The Amazing Race is one of my favorite TV shows. The last couple of seasons have kind of sucked, but I am still a loyal fan. I think that this video clip from the upcoming Amazing Race 17 shows what makes the show so good. It brings people out of their comfort zones and puts them in situations where they may get hurt. I love the slow motion replay too. TAR 17 premieres on September 26th.

Here is a remixed trailer for the for the film Tron. It is much more exciting than the original 1982 trailer. If the original Tron were re-released with this new remixed trailer it may actually do really well at the box office. Never underestimate the power of a good trailer. Via BoingBoing.

Remixed trailer:

Original trailer:

Kevin Smith was in San Francisco last week giving a geek address at Macworld. Well, on his way home to Los Angeles he was kicked off a Southwest flight for being too fat. This led to a super awesome Twitter rant. This morning, Southwest apologized to the director by stating its policy; a non-apology if you ask me.

Here’s a great blog post about why Conan O’Brien would make a great host for the Survivor reality series. I totally agree. Via Reality Blurred.

This guy in Uruguay named Fede Alvarez posted this 4 minute and 48 second video on YouTube called Ataque de Panico (Panic Attack). He claims that he made this short film with only $300. Within three days of posting it onto YouTube he was getting calls from Hollywood studios and eventually signed a $30 million film deal sponsored by Sam Raimi, the director of Spiderman. The moral of the story: Don’t panic. If you are good enough at what you do, success will find you.

Weezer’s tour bus skidded off road and crashed in upstate New York today with Rivers Cuomo and his assistant suffering minor injuries. Rivers’ wife and 2-year-old daughter were on the bus but were not injured.

Kanye West lost his fucking mind and decided to take the mic from Taylor Swift at the VMAs while she’s giving her acceptance speech to say that Beyonce’s video was better!  Even Beyonce was like “what a dick!”  Watch the video and read her lips, that’s exactly what she says.  Kanye was instantly booed and, according to reports, tossed from the event.  Taylor Swift was seen crying backstage shortly after.  What an asshole! (Link to video via Defamer)

Andy Samberg and Seth Rogen in this video from the Lonely Island’s new album Incredibad.  Pretty funny but NSFW, especially if your boss is nearby.

A Seattle woman has sued magician David Copperfield, contending he sexually assaulted and threatened her while she was a guest on his private island in the Bahamas.  I don’t know what is more shocking, the accusation or the fact that this mofo can make enough money to buy an effing island in the Bahamas!  An island!? Craziness.

There were no skate commercials when I was growing up.  Let alone sweet ones like this one.  This extended commercial features P. Rod and Ice Cube and even has a guest appearance by Kobe.  I don’t even skate and I would consider getting a pair of these kicks.

Tron was the first true feature film to feature computer animation even before Photoshop!  They had to create rotoscoped film transparencies to put each composite frame together frame-by-frame for every frame in the film.  Some simple frames had like 6 transparencies, but the more complex frames had like 25 transparencies.  The film was 100 minutes long! At 24 frames per second that meant 144,000 frames of film had to be created using this antiquated method.  Computers created the images, but they were put together the old fashioned way onto film.

Now fast forward almost 28 years.  I just managed to find an HD version of the Tron Legacy trailer that was shown at the San Diego Comic Con a couple of weeks ago.  It is simply awesome!  Clearly they maintained the original design aesthetic created by Syd Mead and Moebius for the original.  I am very excited to see what Steven Lisberger and his team can put together using modern methods of computer animation.


Boston Rob and Amber Mariano of “Survivor” and later “Amazing Race” fame had a baby girl earlier this month.  Still no word on what the hell happened to Rob Mariano’s super reality TV show, “Tontine,” with it’s fancy schmancy $10 million prize.  According to Rob’s Wikipedia page, the show was cast and supposed to film in early 2008 and air in the Fall of 2008.  Neither has happened and it is probably fair to say that “Tontine” is more like “Saltines” at this point.  I guess that congrats on the baby and condolences on the TV show are in order.

When the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (aka MCA) was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month they had to pull out of the All Points West music and arts festival, a huge outdoor concert in New York’s Liberty State Park (the island where the statue of Liberty is located).  Jay-Z agreed to step on their behalf and headline the Friday night show.

