Category Archives: Celebrity

Farewell, Dalek Designer

Dalek“’Before rehearsals started the cast and other members brought their children along and they were shown the Daleks and talked to the Dalek operators,’ he recalled. ‘But then when rehearsals started the operators got into the Daleks and started moving, and at that point all the children screamed and ran out of the studio.'” [The Telegraph]

Raymond Cusick, who designed the Daleks, the longstanding and beloved nemeses of Dr. Who, has died at age 84.

I love this — according the The Telegraph, Cusick originally explained to his BBC bosses how spooky the Daleks’ movements could by when “in the canteen, he picked up a condiment container, and steered it around the table.” EX TER MIN ATE!

Photo: studiofibonacci’s very sexy “exterminate!” patterned fabris, available at Spoonflower.


Another Piece Of Your Childhood, Possibly Ruined

charlie_brownAccording to The U-T San Diego, Peter Robbins, the actor who gave voice to Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, is expected to appear in court today to face “four felony counts of making a threat to cause death or great bodily injury and one felony count of stalking.”

According to Wikipedia, “While Robbins was replaced by other child actors in the Peanuts specials produced after 1969, his trademark scream of “AAUGGGHH!!”, first used in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, continued to be used in the later specials for Charlie Brown and other characters.”

According to the San Diego County jail’s website, Robbins is presently being held on $500,000 bail.

Yes, You Need To Watch A Big Trouble In Little China/Gangnam Style Parody Right Now

Until now, I’ve been relatively unmoved by the Gangnam Style craze, in large part because it is no Rhythm is a Dancer, am I right, fellow folks who remember their 90s gay bar experiences?

But I am totally in the tank for this parody, which actually contains an appearance by James Hong, who not only played the baddie in John Carpenter’s San Francisco set classic Big Trouble in Little China, but was the host in the infamous Chinese Restaurant episode of Seinfeld. Did I mention he is 83 years old? James Hong rules!

You Are Not As Resilient As Joss Whedon

“You know, the first year of “Firefly” was the last year of “Buffy” was the fourth year of [“Angel”] was the year my son was born. After that year, nothing can kill me.” [Murphy/NYT]

The bad news is that Choire Sicha will not be buying and distributing Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothingaccording to the Variety, Lionsgate and sister company Roadside Attractions are on the case.

Until then, you have this NYT interview with Whedon to enjoy and, hey, here’s some fun Cabin in the Woods stuff that you probably shouldn’t watch if you have yet to see the movie.

Please Don’t Tell Me That I Really Look Like Russell Crowe.

So I finally got around to reading the September Harper’s Bazaar (yes, the one with that batshit Elizabeth Wurtzel piece about how ladies shouldn’t “give up,” which might be even worse than Winnower Pal Katie J. M. Baker said it was), which informed me that “the parlor game of the moment is Alike, a free iPhone app that calculates your star-worthy doppelganger.”

“Do you think you look like a celebrity? Prove it! Take a photo and find out which celebrity is your look-alike,” Alike’s App store blurb entreated me. So what the fuck — I may not have a parlor (nor am I a gyrotronics freak), but I can still live the Harper’s Bazaar lifestyle, right?

Well, maybe Wurtzel has a point, as apparently I have “given up” so fucking much that I look like kayaking phone-thrower Russell Crowe and Dominic Purcell, who I mainly know from that Blade movie with Parker Posey. I am not sure how to feel about this!

At A Murder Trial, You Gotta Make Your Own Fun

“The oddity has left courtroom observers scratching their heads. It has led to jokes and banter among the judge and attorneys. But it’s also raised questions about propriety and precedent during a trial in which evidence against Peterson has included descriptions of his violent threats and grisly photos of his dead wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in her bathtub in 2004.” [Tarm/AP]

Jurors in the murder trial of retired cop Drew Peterson have been dressing alike. One jury expert says he thinks the coordinated jurors are “just having a little fun” during a five-week trial in which Peterson faces charges that he drowned his third wife.

Georgia Tech Can Apparently Play Google, But SF Must Play SF

Sadly, not a photo from The Internship

“And now that the Allen caravan has come and gone, scan the streets next week for Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, who’ll be here shooting ‘The Internship.'” [Garchik/Chron]

Looks like The Internship, reportedly a comedy in which “Vaughn and Wilson play old-school salesmen who, finding themselves suddenly unemployed and passed-by in the digital world, try to reinvent themselves by becoming interns at a major tech company,” also filmed in Atlanta, where Googlish things happened.

According to Mashable, that’s because the movie was shot in a “replicated Google environment at Georgia Tech.” I am already looking forward to overly literal critiques of the film focused on inaccurate representation of Google decor, etc. from local viewers. That’s going to be fun.