You mess with Harpo Marx, you get the horns.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Humans and Cows?

Researchers at Newcastle University claim to have cloned an embryo of human and cow. Besides the obvious ethical dilemmas, at least one of which would potentially turn McDonald's and Burger King into fast-food for cannibals, there's one other little problem with this "discovery"...

...It's been done.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Think Ingrid Bergman with a traffic cone bra

Madonna wants to remake Casablanca with herself in the Ingrid Bergman role.

Perhaps I should have suggested you sit down before you read that. Pick yourself up off the floor and have another go. Yes, it's that Madonna, the one with the preposterous "Like a Virgin" song and the really nasty book that no one actually read (except Charlton Heston in that SNL sketch) and the Kabbalah infatuation and the twelve dozen adoptive kids, all named Sean Penn Ritchie.*

Yes, it's that Casablanca, the one with Bogart and Bergman. Not the Marx Brothers film, although if Madonna tried to remake that one too, I'd still be cross enough with her to publicly burn a Vogue CD.

Pass out again, did we? All right, up off the floor. Deep breaths. In, exhale, in exhale. Feeling better? Ready to continue?

She wants to set the film in Iraq.

I'm glad I brought the smelling salts.

With Madonna's cinematic track record, you'd really think the Material Girl would be doing remakes of Revenge of the Dead and Robot Monster (just think of the possibilities with the bubble machine). Obviously, her ambition has exceeded her agent's good sense. At least, she's stayed away from Welles and Kurosawa films. Otherwise, Roger Ebert, even in his weakened condition**, might have gone right for her jugular.

Still, this is an alarming trend. Even if the film doesn't come off, and there's every chance that some producer is Lamborghini-starved and ill-mannered enough to take a shot at it, the precedent is a distinctly bad one. It was one thing to let Gus Van Zant do a tepid remake of Psycho. This would open the bleeding floodgates.

How so? Well, if you thought Anne Heche as Marion Crane was a little slice of hell, just imagine the following in your worst nightmares:

  • Gone with the Wind - starring Ben Affleck as Rhett Butler and Jennifer Garner as Scarlett O'Hara. The fight scene in the playground as Atlanta burns would be something though. (Riffing by the RIFFTRAX/MST3K crew - Great to see them back together again)
  • L'Aventura - starring the cast of Sex in the City. As Daffy Duck might say, "Easy, stomach."
  • The Seventh Seal - starring Martin Lawrence as the Knight and Raven-SymonĂ© as Death. Strikingly similar to College Road Trip, only with chess.
  • The Graduate - starring Jonah Hill as Benjamin Braddock and Joan Rivers as Mrs. Robinson
  • Singin' in the Rain - starring Justin Timberlake as Don Lockwood, Britney Spears as Kathy Selden, and Dane Cook as Cosmo Brown. Let's just say that the dancing will be a bit more "exotic." Wardrobe malfunctions will abound.

Sadly, the novelty of it all could actually improve Hollywood box office returns.

*I'm just kidding about that last one Mr. Ritchie. We'd still love to do a film with you provide we get to keep our clothes on.
**We're pulling for you Roger! Get well soon!

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April Fools

I'd like to begin this article, but a wild ferret just ran up my trouser leg.

That's just one example of the many ways in which people play jokes on April 1st of each year, widely known as April Fool's Day. "Fool" being a very loaded term, one must be quite careful with the jokes one plays on other people. As a site dedicated to humour in all but its most prurient forms (no jokes, please), we felt it would be helpful to offer some brief advice to those of you planning on "Fooling" anyone this year.

Who to Fool?

People You Should Not Play April Fool's Jokes on:
Doctors (especially the kind who use the rubber gloves quite frequently)
Military personnel, especially Marines
Heavily-armed civilians (Western gunslingers come to mind, especially the card-playing variety)
Taser salesmen
Professional wrestlers
Authoritarian dictators
Mafia dons
Undead persons (They have no sense of humour anyway, so what's the point?)
Nuns of the more disciplinarian variety
Knife jugglers
Bomb squad personnel
Heart patients

People You Can Safely Play April Fool's Jokes on:
Network newscasters
Anglican priests
Actors in a Broadway Musical
MAD Magazine employees
Lingerie models
Practical jokers
The Joker
Paris Hilton
Game show contestants (Jeopardy excluded)
The Dalai Lama