By all accounts, Jay-Z killed it.  He walked up to the mic and performed a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn” in homage to Adam Yauch and his band.  A classy move to say the least.  But he’s also the first rapper to headline an American music festival, and surely the first (and perhaps last) to cover the Beasties, the first hip hop for white guys act in history.  Rick Rubin should be proud.  (Video link).

Some Stockton residents think that an image of Michael Jackson appeared on a tree stump in their yard the day that Michael Jackson died. The birch tree stump has what appears to be a stain on it that looks more like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz than Michael Jackson.  Here’s a quote from one of Stockton’s finest:

To Stockton, Michael Jackson meant more to us than maybe Jesus did to some people.  I think they are both about even, they’re both icons!

The video proves that some people are crazy-as-bat-shit. (Link)

I know I talked a lot of smack about Jacko over the years, but I am sad that he died so young.  TMZ is the first to report that MJ died today after suffering cardiac arrest and being rushed to the UCLA Medical Center.  He is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.

Joel McHale from The Soup is really funny, but it looks like this show has great writing and an amazing ensemble cast that includes, wait for it, wait for it, Chevy Chase. It looks freakin’ hilarious. Can’t wait to check it out this Fall.

Ferris Bueller Glass House's Garage

Remember the steel and glass house that served as Ferris Bueller’s friend Cameron’s house in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? You know, the house where the glass garage had the parked Ferrari (see the Ferrari scenes)?  It is called the Ben Rose Home, located in Highland Park, Illinois, and is now for sale for $2.3 million

Gone without any explanation.

Dropped from the show like a bad habit!

I normally don’t comment on American Idol news because there are many more blogs dedicated to analyzing and over-analyzing every aspect of the show.  But I was shocked to find out that one of the contestants that “made it” into the final 36 contestants last night was already disqualified this morning.  Clearly, they could have disqualified crazy-as-bat-shit contestant Tatiana Del Toro before getting rid of this girl.

Joanna Pacitti was disqualified for unknown reasons.  Fans were already clamoring for her downfall because she had a recording contract with Geffen in the past. Many were urging the show to make a rule change to not allow those with previous record contracts on the show.  Well, perhaps they changed the rules but they are not saying.  Hell, her picture and bio are gone from the American Idol website already!

Bottom line, music seems to be a lot like fashion, one moment you are in and then you are out!

Ricardo Montalban passed away “peacefully” at his home today at the age of 88.

Nirvana Nevermind Cover

The baby on the Nevermind cover is now a 17-year-old aspiring actor, artist and graphic designer.  Spencer Elden just graduated a year early from high school and gets paid up to $1,000 to reenact the Nevermind cover in swimming pools all over Southern California.

Why anyone would want to pay a lanky high school kid $1,000 to jump into a swimming pool is beyond me.  I agree that the cover is historic and an important part of pop culture.  But his participation in the photo doesn’t grant him any special powers or even talent.  Let’s wait and see if this guy leaves a mark in the world before we start worshiping him shall we!  Oh, never mind.

Kudos to CNN for chasing down this special interest story for all the thirty-something, Generation-Xers out there that really do care about Nirvana.

Spock and Kirk Ready to Kick Some Ass

If you have seen the Quantum of Solace, you probably have seen the new Star Trek trailer in the theatres.  Also, by now the trailer should be on TV commercials nationwide.  Let me just say that the JJ Abrams reboot of the franchise is exactly what it needed.  You know it’s going to be awsome when non-Trek fans are excited about watching this film!  Go check it for yourself.  It’s awesome.

SNL’s take on the Palin-Couric interview was great!

Matt Damon’s Sarah Palin prophecy comes true, it is a bad Disney movie.

A man was arrested in West Virginia for DUI and charged with assault for “farting in the officer’s general direction.”  According to the police report, this guy allegedly “lifted his leg and passed gas loudly” on said cop and “then fanned the air with his hand in front of his rear onto the cop.”  Who knew that cops in West Virginia were so sensitive!?  The complaint filed by the cop goes on to say, “The gas was very odorous and created contact of an insulting or provoking nature.”

Created contact!  Now that’s a fart ladies and gentlemen!  Bravo!  Bravo!!!

Wow, this cop is lucky he didn’t go camping us back in high school.  It’s one thing to get a whiff of a really good one out in the open, but to be enclosed in a tent with the fart, that’s special.  I have some high school friends that were scarred for life.  I am sure they remember, unless they were so traumatized that they blocked the memory.  You know who you are.

