April 28th, 2008

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Your daily dose of Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges, Iron Man bad guy, talks to USA Today about family, film and photography:
...much of Bridges' roles are inspired by his bedroom closet. When he does accept a role, his first step is to rifle through his clothes, looking for attire his character might wear and donning them for weeks before shooting begins.

...if it's a pot-smoking, White Russian-swilling, jobless, slacker bowling junkie, as he played in the Coen brothers' 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski, it's time to pull out his ratty T-shirt, thrift-shop shorts and Jellies sandals. Nearly all of the Dude's wardrobe came from Bridges' personal stash.

"That role was pretty easy to get into," he says, grinning and easing into a couch after some herbal tea and a croissant. "Really, I'm a pretty lazy guy. It's a lot easier for me to turn down a role than take it."
Be sure to click the link to some of his pictures.
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PSAs from a galaxy far, far away

There's smoking in the Star Wars universe...

There's also apparently drunk driving in the Star Wars universe...



But I thought Star Wars was really about the white man keeping the brother man down:



(That clip's brimming with profanity, just so you know. Kevin Smith film and all. Holy crap, Smith should do a Star Wars PSA!)

This madness (well, the first two clips) courtesy the memory of David Walker, whose got talking about Seventies television last night at the D.K. Holm benefit. Yes, the first two clips were real PSAs from the late Seventies.
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I'm Chris Walsh and I approve this nerd-love

As I continue to catch up on my viewing of worthy TV shows, I've reached the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (by the way, is it bad that I'm developing a thing for Drusilla?). I know some of what happens later in the show -- I saw much of the fifth and some of the sixth seasons when they first aired -- and now I'm happily filling in my gaps in my Buffy knowledge.

Like about the phenomonally cute Alyson Hannigan as Willow. I'm watching the show in its Willow's-not-yet-blossomed stage, when she was at her most awkward socially but had her skills (and the eye of Oz; I just saw the episode where he's flirting with her while holding that animal cracker).

I'm sure it's been said before, but I'll say it here: I like that Willow's perhaps the nerdiest character, and that she's also the character who ends up with the healthiest love life/sex life. She winds up with good, caring partners, and is good and caring to them as well. No one she falls in love with turns out to be a vampire (at least, I don't think so...) or an abusive type, or otherwise so utterly wrong for her that there'd be a huge risk for her. Willow lives through tragedy and heartbreak, certainly, but that doesn't happen because of any mistakes she makes. She finds love, and it's good love.

As a nerd, I gather hope from that.