Posted by sferrell at 9:10 AM

February 10, 2006

NACHO LIBRE

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This has a chance to be the best comedy of the year. Maybe best film of the year, period. Hell, let's just say it's the best movie ever. JB looks awesome as the driven, Mexican wrestler: Nacho!


Posted by sferrell at 9:40 AM

February 8, 2006

Bush declares Itchy and Scratchy Un-American

It's the headline "Bush urges end to cartoon violence" that gets to me. Isn't there a way to discuss the Muslim reaction to Danish insensitivity without making it sound like Tom & Jerry are the enemy?

CNN.com - Bush urges end to cartoon violence - Feb 8, 2006

Posted by sferrell at 11:49 AM

Korean Idol

These girls are better than most contestants on "American Idol." In fact, they are better than "American Idol" the series. They may be better than most television. And I know they are better than me.

Posted by sferrell at 10:02 AM

February 7, 2006

Like Britney even needs to defend driving with her baby on her lap.

Who DOESN'T drive with a baby on their lap? And Ms. Spears says that she was "getting away from the paparazzi," so you know reckless driving in instances like that NEVER go wrong.

I will get ahead of the pack on this one: I nominate her for parent of the year... no, person of the year. Maybe the decade.

CNN.com - Britney defends driving with son on lap - Feb 7, 2006

Posted by sferrell at 4:59 PM

Excuse me, you have a little poopie on your shirt.

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In fact, it's a rather large poopie. In fact, it's a dog named Poopie.

poopie Ringer T > Numbmonkey Shop | CafePress

Posted by sferrell at 3:29 PM

What a wookie!

Chew on this for a while.

UUUHHHGGG-rrrr!

Posted by sferrell at 3:25 PM

February 3, 2006

Despair, Inc.

Demotivation: "It could be worse" program. I think my employer uses this.

Despair, Inc.

Posted by sferrell at 10:19 AM

PKD on science fiction writing

Philip K. Dick sure could be funny when he wanted to be. As an ambassador for Disneyland, he had to be.

Philip K. Dick - How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later (Essay)

Posted by sferrell at 9:53 AM

Aaaaaaaaawwwww....

CNN.com Video

Posted by sferrell at 9:20 AM

February 1, 2006

ummm.... okay...

This site pretty much defines "creepy." And "stalker". And "disturbing." In fact it defines most of the dark side of our culture. Please let me wrap this up by quoting the last words of the website (at the very bottom): LOVE DREAM HOPE TOP GUN

My Apollo -- Niki Cruise's Legendary Ambition

Posted by sferrell at 4:14 PM

Daily Show is tainted.

One of the funniest bits they've ever done.

Posted by sferrell at 2:01 PM

A little too close to home.

Yes, I'm a writer. Yes, I've been working on a novel for a while. Yes, it has been three years. SO WHAT!?!

Posted by sferrell at 12:05 PM