Longtime friend and Boing Boing contributor Andrea James has just completed a Kickstartered short film for children from LGBT families. I saw it this week, and was blown away by how funny and sweet it was. I know how hard she’s worked on this; a true labor of love. I hope kids (and grown-ups) far and wide have a chance to experience both the art and the message. For readers in the SF Bay Area, there’s a screening on Sunday June, 2013 in the Frameline LGBT film festival at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. Andrea writes in to Boing Boing with the backstory.—Xeni Jardin
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Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine, one of the main minds behind the BioShock series, is writing the script for a remake of the classic 1976 science fiction film Logan's Run (based on the 1969 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson). Above, the 1976 film's spectacular trailer. Of course, this is not the first time Warner Bros has begun developing a remake of the movie. A couple years ago, Nicolas Winding Refn, of Drive and Pusher fame, was going to direct, with Ryan Gosling signed on as Logan. (Engadget, thanks Jess Hemerly!)
Excellent hand-painted "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie poster from Ghana. Click to see it larger. This style of poster was frequently an advertisement for mobile "cinemas" where the operator traveled around with a VHS machine and TV to screen movies for paying customers. You can see more examples here
. And there are several books documenting this art form: Ghanavision: Hand-Painted Film Posters from Ghana
and two volumes titled Extreme Canvas
Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (the movie) on speed. Er, even more speed. From 1A4 Studio who have done this with a number of movies, including Star Wars, Back to the Future, and The Matrix.
The delightful film Frances Ha has a wonderfully-eclectic soundtrack including tracks by David Bowie, Paul McCartney, T. Rex, Dean & Britta, and Harry Nilsson. I especially enjoyed the use of Hot Chocolate's 1978 hit, "Every1's A Winner." Harvey Hinsley's gritty, weird guitar sound comes from a Marshall Time Modulator, a curious analog effects processor loved by Joy Division producer Martin Hannett and Stevie Wonder alike! Frances Ha: Music from the Motion Picture (Amazon)
Meltdown, my favorite Los Angeles comix shop, is currently exhibiting "Damn Fine Coffee: An Artistic Tribute to Twin Peaks." The show of work by several dozen talented artists runs through June 21. Above, Kate Freund's "Bob the Bunny" (plush) and Sara Pocock's "Diane" (digital print). You can also check out the art right here!
Who needs Man of Steel when you can wax nostalgic for "It's A Bird, It's a Plane, It's SUPERMAN," the 1966 Broadway musical! Drew Friedman:
The TV series starring George Reeves had been off the air for almost a decade and the Superman movies were still another decade away. A Broadway musical reviving The Man of Steel seemed like a good idea. The show starred Jack Cassidy as a new character, unscrupulous Daily Planet gossip columnist Max Menchen (loosely based on Walter Winchell). Also featured were Linda Lavin (fresh from The MAD Show) as Max's Girl Friday Sydney, Patricia Marand as Lois Lane, Michael O'Sullivan (overly sweaty & spitty) as a lunatic-professor bent on Superman's destruction, (10 time Nobel prize loser), Dr. Abner Sedgwick, and the 6 foot/4 inch, square-jawed baritone, the imposing yet throughly likable Bob Holiday as Superman/Clark Kent.
"It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's SUPERMAN", the 1966 Broadway Musical
" (Drew Friedman)
Below, the sweet sounds of "We Don't Matter" from the musical.
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A 13-minute publicity featurette about the making of Man Of Steel.
I don't know anything about wine, but I like the looks of Vinport's limited-edition Star Trek wine featuring label art by Juan Ortiz. The labels represent classic ST episodes: "The City on the Edge of Forever," "Mirror Mirror," and "The Trouble with Tribbles." Star Trek wine (via Laughing Squid)
The Writers Guild of America has released its list of "101 Best Written TV Series." I'm thrilled that four of my favorite TV shows ever are in the top 5. Here's the top 10:
1. The Sopranos
3. The Twilight Zone
4. All In The Family
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
"101 Best Written TV Series
Actor John Simm sounds fed up with the fans: "I'm not the Master, I'm not that evil Time Lord who rules the galaxy, I'm just in Tesco with my kids. Leave me alone!
UPDATE: On Twitter, Simm said his remarks were presented out of context by The Radio Times, and that the "interview" was cobbled together from old quotes.
I thought I had amnesia, don't remember doing any of these recent interviews! But of courses they're all over a year old. ... The Radio Times has really done a number on me re. Dr Who 'quote'. Thanks for that! Suffice to say it was taken out of context AGAIN. I haven't done an interview for them for many years, because of this. Nasty, spiteful, trouble causing 'Journalism'. To 'Whovians' or whoever. It's a non story. I always try to be polite to fans and am v. proud of my time in the show. You can choose to believe what you like but I really meant no offence. I've obviously pissed off some bored journalist coz I wouldn't do an interview.
The death of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen raises questions about the future of special effects, writes Ethan Gilsdorf. In the good old days, it did not take so much to trick the eye.
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Jean Stapleton, who most famously played Edith Bunker on "All in the Family," has died. She was 90 years old. (via CNN)
Actor Tim Curry suffered a stroke last night
, but the 67-year-old is "doing great" and already recovering at home, according to reports. Get well soon, Tim!
• Rocky Horror Muppet Show
• Rocky Horror costumes
• LOLCats meet Rocky Horror — Rob
Luke Skywaler's filthy Levi's worn in the original Star Wars just sold at auction for $36,100. The "sand-colored 'cotton drill'" Levi's were customized by famed London costume-maker Bermans & Nathans. "Lot #555: Mark Hamill's Screen-Worn Hero Pants in the Original 1977 ''Star Wars'' as Luke Skywalker" (via New York)