The old “Checkhov’s gun” rule—which basically says that a weapon introduced in the first act of a story must be fired by the third, or else it shouldn’t be there at all—doesn’t usually apply to movie trailers and their truncated storylines, but half of this trailer for Aaron Katz’s Gemini is basically all about waiting for the gun to go off. Set in the glitzy, neon streets of Hollywood, the trailer opens with Zoë Kravitz’s starlet worried enough about something that she decides to carry a revolver around, and the rest of the trailer is about John Cho investigating her apparent murder and questioning the suspicious behavior of her assistant (played by Lola Kirke). The trailer doesn’t come right out and say that Kirke murdered Kravitz, because that would probably spoil the movie, but it really seems to be leading the viewer ...
Depriving future children of years’ worth of nightmares about dead-eyed animatronics trying to play the blues, Pitchfork reports that Chuck E. Cheese is phasing out its robot bands in a number of select locations, with an eye toward ending the program entirely in favor of live performers. “It’s the biggest thing we’ve done for the look and feel of Chuck E. Cheese for two decades,” the company’s CEO told reporters this week. “The kids stopped looking at the animatronics years and years ago, and they would wait for the live Chuck E. to come out.”
And, rather than take the natural course of action—i.e., fix the damn children, in whatever way it takes to refill them with wonder at the sight of a bunch of spastically jerking robot musicians, toiling away for their amusement—the company has decided to get rid of the ‘bots, in ...
15 Days of Fanmixes: Day 15 (whatever you want)
She Who Makes You Bleed [Listen]
Let’s listen to some murder ballads where the central female character isn’t the one who gets killed…
Author’s Note: The title, as well as this mix in general, is inspired by the comic She Who Bleeds for Your Entertainment. Of course, I doubt that She’d consider songs about female murderers to be any better, but She’s a better person than I am.
01 Henry Lee - Nick Cave ft. PJ Harvey | 02 Caleb Meyer - Gillian Welch | 03 The Barnyard - Rachel Brooke | 04 The Irish Ballad - Tom Lehrer | 05 The Ballad of Sara Berry - 35MM: A Musical Exhibition | 06 The Curse of Millhaven - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds | 07 Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks | 08 Shattercane and Velvet Grass - Lizzie the Musical | 09 Send Me to the Electric Chair - Bessie Smith | 10 To Keep My Love Alive - Ella Fitzgerald | 11 Swing Shift - Cherlene | 12 The Wound that Never Heals - Jim White | 13 Jellon Grame - Broadside Electric | 14 Heart on Her Sleeve - Rhubarb Whiskey | 15 The Outlandish Knight - Bellowhead | 16 The Taylorshop on Enbizaka Street - Rachied (English cover) | 17 Old Time Angels - Jim Lauderdale
Updated with a lot more songs since last time! This is the new track list.
Now on playmoss! (Except for the Rhubarb Whiskey song.)
It was the second act of vandalism in less than three months at the site, located in Carmen Park near historic Faneuil Hall.
Steve LeBlanc @ US News: Gov. Baker Signs Resolution Denouncing White Nationalism
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker joined with Democratic leaders to sign a resolution Thursday denouncing neo-Nazism and white nationalism.
ETA: Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP): Donate to the New England Holocaust Memorial
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Every season of FXX’s You’re The Worst is a four-way race to the bottom, as Jimmy, Gretchen, Edgar and Lindsay all compete to see who can most thoroughly screw up their own lives in the most drastically funny ways. The show’s third season ended on one hell of a downer note, though, with Jimmy leaving Gretchen directly after she said yes to marrying him, and so the trailer for the show’s upcoming hour-long fourth season premiere suggests things will be even more awful than usual. Between Gretchen declaring “mushroom cloud, bitch” and hunting around for crack, and Jimmy getting his ass kicked by retirees, it seems safe to say that the show will continue to plumb the depths of rock bottom when it returns on September 6.
And whose heritage do public symbols of confederacy belong to, anyway?
Florida has more racist hate groups than any other state; I wonder how old the members are.
Texas A&M cancels a rally by white supremacists, because of the possibility of violence against students.
Congressman Will Hurd and others say Trump should apologize for his remarks about Charlottesville.
Not only did Trump's business leaders walk away from him, they're not quiet about why. Here's another statement of why, including the following: "To be clear, the council never lived up to its potential for delivering policies that lift up working families. In fact, we were never called to a single official meeting, even though it comprised some of the world’s top business and labor leaders. The A.F.L.-C.I.O. joined to bring the voices of working people to the table and advocate the manufacturing initiatives our country desperately needs. But the only thing the council ever manufactured was letterhead. In the end, it was just another broken promise."
It took quite a bit of behind the scenes discussion, apparently.
And a look into the past history of American racism in the other inconvenient truth. Note the role Nixon had in creating hatred and persecution that continues to this day.
The racist who organized the Charlottesville white separtists ran away from his own press conference. Another white separatist was stuck having a press conference in his own office after two hotels turned him down.
