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AMOEBLOG PREDICTIONS FOR 2008, PART FOUR

Posted by Billyjam, January 2, 2008 10:55pm | Post a Comment
JACK WHITE & DAVE GROHL JOIN LED ZEPPELIN IN SAN FRANCISCO:


 In my wildest fantasy Led Zeppelin is going to go on one last amazing, kick-ass world tour. They will play at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and, as offered, Dave Grohl will be playing drums (that is, if Jason Bonham is unavailable). Waiting in the wings is Jack White to sing and play on a song or five. Jimmy, Jack and Dave on a stage together... that's my prediction.


                         - Maggie the Cat (Bay Area Crew AMOEBLOGGER)




RETURN OF THE OLD SCHOOL TO HIP-HOP'S RESCUE:


I predict that old school rap will come to the rescue helping to guide the music out of its slump. Also, i think there will be more old school film projects, maybe a Busy Bee movie or a Scott La Rock film.

   
             - Michael A. Gonzales (author, journalist, blogger at BlackadelicPop)





RETURN OF VINYL, DOWNFALL OF HANNAH MONTANA, & MUCH MORE

TABLOID TALES: In 2008 Britney Spears, no longer hounded by a pack of paparazzi -- just that one guy she took back to her hotel room-- will be completely upstaged by lil sis Jamie Lynn Spears who will lead tabloid headlines for the next seven or more months. She will then be suddenly upstaged herself by the even more shocking, tabloid-ready real-life story of Hannah Montana (the alter ego of Miley Cyrus), who will have an unexpected and sudden, widely publicized downfall into drugs and sexploits. So shocking will this news be to the parents of tween fans of the wholesome Disney Channel star that there will be a huge backlash culminating in a Hannah Montana doll burning gathering at a Florida sports stadium in November with tickets to the event being as much in demand as Hannah Montana concert tickets were just a year earlier.

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January 1, 2008

Posted by phil blankenship, January 2, 2008 01:57am | Post a Comment

Triangulation...was the triangle the shape of the 80's???

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 1, 2008 11:00pm | Post a Comment


almost identical placement for these two 80's classics...maybe MCA got a good deal on this sticker shape & size...



Southern Pacific, a band big with the duster wearing crowd...mentions the duet with Emmylou, herself a duster queen...working on a duster gallery in fact I am...





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Sweeney Todd

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 1, 2008 10:02pm | Post a Comment
Sweeney Todd is a villain who began as an urban legend sometime around 1800 and was, a few decades later, the protagonist of a penny dreadful called The People's Periodical, which was published in 1846. The issue was titled The String of Pearls: A Romance written by Thomas Prest, a popular writer who also wrote Varney the Vampire, which I've wanted to get a copy of ever since I was in third grade.

Another popular urban legend of Victorian London was that the unsuspecting victims ended up in meat pies.

There was no evidence of Sweeney Todd having been an actual character, nor that anyone turned up in the popular takeaway dish, but when the story was turned into a play in 1847 the advertising claimed that it was "founded in fact."

Remember that lady that claimed to find a finger in her chili at Wendy's? Of course, she turned out to be a serial scam-artist and got sentenced to nine years. I think if I found an identifiable piece of meat in my fast food chili it would actually be sort of comforting like, "Hey- at least it's not the pig's genitals!" ... but meat-eaters are a crazy bunch with all sorts of hang-ups about what species are good (chicken, cow, fish, lobster and pig) and what are bad (cat, dog, horse, cockroach or person). So picky!


 

 
Anyway, back to Sweeney Todd.
 


A Pathe "news" clip promoting Tod Slaughter

In 1936 the first sound film adaptation (following two silent versions) was produced in England. Most of the "ingredients" of subsequent adaptations are present here: a love interest named Johanna, a meat pie-making Mrs. Lovett and of course Todd, his mechanical barber's chair and straight razors. The film starred Tod Slaughter, an actor famous for his over-the-top performances as murderous maniacs. As this clip above illustrates, his acting has pretty "hammy."
 
The next cinematic adaptation was 1970's Bloodthirsty Butchers.
 
In 1973 playwright Christopher Bond wrote a play version wherein new twists were added to the play. In his version Sweeney Todd was motivated by revenge, not greed. A judge wrongfully imprisons Todd and rapes his wife, which leads to her committing suicide.

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BRAND NEW YEAR BRINGS PUBLIC DOMAIN DAY

Posted by Billyjam, January 1, 2008 09:15pm | Post a Comment
Welcome to January 1st, 2008, otherwise known as Public Domain Day. Each New Year's Day thousands and thousands of new creative works pass from being copyrighted material into the public domain -- meaning movies or music, etc, become free to you or me or anyone who wants them.

As reported today on the Copyright Watch website today "January 1st is Public Domain Day in most countries of the world, where copyright runs from the death of the author of a work until the end of the 50th, 70th, or some other year thereafter. In the largest bloc of countries of the world, with the majority of the world’s population, the general copyright term of life+50 expired no later than midnight this morning for the works whose author, or last-surviving of multiple authors, died in 1957."

There are already thousands of works out there (movies, music, plays, books, etc) that are public domain that many people are unaware of. They just don't know that are out there for the pickings. In fact there are some individuals who trawl online sites looking for obscure public domain movies to download, and then burn them on DVD and sell them on eBay for a profit. The New York Times, which recently did a story on this practice, said that what makes it unprecended is that traditionally people would be more likely to hawk copyrighted material. But in a case like this the seller is taking the time to research and dig and see what material is out there in the public domain, downloading it, and then marketing it via eBay and other outlets.
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