Will Jack Black's starring, semi-serious stint in King Kong change the comedian forever? Not to worry: This photo from Nacho Libre, director Jared Hess' follow-up to Napoleon Dynamite, shows Black looking ridiculous again, dressed in lace and covered in doves. (Sounds like a Prince video, doesn't it?) In the movie, he plays a wannabe Mexican wrestler.
Black is also set to star in the oft-delayed Tenacious D movie, now set for a spring release. I'd link to the trailer, but this is a family-friendly blog ...
"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz isn't giving up on his show -- but he is using an upcoming episode to poke fun at the skein's latest near-death experience.
Seg, dubbed "S.O.B.s" -- for "Save Our Bluths" -- finds the show's Bluth family fighting to save their fictional construction company. They decide to mount a big event -- "Some kind of 'Save Our Bluths' type thing," as George Bluth Sr. says in the script for the episode.
"It's very self-referential," Hurwitz told Daily Variety, noting that he finished the final draft of the shooting script Wednesday.
In one scene, Jason Bateman's character, Michael, notes, "Our backs are against the wall. ... It's just hard for me to accept that it's really come to begging."
There's also a conversation about whether the Home Builders Organization -- HBO -- might be willing to save the Bluths. When that idea is nixed, George Sr. says, "I guess it's Showtime. We'll put on some kind of show at the dinner."
Engadget isreportingthat you'll be able to rip Tivo'd programs to your video ipod.
today TiVo is expected to announce an enhanced TiVoToGo service, which would allow subscribers to transfer recorded programs directly to their iPods and PSPs. Of course, many of you are already taking steps to convert TiVo’s MPEG-2 format to MPEG-4 - a process which requires video conversion software and several manual steps to load up your portable. But TiVo is promising background conversion and automatic, overnight transfer directly to your iPod or PSP via your connected PC - a two-hour process for a one-hour show.
Though the likeliest scenario is that e-mail will remain the prime tool for notification and one-to-one communication, "a huge percentage of collaboration will occur outside of e-mail, with a continued rise in these other tools," says Clay Shirky, associate teacher in the interactive telecommunications program at New York University. "There's an enormous untapped value to be gotten by getting collaboration right."
I've told some of my customers the same thing, but they want email blasts and more email blasts...I'm pushing blogs, they want Photo galleries.
There's no "official" announcement, but a blogger who works for the Tribune Co. is putting out the word that the company is turning Metromix, its online entertainment guide in Chicago, into a national site. It's up now in two other Tribune markets: Baltimore and Orlando.
In some ways this development harkens back to the dot-com boom, when major media companies thought the winning strategy was to create new national brands. (At Knight Ridder, where I was new media director for the Miami Herald, we rolled out an entertainment guide called JustGo in all of the company's markets.) This created internal tension at the papers and also some consumer confusion, since those papers already had print entertainment guides with other brand names.
I see at least one important but subtle difference this time around: The Tribune Co. isn't abandoning the newspaper's traditional brand names in local markets. For instance, the site in Orlando carries the newspaper's CityBeat brand name but says it's "powered by Metromix."
Since the Tribune Co. generally does a good job of research when launching new products, company executives presumably believe that a national brand (with a possible presence in the nation's top three markets, since the Tribune has papers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) will yield significant new ad dollars.
Karen Hanson of the Lincoln-Way Sun did a great piece on myblogs:
Frankfort Trustee Jake Parrillo is a blogger. Did you know?
Don't worry; it's not bad. In fact, a blog - short for "web log," an online journal - can be an excellent way for an elected official to communicate with his or her constituents.
Parrillo's blog can be found on his Web site, www.joinjake.com . Click on the "blog" tab on the top menu. There, you will find Parrillo's opinions on local issues, links to articles about Frankfort and photos of Parrillo and others at local events.
Parrillo also uses the blog to promote his plans for re-election and his support for other candidates. That's OK. The Web site itself is not an official government site. It's not paid for with tax money; instead, it's funded by Parrillo's campaign committee, People for Parrillo. The blog, then, serves two functions: It gives residents information about what's going on in Frankfort, and it gives voters insight into how Parrillo stands on the issues.
...Parrillo wholeheartedly embraces technology. In fact, he works as a consultant for a group called Corederoy Partners, where he creates online Web strategies for clients. Currently he writes a blog for state Rep. Tom Cross (joincrossblog.com) and publishes Illinoisscoop.com. U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is also a client. Parrillo also contributes to IgnoreIllinois.com, a site operated by the Illinois House Republican Caucus, and he will soon be participating in ILGOP.org, a blog for the Illinois Republican Party.
Karen did a great job summing up the current state of public officials and their connections to the internet. I'm really happy that some residents of Frankfort are using the blog as a 'feedback loop'. It really is a great too. And...as my brother in lawPatricksays:
it's nice to be identified as the golden boy of technology amongst the standard curmudgeonery of your political peers.