Monday, November 26, 2007

As You Wish: Free Princess Bride DVD

*UPDATED: Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway! It was fun reading all your favorite quotes, so many classic lines in this movie. Also very cool to hear what songs topped your SPD playlist.

I particularly enjoyed the one non-contest related comment: "MUSICAL DAY PLEASE!" Patience "Anonymous 7:40 pm", patience. A musical day will come as soon as I catch up on the DVR and figure out what tunes have been played. Sorry for the delay.

I have, however, been watching a LOT of movies lately, all ranging from good (Into the Wild) to good lord that was amazing (No Country For Old Men), so maybe I'll write up some mini-reviews soon.

Anyway, without further adieu, the winners are....

Olivia (ohelpri1@jhu.edu) AND Jody (jodybear79@aol.com)!!

I'll be emailing you two shortly to get your shipping information. Thanks again for playing!

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“Good heavens, are you still trying to win?” - Count Rugen

If you didn't win in the previous two contests, try once more with this post. Silly Pipe Dreams is teaming up again with M80 to give away TWO copies of one of my all-time favorite comedies, The Princess Bride.

20th Century Fox recently re-released the film on DVD for its 20th anniversary, updated with a ca-ra-zay ambigram cover and some extra bonus features. A mini-review of the re-release will be up soon.

And while we're all feeling nostalgic, this is kinda cool, check out Siskel & Ebert's original review of the movie here.

Anyway, contest instructions are below, good luck!

P.S. My favorite scene..

BUTTERCUP: You can die too for all I care.
[pushes Westley down a big hill]
WESTLEY (falling): As! You! Wish!
BUTTERCUP: Oh my sweet Westley, what have I done?
[throws herself down the big hill]

P.P.S. As an added bonus, here's a great song inspired by PB quotes:

MP3: "As You Wish" - Aqueduct
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THE INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Tell me your favorite Princess Bride quote, as well as your favorite song first introduced to you by Silly Pipe Dreams.
2. Post your answer by clicking on the 'COMMENTS' link at the bottom of this post. Those without Blogger accounts can always click 'Other' or 'Anonymous' when leaving a comment.
3. In your comment, leave your first name and your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
4. You have until 11:59 pm PT THIS Wednesday, Nov. 28 to leave a comment.
5. On Thursday, Nov. 29, I will pick at random two people from the comments who have left a proper answer, name and email.

THE PRIZE:


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Solidarity

I'm sure most of you have heard about the writers' strike by now. Some of you have kindly emailed asking how this affects me. I appreciate your concern. Yes, my writing partner and I are negatively affected, and yes, the strike totally blows. But we have walked the picket lines, and we will continue to support the strike until the New Media issue is resolved.

For those of you new to the site, a little bit about me. As you might have gathered in my apartment description in the previous post, I'm not completely destitute, but I'm not doing laps in my Scrooge McDuck pool either. My writing partner and I are very, very much in the early stages of our career. We're repped, we have a few credits, we're building up for staffing season, and we're still individually earning a lot of our income through other occupations (you can find me on Sunset and Vine after 1 am). So those reports you hear about this strike being waged by $200K-earning writers are not completely accurate.

I've held off on blogging about the strike because I want to choose my words wisely and present to you a thorough, well-thought out post, chronicling not only the industry-wide effects, but the personal ones too. In the meantime, I highly encourage you to check out the following sites for info:

Deadline Hollywood Daily
United Hollywood
LA Times' Show Tracker
The Artful Writer
Variety's Scribe Vibe
TV Guide's Strike Watch
Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) Explanation Email
Joss Whedon Speaks Out

Also check out these two videos for a quick Strike 101 tutorial:


*note: in above video, they mention dvd residuals. this was actually taken off the table by the WGA and yet the AMPTP still walked away from negotiations.



I'll be posting more about the strike as the days carry on (hopefully not for too long). But for now, Silly Pipe Dreams must "go dark."

Huh?

Well you see, Liz at Glowy Box recently emailed fellow TV bloggers to discuss what blogs can do to support the cause. Many ideas were bounced back and forth, and some of those will be carried out, but as the first step in an ongoing campaign, us bloggers decided to not post for a day. The TV Week story's already been linked on Drudge Report, Deadline Hollywood Daily, and Defamer.

Now, you may be asking, "Sonny Lee, how is this any different than the 5 other days a week you don't post?" Astute observation, imaginary reader. One that I don't appreciate you bringing up. But you're right, me not blogging for a day really doesn't mean much. And in the grand scheme of things, 20 other bloggers shutting off their laptops for a day doesn't do much either. But it's merely a symbol. That there are many online and offline who support the cause. And it's a starting point for a much larger dialogue between bloggers and fans on how to get "Big Media's" attention. If bloggers and fans can unite to save Jericho, then surely, they can take action for the sake of every scripted piece of entertainment in television and film. Not to mention the jobs and homes of many assistants and production crew. But more on that later...

Anyway, below is the official TV blogger "community" post...

MP3: "Rebellion (Lies)" - Arcade Fire
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TV Blogs Go Dark in Solidarity with the Writers Guild of America

On November 13th, this blog and the blogs listed below will be on strike for the day in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America. As fellow writers and as TV fans, we are coming together to express our strong support for the writers and their goals. We believe that when a writer's work makes money for a company, that writer deserves to be paid.

Many writers depend on residuals for a stable income, and that income shouldn't be based on an outdated formula which ignores the existence of new media and all but a tiny percentage of DVD sales. The talented writers responsible for so much of what we love about television should and must be paid fairly and equitably, and we will stand with them until they reach that goal. For everyone's sake, and for the sake of television, we hope both sides can come to an agreement quickly.

