7 items from 2011
A few days a go PETA the animal rights activists decided that one of the major items on their agenda would be to try and get Nintendo to remove the Tanooki suit from Super Mario 3D Land because according to them “By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s Ok to wear fur”. Well according to a press release today that mini protest was actually just a joke:
“Mario fans: Relax!” The organisation said that its spoof flash game – Mario Kills Tanooki – was “meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur.”
Apparently PETA was surprised the campaign was “taken so literally” and that none of their initial comments were meant to be taken seriously. Personally I don’t buy that for one second, I think there was such a backlash by Nintendo »
- Matt Mann
Best Buy's 2011 Black Friday ad is out joining the early release of ads from other big box retails like Walmart, Toys 'R' Us, K-Mart and others. I've dug through the ad to pick out what I believe are the best home entertainment-related deals that might catch your eye to buy a little over a week from now.
Starting big and working our way down, one of Best Buy's doorbusters is a 42" Sharp Ldc TV priced at a mere $199.99. This is a great deal for those of you with old tube sets and limited funds who haven't been able to make the leap to high definition yet.
To play high definition content, another Best Buy doorbuster is offering a Toshiba Blu-ray player with Bd-Live for only $39.99. It's normally priced at $79.99, so that's a cool $40 savings to gain entry to the wonderful world of Blu-ray. Trust me, holdouts, the upgrade from DVD »
If a 1980s movie has to be made, conceptually I see some potential for Cannonball Run. But sponsored by Gm? How do you get a Lamborghini racing an ambulance if it's by one car company? Wasn't that part of the fun? And if we're going to be real, the advent of surveillance cameras, cell phones, and police data networks probably make the suspension of disbelief requirements appallingly high. Still - fantasy casting, anyone?
Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan makes perfect sense for people who make over $200,000/year, the only folks who get an effective tax cut. The poor lose out, and the middle class get hammered when you run the numbers.
Fauja Singh completed the Toronto marathon in 8 hours, 25 minutes. It's not a great time, until you realize Singh is 100-years-old. »
- Ed Kennedy
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6.30pm Et: Can last year's Emmy's be topped? Now there's a phrase you don't hear about the Us TV industry's annual gong-a-thon very often. In fact, mostly never. But in 2010, after years of shambolic broadcasts, badly briefed presenters, over-runs and idiosyncratic awards choices, the organisers finally got it together.
In an article headlined "Were these the best Emmy's ever?" New York magazine described last year's event as the "least excruciating televised awards show since the 2009 Oscars". Which is quite something for New York magazine.
- Matt Wells, Hadley Freeman, Sarah Hughes
It’s getting to be that time of year again, when thousands and thousands of starry-eyed sprockets launch their college careers. Hopefully, they’re eager and excited, but, likely, there’s also some fear there, even if they are starting out in a new school not too far from where they attended high school. While I wouldn’t say that college was the best years of my life (because I would hate to think that the best years of my life are already behind me), my experience was pretty good. It got better once I figured a few things out for myself. Maybe, just maybe, writing this column will save a few of that new crop of sprockets a little bit of time and worry.
If ever there was a time in your life to channel all of that science-fiction space-exploration or epic fantasy quest media you’ve spent all »
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Running Time: 1 hr 56 mins
Release Date: March 11, 2011
Plot: Marines, led by Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz (Eckhart), face off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.
Who’S It For? You want your alien movie to be more military based, but you still want your melodrama fix. Also, you don’t mind a shaky camera.
Expectations: Special effects, mindless action and amusing one-liners. What else can you expect from an alien invasion flick centered on Los Angeles?
Aaron Eckhart as Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz: Ever since Eckhart and all his bravado appeared in Thank You For Smoking, I’ve been hooked. Given the right material, he can command a room. He’s also able to command soldiers even though Nantz’s last mission didn’t go so well (that’s putting it mildly). Immediately, »
- Jeff Bayer
One of the Sundance documentaries showing up on buyer priority lists is Page One. Director Andrew Rossi camped out at the media desk of The New York Times for 14 months. Trust me, a chronicle of the day to day activities of out-of-shape journalists ordinarily would be like watching grass grow. But Rossi had timing on his side: he shot while the newspaper was struggling through a print decline that hobbled circulation and advertising. Rossi was on hand when the paper laid off 100 reporters. "The conceit of the film was I followed editors and reporters on the media desk as they covered stories about changing technology as the paper itself underwent tumultuous change and layoffs because of that technology," Rossi said. Here's an exclusive clip where reporter Brian Stelter chases an early story about WikiLeaker Julian Assange. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- MIKE FLEMING
7 items from 2011
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