Monday, February 27, 2006

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stay tuned for details...

Seacrest In!


just thought this lovely pic of ryan seacrest making out with a stripper would brighten up your monday.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Boston

Sat.-Wed. I was in Boston for the 2006 NACA (National Association of College Activities) conference, a huge convention with comedians, musicians, magicians, speakers, you name it- all vying for one thing- to get booked to come to your college. The experience provided me with some incredible oppurtunities, one of which was to meet Jeff Ross (comedy central's roastmaster general) and talk to him about comedy. I went to a screening of his new movie, Patriot Act, which is competing in SXSW this year. The film is about his trip to Iraq with buddies Drew Carrey, Kathy Kinney, Blake Clarke, and a few other comics- on their USO tour in Baghdad, Tikrit, and a few other dangerous spots. The film was shown in a small room and there were less than 50 people there, so it was pretty intimate. Since he asked me to, I sat up front. He got up to speak before he showed the movie, and don't you know it, the 2nd thing he said was, I'd like to thank my weed dealer Ray Ray for coming out today (pointing to me). After the movie he threw in another crack at me. But the highlight of the event was when a cell phone went off, Jeffrey Ross goes, Mark Curry everyobody- and I look behind me and sure enough, Mr. Cooper himself is holding out a cellphone and trying to leave. But in true Mr. Cooper style- he says, "Hey, this is the best movie of the year! If this don't win an award then they fucked up!"
I met Mark Curry the day before, and of course I used the oppurtunity to tell him about my blog, Hanging with Mr. Co-op. He said, "oh really? send it to me. markcurry.net!"
Just a few feet away was Jim Bruer, so I talked to him for a little while about SNL and appearance and whatnot. Really cool meeting him. And by the way, he looked about 3/4 baked when I talked to him, which was actually over the course of the weekend.
What's really sad about NACA is that hardly anyone wanted to talk to these guys... and EVERYONE was waiting by the real world booth to talk to Danny and Melinda. Me being the TV whore that I am had to talk to them, if only for a hot second. They both commented on my bar code tattoo, saying it was "really original" and "wicked awesome" or something like that. I then ripped it off my arm. I kid. I kid. I then bragged about it on my blog.
I met Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding) and told him about how in elementary school my mom got me Saved by the Bell the board game, not knowing the objective of the game, which is to win a date with zack or slater. This troubled me for years. Because I always thought Screech was the cutest. I met the Snapple lady. Hypnotist/table lifter/idiot Craig Karges came by and told her he had a new diet plan for her (she was on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club): diet snapple! Oh boy Karges! When are you gonna do the comedy circuit?
I met Chris Hardwick, who was there with his comedy duo, Hard and Phirm, which was hilarious. He was really nice, and I told him that I've been a fan since Singled Out, but I think his most important contribution to the world of television was his appearance on Boy Meets World. We all had a good laugh and then I was on my way...
To meet Dave Coulier! I only had a second with him, because he was supposed to be done for the day, but I held him hostage and told him my joke I wrote about him, which goes a little something like this: Jodie Sweetin was on Good Morning America the other day talking about her recovering meth addiction. She said Dave Coulier was at her intervention and his advice to her was to "cut it out!" (not complete without the hand gestures and obnoxious voice). He groaned and didn't punch me. I consider it a success.
The person I was most excited about meeting was Aziz Ansari, who is probably the hottest comic in NYC right now. He's blowing up as we speak. He recently killed on Premium Blend.
Oh yeah, and I met Chuck D. Yeah, mutha fuckas. We just happened to be shaking hands for a long time and my friend took a picture of it. Isn't that candid and funny!?!?
Adam Pascal (Rent, SLC Punk, School of Rock) was supposed to speak/perform but backed out at the last minute. Anthony Rapp (Rent, Road Trip) was there, however, so it was really cool running into him.
And how could I forget old pal Christian Finnegan? He performed and did really well. I met him last year at the UCB theater where he hugged the breath out of me. This year it was my turn to hug. But I rubbed up against him in a way that brought back weird memories and I guess he was a little freaked out about it.

all i can say is....

Fucking fundamentalist bullshit!!

The South Dakota Senate just passed an abortion ban bill that they're hoping will stir the pot at the U.S. Supreme Court and force on of the whackos there to overturn Roe V. Wade.

S.D. banned abortion in any way, shape or form, unless it's to save the mother's life. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. Doctors who perform abortions would get up to five years in prison.

All this bill has to do is pass the House in S.D. and it's law - which probably won't be hard since it got this far.

You can read more about this atrocity on CNN

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I once dated a girl named Narnia

A couple of months ago I reviewed Syriana, and in the process, slammed Narnia. UVA student Brian Pishko had something to say about this. So he wrote his own review and sent it to me. Me being the lazy person I am put off posting it until now. But what better time than Oscar season to post it (yeah, Achievement in Sound Editing is an important nomination). So, sorry for the delay, now here's what Brian had to say:


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was released this December among much fanfare and with high expectations from many people. But not from Patrick. He pre-criticized it as an “easy to digest” movie with “little or no redeeming social commentary.” But who says a work must have a blatant connection to current events to contain redeeming social commentary?

I had the privilege to take a class with Professor Michael Levenson, and it has been by far the best experience of my life. His take on fiction’s social commentary is “fiction is not separated from the world that it inhabits—it is implicated in everything in our social world. In revealing itself, how it is made, it exposes our condition, our emergency. We read fiction not only to uncover a vision of the past, but also to project a vision of the future.” Sometimes the story and act of storytelling can be more important for us than a thinly veiled documentary (Syriana).The Chronicles of Narnia were indeed written as children’s books. They may be read as having an overt Christian agenda, but they surely can be enjoyed without seeing this agenda. I surely missed it the first time I read the novels. But young or old, Christian or not, such stories truly implicate themselves in our social world. These stories transport us to exiting worlds, modes of existence much different from the one which envelops us. If we do not allow ourselves to be transported outside our usual habitations, if we refuse to let our imaginations play, we will end up simply hiding under the quilt of the familiar.

