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The Secret World: Occulture MMORPG
10.30.2009
01:24 am
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The Secret World is an upcoming MMORPG in which players join one of three secret societies and battle evil forces threatening to overwhelm the world by 2012. Something like this’s been coming for a while… let’s see if it lives up to expectations.

From IGN:

Last week, Funcom released the second teaser trailer for its highly anticipated MMO The Secret World. At the same time, an “initiation test” went up on the game’s website, classifying test-takers into three secret societies - the Illuminati, the Dragons and the Templars, providing a brief description of each with a promise of more information to be revealed at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle. If PAX attendees had hoped to catch a glimpse of some gameplay or anything other than the video, they would have been disappointed because the revelations were done behind closed doors. The good news is that we were there to see it.

Funcom’s Creative Director Ragnar T?ɬ?rnquist started off the presentation with a video that was shown at GDC in April, which was mostly about the game’s setting and its universe. The Secret World takes place in modern day cities all around the globe, but it’s a world where paranormal occurrences do happen. The designers have drawn upon various myths, legends and conspiracy theories to create a world where supernatural beings exist right under our noses, for the most part undetected or ignored by us. The player takes on the role of a hero with great magical powers who has to battle zombies, vampires, demons and other fell creatures in order to keep the rest of the world safe.

(The Secret World: Dark Days Are Coming)

Posted by Jason Louv
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10.30.2009
01:24 am
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‘Arias With a Twist’: Los Angeles homecoming for the outrageous Joey Arias
10.27.2009
06:50 pm
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It used to be—well back in the 1980s at least—that Joey Arias was one of New York’s best-kept secrets. His outrageous drag and cabaret performances—often channeling doomed jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday with uncanny accuracy—made him the talk of the town. Arias became a bit of a Gotham legend with noteworthy appearances with Klaus Nomi (the pair sang back-up for David Bowie on “SNL”) at the annual Wigstock drag festival and with his arch portrayal of Joan Crawford in a staged Christmas spoof of “Mommy Dearest.” Arias also took memorable turns in films like “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Love Julie Newmar” and “Big Top Pee-wee” as Shim, the half man/half woman. Eventually, even Manhattan got too small to hold Arias’ unique talents and the performer made the move to Las Vegas as the Mistress of Seduction at the adult-themed Cirque du Soleil show, Zumanity.

Now Arias is preparing to make a Los Angeles homecoming—he was raised here and was a founding member of the Groundlings comedy troupe—with an extended run at REDCAT of his new show, “Arias With a Twist.”

The “twist” in question is famed puppeteer Basil Twist (who is also collaborating with Pee-Wee Herman for his comeback shows). A “one person show” with six hidden puppeteers, “Arias With a Twist” seems sure not to disappoint Joey’s admirers. The show begins with Arias being probed by aliens while performing Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” before being ejected from their spacecraft and landing in a jungle. Costumes for the show were designed by Thierry Mugler and Chris March. The show, which just completed a run in Stockholm, has been nominated for a 2009 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

“Arias With a Twist” runs from Nov. 18 to Dec. 13, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.
(Added performance Nov. 24; No performance Nov. 26). Tickets: $35 to $40 [Students $28 to $32]. Call the REDCAT box office for more information (213) 237-2800 or visit www.redcat.org

 
Cross posting this from Brand X

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.27.2009
06:50 pm
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Psychedelic Spiderman: Revolt in the Fifth Dimension
10.26.2009
11:16 pm
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Revolt in the Fifth Dimension is a 1967 episode of the old Spiderman cartoon which was directed by a then 25-year old Ralph Bakshi. For reasons no longer recalled, this was the only episode of the series that NBC chose not to air again, although it lived on in syndication for years afterward. The probable reason they didn’t retransmit this episode is how druggy it seems! (Not that the death theme and flying sperm weren’t enough!) This has to be the most wigged out episode of any cartoon series, ever, or at least until the advent of Adult Swim. I recall every second of it, especially the music.
 
