Russian Dolls, originally pitched as the Russian response to the MTV hit Jersey Shore (hat tip to Luke).
Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Hot Chocolate: Invisible.
I will see any of your recent girl crushes and raise.
Also, critically, this: Melodrom & Slovenski tolkalni duo - "Odprta okna" (Kino Šiška 2010).
Viz: Mina Spiler.
Click through for imagery. In particular, a piece by the incomparable Nadya Lev.
Katsuyo Aoki's Predictive Dream series "is comprised of a number of skulls formed by lacy, swooping, and fragile ceramic tendrils."
Also outside, mostly.
On the one hand: Lucasfilm's Sandcrawler Building, One-north, Singapore.
On the other hand: Ryugyong Hotel exterior completed.
I am not even linking to Orascom Group. It is a creepy website.
The gripping hand: Walt Disney's estate in Los Feliz is for sale.
That refrain: Inspired by Alan Stivell's "Tri Martolod".
Also: "George R. R. Martin, the acclaimed author of the A Game of Thrones novels -- also a recent hit HBO series -- is coming to Google for a live-streamed interview where he'll be taking your questions submitted online. The interview, part of the Authors@Google series as well as Martin's book tour promoting his latest novel A Dance with Dragons, will take place on July 28th at 12pm PDT."
Submit your questions for Martin on this page: Open from now until July 27, 12pm PDT.
Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Karen Gillan stop by the Wired Cafe to talk about Comic-Con, The Silence and their favourite moments in the series.
Lots of starships drawn to scale. Successor to a jpg that has been floating around the interwebs for years now, this one is handier to navigate in the browser.
Better yet: Scroll down to find the CN Tower for scale. Look for the Planet Killer, and various other buildings and vehicles, tucked in under the Borg Cube.
In which Peter Dinklage.
Maggie Q and a bunch of other people discuss the Nikitaverse at Comic-Con in San Diego. Where I wasn't.
More Maggie Q.
Francis Ford Coppola returns to Comic-Con for the first time since he was promoting Dracula.
Interview at the link.
Producers debuted the first photos of Kristen Stewart as an armoured sword-wielding Snow White and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen at Comic-Con in San Diego.
The five best moments from Comic-Con's Game of Thrones panel.
Peter Dinklage rules. But we already knew that.
A look at some of the best costumes from Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego, California. Which I missed.
Deleted Scenes Teaser.
The Character Unveil Trailer.
This is the correct procedure (and on the 8th day, God created Manchester).
Brain Movies: The Original Teleplays of Harlan Ellison, Volume One (Limited Babylonian Edition) features an introduction by J. Michael Straczynski.
Signed by both Harlan Ellison & J. Michael Straczynski.
Much, much more at the link.
From JMS' Facebook page:
Once again, much more at the link.
More from Comic-Con: George R.R. Martin discusses the meaning of the term "epic" and his inspiration for A Game of Thrones.
And some critical advice:
To think I hesitated (hat tip to Ben).
"Frank Miller - the iconic writer/artist of Sin City and 300 - brings you a no-holds-barred action thriller for the modern era. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics: Frank Miller's Holy Terror -- coming September."
This started out life as Holy Terror, Batman!
Last year, Miller is quoted as explaining the character had grown into a Dirty Harry type, a new character of his own and not Batman. But one is forced to suspect DC had its reservations what with Superman's "liberal hand-wringing".
"It’s a quasi-Alien prequel (hence the anticipation), but the only solid detail we know is Prometheus takes place in outer space. ... I can’t tell you definitively who is in that space suit, but my bet is on [Noomi] Rapace, the female lead in the movie."
Which may be the best casting ever.
"Third behind-the-scenes production video diary for The Hobbit from Peter Jackson!"
Featuring the traditional British bowler chakram.
Vocabulary builder: Quoits.
Wanted: This Comic-Con Exclusive Game of Thrones paperweight.
For the special lady in your life: A Codex Staff pendant.
Yesterday afternoon's tropical winds blew me to The Big Chill in Little Italy at College and Manning and to the apex of ice cream experiences: Brownie Toffee Crunch (in a sugar cone).*
Hat tip to God bless you, Rick McGinnis. The Force is with you, always.
* An experience formerly achieved by the Crème Brûlée ice cream at Ed's Real Scoop.
Felicia Day represents for day dreams* everywhere.
* A Felicia Day gallery.
Related: Felicia Day at Comic-Con 2011.
What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins?
(hat tip to Bill)
Her screams are a lot manlier than mine were when I got to the water monster.
