The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin has some vuh-ery definite opinions about Tim Tebow, a football player / Christian / media sensation / possible future President of the United States of America, who is coming to New York to wear a helmet and throw a ball around for lots of money. Typical New York-type things, basically. For the Yankee Sox Bear Saints Ranger Knickerbocker She-Wolves! Go team! We all love/hate/are totally apathetic towards him already! Welcome, Tim. My tips to you: the best food is in the outer boroughs, and the answer to “Do you like comedy?” is complete silence and a well-rehearsed glare.Anyway. Zirin. He appeared on MSNBC to discuss (some of) the online reaction to news that Tebow has been traded to the Jets. “The thing about Tim Tebow coming to the Jets…” said Zirin, “Woody Johnson, the owner, just bought a circus. He bought the 28th ranked quarterback in the NFL who, for some reason, has a massive fan base that will be … [Read more...] about Tim Tebow Wants To Move Gay Jets Fans Back 30 – 40 Years? Come On.
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Laura Marling has said that she wants to make a punk album.The singer, who released her third LP ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’ in September, told the Guardian that she was eager to change her direction in the future and felt as if she was about to enter an “electronic phase”. However, she also said it was unlikely that she’d release such an album under her own name. “I’d like to make music for as long as I can; it feels like something I need to do,” she said. “But I would like to do things a bit differently. I think I might be coming into my electric phrase.”She then went on to add: “My first love was punk, and my current love is punk, so maybe there’s a punk album coming, though I probably wouldn’t do it under my name”. Previously, Marling had claimed that she felt ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’ had more of her own creative stamp on it than its predecessors, 2008’s ‘Alas I … [Read more...] about Laura Marling: ‘I want to make a punk album’
From Uncut’s September 2002 issue: In one of the most revealing interviews of his career, Bruce Springsteen talks exclusively to Adam Sweeting about his new album, The Rising, much of which was written in the aftermath of September 11, and which reunites him with the E Street Band for their first studio album since Born In The USA. Bruce Springsteen: “I think I just wanted to be great” – Part 1 Bruce Springsteen: “I think I just wanted to be great” – Part 2 ________________One of the trademarks of Springsteen’s career has been the way it has advanced by careful, logical steps. If he’s been through chaotic or depressive episodes in his life, he has made sure he did so away from microphones and beyond the reach of the paparazzi. His shrewdest creative device has been to use his own life as the raw material of his work, so as he gradually changes over the years, so do his songs. He has been evolutionary rather than revolutionary, … [Read more...] about Bruce Springsteen: “I think I just wanted to be great” – Part 3
It’s a good week for David Bowie fans. The latest box set – A New Career In A New Town (1977–1982) – is in the shops, covering the back end of the Seventies, from Low to Scary Monsters (and Baal!). Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Uncut’s handsome new sister title, A Life In Pictures, dedicates its first issue to Bowie: you can read more about what it contains by clicking here and buy it here. So I thought I’d add to the general Bowie ambience by posting my interview with Tony Visconti, which originally appeared in Uncut issue 245… Follow me on Twitter @MichaelBonner __________In spring 1979, David Bowie arrived in New York with unfinished business to attend to. Work had begun on his latest album the previous September at Mountain Studios, Montreaux; now Bowie and producer Tony Visconti entered the Record Plant Studios to complete Lodger. Alas, events did not go quite according to plan.“We had a horrible studio to mix in,” … [Read more...] about “David always wanted to move on” – Tony Visconti on Bowie’s Lodger and more
I have never seen Battlestar Galactica. Yes, I know, I know. But I made a pledge to myself that this is the year I will. And so I, a BSG virgin, was thinking I’d watch show for the very first time and write about it here as I go along. Because I’ve been reliably informed that it will give me feels nigh impossible to contain. And I want to see what all the hoopla is about, darnit.Here’s what I thought of the miniseries, beginning with a little disclosure in the form of Things I (Think I) Know About Battlestar Galactica:Starbuck is awesome and genderswapped. Roslin is awesome and non-genderswapped.Earth has been destroyed by the Cylons, which are robots that look like robots except when they look like humans. And what’s left of humanity lives on a spaceship. I think that’s right… maybe?I will hate every single character at some point or another. (So says Susana.)Something about John Hodgman?TOASTERS. FRAKKING. SO SAY WE ALL. AIRLOCK.Lee Adama has daddy … [Read more...] about Does Anyone Want to Watch
Matsuricon 2015 took place at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, OH and the Greater Columbus Convention Center August 14-16. The convention’s name comes from matsuri, the Japanese word for festival or holiday. The theme for this year’s Matsuricon was “Back to Festival,” and I could not resist a good Into the Woods joke. I should have cosplayed Cinderella!For their tenth year as a convention, they had an area called Festival Row, which was created to resemble a Japanese street festival, with booths for games and cultural arts. One booth was set up for Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, another for origami, and others for various games and charity donations. This area was in addition to the regular Artist Alley, Vendor Hall, and panel rooms.I attended a panel on Saturday at 1pm called, “Are You a REAL Nerd Girl?” I was drawn to the panel because the description read: “In a world where men are no longer the majority of cosplayers, a new … [Read more...] about Matsuricon 2015: I Want to Go to the Festival!
