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Melbourne’s Party Protest, The Church of Pizza, and The New Liverpool

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If you wanted to check out Polish artist Miroslaw Balka’s massive “How It Is” installation in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern but can’t make it to London… well… there’s an app for that. (SlamXHype)   10,000 music fans re-enacted AC/DC videos, sang, danced, and generally had a good ol’ time as they choked the streets of Melbourne late ... Read More »

Tron Hunting, All Points West To Fold, and An Early Draft of Cameron’s Acceptance Speech

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  Well that was quick. After only two successful years of concerts, New Jersey’s All Points West festival may already be done. (Sound of the City)   California’s Mount Diablo will not be renamed after Ronald Reagan, mostly because “Diablo” sounds really, really cool. (Animal)   Chinese artists were beaten during a peaceful march in Bejing protesting their violent eviction ... Read More »

Who’s Synth for Sale, Flying Across The Bay, and Welcome to Nollywood

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  South African artist Pieter Hugo gives us a somewhat disturbing tour of Nollywood—that’s the Nigerian version of Hollywood for all you Nollywood novices out there. (Vulture)   Turns out that both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the lead role in “Avatar”, most likely because they read the script. (SlashFilm)   If you need to get to Oakland ... Read More »

Na’vi Protest Israel, Black Metal Meditates, and The Jungle Atop The Met

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  Palestinian protesters demonstrating against the Israeli separation barrier wall at their border stocked up on blue bodypaint and showed up dressed as Na’vi characters from “Avatar”. (HuffPo)   Canada’s new national park near the Mealy Mountains will be bigger than Yosemite and Yellowstone combined. Suck it, U.S. Department of the Interior! (Jaunted)   Learn about the spiritual side of ... Read More »

Why L.A.-Based “Logorama” Is Our Oscar Pick for Best Animated Short Film

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  Fearing a repeat of last year when I came in dead last in my Oscar office pool, I’m paying a little more attention to who is actually nominated this year (how was I to know the Academy would overlook “Hancock”). So, with the Academy Awards only week’s away, we’ve gotten out our ballots and begun handicapping the nominees. First ... Read More »

Chinese Government Bravely Fights Scourge of Pajamas in Public

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  If we had to write up a list of things that need changing in China, the world’s most populous and oldest country, we might focus on issues of humanitarian rights, slave labor, environmental pollution, or banning Jackie Chan films. But, as recent tensions over the renaming of a treasured mountain peek after an “Avatar” location revealed, the Chinese have ... Read More »

Jackie Chan’s Banned ‘Shinjuku Incident’ Arrives In U.S. Theaters

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  Most of those who love their Kung-Fu flicks lost faith in the world’s biggest movie star, Mr. Jackie Chan, sometime around “The Tuxedo” (2002). While most of Chan’s catalog leans toward the humorous side of high kicks and throat punches, the actor, director, and producer, now 56, has become more notable stateside for child-tailored pablum (i.e. last month’s “The ... Read More »

Chinese Tourist Board Chucks “Avatar Mountain” Idea, Avatards Weep Bitter Tears

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Perhaps you remember yesterday when we noted that Chinese officials of Wulingyan National Park had renamed one of the famous peaks in that Hunan-province natural reserve after the “Hallelujah Mountains” in “Avatar”, a movie that apparently used the unique landscape to create their CGI environment. Well not so fast now. Seems that officials speaking through the State’s Xinhua news agency ... Read More »

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