Archives: January 2009
Adams is a typical comic book artist. Kind of funny. Kind of weird:
ADAMS: Well, the great thing is that in this kind of environment, almost everybody you deal with is trying to screw you. And so that makes great comic fodder. So, everybody’s kind of a little bit dishonest. Maybe not criminally so. But can you really tell if your cellphone service is better than another cellphone service? Or can you tell if you invest in a hedge fund that they’re going to invest in anything versus just keeping the money and spending it on fancy clothes?
RYSSDAL: Do you really believe everybody’s trying to screw you out there?
ADAMS: Well, I like to think everybody is, ’cause then I’ll be ready, you know, just in case. But, you know, it’s good to be vigilant.
You can listen to the whole thing here.
MTV-U is holding a contest for journalism students – aspiring entertainment reporters – to get credentials for the Red Carpet on Oscar night.
We think they were all cool when they couldn’t pay their rent. Now? Sellouts.
Complete list of the line-up after the jump.
Over at MadAtoms, Worm Miller shares a phrase that he’s coined, “Horse Farts”. It came from when he was writing a script and the producers felt it needed to be ‘punched up’ so they wrote in a horse just farting for no reason at a certain word.
We may not have walked away with our dignity, but we did get a spiffy new term!
For us horse farts are uncreative, exploitative jokes added to a script by the producer or director to “punch up” a scene – adding a fart is almost always a horse fart, as is excessive Juno-style slang, and ADR jokes added in post-production are the devil’s horse fart playground – but it’s a broad concept.
Horse farts are really anything added by someone else to your work – be it a script, essay, song, blog, whatever – designed to get cheap, easy reactions for the audience. Hell, it could even happen right here if my editor decided this article didn’t have a punchy enough ending. He might insert one final childish joke that seems sorta out of place.
Brilliant. We once heard the suggestion,”You should totally end this scene with the priest saying,’I have to take a dump.’” Uhm…yeah.
Now we have a phrase! Woohoo!
Fox News enlightens us:
The founder of the Weather Channel is ridiculing Al Gore over his calls for action on global climate change, saying in a column that global warming is a “hoax” and “bad science.”
John Coleman, now a weatherman at San Diego’s KUSI, wrote on his station’s Web site Wednesday that Gore refuses to acknowledge the faulty research on which the idea of global warming is based.
We don’t know which is weirder – the founder of The Weather Channel working as a weatherman in the weather-free area of San Diego or a weatherman in the weather-free area of San Diego denouncing Global Warming.
It’s a bit like a science reporter (when we used to have them) touting creationism.
Stick to the facts, Coleman. Just tell people that the morning fog will burn off by 10am and the weather will be sunny and 74 along the coast and erring on the side of pollution makes you look tough.
Yesterday we posted a spoof of Mad Men called Mad Libs Men, not realizing that (if we were into actors we’d be hot for) hot guy we met trolling WeHo bars Vincent De Paul was in the parody. And apparently he’s also been in the the actual series Mad Men last season.
Yep. When asked what the biggest media event of the year was – or which one they actually cared about…very few of you said the Oscars. Apparently the glamor and spark of a bi-racial, south paw raised by a single mother being sworn in as the leader of the free world trumps a night of the movie industry successfully legitimizing themselves through who they wear and who they thank.
You heard it here first.