To further that goal, we are calling on our readers to sign this petition and to contact the following television networks, voicing support for the writers and for a return to the negotiating table:

ABC
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
(818) 460-7777

FOX
10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 369-1000

CBS
7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 575-2345

NBC / Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000

After the blackout, we intend to continue our campaign to support the WGA until the dispute has been resolved fairly. Since we will not be posting any new content on the 13th, we encourage our readers to visit United Hollywood instead for frequent updates about the strike.

In solidarity-

The CineManiac
Daemon’s TV
Ducky Does TV
Gabby Babble
Give Me My Remote
Glowy Box
I am a TV Junkie
The Media Pundit
Mikey Likes TV
Pass the Remote
The Pie Maker
Ramblings of a TV Whore
Seriously? OMG! WTF?
Silly Pipe Dreams
Tapeworthy
Televisionary
TiFaux
Tube Talk
The TV Addict
TV Series Finale
Watch with Intelligence

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?

UPDATE: I just talked to the shelter. They were able to find Cutie's owner today, and she is picking her up this afternoon! Apparently, Cutie managed to escape from their yard earlier this week.

Thanks to all of you who forwarded this along to friends and family, and a very big thank you to Barbara, who offered to take Cutie in. The power of the internet... which is the main issue of the next cause I'll be posting about: the strike.

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**DISCLAIMER: I am totally about to pull an Ellen on all of you.**

I haven't felt much real emotion in quite a while. Not since Felicity Season Two if I remember correctly.

Well this beagle to my right changed all that.

Tonight I came home and parked next to my apartment complex. A little background. I live not in the worst of neighborhoods, but definitely not the nicest. Some friends have swung by and said they liked the place, others have asked if they should get their tetanus shot first. The cul de sac next to my apartment is a bit shady. Drug deals happen on occasion (Sonny's gotta make money somehow). My backyard is the 405. Friends often call to ask if I can look out my window and update them on traffic. To which the answer is always, "Don't even bother." (Seriously, it's neverending here.)

Anyway, I tell you this so you can imagine the setting in which this beagle came up to me, starving and caked in mud/poop, kind of hard to discern the two. There are no yards around, just cars whizzing by in the background.

I'll call this beagle "Cutie" since that's what she seemed to respond to, and also because it rhymes with her last name, "Patooty." So Cutie Patooty walked right up to me and I knelt down to pet her and was immediately thrown back by her awful stench. She smelled like she was just born from an asshole. Like she had literally stayed in an ass for nine months, growing and feeding, and decided to come out with all the surrounding entrails. So she was dirty, got it? OK.

She seemed to be begging for food. I know this because she audibly said so. She kept mumbling something about KFC.

Dirty, starving, it was like running into the canine Lindsay Lohan. Clearly, she'd been out and about for a while. Cutie, not Lindsay. But if you had to call only one of these two a bitch, it certainly wouldn't be Cutie. She was the nicest, dare I say, cutest dog in the world. Mild mannered and quiet, she seemed tired and out of it, so I led her around the cul de sac to see if anyone had lost her. No one was around. So I figured I at least had to clean her.

My building doesn't allow dogs, so I picked her up and snuck her into my apartment. Gave her a bath, which she actually seemed to enjoy. Gave her what little food I had in my kitchen (Trader Joe's chicken egg rolls). And gave her a few stuffed toys to play with (not really sure why I had stuffed toys in my closet).

After all of this, Cutie started to pour on the charm. She'd just follow me around and nuzzle up next to my leg. I don't even have a comfortable leg, it's very boney. All she wanted was human touch. And with this, we shared something very much in common.

I didn't know what to do, so I started calling the local shelters. No one picked up, all closed. My friend, Chris, graciously came over and we decided to at least check out a shelter nearby that was listed as closed. There were two people working there, and they kindly let us in. They took the dog and examined her. I started asking questions, and somehow in a flurry of action, the next thing I knew, Cutie was locked away in what looked like maximum security prison.

Don't get me wrong, the shelter and those two workers seemed nice, and I'm sure they're taking great care of her, but it was incredibly depressing watching Cutie being taken away. My friend Chris can confirm that when they took her, she would not budge from my leg. They had to drag her off to the holding cells. Pretty sure my facial expression matched the one I had when I first watched Bambi lose his mother.

Now, I have the option as the "source" to adopt her within the next 48 hours, and I only have to pay $10 for all the fees. However, I cannot. Again, my apartment is small and horrible, and even if it wasn't, my building doesn't allow pets.

Which is why I turn to all of you LA-based readers. If you know of a good person, or you yourself are a good person, who wants to adopt Cutie, then please let me know.

Mr. Vick, please stop emailing me.

They hold the dog for 10 business days to see if the owner comes to claim her, but the request to adopt can be put in now, so that in the very likely case that the owner doesn't, the dog goes to you.

If you let me know in the next 48 hours, I can go and get Cutie for the "source" rate of $10 and give her to you. [deleted to avoid another DeGeneres debaucle] [I've confirmed with them that there would be no Ellen situation if I give the dog to someone else]

You can go to this website and request to adopt her yourself for $86-91.

Either way, Cutie is the best dog I've ever met. Beagles are know to be dogs with the least amount of health problems. All they want to do is sniff, hang out with a yellow bird and solve a crime or two (I think she might be part-basset hound). The shelter thinks she's about 1 year and 3 months old. She weighs about 30 lbs.

She never barked once while I was with her. She ate her eggrolls with chopsticks. And she made my bed after she peed in it. This is usually how my dates go. But unlike those dates, Cutie actually made me feel warm inside. (pausing for you to finish rolling your eyes) So, if you live in LA, please ask around and holler. I'd really like her to end up in a good home, and maybe I could even come visit once in a while?



MP3: "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?" - Ryan Adams
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