Remember This The Next Time The MPAA Cries About Piracy!

September 2, 2007

Movie Studios Bask in Blockbuster Summer

Hollywood lived its own second-chance “Rocky” story this summer as a business that looked to be going down for the count two years ago rebounded with record revenue and an unparalleled string of blockbuster hits.

The movie industry had its first $4 billion summer and will finish with a haul of about $4.15 billion from the first weekend in May through Labor Day, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.

That was up 8 percent from last summer and surpassed the previous high of $3.95 billion in summer 2004.

Emphasis added by me.

Remember it, remember it, remember it!

They don’t seem to understand: sales are shit when the movies are shit! People won’t line up to pay for what they don’t want to see!


Final Cut? Shred It For All I Care!

September 2, 2007

New “Blade Runner” cut is “how it should have been”

I absolutely cannot understand the cult that has surrounded the movie Blade Runner. I simply hate this movie.

That’s because I love the work of Philip K. Dick and there is just about none of him in this movie allegedly based upon his classic novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The novel is a stunning work of genius. The move is vapid, pretentious Hollywood bullshit.

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Read the book.

Previously in this blog:
Another Egghead Out To Fuck Writers (And Other Creators) Out Of Their Just Rewards
Of Course, I Will Now Burn For That Last Post
OK. This Just Freaks Me Out. It Better Freak You Out Too!
Philip K. Dick Freaks Me Out Even While He’s Dead (And He’s Still Dead, Isn’t He?)
Philip K. Dick Called It A Printer


Quote Of The Day: The Genius Of Jack Kirby

September 2, 2007

Jack Kirby, a Comic Book Genius, Is Finally Remembered

He created a new grammar of storytelling and a cinematic style of motion. Once-wooden characters cascaded from one frame to another — or even from page to page — threatening to fall right out of the book into the reader’s lap. The force of punches thrown was visibly and explosively evident. Even at rest, a Kirby character pulsed with tension and energy in a way that makes movie versions of the same characters seem static by comparison.

Kirby was — and is still — so far ahead of everyone. He will be stolen from by generations to come as the tools to create dramatic imagery via software becomes more powerful, affordable, and spreads out to the masses.

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Jack Kirby (Mike Royer inks) panel from his neomythic New Gods epic series

Previously in this blog:
Another Thing That Will Ensure I Die Poor…


Blog Notes: Stupid Freakin Avatar

September 2, 2007

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Fine, everyone wants a freakin image these days.

Well you won’t get one of me.

This is the first Mike I can recall encountering on TV. It’s Mike Mercury, hero pilot of the Gerry Anderson TV series Supercar.

He’s a marionette. And also better looking than me.

Now shut up.

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Mike Mercury at the controls of Supercar


What? They’re Making A Movie I Want To See?!!?

September 2, 2007

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According to the Paul Lynde MySpace Page(!), this is in pre-production. Produce it! Produce it!

Previously in this blog:
That Funny, That Nasty, That Charming Man


Blog Notes: Photos

September 2, 2007

I’ll probably rip through my fresh new 1GB of paid disk space faster, but I’ve decided to change the dimensions of the photos I publish here.

Previously, I did 320×240 or 320 wide by however long the photo was.

There was also blurriness in the damned photos. It turns out there’s a setting in Photo Toolkit — hidden in a damn drop-down menu that has to be selected every time! — to make photos sharp. If I don’t choose that when Resampling, everything gets blurred. Now that I’ve found that, I’ve been using it, and I think the difference can be seen.

From now on, I intend to post photos that are 440 wide by however deep the photo requires.

Note that I won’t be able to do this with everything. YouTube screensnaps are 320×240 and I don’t want to enlarge them and bring out their pixellation.

I also won’t be going back to change everything that’s already been published. That’s just not possible. My original photos had the shit cropped out of them and trying to replicate that would drive me insane.


Reference: Cold? Flu? Cough? Worse?

September 2, 2007

Who Is Sick?

I think I should put this in the Blogroll. Have it handy that way.

Just did that.


Bands: Girls Rock & Girls Rule Tour

September 2, 2007

Via MySpace Bulletin:

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Primarily east coast. Their MySpace page has the tour places and dates.

Speaking of girl rock, I’ve been informed that the total money raised for Girls Rock Radio has not risen above $25.00. Dammit, get to your PayPal account and send them five bucks.


Another Tribute To CBGB’s Hilly Kristal

September 2, 2007

Via MySpace Bulletin from The Dictators:

Remembering Hilly Kristal

I don’t know what life would have been like without CBGB’S, or Hilly.

That’s because, for over 30 years, (uninterrupted) I played his club, watched others play his club, and visited Hilly and the staff.

From the early days of punk, in the mid 70′s, all the way up to closing time last year, I got a smile (well, a “Hilly smile” anyway, his sort of “clenched grin”) whenever I entered CBGB’S and saw him. He liked me. He liked The Dictators. I /We liked him. There was a special chemistry. A friendship chemistry, that comes from sharing something important in life with another person. It was a person, a time, a place, and an experience that was powerful and symbiotic, between Hilly Kristal, myself, and my band.

That was the thing that comes to mind when I think of Hilly. Let others detail and document what went on in the club, and the great accomplishments. I just want to remember that grin, whenever I entered CB’S to say “Hi.”

In the last coupla’ years I used to push my son Jake in his stroller, and visit, whenever I was near The Bowery. I came through the drug addled 70′s, where half of my contemporaries died from drugs, relatively unscathed, clean & sober. So it was with great pride when I entered CB’S for the first time, with Jake in tow, and said, “Hilly, this is my son, Jake.”

He always made me feel welcome … I always felt loved, whenever I entered Ceebs, and saw Hilly sitting there.

Another piece of me, another piece of my life died this week.

Bye Hilly, and thank you so very much.

Love,

Handsome Dick Manitoba
New York City, August 2007

This is particularly poignant given their incredible song, Who Will Save Rock and Roll?, available to hear on their MySpace page. Go listen.

Previously in this blog:
R.I.P. Hilly Kristal, CBGB’s Founder


Bands: MySpace Profile Caution

September 2, 2007

I’m beginning to be sought out as a Friend by bands and musicians on MySpace.

My policy is not to say No.

This goes for whether I like their music or not. If it’s a legit musician or band (and not like those fake MySpace SpamGrrls), I’ll approve the request.

So, I have to modify what I wrote earlier about all the music I like being Friends on my MySpace Profile. Some of the music is not my style, but it’s there anyway.

Eh, maybe you’ll like it.

Previously in this blog:
MySpace Music: Feh!
Meet Estefi Of NoBarbies
MySpace SpamGrrls: The Next Generation
MySpace SpamGrrls
Five Things That Would Improve MySpace
MySpace: WTF?
David Lynch Hate Me
Hey, Rupert Murdoch, You Slag! Fix MySpace!
Why You Should Be On MySpace


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