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Did You Do Too Many Drugs? I Did Too Many Drugs: Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | October 7, 2012 | Comments ()


I find the Important Stuff so you don't have to.

5. Jon Stewart Had Fun Analyzing the First Presidential Debate.

I don't even need to say anything; you know you need to watch. There Will Be Laughter.

4. Adele's Soundtrack Accompanied the New Skyfall Trailer.

This is the Bondiest theme song we've had in years. I got chills (they multiplied). Skyfall drops into theaters November 9th.

3. Katee Sackhoff Signed On (with Gina Carano!) for the Untitled All-Girl Expendables Film.


Anyone who saw Haywire, knows Gina Carano kicks ass, so it was no surprise to hear she is headlining Adi Shankar's female version of The Expendables. Upon signing Carano to the film, Shankar noted "I don't know how I'm supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of 'The Expendables' without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba." Friday brought the news that Katee Sackhoff will finally get to use her "Battlestar Galactica" brand of butt kicking again. Of Starbuck (I'm currently on my third round watching "BSG," so yes, she'll always be Starbuck to me) Shankar said, "If you spend five minutes with Katee it becomes blatantly obvious that she would pwn [sic] most male action stars." Oh yes she would, and we would very much enjoy watching her do it.

2. From Up on Poppy Hill (Studio Ghibli) Announced Its Kickass (US) Cast.

Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service) and Studio Ghibli continue their tradition of gorgeously animated, wonderfully imaginative and original stories with From Up on Poppy Hill, about a group of teens trying to save their clubhouse from being demolished. While the Japanese version was directed by Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki, Academy Award winning sound master Gary Rydstrom adapted the English version of this coming of age tale, with voices by Gillian Anderson, Bruce Dern, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Howard, Beau Bridges, Christina Hendricks, Anton Yelchin, Chris Noth, Sarah Bolger, Emily Osment, Charlie Saxton, Isabelle Fuhrman, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Dunham and Alex Wolff. The film hits theaters March 15, 2013.

1. David O. Russell and Christian Bale Reunited to Film Not American Bullshit.


The story goes that Christian Bale was long ago attached to this now untitled film--formerly known as American Bullshit--which was to be directed by Ben Affleck. Then Bale was out and Jeremy Renner was in; Affleck was out and David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings, Flirting with Disaster) was in. Now, Bale is back, Renner has switched roles, Amy Adams signed on and the film has no title. Confused? Excited? Not American Bullshit will tell the true story of a financial con man (Bale) hired to take down other con men. Renner plays the "volatile" mayor and New Jersey state assembly leader, Adams is Bale's partner/mistress, and in the only bit of bad news, Bradley "Emu" Cooper is in as a federal agent. I say again unto you, Hollywood: Stop pushing the birdman.

Cindy Davis was born too late.

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  • Valerie

    Partner/Mistress??? Oh?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    That Bullshit lineup is amazing.

  • BWeaves

    "From Up On Poppy Hill" has some adultery and incest going on. I didn't get a plot about a clubhouse at all from that trailer.

    My favorite Studio Ghibli film is "Whisper of the Heart" because it's so realistic. It's about a bunch of 13 year olds going to school, falling in love, and loving books and wanting to be a writer. The dubbing into English is also very good. It's worlds away from robots, splosions, monsters or superpowers.

  • That Adele song is completely forgettable.

    Bring on the downvotes, I so don't even give a damn.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Frankly I find Adele completely forgettable.

  • denesteak

    i was wondering if it was just me but yea... i think it sounds like any other james bond theme song.

  • carrie

    Ben affleck was interested by American Bullshit last year.Now it's the musical chairs in the casting

  • mograph

    "I got chills (they multiplied)."


    Did you subsequently lose control?

  • Stellamaris2012

    Didn't lose control - but I did get chills. I'm a sucker for a well placed horn section.

  • Quatermain

    "Cindy Davis was born too late."

    So does that make you Miniver Cheevy?

  • Blake

    Didn't they already do a "Lady Expendables" with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu? I'd bet Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Adrianne Palicki and Lucy Lawless wil be involved somehow...

    Katee and all of the other ladies involved deserve better than this garbage.