P.S. Thanks for not pressing assault charges against me guys, jeez!

Michael Moore will be releasing his new film, Slacker Uprising, online for free.

The video below is Rage Against the Machine (RATM) protesting at the Republican National Convention yesterday.  After their attempt to take the stage was stopped by police, RATM took to the crowd with an acapella performance armed with only a megaphone, and thousands of fans, RATM played a couple of short renditions of Bulls on Parade and Killing in the Name Of.

Let me tell you about these guys.  These guys have certainly sold enough records to never have to work again for the rest of their lives.  They are millionaires many times over.  So are they relaxing in their mansions and watching the convention on television?  Nope.  These guys went to the RNC to stand up and protest against the Republicans.  Right outside with all the other protesters.  You gotta love ’em.

Don LaFontaine died yesterday at the age of 68.  If you have seen a movie trailer in the last 30 years you have likely heard this man’s voice.  Don LaFontaine did the voice over for over 5,000 film trailers in 33 years in the industry.  Below is an Alt News spot he did from a couple of years ago.  He will be missed.

Mama and I are back from our camping trip in Clear Lake.  There was a Kiss concert and a motorcycle rally at nearby Konocti Harbor Resort.  We didn’t even know that the place existed so we were surprised to see how many big name musical acts have played there over the years even though it is essentially in the middle of nowhere.  It has hosted many of the same acts that have played the Concord Pavillion or even the Shoreline Amphitheater over the years: Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Goo Goo Dolls, Loretta Lynn, Mama Etheridge, Kenny Chesney, Third Eye Blind, Toby Keith, Chris Isaak, B.B. King, Poison, Motley Crue, and Jeff Beck.

We could hear the fireworks from the concert echoing over the lake from our tent.  It didn’t really feel like we were in the wilderness camping with fireworks booming in the distance.  Next time we go camping there we will make sure to check the concert schedule at Konocti before we go.  That way we will be able to go to the concert or avoid it as needed.

This guy in Brooklyn had the wheels stolen off his bicycle.  Saddened by his loss, he obtained the security camera footage of the theft.  The security video inspired the song.  The music video below is the security footage mashed up with the song by Shank Bone Mystic.  It is hilarious.  Enjoy.

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This is a Star Wars mockumentary fan film of Imperial Fleet Week in San Francisco titled “Death Star over San Francisco.”  If you have seen the real San Francisco Naval Fleet Week you will appreciate this short film.

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Almost two years ago I wrote about a small Nerdcore film seeking distributionNerdcore for Life will finally be shown in California with its debut here at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival in a couple of weeks!

The Nerdcore For Life screening will take place on Saturday, July 12th, 2008 at 4:15pm at the historical, 300-seat Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission district located at 3117 16th Street.  Tickets are $10 and will be available at the box office on the day of the screening or available now on-line at www.frozenfilmfestival.com.

Immediately after the film screening there will be a free after-party featuring performances by several of the most popular artists in Nerdcore including San Francisco native Doctor Popular and Stanford alum, MC Lars. The after-party will take place at the old-school hip-hop themed club, the Double Dutch. Located at 3192 16th Street, it is only 500 feet from the Roxie Theater. The performances will begin at 7pm. Check it out!

Great "bad day at the office" compilation music video.

Are you one of those people that can’t wait for the San Francisco International Film Festival every year?  Well wait no longer.  Do you wish there was a way to see films from previous festivals again?  Well your wish has come true.  The San Francisco Film Society will start showing weekly films from its film programs year round at a screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.  The first screening will be a film that was shown at the 2007 Film Festival titled Times and Winds (Bes vakit, Turkey 2006) starting on Friday, June 13th.  Check out the SFFS Events page for information on future weekly screenings.

Now that it’s legal, George Takei announces that he’s getting married.


 

Unless you have been under a rock this past week, you have seen the original Bill O’Reilly meltdown video that surfaced from his Inside Edition days.  Now tribute and parody videos of the original are sprouting all over the web like wildfire, including the one seen here from Barely Political which is by far my favorite.  Others include the dance remix edition and Stephen Colbert’s clever parody of the clip.