Scarlett Johansson has opened up about her decision to accept the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi in the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie. But her reasoning will probably disappoint you.The quote in question comes from a teaser for a longer interview slated to come out in Marie Claire. It’s possible that she says more on this subject in the full article, but this is the quote we’ve got for now: “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive. Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”Many have interpreted this quote as Johansson saying that she believed the gender of the character was more important than, say, the fact that Ghost In the Shell is a famous piece of … [Read more...] about Scarlett Johansson Wanted to Be the
Yes, young gamers, gather ’round and hear the story of how once, Mario and Sonic were direct, formidable competitors for the king of video games. However, when Mario made the (triple) jump to 3D, his gameplay evolved and set a new standard, whereas Sonic struggled to find a successful formula that fit that extra dimension. Now, after a string of lackluster releases and a fall from grace, Sega wants to make Sonic games good again and win back lost fans.That’s what Chris Olson, chief operating officer of Sega’s mobile division, Sega Networks, told Polygon when talking about fan disappointment in recent Sonic releases. The franchise was supposed to be revitalized (and rebranded) with Sonic Boom—both a game franchise and a TV show aimed at kids—but reception wasn’t quite what the former juggernaut gaming company had hoped. In going for that younger audience, they were underserving long-time fans, and it wound up hurting in the … [Read more...] about Sega Wants to Make Sonic Good Again and Win Back Fans, We Cross Everything Available
The Fibre To The Home Conference is an annual event run by the FTTH Council Europe, an organization whose mission is to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high-speed networks for consumers and businesses.The FTTH Council was founded in 2004 by Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Corning, Emtelle and OFS and now has over 150 members. This year marks the 10th year of the FTTH Conference and the first time it was held in London.An ultra-high-speed data infrastructure has become a vital component of growing economies, and is critical for growth of the media sector. Fast exchange of big digital files is essential in all parts of the production workflow, and with facilities increasingly interconnected internationally, the quality of a country’s data infrastructure affects its partnership with facilities in other countries.2013 has been seen as the year that 4K video becomes a major format for production and exhibition. Reliable ultra-high-speed fibre networks can reduce the cost of … [Read more...] about Fibre to the Home Conference showcases race to the digital future
Scafaria screenplay: Stories resonate with screenwriters for various reasons, but when something reminds them of their own youth that can be a strong motivation to start writing. A case in point is Lorene Scafaria ("The Mighty Flynn"), who adapted her screenplay for "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" from the novel by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. Directed by Peter Sollett ("Raising Victor Vargas"), the Columbia Pictures and Mandate Pictures presentation is a Depth of Field Production opening wide today Oct. 3. Starring are Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo and Jay Baruchel. It was produced by Kerry Kohansky, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano and executive produced by Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane and Adam Brightman. Set in the world of New York's indie rock scene, it's the story of two young people thrust together for one sleepless but adventurous night who have nothing in common but their taste in music."I first read the book in galley form … [Read more...] about Commentary: ‘Norah’ had screenwriter wanting to be 16 again