Here’s Your Eggs With a Side of Stupid

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The best version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s awful musical Cats is the one not seen. This version sounds like it could be the cringeworthy worst:

The hit musical Cats looks set to include a rapping feline when it returns to London’s West End this year.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said the character of Rum Tum Tugger would become “a street cat” in the show.

Cats, which has not been seen in London for 12 years, is based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

“I’ve come to the conclusion having re-read Eliot, that maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap,” Lord Lloyd-Webber said.

(Slow news day, so sue me.)

Ross Douthat and the Temple of Poon

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Professional scold and Saltpeter Lifetime Achievement winner Cardinal Ross Douthat takes another look at modern culture and finds it… wanting. He takes an argument from Fredrik De Boer that modern masculinity is violent (and needs a new role model) and revanchist Douthat blames (as always) on the sexual revolution of the ’60s (which we should note probably led to his parents conceiving this wet blanket).

Cardinal Douthat wants to rehab the pre-sexual revolution image of masculinity to rescue it from the filthy, dirty hippies who ruined it. But it is not that easy: whether we like it or not, modern masculinity is reflected in pop culture: lonely gunslinger/Rambo/James Bond, and all of it is built on male privilege and entitlement. But Douthat cannot see that because, well, his entitlement got in the way.

Anyway, it is a Tour-de-Derp. Read both articles and see for yourselves.

Glenzilla Goes To Hollywood

Relax.

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Sony’s film about whistleblower Edward Snowden may have competition. According to The Guardian, Oliver Stone is set to direct an adaptation of The Snowden Files, an account of the former NSA contractor’s theft and release of documents revealing far-reaching government surveillance programs.

It should be a great movie, there is something operatic about the story, and it is an important topic. But like the Facebook movie (The Social Network), the principle characters are completely unlikeable, and you cannot wash that out of the DNA of the story. That said, a really powerful story arc is when reprehensible people do something heroic (even in the end, Darth Vador finds the light).

(The Verge)

Pop Culture Alert: Attention MST3K and Buffy Nerds

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I know, this blog is usually about spitballing politicians, Xristian Xrazies and ill-fated and ill-conceived policy, and often enough about our failed media that enables them, but rejoice! We have some great news:

Wired has an oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000 that is a must-read for all Scissorheads in good standing.

But the exciting part is near the very end: Joel Hodgson is hoping to start a new online incarnation of the show, one that will feature a fresh (and as-yet-unannounced) host and cameos from many MST3K alumni.

As many people have noted, Twitter is like the riffing that Joel and the ‘bots used to do on the show, and I think that this idea has some real potential.

Buffy

Into every generation, a Slayer is born…

Fans of the late lamented teevee show Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be all a-Twitter with the news that BTVS is going to be sort-of Podcast by We Nerd Hard. Here’s the announcement:

couple of months ago we announced an upcoming podcast called #RememberThatBuffy which was intended to simply be a podcast going through the history of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We have since decided to take a page out of the @BlackGirlNerds playbook (#JemLiveTweets) and expand the project beyond that. So starting Sunday March 30th, 2014 at 6pm ET SHARP we will be livetweeting every episode of Buffy while streaming it from Netflix.

Immediately after we will do a live broadcast (which will be available for download) with our phone lines open to continue nerding out. We will also be releasing a new podcast called “Black People Watching TV” where you can listen to the @WeNerdHard crew give live commentary while watching the show. Think Mystery Science Theatre 3000 but with Negroes nerding HARD. So the process goes as follows:

  1. A few minutes before 6pm cue up Buffy the Vampire slayer on Netflix (or on DVD if you own it). Pause it AS SOON AS IT STARTS.
  2. 6pm ET: PRESS PLAY
  3. Follow the #RememberThatBuffy hashtag on Twitter and join the livetweeting magic.
  4. Immediately after tune in to @WeNerdHard broadcast LIVE. Phone Lines: 718-404-9320

MAGIC SHALL ENSUE.

I think my Sunday afternoons on the west coast are now booked.

GOP Says They Are Losing to Stewie

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We can add Family Guy to the long list of excuses that Wingnuttia evokes when they try to explain their unpopularity:

I’m sort of lost in his pop-culture word salad. I think he just said that Conservatives are super-heroes, he wants to kill Gilligan, and that they are always the bad guys? So superheroes are the bad guys? So this is one of those alternate universe stories?

It is always about the packaging to them, if only they could get their message out to the mass culture, everyone would like them. If they could just find a lovable character—maybe a bunny—to take away women’s rights, or to tell gay people that they are going to burn in hell, or to explain why being a serf to corporate America is cool, then all would be well, and they will win elections until the end of time.

(Via Raw Story)

Top-o-The-Charts!

Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead made it to the top of the UK charts following the death of former PM Magaret Thatcher.

And of course, the BBC tellie program, The Official Chart Show finds itself in a bit of a sticky wicket:

As of Friday, the song was No. 1 on British iTunes.

Still, many people say the campaign — which aims to see the song played this weekend on the BBC’s Official Chart Show — is in bad taste. Some have called on the BBC to promise it won’t broadcast the song.

A cover-up!

John Whittingdale, a lawmaker from Thatcher’s Conservative party, told the Daily Mail tabloid that many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive.”

Yes, many would find the ditty “deeply insensitive,” and that’s why many actually paid for the song and drove it to the top of the charts.

“This is an attempt to manipulate the charts by people trying to make a political point,” he said.

I think that is the point, John. Nothing gets past you. Mind like a steel trap, eh?

In a statement, the BBC said it had not yet decided on whether it would feature the song on its show — which normally plays all the week’s best-selling hits.

“The Official Chart Show on Sunday is a historical and factual account of what the British public has been buying and we will make a decision about playing it when the final chart positions are clear,” the taxpayer-funded BBC said.

Well, if it is a historical and factual record, then I think you have your answer, Kreskin.

(SFGate)