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Roger Ebert hates 3D; is Sacha Baron Cohen worth $20 million?; Brits playing American; and more: leftover links

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Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Hugh Hefner Saves Hollywood

How Many iPads Have Been Sold?

Police Seize Jason Chen’s Computers

What the Lost iPhone Case Could Mean for the Future of Media

Ozzy Osbourne Biopic Finally in the Works

Inside The Blogger Wars Part I: Finke, Waxman, Poland and Wells among others

Hollywood Blogger Wars Part 2: Crackpot Ratings – Nikki Finke, Sharon Waxman, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells…

New Sex And The City 2 Poster: A Photoshop Oasis

Why are British actors playing Americans?

100 years after his death, Mark Twain’s work still wields power

NYC to charge $300 for film permits

Janine Turner: Being a Conservative in Hollywood Can Jeopardize Career

Sacha Baron Cohen sells ‘goat film’ to Paramount after bidding war

Is Sacha Baron Cohen Really Worth the Hype?

Carey Mulligan Gets a ‘Dragon Tattoo’?

Iron Man 2: the first superhero film of the Obama era? (no spoilers)

Roger Ebert’s Journal: The golden age of movie critics

Former Variety Critic Starts a New Web Site

(and this is Todd McCarthy’s new site)

Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too) [by Roger Ebert]

Why I Think Roger Ebert Is Obsolete (and You Should Too)

What happens to those 3-D glasses after ‘Avatar’?

Is Facebook “Girly”? How Men And Women Use Social Media

A real-world battle over virtual-property rights


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  • Drave

    Even though Mr. Ebert and I are currently not speaking to each other due to his stubborn insistence that video games are not and can never be art, I am 100% with him on the 3D issue, and I absolutely refuse to see a film in 3D unless I know it was intended that way from the beginning. Of the recent crop of 3D films, I have only watched Coraline and Avatar in 3D. I was on the fence about Up, but enough people I know saw it in 3D and told me it didn’t really add much to the experience, so I gave it a pass.

  • BBQ Platypus

    I actually mostly agree with Ebert about video games – and this is coming from someone who loves video games. I’ve only ever played one game that I would call art – Planescape Torment. I would give a quasi-concurring opinion then: games are RARELY art, and that rarity is indeed a factor inherent in its medium. Games as a medium are not particularly conducive to art. They can be art in spite of themselves, but their very format makes it difficult.

    That doesn’t mean games can be aesthetically beautiful. A car isn’t art, but it can be beautiful. Baseball isn’t art, but it’s a beautiful game. We shouldn’t begrudge games for being art so rarely.

  • http://toniokruger.blogspot.com Tonio Kruger

    “We are often referred to in Los Angeles as white Mexicans,” he told an audience of British hopefuls at a seminar on how to make it in America.

    Yeah, right. ;-)

    I heard that term used a time or two here in Dallas and the people using it weren’t referring to British actors.

    And while Hollywood’s penchant for outsourcing is hardly news to anyone–even during the Great Depression, a lot of Hollywood’s biggest names–Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Errol Flynn, Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, etc.–were foreign-born actors–it does seem funny that we’re just calling attention to it now.

    Where were the person who wrote this article nine years ago when I kept talking about how neat it was that Aussies like Toni Collette and Cate Blatchett could speak with more convincingly American accents than some American actors I could mention? :-)

  • Drave

    BBQ: Then you don’t agree with Ebert at all. The very fact that you have played a game you would consider art means you don’t agree with him. What he is saying is that it is inherently impossible for a video game to be a work of art, which I think is utter garbage, and apparently so do you.

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