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As you read this, pray for me.  I'm driving from Northridge to 20th Century Fox on Pico.  Today is the Michael Jackson funeral, which could create traffic ripples so profoundly screwed up as to alter the fabric of space and time.  And I could get totally caught up in that crap against my will.  I'm not going to to the same part of town.  But what if people can't get onto the 10, and so they're backed up on the 405, and they're backed up so far that I can't get to Pico, since it's so close to the 10?  Don't just pray for me... light candles or whatever else you can do, and let's hope two hours is enough time for me to make it there.

So it may be a slightly shorter column today.  First up, the DVD releases for this week, something I got out of practice doing.  I like it here in the Morning Read, where it doesn't become some giant ridiculous recitation each week.  There are some interesting titles, including a Summit double feature of "Knowing" and "Push."  I haven't seen either yet, but I will.  I guess I'm picking them up next time I'm at Amoeba.  There's also the 15th "Mystery Science Theater 3000" collection.  I haven't seen it, but I hear it's got one of the earliest episodes published yet in any of these collections.  I've got the prior 14, and it's 100% certain I'll be adding this to the collection immediately.  There's an Iron Maiden documentary called "Iron Maiden Flight 666" that I will have to track down.  Looks cool.  I can't wait to pick up the new "Peanuts 1960's Collection," featuring six of the original animated specials.  Those are the best.  David Goyer's "The Unborn" comes out today in an unrated edition from Universal, who are also releasing four vintage titles that any serious film freak should pick up.  "Beau Geste," "Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves," "Lonely Are The Brave," and "The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" will all get reviews here, and they're all sensational.  "Reno 911: The Complete Sixth Season" is out now, and at this point, either you dig the joke or you don't.  "The Deep" is out in BluRay this week.  Interesting random catalog title from Sony.

That's pretty much it, too.  It's a light couple of weeks.  Admittedly, I'm hoping a wrangle a review copy of next week's release of "The State," but we'll talk about that next week.

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I hope by now you've seen the best movie trailer ever made:

 

 

If the studio just embraced the audience's expectations and used that exact trailer for "2012," they would make an extra $100 million.  In fact, this guy who cut this joke trailer may have just earned the studio a bigger opening weekend for his efforts.  It's that much fun.  I just wish I believed Emmerich was going to make that movie.

This is profoundly disappointing and wrongheaded.  I know it's important to take care of our copyrights if we expect to have any control of how our work is distributed in this modern world, but there's a right way and a wrong way.  I think it's clear you can release things for free and then still make legal money off of them, as long as you're smart and people want what you release.

David Poland's got up a new "DP/30" interview with the fine and funny folks behind "Humpday," and it's absolutely worth your time.

Also, while I was at Poland's blog, I saw he'd posted several mash-up pieces by an artist, and one in particular struck me, especially after the review I wrote yesterday for the new "Harry Potter" film:

 

 

That's crazy.  They can't possibly have been that little when the series began.  I refuse to accept that after seeing the new film.

Like flying isn't already torture.

IGN premiered the trailer for Patrick Dunston's "The Collector."  At this point, the guys who wrote "Feast" are easily the most successful of the behind-the-camera survivors of "Project: Greenlight."

 

 

I'm not surprised to see the "Saw" influence to it.  But if it's going to work for audiences, it has to bring something to the table.  Some variation on the formula.  I know there's a special Fantastic Fest screening of it coming soon, and they seem excited by it, so that gives me some hope.

This isn't brand-new, but it is gorgeous, and I can see why Devin Faraci's been so fascinated by tilt-shift stuff lately:

 

Mardi Gras from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

 

That's such a bizarre effect.  No matter how many times that's been explained to me, I don't get it.

Great read for "Lost" freaks, but it saddens me to hear that Brian K. Vaughan has left the show's writing staff.

This makes sense.

Absolutely great list here, both well-themed and well-picked.  That's harder to do than it sounds.

Are you on Twitter?  So is everyone in Hollywood, it seems.

And finally, did you see that really unsettling video for "Kids" by MGMTWanna know how they did it?  It'll make you feel better... I promise.

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