January 6, 1946 ‚Äì July 7, 2006
Syd Barrett died of diabetes-related illness. Click here for more
Air Torture is the premiere airline transporting detainees to select torture chambers around the world. Organizations such as Amnesty International like to call our business “outsourcing torture” because we deliver all our customers to countries where torture is routinely practiced – but our partners at the U.S. government have come up with a much better name: “extraordinary rendition.”
Our new book, The Sinner’s Guide to the Evangelical Right isn’t due to hit the shelves until September 5 (provided the Rapture doesn’t occur first), but we’re delighted with some recent advance press. Pardon us while we toot our own horn:
In his latest offering, the author of The Hipster Handbook brings his brand of sardonic wit and caricature assassination to bear on all things evangelical. Like all great satire, the book is cerebral, irreverent and hilarious, while also edifying in introducing the characters, vocabulary and complex political and social network loosely referred to as the Christian right… Lanham keeps the humor sharp throughout.
— Publisher’s Weekly
“This book should lay at the lifeless feet of your corpse as a silent, yet powerful and all encompassing explanation as to why you took your own life.”
— David Cross
“Not only is this an important book, it’s a funny book… Stop the Christo Fascist Zombie Brigade. Know who they are now with this book.”
— Marc Maron, Host of The Marc Maron Show on Air America Radio
“Consisting of only the very best of our favorite new tracks, this endlessly expanding compilation kicks off with 21 free MP3s that’ve kicked our collective ass in 2006 so far.” Download ‘em all here.
Broken Mascis Scene
He’s posted several great live shows. First, there’s J. Mascis and Broken Social Scene (Broken Mascis Scene) live in Toronto (2006). And then there’s Stephen Malkmus all acoustic on KCRW (2005). He has a great Talking Heads live show from 1979 here. And finally, our personal favorite, a Replacements bootleg here. Thanks RBally.
by Dave Thomas
Woody Allen directs Scarlett Johansson again in Scoop
Remember how I said that last month was all about the comedy? I spoke too soon. All the B-list comedy tries its hand at making a buck this month. It can’t all be bad, right?
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST
ARRR, WHAT BE THE PITCH THIS TIME?
Jack Sparrow vs. Davy Jones (not the one from The Monkees).
ARRR, BE IT OF THE VARIETY OF FILMS THAT SUCK?
Early buzz is generally good, so I guess it was a smart move to keep the same cast, writers and director for this installment. And adding Bill Nighy to the mix probably didn’t hurt. Oh, and who’s a pirate’s favorite addition to the cast? Stellan Skaaaarrrrrrrsgaaaaaarrrrrrd!
ARRR, HOW MANY DUBLOONS WILL IT PLUNDER?
This is probably the only movie that has nothing to fear from the second frame of Superman, and the following week two weak-ass comedies are all it has to stare down. Every pundit from here to Tuscaloosa has declared this the sure-fire number one hit of the summer in spite of Da Vinci Code, X-Men, Superman, Mission Impossible, Cars and, of course, SOAP. And polls of moviegoers seem to agree. $335mil.
A SCANNER DARKLY
ARRR, I MEAN, UM, WHAT’S THE PITCH?
The latest adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel. As if the rotoscope effect weren’t mindfuck enough.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is very split. I guess Linklater plus rotoscoping equals controversy. But me, I loved Waking Life. And having Robert Downey, Jr. and Linklater vet Rory Cochrane involved can only help.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
With the following and star power this film has, Warner Independent could have probably released it wide as counterprogramming to Pirates. $20mil.
From The AP:
Subway Rider Sliced in Power Saw Attack
A man grabbed two cordless power saws off a subway station workbench and went on a rampage Thursday, swinging the saws at riders and slicing open a man’s chest before running away, police said.
The 64-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Police were searching for the suspect, described by witnesses as a thin man in his 30s, who had earrings in both ears and was possibly carrying a teddy bear.
The attack occurred before dawn at a subway station a few blocks south of Columbia University.
Wielding a saw in each hand, the man took a swipe at one rider on a platform and missed, police said. Moments later, he cut into the man’s chest at a turnstile before bolting out of the station, still carrying the power tools, which were later found in a trash can.