Most excellent news. As of August 10, all three Toronto Whole Foods will carry Fentimans soft drinks and, toward the end of August, all Metro stores in Ontario.
At last, a response to the Facebook mockery I endure from friends in England, deprived of civilization as I am in the former colonies. I have been waiting for Fentimans Curiosity Cola to arrive.
En route to Game of Thrones season two, Carice van Houten has been cast as the sorceress Melisandre and Stephen Dillane as Eddard Stark's candidate for the Iron Throne, Stannis Baratheon.
TheOneRing.net hosts a first look at Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thráin, son of Thrór. Also featured: Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver.
Related: Many critics have failed to see how J.K. Rowling's work stands in contrast to the spirit of materialism and individualism dominating modern life.
J.K. Rowling addresses the objections of people who dismiss myths as lies. Harry's enemy, Voldemort, does the same.
Big spoiler at the link. But then you could have read the book at any time after July 21, 2007 so my sympathy is limited.
Curbed surveys new listings in the castle market.
A Slave Leia PSA starring Kaley Cuoco.
123 year after it was made, the secret of a bent metal ring, found in Thomas Edison's laboratory, has finally been uncovered.
Toronto needs this.
Sidebar to Dr. Pepper: Give us the choice to buy it with cane sugar. The way you used to make it.
I demand a Bollywood adaptation of A Game of Thrones.
"'Vaaji Vaaji' is a song from the film Sivaji: The Boss starring Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran, directed by Shankar. ... The song shows Sivaji (Rajinikanth) as a Persian king and Tamizhselvi (Shriya Saran) as the queen."
Also from Saviji: The Boss.
And because it's the interwebs, the entire film in the original Tamil.
Related: Kambakkht Ishq song.
Ace reviews trailers and advance stills for several upcoming film releases: he introduces the mondo sounding Theater Bizarre; looks at John Carter, a Disney (?) adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic John Carter, Warlord of Mars; considers costume design in the next Spiderman reboot, and; discusses an ill advised prequel to The Thing.
Re. the latter: Chicks don't belong in a Thing movie.
Re. chicks: Michael Whelan's cover paintings for the John Carter editions of the 1980s had a formative influence on my development. I vividly remember the moment a college girlfriend turned around and I realized I was looking at Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Sadly, she would not have got the reference and I would have been doing myself an immediate disservice to have mentioned the fact at the time. This is the first chance I have had to explain the moment to anyone.
Necessary/unnecessary: The first official image of Colin Farrell in Total Recall, a remake not a reboot. Colin Farrell is an excellent actor but the project is most probably unnecessary; let's hope it a second look at PKD's story and not just an update of the 1990 classic. By contrast is the necessary, nay, critical news of an Underworld sequel starring Kate Beckinsale.
Team Bondi Production Designer, Simon Wood will be speaking at London's Design Museum Friday 22 July, 7.30pm.
Austrian businessman Niko Alm poses with his Austrian driver's licence, depicting him wearing a pasta strainer.
Featured: Tempura Asparagus Sushi.
A film by Ruth Hogben.
"... the trend toward aligning our online and offline personas has only accelerated. Today, humans stake online claims to their real-life names before they can even form words or survive outside the womb."
Early adopters? Not so lucky (via AoSHQ).
Sue Ellen is still fantastic, i.e. the stuff of fantasy. Just listen to that voice.
A spoiler-free interview with editor Anne Groell, George R.R. Martin’s editor from the very beginning.
Jeremy Clarkson says he would rather quit than follow the BBC up t'north.
Vamps-kill.com has the story.
Sarah Klose interviews 2006 ArtEZ Institute of Arts graduate, Iris van Herpen.
Also: The limited edition Iris van Herpen X United Nude ankle bootie.
Amsterdam International Fashion Week 2010: Iris van Herpen.
Iris van Herpen @ AIFW S/S 2011 (+ backstage footage).
How to pronounce Iris van Herpen.
The delightful Iris van Herpen pronounces the word "techniques", giggles backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Summer 2012.
Paul Waldman argues reading children's literature - tales of heroes, heroism and adventure - leads to depression in adulthood. Nothing in Harry Potter prepares kids for a future burdened with television, trips to the bathroom and filling out tax forms.
Kedhis replies in the comments.
A condensed version of The Great Gatsby is not The Great Gatsby.
Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse. Tugan Sokhiev, conducting.
The goddess Delia Derbyshire.
Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Brienne of Tarth for season two of Game of Thrones, HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. It's television, so she is far more too pretty to be the character as described, but I think fans (the ones who can read) will agree she is an excellent choice nonetheless.
"These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal."
Update: Oin and Gloin.
