RIP, Rick Dalton (1913-2023).

Sad, sad news, but ninety is a good age to reach. My condolences to his wife and loved ones. More here.


A public service announcement for lawyers.

If your client has been arrested for hitting a woman, and she sends your client this text message

Please let me know you’re okay when you get this. They assured me that you won’t be charged. They said they had to arrest you as protocol when they saw the injuries on me and they knew we had a fight. I’m so angry that they did. And I’m sorry you’re in this position. Will make sure nothing happens about this. I told them it was my fault for trying to grab your phone. I only just got out of hospital. Just call me when you’re out. I love you.

…do not release it to the media. It is not the exculpatory message that you think it is. It is a message that will tell the future jury, He sent me to the hospital over nothing and now I’m all turned around and blaming myself for getting hit. Which will suit the prosecution right down to the ground, but: what’s the victory condition, here? How does this make things better for the client?

Moe Lane

PS: I wonder if they scheduled any quick rewrites/reshoots for the second season of LOKI. If so, I also wonder if they got them done before the strike started.

The FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S movie teaser trailer.

I dunno if I’m seeing this. I don’t really have an urge to see this, but my older kids loves horror flicks and my younger one loves FNaF lore. Not the game; the lore. He watches the fan-made music videos and the short movies that people make using the plushies and he makes his own movies using his own plushies. The thing is, this movie is PG-13, so my youngest may not want to watch it at the moment. It has yet to be determined.

Tweet of the Day, …Worth It edition.

I cannot resist.

I don’t *know* if the WGA strike and these CW show cancellations are related…

…in fact, in my experience the easy answer is usually the wrong one, so: they’re probably not. Which means that it’s just a malignant coincidence, or the networks are taking the opportunity to save face by axing shows that they shouldn’t have green-lit in the first place, or — something else. Either way, this ain’t a great time to be in the television program business.

Moe Lane

PS: My opinions on the strike itself are mildly complicated. Working conditions probably do suck in that business. I don’t know that for certain, though, because I don’t know anybody in that business.

:level look:

The “I am uncertain about the aesthetic” POOR THINGS trailer.

It’s a very strange aesthetic. POOR THINGS looks like it was both made, and meant to be watched, while under the influence of a mild fever. I may find it tedious in the extreme. On the other hand, it’s at least a little different than the usual. That’s worth something, at least.

Season 2 of LET’S PLAY: MIDDLE-EARTH ROLEPLAYING to feature Shelob at level 20.

Because obviously the players will all want to encounter a version of Shelob that their characters can fend off. Besides, if you don’t put that NPC in one of the game sessions the party will come up with an excuse to steer the campaign in her direction anyway. The real question is: do you let the party gack Shelob early? I mean, sure, you can just say “that was her twin sister Lazy-Lob, and she would have been ten times worse than Shelob! Well done!”

But that seems a bit too pat.

Moe Lane

PS: I swear to God, this particular lens does wonders to make me tolerate RINGS OF POWER.

So, they’re making a sequel to LORD OF WAR.

Via ComingSoon:

Nicolas Cage will return to the shadowy world of illegal weapons sales, but this time, it’s become a family affair.

The Oscar-winning star will reunite with writer and director Andrew Niccol on “Lords of War,” the sequel to their 2005 crime thriller, “Lord of War.” Cage will reprise his role as morally compromised arms dealer Yuri Orlov with “It’s” Bill Skarsgård co-starring as his son, who is a chip off the old block. Vendôme Group is backing the project, which is set to begin principal photography in the fall of 2023.

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