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by John Lindstedt

2 Apr 2010


Websites typically have a field day on April 1st, surprising unexpecting visitors with drastic revamps, sensational news stories, and fake company buy-outs.

Google, for instance, claimed they were changing their name to “Topeka” after the Kansas city decided to change their name to “Google.” ABC.com, on the other hand, unveiled a line of new shows like “Flasher Forward” and “Dancing With The Tsars.”

If you fell for any of these, you must be the office favorite this time of year.

The best of the bunch, however, had to be Funny Or Die, which appeared to be taken over by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Visitors to the site were treated with a video greeting from everyone’s favorite moppet baby telling them he bought the site, now called “Bieber Or Die.”

The homepage was filled with Bieber-related videos, some of which were hybrids of familiar memes like Bieber After Dentist and OMG Bieber Vs. Chuck Norris Vs. Bear.

Say what you will about his musical style, but the titular tyke has a surprisingly knack for comic timing.

by Donal Mosher

1 Apr 2010


As filmmaker Kimberly Reed appeared on Oprah to discuss her film Prodigal Sons, a banner ran across the screen reading “Kimberly—born a boy”. With its soft purples and powdery feminine font this caption drew a soft, but immovable line between the purposes of the guest and the host on the show. While Oprah focused on Reed’s gender change as a personal journey that all can take heart from, Reed takes a far broader approach to transformation. In fact, one of the most important aspects of Prodigal Sons is that transgender issues are not the sole focus of the film. While exploring her gender is central to the film, Reed places her own transition against that of her adopted brother Marc—a man whose history of brain trauma and memory loss gradually destabilize him even as astounding secrets from his own past come to light. What unfolds is a tightly crafted story of how identity is formed and frayed and how families bind those identities with love and struggle. Oprah’s focus on the other hand is with “Kimberly—born a boy”. She questions Reed’s inner life as both a boy and a woman and talks with Reed’s mother and high school friends about their surprise at Reed’s revelations. While Oprah is always sympathetic and never once condescending, these are the same questions that have been aired and answered since the first transvestites and transgendered persons appeared on TV talk shows. From Donahue to Sally Jesse Raphael to Jerry Springer, the questions remain the same and the fascination with transgender issues stays fixed and immobile, in need of a transition itself.

Giving Oprah her due, her emphasis on Reed’s transformation matches her oft-espoused philosophies of self-determination in a more palatable fashion than the complexities of Prodigal Sons. Oprah goes so far as to advise viewers who may find Reed’s gender switch strange or even repulsive to look into their own lives for the self that needs to transform. Couched in such benevolence, it’s hard to fault Oprah for the focus on the simplistic and more sensational side of Reed’s story. Thankfully Reed’s elegant self-possession speaks as much about her comfort with the intelligence and complexities of her work as it does about her gender. To see Reed talking with Oprah is to see a confident woman who made a challenging film. To see Prodigal Sons is to see a film that tackles the inter-relations of gender, mental illness, and family love. In doing so, it may be the first documentary that places transgender issues on equal and normative footing with all other aspects of identity, memory, and self.

For more on Prodigal Sons and Kimberly Reed on Oprah, go to: oprah.com.

by John Lindstedt

1 Apr 2010


“I don’t do requests”

“I like you, that’s why I’m going to kill you last.”

“GET TO THE CHOPPAAAA!”

Whether or not one agrees with his politics or enjoy his films, everyone can benefit from taking a little time from their day and take in some choice bon mots from the former Mr. Universe.

Or 160 of them. You have to appreciate fan made YouTube compilations, because it’s pretty much the only way you’d ever get something like this. If one were to go through a more “official” channel, the best they’d probably do is a special feature on a DVD that collects quotes from the movie it features. Too many studios own the rights to these different clips to make anyone want to undertake the legal loopholes to produce this. So let us thank our lucky stars that there is a venue for something like this.

It makes you wonder, however, what the editor has to gain. Obviously a lot of time was spent on this, but is there profit to be made? Even if it were a part of someones editing portfolio, is a movie clip compilation something a production company would want to see? Or could it be that this person just loves Arnold’s work so much that he felt compelled to make this shrine? You be the judge.

Regardless, the editor’s work is our personal gain.

It wouldn’t have hurt to have included this little nugget, though:

by John Lindstedt

1 Apr 2010


In honor of its 75th Anniversary, 20th Century Fox will be releasing some of its most cherished works in special edition Blu-ray and DVD through out the year. With the purchase of said editions, you can redeem an offer for one of their gorgeous poster designs that feature a classic Fox movie scene on top of the iconic Art Deco 20th Century Fox logo.

The eight posters celebrate such beloved favorites as Aliens, Walk the Line, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Patton, and….Ice Age. OK, so maybe that last one wasn’t too prestigious, but people must like it since the franchise had made billions worldwide.

You can see all of the stunning artwork here.

by Alex Suskind

1 Apr 2010


The Doors and Various Artists
When You’re Strange (Songs From The Motion Picture)
(Rhino)
Releasing: 6 April

Tom DiCillo’s new documentary about the Doors explores the band’s history and provides new insight on the impact the classic rock legends made on music. The documentary was narrated by Johnny Depp, who also provides audio for the film’s soundtrack (he reads a selection of Jim Morrison’s poetry). The album is now streaming over on Spinner and includes interviews and live performances by the band.

SONG LIST
01 Poem: Cinema - By Johnny Depp
02 Poem: The Spirit of Music - By Johnny Depp
03 Moonlight Drive
04 Poem: The Doors of Perception - By Johnny Depp
05 Break On Through [To The Other Side] [Live at The Isle
06 Poem: A Visitation Of Energy - By Johnny Depp
07 Light My Fire [Live on The Ed Sullivan Show] [Mono]
08 To Be a Real Superstar [Interview Segment] - By Jim
09 Five To One
10 Poem: Wasting the Dawn - By Johnny Depp
11 When The Music’s Over [Live on Danish TV] [Mono]
12 The Four Of Us Are Musicians / I’d Like Them To Listen
13 Hello, I Love You
14 Dead Serious [Interview Segment] - By Jim Morrison
15 People Are Strange
16 Poem: Inside the Dream - By Johnny Depp
17 Soul Kitchen
18 Poem: We Have Been Metamorphosized - By Johnny
19 Poem: Touch Scares - By Johnny Depp
20 Touch Me
21 Poem: Naked We Come - By Johnny Depp
22 Poem: O Great Creator of Being - By Johnny Depp
23 The End
24 Poem: The Girl of the Ghetto - By Johnny Depp
25 L A Woman
26 Poem: Crossroads - By Johnny Depp
27 Roadhouse Blues
28 Poem: Ensenada - By Johnny Depp
29 Riders on the Storm
30 Poem: As I Look Back - By Johnny Depp
31 The Crystal Ship
32 Poem: Goodbye America - By Johnny Depp

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