Viking remains reveal warriors filed their teeth to appear more ferocious to enemies.
Featuring Casa Loma, up the road from Flea Towers.
Currently featured in Vogue.
Previously: Michelle Dockery in Pygmalion, Turn of the Screw, Return to Cranford and my favourite, Downton Abbey.
A lot more (via Quotulatiousness).
According to a 2010 MoneySense.ca article, the Canadian Cancer Society spends 43% of the funds it raises on... fundraising. Compare this instrumentality with the toonie you gave to the guy outside 7-11. At least you know 100% of his fundraising efforts went into a pack of smokes. He didn't spend it on a cell phone to call you at home and ask you for more cash.
Related: Big bucks for CEOs at big-name Canadian charities.
The Bat (1959) is a mystery film directed by Crane Wilbur, and starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. Its tagline was "When it flies, someone dies!"
Simultaneously, and wins against the group.
Much excitement at the Flea with the announcement Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as the voice of Smaug in Peter Jackson's two part adaptation of The Hobbit. A closer examination of the film's IMDB entry reveals he has also been cast as the voice of the Necromancer of Dol Guldor.
Don't follow that last link if you don't want to learn the identity of the Necromancer. Though, given the recent emo excesses of Game of Thrones' TV-only fans, I no longer have any sympathy for people who claim to love an IP but can't be bothered to read.
And: Sylvester McCoy plays Radagast. Which is ok, I guess.
And... and: Richard Armitage is to my mind a peculiar choice for Thorin Oakenshield - too young - but he's a good actor and I suspect he would do a good job of it.
That said, the operative word is "actor".
Or, say, those elements in a novel such as The Lord of the Rings which build on an earlier novel such as The Hobbit. The ring provides one glaringly obvious example. You know how there was a ring in that Lord of the Rings movie? Hey, that ring is in The Hobbit.
Gotta love those moments that link you into the film that you've seen before. Excuse me but I have to go stab myself in the face.
I have argued that 1984 was the future we feared but the future we've got is Brave New World.
It turns out Neil Postman was thinking along the same lines.
My Benedict Cumberbatch kick lead me to the BBC's near future thriller, The Last Enemy, brought to us here courtesy of PBS and the generosity of viewers like you. It is stupid in all the ways you would expect it to be - security checks to enter No. 10 Downing Street, problem; Big Brother checking to see if you have separated your recycling, not a problem - but it's good fun nonetheless.
My favourite bit is Matthew Goode's introduction to episode four. What would happen if you lost your identity card? Couldn't access your bank accounts? Couldn't enter your place of work? What would happen to your identity then? It's meant to be a rhetorical question minus the fact neither Goode nor his worthy audience have any clue what the answer might be. But there is an answer and it should be obvious. You would be free.
The Minaret of Jam is like something out of a Robert E. Howard story, "part of The City of the Turquoise Mountain, which is the lost Afghan capital of the Middle Ages - Firuzkuh (Firuz Koh)".
Adventure tourism: Dan Cruickshank travels to Qasr Zarafshan.
Ancient tourism: "A caravansary, or khan, also known as caravansara or caravanserai in English (Persian: كاروانسرا kārvānsarā, Turkish: kervansaray) was a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey." These days known as "motels".
"... it wasn't long before the crested black macaque started snapping away with award-winning photographer David Slater's camera."
Having just finished Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, my imagination is stuck in the Himalayas.
Greg Edmonson's "The Road to Shambhala".
An evening with the Uncharted 2 music team.
It belatedly occurs to me not everyone has a PS3.
American game show
Saudi game show
Italian game show
Brazilian game show
French game show
Japanese game show
NB: Two of the above are actually British game shows. Not the good ones.
In fairness: In Japanese game shows, everyone is a winner and all must have prizes.
Because, that's why: For illustrative purposes, another Brazilian game show.
Featuring Vera Brezhnev, Anastasia and Svetlana Zadorozhnaya.
“'Plot Device,' a nine minute short film directed by Seth Worley, and executive produced by Red Giant’s own Aharon Rabinowitz."
"[A] four and a half minute compliation of every Ray Harryhausen animated creature in feature films, presented in chronological order" (via Boing Boing).
Frank Zappa reading a selection from William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch at The Nova Convention, Saturday, 2nd December, 1978.
Not this one.
First, replace every other comma in the list with the word "and" or "or". Now try replacing the serial comma. See what happens.
(Hat tip to Agent Bedhead)
"Author Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) recounts a bloody memory of MythBuster's Adam Savage, and Adam puts Gollum on the phone for a performance of 'I Will Survive' at Minnesota Public Radio's Wits."