Monday, March 30, 2009

R.I.P. Andy Hallett

I am devastated at hearing of the passing of the superb actor Andy Hallett. He played one of the best characters in the Whedonverse on television: "Lorne" from "Angel". He was an owner of a nightclub, able to read any person by having them sing for him. One of many memorable performances includes the song "Lady Marmalade" he sang in the "Vegas" episode called "The House Always Wins". He says in this interview that this was his favorite episode on "Angel."

I attended an event where he appeared as a guest. He mentioned briefly that he was ill earlier that year, but performed for us as if he was on top of the world. We never wanted him to leave. His presence in the room was obvious, but he was also generous and kind to his fans.

Like his fans, his fellow cast members must be just in shock. My thoughts are with Andy's friends and family; I wish them strength in saying farewell to whom they all must feel touched their souls.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Addams Family Musical - Broadway date set for April 2010

'Addams Family' musical sets date and here's a description, "Wednesday, eighteen years old and finally feeling what it means to be a woman," oh, that ought to be funny in a dark sort of way.

Official site for the Chicago premiere

I just hope it is a musical dark comedy, emphasis on dark, and that it honors Charles Addams, as it should.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Enki Bilal - Animal'z

My favorite European comic book artist is Enki Bilal, his new book is called Animal'z. I found an excellent documentary posted on Youtube that dates back to 1986.

This is a look at Animal'z.

I am working on the English translation.
the beginning contains a quote by Jean Baudrillard:
L’eau en poudre: il suffit de rajouter de l’eau pour obtenir de l’eau.
Water powder: just add water to get water.

I was able to find a translated interview with the artist, Enki Bilal.

If you are reading this and can read, write and speak French and would like to help me with the English translation of the book, please post in the comments a way to contact you on Myspace or using a format such as name {at} domain {dot} com.

Edited 2013/8 January
The comment from one of the kind Korner readers alerted me to find the link where you can obtain the Heavy Metal magazine January 2012 issue and the sample PDF on that page allows you to see 3 pages that are translated in English, but the entire issue is available for purchase. March 2012 also has 3 pages in the sample PDF, whole issue is available for purchase. Shipping to non-US addresses is possible.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A post about twitter

Sasha Cagen: This Is Your Brain on Twitter

I am so relieved that a smart person has come forward with a case against Twitter. "...listening to him gush about how Twitter was ushering in a new era of connection that we so desperately needed after the Bush era of fear and division."

Sorry, the new era of connection makes me feel more alienated and paranoid because it is a faster way for people to be self-absorbed with themselves enough to tell "followers" in 140 characters (or less) about their so-called "peak experiences". I'm always thinking that I'm not "with them" and what's wrong with me that I don't share their enthusiasm; their code makes no sense. It's a peak experience to them but to the followers, how many people are really thinking, "Who gives a fuck?" I suspect that people are quickly removing, within hours, the ones that they added because they thought it would be useful to follow them, perhaps to network with the people that they hoped could get 'em closer to making better money. Suddenly they're getting tweets such as, "My chocolate covered espresso bean was really a raisinette... Or a cockroach!"

Of course, these guys found a great use for Twitter. I suppose if I lived in the same area as one of my favorite celebs, writers, etc., and I was already following them on Twitter, then it could be a fun observation to see if they'd be desperate enough to say, "I'm at the Borders Books in downtown (big city name)," then you know they're just asking for attention... or a book sale when they're appearing in person to push their new book.

BTW, if I see a celeb outside of them appearing in public for official reasons, I tend to ignore them, or if they're in my line of vision, I just nod or say "hi" because they don't really want to be too close to strangers. They want to be recognized without the commitment of signing an autograph or posing for a photo in an unofficial context. When they're out with family or significant others, they don't want to be constantly interrupted. Walking by and, if they are even looking in your direction, saying, "Hi," with a smile is just enough to not make a nuisance of yourself. If they are making a big show of posing with a lot of fans, you would still have to ask them politely if they have time to talk to you; don't assume that they're doing it for everyone if they're stopped in the middle of a shopping mall.

There are a couple of famous musicians (won't name them but they both lived in the Bay Area and may still) whom, individually or at separate times, were staring at me while in a public place before I looked at them straight on and when I changed from peripherally looking at them to full on looking at them, I smiled at them and then continued on. I could tell from their expression that they just needed a look in their direction, but that if I approached them, they'd likely just be really nervous, get fidgety and ask what time is it because they have to be somewhere. Celebs are often that neurotic and test the "public" to see if they may still "have it".

Updated to remove bad link (11/08/2020)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Looks really good, from a fan perspective of loving the Star Wars IV, V, VI and not loving I, II, III. People this obsessed are fun to laugh at, but then I can look back at when I cringed at seeing Jar Jar and go, yeah, I felt ripped off. Jar Jar is not made of a miniature, human-operated, mechanical action figure we can touch and we missed that realism. We liked the scrappy methods of the 70s with the first movie; stop-motion animation in those grand scale scenes.

I understand, though, fans have a right to feel cheated after investing mostly their own money into the first three movies. They lost the joy in continuing on the path of collecting memorabilia. I agree, you have to constantly assess where your heart's at and draw a line at where it won't go.