Martin + Jessica 4Evah

Martin + Jessica 4Evah

Sep 22

If you’re like me and Spaced and The Office are two of your favorite shows of all time, you probably got all crazy-excited when Jessica Stevenson and Martin Freeman cameoed together adorably in Shaun of the Dead.

Similarly heart attack-inducing is their pairing in the new flick Confetti, which features a whole mess of people from U.K. TV (I saw it with Brit TV expert Katherine, who pointed out the non-Jessica/Martin folks to me). The movie is a mockumentary about three couples duking it out to plan the most original wedding of the year. Jessica and Martin play a very sweet couple who want to have Busby Berkeley-esque musical extravaganza.

I think the mockumentary thing is tough to do these days. We’ve got Christopher Guest and both Offices and we’re pretty used to the form. We know that it’s hard to get the tone exactly right. But Confetti pretty much nails it in a way that’s funny and touching and all that good stuff.

And really, Martin and Jessica are the heart of it all. They have wonderfully hilarious moments, but nicely dramatic ones as well. And, as hinted at in Shaun, they’re just so goddamn cute together.

You, Me, and iTV

You, Me, and iTV

Sep 22

“What Apple’s up to” in the American living room is a subject that has fascinated me for some time.

Last week, we got a tiny peek at the answer to that question, in the form of the iTV.

Let’s call this for what it is–the BIG move. When the video iPod came out last year, some speculated that this level of entertainment domination was in the cards for Apple. At that point, you could just take video and audio and stick them in your pocket and carry them around.

When Steve Jobs sold Pixar to Disney earlier THIS year, he cemented a relationship between Apple and one of the world’s biggest content providers. Suddenly, that rumored iTunes Movie Store didn’t seem too far off. And we got the movie store last week, too.

But we also got a glimpse at the iTV. And in it, we see our future.

With the iTV, Apple has created a foothold into the heart of the home, the living room/family room/den where the TV lives. The specifics are almost incidental–Bob Iger at Disney has commented in public that the iTV will ship with a hard drive; no such feature was mentioned by Pope Jobs in last week’s keynote. There’s a USB port in the back, so anything is possible, and there could even be a hard drive stashed inside, for all we know. Also missing at this stage: a TV tuner. So it’s not the next iteration of the TiVo…although again, that could change in the next few months.

It’s a start, is what it is. It’s the first step, a cautious one, because if this synergy were to take its full form so soon, it would rock the entertainment industry to its knees. Suddenly, time and placeshifting would connect together to the entire television landscape in a format widely used and understood by people around the world. The iPod’s existing user base would have a reason to buy a device that would give them total control over how, when, and where they experience popular culture. Stars would align, birds would sing, dogs and cats would live together.

Instead, to pacify the raging madmen on the content side of things, who see their carefully-constructed house of cards losing a few decks every day as the proliferation of delivery channels render their antiquated ad-and-ratings-based economy into oblivion, Steve Jobs has just given us stage one of his vision. We get to watch stuff from our computer on the TV–all those iTunes videos, music, and probably stuff in other formats, will beam from our computer straight to the TV. Hell, maybe it’ll even bypass the computer and come to the TV direct if we want it to.

But someday, and someday soon, the rose will reach full bloom. And that, my friends, will be SOMETHING TO FUCKING SEE. I for one can’t wait.

Civil War (The Comic, not the G'n'f'n'R song)

Civil War (The Comic, not the G'n'f'n'R song)

Sep 20

Didn’t Guns and Roses have a song called “Civil War”? Does anyone care? I don’t. Moving on.

Civil War #4 is finally out, and there is much rejoicing in the streets. Okay, maybe not the streets. Unless you define the streets as “my brain.” In which case, sure, rejoicing. Fine. Run with it.

And here’s what we have (SPOILERS lie ahead)…

Oh, to be in Italy, now that Fall is here…

Oh, to be in Italy, now that Fall is here…

Sep 20

Spotted this one on the shelves of the local super magazine store and it damn near killed me.

Oh, what? Like Matt and Sarah get to have TV crushes, and I don’t?

Fanboys!

Fanboys!

Sep 18

IESB.net has some images from Fanboys, that upcoming ode to Star Wars that we’re all salivating over just a little.

Look how cute Kristen Bell is with dark hair! And I suppose certain corners of the internets will be all a-twitter over this.