You're Running Out of Time
The deadline for the 2008 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is Friday, July 18. Films can be of any length as long as they pertain to LGBT issues, and entry is only $15. Visit closetcinema.org for submission guidelines. Mail your entries to: Closet Cinema, 2008 Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 1807 Gabaldon NW, Albuquerque, N.M. 87104.
Religion and power collide
“Every religious person has to take responsibility for the way in which their tradition promotes intolerance and hatred."
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
A gorgeous hell on Earth it is, too
Guillermo del Toro directed the first Hellboy? Really? That's the guy who did Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage, right?
Boob Tube Webgames
In a time when the average American spends nearly as many hours on a computer as watching TV (if not more), it may be time to consider adding the PC into the definition of the idiot box. Luckily, TV networks have already thought of that, making more and more of their shows available for viewing online with limited commercial interruption [See last week's Idiot Box, "Hyper-Speed Syndication"]. But they don't just want you to watch “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and “30 Rock” and be done with it; they want you to spend all of your Web time on their site. Really. They even craft clever little webgames to keep your browser tuned in. I give you TV-on-the-webgames:
The Week in Sloth
“VH1 Rock Honors: The Who” (VH1 7 p.m.) VH1 deviates from "Rock Honors" tradition by burning two hours on a single supergroup: The Who. Bands like Pearl Jam, The Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Tenacious D ... and, god only knows why, Incubus .... pay tribute with performances, as will surviving bandmates Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
“The Gong Show with Dave Attell” (Comedy Central 11 p.m.) Comedy Central premieres a revival of the campy hit ’70s talent show, now hosted by bleakly sardonic comedian Dave Attell. Should be ... interesting.
“Reality Bites Back” (Comedy Central 11:30 p.m.) It's nice to see underutilized Michael Ian Black ("The State," Wet Hot American Summer) in new series. I just wish it wasn't this series—a parody of competition reality show clichés (all of them) with undiscovered comic contestants.