  • grendel

    Just make a Haywire sequel. Super-Soderberghian suspense/action

  • Idle Primate


  • alwaysanswerb

    This Lady Expendables is giving me a Lady Boner so far. Two of my dream cast already!

  • Viking

    I too have a Lady Boner for this film. If I'm watching a movie with women who fight I prefer they actually LOOK and move like they can fight. I loved Buffy and Firefly but Gellar and Glau look like they'd shatter their bones if they ever actually connected with anything. I'm all for supporting all our different body types but I also like a story to have plausibility, including action films. Stallone and the other action boys would not be able to sell it if they weighed 100 or less soaking wet. Why should we believe anything different for women?

  • Natallica

    We need an older, less physically trained but still hard-ass lady to play the feminine equivalent of Mr. Church. I'm thinking Mariska Hargitay

  • Milly

    Helen Mirren, surely? Think of RED as her audition.

    Fairuza Balk should also make an appearance in this

  • googergieger

    The thing with Ghibli is. Like alright, like, I'm not a fan of fighting games. But I love Super Smash Bros. Cause while it is a fighting game, it is a really accessible and fun fighting game. Though clearly it isn't the best in its genre. Nothing against Ghibli and their fans, it is just...

    I love me some Anime. All of the genres, except Mecha. Just never been a fan of robots in general. But, I often get people saying they love Anime and such, or when you bring it up, Ghibli or Dragon Ball is their only reference for it. I don't know, pet peeve of mine I guess. In the same way I wouldn't say I love fighting games or get fighting games, or associate all fighting games with Super Smash Bros. I wish people would do that with Anime. Not saying you did that Cindy, or that anyone on Pajiba does this. Though I recall one time a few people on this site bad mouthing Anime because their idea of it was just, robots, big boobs, flying, and magic. But that is beside the point. Just saying in general though. I wish people understood there is a lot more to Anime than just the one studio or the one "idea" of it.


  • Sara_Tonin00

    Is "anime" any Asian animation? With big eyes and round cheeks? What actually defines it as a genre?

    Aside from Akira, the only "anime" I've seen would be Ghibli. Not even comparing, but I do find most of the Ghibli work to be deep, powerful, and anything but superficial. (and there were certainly parts that I failed to understand at first - or even - subsequent - watches)

  • googergieger

    It isn't a genre as much as a style. It used to be it referenced only Japanese animation but now I think most people accept it as Asian animation in general.

    Anyways, which Ghibli films in general? Because I mean the big one, Spirited Away is rather easy to process. I mean if we look at it through child goggles, which is not an insult. I saw the film Thirst through those goggles for instance. I mean watching it with a sense of anything is possible, and allowing your breath to be taken away. I can see how people that go into Ghibli flicks like that, thinking there is more there than there actually is. However again, take away the "majesty" and "bigness" of it all, and I doubt even the most adamant supporters can say it'd pack the same punch.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Actually, I think "the big one" i.e. Spirited Away could be read superficially, or it could be processed on a deeper level regarding themes of loss of childhood or notions of responsibility to yourself and others. I think there's so much mystery left about some of the creatures - what are they? why are they latching on to her?

    It might be that I don't know what the cultural touchstone of those spirits are, the way I might if the story was taking place in a Hopi spirit world, but I think there's a lot of ambiguity, and a lot that rewards repeated viewing.

  • googergieger

    I mean you can Armond White anything up really. I mean with Perfect Blue there is an obvious parallel between pop princess and serious actress, and childhood naivety and adult cynicism. However there is still a mystery and thriller surrounding it, on top of which it does require the viewer to make an effort to appreciate that part of the story while following the mystery and thriller of it all. Spirited Away had all that more or less spelled out with the dialogue and really, what you call processing on a deeper level, I felt was the point of the movie. I mean if it is the creatures you may or may not recognize that do it for you. Then, I don't know maybe The Great Yokai War wasn't one of Miike's worst. I mean the coming of age part of the movie was rather easy to grasp. All it had going for it really, outside of the Japanese society critique, which I couldn't be arsed to care about. I mean with Karaoke Terror I did go out of my way to read up on what it was trying to accomplish, but with Spirited Away, I took it for what it was and accepted it. I mean I won't doubt the way I used to watch things was from a very cynical point of view, and I've become much better at watching things with an open mind. However, alright I'll use this as an example.


