Crawling out from underneath my manuscript to point out a few links:
- Remember that box office slump that everyone was talking about two years ago? I think it’s safe to say that the slump is officially over (at least for one summer) as Hollywood exceeded $4 billion in box office this summer for the first time ever, which sets us up for yet another round of sequels.
- In other movie exhibition news, Spike Lee is planning to head the jury of a new online film festival, sponsored by Babelgum, an online video sharing site.
- I’m also curious to check out Children of the Storm, a documentary project organized by Spike Lee and CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to give cameras to 11 New Orleans teenagers to document their experiences in the post-Katrina recovery process. The project reminds me quite a bit of Deborah Scranton’s The War Tapes in its attempt to use autobiographical documentary to tell its story. Children of the Storm originally aired a few days ago, but hoping to track it down and watch it soon (and possibly even discuss it in my senior seminar on documentary).
- Tama Leaver points to a Star Wars-Simpsons mashup that I had missed until now. Funny stuff.
- Finally, Eli Horwatt has some very funny political mashups produced by MyEverything.com, including one that sends up the attorney general scandal, “Gonzales the Cannibal.”
- Oh, and I watched Hannah Takes the Stairs last night on video on demand (by coincidence, something I’m writing about in my book this weekend). Hannah is one of the central texts in the Mumblecore movement and well worth checking out if you get a chance. Hoping to write something longer about it later this week.
- In other news, I’m still running and losing weight. I’m down about 23 pounds from my heaviest weight on July 15 and still hoping to shed about 20 more pounds. But, as you might imagine, I’m very happy with my progress so far. I have no real secret on how I lost the weight. I’m simply eating less and better (more vegetables, less carbs), almost never eating between meals, and exercising more.