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Some celebs are pretending to be dead for charity

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: November 29, 2010 - 9:57 AM

Alicia Keys (AP photo)

Alicia Keys (AP photo)

This is a nice idea and the people involved have their hearts in the right place, so it would be quite unseemly to say anything disrespectful.
Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga take charity work seriously, and they're going offline to prove it.


Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Usher and other celebrities have joined a new campaign called Digital Life Sacrifice on behalf of Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive. The entertainers plan to sign off of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, which is World AIDS Day. The participants will sign back on when the charity raises $1 million.


"It's really important and super-cool to use mediums that we naturally are on," Keys said in a phone interview from New York last week.
Well, it’s neither really important or super-cool, and if we’ve redefined “sacrifice” to mean “not being on Twitter,” then we need a new term for people who donate, say, money. But that wouldn’t be celebritiffic enough, would it? Because here’s what they’re doing that’s super-cool:
For the campaign — which also includes Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Seacrest, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Elijah Wood, Serena Williams, Janelle Monae and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz — celebrities have filmed "last tweet and testament" videos and will appear in ads showing them lying in coffins to represent what the campaign calls their digital deaths.


"It's so important to shock you to the point of waking up," Keys said. "It's not that people don't care or it's not that people don't want to do something, it's that they never thought of it quite like that."
No idea what that means. The page for the charity is here, if you'd like to help.

Mickey's back

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 18, 2010 - 2:28 PM

Opening animation for Disney’s new Mickey Mouse game has hit the web, and you may think it’s cool. Over at Cartoon Brew, they’re ripping it up and down, but I like it - plenty of references to classic Disney animation, right from the start. You probably owe to yourself to click on the vid to go to the YouTube page and see it larger. Then come right back to; Favre may do something at any moment.


PopCrush LunchBreak for Friday

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: August 13, 2010 - 11:51 AM

 Paris Hilton's lawyers STRIKE BACK! Also, Warner Brothers announces a new live-action / CGI movie starring . . . well, you'll have to watch and see. 

Bin Laden Comedy will not appear in Pakistan

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: July 14, 2010 - 10:25 AM

Bin Laden comedy will not appear in Pakistan:

Pakistan has banned an Indian-made comedy film about Osama bin Laden for fear it could spark terrorist attacks, officials said Wednesday.


The film, "Tere Bin Laden," is about a Pakistani journalist desperate to get a visa to the U.S. who pretends to score an interview with the elusive al-Qaida chief after finding a look-alike. Though a Bollywood film, it is unusual because it stars a Pakistani actor, Ali Zafar.

Do Pakistan authorities fear attacks by offended bin Laden sympathizers? (Or, as some people call them, “most of the ISI and half of the army.”) Doesn’t seem sufficient reason. Everything offends bin Laden sympathizers.


The star is Ali Zafar, a musician. Here’s the short funny trailer, presumably with Zafar’s hit song in the background.



Here’s the longer trailer. The language of trailers is the same world-wide, isn’t it? Not the actual language, but the style. The set-up, the pace, the stinger at the end. Not the actual stinger, as in "shoulder-fired missile given to Afghan fighters to use against the Soviets," but - oh, just watch.


One question: that's "a look-alike?"


Depp might have a Secret Life

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: June 30, 2010 - 2:04 PM

Not F. Scott. (Library of Congress photo.)

Not F. Scott. (Library of Congress photo.)

Hey, everybody! Let’s play Spot the Howling Literary Error:

As the trailer for his new animated movie "Rango" sprang onto the web Tuesday, director Gore Verbinski entered negotiations with Fox to take the helm of the studio's long-in-development adaptation of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

 Verbinski has strong momentum coming out of the three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies and "The Ring," which together grossed $2.9 billion worldwide.

 The "Mitty" project, which derives from James Thurber's classic 1939 short story, has -- like Thurber's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" before it -- passed through the hands of many writers, actors and directors piqued by the inventive possibilities.

No. Not Fitzgerald. Anyway, Depp is supposedly interested in the project, which would be too bad. He’s a great actor, but if he gives us a Jack-Sparrow-type take on the character, with wide eyes and wink-wink overacting, it’ll spoil the story. Walter Mitty was a henpecked milktoast. Then again, Danny Kaye played the role in the original movie, and he hammed the hell out of it. There was talk of Mike Meyers doing it, which raises fears - how will he work a Scottish accent into this one? - but he might have been a better fit.

Elizabeth Edwards: "I'm not just a cuckolded wife"

Posted by: Updated: June 30, 2010 - 12:02 PM


Matt Laurer and Elizabeth Edwards on the "Today" show.

Matt Lauer and Elizabeth Edwards on the "Today" show.

In a candid interview today with Matt Lauer on the "Today " show, Elizabeth Edwards, estranged wife of John Edwards, talked about a new addition to her memoir that reflects the breakup of the marriage.

She said she learned the relationship he had with Rielle Hunter was a longer relationship than she had been led to believe. She said he had told her it was a one-night stand.  She said she updated "Resilience," now out in paperback, because  "It's important the next chapter be present. How I have weathered it and how my famliy has weathered it."

She read a short excerpt from her decision about ending the marriage: "It was a sad and terrifying decision. At the end of 2009, I finally gave up trying."

Edwards said she did watch parts of the the Hunter interview on Oprah Winfrey's show and did not understand how her husband was attracted to "that woman."

Lauer: "In the marriage, was there a straw that broke the camel's back?"

EE: "No, it was a drip, drip drip. I finally I realized we had come down this road and I was not going to find the place where Elizabeth existed anymore."

She did say she had married a 'marvelous' man, but that he's no longer the person whom I married.

Edwards, who has stage 4 breast cancer, said she is on a new chemotherapy routine and says her health is "quite well." She and John Edwards continue to talk and co-parent their children.




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