    In Let The Right One In. Oskar is a push over, and when he meets Eli eventually he isn't a push over. We see that gradual change throughout the movie. However the second he believes Eli is gone, he is a push over again. He doesn't care anymore. He has no self worth. That to me is depth. As you the viewer have to interpret or notice that, while the movie is playing out. I mean even if you don't notice that or interpret that, the movie still works, however you can appreciate the film more if you notice that.


    Really sorry if I sounded the dick here. I really mean no offense, just in my experience when I try to have a serious or as serious a discussion this topic can be, I sometimes come off the dick without meaning to.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    To be honest...you don't sound like a dick. You sound like the title of the post is spot on, though.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Using Ghibli as a reference point for animes isn't so bad, because the studio is very, very good. There are better animes, sure (Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Beebop, and Serial Experiments Lain come to mind), but I bet most products in the genre don't reach Ghibli's works in quality.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I think I find myself somewhat in this camp - not that I claim to
    love anime, or disdain it - but that I get my anime fill almost
    exclusively from Ghibli and Miyazaki. This isn't the result of any
    conscious decision I don't think; more of a time constraints issue,
    etc. But a number of Ghibli films have moved me more than the majority of all films I've seen - live action or no, so if you're saying there's better shit out there, then goddamn it, zeke may have to make some fucking time.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Just saw your comment.

    I'm certainly no Anime buff, so googergieger's recommendations are welcome, too (though I wasn't to keen on "Beserk"). The three I mentioned are different than the Ghibli fairy tales, especially "Serial Experiments: Lain", which belongs in the genre "mindfuck".

    The classic animes are "Akira" and "Ghost in the Shell". Both are sci-fi films, and deal with some heavy stuff. You could start there. The latter has both a brilliant sequel, and a somewhat related series called "Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex", which is not as good as the original, but still superb.

  • googergieger

    Akira the Anime film doesn't work as a story though. Manga is brilliant. Ghost in the Shell the series is brilliant as well. Film is more or less the problem with a lot of anime films, especially a bit back in time, where they dropped you off in the middle of a story that was never finished.

    I mean from a visual stand point, sure, however it really does depend on what the viewer wants. Story, you go Kon. Anything really. Visuals, Akira is still a marvel to watch.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Akira can seem a bit weird, I agree. But both Ghost in the Shell movies work pretty well on their own.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Cheers mate

  • googergieger

    Well a good, good, while back Park Chan Wook got me into film outside of whatever Hollywood and company gave me. Much in the same way Satoshi Kon introduced me into the world of possibilities that Anime is.

    So look up his films. Perfect Blue is his first film. Black Swan basically owes its entire existence to it. Tokyo Godfathers is a brilliant story about chance, unconventional family, community, and life. Millennium Actress is the best love story I've seen. Paranoia Agent is a brilliant series that was Kon's left over ideas after his first three movies. Paprika is a good version of Inception. Not saying Inception ripped it off like a lot of people. And really I'm not saying Inception is a bad movie and I don't want to start that argument, I'm just a big fan of Kon and Paprika as well.

  • Tinkerville

    For me the issue is more the people who say how into or "obsessed" with anime they are when Ghibli is the only anime they've ever seen. I've met people like that and it definitely bothers me too. I love that they watch and appreciate Miyazaki films, but there's so much more to the genre than that, so them saying they're obsessed with anime feels disingenuous.

    *says the Mecha fan*

  • googergieger

    Yeah, I mean Anime is more or less the style. I always tell people them dismissing Anime is like dismissing live action. Scifi, thriller, comedy, Mecha, slice of life, etc...

    Oh and nothing against Mecha or the fans. Again, just not a fan of robots. I need blood and such. Circuits, metal, and wires take something away from me feeling anything when stuff goes down. Same reason I couldn't be arsed with anything Transformers. Cartoon or movies.

  • Yocean

    Gundam is pretty bloody, the original Tomino ones. He was not nicknamed Tomino the anihilator for nothing.

