Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Though he has only been a part of my life for but a precious few TV seasons, Alexander Skarsgård has made quite an impression. I mean, if you've been watching the gayest season of True Blood ever, then you definitely know that when it comes to one does it better than a tall, toned viking.

He turns deliciously 34 today, so let's take a trip down (the admittedly short) memory lane!

Even with that ridiculous season one hair, Eric Northman became the primary reason to tune into True Blood when it was first getting started. Don't you just want to brush those golden locks for him?

Need another reason to love Lady Gaga? Her video/short film for "Paparazzi" featured a silver eye-patched ASkars in the lead male role. Sure, it doesn't end well for him...but look at that eye patch! Only he could make that sexy.

And here's the birthday boy, in his signature black tank top. Grab that branch! GRAB IT HARD.

What's that? You want to see Alexander Skarsgård showering, set (for some reason) to a ridiculous dance abortion cover of "California Dreamin'"? Well, the internet is happy to oblige:

Lots of birthday love, ASkars! When you blow out your candles this evening, make sure you thank Alan Ball for being such a twisted fuck. Your career is all the more better for it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Things You Probably Never Noticed
While Watching
The Rocketeer:
A Photo Essay

I saw a screening of The Rocketeer on Monday night at the ArcLight Hollywood. After over a decade, this movie not only holds up - I'm pretty sure it got better. Hope you enjoy some of these bizarre, wonderful moments my strange mind picked up on. Click to make 'em bigger!

Howard Hughes was designing rocket packs for the 1939 New York World's Fair! It didn't go so well, obvi. Fiery foreshadowing, FTW!

Remember when this was what you thought a nightclub in Los Angeles was going to be like? And then you ended up at Tiger Heat?

Hey, what a second...isn't that...

Why yes, it absolutely is Jan Levinson from
The Office! Welcome to The Rocketeer, Melora Hardin. It's a pleasure to have you with us.

Extra Credit: Jenny's mouthy roommate is played by Angela's English teacher in the pilot of
My So-Called Life. Ms. Mayhew! Sorry you got written out when MSCL went to series.

In case you had forgotten amidst their yelling about the Valley every 10 minutes, WE'RE IN HOLLYWOOD, BITCHES!

Sweet backlot-y goodness.

That mermaid in the wall tank is quite literally
pounding on the glass, because she fears for her life - what with everyone running and screaming out of the South Seas Club. And no one is helping her. This poor girl died that night. In the story, I mean. But does that make it better?!

So you've just been kidnapped by the #3 box office star in the world, and he offers you some nighties to try on. Can you spot Jenny's mistake? She's failed to notice that half of Neville Sinclair's closet is filled with
women's clothing. And he's not married. Which just makes it creepy, any way you slice it.

I've been calling it the GrifObs(v) for years!

THE FUCK? Oh right, it's just a Disney-animated propaganda short about the Nazis taking over the world, with the help of rocket packs. No big deal.

I just can't imagine why this film wasn't a huge success.

I like to call this screen cap "Zeppelins Over the Observatory".

Hooray, The Rocketeer has arrived to defend America!

Holy shit! He just set that American flag on fire!

Fun fact: It was actually the flaming metal and flesh ball of Neville Sinclair that turned us into just plain old "Hollywood". History rules!

And just as we began, let's end with something totally fucking on fire. In this case, a German airship...which is exploding into huge molten pieces that will kill hundreds below.

But take that, Nazis - you just got Rocketeer'd!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I've just completed season 2 disc 2 of Mad Men, and I am frankly short of breath. Don's house of cards is finally starting to tumble, and pretty much all I can do is think about Joan Holloway.

I said from the beginning that I was convinced she was the protagonist of the series, by sheer virtue of how much I loved her immediately. Season 2 is bringing out a lot more Joanie, and I am infinitely pleased. She rules the office with an iron fist wrapped in gossamer, and I'm not lying when I say that I feel inspired whenever she is onscreen.

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how seriously she takes her job. She is fully committed to Don, Roger (for a time) and really Sterling Cooper as a whole. She's not someone who simply delights in being a bitch for no reason...most of the time. Every perfectly-chosen word that comes out of her mouth is usually in order to maintain order.

When she goes to assist Crane in the TV department, she does it with a smile - despite the fact that she probably despises him. She may not like him, but she respects him. That's class. And she would have been so good at her interim post...

Oh, and she gets to be the effortless Queen of SterCoo while looking like a million bucks. And a million 60s bucks is somewhere in the billions nowadays. Think about THAT. Some more food for thought: that Mad Men Joan Holloway Barbie Doll is divine, no?

So there you have it. Add it to my short list of some of the most amazing television characters ever created. What? You're not writing this down? I thought you were taking a memo...

Monday, August 2, 2010


Disposable Culture came to me the other day with a mash-up so enormous, it truly is of monstrous proportions. Yet at the same time, it all fits together very organically. Naturally, I insisted on sharing!

"Califrankenstein" contains elements from SEVEN different songs. Some of pop standards, some are from film scores...but when merged together, they create one incredible track. It's all set to a certain song about females from California you may have heard on the radio lately. Have a listen!

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Disposable Culture also did us one better, and synced it up amazingly to the music video for the aforementioned song about gals from the Golden State. It transforms it into a dark, almost fever dream of a video...and one that almost makes sense now!

For the complete listing of songs contained therein, click on the link below the video to be taken to the Vimeo page.

Califrankenstein from V'ger on Vimeo.

Here's hoping this epic mash-up helps get your week off to a great start!