Here’s Revolt in the Fifth Dimension:

 
Part II is here. Dangerous Minds pal Calpernia Addams is also a fan of Revolt. Here she gives it a fun MST3K treatment.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.26.2009
11:16 pm
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The Great Japanese Mascot Summit
10.26.2009
03:31 pm
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“Paprika, is the inside of my head this messed up?!”  If you’ve never seen Paprika, Satoshi Kon‘s wildly imaginative anime from ‘06, it’s definitely a head trip worth taking.  The film’s infamous “parade” sequence disturbs and dazzles in equal measures (see here, and here), and possibly explains why the “augmented reality” clip below induced in me a host of uneasy feelings.  Thanks again, JapanProbe!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.26.2009
03:31 pm
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Muscle Parade: WTF Japanese Wii Game
10.25.2009
12:40 pm
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Posted by Tara McGinley
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10.25.2009
12:40 pm
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Drra p?ɬ
10.23.2009
01:28 am
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Trailer for Swedish “battle of the bands” zaniness from 1967. Looks like a wacky low budget hybrid of A Hard Day’s Night and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.23.2009
01:28 am
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Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp
10.21.2009
11:49 pm
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My favorite Saturday morning show when I was four was Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp. It was like Austin Powers with monkeys and I just loved it (having the finely developed sense of camp that I did at the time!). I went as Lancelot Link for Halloween and I also carried a metal Lancelot Link lunchbox and thermos to school for a year. Soon I would graduate to another simian obsession in Planet of the Apes, but until the first grade ended at least, I was Lancelot Link’s biggest fan.
 

 
Lancelot Link and his wife Marta Hairi (“How do you want your eggs, Lancelot?” and “Oh Lancie!” were her famous lines) are secret agents of APE, the Agency to Prevent Evil. Link’s arch nemesis, Baron von Butcher (Bernie Kopell, who played “Doc” on The Love Boat did his voice) is the evil kingpin of CHUMP, the Criminal Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan. In every episode the Baron would come up with a new plan to rule the world and Lancelot Link would outsmart him. Other villains included Wang Fu, the Duchess, Ali AssaSeen, Dr. Strangemind and von Butcher’s chauffeur, Creto. The dialogue was a lot like Get Smart! which should come as no surprise since two of the three producers were writers on that series. For a kid’s show, it had sharp writing,
 
There was also a musical number in each episode where Ed Simian (an Ed Sullivan parody, of course) introduced Lance’s psychedelic rock group, The Evolution Revolution. The backing musicians for these tracks were the same musicians recording in the same studio and often working with the same songwriters as the Grassroots. They sound almost exactly alike, which is to say, great!
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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10.21.2009
11:49 pm
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John Barrowman Dons Drag in La Cage aux Folles
10.21.2009
01:30 am
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Torchwood star John Barrowman is currently appearing on the West End stage in full drag in a production of La Cage aux Folles.

I have to say this getup is rather in better taste than the dreadfully gauche Ed Hardy t-shirt I saw him wearing at the San Diego Comic Con while charging $20 for autographs.

The Daily Mail says:

Torchwood star John Barrowman releases his inner diva as he takes to the West End stage as a drag queen.

The actor is barely recogniseable as he dons several revealing dresses to play Zara in comedy La Cage Aux Folles.

Following in the footsteps of Jason Donovan and Brian Conley who took on similar roles in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Hairspray, Barrowman is said to have slipped into the part with ease, delighting audiences.

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Posted by Jason Louv
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10.21.2009
01:30 am
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The Super-Fun Cleaning Trolley (For Girls)
10.14.2009
01:36 pm
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I was listening to NPR the other day, and heard this story about an ultra-orthodox 99-year-old rabbi living in Israel who had, no shit, an estimated 1,500 living descendants!  Not everyone in his family knew each other of course, but the rabbi shrugged off the difficulty of raising that large a horde, “It’s much easier having ten children than having two.  Because once you have five or six children, they can help each other and take care of each other.”  Well, Rabbi, if you’re reading Dangerous Minds, have I got a gift for you!  The same goes for you, Pam Anderson!

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
10.13.2009
06:07 pm
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Just in time for the holiday!  Ever dream of seeing on the same stage KISS, Margaret Hamilton and Witchiepoo?  Well, The Paul Lynde Holiday Special is here to make that dream come true!  Broadcast just once in ‘76, The Paul Lynde Variety Show was reissued a few years back on DVD, but is now available on YouTube.  Part I follows below, with links at the bottom to all the rest (KISS appear in Part V, right before the emergence of the forever-sexy, Roz “Pinky Tuscadero” Kelly).

 
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special Parts II, III, IV, V, VI

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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10.13.2009
06:07 pm
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