You Cannot Make This Up

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Over at Wingnuttia’s Free Bacon…

I Don’t Love Spock
Column: President Obama’s favorite Star Trek character is an appeasing arrogant jerk

Matthew Continetti really dislikes Star Trek’s Mr. Spock because the character reminds him of the Kenyan Usurper. The good news is that he likes Commander Data. You know, the robot/android who—like Pinocchio—wants to become a little human boy.

That’s wearing your heart on your sleeve, Continetti.

Some Fries With Your Stupid?

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the [Sharknado] phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard.

Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp.

Casting Coulter as Blam-Blam is sheer genius, though she probably has a bigger adam’s apple; he’s still a bigger Dick, tho.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

Liz Cheney has a winning smile.

I hope that Liz Cheney will be making her screen debut as the title character.

(Hat tip: Hollywood Reporter via Scissorhead Fran)

The Breakfast Club Returns

Oh, man!

“The Breakfast Club” has endured as one of the most popular films of the 1980s and now you can relive it. In honor of the 30th anniversary of its release, the movie will be shown in select theaters during a two-day run on March 26 and 31.

…Tickets for “The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary” are available at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. “The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition” will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 10.

The John Hughes movies really defined the Reagan era, and this one is one of the best of the lot. The soundtrack is a classic, too.

The Morning Quote

“James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is.”

Junkie Limbaugh reacting to the possibility that non-white and not Scottish actor Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire) might star as 007.

We regret to inform Junkie that there has not been a white Scotsman playing Bond since Sean Connery.

We also want again to raise the question, why not a woman, a Jane Bond? This would also just flip little Rushbo’s sexist mind, but could be really a great new twist in the series. Years ago, I remember Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) said that she wanted the part, and I thought that would have been cool.

So… who would you like to see as the next Bond?

Citizen4

I finally saw Citizen4 before it left Seattle, and I’m glad I took the time to see it. While I still think Glenzilla is a major-league asshole, it reinforced my take-away from the news: Snowden really was the story of the year when this broke.

I don’t think that this movie will change many minds (pro or con), but I was surprised at how much more credible and compelling Snowden’s editorial voice is without having to go through so many filters. And yes, I know that the movie was edited, but you do get the sense of who Snowden is and why he decided to blow that whistle (which is NOT the same thing as turning traitor and selling secrets, despite how the media tried to frame the story).

The movie is clearly and obviously presented with a viewpoint (the sequence with David Miranda being detained at Heathrow is manipulative and dishonest if you know the whole story, for example), but the facts of the Snowden revelation remain: pretty much world-wide, everyone’s privacy is compromised, everyone’s digital presence is scooped up and stored, and what you do today can be accessed years from now and associated with other data you might not even know about; taking a call on a corner today where something bad happens next year will be noted and correlated. The NSA metadata collection/association is literally all-seeing and all-listening all the time.

The final scene of the movie is Snowden and Greenwald discussing new details amongst themselves somewhere in Russia, and implying that Greenwald has another bombshell whistleblower lined up. The conversation itself is one of the most ironic/cynical indictments of the digital age. It just made my jaw drop when it fully hit me.

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.)