Posts Tagged ‘Planet of the Apes’
* The headline reads, “Belgian firefighters soak police in protest.”
* Dana Gould IS Dr. Zaius AS Hal Holbrook AS Mark Twain. Thanks, John Hodgman.
* Breaking: Corporation exploits tax loophole to avoid paying taxes, receive bogus tax refund. MUST CREDIT GERRYCANAVAN.WORDPRESS.COM.
* Greg Sargent explains Obama’s contraception win today.
* More good news for Obama: the unemployment rate is dropping faster in swing states.
* And on the pop-culture beat: When Buffy had an abortion.
* ‘Technically, we’re in the United States’: life for the U.S. citizens who live on the other side of the border fence.
* I saw this movie: Orangutans to Skype Between Zoos with iPads.
* Iowa Lottery officials had more questions than answers Friday as they tried to unravel the stunning mystery behind a year-old winning ticket turned in less than two hours before Thursday’s deadline for a jackpot worth up to $14.3 million.
* Elizabeth Kolbert on Obama’s (latest) climate betrayal.
* And Slate has the 12 kinds of undecided voters . Just a few days of this interminable primary left. Just a few days left.
* In 2008, the Iowa Republican Caucus got record turnout: 120,000 people. That is to say, four percent of all the residents of Iowa. And those 120,000 people represent four hundredths of one percent of the total population of America.
* There’s really only one label for the pathetic exercise we’ve just witnessed in South Africa: deceit. The whole climate-change negotiation process and the larger political discourse surrounding this horrible problem is a drawn-out and elaborate exercise in lying – to each other, to ourselves, and especially to our children. And the lies are starting to corrupt our civilization from inside out.
* Aaron Bady: The case for making a storm in the ports. I feel certain 90% of the impetus for this piece was the desire to use that pun.
* Oh, UVM. You know better.
* Plutocracy watch: More than 80 percent of giving to Super PACs so far has come from just 58 donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics analysis of the latest data, which covers the first half of 2011. The Republican groups have raised $17.6 million and the Democratic groups $7.6 million. Those numbers will balloon, with American Crossroads, the main Republican Super PAC, aiming to raise $240 million.)
The exceptions are two public employee labor unions, whose massive donations match those of some of the largest moguls. The rest are individuals with vast fortunes at their disposal.
* Ladies and gentlemen, Andy Serkis: Official plot synopsis for The Hobbit. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director shares his sequel plans.
* Government shutdown, again? Really? Well, I guess it’s been a few weeks…
* Finally, a job for which I am qualified: Chinese companies are temporarily hiring white men to pose as fake businessmen.
* You had me at “International Planet of the Apes comic covers.”
* You had me at anti-BP art.
* Given that GDP is an abstract metric with little relationship to the happiness of unhappiness of actual people, it’s no surprise to find that the BP oil spill will likely boost U.S. GDP.
* And a book I will inevitably buy: The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson.
Sunday night links.
* Is Twitter the Drudge Killer? We can only dare to hope.
* The Art of the Movie Poster. (Thanks, Ron!)
* Sanford says he won’t resign. Okay, then, impeachment.
* Steve Benen against bipartisanship. Also at Washington Monthly: early movement towards fixing the Democratic primaries for 2012 and beyond.
* Flight of the Conchords Season 2 is coming.
Apes, legal personhood and the plight of Nim Chimpsky.
Eberhart Theuer: A legal person would be something like a company or a certain society that in itself, or a fund that has certain rights without being a natural person.
Anita Barraud: This is similar to the US in common law notion of a juristic person that can apply to corporations and organisations that they’re artificial persons created by the law.
Eberhart Theuer: Exactly.
Paula Stibbe: It’s not talking about the rights for non-human animals to go and vote or be able to go to university, that would clearly be inappropriate and ridiculous. This is about recognising that non-human animals share with us sentience, which means that they have the ability to suffer, and that they have interests which can be damaged.
In sci-fi-philosophic terms, this is the distinction between sapience and sentience; while apes likely cannot “think” in the human sense, they and other animals can certainly feel pain, and that capacity is something we are morally obliged to respect.
I say likely because I am by nature extremely wary of the anthropomorphistic tendency to project human emotions and consciousness into animal behavior that is actually instinctual or learned—in general I’m impressed with Daniel Dennett’s theory in Kinds of Minds that our dogs appear to “love” us precisely because we’ve selected for just that impression over millenia of canine domestication. But as an anecdotal matter I must admit this is really evocative:
Paula Stibbe: I’ve learned what he likes to do most, what food he likes to eat most, though that would include some games. He likes to use charcoal with paper sometimes to draw, or chalk.
Anita Barraud: What does he draw?
Paula Stibbe: They are kind of abstract angular kind of works and he takes the paper and the chalk and he leans against the wall, he bites his bottom lip and concentrates really hard on what he’s doing. He won’t let himself be distracted while he’s drawing.
(cross-posted at culturemonkey)
* It’s finally come to this: they’re remaking Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Via SF Signal, which has the only response one can have: Why?
* Stop the Planet of the Apes: Charlton Heston has gotten off.
* The Office’s John Krasinki has spent the last five years trying to make a movie out of DFW’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Now he’s gone and done it. Here’s an interview.
