Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
My first encounter with Ms. Arthur was on the Original Cast Recording of Fiddler on the Roof. She played Yenta, and she was amazing. And I'm not sure which came first (though with a little digging on IMDb, I'm sure I could find out), but I remember her turn as Vera in the almost awful 1974 film version of Mame with Lucille Ball. She cracked me up. "God, that moon is bright!"
And then there's "Maude." A loud-mouthed liberal grand-dame of Long Island, Maude addressed pot, birth control, abortion and any number of very controversial subjects in the 70's. I don't think I ever missed an episode of this hilarious "All in the Family" spin-off.
Of course, she will probably be best be remembered as Dorothy on "The Golden Girls." Dorothy was the smart one, caring for her post-stroke mother Sophia (the late Estelle Getty), her addled best friend, Rose (the amazingly funny Betty White) and the slutty cougar, Blanche ("Maude" alumnus, Rue McClanahan) in the Florida home they shared. More recently she appeared as a befuddled baby sitter on "Malcolm in the Middle", voiced the Femputer on Matt Groening's brilliant "Futurama" and played Larry David's mother on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Her performance credits go all the way back to a 1959 appearance on "The George Gobel Show." One could only wish for such an expansive career.
Here then, is the best clip I could find that expresses how I feel tonight. What'll we do, indeed?
Rest in Peace, Bea. You will be missed.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
And The Machine Girl:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel from David Coiffier on Vimeo.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Via Towleroad, this hilarious response to the NOM's ridiculous "Gathering Storm;"
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
My weekend was good. Saturday night, I had a terrific Chinese feast with dear friends, followed by an outstanding production of Jeffrey Hatcher's hilarious play, "Smash" at my Alma Mater. The student cast was exceptionally good and the director (my oldest and dearest friend) just completely got the play, and translated her understanding of it so well in the production. Sunday, of course, was Easter. I spent most of the day lazing on the sofa and catching up on TV that I'd DVR'ed over the week. I had dinner with Mom (a small turkey breast with roasted asparagus and mashed potatoes with gravy) and then an evening working on my latest screenplay and getting the USPS to stop my mail delivery while I'm away next month. Nothing particularly exciting. And nothing to post about really, which is why you are reading this rather mundane post, now.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Next, here is their first permanent Las Vegas show, Mystere:
Not to be outdone, the good folks over at MatchstickMarvels.com have posted a fascinating look at a matchstick sculpture of J.R.R. Tolkien's "City of Kings," Minas Tirith, built by someone who obviously has way too much time on his hands. Check out this picture below and then click the link to see the work in progress. Impressive, geeky and very cool.
Personally, I would never have the patience (or skill) to pull of something so massive and detailed. Though the Fantasy/Sci-fi geek in me has to admit to loving it a lot. Kudos to matchstick sculptor Patrick Acton, whose models include matchstick recreations of the USS Iowa; the Spaceshuttle Challenger; the U.S. Capitol and the Titanic, all of which can be seen at his Matchstick Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Acton's models can also be seen in Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museums around the world.
Honestly, how can one not be moved by that?
Thursday, April 9, 2009
And next, GoodAsYou.org posted this response:
I urge you to share these clips with as many people as you know (and more). Tell the truth. Stop the lies, and (to borrow a phrase from Al Franken) the lying liars who tell them.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
First, here's the trailer for a French horror/sci-fi movie from director David Morlet, simply titled Mutants:
Pretty scary, eh? And next, a film that may raise LGBT Horror to a whole new level: Zombies of Mass Destruction:
You gotta love the line "Don't shoot! I'm gay!"
I just have to ask myself, with the increasing popularity of zombie flicks, why is no one biting at my four-star rated* screenplay, Army of the Dead? It just seems so unfair!
*Visit scriptbuddy.com to read it (a little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone, did it?).
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Now, on to what may well be the most intriguing film since Cloverfield; District 9. There are folks out there in cyberland who believe District 9 is just a cover for Peter Jackson's Halo, but judging from this clip from South African director Neill Blomkamp's short Alive in Joburg, I think otherwise. District 9 is apparently about an alien ship forced to land in Johannesburg, where the aliens are immediately sent to concentration camps and treated as badly as we seem to treat our own prisoners of war. Blomkamp served as a 3D animator on several Sci-Fi series, including "SG1," "Dark Angel" and "Smallville" and wrote and directed this District 9 'prequel' (I'm using the term very loosely here), Alive in Joburg. See for yourself:
Exciting time to be a Sci-Fi fan, don't you think? I, for one, am chomping at the bit to see District 9, which according to IMDb, has a scheduled release date sometime this year. And thanks to i09 for the link.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So, I guess this is it. Bye! It's been fun! Love ya!
No more, anon.
Prospero (Lipao Lorf!)