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Sep. 5th, 2005

08:55 pm - Hockey Strike - Zombie Night In Canada Audio Commentary

What were we thinking?!?

Filmmakers Garner Haines and Paul French discuss the beginnings of Hockey Strike in this special audio commentary edition of Hockey Strike.

Head on over to the forum and let us know what you think!

How to Subscribe *FREE*
It is available via iTunes at this link. You can point any podcasting client here.

Or, you can just watch it here. We would love to hear your feedback!

Aug. 25th, 2005

09:56 pm - Hockey Strike debuts on iTunes and around the world!

August 25, 2005

Today is an historic date. For the rest of your life, you will remember where you were on this date.

Yes, today marks the debut of the Hockey Strike Vodcast (more on what that means in a second)...

Hockey Strike is a multimedia syndicated webcom. A webcom is a sitcom that you can watch online. Every couple of weeks, there will be another 5 minute episode available.

On the in-between weeks, there will be short video segments, audio podcasts by the characters, and even episodes with cast and crew commentary.

Even better, it's completely interactive. We want your input! We will read your emails on the audio episodes, and you never know how these will affect the video segments...

Just send your questions and comments to hockeystrike@gmail.com

The Website is here: http://hockeystrikewebcom.blogspot.com/

You can subscribe in your news reader and/or podcasting application by pointing it to the subscription link at http://www.paulfrench.ca/hockeystrike/index.xml

If you use iTunes, then it’s even easier. Click here and click the subscribe button, and a new episode will be delivered as soon as it’s available.

So to answer your immediate questions:

What is Hockey Strike?

In a world where there has been no hockey for more than a year, two slacker geeks fight back!

Join Scott and Dave as they deal with zombies, aliens, their inability to communicate with women, and even DEATH.

Bill and Ted, Bob and Doug, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Scott and Dave are the latest in a long line of comedy comedy duos, and the first to appear exclusively on a VODcast. Well, we’re not 100% sure about that, but they’re definitely the first duo to appear on a VODcast called Hockey Strike... um, that’s written by Garner Haines, directed by Paul French and guest starring Paul’s TV as The TV.

I'm SO not a hockey fan. Will I even like this show?

To borrow a phrase from one of our favourite shows (Sports Night for those who really want to know) Hockey Strike is about Hockey the same way that Charlie's Angels was about law enforcement. If you like smart (and some dumb) comedy filled with pop culture references, then you'll love this show!

What is VODcasting?

According to Wikipedia: VODcast is an emerging term used for the online delivery of video on demand content via RSS enclosures. The format is used by video weblogs (also known as Vlogs , vodding, vlogcasting, or vidcasting).

In human terms, it's a way of getting our show delivered to your computer for your video watching joy whenever we post a new episode.

Dude, didn't you hear that the strike is over?

Yeah sure, but Scott and Dave haven't realized it yet. Even when they do, it's likely that THEY will be on strike from hockey. Besides, M*A*S*H lasted longer than the Korean War, so dig in. This Strike is just getting started!

Jul. 10th, 2005

01:05 pm - Poptopia Website

Just put up the beta of the website...

Check it out here.

Jul. 4th, 2005

02:42 pm - Poptopia Episode 12

Document
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+ Intro
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| + Welcome to Poptopia for Monday July 4th. In this episode: Tommy's War opens big, a Domino Falls, The Inside is out and Live8 Rocks the world!
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+ Movies
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| + War of The Worlds $113.3 M so far
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| + Domino
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| | + After initially deciding to postpone the picture, New Line Cinema and filmmaker Tony Scott
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| | + have now opted to stick with the original August release date for the thriller Domino
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| | + Onetime model and bounty hunter Domino Harvey — portrayed by Keira Knightley in the upcoming August biopic Domino —
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| | + was found dead at the age of 35 in the bathtub of her Los Angeles home Monday.
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| | + The cause of death is currently unknown; Harvey was arrested last month in connection with a Mississippi drug-dealing bust.
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| + XMen 3
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| + Rumor that Brett Ratner is writing an "unbelievably hot and sexy hooker" into the script.
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| + Her mutant superpower is "secreting a pheromone that helps her to seduce men." A mutant hooker
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+ TV
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| + The Inside gets cancelled
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| | + Tim Minear
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| | + While the network hasn't said to me that they won't order more episodes, it sure does shake out that way.
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| | + On Thursday they needed to extend their options on the cast and decided not to. Considering it would have been chump change for them,

I'm pretty convinced the same thing that happened with a lot of the non-believers here with Wonderfalls and Firefly will happen if they get a chance to see the full 13
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| | + it basically means we're done.
it basically means we're done.

