SciFiWire: Bryan Singer (X Men) directing new BSG film imagining…

Not the BSG cast. Another new imagining of the original show, this time in feature film form. Seems no one can get financing to do anything original anymore.  I am always happy when SciFi/Fantasy films get into production. Bryan Singer is also a great producer, witness House, M.D. which I love, Interview with Singer on hiring Hugh Laurie for the role here

Original BSG Blooper reel courtesy of SpeakerforBoskone

SciFiWire has the scoop, (go see their prior reports at their link)

Entertainment Weekly is confirming a story—first reported by HitFix‘s Drew McWeeny (and passed on by SCI FI Wire yesterday)—that Bryan Singer will produce and direct a new film version of Battlestar Galactica for Universal Pictures.

Here’s how the magazine somewhat condescendingly reports the news without giving credit where it’s due:

Universal Pictures has confirmed blog speculation that Bryan Singer, director of Valkyrie, will take on directing and producing duties for a BSG movie. Glen Larson, who created original series back in 1978, will produce as well. The film is not expected to be a continuation of current popular television show that’s running on the Syfy network but will be a complete re-imagining of the sci-fi lore that was invented by Larson back in the ’70s.

Courtesy of MikeKarv

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August 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Battlestar Galactica, BSG, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. 1 comment.

On the Turning Away: new FOX poll numbers show TOTUS sliding to new lows…

Courtesy of FoxNewsElectionHQ

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WH Email List? Major Garrett has Gibbs stuttering…

Courtesy of FoxNewsElectionHQ

Is Axelrasputin sending Organizing forAmerica prohealthcare spam emails to citizens without solicitation? Are people who never signed up getting Axelrasputin emails now from a WH list? Robert Gibbs gets very testy….

Courtesy of patriotsandheroes

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GOP Townhalls: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 8/10 Chandler…

Courtesy of AZGOPComm

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Tea Party Patriots: 8/13 Secaucus, NJ Steve Rothman (D) Townhall…

Courtesy of VoiceofAmericans2008

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Les Paul passes away…

God Bless. He rocked the world. The inventor of multitrack recording also…

Courtesy of oobleckboy

94 years rockin

….Paul influenced scores of musicians in the worlds of rock and jazz. One of them was Steve Miller. Back in 1948, Miller’s father struck up a friendship with Paul when the guitarist was visiting Milwaukee for a date at a local club.

“Les and Mary showed me my first chords,” Miller told the Journal Sentinel. “He’s such a great player, everytime I go to New York I go to the club and jam with Les. There’s just this vibe around him. It’s always a jam session and all the cats are always there.”

Aside from making rock-and-roll possible with his creation of the electric guitar, Paul also contributed immensely to the advance of studio recording over the years with inventions like multitrack recording, reverb, and more than a dozen others.

Paul McCartney once said this of Paul: “Les was one of the greatest innovators in recording techniques,” McCartney said in a statement. “The work he put into developing the guitar that was named after him made the instrument an all-time classic, and his incredible playing skills make him one of the masters of the instrument.”

In 1990 Capitol honored him with a boxed set “Les Paul the Legend and the Legacy.” The 4 CD box contained liner notes by Paul himself and 34 never before released tracks….

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Grassley backs off the public option…

Ed at HotAir has the latest on the townhalls and Chuck Grassley’s seemingly  recent anti public option stance…

My favorite part of Grassley’s quote:

Grassley, one of a handful of Republicans working with Democrats to draft a health care proposal, stressed that he would oppose any bill with a government-run plan in it, describing the government as a “predator.”

“Maybe you think well Chuck Grassley is up with that too,” he said. “so let me tell you right out I would not vote for the Kennedy bill [and] I would not vote for the Pelosi bill.”

Some Critters are getting the message, and the ones that don’t will no doubt get it come 2010:

…“There’s three times as many people coming to my town hall meetings than came in the last ten years on average,” said Grassley.

“Wait until 2010,” shouted a member of the audience…

Hope to see everyone at the Recess Rally!!! Click the image to find a rally near you 🙂

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Awesome Predator rap courtesy of djironside:

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August 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. 4 comments.

