Rex Reed picks his best films of 2013: Rex Reed: The Best Films of 2013 | The New York Observer
And his worst: READ REX REED’S PICKS FOR THE WORST MOVIES OF 2013
In other important movie news, Yahoo casts the rumored Gilligan’s Island big screen reboot:
Michael Cera as Gilligan. Hmmmm. Maybe. Kelsey Grammar as Thurston Howell III? An interesting way to go. Mila Kunis as Mary-Anne?
Hey, remember that episode of The Simpsons where a visit to the Duff Beer factory reveals that Duff, Duff Light and Duff Dry all originate from the same spigot and are exactly the same beer? Well, I thought of that when I saw this “Bourbon Family Tree” –
And read this article: Chart: The Family Tree of Bourbon Whiskey – GQ.com Okay, so while they’re not exactly the same, many are pretty damn close.
From the ever-informative gang at Cracked.com: 5 Movies Based on True Stories (with Depressing Epilogues)
Just in time for the holidays! 17 Hilariously Tragic Holiday Baking Fails
Interesting stuff! The 25 Must-Watch Food Videos of 2013 Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant makes the list!
Duptiang writes: “Oh and how goes Akemi’s viewing of the Stargate?”
Answer: So far, so good. We just watched Time last night and are moving on to Life tonight. This weekend, I’ll be posting her thoughts on the individual episodes in a special “Stargate: Universe 1.0 – The Japanese Girlfriend Edition” blog entry.
Glen writes: “Joseph, since Stargate series have gone off the air for over half a decade now, have you watched any of the 3 series from the first episode to the last in a marathon watching binge?”
Answer: As stated above, Akemi and I are working our way through the first season of Stargate: Universe, averaging an episode a night. Stay tuned for her review.
The Last Penfighter writes: ”
As an aspiring science-fiction writer, I’ve been having difficulty in finding a producer who has more than just promises to offer. This is likely because it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a ‘safe’ means of presenting yourself and your ideas to working professionals when you have no means of networking with those individuals. This leaves those like me with talent and ability but no formal schooling (in the specific field of script writing) either at the mercy of pretenders or facing a lot of closed doors. How might someone in my shoes find a way to open some of those doors?”
Answer: Simply put, you need an agent, someone who can get you in those closed doors and, when necessary, offer you a little tough love criticism of your work. Like most producers, however, many agents do not accept unsolicited submissions. You need to do a little research, check out a publication listing agencies that DO accept unsolicited submissions, and then query them. Tell them a bit about yourself and ask them if you can send them your script. When you find one (or a few) that give you the go-ahead, then send them YOUR BEST SCRIPT. Give them a few weeks to read it and then follow up with a polite email.
JeffW writes: “As for the bitterest loss, it would have to be the 1996 ALCS Orioles-Yankees series opening game. I was watching this game on video tape in England at the time (long story) and I could not believe how it ended. In the (potentially) final out of the game that would have won it for the Orioles, Orioles outfielder, Tony Tarasco, was lined up near the right field fence to make the catch off of a Derek Jeter hit when a Yankees fan leans over the fence and grabs the ball. The Umps refused to call it fan interference. The Orioles end up losing the series by one game and the Yankees go onto the World Series. It’s amazing to me how all the bad calls seemed to break for the Yankees…”
Answer: Wow. I’m not a big baseball fan and didn’t know anything about this horrible call until I clicked on the link you provided. Unbelievable. And, yes, it is curious how all the big market teams – especially the Yankees – seem to have the calls go their way a lot of the time. Super lucky, I guess.
Luis writes: “I love to read silver and golden age comics i have a vast collection that dates as far back as: Action comic #77 (1944) most of my comics are from the 50′s,60′s early 70′s.”
Answer: Impressive. Most of my comics date back to the early 70’s, but my complete Avengers collection dates all the way back to the first issue, published in 1963.
Randomness writes: “Through no fault of his own he has to help capture loose souls that invade peoples(With an emptiness in their hearts) bodies, by basically helping them get over whats affecting them(And with help of Elsie who is a demon who captures said loose souls), and as he is utterly obsessed with visual novels he views life in such a manner, and sees people he helps as ‘conquests’. Keima isn’t a jerk or anything(Well he doesn’t intend to be), just very awkward. The show is quite awesome actually.”
Answer: Hmmm. Intriguing. Sounds like it could make a great live action television series. I’ll have to check it out.
Tam Dixon writes: ““Lilyhammer” has a season 2 on Netflix! Has anyone seen the first season? Very funny show!”
Answer: Hmmm. I’ve heard mixed reviews. Worth watching? I do need some viewing material for the five and a half hour flight to Montreal.
Sylvia writes: “One home had a very odd location for a Jacuzzi tub – in the Master Bedroom and not in an enclosed area but rather on one side of the room. Bed was on the other, etc. The weird thing is the “real” bathroom was a smallish room with PINK tub, PINK toilet, PINK basin and couple other pink things….looked terrible.
Then the other room with the Jacuzzi tub that looked very modern and nice…but in the bedroom.”
Answer: There’s no accounting for taste. I remember visiting a listing in Montreal many years ago. The owner was very excited as he took us on the tour, saving the best for last: a basement with shag-carpeted walls!
dasndanger writes: “All in all it was a good dream, though it does remind me that I desperately need to reorganize my kitchen.”
Answer: And reconsider your late-night snacking.