Friday, December 12, 2003
Write a story. posted by Linus | 1:01 PM
Thesaurus Musicarum: The Pitchfork Year in Music 2003.
This book will feature "the site's best writing". Neat, a section devoted to "The Eppy Letters"!
posted by Linus | 7:51 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Some Sonic Youth news updates, including info on an upcoming DVD featuring, among other things, a Kathleen Hanna commentary! posted by Linus | 7:48 AM
Wednesday, December 10, 2003
From The Onion's round-up of the year's least essential albums:
LEAST ESSENTIAL PROLONGED ADOLESCENCE
David Lee Roth
No one has ever accused David Lee Roth of aging gracefully: Now a mere two years shy of 50, he continues to behave like an ADD-addled teenager. Roth's first album in five years, Diamond Dave, finds the former Van Halen frontman offering hardcore fans bar mitzvah-level covers of songs by The Doors, Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Ever wonder what a Roth version of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" would sound like? No? That hasn't kept him from covering the song as "That Beatles Tune." Roth wrote or co-wrote only two songs here, apart from a strange interlude ("Act One") which consists mostly of Roth making goofy noises and cracking himself up.
DLR's "prolonged adolescene" may not be "essential" but it often made for some fun blog posts this year. I bet "Act One" is pretty amusing. posted by Linus | 9:15 AM
Malkovich's Mail (AMC, airing this month)
Well worth checking out this hour-long doc directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, Lost in La Mancha). It follows a group of eccentric, determined screenwriters' attempts to get John Malkovich to notice - and ultimately produce and star in - their work by sending scripts and letters to his Mr. Mudd Productions office. Aside from L.A.-based Jesse Vint, they are outsiders and some are amazingly prolific: Lillian Francken, a Warsau, Wisconsin housewife, has written 20 original screenplays and 22 adaptations. Her submission to Malkovich, the murder-mystery Blue Moon Rising, includes a "climactic warthog attack scene". Jeffrey Marzi sent along some drawings to accompany his script about cyborg dinosaurs.
After profiling these Hollywood hopefuls and showing the daily, I-have-an-idea-for-John chaos of the Mr. Mudd phones and mail bins, the filmmakers chat with Malkovich. He reads through the selected pitches and agrees to bring these characters to life. The last 15 minutes are just amazing. You've got to see these Malkovich screen tests and the reactions of the screenwriters watching the taped performances.
John Malkovich is Pterodactyloid Man!
posted by Linus | 7:21 AM
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Daniel Handler and Jack Black talk about wedding etiquette. posted by Linus | 8:13 AM
Monday, December 08, 2003
Beware: the nut-studded brownie. posted by Linus | 8:02 AM
Sunday, December 07, 2003
Is this the first movie studio blog? Come on, Harvey, get in on this! Miramax blog! Running tally of Ben's gambling debts! Paltrow ultrasounds! Oscar campaigns! posted by Linus | 7:49 PM
It is widely believed that The Goonies r good enough for a sequel. Guess who really wants to see it happen? Sign the petition to help get The Goonies 2 made.
More Goonies shirts here. And check out this rare, Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli figure.
posted by Linus | 4:54 PM