One of the nice things about living in Canada is being able to follow the stupidity of American politics from a comfortable distance away. And in the buildup to the 2012 presidential election, the GOP has really put that stupidity on display.
From Donald Trump and the birther movement, to Rick Perry’s YouTube video blowing up in his face, and Newt Gingrich messing up just about everything, a Republican campaign which looked to be winnable a couple of years back has been riddled with embarrassing blunders.
And the latest strikes me as a scenario straight out of the excellent HBO series Veep.
Considering how depressingly short Hollywood is on original ideas these days (Oh, COME ON, Adam Sandler in Candy Land?), it’s almost refreshing that someone is mining classic literature.
The Great Gatsby is set for a Christmas release, and though the music in the trailer makes no sense at all, it actually looks kinda okay. Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that bored you to death in high school — but only because your attention span was too short at the time — the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character. Personally, I’m shocked, but pleased, that they didn’t shorten the name of the movie to just “Gatsby.” That would have been the ultimate Hollywood in 2012 move.
Baz Luhrmann directs, he of the 1996 atrocity Romeo + Juliet. So he has experience adapting old works to the new form with Leo as the lead. Let’s hope the dialogue is fully updated in this one, ’cause Romeo + Juliet just didn’t make any sense at all.
Watch the trailer for The Great Gatsby below the jump.
Canadian pop-rock songster Joel Plaskett is back with his band, The Emergency, for a new record.
Every once in a while, a new album gets me really excited about music again. And any time Joel Plaskett releases something, that’s the case.
Texas Governor and GOP presidential nominee Rick Perry, whose support has dipped to about 5 per cent amongst his party, is making sure he stays top-of-mind. And while his new ad is getting attention, it appears that Youtube users, at least, aren’t buying what he’s selling.
Twitter is like a set of drums: it can be used for good, but things can go downhill quickly in the wrong hands.
Consider the case of Paulina Gretzky. The Great One’s 22-year-old daughter’s claim to fame thus far is — well, being Wayne Gretzky’s daughter. Honestly, I don’t think too many people had heard of her before a couple of weeks ago.
But Paulina’s profile has risen in the past week, owing to the controversy over her Twitter account. Seems Paulina has taken to posting photos of herself while not wearing too much in the way of clothing.
The music industry’s yearly exercise in irrelevant subjectivity, The Grammy’s, take place Feb. 12. The nominations were announced today. Hey, look at Wilco getting a nom for best rock album! Although, up against Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Red Hot Chili Peppers, I don’t like their chances too much.
Kanye West leads with seven nominations, while Adele is up for album, record and song of the year. Not a bad debut performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wins all three of her categories.
If so, hopefully she’s a more graceful winner than Eddie Vedder.
[ Full list of nominees ]
[ Rolling Stone ]
Here is Swiss pilot Yves Rossy flying his jet-propelled wing. According to his website, he began experimenting with designs as far back as 1993. Jetman.com goes on:
“In 2005, [Rossy] completed two successful flights under a wing fitted with two jet engines. A long year of hard work and the addition of two additional jet engines were needed for the wing to attain the required level of performance and safety. This prototype with 4 jet engines, guided only with the movements of his body, allows a stabilized ascension of the flight. This was the flight of November 2006, in Bex, a dream lasting 5 minutes and 40 seconds.”
Rossy is the only person in aviation history to fly one of these things. In 2008, he crossed the English Channel with one.
Shades of The Rocketeer, no? I’ve got to say, it looks slightly more practical than a Segway.
I bow to you, Jetman. Now get to work on flying cars and we’ll be set.