Miss of the day: He might arguably be the biggest rapper on the planet, but on this evidence, a second career in basketball wouldn’t be a smart move for Drake.
Live Action Adaptation of the day: Scratch below the bright, technicolour exterior of Adventure Time, and you’ll find a melancholy streak running back to the beginning of the series - heck, the main conceit of the show is that it takes place in the aftermath of a nuclear war, which is a pretty depressing starting point for a kid’s cartoon - so it seems only natural that Gritty Reboots, a YouTube channel that “takes popular and nostalgic video games, TV shows, comics, and more and turns them into gritty, cinematic trailers”, should try their hand at digging up this darkness when reworking it.
With the approval of Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, the Gritty Reboots team have devised a rather handy reason for the Land of Ooo looking rather plain and reworked decidedly unmagical, whils previously comic dialogue as sadder, more poignant pull-quotes worthy of any Hollywood blockbuster. An actual full length live-action adaptation of the show doesn’t seem like quite such a bad idea now.
White Tears of the day: Yep, so Donald Trump got pissed off to the point of crying racism that there’s a show called Black-ish currently on TV (and it’s really rather good). Thankfully Twitter ripped him a new one, with those responses probably causing that awful toupee to leap from his head in shock. Let’s be honest, we kinda should’ve seen this coming, since Trump is a) an asshole and b) an old, rich, white guy, which is like the third highest thing on the racism scale behind KKK members holding a rally in broad daylight in a public place, and law enforcement.
Things We Wish Were Real of the day: Disappointed that the Buffy The Vampire Slayer cartoon series was developed but never got off the ground? Welp, this fully realised intro from artist Stephen Byrne is only going to make you pine harder for a trip to an animated Sunnydale. Watch out for a ton of in-jokes and call backs to the original show, and be weirdly okay with a rather funky take on Nerf Herder’s immortal theme song, and then petition those US TV companies to make this a reality.
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I like to have people be able to form their own opinion as to what it means and have their own ideas about things. But at the same time, no one, to my knowledge, has ever seen the film the way I see it. The interpretation of what it’s all about has never been my interpretation.
Despite no cinematic plans for the forseeable future, David Lynch has still been doing the media rounds this summer for the release of the Twin Peaks: The Complete Mystery boxset, and in an interview with Vulture, the bequiffed auteur still isn’t offering any clues about his 37-year old mindbending masterpiece Eraserhead.
The closest we’ve ever come to a definitive interpretation from the man himself came from his autobiography-cum-self-help book Catching The Big Fish:
Eraserhead is my most spiritual movie. No one understands when I say that, but it is.
Eraserhead was growing in a certain way, and I didn’t know what it meant. I was looking for a key to unlock what these sequences were saying. Of course, I understood some of it; but I didn’t know the thing that just pulled it all together. And it was a struggle. So I got out my Bible and I started reading. And one day, I read a sentence. And I closed the Bible, because that was it; that was it. And then I saw the thing as a whole. And it fulfilled this vision for me, 100 percent.
I don’t think I’ll ever say what that sentence was.
What a tease.
Yeah - Nic Cage came back one day on set, and he came down to set and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit - kind of like he’d been up all night. So I was like “Hey Nic man, how you doing man?” and he said “I’m alright’ and I said “You seem a little spooked out” and he said “Yeah man, I went up to Dracula’s castle…the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night” and i said “What?! Why?” and he said “I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.” We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do.
And then he walked away.
True story.Idris Elba's AMA on Reddit yesterday provided us with an excellent Nic Cage story which won’t surprise anyone even remotely familiar with Nic Cage.
There’s always that. I’ve had many experiences with that mistake. I was in this zoo in Australia once, at the kiosk with my kids, and there’s someone on the phone whispering, “It’s fucking Nicolas Cage! He’s here!” I’m going, “Oh, Jesus”, because this mistake gets made all the time. Anyway, I leave the zoo and stop at this little pub in the middle of nowhere – and there’s Nicolas Cage sitting there. So, it was actually him at the zoo… Yeah, he said, “One letter separates us”. We just mumbled at each other. But he had major bodyguards. SAS stuff.Thanks to an interview with Shortlist Magazine, we finally know what would happen if Nick Cave and Nic Cage would meet. Turns out it’s not a weird meeting of minds and a tale of rock ‘n’ roll excesses, but more like the awkwardness of seeing a teacher on the weekends
Decidedly Not Bald Supervillain of the day: Hoo, boy, this isn’t going to please the fanboys. Reaction to Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor in the then-untitled Batman-featuring Man Of Steel sequel was lukewarm at best (to be fair, after rumours of Bryan Cranston getting the role, anyone else is going to be a bit of a letdown), but this photo with a fan will likely only exacerbate skepticism. Snapped on the set of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice by Twitter user Nicole Yloupis, Eisenberg looks, well, absolutely nothing like his comic book counterpart, famed for being follicularly challenged.
Now, that’s almost definitely a wig that Eisenberg is wearing, so whether Snyder’s vision of the character involves a smart-casual side-parting instead of Eisenberg’s usual curls, or Luthor be wearing a wig in-universe for a cooler public image as a young media figurehead, or we’re set for something of a Luthor origin story in which he tragically loses his locks, we’ll have to wait until the film is released on March 25th 2016 to find out. Alas, ‘til then, this might just be more ammunition for the growing section of fans writing it off as a failure already.