Preface: I'll warn you: This one requires a bit of ancillary reading on your part. Not books or anything (though they are always good things to read), but blog posts and articles. I hope you're all right with that...because it'll be worth it.
I am a huge fan of the world and mythos of Hannibal Lecter, and so I'm a bit ashamed of myself that I didn't know, until the week of airing, that NBC was creating a new ongoing series called Hannibal, based on the events directly preceding Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. But, upon hearing of what should have been a wondrous occurrence, I was what I'll call "Aggressively Meh" about the whole thing.
Showing that he knows how to maximize good interview time, Jon Stewart wastes no time in discussing Morgan Freeman's soon-to-hit Now You See Me and goes straight to discussing science. The conversation covers not only Stephen Hawking's party skills but also how you can use balloons to explain damn near anything in physics.
I have not caught Freeman's show, Through the Wormhole, but all I can say is that if you paired these two on some sort of science road trip documentary series, I would watch the living hell out of it. It's after the jump.
It's Episode #151 for Fast & Furious 6, in which our protagonist marvels at the tenacity and testicular fortitude of this particular franchise, is happy to see more going on than cars and writhing women at street races, and apologies to Ludacris for getting his name wrong. To be fair, I was punished for doing so by gravity's karma.
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Words are like alcohol. Think of the words you use everyday as your regular, workaday ale or glass of wine. And there's nothing wrong with that--it's comforting, in fact. However, every once in a while, it's time for something special: a vintage whiskey or a top shelf cocktail. Think of Aaron Poole as your bartender of verbiage. He can pull one of those Cocktail flip-things and have a nice chilled glass of new vocabulary in your hand faster than you can say Yakov Smirnoff. So get Aaron to pour you on a double on the rocks! Accept no substitutes! This word is one you can use! In conversation! When you're trying to describe to the jury why you wound up in that abandoned warehouse! You can even use it on Twitter and Facebook! And the best part is: this word is free for you to use and share! It is guaranteed DRM-free.
We hope you will join Aaron as he refills your tumbler of knowledge from the pour spout of language to slake the thirst of ignorance!
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Over the course of the action-explodo-thon of Star Trek Into Darkness, there is a shot of Alice Eve in her underwear. I didn't mind it, partly because it was a brief blip in a film that I was enjoying the momentum of, and partly because I own a penis. But apparently, there has been some kerfuffle about this--and in J.J. Abrams' appearance on Conan (shown after the jump), he explains what his thought process was. And, you know, penis or not (though for the record: there is one), I can see where he could have been going for that and it was a beat that just didn't quite work in that way.
But yeah, he would have saved himself a ton of trouble if he had just left the shower scene in. All will be explained:
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Written by Warren Ellis
Performed by Reg E. Cathey
Published by Hachette Audio
NYPD detective John Tallow has just seen his partner of twenty years shot by a crazy naked man with a shotgun. Of course, Tallow responses in kind by shooting the crazy man dead. This would have been the incident where Tallow, burdened with years of the violence and brutality of New York, finally shuts down.
However, the naked madman with a shotgun blew a hole into an apartment. When checking to see if anyone is hurt, Tallow discovers an apartment covered in guns. All sorts of guns from flintlocks to Saturday Night Specials, all arranged like pixels in a digital picture. They seem to convey some sort of meaning or purpose but it may be beyond sanity. Even weirder, when a sampling of the guns is tested, all of them are connected to cold cases of unsolved homicides. In other words, Tallow has just reopened over 400 unsolved murder cases and the department is not happy. His "reward" for this discovery is to investigate who did all this. And why would be nice too. So Tallow has to deal with two rather odd CSUs, a department that wouldn't mind this whole mess sinking into the Hudson, and the killer who is very smart, very talented, and very pissed that someone fucked with his guns.
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Alice in Chains was a band that I enjoyed after picking up Dirt in the wake of digging the absolute shit out of "Would?" from the Singles soundtrack. And then I enjoyed the hell out of it...and to a certain extent everything that came after...especially their "Let's try something slightly different" EPs like Jar of Flies and Sap. And then as they fell apart during and after the loss of vocalist Layne Staley, I sort of lost touch. Seemed like whenever I caught them, there was something about it that just wasn't...them. But now, having heard the new single "Stone" from the upcoming The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, I feel like I'm getting a suitable successor to Staley and yet the band just isn't Alice in Chains Again. And while trying to find a live performance of "Stone," I stumbled across this: and thus, witness William DuVall nailing the shit out of "Kashmir," back by the rest of AIC and a freaking orchestra, recorded in 2009 (I think).
I'm not sure what your relationship to the series China Beach is, but mine's pretty simple: I had never seen it before. Oh, I was aware of it. I even knew Dana Delany had gotten her career started in the show. But it began at the end of my high school days and I had already drifted away from being able to spend lots of time watching television, so I just never had the opportunity to check it out. Thus in my head it was simply "MASH, but in Vietnam and with a focus on nurses."
Cut to today and we've got the whole damn thing having hit from Time-Life on DVD (the same people who hoisted that tremendous Carol Burnett boxed set into the market recently, yes) and it's a lot easier to take in and appreciate the thing when viewed in its entirety. Most impressively, as time went on...well, time went on. Whereas MASH lasted a helluva lot longer than the war that served as its backdrop, China Beach let time pass and its characters go home. Then it followed what happened after they got there, including the role of PTSD for those that did. Hell, it even visited the Vietnam War Memorial. Pretty intense stuff. Being a MASH fan, I can say with some embarrassment that speaking on that fandom...we just got AfterMASH. So.