In transporting us, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe takes us back to our roots and shows us, inescapably, that no one is innocent. Even though there are victims and tyrants, everyone is open to the temptation of power. Big Brothers, Younger Brothers. Fawns. If children can be sadists, (if brothers can sell out their family for Turkish Delight), what hope is there for the rest of us? The hope is in our faith in the humanity of our imagination. Lucy shows us this in her readiness to accept her imagination as reality and fully embrace the excitement of the unfamiliar. I personally strongly disagree with Lewis’ suggestions that only preadolescent children have the innocence to receive the gift of Narnia. He treats sexuality and women poorly perhaps. But he does create a vivid story. Story isn’t just an ornament for our slow days; it’s how we exist in an often ugly world. In writing stories, authors animate possibilities that we thought were lost.

By putting these visions between the covers of a book, or in a theater, wherever, the author (the artist) provides all of us with a glimpse of what we are really capable of.Unfortunetely, the movie Narnia doesn’t provide this to us. This capitalistic DUMP is what worrys me about our world. I worry. Whoever produced this movie was given an opportunity to recreate and reintroduce a story to new generations. To make THE difference. Instead, they rushed out a movie to follow quickly on the heels of Harry Potter and bank on the holiday surge. So they made something with great visual effects coupled with a horrible script. I’ve read the books understand that they were written as children books and so have some lack of dialogue. But there is no reason for the producers of the movie to simply take dialogue from the book without any adaptation. No text is holy. By regarding it as such, the creators of the movie limit themselves to mediocrity at best. Dialogue and especially interior dialogue is much different in a book as compared with a movie.

In the book version of the Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, almost all the characters experience intense emotional revelations. Spending the time writing a good adaptation of the movie would have allowed much of this internal dialogue to be translated into expressed dialogue between characters instead of simple quietness and expressions of wonder on the screen. Instead of inexplicably showing the children’s attraction to Aslan, the writers of the movie could have easily spent a few moments allowing the children’s relationship with Aslan to develop and allow the children to verbally express this development. Unfortunately, the movie takes the book and works hard to include every single scene and it seems like every line. So rather than a flowing, developing movie, scenes are choppy and underconnected.

So…yeah. I suppose that Patrick may have been right. The movie Narnia may be a waste of money, but hopefully its publicity will increase interest in the books. We don’t want cheap thrills, in simple synopses, we want, we need, the Great Stories. Books that refuse boundaries. That remind us what the imagination is for – to destroy, shatter, obliterate boundaries. So that was why I wasted my money on the movie.But there is hope! Check out Philip Pullman’s first film installation of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy which hits theaters December 2007. Pullman has been called “The most dangerous author in Britain” and the writer “the atheists would have been praying for, if atheists prayed.” I’m praying. Check out the Article in the New York Times Dec. 26 issue for more on him and some really exiting reading. (He has some great criticism of Lewis, Tolkien, and many other books.) See it here.
-Brian Pishko

Saturday, February 11, 2006

my name is judge

Who saw MWC-alum Judge Reinhold on the season/series? finale of Arrested Development last night?

Last year I took Gardner Campbell's film class and one of the movies we analyzed was Fast Times at Ridgemont High. When we got to talking about Judge Reinhold, he addressed the rumor that Judge Reinhold went to Mary Washington. And what was the verdict? Dr. Campbell said that he searched the student directories and never found a Judge Reinhold that went to our school. I'm not sure if he said whether or not he searched for his real name: Edward Reinhold Jr. But Dr. Campbell concluded that it was merely a myth. However, on his IMDB page, it says he was educated at Mary Washington College- and you know IMDB rarely lies. So... I'm gonna go ahead and call him an alum.

Also, anybody catch UCB performer/former SNL cast member Rob Riggle as the politician who comes to the aid of comatosed Buster? Well, I can't say for sure, but he just might be coming to Mary Washington in March or April with a few other recognizable faces from Arrested Development, Best Week Ever, and The Daily Show for an improv extravaganza. I'm working on it. So stay tuned for news on that.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

reese the american psycho?

from BBC news:
Police in Los Angeles have discovered a body believed to be of a photographer charged with assault after taking actress Reese Witherspoon's picture.
A spokesman for the Los Angeles coroners' office said the body had yet to be formally identified.
Todd Kevin Wallace, 44, allegedly skipped bail after facing charges.
He was arrested in September after being allegedly aggressive when taking a picture of the star and her daughter, six, at a Disney theme park.
The photographer pleaded not guilty to the charges in October of last year.
Mr Wallace's last known appearance was on a television programme in December where he defended the role of celebrity photographers.
Mental suffering
The authorities believed he may have travelled to Central America, and was known for using aliases.
The death is not being treated as suspicious, while an official cause of death has yet to be declared.
Witherspoon, Oscar-nominated for her role in Walk The Line, was at the amusement park with friends for a birthday party for her daughter.
Mr Wallace allegedly became angry when they declined to be photographed, swearing at them.
Police said Mr Wallace got closer to the group - which included children - and scared them, reducing some to tears. He is also alleged to have struck a five-year-old child with his camera.
Mr Wallace faces four counts of battery, one count of false imprisonment and causing and permitting a child to suffer, and one count of inflicting unjustifiable mental suffering.

 
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