Nirvana doing what Nirvana did before it was cool to do it like Nirvana…
It’s double or nothing for Christopher Nolan… Well quadruple or nothing I suppose. After rebooting and refurbishing the Batman movie franchise, hitting a homer with all three at bats, Nolan has taken on Superman.
Given the fanboyism that comes with anything of comic origin and the inconsistent level of quality fans have had to endure with the superhero film genre in recent years, Nolan’s success with all three Dark Knights has always felt to me to be extremely fortunate… Can he capture that magic a fourth time with The Man of Steel?
Sure, why not? It won’t be easy though. Here, Nolan discusses with Clevver Movies why creating a Superman flick is more challenging than the Batman instalments:
On this day in 1916 the Mad Monk himself, the ultimate Russian lady killer Grigory Efimovich Rasputin was murdered. Typically, right around here, would dive in to a dry and vaguely engaging history of Rasputin, but instead let’s keep things a little more relaxed… This is especially hard for me because I love Rasputin.
Nevertheless, let us indulge on this the awkward weekend between Christmas and New Years, and on this the anniversary of the death of a very hairy and presumably stinky faith healing hobo called G.E. Rasputin, with the soothing sounds of Boney M:
SIDE NOTE: This is apparently also an early example of green-screening… Clearly still a work in progress:
Here’s a little piece of tastiness straight from the New York Times and some guy that says he knows Larry David… his name’s like Gerald, or Hank or Carrie or something:
This is a two-parter actually, because from the same story I have a scribblish yellow notepad draft of a genuine Seinfeld PopTart observational joke. It’s no Ovaltine, but I think it’s a real knee-slapper:
… but wait… There’s more! If you haven’t seen Seinfeld’s new web series (well, new in July) called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee check out episode one below… For the rest of the season head to the YouTube channel or find it on Crackle.
They become progressively more annoyingly abundant every December, but I still love a solid year-in-review retrospective. One of my favourite compilations is also one of the first out this year: The Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review through Google.
Google also released it’s summary of the most searched topics in 2012; enjoy!
The Cracked Magazine website has become one of my favourite digital places to frequent this year; their science page is especially awesome. When it comes to printed magazine stand wackiness, Mad Magazine still takes the cake (in fact, I didn’t realize that Cracked has been out of print since 2007).
Treat yourself or someone you love (or me) to Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity. Only $20.00 from Amazon:
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
For the past six decades (that’s 60 years-we did the math so you don’t have to) MAD Magazine has keenly observed the American landscape and promptly made fun of everything in sight. Unwavering in their commitment to high quality stupidity, MAD’s legendary artists and writers, long known as “The Usual Gang of Idiots,” have brilliantly satirized politics, celebrities, sports, media, cultural trends, and more.
Totally MAD (originally titled The New American Cookbook until cooler heads prevailed) is the ultimate collection of MAD’s most idiotic material, including such classics as Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Fold-in, A MAD Look At…, The Lighter Side of, Horrifying Clichés and The Shadow Knows, plus modern MAD classics including The MAD Strip Club and The Fundalini Pages.
Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn’t catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, reading it while watching the MADtv sketch comedy show or the more recent animated series on the Cartoon Network, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Then again, maybe not.
Includes “The Soul of MAD,” 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD’s gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot. These beautiful reproductions are suitable for framing or wrapping fish.
I came across this video at Kuriositas and it’s certainly an aesthetically pleasing little piece of awesome. I’ve posted about Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot a few times, but this piece was just too refreshing to not address it again. The video was put together by ORDER, a creative animation and video studio in London. Enjoy!