Monday, March 31, 2008

It's (almost) Never Sunny in Caprica...I mean Vancouver.

OMG Day 2 of good weather in Vancouver!
This is good news not only for me but also for the BSG crew who's about to start working on finishing the the LAST EPISODES. :(
I took that lovely picture from my 'hood. Ah what fun it was to finally go outside after the hail/snow/rain/thunder last week.

On a related note: Jamie Bamber,when am I going to bump into you? And by bump of course I mean stalk you for a couple of blocks.

And if you're worrying that I wasn't going to include some towel clad Bamber don't fret!
And don't forget!-BSG:The Last Season starts this Friday!

Lee Pace in Eyeliner or 10 Good Reasons to see THE FALL

I don't like to give the Pop Colony seal of approval to movies that I haven't seen yet but Lee Pace makes me do crazy things. So here's the top 10 Reasons to see The Fall.

10. Because Possession will pull a Fanboys and never get released [double :(]

9. Lee Pace in eyeliner

8. It's from the director of The Cell (which before you start bitching-was an excellent music video/Louis Vuitton tie-in advert)

7. According to IMDB it was shot in 26 countries.

6. Lee Pace sports some Jean-Paul Gaultier-esque swag

5. It kinds of looks like the South Asian version of Pan's Labyrinth

4. Did I mention Lee Pace in eyeliner?

3. Produced by Spike Jonze & David Fincher. Spike has earned beaucoup de points after dropping Drew. And Fincher was totally shafted last year. Zodiac was fantastic. Robert Downey Jr was brilliant (as always).

2. I don't know who the eff Kim Uylenbroek (pictured right) is but he's in the movie and he's hot. [Just did some mild investigating. He's a Dutch model. ed note:Sweet.]

1. There's no Pushing Daisies until....wait for it...the Fall :(

WTF Moments in Pop Culture: Lily Allen has a talk show

I guess I can file this under: things only the BBC can get away with

Lily Allen & Friends

At first I was reluctant to watch the show. Mostly because as an American I don't really have that variety show gene. But I gave it a shot. And it's not bad. Actually it's pretty fabulous. Lily's "friends" are not just the hip UK scenesters she associates with but also the humble stars of myspace & youtube. This mishmash of guests makes for an entertaining show filled with good music and Brticom "stars" whose name I always have to wiki.
Plus I have to give props simply for it not being a reality show.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

POP COLONY PSA: Wearing ED HARDY makes you a Douchebag


When we look back at the trends of the 2000s (or as they will become known-Crimes Against Humanity) we're going to have to come to terms with a decade long obsession with trucker "chic". Von Dutch trucker hats, Chopper crap, John Deere shirts, and now thanks to Ed Hardy: tattoo clothing have plagued our malls and other sacred places.
I mean seriously, WTF?
Tattoos are ugly enough on the skin so putting them on hoodies and hats isn't going to make me like them (tattoos or the tattee) any better. I guess this whole trucker thing is an unfortunate manifestation of people's new found awareness of "irony". Should we blame Alanis? Of course not! She did give us the non-Freemasons version of "Uninvited". But see the kicker is that their is no inherent irony in wearing Trucker inspired paraphernalia. Why? Because by wearing trashy clothing you yourself becomes trashy. And in the case of Ed Hardy: you become a douchebag.

So Pop Colonists please avoid wearing any Ed Hardy.
And remember Pop Colonists don't let other Pop Colonists become douchebags.

Friday, March 28, 2008

I WANT THIS NOW!: The X-Files Teaser Poster

It's so beautiful!
I love how Fox always has to be self-referential.
That is all.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

You'll Be a Better Person buy Cut Copy's "In Ghost Colours"

Cut Copy's new album "In Ghost Colours" dropped on Tuesday. So go get it. Like Now. It's beyond fantastic. It's the perfect music for getting ready to go out while chi-ing your hair and adding so many products that you're nearly combustible. Yes it's that good.
BTW: It's only 6.99 @ iTunes.
Go show the Aussie boys some support.
Even if they are sadiddy Easterners.

"Far Away" is one of my fave tracks.
It's just got one of those brilliant choruses that begs to be used (read:abused) in the trailer of a mediocre rom-com.
Don't Forget: Their first album was stellar too. Especially the track "Saturdays" which has a bit of "Digital Love" in it reminding me of the fabulous Juliette Lewis GAP ad. Oh hell I love that ad so much I'll just post/marry it.

