PopWatch the future and end of Friday Night Lights, one of the best shows on television. If you haven't yet watched, please do yourself the favor and rent the DVDs.
Kenneth in the (212) on the documentary "My Big Break". A documentarian decided to film his struggling actor roommates and three of the four ended up finding some fame.
Lazy Eye Theater is a patriot. He alerts the authorities to Roland Emmerich's questionable activities. "If you see something, say something!"
The Hot Blog David Poland has some deep thoughts on the audience/critical divide and what we (the audience) need and accept from movies. Good stuff though I'm not so sure about the final Star Wars examples. CGI Yoda not being the problem with the new movies.
World of Wonder Lindsay and Michael Lohan celebrating.
Boy Culture video of Madonna's 'Sticky & Sweet' tour changes. Couple of song switches and a Michael Jackson tribute
Cinematical has guarded hope for Indiana Jones Part V. Ouch. Does anyone (anyone?) outside of those who would directly profit by the million$, really think in their heart of hearts that this is a good idea? Why does no one demand more of these people before showering them with money? I'm absolutely convinced that if George Lucas announced Star Wars Episode 7: The Journey of Jar Jar Binks people would still line up in droves. And then complain about it afterwards. Why should filmmakers even try to make good movies when we reward them for hurting us? Current Blockbuster Movie Culture = Stockholm Syndrome.
Finally, Pop Culture Nerd is embarrassed that he's read only 13 of Newsweek's Top 100 Books: The Meta List. I haven't done much better. How many have you read? I'm guessing more than me. The Boyfriend consistently chastises me that I am to books what I complain the general public is to movies i.e. I usually go for the easily digestible ones within my favorite genres (fantasy/sci-fi) and devour sequels even when I think said franchise has become embarrassing.
my goodreads profile. not that i'm that active a reader
I must admit, with some shame, that he's right. I regularly miss the new critical darlings and the old classics to pick up yet another fantasy or sci-fi book, even when I think the author is shamelessly repeating themselves for a buck. My adventurous cinephilia has sadly never transferred over into book form though I usually do love the classics once I actually read them. I've been thinking of bringing back the "cast this" series (a book club for film lovers) but haven't quite decided given all the other projects on hold.
What are you reading right now? Or are summers all about the air conditioned movie theater for you?