Bad Movie Club: What Hath Twitter Wrought

Phill Jupitus is in. Are you in?

Twitter is a rather frightening tool/phenomenon. I joined it a while back as sort of a place to throw random ideas and notions–the more surreal the better–and didn’t think much of it. But then the big boys moved into town. Stephen Fry is now God Emperor of Twitter and currently has over 180,000 people. Or at least he did when I started writing this, he’s probably broken a quarter of a million by now. Jonathan Ross arrived on the scene and became the clearinghouse for fake celebs–telling everyone who was real just by, you know, calling them at home and such. Neil Gaiman has been sucked into the world of Twitter and got to share his whirlwind experience of promoting a successful film and winning a Newbery at the same time–and for everyone who follows him, it was a day like any other day except we were there. Graham Linehan, head burrito of The IT Crowd, and Andy Diggle, who if there was a God would be writing The Authority right now, pop on when they feel like gaming and invite whoever to join them. And Phill Jupitus appears to be having so much fun with Twitter it should be illegal.

And now, Linehan has spawned @BadMovieClub, with a screening of The Happening taking place at 9pm GMT tonight and everyone participating using the #BadMovieClub tag. Then Phill declared a second showing at midnight GMT. Then @katoi, who is brighter than I, snagged Then @lauriepink created the unofficial official Bad Movie Club t-shirt. Which is not in black, so WTF, laurie. I mean bravo and all that but help me out here.

It is freaking fantastic to watch, in other words. Do you see what is happening here? We can now create the equivalent of flash events on the fly wherever and entertain each other without having to really do anything.


RIP: Ray Dennis Steckler

Ray Dennis Steckler

I first heard about the work of Ray Dennis Steckler when I saw It Came From Hollywood, and they made mention of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. I was fascinated by such a complete gonzoid title such as that–I was certain it couldn’t be real. But of course, it was. Mr. Steckler has died at age 70.

However, he didn’t just make that whacked out long-titled opus. Here’s the trailer for his directorial debut, Wild Guitar:

Direct link for the feedreaders.

The whole thing’s available for viewing online here.

Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, November 24, 2008

New Moon book cover art

Because some sites want to make you slog through a 400 word article to get 50 words worth of info. To hell with that. Enjoy.

  • In a move that should surprise nobody, the sequel to Twilight, New Moon, has been given the go-ahead. This after the film did an estimated $70M this weekend. Quantum of Solace dropped 59%+ in its second weekend, but don’t cry for it, it’s already broken a half-billion when you add in the overseas. Of course, it opened overseas first, but I still think it’ll match if not beat (slightly) Casino Royale when all is said and done. Disney’s got to be a bit perturbed about Bolt opening with just $27M, since they haven’t had something open that small in…a while. Anyway, if you’re the author of a vampire novel aimed at teens, then you are sitting on a stack of gold at the moment. Congratulations.
  • Arrested Development is looking to become a feature film. Excellent. That plan worked so well for Firefly, after all. Source: Variety.
  • Aaron Eckhart is on board to play the platoon leader in the previously mentioned Battle: Los Angeles. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
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    Americans for Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand

    Jonathan Ross Russell Brand

    I’ll let you read the Chortle article if you want the full story, but here’s the gist:

    Russell Brand has…had…a radio show. Jonathan Ross was on hand to co-host. They were supposed to be chatting with Andrew Sachs, he of Fawlty Towers fame. Sachs couldn’t make it, so they proceeded to leave some messages on his answerphone…some not very nice messages. Specifically they had to do with Sachs’ granddaughter and Brand’s claims that he had known the young lady in the *cough* biblical sense.

    The end result is that Brand and Ross screwed up. They shouldn’t have been leaving such messages in the first place because telling somebody’s granddad that you made the beast with two backs with them is just flat uncool. Ross didn’t help matters by using embellishments of language in the background. So an apology was in order, was given, but things have gotten a little out of hand: Brand has quit his radio show, Ross is suspended for twelve weeks from the BBC, and Ross has also had to pull out of hosting the comedy awards.


    Theremin But For the Grace of God Go I

    Pamela Kurstin

    Here’s a bit from TED, one of the most entertaining and yet brainy timesucks on the Web, where Pamelia Kurstin plays a few theremin numbers and also discussed the instrument. Nice.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    We’ll send you back to Hack N Mod where we found this so you can see the Gnarls Barkley theremin cover video that we had mentioned previously. But here’s also something we mentioned before: robots covering Gnarls Barkley using a theremin. More theremin stuff after the break.