Oh! I didn’t know there would be goodies! Nugget and I MUNI’d over to the Castro Theatre at 7pm for what we thought was just going to be an really good movie (the title of tonight’s film is extremely intriguing, no?), and maybe a little bit of exuberance from the witty and charming film festival director, Graham Leggat, who has waited ALL YEAR for this night. But finding a giveaway bag on our seat (and on every other seat in the house) suddenly changes the way one feels about such things. Well, it did for me, being a person who does not receive such goodie bags on a regular basis. Instantly, my feeling changed from, “Hey, it’s great we’re out of the house and doing something cultural” to ” WOW! Opening night is a BIG DEAL!” I’m a cheap whore for gifts, what can I say.

On every seat in the house of the Castro Theatre lay a lovely turquoise reusable shopping bag (you know, that nylon square shaped bag, like the kind you buy at Whole Foods), filled with “stuff.” What kind of stuff? Who cares?! It’s a gift bag! OK, here’s the basic contents: little packages of locally made biscotti cookies, a notepad from DHL, a souvenir item from Cathay Pacific (the evening’s sponsor – Nugget got a Hot Wheels’ sized miniature airplane; I got a few magnets with corporate logos on them), a pen from a local insurance company, a few pieces of literature about something or other that immediately went into the recycling bin. The excitement about the gift bag almost was enough of an evening for me. I could have walked out without seeing the movie, and maybe would have been happy. (This girl likes the gifts, what can I say?)

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During the next two weeks, 177 films will screen from more than 50 countries. It’s the largest film event in Northern California, and more than 10 percent of all movie tickets sold in San Francisco this year will be to a movie in this festival (kind of mind-blowing when you think about it – wow, SF really likes independent films!) Aw yeah, Nug readers – the SF International Film Festival is on. It’s the oldest film festival of its kind in the United States, and considered to be one of the Top-10 film festivals in the world. Sure, it’s a venerated, lauded institution and this is their main event, with a ton of notable world premieres, North American premieres and West Coast premieres scheduled — like the scheduled world premiere of Andy Garcia’s documentary on Cachao.  Andy Garcia not only directs and acts as a lead in the documentary, but he is rumored to appear at the opening of the film.

But why we love it: because even in a post-Netflix world, occasionally movies are a once-in-a-lifetime event. In 2003, we watched a screening of Oliver Stone’s movie about Fidel Castro, “Comandante.” It was scheduled to air on HBO three months after the film festival – big whoop. It was presumed that if you missed it at the film festival, it seemed certain that you would be able to watch it a few months. But what happened next sealed the movie’s fate: just a few weeks after the screening, Castro went on a rampage and executed a few people without proper trials. The international climate changed and for some reason, Stone was forbidden to screen the movie ever, anywhere, ever again. Stone, the only American film director ever granted permission by Castro to make a documentary about him, with exclusive months-long access to the reclusive revolutionary – all to be shelved like the McGruder film, and will need something like Freedom-of-Information-Act request to ever see the light of day. Who knew that one of Nugget’s early posts to this blog would be one of the few things ever to be written about it?

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Wesley Snipes as Blade

Wesley Snipes was found guilty of tax evasion charges in Florida in a case that started almost two years ago and is awaiting sentencing.  The IRS claimed that he owed $12 million in taxes because he filed false refunds.  Not only will Snipes have to pay these back taxes and interest, which have now been found to total over $15 million, but the Assistant Attorney General prosecuting the case wants Snipes to pay a $5 million fine and spend three years in prison!

Snipes attorneys say that probation is the appropriate punishment and submitted three dozen letters from friends of Snipes attesting to his character. Those coming to Snipes’ aid included Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson. 

I think the most damning evidence is that documents filed by the IRS prove that Snipes shipped millions of dollars to accounts in Switzerland, Antigua and the Isle of Man to avoid paying taxes on that money.  Blade is guilty and he should get some prison time if you ask me.  Rich people shouldn’t continue to get away with this shit.  I pay my taxes, why shouldn’t this bitch?

Update: Snap!  Snipes was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Mama called someone a freak-a-zoid this morning and it reminded of the song from Midnight Star.  And now, thanks to the Internets, I was able to find a video for the song that I had never seen before.  The video is freakier than the song itself:  it has a bunch of sadly dated computer graphics and the "whitest guy they could find" acting like a mime.  Wow, you gotta love the eighties.