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| | + I'm not ready to start hawking the 13 episode DVD set -- because I'm hoping it's gonna be a 15 episode set, including the two, you counted right, TWO! unaired pilots.
I'm not ready to start hawking the 13 episode DVD set -- because I'm hoping it's gonna be a 15 episode set, including the two, you counted right,
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| | + TWO! unaired pilots.
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| + Angie Harmon returns to series TV
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| + Inconceivable
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| + revolves around the doctors, psychologists, lawyers and patients at a fertility clinic.
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| + It is slated to air at 10 p.m. Fridays in the fall.
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| + Harmon will play a maverick fertility doctor with a checkered past.
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| + Ming-Na of ER fame
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+ Music
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+ Live 8
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| + Highlights
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| | + Geldof:"Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freed a people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It does work. They will listen,"
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| | + Pink Floyd Reunion
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| | + McCartney and Bono open London with Sgt Pepper
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| | + Neil Young closes out Canada's show with Rockin' In The Free World and Oh Canada
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| + Acts See Sales Soar
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| + HMV: Pink Floyd's "Echoes" posted 1,343 % increase
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| + The Who's "Then & Now," increase 863 %
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| + Statistically significant?
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+ The Trews
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| + New Album Den of Thieves - August 16th, produced by Jack Douglas
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+ The Redwalls
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+ De Nova

Apr. 22nd, 2005

09:02 am

From: The Hollywood News
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/article/21040503.php


Sarah Michelle Gellar is porn star in Kelly's 'Southland Tales'
April 21st, 2005
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Posted by: Paul Heath

Liking that headline. The Rock (Mr. Dwayne Johnson to his Mum) is to star along with Sarah Michelle Gellar in Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly's new movie, Southland Tales. They will join Seann William Scott in the film, an "ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster".

The Hollywood Reporter reports;

Johnson will star as Boxer Santaros, an action star stricken with amnesia whose life intertwines with Krysta Now (Gellar), an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and David Clark (Scott), a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

Apr. 14th, 2005

08:39 pm - uh-oh

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie is bad. Really bad. You just won't believe how vastly, staggeringly, jaw-droppingly bad it is. I mean, you might think that The Phantom Menace was a hopelessly misguided attempt to reinvent a much-loved franchise by people who, though well-intentioned, completely failed to understand what made the original popular - but that's just peanuts to the Hitchhiker's movie.
http://planetmagrathea.com/shortreview.html

Apr. 5th, 2005

02:27 pm - How about?

The ethics of True Crime movies?

They finally made a movie about the Bernardo killings, starring That Girl From That 70's Show as Karla.

http://www.deadlythemovie.com/message_producer.htm

The producer argues in this bit that he's doing a public service, and that other movies like "Monster" have established that examining the psychology of a killer are valid subjects for films. He continues:

Traditional "Hollywood" films  reinforce our value systems and thereby create a "feel-good" experience.  But reinforcing broadly held values is only one approach to film-making.  Movies which challenge our beliefs, disturb us, cause us to question why things are the way they are, have a legitimate place in the realm of free artistic expression.  There is a great tradition of such films.  These are films which deal with difficult, often dark material, in an intelligent, yet often provocative manner.  Deadly is such a film.


Hollywood True Crime Movies


The Hillside Strangler (2004): The disturbing case of two serial killing cousins that terrorized Southern California in the late 70s is brought gruesomely to film.


Starkweather (2004): In 1956 Nebraska 16 year old garbage man Charles Starkweather goes on a murder spree with his 14 year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate killing 11 people in three months, introducing America to spree killing.


