23 August 2010

Notes From The News Are The New Black

Evening, all. Today was rainy and blech, and oh my god don't get me started on the LIRR. Lucky for me I take the bus home. And lucky for you, here's the newsnotes:

Sad news for music fans: Michael Been of The Call died of a heart attack last Thursday. Been was father to Robert Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and was that groups sound engineer in recent years. The Call never hit it spectacularly big in the states, though they had their share of popular songs, most notably "The Walls Came Down." They had a lot of fans among the music community, including Bono and Peter Gabriel, and were well regarded in the business. I can't say I was a fan, but even so I'm taking a moment to mark Been's passing and to extend the site's condolences to his surviving family.

Emmys not cool enough to sit at the big table with the so-called real Emmys were awarded yesterday. Recipients include Betty White, Neil Patrick Harris, Ann-Margaret, John Lithgow, and The Colbert Report. All of whom are infinitely more interesting to me than anything that's going to be on the "cool" Emmys telecast.

Jonathan Safran Foer's Terribly Important Novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is being adapted for film by Warner Bros. Eric Roth's screenplay is finished and Stephen Daldry is slated to direct; all the studio needs now are actors to star in the post-9/11 tale. Who is WB after? Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are said to be in the lead for consideration. So not only will it be Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, it'll probably be Extremely Earnest and Incredibly Manipulative as well.


The weekend box office results are in, and it turns out that people would rather watch a bad parody of a bad vampire movie based on a mediocre book series than they would watch Jennifer Aniston get impregnated with a turkey baster. Who knew?

John Le Carre recently revisited his famous comment that James Bond as written by Ian Fleming was "a neo-fascist gangster," and decided that while maybe his words were a bit on the strong side, he pretty much still agrees with the assessment. To which Sean Connery would likely respond, "Well, your mother was a bit on the strong side too, Le Carre, so suck it!"

And finally, Weezer has pretty much admitted that their upcoming album, Hurley, will suck rotten egg off a dead donkey's balls. How do we know this? Because they're floating the idea of a tour showcasing the Blue Album and Pinkerton instead. 

On a related note, If you want to destroy this sweatshirt-wearing hipsterdouche:


Sooner or later we all talk to the hand, I guess.

Night all. Watch those fingers!

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