Can't Speak Norwegian-Annie & Girls Aloud to Collaborate?

Supposedly Girls Aloud are going to make an appearance on Annie's new album
coming out some time this year (hopefully).
This makes me very happy.
That is all.

The Chorus to this song is deliriously infectious. I seriously cannot stop humming it.

I better be hearing this at a club soon. A lot. Damn that Richard X gets me every time.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Double The Fun: Josh Radnor vs. Mark Ronson


Josh Radnor is pretty adorable on How I Met Your Mother. But to be fair HIMYM has the hottest sitcom cast on TV with Jason Segal, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, and the occasional Whedonverse guest star. BTW he gets extra props for being a Broadway boy after he took over the lead role in The Graduate from Jason Biggs.

Mark Ronson is really at the heart of the hip London scene. He's the Grammy winning producer behind Amy Winhouse's hit album. [I'll admit that I'm no Winehouse fan but her cover of The Zuton's Valerie on Ronson's Versions is pretty brilliant.] He also produced the Amy Winehouse song "I'm No Good" which is used as the theme to Billie Piper's fabulously saucy series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl". Plus he's also one of the most stylish guys around having appeared in GQ & Men's Health Style Guide. Oh and did I mention that he's got a British accent?

The Britney Connection
Josh: Brit's character fell head over heels for Ted on HIMYM

Mark: Covered Brit's magnum opus "Toxic" on his BRIT winning album "Versions"

Verdict: Mark Ronson by a hair. And what very nice hair it is. When the crew of HIMYM do the inevitable "Robin dates a Ted-clone" episode they must get Mark. I just won't have it any other way.
Update: And I totally forgot to mention that Mark produced Robbie's Lovelight. While it's no Rock DJ it still got the kids (read:alcoholic friends) dancing on the couch.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

WTF Moments in Pop Culture: McG Speaking

Over at the Ausiello Report on TV Guide they've got a recap of the 'Chuck' panel at the Paley Fest. Unfortunately McG was also there and decided to speak.

Geeking out: McG on the difference between a geek and a nerd: "Joss Whedon is a geek, J.J. Abrams is a nerd."

I have yet to see any 'JJ Abrams is My Master Now' shirts for sale.
But if someone decides to go there I suggest they use some Trekkie font/crap.
And then jump off a bridge.

Fancy a Rave?: Lessons from the UK Charts

I've been listening to BBC Radio 1 on Live Stream for the the past couple of nights and I have concluded the following:

1) Greg James is the cutest thing ever. Seriously. Last night (Tues AM UK) he defended playing "My Humps" and bashed Heather Mills all in the same show. Talk about covering all your bases. I do have to google about 3/4ths of what he talks about but it's well worth it. Plus thanks to the time difference his super early morning show is on at 9pm Vancouver time.
[Comics Note: And if there is ever a Runaways movie he most definitely has to play Chase.]

2) Rave music will never go out of style in the UK. Well it may go out of style, per se, but it will always get people on the dancefloor and high spots of the chart.

3)The Chris Moyles show theme/jingle is the most annoying thing ever. Though I'll give him some points back for playing Madonna every 30 min.

4) British people are not ashamed of their love of pop music. And that Ladies and Gents is why they rock.

#9 on this week's UK Chart- Utah Saints "Something Good 08"

Let me just get this out of the way first: Rave will never die.
Because people never get tired of looped beats. Back in the day we had our Casio keyboards that could do a mean hip-hop beat on loop till the batteries died out. Thanks to technological progress you can now have the same effect with a ringtone that plays the hook from your fave jam on loop until you answer the call from your mom (which will probably take a while).

Accepting the permanence of rave in the Brits' hearts and ears will make understanding the UK charts much easier. So it should be of no surprise to anyone that the #9 song on the charts this week is a rave hit. Actually it's a remix of a rave hit hence the year in the title. Like a prized bottle of vintage wine this track just seems to get more and more popular. Do I understand why ? Well since I haven't won a Nobel Prize the answer is most definitely 'no'. But as a Colonial I'm guessing that the fact that it's a meta-mix of Kate Bush's brilliant 'Cloudbusting' couldn't have hurt its chances of topping the pops.

