Trailer for one of the campier Hammer films of the seventies (and that is saying a lot), Dracula A.D. 1972. Starring Christopher Lee as Dracula, Peter Cushing as a Van Helsing descendant and pre-Dynasty Stephanie Beacham (she played Sable) and scream queen supreme Caroline Munro as the requisite Carnaby Street dolly birds.
Self-preservation is something that most humans take quite seriously, and that a few take to extremes. Faced with the real or imagined threat of attacks levied by nuclear, biological, and chemical weaponry, some people opt to head 25 feet underground, surrounded by concrete and complex air-filtration systems, surviving off rations and waiting, so to speak, for the end of the world.
While I never came down with Idol fever (I do, though, still dream of being a contestant—c’mon, Simon, that was, like, Sex Beat?), my hat’s off to the incredibly brave people who, in sheer defiance of Muslim law, try out for and compete in Afghan Star. After watching the below trailer for the upcoming documentary on the show, I’m not sure what, if anything, the final prize amounts to. I’m not sure it matters. After 30 years of the Taliban—and despite numerous death threats—these kids simply want to sing.
Richard Metzger interviews outgoing Timelord David Tennant and former Doctor Who executive producer Russell T. Davies at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA for Boing Boing Video.
“I’m one of those guys who downloads Doctor Who and Torchwood within seconds of them hitting the torrent trackers. Just a few hours after they air in the UK, I’m watching them in Los Angeles. My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year and I said “A new Doctor Who episode, but I’m getting that already.” That’s how much I love the show (She’s a fan too, but drew the line at me using the TARDIS landing for my ring tone).
“So it was great fun for me to meet Russell and David. A real treat. They’re both friendly, charismatic guys who who were really easy to interview. They clearly enjoy each others company and there was a nice, loose banter between them that I think will be fun for the fans to watch here. They’ve got their double act down pat, let’s just say.
“This interview took place at an interesting moment in time for both men as they’ve only just left behind their respective starring roles in one of the biggest television successes in the world today. As difficult as that may sound, you can only imagine how much pressure is off them after four years of practically non-stop work. I think it shows in this interview, as they’re both very relaxed and jovial. David had just come from Comic Con where he was treated with fan adulation bordering on Beatlemania and Russell is starting a new phase of his life here in Los Angeles. The week we shot this he was just coming off the double whammy career high of Torchwood practically *taking over* British television for an entire week with his brilliant Children of Earth mini-series (read my review here) and then seeing it launch BBC America’s new HD service with a resounding success right afterward here. How lucky Hollywood is to have Britain’s answer to Rod Serling in such close proximity these days and I’m sure it won’t be long before we’re reading in Variety what David Tennant will do next. He’s an interesting actor and a lot of big people will want to work with him, so expect that it will be something worth watching! Like I say, I think it’s an interesting glimpse into a transitional time for both David and Russell and these were the questions that I wanted to ask them, not as a journalist on assignment, but as a big Doctor Who fan (“David, isn’t leaving Doctor Who like Sean Connery quitting James Bond?”), so I hope other Who fans around the world will enjoy this as much as I did.”
If you hate druggies, you’ll love NARC. It’s about the best 8-bit Nintendo game ever, and when it came out in 1988, I bet Nancy Reagan was so happy she had a twinkling tear in her left eye and ate a cream puff as a little self-reward for the day. In this awesome game, you can team up with a friend to portray two narcotics officers who “take it to the streets” and kill the shit out of every drug user and drug dealer they can get their hands on. It’s gritty, real-life, practically the 8-bit “The Wire.” Its villains are ultra-realistic portrayals of the heartbreak of urban living, as if they could be taken straight from the blood-splashed newspaper headlines of today. Among the “people” you eliminate for their wretched, spineless crimes against society are fiends such as:
I love Pop Art Machine. It’s the perfect way to make amazing low cost art to hang on your walls. Pop Art Machine has high resolution files of millions of images that you can download and print as posters or on canvas, tee-shirts, whatever you want to do, really. And it’s free.
Go there and poke around, see what you find. Earlier today I searched for William Burroughs and found several cool galleries of his book covers from around the world, like this Japanese cover of My Education. You could print this as big as a movie poster and the resolution would still be crisp and clear.
If you are a nerd, and under the age of 30, you know what Starcraft is. You have wasted countless hours of your life playing it, because it is one of the best video games ever created, and, along with Blizzard’s other titles Diablo and World of Warcraft, has probably disposed of more youthful potential than anything this side of the public school system. It’s a strategy game in which players portray one of three races?
De Botton’s desk just happens to be, though, in the middle of Terminal 5, and his typing appears in real time on a screen behind him. What’s he writing about? De Botton’s book title says it all: A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary. If you think this smells like a stunt, you’re right. As Dan Glover, from Heathrow’s PR agency, says,