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Friday Night Links

August 14, 2009 1 comment

Hooray! Friday is upon us. And what better way to prepare for the weekend winddown than with a batch of links and videos. Warning: Links tend to be excellent. Allow sufficient time to peruse them. Maybe go get yourself a box juice and a bag of potato chips. On to the links.

Sometimes I forget that it would be a good idea to put up some of my favorite stuff on the internet from time to time. The P.S. 22 chorus is awesome. That link leads to their blog. Here’s a video of them taking on a classic.(Lady Gaga and Coldplay at the end of this post.)

Vick signs with the Eagles. NFL Players Tweet reactions.

MSNBC blog First Read on townhalls, anger, and Republican reaction. Good stuff.

The Onion: Little Butterball Holding Up Ice Cream Line.

A Neocon for President in 2012? Daily Beast series looks at 2012 landscape. Just found this, looks bookmarkable.

Are you tired of seeing quizzes on “what childhood beach toy you are”? Is the craziest you get on facebook entail sending out an inquiring wall post? Or maybe a poke if you’re feeling saucy? Well then Facebook Lite might be for you.

Clearly the best part is at the end when he nonchalantly says, “When I interviewed Vice President Joe Biden, he became my homeboy. Now that I’ve interview you would you like to be my homeboy?”

Madden 2010. May need to dip back into the classic franchise…

Interesting post from Slate’s Brow Beat Blog.

Oooo top 100 blogs. Where the blogosphere and twitterosphere meet apparently.

What’s coming up in New York City?

This guy wrote about a traffic problem in Queens for the Queens Ledger. This guy is me.(I know about the typo, don’t know what happened there)

Magazine Launch parties are back! Regular readers may fondly remember my post on another magazine launch party from ten years ago.

P.S. 22 Chorus sings Lady Gaga’s Just Dance with(thankfully) cleaned up lyrics:

And the kids sing a song rumored to be about the Crusades, the French Revolution, Napoleon, George W. Bush, Caesar, Nero, or Jesus Christ:

ESPN To Employees: Stop Tweeting You Twerps!

In the last 36 hours, the US Marines have banned Twitter use, the NFL has banned Twitter, and now comes news that ESPN will only let employees Tweet if, you know, it’s not about sports. What’s next? Shaq can’t tweet about random acts of Shaqness? CNN can’t tweet about news? I can’t tweet about blog posts and blog about tweets? What is the world coming to?

Ive said it before and Ill say it again. I want to know about an NBA reporters vacation and car shopping experiences.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I want to know about an NBA reporter's vacation destinations and car shopping experiences.

In all seriousness, ESPN could not be more shortsighted in it’s gagging of employees and in it’s approach to Twitter. Let’s look at the internal memo which they thankfully(foolishly?) released. Via Deadspin:

Specific Guidelines
· Personal websites and blogs that contain sports content are not permitted
· Prior to engaging in any form of social networking dealing with sports, you must receive permission from the supervisor as appointed by your department head
· ESPN.COM may choose to post sports related social media content
· If ESPN.com opts not to post sports related social media content created by ESPN talent, you are not permitted to report, speculate, discuss or give any opinions on sports related topics or personalities on your personal platforms
· The first and only priority is to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content
Assume at all times you are representing ESPN
If you wouldn’t say it on the air or write it in your column, don’t tweet it
Exercise discretion, thoughtfulness and respect for your colleagues, business associates and our fans
· Avoid discussing internal policies or detailing how a story or feature was reported, written, edited or produced and discussing stories or features in progress, those that haven’t been posted or produced, interviews you’ve conducted, or any future coverage plans.
· Steer clear of engaging in dialogue that defends your work against those who challenge it and do not engage in media criticism or disparage colleagues or competitors
· Be mindful that all posted content is subject to review in accordance with ESPN’s employee policies and editorial guidelines
· Confidential or proprietary company information or similar information of third parties who have shared such information with ESPN, should not be shared
Any violation of these guidelines could result in a range of consequences, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal.”

“Prior to engaging in any form of social networking dealing with sports, you must receive permission from the supervisor as appointed by your department head.” Twitter and social media helps to pass content along and inform viewers of upcoming programming. This is free advertising! That fans want to read! Bill Simmons constantly pimps ESPN’s fantastic upcoming documentary series ’30 for 30′. Is this a bad thing for ESPN?

” The first and only priority is to serve ESPN sanctioned efforts, including sports news, information and content.” My favorite one. On ESPN besides the oft-mentioned Simmons, (who is going to have the biggest name on my tag cloud soon) Marc Stein and Ric Bucher tweet about in progress reporting before a story is ready for submission. While this might sound a little dangerous, they use their news judgment as experienced professionals, to decide what little nugget would be simultaneously interesting to readers and harmless to divulge. Why does ESPN insist on treating their employees like irresponsible children?

