Pakistan needs our help

The recent earthquake in Pakistan killed thousands. The devastation far outweighs the horrible tragedy of Katrina. Nonetheless, the Red Cross and CARE are reporting much smaller contributions than expected. If you’re looking for a way to help, click here.

Forget about her religious beliefs…..

Can we disqualify a nominee on the basis of her poor stationery judgment?
Click here for the Harriet and George letters.

Fahrenheit 912

Tonight’s “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC show, will focus on the motives of the terror alerts:

Last Thursday, we spoke of at least 13 coincidences of timing between bad political news for the government and a terror or terror-related event. We will be presenting a special report detailing those and other coincidences on Wednesday night’s edition of this news hour, “The Nexus of Politics and Terror” on COUNTDOWN this Wednesday at 8:00 and midnight Eastern here on MSNBC [thanks Crooks and Liars and Catch]

Sounds like must-see TV, especially in light of the bogus alert last week. Time to raise the alert again.

Spielberg "creates" the "future of cinema"

Two things:
A. We doubt you invented “it” yourself
B. What the hell is “it”

[From ContactMusic] Hollywood movie mogul STEVEN SPIELBERG has invented technology he calls “the future of cinema” – and he promises the new film experience will suck audiences into the heart of the action…
He tells the Hollywood Reporter, “A good movie will bring you inside of itself just by the sheer brilliance of the director/writer/production staff.
“But in the future, you will physically be inside the experience, which will surround you top, bottom, on all sides.
“I’ve invented it, but because patent is pending, I can’t discuss it right now.”

God knows he needs to redeem himself after the inane War of the Worlds

If this is true, there is a God

The Huffington Post has been pretty accurate in their Plamegate coverage thus far. Needless to say, we hope this is true.

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg are working on stories that point to Vice President Dick Cheney as the target of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name.

The October 2005 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
Actually made it to the Toronto Film Festival this year, so I’ve got a little more info than usual. Of course, I only made it to half so my insight won’t help at all with our first two selections, which were both at the fest.
Secret grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) forces two estranged sisters (Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz) to get along.
Of course not. It was filmed in Philadelphia. The real reason to have hope, though, is the director, Curtis Hanson, who’s been on a roll since “L.A. Confidential.” Doesn’t hurt that the writer has “Ever After” and “Erin Brockovich” under her belt. And Toni Collette kicks ass. Early buzz is pretty good.

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One more chance to see Dinosaur Jr.

They’ll be playing at Irving Plaza Dec 2-3. Plus they’ll be filming it for their first ever DVD. Tickets will go on-sale TODAY via Dinosaur Jr. ticketing at 12:00pm:

Dinosaur Jr. – who has never before released a DVD – has finally announced plans to issue an official Dinosaur Jr. DVD release. This full length concert DVD, which will feature the band in its original line-up, will be filmed at New York’s legendary Irving Plaza during the bands upcoming two night stand on December 2-3, 2005. The DVD will be directed by Gold In Berlin, which is run by Mascis’ own brother in-law, German filmmaker Phillip Virus. With unfettered access to this famously elusive band, fans can expect complete backstage access to Dinosaur Jr.’s recent reunion tour, one-on-one interviews, behind the scenes goings-on and a full set of performances of Dinosaur Jr. favorites. The DVD will be packed with bonus materials that any fan of the band – seasoned or brand new – will find thrilling and entertaining. Look for the DVD to be released during the first half of 2006.

To Do Tonight: Art Opening and Tortoise

Jeremy Blake: Sodium Fox – multimedia art opening
Fri 10.7 (6-8pm) at Feigen Contemporary (535 W 20th St)

[From Flavorpill]
Sodium Fox is Jeremy Blake’s latest installment in his delirious oeuvre of acid art films. A collaboration with Nashville poet and Silver Jews frontman David Berman, it updates Eugene Delacroix’s Romantic painting Liberty Leading the People, replacing revolutionary symbolism with the post-consumer icon of a Los Angeles stripper from a club called Crazy Girls. Blake’s deft patchwork approach to the medium combines animation, found photography, and heady staging, for a romp through fractured, 21st-century American psychology, while his humor cuts close to the bone, re-imagining such prominent forbears as Ed Ruscha and Barry Hannah as a “fantasy gang of poetic ruffians.” A salon-style installation of paintings, drawings, and photographs is also on display.

Then check out Tortoise with Daniel Lanois at Irving Plaza