Move over Siri, the future of the slightly creepy interactive robots just got a lot more handsome. Prometheus, the prequel film that’s getting a lot of well-deserved buzz just released a few viral videos featuring David, the latest in android innovation. He’s intelligent, capable of taking on tasks human beings cannot, and bears a striking resemblance to Magneto. Like all movies featuring robots built with a lot of power, David, as played by Michael Fassbender is a little frightening for reasons that are hard to put into words.
That is to say, David is a little too trustworthy, capable, and handsome. Certain movies have taught us one thing--the trustworthy robot designed to understand humans is going to kill us. The great thing about this film teaser is that David himself is a prototype for the very same type of android that taught us to not trust human-like robots. Alien and Aliens are classic sci-fi films that prominently featured androids that made two very different moral choices. One, featured heavily in the first film, puts the entire crew in danger. The second, generations older, and featured heavily in Aliens, saves the lives of the main characters. David is perhaps the great grandfather of them all. He is the first of his kind and given what we already know about the Alien franchise that can either spell disaster or make him a valuable ally.
Three days ago, a blogger named Danielle created a tongue-in-cheek blog, devoted to portaying Ryan Gosling as a feminist scholar.
It has officially gone viral.
Feminist Ryan Gosling explores what the teary-eyed hunk might be thinking in some of his finer, introspective, bell-hooks-reading moments.
"Hey, girl," begins the caption of every picture. In a Saturday post, a photo of Gosling says, "sometimes I think about Focault's theory of marriage as a governmentally developed tool that interferes with the appropriation of land rights, normalizes heterosexuality and subjugates woman's sexuality..." Gosling is wiping away a tear. "...And it makes me want to cry with you."
What was once a mere rumor on Joonbug’s Frequency blog (The Beauty of Broken Bells) has finally been given an official release date. The self-titled album by the duo of James Mercer of the Shins and Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), collectively known as Broken Bells, will be released on March 9, 2010, courtesy of Columbia records. As promised, both musicians have taken on the task of personally handling all the instrumentation associated with the album production, save for a full string orchestration on one of the selected tracks.
I sincerely hope I am not alone in my excitement of news regarding a new album featuring songs made popular by those always entertaining, fur-laden icons of positive entertainment, the Muppets. The Disney Corporation announced at this year’s 23rd annual company expo, D23, that they will be releasing an entire album of classic tunes covered by some of the most prominent artists in the music industry. The new album, Muppets Revisited, will feature Andrew Bird performing “It’s not Easy Being Green,” The Fray with their version of “Mahna Mahna,” Amy Lee singing on “Halfway Down the Stairs,” My Morning Jacket on “Our World,” and Weezer playing a much anticipated version of “Rainbow Connection.” No official release date has been revealed as of yet, but sources hint that the album will become available sometime in February of 2010.