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Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 14, 2008 12:51pm | Post a Comment

      

It's Valentines Day. Pshaw! A Hallmark Holiday, you say. Singles Awareness Day, another jokes. I guess every holiday has its Scrooge. I have my Ngoc-Thu. My friend Nick Pinto would gripe about Valentine's, Christmas or (especially) 4/20. He doesn't need holidays to legislate his behavior. And yet his love of Halloween never once carried into the rest of the year. Why not don a Boba Fett costume and go door-to-door stating "Trick or Treat!" in March, you rebels? Despite what cynics claim about the supposed commercial origins of Valentine's Day, the oldest known association of St. Valentine's Feast Day with romantic love occurs in Geoffrey Chaucer's Parlement of Foules which was published back in 1382. In it he wrote,



For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chesehis make.

It was written to commemorate the engagement of the 13-year-old Richard II to 14-year-old (cougar) Anne of Bohemia. The "volantynys" or "valentine" is variously assumed to be either Valentine (Valentinus) of Rome or Valentine of Terni, who may've been the same person or, more likely, never existed. Valentines, from at least that point on, have held special significance for lovers. By the 1850s, Esther Howland was mass-producing and selling Valentines after taking her inspiration from an English Valentine. Hallmark, the Missouri-based mass producer of greeting cards, began producing Valentines 532 years after Chaucer's remark, making accusations that they're behind the holiday somewhat less than likely.

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Quad pt. 2

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February 13, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, February 13, 2008 05:30pm | Post a Comment

 




i was the only person in the theater.










*spoiler*            the nottie is actually the hottie.


good grief.

NEW VINCE VAUGHN MOVIE POSTER IS SO MONEY

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2008 02:41pm | Post a Comment


In this second part in today's Reworking Previous Proven Marketing Images, I draw your attention to the promotional poster for the new movie by the tallest member of Hollywood's so-called frat pack, actor Vince Vaughn, the just-released in theaters Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show.

To my eye this poster, in terms of  the angle of how its main star is photographed from and how he is  posing for this promo shot, is pretty reminiscent of the poster for his breakout movie, 1996's Swingers (written by co-star Jon Favreau and directed by Doug Liman). Yes? No? I think so and say that they did it to subliminally trigger our memory of its star.

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, which is a look at a group of comedians on tour (onstage and backstage) is currently playing in theaters while Swingers is on DVD and for sale at Amoeba Music (just ask if you can't find it). Check a clip of the classic 1996 film below:

ROLLING STONE MAKES THE BRITNEY, KURT COBAIN CONNECTION

Posted by Billyjam, February 13, 2008 07:25am | Post a Comment

  




















Tell me I am not imagining things or reading too deep into a magazine cover when I see the new Rolling Stone cover image of Britney Spears (Inside An American Tragedy) as a not-so-subliminal revisit to one of the magazine's most famous covers from fourteen years ago: the June 2nd 1994 Rolling Stone cover of Kurt Cobain that appeared in the wake of his tragic death. I think its a pretty obvious (and well done in my opinion) reworking of that earlier cover.

But if so, what does it all mean? Nothing, just a way to sell more magazines? (By the way, the Britney story is quite a good read.) Or is it a way of comparing the self-destructive lifestyles of two American pop idols from two different musical backgrounds & eras, and basically predicting that the latest "American tragedy" will end up like the Nirvana frontman, six feet under?

Thoughts? Theories? Anyone? If so, COMMENTS box is below. Thanks!
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