Archive for May, 2009

The Revenge of Major Ramen

Posted in Personal/Creative with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by joeylabartunek

So I spent the day working on some side web stuff, which made me feel a bit productive, and then followed it up with  a couple hours hammering out the revisions to some of my PBR scripts which was nice to get back to.   Combined with the hours storyboarding I did yesterday, things are  starting to feel like I’m moving a bit again.

Tonight, obviously is “Drag Me To He”, I’ll be there and I’m sure I’ll be talking about it in the morning.

On a side not, I am now convinced that Top Ramen was designed as revenge on us by the Japanese for the end of WWII.  There’s no other reason why it’s so unnaturally foul.

Ok that’s it then.

Songs of the morning/day, because I’ve been slacking:

Spiritualized – ‘Sway’
Elbow – ‘Grounds For Divorce’

The Band – ‘The Shape I’m In’
The Editors – ‘All Sparks’ (Sadly a live version, but whatever)


More Details on Pegg and Frost’s ‘Paul’

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on May 28, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Because I know my Wonder Twin is a fan, and I do have a serious love of  ‘Shaun of the Dead”, here are some details about the next flick starring the guys from ‘Shaun’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’.  From Variety:

Universal and Working Title Films have added Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch to the cast of “Paul.”

The road trip laffer stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and will be directed by Greg Mottola.

Pegg and Frost, who wrote the script, will play two science-fiction fanatics on a road trip whose conspiracy dreams come true when they trek to Area 51 and encounter the title character, an escaped alien.

Rogen will provide the voice of the alien.

The cast is mostly all hit for me, add into that aliens AND Comicon?!  I’m really looking forward to this one.



Thursday Morning Babble

Posted in Film, Personal/Creative with tags , , , , on May 28, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Yesterday I had to take the top off of my vehicle, the weather was too perfect to resist the call.  Those who haven’t experienced Spring in my little sector of the valley in the months just before Summer’s heat and hell drops, are missing out on what could possibly be the nicest weather on earth.  So with the wind in the hair and the music loud, I drove around for awhile, it’s my own little slice of Entourage (and just mentioning THAT name gets me all crazy with joy because there is less than 2 months left until the new season!) , minus all the really good perks.

Down at the NBC studio there was a giant banner of Jay Leno thanking people for his 17 years (what the hell!) on the Tonight Show. I had nearly forgotten that he was leaving and Conan was incoming next week.  That’s what I get for not watching a sufficient amount of late night programming.   I’m glad though, Stern has instilled in me a heavy dislike for Leno, and I never really got his humor anyways, it always seemed so… whitebread.  I dunno.

What my hypothetical Raimi shirt might look like, if made by an eight year old

What my hypothetical Raimi shirt might look like, if made by an eight year old

Of course the high point of the day was getting new art supplies.  Sad, right? It’s the little things though, and there’s nothing finer on the small scale then getting new pens, brushes, and even the smells-like-a-family-of-dead-iguanas-in-my-closet india ink bottles are their own little piece of Christmas.  So that was nice.

Not much else blipping on the radar, such is the unemployed life I suppose.

Tomorrow ‘Drag Me to Hell’ premiers, I will be there with bells on, and my t-shirt with the giant Sam Raimi face on it that says “Sam Raimi Made Me This Way”.  Ok, not really, but only because I don’t actually have that shirt yet.  The excitement for seeing this film is peaking like an Asian raver in a glowstick factory, I only hope the trip isn’t a bum one.

‘Green Lantern’ Trailer– Sort Of

Posted in Comics, Film with tags , , on May 27, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Here’s a fan-made Green Lantern trailer starring Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan, and a whole slew of borrowed scenes from other movies.  All in all I thought they did a pretty good job, and besides, it has Kilawog in it and that gets points in my book.  Thanks to Forbidden Panel for this one:

California Proves To Be Less Opened Minded Than Maine?

Posted in Politics & World with tags , on May 26, 2009 by joeylabartunek

In a depressing stamp on what has become an ugly battle here in my home state over the subject of gay marriage, today the California Supreme Court just proves how out of whack my state has become.  From Reuters:

California’s supreme court backed a ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, ruling that a voter-approved proposition defining marriage as between a man and a woman could stand in the trend-setting state.

The court, which last year opened the way for same-sex unions, said the roughly 18,000 marriages that took place before the November ban could stand.

The ban spurred nationwide protests, and the court’s decision is unlikely to be the last move in what is seen as a battleground state in U.S. culture wars.

It’s strange, because living in L.A. (and Frisco, from my second hand sources!), you get the mistaken impression that everyone in this lovely state thinks like we do.  We have protests, and parades, and people are generally very open-minded.  But I remember around election time, I had to drive back to the Inland Empire to do my actual voting and in my hometown of Redlands, there were seas of pro-8 signs just to nail down the point that the rest of the state is becoming… something else, I don’t know.

Richard Christy Returns To The Metal

Posted in Funny Stuff with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by joeylabartunek

From Rolling St0ne:

Rod Stiffington and Jack Mayhoffer AKA Richard and Sal in a uncharacteristically unawkward non-sexual photo

Jack Mayhoffer and Rod Stiffington AKA Sal and Richard in a uncharacteristically unawkward non-sexual photo

Howard Stern fans know him as Rod Stiffington, a practitioner of practical jokes willing to endure Brazilian waxes and nationally televised same-sex make-out sessions, all for the benefit of the show. But heavy metal fans have been following Richard Christy’s work for years, since he punished his drumkit for the likes of Death, Incantation, and Iced Earth, long before he joined Stern’s menagerie of merry misfits. And this summer, Christy plans to return to his first love.

Earlier this week, Metal Blade Records inked a deal with Christy’s latest project, Charred Walls of the Damned. Christy has been writing material for the band’s debut album for months, and will hit the studio with his former roommate and metal producer du jour Jason Suecof (God Forbid, Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium) to record the set, which is slated for release this fall.

I remember the first time I heard Richard jump behind the drums and wail something out, I was astounded.  Here’s a guy who for years and years I listened to while he and his cohort Sal Governale (one of the most despicable humans around.  But I still love you, Sal) paint each others testicals with chocolate, make-out with each other, prank call helpless old women and more despicably hilarious behavior.  AND the man can seriously play drums.

Howard Stern’s genius is in his ability to make you feel like his merry band of savages are your own friends and family, and as such I’m fond of Richard like you are probably fond of that strange cousin from out-of-state who shows up at random family gatherings and drunkenly tries to make out with the dog, and as such, I wish him the best.

Pictures From The Desk

Posted in Personal/Creative with tags , , on May 25, 2009 by joeylabartunek

Because I’m incredibly bored and not in the mood to get anything I’m supposed to be doing, done, I’ve opted for a photo of some recent art and the object of my desire right this very moment.  In that order.  Obviously.

This what I look like without the following item....

This what I look like without the following item....

Notice the slight green tinge to the vodka, a sure sign of it's appropriate dirtiness.  Dirtiness, hah.

Notice the slight green tinge to the vodka, a sure sign of it's appropriate dirtiness. Dirtiness, hah.