“The kind of ratings used for films could be applied to Web sites in a bid to better police the Internet and protect children from harmful and offensive material, Britain’s minister for culture has said.”—Web sites could get cinema-style ratings
“The comedy skit known as “Jizz in My Pants” starring SNL cast member Andy Samberg has recorded nearly 8 million views since being posted on December 6 and is YouTube’s most watched video this month. NBC hasn’t ordered the clip to be pullled from YouTube. That may seem like a policy shift, but in this case the TV network apparently has no right to do so.”—What does Andy Samberg’s YouTube hit say about NBC sites?
“The Room is a San Francisco-set love triangle involving a banker named Johnny, his friend Mark, and Johnny’s fiancée Lisa, who is sleeping with both men. The film does seem to be beset with problems. Various subplots are inadequately resolved or simply disappear altogether, including the throwaway revelation that Lisa’s mother is suffering from cancer. The film’s many rooftop shots feature an unrealistic San Francisco backdrop, thanks to some less-than-impressive greenscreen work. There are lengthy, unerotic sex scenes, the last of which prompts a section of the audience to depart the auditorium temporarily in mock protest. Finally, in one sequence, a sharp bone seems about to erupt from Lisa’s neck for no reason at all.”—The crazy cult of ‘The Room’ | 1026 | Movie News | Movies | Entertainment Weekly | 1
“The celebrity culture is infantilizing us. We are being trained not to think. It is not about the disappearance of film critics. We are the canaries. It is about the death of an intelligent and curious, readership, interested in significant things and able to think critically. It is about the failure of our educational system. It is not about dumbing-down. It is about snuffing out. The news is still big. It’s the newspapers that got small.”—Death to film critics! Hail to the CelebCult! - Roger Ebert’s Journal