Thursday, July 31, 2008

GAME OVER for TRON's first director

It's been a week now since that "TR2N" teaser trailer ran at Comic-Con. And Disneyana & sci-fi fans are desperate for additional information about this Summer 2010 release.

Guess who's the real power-behind-the-throne (The Master Control Program, if you will) on this particular Walt Disney Pictures production? Would you believe John Lasseter?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

First 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' trailer

Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort.
I'm glad to see (in the photos, not the trailer) that Luna Lovegood is returning.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Roger Ebert's Journal: The balcony is closed

I was surprised how depressed I felt all day on July 21, when Richard and I announced we were leaving the "Ebert and Roeper" program. To be sure, our departures were voluntary. We hadn't been fired. And because of my health troubles, I hadn't appeared on the show for two years. But I advised on co-hosts, suggested movies, stayed in close communication with Don DuPree, our beloved producer-director. The show remained in my life. Now, after 33 years, it was gone--taken in a "new direction." And I was fully realizing what a large empty space it left behind.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Lame Show: Episode 33

Noah and I recorded this episode on July 12 and I only now got it online, but I don't think it's stale. In fact, there's definitely some fun stuff going on once we get into it.

Copyright and wrong

The folks behind Adium lead this week's Lame List nominations, followed by Wikipedia, for reasons obvious and not-so-obvious.

Picks for this episode are music albums: one a non-commercial release from Rhymefest (for legal reasons) and the other a slightly more commercial album from a little band called Coldplay.

Topics for discussion include: Microsoft ends sales of Windows XP, Apple begins the MobileMe service (poorly) and the App Store opens for business.
Episode 33.m4a (55:09)

The Lame Show: Episode 32

Josh Pigford joined Noah and I on this episode of The Lame Show, recorded after Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference concluded. It's actually a much funnier episode than you would think from that description.

What Would Developers Do?

Guest Josh Pigford from The Apple Blog drops by to discuss Apple's announcements at WWDC: the new iPhone, Snow Leopard, Steve Jobs' weight-loss program...

But first they make their Lame List nominations: The iPhone is coming to Mexico, so why isn't Noah excited about that? Can eBay actually get worse? What's the deal with bugs?

Picks this episode include the new B-52s album, a new way to play retro videogames and iPhone games that aren't just for the iPhone.

So will any of them actually buy an iPhone now?
Episode 32.m4a (52:34)

Lyons and Mankiewicz To Replace Ebert and Roeper

During negotiations to extend Richard Roeper's contract for "At the Movies," Disney ABC Domestic Television abruptly ended the talks. Thus Roeper, followed by the show's co-founder, Roger Ebert, left the show. On Tuesday, Disney ABC announced that E! Entertainment critic Ben Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz are take over hosting duties on a revamped At the Movies aimed at a younger demo.
This is a very disappointing surprise.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hellboy and Hellboy on 'Hellboy'

In the latest CulturePulp comic, the comics version of Hellboy and the movie version of Hellboy team up to explain the history of Mike Mignola's graphic-novel series (and how it differs from the films).

Monday, July 07, 2008

Michael Turner 1971-2008

Michael Turner, a leading comic-book artist who was known for the highly stylized covers he created for major titles and for drawing shapely female characters with curves as commanding as their superpowers, has died. He was 37.
The saying 'you can't judge a book by its cover' was never more true than when Michael Turner provided the cover art. Rarely was the interior of a comic book as incredible as the covers he created. It's unfortunate that this obituary shows none of his work. Here's one fitting piece:

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Save the Press

The Web is the future. And yet, because online advertising accounts for only about 10 percent of total ad revenue, newspapers are hemorrhaging money. In its present form, and even in best-case projections, the Web format will never generate enough money to keep viable reporting staffs afloat at some of the nation’s biggest papers.