Preview the first episode for free on Youtube (or below). I have not heard any reviews of The Newsroom yet, but it’ll be worth checking out to see what Aaron Sorkin can do in the less constricting environment of HBO.
/Rant…I give HBO credit for releasing a whole episode online to spur interest but without an option to purchase HBO Go online without first purchasing cable or satellite TV, then this type of advertising seems like it only invites more illegal downloading or sharing.
By far one of the greatest benefits of YouTube is discovering and being able to listen to the great (and not so great) live performances of your favorite musicians, or as it is for me with King Crimson, musicians you may have previously overlooked or generally disregarded from the few songs you heard on the radio throughout your life. Here’s a sweet little instrumental improv tune, ‘Daniel Dust’, from King Crimson’s live ablum ‘The Great Deceiver 2′.
Starting with a little Conan the Barbarian, here’s a workout playlist I use on Youtube:
This weekend we start with a little cooking and alcohol to prepare us for some movie news. Yet another reason to cut the cable/satellite cord and hope therein for cooking show junkies is the Youtube sensation, My Drunk Kitchen above.
In media news, Sherlock Holmes has been released and abridged into graphic novel form, review over at Boing Boing. My dad’s compendium of Sherlock Holmes stories was one of the first things I read and this looks well done.
William Gibson’s Neuromancer is in pre-production to be made into a film. I’m not sure if it’s going to translate and expectations have to be really high. I hope they can pull it off though.
“There can be only one!” Highlander is getting financing for a remake. The original came out in 1986 but I didn’t happen upon it until the last week of my senior year in high school in 1988. Our last physics class our teacher let us pick and watch a movie. One of the girls in the class brought in the movie their brother had rented the night before on video cassette. I had never even heard of Highlander before but was immediately enthralled with the Highlander world. Seriously though, who are you going to find that can replace Christopher Lambert?