Monster (2003): Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, one of America’s first female serial killers.


The Stranger Beside Me (2003): Based on Ann Rule’s real life friendship with serial killer Ted Bundy, before he was exposed as a murderer.


Gacy (2003): Based on a true story of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his house which he shared with his family.


Chicago (2002): The movie and broadway musical were based on true murder cases – a laundry worker and a cabaret singer who were accused of claiming the lives of their lovers in 1924.


Dahmer (2002): Based on the true crime story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, this movie tells the emotionally riveting story of a man who turned his darkest fantasies into a horrifying reality.

Ted Bundy (2002): The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.


Nightstalker (2002): Based on the life of Robert Ramirez, aka the Nightstalker, who terrorized people in Los Angeles during the 1980s.


Summer of Sam (1999): Takes place as the notorious serial killer Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) is stalking New York City.


Citizen X (1995): Based on the story of a Russian serial killer who is thought to have killed more than 50 people and the bureaucracy that hampered the investigation.


Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): Killer Ed Gein, who wore the skin of his victims, was an inspiration for Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs and his case also impacted the Chainsaw Massacre movie.


The Amityville Horror (1979): The story of the haunted house can be traced back to Ronald DeFeo, who killed his family while living in the home.


Helter Skelter (1976): Focused on Charles Manson and his “family” and the brutal murders that sent them to jail. A new version was released in 2004.


The Deadly Tower (1975): Tells the story of Charles Whitman, who killed his wife and mother, then went up to the University of Texas Tower, where he shot and killed many people at random.


The Boston Strangler (1968): About the murders of Boston women in the 1960s and their killer, who became known as the Boston Strangler.


In Cold Blood (1967): Based on Truman Capote’s book about the infamous killing of the Clutter family by two would-be robbers.


Compulsion (1959): Based on the 1924 Chicago murder trial of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two rich, handsome teenagers who killed a 14 year old boy for kicks.


(source: Pulse24.com, Quantum Entertainment MovieBank, Imdb)

Apr. 4th, 2005

01:25 pm

How about...

Channel 101 and 102... and indie Internet films in general?

Time Belt
Ringwald and Molly
Twigger's Holiday

and the Andy and Scott supershows "Second Time Around" "Who is Teaching Whom" (both sitcom spoofs) and "The Harper Teen Mystery Files" (Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew). These kids are ones to watch.

Atom Films site which has lots of downloads of movies, spoofs and original comedy, drama, video, whatever.

The comedy troupe in the UK which did "The Empire Strikes Backyard" and "Geriatric Park" and other spoofs, building the sets and costumes themselves, the music, the CGi, all for the love of it.


Meanwhile, we could plug Hockey Strike and put the word out we'd like to do the same sort of thing in Canada.

Mar. 28th, 2005

04:00 pm - Poptopia 3-28-05

Resurrection Show in Honour of Easter Monday

10:21 am

I was thinking, since this past weekend was Easter and all, and this is kinda Easter Monday, we could talk about television shows who died and came back to life.

Star Trek: TOS. Came back on the big screen. Did a few good movies and some terrible ones, then started a second (at first terrible, then later kick ass) series, then a series of lacklustre spinoffs, now dead again. (mention JMS' plan in Feb to helm a new Trek series "closer to the original vision", but won't happen for a couple of years now - he's been offered a series, and Paramount's shelving Trek for a couple years at least.)
Firefly (mention Serenity movie as often as possible)
Wonderfalls (potential for movie, still in rumour stage, but fans convinced Fox to release DVD and 25K sold so far)
Farscape (Peacekeeper Wars was on this weekend. Still haven't seen it since Gminor was up really late both nights and we didn't want to come into it in the middle, but got both taped).
Forever Knight (vampire show, get it? hee! Anyhow, it was doomed after it's second season, but fan support brought it back for a third)

Maybe talk a bit about the wacky kinds of things fans will do to get the attention of the studio, since the old Letter Writing Campaign doesn't work like it used to.

Maybe a list of Best Dead Shows You Really Should See, like Freaks and Geeks, Wonderfalls, Firefly etc.

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