“Assume at all times you are representing ESPN. If you wouldn’t say it on the air or write it in your column, don’t tweet it” More of the same. ESPN has a history of taking itself too seriously. On a March 27th B.S. Report podcast with his boss John A. Walsh, Simmons shared five gripes about ESPN and the first one was that ESPN could have a better sense of humor about itself. Walsh agreed. but he didn’t reallyaddress the concerns. This is an example of outdated thinking and is exemplified in their approach to employee tweets. Twitter has many different applications, especially for a giant media company, and its shocking that they wouldn’t want to embrace this.

Social media connoisseur, Chris Brogan put it this way:

“You can use your robot feeds to blurt out posts and showtimes and stuff, but if you want connectivity to people, engagement to your content, and a sense of participation on the social web, making people only talk about ESPN is a quick one-way ticket to “who cares?”

Over at Deadspin the writer chronicled how ESPN employees were scared to send over the memo and believed that Bucher was “flagrantly testing” the new policy. Simmons tweeted “My take on the great unspoken: Ultimately it’s good if (redacted) incorporates (redacted). Had to start somewhere. I trust @rfking(ESPN.com editor-in-chief). So there.”

Too bad we’ll never know if that’s what he really thinks.
UPDATE: I don’t think my post is what did it but…ESPN responds to backlash and criticism.

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Top 5 Upcoming Blockbuster Movies of 2009, 2010

With Comic Con in the books and the summer blockbusters out of the way, I thought I’d take a look at what’s going to hit theaters over the next 500 days or so. In no particular order:

1) Alice in Wonderland

It’s safe to say that Johnny Depp has some range. March 5th, 2010.

2) 2012

I don’t know about anybody else but this movie trailer scares the bejesus out of me. Those Mayans and their calendar seem to be causing a lot of strife, so let’s go to a Mayan priest to settle the issue, once and for all. November 13th, 2009.

3) Ironman 2

You gotta love how movie companies are so secretive with their trailers. Oh no! Fans might be exciting and pining for the movie at an earlier date! Excitement might reach a fever pitch! No, no, we don’t want that. As such we’re reduced to watching pictures of a trailer. How sad. Don Cheadle, in the photos, as he is replacing Terrence Howard. Don’t know the story? Here ya go. May 7th, 2010.

4. The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture. All in the movie. Yes, I am serious. April 23rd, 2010.

5. Twilight: New Moon

No I didn’t do this for traffic. How dare you even think it. Look, the characters are dreamy and the movie is so real because it’s her story, in first person ok? Ok? IT LOOKS COOL WHEN THE GUY TURNS INTO A WEREWOLF. There I said it. November 20th, 2009.

JK Wedding Video: Anatomy of an Instant-Classic.

Those closest to me might say that I’m prone to hyperbole from time to time. They’re wrong, but I’ll humor them anyway. Maybe this is an exaggeration, but if it is, it’s just by a smidge. The video was uploaded 15 days ago…it has more than 15 million views. Let’s analyze that quickly. I’m On A Boat(one of my faves), featuring The Lonely Island and T-Pain has 31 million views. It’s a Saturday Night Live digital short! It aired in millions of homes on a Saturday night! It’s been on Youtube for six months. This wedding video is viral. It’s been passed along the internet. Without further ado the hilarious video. Play-by-play and analysis below:

0:00-0;50: Classic opening. Those guys deserve a lot of credit. You know grandmas in the pews were slightly horrified about the proceedings, but the two guys had all of the spotlight on them and delivered. Well done.

0:50-1:05 Great job by the young ladies in pink. Choreographed and crisp. But it’s a good thing they went before…

1:05-1:30 The showstopper!  He’s got some moves, as he opens with the patented NFL player entrance side-skip immortalized by Deion Sanders. For a big man he has some dexterity, going for a hand stand. And his face is a portrait of attitude.

1:30-1:45 A slight hiccup in the performance excellence, but once again they’re dancing in front of family before a wedding. One misstep and you have the second cousin you don’t particularly care for making snarky remarks as he asks you to pass the gravy on Thanksgiving.

1:45-2:00 Now that’s more like it! I like how the guy on the right said, “You know what, I’m going sans vest. I’m going to dance my heart out.”

2:00-2:50 Assorted regrettable creative decisions. They can’t all be winners.

2:50-3:03 My favorite participant is back leading the charge.

3:04 The groom tumbles in ladies and gentlemen! I took tumbling gym in high school. That right there, that’s a multistep process, executed to perfection.

3:05-3:35 Getting into position for…

3:35-4:10 Slow motion Matrix moves?! Is this real life?! Stellar. Just exemplary.

4:10-4:30 The bride enters, beaming.