  • googergieger

    Mushishi, Monster(teeters out late but still), Gunslinger Girl, Shigurui, Berserk, Tekkon Kinkreet, Etc. Satoshi Kon is the godfather of smart anime I feel. So any of hit catalog. Light years ahead of Miyazaki when it comes to story telling and writing in general. Which makes his passing all the sadder. Ghibli is cookie cutter stuff. I don't know, it is cute enough. Sometimes touching enough. However there is a lot of Anime out there that would work equally as strong if they were live action and had to take a step back when it came to visuals as a result of it. Which can't be said for most Ghibli flicks, if not all of them.

  • Idle Primate

    Paranoia Agent and Tokyo Godfathers are favorites of mine. loved tekkon kinreet too. i don't think of this sort of thing as being better than ghibli, or vice versa. they are very different. Ghibli makes fairy tales, mythic stories, and pastoral stories of youth. and they are rightly described as the disney of japan, in magnitude, and in family friendliness. i think there is an awful lot of magic and wonder in their stories to just brush off as "cookie cutter stuff" i've never met anyone who wasn't enchanted by exposure to ghibli stuff.

    Spice and Wolf was a great out of the ordinary anime, about a young man and a wheat god who travel together as merchants. Last Exile is one of the best I have ever seen--a war drama in the skies. Kino's journey was one of the gentlest bizarre animes ever, brilliant and perfect in every frame despite being somewhat aimless stories about a girl just cruising around on a motorbike

    other good ones: Elfin Lied. Baccano. Planetes. Escaflowne. Haibane Renmei. Noein. Outlaw Star. Argento Soma. Ranma 1/2. so many. I feel like for everyone i've seen there must be a dozen at least as good. Japan really has a rich animation tradition.

    sigh. i miss having someone to watch anime with. it really isn't so popular in Canada.

  • googergieger

    Well when it comes to Ghibli I feel everything is at the surface. Just very easy to grasp and very easy to understand. Not that, that is a problem. Just that, it does lack some depth. Again I feel if you take away the visuals from the story it becomes rather forgetful.

    I don't know, Millennium Princess(another brilliant Kon movie) has a romance and wonderment about it. Not romance in the boy/girl love sense, but more romance in the optimism sense. Like full of innocence and love of life. This story of an amazing women's life crashing into her film career. I feel Ghibli flicks more or less strive for that kind of feeling and story, but achieve it at a very, not superficial level. But, umm, it achieves it in a way that is very reliant on its visuals and not its story telling. Not to knock their films. I enjoy them enough, however the studio I feel lacks variety and at least some depth. I don't know, just a pet peeve when people associate all Anime with that. Then worship it as the be all and end all of Anime.

    Seen most of those Anime's. Like most. Kino and Mushishi are the only two stand alone Anime's I've found so far. Wish more series in general had the balls to do things like that.

  • Idle Primate

    i've been meaning to watch mushishi. my friends keep recommending it as a really beautiful story.

    i like that ghibli can be the thin edge of the wedge.

    not counting g-force and fables of the green forest when i was a kid, my intro to anime was cowboy bebop and ghibli. it was bebop that hooked me, but spirited away blew me away too.

    i'd probably have found a lot more good shows by now, but i used to watch them with a gf, and for a long time after, i couldnt watch them without a painful whistful feeling. it finally faded and i'm playing catch up.

  • Yocean

    Have you seen Nausica or Grave of Fireflies? Those are some dark deep stuff. Also maybe you want to check out the comic of Nausica by Miyazaki. Thematically it is one of the darkest I know.

  • googergieger

    Grave of Fireflies isn't Miyazaki. I think I saw Nausica way back when. I don't really remember it. So it is possible I skipped it because I had other things I wanted to watch more, or that I did see it and just forgot about it. I'll see if I can track down the manga though. See how it holds up. And did someone(some people) actually give a dislike to every comment talking about Anime?

    That has to be the most boring and asinine prejudice to have. I mean out of all the things to hate blindly, it shouldn't even crack the top hundred.

  • Idle Primate

    pom poko is a lot of fun too(ghibli, but i dont think one of miyazaki's), and parts are so absurd as to make up for the fact that its a bit dark. heavy handed ecological message, but i didnt really mind. subtle isnt always the best route with the kiddies.

    lol, you prob got the downvote for dissing the ghib. i get massive downvotes all the time for being out of sync with the hive

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