Monday, March 17, 2008

In Sequential Style-James Jean & Prada

I'm not an emotional person but these bags always make me cry tears of pure joy. While the fashionazis are dubbing these bags the "Fairy Bags" [or for you Ren-fest types "Faery Satchels"], I'm going to stay true to comics and christen the bags the "Rose Red" and the "Snow White" in homage to the oh-so-excellent Fables.
And if you're in New York or LA you can go and see the wallpaper James Jean did for the Prada stores in Soho and Beverly Hills. I had somewhat lost faith in Miuccia recently with the move of Miu Miu to Paris fashion week and the the disappearance of übermodel Harry Kinkaid from Prada campaigns. But bringing in James Jean and using his style as inspiration for an entire collection has reinvigorated my faith in Miuccia and Co. If only we could return the ad campaigns to their glory days of Jamie Bell and Maggie Gyllenhaal instead of the tired Sasha, Kirsten Dunst, and Lindsay Lohan of late.

On a side note: If you're wishing to buy my affection/esteem/soul just send me one (or more) of these bags in my direction and we'll see what we can work out.

WTF Moments in Pop Culture: Rihanna "Lemme Get That"

Am I going to have to invest in a Rihannican dictionary?

Wish I was in a flick
And I ain't talking movies
(Lemme Get That)
Seriously, what the hell is that suppose to mean?!!!

I know that their are a ton of songs with dubious usage of the English language but I find myself fixated on this lyric simply because the rest of the song actually makes sense (Fauxnetic spelling of 'Lemme' aside). Unfortunately my guide to the modern vernacular, Urban Dictionary, didn't shed any light into the connotative meaning of 'flick'. I hope that my ignorance won't lead me into an awkward social situation with some very angry Rihannicans.
If you can help me decipher the Rihannican language please comment.

Friday, March 14, 2008

It's ANIME Britney, Bitches!

Toxic definitely had the whole Aeon Flux thing going but without the suckage. So it seems only natural that Britney would say 'eff it' to the whole live-action bit and just do an Anime vid. Thank god Brit Anime doesn't require me to hide in shame behind my copy of ELLE.

FYI: I'm definitely going to do some Britney Cosplay this convention season.
I call dibs on futuristic flight attendant Brit from 'Toxic'.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Will Arnett is the Sexiest Man Alive

Nothing is sexier than a man who's funny.
I dare you to watch the first 62 seconds and not sexually assault your computer.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


The all new one-sheet for what is probably going to be the best film of 2008 showed up on Rotten Tomatoes.

Batman definitely has a Messiah Complex

I caught the premiere of Justice League: New Frontier at WonderCon last week and it was surprisingly good. But with David Boreanaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Kyle MacLachlan, and Lucy Lawless in the cast I knew I was going to enjoy it regardless of any artistic value (which it has plenty of thanks to the genius of Darwyn Cooke). Most importantly I got to hear Jeremy Sisto as Batman. Back at Comic-Con the reaction by fans to Jeremy was well...not that positive. Thankfully Bruce Timm stepped in and comforted our hypercritical comic nerd minds with reassurance that Jeremy was doing some serious justice to Batman. Though I must admit from the point of a rabid B:TAS fan I don't know why Kevin Conroy can't be the voice of Batman....forever. Anways, Jeremy did a good job with Batman by emphasizing that he's the outcast of the group. You know because his only super powers are good looks and billions of dollars. Damn he's the best.

Hearing Jeremy also reminded me that he's not the first Batman to play Jesus on a network miniseries. Prompting me to ask "Is the Bat Signal the new Star of Bethlehem?"[Val Kilmer voiced Moses/God in "Prince of Egypt".
And I didn't want to deny you guys of a Val Kilmer pic!]


Not to leave my fave Batman out...Michael Keaton is voicing ark navigator Noah in Noah's Ark:The New Beginning an animated film coming out this year. Eliza "air punch" Dushku and Jason Lee also lend their voices to the non-Veggie Tales religious animated film.

Advisory: Don't get my started on Clooney.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

1 Degree of James McAvoy @ WonderCon

*Wasn't I in a movie with you?*
Russell Brand is in Penelope for about 2 minutes.
(Which btw was a really cute movie. And not because James was ridiculously good looking and Christina Ricci spent the whole thing decked out in Marc Jacobs. Oh wait that is why I liked it.) ______________________________________
I didn't make it to the Iron Man panel. Sorry for no pics!________________________________________

Narnia's Creature Guy Oscar Winner Howard Berger______________________________________________