There is an Australian musical comedy group called The Axis of Awesome. I do not know how these guys escaped my notice before, but I am now smitten. Below is the truly frightening argument that all hit pop songs are made up of the same Four Chords. Actually, it’s not an argument: they are and the guys show you by playing them together.
And then there’s a wonderful video they just recently did for Funny or Die about How to Write a Love Song:
Next, a fun, deftly animated music video about Club Villain:
And lastly, this video shows the wonderful connectivity of the new Internet world. There’s this character actor, Jesse Heiman. I see him almost every week playing Buy More employee Fernando on the t.v. series Chuck. He’s done a lot of bit parts — NCIS, Maybe It’s Me, Hollywood Wasteland, American Pie 2 — and extra work. He’s best known for his role as the fraternity pledge Budnick in the Will Farrell film Old School and the indie movie The Jerk Theory. He’s the kind of actor you see a great deal, find the face vaguely familiar but probably don’t remember unless they get a breakout role. Salt of the unappreciated earth in Hollywood.
And then there’s this guy in Sweden, Wilhelm Hempel. In Sweden. Who happened to notice Heiman when he kept appearing in things and did some research. And he created a video called The World’s Greatest Extra which shows clips of some of Heiman’s numerous extra and bit part appearances. And this video has gotten nearly 2 million hits and made the Web media rounds. It may have helped Heiman’s career. Is this of earth-shattering importance in our lives? No, but somehow that an American character actor could have gotten a shout-out from a guy in Sweden that then ricochets about the globe makes me feel a lot better than the news coming out of Japan. If we’re going to be all electrical while the fuel supply still holds, we might as well get serendipitous. So here’s the video and an article with more info about Heiman. Whom I will wave to now when he shows up on Chuck.
Elizabeth Taylor was a goddess above other goddesses in the film age of goddesses. She was beautiful, poised, exasperating, gutsy, sharp and fascinating. And that was just on screen. Off screen, she stole husbands, boozed and screamed, got married a lot, delivered looks of withering scorn and princess grace, and oddly enough, helped women’s lib while selling diamonds and perfume. She survived deadly illness, broken hips and Richard Burton. She was a vocal activist for HIV/AIDS. She won two Oscars and was a Kennedy Center Honoree. She was…well, she was Elizabeth Taylor. And today, she passed from the world due to congestive heart failure. The stars dim just a bit.
Last year, I did a piece about how DC Comics had re-vamped female superhero extraordinaire Wonder Woman‘s costume, how the film people trying to make a Wonder Woman movie had worries about the old costume and so might use the new one, and how both costumes were impractical for superheroes:
Since then, the Wonder Woman movie got nixed and the heroine got relegated back to television where David Kelly attempted to sell a new show about her, failed, then succeeded (leading us to wonder if Wonder Woman’s alter ego cover identity would be as a lawyer spending lots of time in a courtroom.) Actress Adrianne Palicki, previously from Friday Night Lights, was cast as the new Wonder Woman, and so the big first question was, how were they going to handle the costume in 2011. They went with the new one from the comics, right? Wrong! They combined the old traditional leotard costume with the new revamped Laura Croft style one in the comics. Behold:
It’s not horrible. There may be some screams from purists about turning the traditional red boots blue. And it’s still delightfully impractical. I said that the original costume was like a bathing suit with boots, the new comics one was like pajamas. This one: female pro wrestling! Which will be an interesting combination with David Kelly’s wordy dialogue. I don’t envy Palicki trying to go to the bathroom in those pants. But I’m giving it a thumbs up. At least it’s not generic and an Amazon princess should never be generic.
This is a few years old, but is sadly even more relative today. Taylor Mali, a teacher and a poet, performs “What Teachers Make”:
Following the movie trailers, I’ve been waiting a couple of years for the film Paul, the latest affectionate spoof from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and in the last few days leading up to the wider North American release, the boys are doing their best promos to entertain us. Here is one they did for College Humor, and it’s a pip. Make that sophisticated beeps and whistles.
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