Johnny Depp and Tim Burton at it again

Posted on October 1st, 2007 in Entertainment by Chooch

This time to bring us a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller “Sweeney Todd“. The thing that really caught my eye, though was the other castings thus far: Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, and Timothy Spall (Wormtail from Harry Potter. You know, the first film I really remember him in was Rock Star – he totally stole the screen) -{c}

From Slice of SciFi:

Sweeny Todd — The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Posted by Sam on Monday, 1 Oct 2007depp-sweeney.jpg

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical thriller “Sweeney Todd.”

Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter.

When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who “shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again.”

Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney’s amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, who sends Sweeney to prison and Timothy Spall as the Judge’s wicked associate Beadle Bamford and Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli. The film opens in theaters on December 21, 2007 in the United States and over the following two months internationally.

Ballmer Peak

Posted on October 1st, 2007 in Entertainment,Geeky by Chooch

From the excellently geeky xkcd web comic:

The Ballmer Peak

Pick your own price on new Radiohead album

Posted on October 1st, 2007 in Entertainment by Chooch

The band Radiohead has made some interesting moves lately. First they refused to host their music on any download services – specifically citing iTunes requirement of unbundling albums (the band wants to sell complete albums only). Then just last week they made their albums available on the new Amazon music service for $8.99 an album – but for some reason there are two singles for .89 cents each.

Now, they are only selling their newest album (initially) from their own website – using the tip jar method. You decide what price you want to pay, and download the entire album! It is actually a pre-sale, and the album will release on October 10th. If you don’t want a digital download, you can opt for a box set for $80.

Some are calling this the final nail in the recording industries coffin. Other than “Creep” I’ve never really liked Radiohead’s music, but I really like how they are conducting business! If they were to release under a Creative Commons license or post their master multi-tracks for remix like Nine Inch Nails they’d really screw “the man”!

From BoingBoing:

Radiohead lets fans pick price for new album

Radiohead has made a record

Sweet fancy Moses this is awesome!* BB reader Daniel says,

Radiohead has just announced the details for their new album, In Rainbows.They’re only selling it through their website (at least for now), and for the digital download version, they’re letting listeners pick their own price for the album – it’s literally a donation-based product.

Obviously this is sparking confusion among many, but the only help the website provides are the words “It’s up to you.”

Link, album’s out October 10. To recap: the box set (Glorious thick 12″ vinyl! and “enhanced CD”) is $80, but the downloads are name-your-own-price. Some readers are reporting that you get the downloads for free anyway if you buy the box set.

No really, its up to you

No details on the download file format. Does anyone out there know? DRM-free? MP3s? What bitrate, what quality?

I just bought my copy (download, though I’ll probably go back and buy the boxed set, too). I got wonky html on the purchase confirmation screen indicating some code glurbles going on at the online store — not sure if my transaction actually took. Perhaps the shop’s overloaded right now, announcement just went live.

This is major, and it’s such a slap in the record industry’s face. An unsigned superband, treating loyal fans and customers like loyal fans and customers instead of thieves — what a revolutionary concept.

In related news, the band is dismissing a hoax website that duped fans this weekend:

The site — www.radioheadlp7.com — launched on Friday with a countdown timer due to reach zero on Saturday morning. It claimed it would be making a big announcement about the band. Fans speculated the “Creep” hitmakers were planning to reveal details about their next album. But a spokesperson for the band has called the Web site a “hoax” and “nothing to do with Radiohead.”

Link to SF Gate blog post. Update: More on the band’s unusual indie sales approach in these news and blog reports: Green Plastic (fansite online since 1997) Billboard, Idolatr, FQMB.

But Bob Lefsetz, as usual, sums it up best:

It’s not like Radiohead’s living in a different world. But they’re playing by a different rule book. One that says the money flows from the music, that people have to believe in you, that you’ve got to treat them right.Shit, you can barely get a ticket to a Radiohead show. The venues aren’t big and the demand is incredible. They’re doing it all wrong, don’t they see?? Well, obviously they don’t.

This is big news. This says the major labels are fucked. Untrustworthy with a worthless business model. Radiohead doesn’t seem to care if the music is free. Not that they believe it will be. Because believers will give you ALL THEIR MONEY!

This is the industry’s worst nightmare. Superstar band, THE superstar band, forging ahead by its own wits. Proving that others can too. And they will.

Disclaimer: I AM THE HUGEST RADIOHEAD FAN ON THE PLANET. (* Thanks Coop)