* Seven superheroes who will never get their own movie (but should). The moral of this story is that the Legion of Superheroes has had a large number of silly superpowers in its pages.
David Eick (Bionic Woman, Battlestar Galactica) is working on a small-screen adaptation of Children of Men. The Alfonso Cuarón film joins Buffy, Ferris Bueller, Logan’s Run, Clueless, Highlander and Planet of the Apes in the coveted film-to-TV remake arena…
UPDATE: Keep ‘em coming! I’ve added a whole lot more below.
It was my week to post at culturemonkey this week, and I delivered with a post about the motivations for apocalyptic fantasy, what it is and what it’s for. Check it out. Comments, criticism, and elaborations of all sorts are very welcome.
While writing the post, in connection with Ryan’s theory that the most salient feature of apocalypse in science fiction is the way in which the same images are simply repackaged for us over and over again, I was struck by the recurrence of a ruined Statue of Liberty as perhaps the quintessential icon of disaster since the 1940s. So struck, in fact, that I began to obsessively collect these images from the ‘net wherever I could find them. Submitted for your approval, the fruits of my labor:
UPDATE: Stealing a few more ideas from my commenters:
Part of a campaign promise during the elections in 1978 to bring the “Statue of Liberty to Madison.” As a result of this effort the Pail and Shovel Party (Stu was one of the major masterminds) was given the Politician of the Year award for keeping the most campaign promises of any Wisconsin elected officials. The Daily Cardinal was outraged by this expenditure and actually burned it down. The following year after re-election the Statue was rebuilt. A security guard was placed inside of the head after getting an ice fishing hut permit.
Independence Day (amazed that I missed this one)
Thundarr the Barbarian (My favorite so far. Here’s Skot’s description from the comments:
In the ’70′s Saturday Morning cartoon “Thundarr the Barbarian” the Statue is shown in a decayed state at the start of each show, and there’s an episode where the evil wizard Gemini imbues the statue with life (but better than in Ghostbusters 2) and an awesome flame-throwing torch! The basic concepts and story ideas for that show came from the fertile but sometimes repetitive mind of Jack “King” Kirby, who also created the Kamandi comic book for DC, as seen above…
The latest Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist (2007)
Eerie-in-retrospect book cover from Bluejay Books, 1985. The artist’s name was Thomas Kidd. (Thanks to revdoug for the email)
Brett emailed in with a great screenshot of the Statue of Liberty in The Fifth Element, which has not been destroyed but rather swallowed by an expanding New York megapolis.
And another album cover, this one from New Jersey’s own God Forbid’s fourth album, IV: Constitution of Treason:
UPDATE 4: Jeff sends along two more, one the usual sort of doomsday image and another desecration of a very different sort:
UPDATE 5: Commenter Ty may have found the earliest example, “The Next Morning” from the Feb. 24, 1887 edition of Life:
UPDATE 6: Later, Ty came back with two more, first from an alternate-universe Statue’s destruction by helicopter in Batman Forever
and the other a much-longed-for clip from the statue’s appearance in Ghostbusters 2. I can do him one better, though: Google Video has the clip.
Google Video has also got Spaceballs, too, naturally, as well as Superman being thrown through the torch in Superman II.
UPDATE 7: Over night a few more links were added in the comments, including this beauty from 1889, J.A. Mitchell’s The Last American:
as well as two video-game scenarios, World in Conflict and Command and Conquer: Red Alert:
Elsewhere in the world of video games, Eman Resu also points us to the Resident Evil 3 trailer, where the replica Statue of Liberty outside the New York, New York casino in Vegas is used to signify for apocalypse:
UPDATE 8: Another cool one from the comments, a comic-booky illustration (don’t know what year it’s from, unfortunately) given the title “Cloverfield Monster Revealed!” on Flickr:
(Identified! It’s from the “Dinosaurs Attack!” Topps trading card series.)
UPDATE 9: Here’s a nice still from Ghostbusters 2 I just found in the Fark thread on this. Incidentally, the Fark link coupled with the Boing Boing link plus a few other big ones (National Review Online?) makes this the most popular thing I’ve ever posted by a mile, eclipsing even the “Our Brains Don’t Work” link on Backwards City from back in 2004. It’s kind of amazing.
UPDATE 10: rootbeer277 founds some pictures of the Statue in Superman IV here:
And Traveler sends in a still from Deep Impact:
UPDATE 11: Wow, they’re still coming in. Lady, That’s My Skull writes in with two more from the comics, Atomic War #1 (1952) and Incredible Hulk #206 (1976).
And Anonymous points us to this Audi ad from the early 1990s:
UPDATE 12: It’s been a few days and this post still keeps getting hits. It’s getting close to 25,000 people now, which is astounding.
First, from the comments, MagicManky has the Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back parody:
Also in the comments, Slade leaves links to a number of sought-after images of the broken Statue of Liberty overshadowed by the Statue of Justice in Judge Dredd, both film and comic:
Finally, in what’s likely to be the last image I add here for a good while, Viktor emails an Italian propaganda poster from World War II which reads “Here are the liberators”:
Two new culturemonkey posts, each one sillier and more perverting of the site’s original mission statement than the last. Real culturemonkey posts to resume once we get these end-of-the-semester papers off our backs.