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Forgotten film of Goons restored by BFI
07.31.2009
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The British Film Institute has restored a long forgotten short film of Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan:

The BFI regards the restoration as a significant one, a “missing link in British comedy history”. The institute’s curator, Vic Pratt, said: “You are able to see them at the beginning of their careers. The film captures the moment as they are about to revolutionise comedy with the Goon Show and it’s really important for that reason.”

A DVD of the film will be released next month and while the movie is, as Pratt admits, “a bit rough around the edges”, it is not as bad as Sellers remembered.

Sellers, in particular, shines in his two roles as an old major and a smooth talking salesman, Arnold P Fringe. “In Peter Sellers, you see a talent that was fully formed from the beginning and he clearly knows how to use the camera,” said Pratt.

 

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In other news about Sellers, an insecure love letter written by the actor is being auctioned off that gives insight into the tempestuous union with his second wife, Swedish beauty Britt Ekland:

He wrote: “I have a dreadful fear at the back of my mind that you might leave me. I love you so desperately, and think you are so absolutely wonderful in every way, that I find it very difficult to understand why you married me. You who are just the most lovely thing in the whole world. What do you see in me? I’m not handsome. I’m not tall. I’m not special in any way.”

He described himself feeling “quite faint and ill and terrible and wretched and awful” as he imagined other actors wanting to sleep with his wife. “Without any doubt I am a raving idiot and I ought to have my head examined.”

Clearly feeling insecure about his marriage, he questioned why such a ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.31.2009
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Las Vegas City Council Pranked
07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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Bust-a-gut funny video of Second City performer Michael Lehrer pranking the Las Vegas city council. If you laughed at the inadvertently funny remarks from the Santa Cruz city council meeting, you’ll like this, too. Totally deserves to be a hit on Funny or Die!

“I knew I would be very disappointed in myself if I didn?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.30.2009
10:51 pm
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Roseanne: That Oven Feelin?
07.30.2009
09:37 pm
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A truly WTF? moment courtesy of Heeb magazine’s “Germany” issue… Roseanne dressed as Hitler. Why not?

I once met Roseanne and she was as cool as fuck. I met her at a function at the Tribecca Film Festival in 2000 when she gave me an award. There is actually a photograph that was taken that morning of Roseanne, myself and Gary Coleman at the ceremony. Sadly I do not have a copy of it.

Afterward we discussed our respective “collections” and she nearly trumped mine with the first thing she mentioned: She told me that she owned the entire archive of Lenny Bruce materials that had belonged to the late attorney Martin Garbus. I was pretty impressed!

She also told me about her interest in medieval alchemy—it was clear from her conversation that she knew what she was talking about—and she asked me if I could hook her up with some herb while she was in New York. So I called the weed delivery service I used at the time on her behalf (I also once hooked up Sid Caesar, but that’s another story).

I am pretty sure sure I smoked a bowl with her standing on Hudson Street that day, but for obvious reasons, my memory isn’t what it used to be…

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.30.2009
09:37 pm
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Flight Patterns: Long Exposures of Bugs Under a Street Light
07.30.2009
09:25 pm
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Almost psychedelic, certainly kinetic bug ballet.
 

Charlie McCarthy’s Flight Patterns


Thanks Brian Braun!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.30.2009
09:25 pm
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Have a Slice of Iron Fist
07.30.2009
06:05 pm
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Cake Wrecks recently held a “dead Lenin cake caption contest.”   I say, “Cake eaters of the world unite!”

 

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Thanks Paige!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.30.2009
06:05 pm
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Stealing Beauty: He Had Me At “I’m Home”
07.30.2009
06:02 pm
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I find this clip by Israeli artist Ben-Ner amusing on so many levels, that, rather than spoil it for you, I’ll sign off with just a note of context: That’s a real Ikea.

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.30.2009
06:02 pm
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Vanishing Point
07.30.2009
03:06 pm
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Vanishing Point (1971): An excellent road movie. An excellent drug movie. An excellent movie about America. And one of the great Man vs. the World and All Odds films (up there with Cool Hand Luke).

OK, it’s actually kind of cheesy and terrible in the way that only post-Easy Rider grindhouse flicks could be. But the sentiment at the core of the movie is so righteous that you might as well have this on in the background next time you have your shady friends over. Also, I’m surprised Robert Rodriguez or, for that matter, Michael Bay hasn’t remade this.

Plot? Oh, a crankhead drives a supercharger across the country while being pursued by the hounds of hell, all while being egged on by a blind radio DJ named Super Soul. That’s about all you need for two hours of Awesome.

Check out the trailer. (Also, this jam that Primal Scream made in tribute to the movie in 1997.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.30.2009
03:06 pm
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Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood
07.30.2009
02:58 pm
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From Dr. Schluss’ Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities:

I’m willing to say this obscure sitar-infused psychedelic jazz album is one of the absolute best I’ve heard from the legendary Impulse! jazz imprint. Why they haven’t reissued it yet is beyond me. Bill Plummer’s primary trade is in the string bass, which does provide the awesome backbone for all of these songs. But someone must have tossed Mr. Plummer in a vat of acid (almost like Jack Nicholson in the 1989 “Batman”) before the making of this album. With it’s layers of Eastern gauze, occasional blasts of spoken word and free jazz, and oddball covers, this is the most ear pleasingly far-out legitimate jazz album I’ve come across (the wild fury of John Coltrane’s Om, also on Impuse!, is probably the most far out, but it’s not easy to listen to).

The first track, “Journey to the East,” is far beyond awesome and deserves a place on every psych compilation. It’s got a rock-solid groove, crazy chanting, a wall of sitar, and a totally entertaining spoken word rambling. Practically every 60’s cliche is packed into the spoken word, but it’s all convincingly sold by the dispassionate reading and the phenomenal music backing it up. I think I’ve listened to it about 600 times in the past week; I can’t think of a better complement than that. For your own mind journey to the East, you need go no farther than “Arc 294,” which plays as Indo-psychedelic free jazz for about ten minutes. The covers here are of note as well. Seeing “The Look of Love” on a track listing typically makes me groan, but with sitar drones and a groovy beat accompanying the tune, it works out just fine. Even better is the similar treatment to the Byrds great, yet-neglected “Lady Friend.” I didn’t know that that song required a transcendental Indo-jazz reading, but apparently it did. To hear Mr. Plummer score at making more conventional jazz, head for “Pars Fortuna” and “Song Plum”

This album manages to fuse jazz, Indian music, and wacky psychedelia, while still ending up as more than the sum of its parts. You need to become part of the Cosmic Brotherhood as soon as possible.

(Link here.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.30.2009
02:58 pm
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A Pictorial History of Dentistry
07.30.2009
02:57 pm
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If you “love” going to the dentist as much as I do, then you’re in for a delightful treat!  Dental Assistant has a frightening pictoral tribute to the

Quick, Summary Justice, DIY-Style!
07.30.2009
01:37 pm
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My fluency in Italian ranges from shaky to non-existent, but some things do transcend linguistic boundaries.  Beheadings by guillotine, for example.  According to the Sokkomb website, “Your dynamic, active rhythm demands quick, summary justice and you are the person to do it, but too often you just don’t have the time and your family is increasingly in danger.”  Well, regardless of whether or not you are that person, rest assured the Sokkomb in-home neck-chopper is made from, “the best solid pine and comes equipped with a sturdy blade in stainless steel.  It is light and versatile and is guaranteed effective for up to 100 executions a day.”

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.30.2009
01:37 pm
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