Archive for April, 2008
What genious casting. Josh Brolin has already been cast as Bush, but we’re thinking Shatner’s got the bravado to do a good Rumsfeld. David Cross could do Cheney. And Michael Vick could play Rove. From The Vulture
On Monday, we jokingly suggested that Oliver Stone’s upcoming Bush movie, W, would be a comedy since, based on all leaked evidence, it seems like it’s shaping up to be the Anchorman of presidential biopics. And now, MTV is reporting that hilarious former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry, star of such political dramas as Blades of Glory and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, has signed on to play White House press secretary Ari Fleischer!
This should be required reading. From HuffPost
the surge proves that there is no military solution to Iraq. Our military cannot guarantee Iraqi economic progress or government efficacy. Look at the facts — oil production remains below prewar levels, electricity in Baghdad remains below prewar levels, unemployment is as high as 50 percent in certain areas, and the Iraqi Government refuses to take the political steps necessary for national reconciliation.
We must not be fooled by those who say there will be chaos if we leave Iraq. The leaders of the Iraqi factions can choose whether or not there will be chaos in Iraq. Prime Minister Maliki, Moqtada al Sadr, President Talabani, and Vice-President Hashimi — they control the forces. In fact, it is widely understood that Moqtada al Sadr’s call to his Mahdi militia for a cease fire has been critical to the reduction of violence.
The more U.S. troops we send to Iraq, the more dependent the Iraqis become on U.S. Forces. The longer our troops are there, the less likely it is that the Iraqi security forces and police will take the lead in securing and stabilizing their own country.
Simply put: Why, after five years, $535 billion, over 4,000 American lives lost and nearly 30,000 wounded, can’t the Iraqi government control their own country? The answer: Because they won’t, as long as we are there. That is what the surge in fact proves.
You have to love someone who raps about web standards. At least if you’re nerds like us who pay attention to this shit. [Thanks Jeff]
We met Sloane in 2003 and had the honor of having her be the publicist for our first book, The Hipster Handbook. Her debut novel I Was Told There’d Be Cake was published last week and we couldn’t be happier for Sloane. Her collection of essays is smart, hilarious and will delight fans of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowel. The collection opens hysterically: ‚”As most New Yorkers have done, I have given serious and generous thought to the state of my apartment should I get killed during the day,” and it never slows down. In short, you should go buy this book now. (The buzz for I Was Told There’d Be Cake has been huge thus far.)
Sloane will be reading Monday night in Tribeca at 7pm:
Monday, April 7, 2008
Barnes & Noble Tribeca
97 Warren Street [Map]
More information and Dioramas at SloaneCrosley.com
by Dave Thomas
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
Oftentimes, April is the East River of months, a dumping ground for corpses of films that are already dead but just don’t know it yet. Fortunately, there only seem to be a few of those this year.
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Old-timey football romcom.
WILL IT SUCK?
I’ve zero interest in football movies, but I know what happens when George Clooney directs. He could make a Larry the Cable Guy film and I’d go see it.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Ironically, George Clooney does not do well in romantic comedies. $36mil.
SHINE A LIGHT
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Scorcese finds a way to fit in the 5 Rolling Stones songs he hasn’t put in one of his films yet by making a concert movie.