Market Mover Thursday: Retail sales drop, Foreclosures hit new record, Weekly jobless claims rise…

Update: Courtesy of Diana Olick CNBC (she has a great housing blog), signs the contagion of foreclosures is spreading nationwide as unemployment (not speculators flipping homes AZ CA NV FL) becomes the driver:

Foreclosures, y/y per RealtyTrack:

OR up 84% – MN up 147% – UT up 93% – KS up 95% – NJ up 40% – MA up 43% – ME up 60% –

A bad day for the bulls on the economic data-

Despite the billions for Cash for Clunkers, retail sales fell overall, no topline growth folks, even at WalMart who beat on the Q2 earnings forecast but showed US comp stores down 1.5%…

CNBC:

Sales at U.S. retailers unexpectedly fell in July and the number of workers filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week...A Commerce Department report Thursday showed total retail sales edged down 0.1 percent after increasing 0.8 percent in June, compared with market forecasts for a 0.7 percent gain.Analysts had expected a boost in retail sales from the government’s “cash for clunkers” program

…A separate report from the Labor Department showed first-time applications for state unemployment insurance benefits climbed 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 558,000 last week.

“Retail sales were unexpectedly weaker than expected, suggesting that the money spent on the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ plan wasn’t spent on other things,” said Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co in New York.

“The claims data shows that the labor market, while improving, remains difficult. People are still losing jobs. Less bad doesn’t mean good. It’s still tough, and it’s a wake-up call.”

There was more bad news on the home foreclosures front, where RealtyTrac reported that U.S. home loans failed at a record pace in July despite ongoing federal and state programs to avoid foreclosures.

Foreclosure activity jumped 7 percent in July from June and 32 percent from a year earlier as one in every 355 households with a loan got a foreclosure filing, RealtyTrac said….

More on the foreclosure numbers here:

…”July marks the third time in the last five months where we’ve seen a new record set for foreclosure activity,” James J. Saccacio, RealtyTrac’s chief executive, said in a statement….

…More than 360,000 households with loans drew a foreclosure filing in July, a record dating back to January 2005, when RealtyTrac started tracking monthly activity.

Notices of default, auction or repossession have reached nearly 2.3 million in the first seven months of the year — with more than half a million bank repossessions, the Irvine, California-based company said.

As MiM has said repeatedly, get the housing programs WORKING Team TOTUS, stop jumping to the next ‘big thing’ when the steps you have taken on one of the drivers of the downturn are not succeeding. It is not enough to have a plan in place, the plan has to actually work….

According to UBS’ data, 2010 will see the projected peak of foreclosures, but look at how spread out the damage is in housing for the next 2 years. I think anyone who expects a huge upturn in time for Congressional midterms is smokin rope, if they can’t unemployment to level off, housing will keep falling and consumers simply will not spend:

…At this time, the firm projects an extended period of deterioration before the housing market bottoms sometime in mid-2009. Additionally, analysts believe the 2006/2007 vintages will continue their seasoning curve as loans roll into delinquency and foreclosure.

Analysts based their projections on data from Loan Performance, Intex and the Mortgage Bankers Association‘s National Delinquency Survey. They then used a default timing curve to convert the delinquency data into a monthly foreclosure and REO forecast.

Based on their expectation of a 5% liquidation rate, analysts expect total foreclosure inventory to peak in mid-2009 at $450 billion, or 1.83 million loans.  Assuming a 1% liquidation rate, foreclosures won”t peak until 2012, while a 7% liquidation rate will put the peak in early 2009.

Analysts said that the majority of foreclosures will be from subprime. They added their foreclosure outlook for Alt-A is less than 50% of subprime, while foreclosures for option ARMs will occur later than the other sectors and remain strong into 2011 and 2012.

In terms of jumbo mortgage foreclosures, although troublesome for investors, they are relatively minor compared to the other sectors. Jumbo foreclosures is projected to begin peaking in early 2009 and hold around there through 2010.

On the agency side, analysts said data is limited. They expect the foreclosure ra te will be less than jumbos, a view supported by the collateral characteristics. Additionally, agencies have lower exposure to California.The firm’s analysis suggested that the peak in agency foreclosures will begin in early- to mid- 2010 and extend into 2011….

Tim Curry performs on German TV courtesy of strogenwb

August 13, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 3 comments.

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