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by Chris Conaton

23 Jul 2010

Fred Phelps’ notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the folks who bring their hateful signs and protests to events like military funerals, decided that they were going to take their act to Comic-Con this year. The result: exactly four Westboro protesters showed up while hundreds of Comic-Con attendees bearing dozens of hilarious signs showed up in counter-protest. See all the pics at Comics Alliance.

by Matt Mazur

23 Jul 2010

First Film: Bruce Beresford’s Paradise Road, followed quickly by Gillian Armstrong’s divine Oscar and Lucinda (opposite Ralph Fiennes) in 1997.

Must-see: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004); Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre, 2005); I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2006), the three crown jewels in one of the hottest runs by an actress in recent memory, that also included an Oscar win for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator in 2004.

Star Turn: As perhaps the most famous virgin queen in all history, Elizabeth (Shekar Kapur, 1998), Blanchett rocketed to the A-list.

Underrated: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher, 2008). A performance that spans the entire life of a woman, played beautifully, plausibly, at every age by the versatile Blanchett.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: This summer she was Ridley Scott’s Maid Marian in Robin Hood opposite Russell Crowe and played Blanche DuBois for Ingmar Bergman’s great collaborator Liv Ullmann on the stage and is rumored to be reprising the role for Broadway soon. Next year she will be seen in Joe Wright’s Hanna.

by Crispin Kott

23 Jul 2010

Just when it seemed as though Insane Clown Posse couldn’t possibly top themselves, their “Miracles” video appears to have been nothing more than a trailer for the world’s greatest infomercial: The 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos has hit the internet by way of over 17 minutes of some of the most curiously constructed foul language this side of a David Mamet play.

The gathering, billed as something of a Wild West with Faygo free-for-all, takes place in mid-August in a place called Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, within spitting distance of Kentucky.

While a 17-minute ad might seem excessive, the lineup boasts so many Juggalo-friendly acts over a four day period, anything shorter clearly wouldn’t have been thorough enough. The roster also includes a handful of “Seriously?!?!?” moments, including Todd Bridges, Slick Rick, Ron Jeremy and ‘80s prop comic Gallagher, who even in his heyday struggled to engage his own audiences in what he clearly believed to be thought-provoking material (“Why do they call ‘em apartments when they’re stuck together?”) when all they really wanted was to see him smash watermelon with a sledgehammer.

There’s also flashlight wrestling, “comradery” and artist seminars, where presumably how magnets work will finally be explained. Suburban kids from Petaluma to Poughkeepsie are packing their makeup kits in rapt anticipation.

Somewhere beyond the grave, Billy Mays is wondering whether he couldn’t have done something to prevent this.

by Michael Underwood

23 Jul 2010

In this fourth episode of the LXD, we see the b-boy dance-fighting of the series actually cross over into real fight choreagraphy, with punches and kicks landing rather than fight-esque choreagraphy signifying combat. Existing LXD member Spex faces off against new ‘hire’ Tendo, and the two face off in the office once the civilians have left for the day. Also, papers magically fly in the fore- and back-ground. Because it’s cool.

by Bill Clifford

23 Jul 2010

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals have released their latest video for their eponymous fourth CD. Both, the song, “Paris (Ooh La La)” and the video are raunchy and not shy about inhibitions. It’s all sexual bravado here. You got me down on the floor, now whatch ya gonna do about it? While the song and the video are risqué, potter also displays a brash confidence of a woman comfortable with her own sexuality. This song aims to put Potter & the Nocturnals on the top of the charts. Consider it a victory for good music if our sons and daughters are listening to and watching this video instead of Miley Cyrus.

//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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