Malted Media: Quick Hits
Great poster, huh?
I came across it while looking up AMC's The Walking Dead via my MacBook's Dictionary app, which as I've mentioned before can be set to include Wikipedia in its searches if you're online. The 1936 Warner Bros. film of the same name, starring Boris Karloff, has no relation to the television series or the comics on which it's based.
Over in her tag-team review of last Sunday's episode of the TV series, lovely and talented blogmistress Nikki Stafford posted a very funny cartoon from Rock Paper Cynic on Mar. 12th regarding the current season. Fair warning: It has a big, honking four-letter word — or, actually, the seven-letter adjectival version of same.
Universal debuted an update of its logo in front of The Lorax a couple of weeks ago. It still has a spinning Earth with the name "Universal" coming into view, but has been recast in a cool blue; also, it adds the words "100th Anniversary" (one guess why) and "A Comcast Company". Comcast, of course, purchased a majority stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric last year.
There's a neat video< of Universal's animated opening logos through time up on YouTube, concluding with the current one. If you watch The Daily Show more often than Universal movies, incidentally, it might feel like the Earth is rotating in the wrong direction in the clip above. When he stopped by for a segment on Feb. 27th, ebullient astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson broke the news to Jon Stewart that the show's opening had it backwards. Sun rises in the East, people!
Now that I've finished The Hunger Games (only the first book in the trilogy, so no later spoilers please) I'm finally able to enjoy and share a link from my friend El Qué to a brilliant music video parodies Lana Del Rey's "Video Games". You should really watch the original first to see how genius Holly Laurent and friends' parody is in not only referencing The Hunger Games but mimicking Del Rey's voice and the style of "Video Games" (which Del Rey directed too). You should also be aware that the F-word is dropped in the parody.
I haven't seen any previews of the imminent Hunger Games movie, because I hear the medium pretty danged good and I don't want to know in advance how it visualizes certain things from the book. Releasing a stream of actual clips from a film, it seems to me, is less a way to stoke interest than to engender fatigue, and I don't understand why even — especially — someone who's already gung-ho to see the movie would not want to experience it with fresh eyes instead of having large parts revealed in advance. Then again, I'm old and the ways of our 24/7, streaming, oversaturated culture do not compute.
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Update: The X-Men material in this post has been removed for Blogger-related reasons and republished in its own post.