The Last Mistress

Asia Argento as The Last Mistress


We have finally made our film selections for this year’s festival.  As always, we will try and bring you a special report about the opening night excitement.

The opening night film this year will be The Last Mistress (France 2007), directed by Catherine Breillat.  The film is based on a controversial novel by 19th century author Jules-Amédée Barbey d’Aurevilly.  The story centers on a Frenchman on the verge of marrying an innocent aristocratic young French socialite.  But before doing so, he confesses to an affair with a Spanish mistress to the bride’s grandmother. A surprisingly open-minded old woman, the grandmother seems to delight in every sordid detail of the young man’s relationship with his mistress.

The other films that we will be watching during this year’s festival are as follows:

Just Like Home (Denmark, 2007)
Black Belt (Japan, 2007)
Mataharis (Spain, 2007)
Water Lilies (France 2007)
Solitary Fragments (Spain 2007)
Shadows in the Palace (South Korea 2007)
Big Man Japan (Japan 2007)
Under the Bombs (France/Lebanon/England/Belgium 2007)
Secrecy (United States 2007)
Timecrimes (Spain 2007)
The 51st Annual San Francisco International Film Festival starts on Thursday, April 24th and runs through Thursday, May 8th.  Tickets are available on the film festival website or you may also order by phone by calling (925) 866-9559.  We look forward to seeing you all there!
Jay-Z and Beyonce

Jay-Z gets the money and the girl

Earlier this week, there was a story that Jay-Z was in the middle of negotiating a $150 million deal with Live Nation for tour performances over the next 10 years to promote 3 future albums. 

Well, apparently on Friday Jay-Z, 38, and Beyonce, 26, were married on Friday putting to an end a 6-year courtship.  They reportedly tied the knot in a small ceremony in Jay-Z’s apartment. Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities were spotted by paparazzi as they arrived at Jay-Z’s place on Friday and friends of the couple leaked the good news.  No official word from their publicists as of yet.

Well, if it’s true, this guy is big pimpin’ for’real!  All he needs to do is finalize the New Jersey Nets’ relocation to Brooklyn, New York and his plans for world domination will be nearly complete.

In the video above, please check out the drummer in the background.  He is totally channeling Tommy Lee in a spinning drum cage circa 1987 like on the Girls, Girls, Girls tour.  This guy seems totally out of place from the rest of the band and it’s funny as all hell.  He definitely stole the show in this performance.  Big ups to Meerenai for emailing me this gem.

Mariah Carey

Mariah laughing all the way to the bank

Mariah Carey surpassed Elvis in No. 1 singles with “Touch My Body,” her 18th No. 1 single.  She is now second to only The Beatles, who managed 20 No. 1 singles in their illustrious career.  That is incredible!  If someone would have told me 10 years ago that this chick was going to someday be within striking distance to the Beatles record I would have said they were crazy.  I guess it helps that she is pretty good looking.

In Googling for a photo of Mariah for this post I found a whole lot of boob shots and crotch shots for her.  I picked this one because believe it or not, it was one of the more conservative photos and this blog is after all a family show.  I can’t help but think that if she didn’t look like a porn star that she likely wouldn’t be as popular.

I know she *can* sing, I am not saying that she can’t!  I just think that her overwhelming success wouldn’t have been possible without all of the bikini shots and the Playboy pics.    Not that there’s anything wrong with that!  It just adds to her allure.  I am sure that Mariah is going to juice her looks for as long as she possibly can.  After all, it’s a lot harder to sing “Touch My Body” when you are in your forties or fifties.  She is still looking hot so she’s working it.  Besides, you don’t want to see a grandma singing that song do you?

Tyra Banks and Her Stalker

Tyra Banks and Brady Green

Last week, a creepy guy showed up at a New York taping of the Tyra Banks Show with a duffel bag filled with magazine clippings of the super model and extremely detailed notes on how he has tried to contact her.

Needless to say, Tyra freaked out and called the cops.  He was asked to leave the studio but he came back a while later.  At that point, cops rained down on him and he was arrested for stalking, harassment, and criminal trespass.

The man that was arrested was later identified as Brady Green, 37, from Dublin, Georgia.  He allegedly has been terrorizing Tyra for months by attempting to contact her with multiple letters and phone calls.  He was released by a judge under his own recognizance after appearing in court.

