The Morning Meme (Thursday, December 10, 2009)

From the teaser, this Saturday, December 12 in Boston will be the annual Santa Speedo Run, benefitting a number of local charities by having a bunch of men and women run through the streets of Boston wearing speedos and Santa hats. Fortunately, these guys don’t look like they exist on a diet a cookies and milk like the real Santa. They’re maxed out on runners this year, but I’m sure there’s always room for spectators. Take pictures and share with the Flying Monkeys!

The Hollywood Reporter has released a report on what top actresses earn on a movie, and, well, you have to get down to the #11 grossing movie to find a female lead – according to them. Angelina Jolie is the only actress still earning over $20 million a movie, but several like Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Heigl command in the $12-$15 million range. But the biggest crime on the list is Meryl Streep, who’s only getting about $7 million for a picture.

I wasn’t aware that they were making a sequel to Happy Feet, creatively titled Happy Feet 2. No word on plot, but at least they’re trying to lock down some of the lead voices, and are currently negotiating with Robin Williams and the adorable Elijah Wood as Mumble.

We already reported that the out Simon Doonan was going to be decorating the White House for the holidays, but America owns a bunch of fancy buildings that need all tinseled-up. So six magazines like Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes & Gardens pitched in a decorated Blair House, and some other official State Department buildings. The Washington Post has a killer gallery.

In January, Pee-Wee Herman is back – on stage at least. But still if his show, which features all the familiar characters, Chairry, Genie, Miss Yvonne and Cowboy Curtis is successful, they’re hoping for a return to both the big and the small screen. 

This is just awful, but over in Hamburg, Germany, they have this show called "Dinner Circus" which is exactly what it sounds like. But some tigers in the circus decided that dinner applied to them too, and mauled their trainer. As the second high-profile tiger attack in recent years, you have to start to wonder if trying to bully large predators in a chaotic environment for our amusement is wise.

Corbin Bleu, of High School Musical fame, and the quickly canceled The Beautiful Life, has scored a new gig, on Broadway, playing Usnavi, in In The Heights. All in all, I’d call the report on it kind of snotty, insinuating he’s the first of the HSM crew to turn to Broadway for a paycheck, when let’s face it, it’s not a bad way to earn a living.

In a nice seasonal piece, Treehugger takes a look at modern gingerbread house design. The designs they showed were a nice variation on the classic cottage, and some even lit up. Color me impressed, because while the gingerbread men I baked Saturday taste great, some of them may not be shaped just right. Creating something in three dimensions is well beyond me.

As many of us brace for less technologically savvy relatives to receive their first computers or BluRay players this holiday season, and begin the barrage of "dumb" technical questions that come with those gifts. Wired understands, and lists the Top Five Ways N00bs Annoy Geeks. Personal favorite is the confusion about hard disk vs. RAM, which comes up a lot in my family.

Also from Wired, we have a new study about how the Mediterranean Sea formed. Nobody disputes that the Atlantic Ocean broke through the Strait of Gibraltar, but there has been some question whether the basin filled up over a period of 10 years, to several thousand years. Turns out they were all wrong, and it happened in a mere two years.

In political news that surprises nobody, the New Jersey Senate tabled a bill for marriage equality that was being rushed through before the new anti-gay governor takes office. Supporters are saying it’s so they can line up support in the Assembly, but others are saying they just didn’t have the votes in the Senate.

Photo Meme

A mess of photos hit the mailbox from upcoming movies yesterday. First up, we’ll take a look at a Nic Cage movie that may not suck, The Sorceror’s Apprentice. We’ll also look at the trailer down in Video Meme.

Nic Cage conjures a ball of electricity.

Nic Cage and Jay Baruchel looking somewhat pleased with something in Chinatown.

The Tron remake is a year away, but it’s in 3-D and they look awfully good in those light-up battle suits.

The light cycle was always the most exciting part of Tron.

And look at the detailing on his suit, the way it accentuates his…assets.

It looks like Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer have a rough commute to the North Pole. I don’t know if they’re on some kind of flying learner’s permit and can’t get into the air without the fat guy, or if they’re taking the scenic route, but this photo struck me.

Reindeer commute.

Review Meme

This isn’t a regular piece, but we got an iPhone app sent to us, and I was given the difficult job of putting it through its paces. Adonis Magazine is just what it says, an iPhone distributed magazine of beautiful men photographed by world-class photographers. Yes, you heard me – they paid me to review pictures of hot guys. Score!

That said, I haven’t come up with a really great reason for Adonis Magazine: I have full access to the internet from my iPhone, so I can pull up beautiful men at any time. I suppose that if you were standing in line next to a hot guy that you hope plays for our team, you can pull it up and conspiculously stare at the men, and see if he has an opinion.

Not to take away from the pictures themselves – the models are perfect, and Fred Goudon is the photographer, and he does some beautiful shots. They’re more artistic than anything. I just don’t see why you’d pay $1.99 for a set of exclusive photographs formatted to display perfectly on an iPhone screen. But if you can come up with a reason to have them, I can vouch for the quality.

The Main Menu for Adonis Magazine #1

Adonis Magazine #1 is available from iTunes for $1.99 (warning: link opens iTunes). 

Video Meme

As promised, we’ll start with the Disney trailer for The Sorceror’s Apprentice. I should probably apologize for that swipe I took at Nic Cage above, but well, have you seen his movies lately? Still, this has piqued my interest.

Adam Lambert (you thought I’d manage to not mention him, didn’t you?) stopped by to pretape his performance and interview on The View, and evidently his fans have been making life miserable for Elizabeth and Sherri, so he tweeted from Elizabeth’s phone in an effort to make nice. We’ll see how that translates to what airs today.

Also on The View, I know mocking Elizabeth and Sherri is the most natural thing in the world, but when they discuss Tiger Woods, and Joy brings up the "sanctity of marriage" and the need to protect it, I think Elizabeth was actually supportive of marriage equality. I wasn’t sure, so I wanted you guys to take a listen and get your take on it.

This is apropos of nothing, but I love that Rachel Maddow stopped by Jimmy Fallon yesterday and made holiday cocktails and drank Jimmy’s nasty spiked punch before she went in studio and kicked that ex-gay therapy guy’s tail. Rachel – call me – I want to have cocktails with you!

In this seven seconds, we see a degree of destruction that would make out director Roland Emmerich stand up and cheer.

And we’re going to finish up with Snowzilla, who appeared magically in an Alaska yard three years in a row, until the police decided he was to be put to death as a distraction. Seriously, they killed Super Frosty!


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