Quo Vadimus

Saturday, September 06, 2003


Telly Alert. #007:

Arrested Development (Fox, premieres Sunday, November 2nd, 9:30 p.m.)

[Two-month advance notice for a potentially interesting and probably doomed show.]

Entertainment Weekly declares this the fall season's "best new comedy", its cast includes an amusingly-mustached David Cross*, and it will probably be Apatow'd after one season (it has a pretty deadly time slot).

*The Cross DVD, Let America Laugh, will be released on 11/4/03.

posted by Linus | 9:19 PM


Fun Movie News. #016:

Home Movie, Chris Smith's follow-up to American Movie*, is finally out on DVD. Five Cribs-like guided tours of unusual homes and their eccentric-or-maybe-full-on-loony homeowners. At times, it feels eerily similar to a Christopher Guest joint.

*Don't forget to call Mike Schank. And check out Mark's journal. He's working on a new script.

posted by Linus | 5:01 PM


Fun Movie News. #015:

From Entertainment Weekly, 9/12/03 issue:

Will the film of Dave Eggers' best-selling memoir be as heartbreakingly, staggeringly genius as the book? With the screenplay being completed and a director signing on, we're a lot closer to finding out. Nick Hornby and D.V. DeVincentis (who collaborated on the movie version of Hornby's novel High Fidelity) are polishing the script while producers finalize a deal with Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce. "Kimberly approached me and said 'I know this isn't obvious, but I want to do it,'" producer Lynn Harris says. "Her passion persuaded us."

Meanwhile, the notoriously protective Eggers has also been involved in the screenwriting process. In one scene in the book, he imagines flying with his brother Christopher. "We're worried people will get bored. But Dave insists we can't cut it," says Hornby. "We want to make sure he's happy with what we're doing, not just because of our respect for the book, but because it involves his family. And of course, Dave's a bright guy. He's a sophisticated control freak." - Evan Serpick.

posted by Linus | 4:14 PM

Thursday, September 04, 2003



Writer/director Eli Roth's debut feature is Cabin Fever. Advance buzz suggests a mixture of 1970's horror homage and an Evil Dead 2-ish comedy-horror rave-up. Nice. Listen to Roth on The Treatment. In the second half of the interview Roth does some amusing David Lynch impressions ("Hot stuff, man!").

posted by Linus | 9:09 PM


Shaggy-haired musicians who wrote aggressive music for teenagers.

So I was checking out some of Eppy's new "Also:" links and found this great, Ratt-based Manchester post. That post mentions the death of Ratt's bassist, Robbin Crosby, and here's an interesting article that Chuck Klosterman wrote for the 12/29/02 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

As I'm sure you guessed, I did indeed crack out the Ratt 'N Roll 81-91 collection. It's fantastic and has all the classic hits, but it also has some lesser-known faves of mine, such as "One Step Away" from the underrated Detonator (1990) album. Plus, "Nobody Rides For Free" from the Point Break soundtrack!

posted by Linus | 5:01 PM

Wednesday, September 03, 2003


In the custody of the sportsman.

The "passionate" Mike Piazza played a new GNR song on the Eddie Trunk show. If you want to see a glimpse of pure awesome, check out some of the "Friday Night Rocks" playlists.

"A great rocker, with tons of shredding guitar from Buckethead."

posted by Linus | 1:40 PM


Fun Movie News. #014:

Film critic Mike D'Angelo will view 50 films in 10 days at the 2003 TIFF. You can read his pre-festival coverage and daily reports (starting tomorrow) here.

posted by Linus | 11:41 AM


Fun Movie News. #013:

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that W. Dafoe and C. Blanchett are now part of the cast for The Life Aquatic.

posted by Linus | 7:41 AM

Tuesday, September 02, 2003


Hiding your Queensryche records.

Readers respond to Tom Bissell's Salon piece.


Dude, no need to apologize for liking Metallica. The real dunderheads are the "indie" music snobs too narrow-minded to appreciate '80s vintage Metallica.

I am surprised, however, by your dismissal of Mozart. His "Requiem" is one of the all time great heavy metal anthems -- almost, but not quite approaching the greatness of "Master of Puppets."

-- Aran Johnson

posted by Linus | 8:16 AM


Watching the Candles Burn.

The Fork has a nice newswire thing on EDD today.

This is my third EDD-based post. I am their "street team". Ha ha.

posted by Linus | 8:00 AM

Monday, September 01, 2003



Rockcritics Daily points us to Henrik Franzon's Acclaimed Music, where you can find lists for albums and singles from 1948 to the present. The site includes a list of the top 1,000 albums of all-time (preview: Sebadoh's Bakesale is #805; Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is #655).

I also found They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?, an impressive film site (very nice "Recommended Reading" section) that features a "painstakingly collated and 'lovingly' assembled" guide to the top 1,000 films of all-time.

posted by Linus | 5:30 PM

Sunday, August 31, 2003


Fearless melody.

I'd never heard of Emm Gryner, but I found an article that mentioned her interpretation of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" (3.85 mb .mp3) as a piano ballad. I like Emm Gryner.


Mariah Carey's version of DEF LEPPARD's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak", which was released as a single recently, generated renewed interest in another female singer covering a LEPPARD classic: Emm Gryner recorded her version, or should we say interpretation, of "Pour Some Sugar On Me" a couple of years ago.

Says Emm: "I was the only 12 year-old girl in town with the cover of 'Hysteria' sewn to the back of my jacket. My older brothers had 'Pyromania' on LP but it was 'Hysteria' that was my salvation from a tedious existence as a straight-A, piano-playing Catholic schoolgirl. Fearless LEPPARD melodies and production translated for me into the most magical music my little ears had ever heard."

"Many years later (13, to be exact) my career as a songwriter and recording artist was in full swing and one day, I got the very exciting call to join David Bowie's band. Our tour dates took us to Dublin where backstage, I met [DEF LEPPARD singer] Joe Elliott. Luckily, I had one of my solo albums, 'Science Fair', on me. He became enamored with it, and we became friends.

"Christmas rolled around and I was thinking of something groovy to send Joe — that's when the piano-ridden, classically-influenced rendition of 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' was born. The cover was literally created for this reason to send to him as a gift. He must have liked it, because he wrote me a letter raving about it and went on to tell me about the strange coincidence that he was covering Bowie songs with THE CYBERNAUTS at that time."

"The cover of 'Sugar' became a cult favorite in Canada, so when I released 'Girl Versions' (my own covers album) the next year, I of course included it. Since then, the song has become a well-loved, heavily-requested track at my concerts.

"When I planned to perform the song on one of Canada's premier late-night talk shows, I ran into some difficulty due to the fact that it was not my own song, and the publishing company had issues with it going to broadcast. That was when Joe proved that he, indeed, can be a hero just for one day, by contacting the show directly and giving the producers permission for me to play it."

"Girl Versions" was nominated for a Juno Award for "Best Pop Album of the Year" in 2001, alongside THE COWBOY JUNKIES and LEONARD COHEN.

-source: Blabbermouth.

posted by Linus | 4:27 PM


Ozzie Osborn.

For laughs, sometimes at parties.

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Really long article about Sofia Coppola.

''We'll get Meg up on the pole after lunch," he said.

posted by Linus | 4:09 PM