Jun. 23rd, 2008

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WALL*E Downplays Message

Andrew Stanton, co-writer and director of Disney/Pixar's upcoming animated SF romance WALL*E, told reporters that he didn't set out to make a message movie about environmentalism or the consequences of consumerism.

"I'm not one of those people that comes up with a theme and then writes to it," Stanton said in a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on June 20. "I like to go with sort of natural things that seem to be firing, and then somewhere sort of halfway I realize what the theme is."

The movie, set 800 years in the future, centers on WALL*E, a little trash-compacting robot, who is the last thing on an abandoned, garbage-covered Earth. Humanity fled the ravaged planet centuries earlier in a luxury cruise starship called the Axiom. When a sleek probe robot arrives on Earth to search for signs of life, WALL*E falls head over treads in love and finds himself caught up in an adventure that affects the fate of both robots and humans alike.

"I realized what I was pushing with these two programmed robots was their desire to try and figure out what the point of living was, and it took these really, like, irrational acts of love to sort of discover them against how they were built," Stanton (Finding Nemo) said. "And I said, 'That's it. That's my theme: ... Irrational love defeats life's programming."

The ecological message came as a way to tell that story, Stanton said. "I don't have an ecological message to push," he insisted, adding: "Everything I wanted to do was based on the love story. I wanted the last robot on Earth. ... I have to get everybody off the planet. I have to do it in a way that you get it without any dialogue. You have to be able to get it visually in less than a minute. So trash did that. You look at it, you get it."

And the lazy overfed humans on the Axiom? "Well, then I went backwards from that, and said, 'Well, why would there be too much trash? Well, it'd be really easy for me to get that we all bought too much stuff.' And it'd be really easy to show that without having to have to be explained, and it's kind of fun. It's fun to be satirical like that."

WALL*E--with an original story by Stanton and Pete Docter and a screenplay by Stanton and Jim Reardon--opens June 27. --Patrick Lee, News Editor
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They have a pool.



I dream of working for Pixar. Well, actually, any animation studio. Laika, our local animation studio, will be building a 30,000 foot production studio in Tualatin within the next few years. I interviewed for a job with them once. Oh to work for an animation studio. dream dream dream.
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Comedian George Carlin Has Passed Away
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/firstshowing/~3/317933383/

http://www.firstshowing.net/?p=3479


This is truly a tragic year! Legendary counterculture comedian George Carlin passed away Sunday evening due to heart failure. He was 71 years old. Carlin was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Pryor and was a frequent performer on "The Tonight Show" during Johnny Carson's era. His jokes constantly pushed the accepted boundaries of comedy and language. Although Carlin is known best as a stand-up comedian, he deserves some mention for playing Rufus in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Cardinal Ignatius Glick in Dogma, and a few other characters in various films. He will certainly be remembered alongside of Stan Winston and Sydney Pollack.

"I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." Carlin's impact in the entertainment industry spreads far and wide. Many people, young and old, loved Carlin and his unique style of comedy. Although he didn't appear in an abundance of movies, he will at least be remembered for the few performances he did have. It's truly tragic to have lost so many legendary individuals from the entertainment industry this year. We'll leave you with one of Carlin's quotes. "If someone loves you and they leave and don't come back, it was never meant to be. If someone loves you and they leave and come back, set them on fire."
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More from Slightly Warped



Just one of many images. Holy Egg Basket, Batman!
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This "disturbing kids book" was posted on Slightly Warped. Included at the top was the website author's opinion:

"Incredibly ignorant and the fact that it was written for kids makes it, in my opinion, completely evil."

Why is this ignorant? Obviously (to me at least what with me being a psychology/counseling student), this book was meant for children as a counseling tool. I am betting this wasn't a book readily available in a major bookstore. Everything this book touches on happens in real life. The way it was written, it sounds like it was meant for teens with gay confusion, which happens all the time. Not all gay men are gay because of the circumstances in this book. But it is a very relevant topic and should not be dissed the way the website claims. I am betting this book really helps some teens come to terms with neglect, abuse and sexual confusion. Perhaps the website should have included context instead of making blanket "evil" statements, eh?
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Started Summer session at PSU. My Psychology of Spiritual Development class is going to KICK ASS! I will post a bunch of my class materials here cause as you know, I love sharing things that can expand people's minds.

p.s. new infatuation can be quite distracting when you are trying to read something. Had to reread a passage like 5 times. dang it.

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