4:30-5:10 And scene. Is there any way this marriage doesn’t last 20 years? A certain type of love and admiration has to be present for all parties to say, “Yeah you know what, let’s dust off Chris Brown’s, ‘Forever’, and dance to it. It was in the bargain bin on iTunes, anyway.”

So there you have it. Over on Salon.com’s Future of Journalism Blog, King Kaufman thinks the JK Wedding video is relevant to the future of journalism. I know! Who would have thought? Click on over for some interesting thoughts.

College humor imagines that JK don’t last the 20 years I foretold…

The JK Wedding Dance has people in every country taking to the streets!(Aliens must see this and think humans are so weird.)

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Friday Night Links

We continue the wildly popular and catchy weekly feature that is not necessarily posted at night. This week I saved a bunch of links throughout the week in preparation for this momentous post. Onto the links.

Mayor Bloomberg to homeless: We’ll pay for a one-way ticket to ship you out of NYC.

The Onion is “bought” by chinese businessmen. In classic Onion fashion, the headline: Why Did No One Inform Us Of The Imminent Death Of The American Newspaper Industry?

Wall Street Journal had eight unemployed people blog about their experience looking for jobs. Many are working now. But at a cost.

The Journalist’s Guide to Twitter.

This video is hilarious to me because I know many people who are/have been addicted to World of Warcraft:

You know I love LOST so I don’t want to hear any lip. “Ben”, “Hurley” and the ever eye-lined “Richard” discuss the end of the show and the Jack, Kate and Sawyer love triangle.(Video)

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man. This article has really cool, if slightly unnerving buzzwords like the rapture, the end of the human era, and the singularity,

Did Obama ever really believe in bipartisanship? And what does the term mean anyway?

The Audacity of Hops: Beer summit stats. Bud Light for Obama, Blue Moon for Sergeant James Crowley, Sam Adams Light for Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates, and a Buckler nonalcoholic beer for Vice President Joe Biden. Biden must have been designated driver.

LOST: Season 6 Promo Poster Has Fans Giddy

When I saw this poster I squealed like a rambunctious child. Ok I didnt but still.

When I saw this poster I squealed like a rambunctious child.

What’s great about writing about LOST is that I’m pretty sure 98 percent of the readers are as fanatical and crazy about the show as I am. LOST is the definition of an action-packed drama and in five seasons a lot has changed. Characters have come and gone and time travel has been spliced into the plot to spice things up. That and a dusting of the supernatural has unfailingly made things more interesting. You never know what the creators have up their sleeves and it has become part of the charm of the show.

So when a poster was seen at Comic Con that showed all of the main cast members back for season six in some capacity–dead, alive, and those who we don’t know about yet–a fan frenzy predictably ensued.

Over at damoncarltonandapolarbear.com Paul Scheer best known from Best Week Ever says the cast members are:

(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Faraday, Boone, Miles, Michael, Ana Lucia, Charlotte, Shannon, Desmond, Eko, Kate, Jack, Sawyer, Locke, Ben, Sayid, Libby, Sun, Jin, Claire, Hurley, Juliet, Charlie, Frank, Richard, Bernard and Rose

So we have Boone, Michael, Ana Lucia, Charlotte, Shannon, Eko, Libby, and Charlie who are certifiably dead. Claire, Sayid, and Juliet most likely alive but you never know. Oh and everybody else should be fine if the nuclear blast didn’t kill them. The best part of the poster is not even the return of so many familiar faces. Locke has his back turned to everybody which as we know is an allusion to his crazy body snatching doppelganger. Some call him Jacob’s nemesis, I prefer Evil Locke. It has a nice ring to it. Oh man, I could write 3,000 words about LOST so I think I’ll break this into a two parter and talk some LOST theories next week.

Comic Con LOST panel with surprise appearances from cast members. At the end you will be able to choose to watch parts 2, 3, and 4:

Youtube’s Finest: 10 Viral Sensations

When you hear about viral sensations, you’re conditioned to think that a trip to the doctor is order. But fear not. I thought I’d continue the social network, social media, new media, day with a look at some of the funniest and most viewed videos on Youtube. Inspired by this piece from Mashable. (Big day for them on ACO. Maybe its because I read so much of their content over the weekend that my head hurts.) In no particular order.

Possibly the funniest baby video I have ever seen. And babies are funny.

I always had pain after the dentist. Never…this.

And the response video. A couple classic moments during it.

Dramatic.

An excuse to get “I Want It That Way” on here. Facial expressions=hilarious

What are the chances?

Two cats talking. Stellar editing.

This guy goes through a couple generations of dance moves and he’s not bad.

This video grew on me so much that I actually think it’s a good song now.

Saved the best for last. A friend’s wife is the singer. Three friends are the backup dancers. I love this video so much.