Behind the scenes with The Other McCain.
But what is he up to? I suspect a clever video to skewer the OWS crowd, probably directed by Ladd Ehlinger…
The Death of Movies: ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Alvin’ Off to Grinch-Like Start as Film Biz Frets.
The Alvin & the Chimpunks three-quel isn’t drawing big crowds? Seriously? Baffling. Maybe the studios aren’t trying hard enough…
PJ Lifestyle: Movies for Grown Ups: Seconds.
One of my favorites…
U.S. Out of Iraq? Not quite: WaPo: U.S. drones allowed in Iraqi skies.
And that’s not all:
After the troops have left, the U.S. presence in Iraq—which peaked at 170,000—will number between 15,000 and 16,000, including federal employees and private contractors.
The State Department will hire more than 5,000 private security contractors for armed details and has contracted with a private service to ferry U.S. personnel in helicopters and planes.
The U.S. posture is likely to be controversial within Iraq. The militant cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called a truce through year-end to allow U.S. troops to leave, but has called on followers to resist the “occupiers” that remain.
Understanding the Spielberg Face.
Why not? WSJ: Christmas trees in crisis?
Your Moment of Geek: Jedi Ninjas.
Cool short. Cooler ending.
Tolerance for thee, but not for me: Facing corruption allegations, Democratic NM representative demeans GOP governor in racial terms.
It’s OK. Women in positions of power are to be revered, except when they are Republicans. More here.
Twilight of the Rubes: Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist suspects without trial: “Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.”
Yes, we can!
And if you like Corman’s work, you don’t want to miss these docus.
UPDATE: Related: Ed Driscoll on the Kindle edition of a Hollywood history classic: Raging Bulls, Easy Riders. Hollywood’s greatest generation, in my opinion…
ULTIMATE WHITE HOUSE FAIL: They can’t even do crony capitalism right…
Fast and Furious was pathetic, too. But so ambitious in terms of engineering a resurgence of pro-gun control sentiment that not pulling it off is understandable. And Solyndra was a textbook example of market reality hitting socialists in the face. But backing up Lightsquared to this extent, without any certainty as to whether it’s even feasible as communications infrastructure?
What’s next in their crony capitalist bag of tricks? Launching the teleporting industry? (I can see the TelePrompter copy already: “Let me be clear: It would save us millions on jet fuel alone…while providing for a cleaner environment and reversing the effects of climate change…”)
Attitude Adjustment: 12 Things Happy People Do Differently.
Professor Douglas: How Newt Gingrich Could Win the GOP Nomination.
Your Moment of Geek: George Takei Rallies Star Wars and Trek Fans Against ‘Twilight’.
A noble cause, for sure…
Lobbying must occasionally require checking your integrity at the door; but I don’t think Mr. Dodd had any left by the time the MPAA hired him…
Culture of Infringement: No Copyright Intended.
Higher Education Will Eat Itself: Pricey NYU to Offer Class on Occupy Wall Street.
And NYU is the perfect home for such a course, obviously…
Nice and practical: Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Photographer.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy did pretty good, though (but it’s not exactly Hollywood studio product). We saw it last night. It’s very cerebral and the pacing is quite deliberate, but I never found it boring even though I was already familiar with the story. Fans of the Le Carré novel – such as my wife – may not find it as satisfying as the 1979 BBC miniseries, which stars Alec Guiness and was also pretty damn entertaining. The cast of the movie – led by Gary Oldman – was excellent, however. The art direction, too.
Occupy Silicon Valley: Why Do Three Google Execs Own Eight Private Jets?
On a related note, looks like Obama’s anti-private-jet pronouncements are not quite having the desired effect; but then again, who really listens to the president anymore?
In Praise of Classic B Movies.
Your Moment of Geek: A Wooden Star Wars AT-AT Wet Bar.
Burning Question of the Day: Do Happy Lawyers Exist?
Your Moment of Geek: The ‘Run For Your Life’ 5K Zombie Obstacle Course.
Duty Last…Or How I Came to Understand What Public Service Actually Means: Tennessee family home burns while firefighters watch.
This is the Blue State Model in its ultimate, most debased form: a protection racket not unlike the typical feudal state. Citizens are perceived as little more than tribute-paying serfs. Those who dont pay can‘t look to Lord State for anything, because the state is there to be served, first and foremost.
This tragedy is outrageous in and of itself, but also because one of the duties of government in this country is to protect its citizens’ life, liberty, and property.
Seems working in public service now means the right to be serviced by the public.
When wrong place, wrong time isn’t bad at all: Chicago man beaten when he tries to rob mixed martial arts expert gunpoint.
RULING CLASS UPDATE: WSJ: Corzine Rebuffed Internal Warnings On Risky Investments:
Concerns about the big bet grew inside the company months before the trade rattled regulators, investors and customers. Michael Roseman, whose title was chief risk officer, also expressed concerns directly to Mr. Corzine in meetings of just the two men and with other people present, people familiar with the situation said.
Mr. Corzine who started betting on the bonds shortly after arriving as chief executive in March 2010 responded to Mr. Roseman’s concerns that some of the scenarios were too extreme and likely impossible, people familiar with the matter said.
Who in his right mind would believe in extremely impossible risks after 2008?
Science! Awakening comatose patients with…Ambien?
No black market required: A loophole in the incandescent light bulb ban?
BREAKING: Tea Party Terrorism Threatens EU: WSJ: “French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday they favor a wholesale change to European Union treaties to enshrine fiscal discipline and restore investor confidence”.
Government that lives within its means is – for some – the definition of terror.
Herman Cain drops out.
Your Tax Dollars At Work: Online soap opera cleans up with stimulus broadband cash.
So evidently the federal government thinks that financing online content with taxpayer money can stimulate the expansion of broadband internet service in underserved areas. How exactly would that work?
If the point of these payments is to actually stimulate the creation of online content, is that something that really needs stimulation? Aren’t we awash in online content already?
Pre-Crime for the Small Screen: Person Of Interest and the Paranoia of the Digital Age.
It’s a good thing to keep the themes explored in Spielberg’s Minority Report in the public consciousness, especially since some people are in fact trying to get as close to investigating and neutralizing pre-crime as is practicable (which should really concern us).
At any rate, Person of Interest sounds like an interesting show – it sure has a heck of pedigree. I’ll be watching it for sure…
Circus Maximus? Donald Trump to host next, Newsmax-sponsored GOP debate.
Your tax dollars at work: TSA airport screeners stop teen with handgun design on pocketbook.
But note: “A rule passed by the agency in 2002 strictly prohibits passengers from bringing ‘realistic replicas of firearms’ on board an aircraft.”
Nevertheless, how is a handgun design on a clutch a “realistic replica of a firearm”?
A comprehensive review of the Android 4.0 operating system (aka Ice Cream Sandwich). .