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Jason Alexander is in a new video from Funny or Die, about how you can help with “the worst thing that has ever happened to white people.” For just six dollars a month, you can help an upper-middle class family keep their current Netflix plans and stop the tears that are falling all over Macbook Pros in America today.
Sam Raimi, who directed the first three movies, tried to also make a fourth Spiderman sequel. But after a couple of years of failed scripts, he gave up and the studio decided to follow in the steps of everyone before them and copy the Batman reboot: that is, make it darker and grittier. Because since it worked for The Dark Knight, it’ll work for every franchise. Oh, and also, the last Spiderman movie was over four years ago! Too soon for a reboot? Nah; if anything, it’s not soon enough!
But seriously, it was too early for a Batman reboot eight years later, even though the previous Batman incarnation got pantsed in the third and fourth movies, after Tim Burton left. And it sure didn’t hurt that the Batman reboot was done by Christopher Nolan, whose genius had been proven with Memento. As for the Spiderman reboot, the director is the guy whose only movie is (500) Days of Summer; which, while a great movie, is not exactly a qualifier for Spiderman.
Hopefully though, he proves all the skeptics wrong. Here’s the trailer:
It appears that Tuesday night at 2:30 am, a 56-year old woman broke into Alex Trebek’s hotel room and stole a bunch of his stuff. Trebek, who apparently sleeps in the nude, was awoken by the noise, put on underwear, and like any other 71-year old game show host, went to get his stuff back. In the meantime, the burglaress hid his stuff and when Trebek confronted her, she denied every having been in his room. But when he threatened to call security she started running, so he gave chase for a few yards until his right Achilles’ tendon ruptured. Security later caught the woman and even found most of his stuff, stuffed behind an ice machine. His cash was gone though, as was the only piece of jewelry he wears: a bracelet his mom gave him.
- “We’ll take ‘Crime-Fighting Super Heroes’ for $200, Alex. (Time Magazine)
- “If you think that was tough, you should see what Mr. Trebek does to the contestants who don’t phrase their responses in the form of a question.” (New York Times)
- “A: Alex Trebek. Q: Who is a badass?” (The Daily What)
- “LA to file charges against DJ party that turned violent. City had to deploy extra cops – but mostly because Alex Trebek wasn’t available.” (Towle Tompkins)
- “I knew, one day, my ‘Dont F**k with Trebek’ t-shirt would have meaning beyond irony” (Avrielle)
- “Alex Trebek tear achilles tryin’ to foil a crime….. ‘What is to old to be trying to be Batman’” (Steve Wilson)
He was staying at the Marriott Maquis Hotel in San Francisco, because the next morning he was supposed to go to nearby Google headquarters to host the National Geographic World Championship — which he actually ended up doing despite of his injuries. In true Jeopardy! form, he explained what happened:
The answer is, at 2:30 yesterday morning, chasing a burglar down the hall at my San Francisco hotel until my Achilles tendon ruptured and I fell in an ignominious heap to the carpeting.
Then he went into more detail:
I woke up and saw a figure in our hotel bedroom and I thought I was dreaming. A moment later, I got up and saw that the door was being held open by a wad of tissue. I opened the door and saw a woman walking away, and I realized immediately that someone had been in the room.
He went after her, confronted her, and after she denied everything:
As I reached for the phone to call security, she bolted. She ran down the hall. I chased her. And I didn’t get more than 25 feet before my right Achilles tendon ruptured and I crashed to the ground.
And here’s an AP news video on the whole event:
Probably in an effort to capitalize on Netflix’s recent misstep, Amazon has done a great job expanding its streaming library since then. In the past week, it signed deals with both CBS and NBC Universal so that it’s now has about 9,000 titles in its streaming library. Netflix on the other hand has 20,000, which may sound like a lot more, but considering that, like cable, the vast majority of both of their offerings consist of crap you never want to watch, who knows how competitive or not they actually are. In any case, it’s nice to see Amazon step up their game.
Unlike the iPhone 4, a prototype of which an Apple engineer lost at a bar and ended up in the hands of the media, the iPhone 5 has yet to be seen at all. But everyone has faith that Apple will deliver, even though Steve Jobs has been on medical leave all year. This, according to a survey by the online store PriceGrabber:
- 35% of their customers want the iPhone 5
- 2.5% will get it in the first week
- The features people are wishing for in the new iPhone: better battery life, lower price, 4G support, bigger screen and better camera
- Which smartphone OS do they like? iOS by a wide margin, with 48% of the vote.
- Which physical phone do they want as a gift? Probably because they couldn’t think of another phone, 69% of the people picked the iPhone 5. The Motorola Droid Bionic came in second, with a whopping 7%.
Relatedly, word came out recently that some scientists figured out that as long as 10% of the population hold an unshakable belief (read, they’re zealots), that belief will spread like wildfire and consume most of the population. Assuming a third of the 35% of Apple fanbois are zealots, that means that pretty soon we’ll all be sporting iPhones. Although, the researchers’ models didn’t include two conflicting opinions, so maybe the Android crowd will keep Apple in check.