Thursday, June 25, 2009

George Lucas before Patton Oswalt wanted to kill him with a shovel

(Via Binary Bonsai)

Above, a newly uncovered film from Binary Bonsai that reveals a young George Lucas before he became the movie making luminary-turned-scorn-of-the-geek-blue-sea. He's angry, he's ambitious; pretty much how all fairly successful innovators start out before the eventual decline into accomplished complacency.

Below, the perfect rejoinder to today's Lucas courtesy of our beloved and insightful Patton Oswalt:


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Buzz Aldrin & Talib Kweli Wait for Guffman

Talib Kweli sees Common's crappy action movies and raises him a golden comedic performance. Now can my Henry Kissinger and Tom Waits fantasy collabo come true, please Internet?


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Scripted spontaneity is the spice of life


Although Obama's penchant for the unnecessary photo op and media overexposure has at times bordered on the ridiculous (a Chicago White Sox visit even though they won their championship in 2005, really?) this behind the scenes look at his taped segment for The Colbert Report in Iraq is fun for everyone. Liberals can enjoy the sight of Colbert and Obama chumming it up, while conservatives who've lambasted the president for his incessant teleprompter use can lambast it up:

And one can't help but see the internal conflict of the country embodied by the video's disembodied YouTube commenters:

Hamlet, thy name is Joe402.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Finding the method


In Character: Actors Acting
from Vanity Fair:

You’re the surly 14-year-old son of a single mother, steeling yourself as she awkwardly, haltingly begins a belated and unnecessary “birds and bees” talk. Center: You’re at your daughter’s college graduation, and the pretty classmate of hers that you’ve been secretly ogling has just said, “Mr. Lefkowitz, you can’t be 58—you’re too cool!” Right: You’re the valedictorian of your high-school class, having just been introduced to give the speech of your young life—and your mind has gone completely blank.

Left, Center, Right:


Larry David rekindles awkward love

Those of us hardcore Larry David fans somewhat underwhelmed by Whatever Works can take solace in one positive outcome of Woody Allen's casting: the sudden and somewhat unexpected presence of David actually sitting down for televised interviews without the trademark awkwardness we love him for. Here, he actually seems to be almost relaxed on Conan, dropping in nice lines with good measure.

A bonus: Larry David's first and only (?) appearance on Letterman:


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Craiglist Missed Connection

A friend of mine back in college used to say he only dated "online chicks" or women whose social networking site profiles had access to. He'd study their profiles, meticulously figure out what would catch their eye, then "accidentally" bump into them on the way to class. Somehow it worked. At least EIGHT TIMES.

I struck up a conversation with a woman at a party recently who talked about how she'd never found that one true love. Except once...on a Craigslist Missed Connections page. She was sitting in a train. He was in a form fitting three piece suit and smiled at her. They shared a "moment." Then he picked up his briefcase reluctantly (her words) and walked out, then paused for a second to turn around and gaze at her longingly as the train doors closed on his face. Then that night as she religiously (and inexplicably) did, she scoured the Missed Connections pages and found:

"On train tonight. You smiled at me. I was in a suit. You in a dress. I felt something. Hope you did too."

No actual description of the train line, or the time, or the place just that. But she knew it was him and never actually saw him ever again. Yet that was true love.

And that is why people are assholes. Fin.


Monday, June 15, 2009

White Light from a Mouth of a Blowhard

Bill Maher, just like Keith Olbermann, has always posed a unique problem for the moderate, understated everyday person left of center: he has the uncanny ability to both voice the same political and social ideas they believe in, while absolutely pissing them off by being the loud mouthed blowhard left wing, pretentious stereotype every conservative and moderate can point to when trying to show how uppity we all are.

Maher is a self-righteous asshole (as is Olbermann), but as is the case here in the above video, he's right in taking Obama to task, and actually making sense. The message is on point, if it weren't for the awful mouth it's coming from.


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Garfunkel & Oates: Twee can work it out

Los Angeles based comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates have set alt comedy and hipster hearts aglow with their brand of saccharine sweet snark. Comprised of singer-songwriter/actresses Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci who formed following filming of Lindhome's musical short "Imaginary Larry":

Since then, Micucci became a popular recurring character on the last season of Scrubs, and Lindhome has starred in Wes Craven's House on the Left. Yet as the pair's particular brand of preciousness continues to toe the line between cutesy and kitsch, they've also hit the mainstream radar for their parody of conservative "duck" rhetoric:

Here's to more females in the male dominated comedy scene, especially those of the musical kind. For more on Garfunkel and Oates go here and check out their video "Sex with Ducks" and the random celebrity cameos of "Present Face" below:


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

LOST's Sawyer Simpsonized

Josh Holloway with glasses, Simpsonized or not, is pure sexy goodness.



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