1. What if Stanley Kubrick directed the Iron Man movie. What would that look like?
2. Even The New Yorker is getting in on making fun of Julie Taymor’s Spider-man Broadway show.
3. “Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays, 2) make them with the most modern technology available, and 3) self-finance them.” Great interview with Coppola about the process of film-making.
4. That scary orange alligator, seen above, was discovered by a 70-year-old Florida woman. The gator could be half-albino and half-colored from a spilled stain or paint. Either way, that’s some freaky ass shit.
5. I love this interview with Brian O’Leary on book piracy, data and DRM.
6. Bond 23 release date confirmed: Nov. 9, 2012. Daniel Craig will be back, as will director Sam Mendes. I’ll believe it when I see a trailer.
8. William H. Macy used to babysit Joan Cusack? Weird. Though probably not as weird as the two of them having explicit sex scenes in Showtime’s Shameless.
9. Be a better reader in 2011. “The point isn’t to slog through a novel or biography you find unendurable, gritting your teeth all the way, but to consider the possibility that snap judgments and old prejudices could be keeping you from books you might actually enjoy.”
10. Sarah Palin ended her silence on the Arizona tragedy, and addressed her critics who think she was responsible for it, in a seven minute speech. But all it will be remembered for is her curious use of the phrase, “blood libel.”
As much as it pains me to admit this, the left’s insistence that the tragedy was somehow Palin’s fault does as much a disservice as anything. Hopefully, though, when the dust settles, our political discourse in this country will be more civil on all sides.