The L.A. Times ran a front page apology to Diddy for the story they ran last week in which they implicated Diddy in shooting Tupac Shakur outside of a record studio in New York (see previous post).  Here’s an excerpt of the public apology:

"The bottom line is that the documents we relied on should not have been used…We apologize both to our readers and to those referenced in the documents…and in the story."

Diddy and his lawyers are nothing short of unimpressed and surely will pursue a defamation lawsuit against the newspaper.  This is not the end of this by a long shot.  I predict an out of court settlement in the L.A. Times’ future.

Apple is reportedly in talks with content providers about making iTunes completely free for customers that decide to pay more for their iPods or iPhones.  Surely, Apple is willing to share or give the additional device markup to the music publishers in exchange for the content.  I doubt the publishers would take a flat fee, since their royalty contracts with the artists are not structured this way.

If Apple can get the publishers to agree to this it will be great for those who are purchasing their iPods or iPhones for the first time.  I would think that the added premium on price will likely pay-off in the long run.  My guess is that it would be a $249 premium for a device lifetime subscription.  But what about those, and I am not one of them, who have already purchased hundreds if not thousands of dollars in iTunes music?

Frankly, I doubt that this subscription model will even happen given the "old school" thinking and artist contracts that publishers still have.  Stay tuned.

Diddy

Diddy ready to let about 20 lawyers rain down on the LA times.

The LA Times ran a story on their website this morning allegedly linking the 1994 attack of Tupac Shakur at a New York recording studio with Sean “Diddy” Combs.  The sad thing is that the story claims that the story is based on FBI records, interviews with people at the scene of the 1994 shooting, and statements to the FBI by an informant, but none of the sources are on the record!  What kind of shoddy journalism is that!  Don’t we expect more from the LA Times, or is it just another blog!?

Diddy put out a statement denouncing the story, saying “The story is a lie…It is beyond ridiculous and completely false. Neither (the late rapper Notorious B.I.G.) nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during or after it happened. … I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story.”  Frankly, I am shocked too.  I am not trying to pick sides here, but if you are going to accuse someone of attempted murder, you better have enough information and sources to back it up.  If I was Diddy, I would sue the hell out of the newspaper for libel!

I am sure that this will not be the end of this brouhaha–stay tuned!

There is rumor that The Bionic Woman (TBW) has been canceled after only 8 episodes!  NBC Universal denied the rumor a month ago and said that production on the show would resume after the writers’ strike.  Well, the strike is over and the show’s production has not resumed.  Smells like death for the show.  Everyone expected a shortened season due to the strike but expected the show to be renewed for at least a second season.

What’s interesting about this is that TBW was getting higher ratings than Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, yet Fox will be bringing Ms. Connor back next Fall.  It seems that NBC brass has decided to kill their extra investments in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre outside of HeroesHeroes is still by considered a hit show even though its ratings have dropped, maybe that has scared them a bit.  Perhaps the production costs of TBW far outweighed the ad sales and it was simply a business decision.  Who knows?

But this is all speculation on conjecture and rumor.  If the rumor turns out to be true then shame on NBC for killing a pretty good show with a loyal following.

Bette Davis and Joan_Crawford

Bette Davis, the original psycho-biddy.
I mean just look at that crazy mascara.

Function: noun
Etymology: Exact etymology unknown. Combination of the words psycho, from Gr. psychh meaning the soul, the mind, or a person afflicted with psychosis; and biddy, adult female chicken, 1913. Literal meaning of combined words is "crazy chicken."
Date: circa 1960
Definition: 1) a dangerous, insane or mentally unstable woman of advanced years; 2) a colloquial term for a sub-genre of the horror/thriller movie also known by the name "Older Women in Peril," which was most prevalent from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s (see Wikipedia entry).

We watched the film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? a few nights ago and can honestly say that "crazy chicken" does not even begin to describe Bette Davis’s character in the film.  Just the clumped mascara she wore alone is enough to give you the willies.

George Lucas and his Lucasfilm team are working on an animated film that will be released in August called Star Wars: Clone Wars. The full-length theatrical release will be followed by an animated series that will air on the Cartoon Network. I know what you are thinking, "if it is animated it’s going to suck." But after taking a look at the film trailer and production video, I can honestly say that I am now really excited about both the film and the subsequent series.