I am not sure I agree with this idea of how to handle Trump, by making him say only what is written down. Why? I'm not sure he's literate enough to deal with the concepts. Even when he writes things down, they're offensive, ignorant, ahistorical and just plain wrong. And he's as much of a racist in private as in public. It's not just for show. He's bad enough at being president that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is saying, publicly, Trump lacks the stability and competence to do the job. Is he about to go down in flames? The big question: What do you do when the President is unAmerican?
At this point, domestic terrorism is not a federal crime; that may change soon. Or we may have to consider if we are heading for another civil war.
Bannon doesn't understand about interviews. He should. He was a founder of Breitbart, and fell down their hole long ago.
And Silicon Valley is having an anti-Nazi purge. Twitter is shutting down white supremacist accounts. Can they shut down Trump now? Maybe the damaging myth of the longer genius nerd is involved.
The NYTimes has thoughts on how to roll back fanaticism.
Is there a better way to protest?
Malala is going to Oxford.
New Jersey introduces a fund to support local journalism.
A new poem by Sherman Alexie.
Trump's anti-abortion policies could keep girls around the world out of school.
Top journalists talk about the best job advice they were ever given. And 7 quick tips for conducting tough interviews.
When someone is hit by a train in the NY Subway, where do they put the body? In the MTA lunchrooms!
Some thoughts on signaling behavior and decisionmaking in government.
Buddhist wisdom: Everything we do matters, but two things are critical.
You don't know about Vernice Warfield, but you should.
Meg Wollitzer on feeling strong without a security blanket.
Talking with Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Poehler is teaming up with The Simpsons’ Mike Scully and Julie Thacker for a new animated comedy on Fox. The untitled show will reportedly focus on Duncan Harris, an average 15-year-old kid “with dreams of being a UFC fighter, tech billionaire, video game champ—or any job where you make a ton of money and don’t have to wear a tie.” The idea originated with Poehler, but Scully and Thacker will write the script. Poehler will also voice “multiple characters,” though we don’t have any specifics for that, including whether she’ll be playing Duncan himself or who the other characters in the show might be.
At this point, Fox has simply ordered a script and pilot presentation, which basically means that there are still a lot of steps between now and this project making it to TV.
Like many of us, I’ve been struggling to process what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend, and what’s been happening in this country for a while now. The racism and hatred and violence didn’t magically appear out of nowhere. It’s been building up for a long time…in fact, much of it has always been there. It’s just boiling over into the open right now, making it harder (but obviously not impossible) to look away and pretend it’s not happening.
Part of the argument I’ve seen centers around free speech and the First Amendment. Free speech is a right, an important one, and rights apply to everyone. Even people you dislike and disagree with.
But freedom of speech in this country is not and has never been limitless. From the U.S. Federal Courts, here are a few examples of actions not legally protected by freedom of speech:
- Students making an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.
- Making/distributing obscene materials.
- Inciting actions that would harm others (e.g., Shouting “fire” in a crowded theater.)
Now let’s look at some of the “alt-right” protesters who gathered in Charlottesville.
These people here? The ones wearing swastikas, waving Nazi flags, marching in T-shirts with Adolf Hitler quotes, and throwing Nazi salutes?
This isn’t protest. This is a threat.
The message here is not, “I don’t want you to take down a statue.” It’s “I believe in ethnic cleansing, in the murder of millions of Jews, Romani, and other non-white people. I believe people with disabilities should be forcibly sterilized or put to death. I believe non-heterosexuals should be imprisoned and killed.”
These people are pledging allegiance to a movement of mass murder. We know what the Nazis stood for. We know what they did. When people stand up in 2017 and proclaim themselves Nazis, we know what they’re saying. We know what they’re promising.
I’m not a lawyer, but I don’t believe freedom of speech protects the incitement of violence. I don’t believe it protects threats of genocide.
Maybe you don’t personally feel threatened by this. In many ways, neither do I. I’m a straight white man, unlikely to be a primary target of these hateful people.
Now imagine you’re Jewish. Imagine you’re black. Imagine you’re gay. Imagine you’re Romani. Imagine your ancestors were among the millions of people murdered by Nazis. Now look at those photos and tell me you’re not looking at a very real threat.
“But not all of the ‘Unite the Right’ marchers were openly wearing Nazi symbols!”
You’re right, and if you’ll read a little more carefully, you’ll see I never claimed otherwise. But they marched alongside Nazis. They chanted “Jews will not replace us!” alongside Nazis. They stood side-by-side with Nazis.
“Isn’t it so convenient for you to exclude speech you don’t like from the free speech umbrella? Free speech is an absolute right, and the true test is whether we’ll stand up for speech we disagree with!”
As established earlier, legally speaking, free speech is not an absolute right. Ethically–well, do you believe people have the absolute right to harass others? To threaten? To leak private information? To incite violence and murder? I don’t. Which means ethically, free speech isn’t an absolute right either.
I struggled with this. But in the end, I look at the photos and videos from Charlottesville, and I see deliberate intimidation. I see the threat and promise of violence. I see people proclaiming their loyalty to an enemy our country went to war against.
I see no reason to tolerate or accept that enemy.
Nor do I have any respect for those who knowingly collaborate with them.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.