I love Vanity Fair. I devour it every month when it arrives in the mail.
The February cover features Shia LeBeouf and Harrison Ford, promoting their summer flick Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, from director Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
(No better time than the present to start promoting summer blockbusters, hmmm? This is also the second Vanity Fair cover in less than a year for Shia LeBeouf, who is set to rack up back-to-back summer hits after last year's enormously successful Transformers.)
One thing that caught my eye about the article, however (besides the hot shot of Cate Blanchett in costume for the film), was Vanity Fair's decision to use -- gasp! -- an emoticon in the Indiana Jones story.
Emoticons seem somewhat innocuous, but their adoption into the popular lexicon has been hotly debated everywhere from the New York Times to various style and usage guides, weighing in on the appropriateness and the hows and whens of using the little smiley faces and their variations.
VF jumped on the emoticon bandwagon, for what I believe to be the first time ever, with this passage:
"What Lucas says--and he won't say more--seems to support earlier Internet speculation that the scenes filmed in New Mexico may be set at Area 51 . . . No one outside of the filmmakers will know for sure until May 22, but it would be pretty cool if it turns out that Emperor Palpatine had dropped a crystal skull on Earth. Or maybe one was left behind by the skinny dudes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Or maybe it's, like, E.T.'s cell phone. :)"
--Vanity Fair, February 2008, p. 169
I think it's kind of fun, but I'm guessing there will be some folks who're pissed and think this is the beginning of the end.
Emoticons: Love 'em, hate 'em, or live with 'em? Do tell.
Music: Now Listening
Embattled singer Amy Winehouse and her hot mess of a life are currently on display everywhere from the gossip blogs to the covers of British tabs (in which she's shown allegedly smoking crack on surveillance video). Her record label, perhaps noting that Amy may not be able to get back into the studio soon, recently released Back to Black: The B-Sides, an accompaniment to last year's multi-Grammy-nominated Back to Black. Since our discovery of B-Sides, the track "To Know Him Is To Love Him" has been playing nonstop on our iTunes. Check it out.
Another singer from the United Kingdom has recently quietly made her way to the music forefront, and she's garnering comparisons to Amy Winehouse (among others), minus the drama. Adele and her song "Hometown Glory" are racking up hits on YouTube, and a record deal is sure to be announced soon. Josh and I will be hitting download when her album finally drops. Check out "Hometown Glory" below.
For some reason this week Beth Hart's "L.A. Song" bit us in the ass and we had to listen to it multiple times. The live version (as seen below) is now available for download on iTunes, too, and rest assured we've been rocking that one as well. The song is a few years old, but somehow we think it's ready for a little revisiting. (Note if you're at work: Brief explicit language in the middle of the song.)
Josh H. is reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Josh K. is reading The Terror by Dan Simmons.
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