Much time will be lost today due to the latest Google Doodle. The website's homepage honors the psychologist Herman Rorschach with a collection of inkblot tests for people to click through. And man oh man do people like to take tests that reveal things about their personality... especially when they involve pictures. Rorschach, who would have celebrated his 129th birthday today, brought the projective test to the forefront of psychology believing that it would enable his patients to subliminally tell him things about themselves, or rather things that they were not willing to reveal up front.
With the assistance of Google's very own inkblot cards (some of which are quite silly), I've decided to analyze some of our writers' responses to the pictures... how hard could it be? (It should be noted that I'm not a doctor, and I have no clue what I'm doing when it comes to psychology.)
Here goes nothing:
"A skull, maybe." - Jordan"Panda face." - Julia"Dog." - Alexa"The hands of God puppeteering a circle of ravens as they periodically kill one another off." - Michael"Cannot figure this out." - Kayla
Analysis: Michael has a creepy imagination, and I don't feel comfortable sitting across the desk from him anymore. Everyone else is normal... for now. (Although I'll be keeping an eye on Jordan to see if this skull thing escalates.)
"Two chicken drumsticks." - Jordan"Like someone cried into their pillow without taking their eyeliner off." - Julia"Smoke or dogs looking at each other." - Alexa"Two storm clouds approaching one another slowly, carting doom with every step." - Michael"Two broccoli? I don't know." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan and Kayla are hungry, Julia's been watching too many rom-coms, and Alexa thinks dogs and clouds of smoke are the same thing. Oh, and Michael's soul is still dark.
"Two T-rexes about to get some unicycling in before work." - Jordan"DINOSAURS ON YOGA BALLS." - Julia"Dinosaurs riding unicycles." - Alexa"The face of a sloth with two dinosaurs springing from each ostentatiously stylized eyebrow." - Michael"Dinos on unicycles." - Kayla
Analysis: Everyone is wrong. It's obviously two dinosaurs laughing while playing soccer. And Michael is just making stuff up now.
"Like a fancy corset from 19th century France or something." - Jordan"Praying mantis face." - Julia"Angry wolf." - Alexa"A gigantic, godly seal with tremendous forearms meditating as it guards the egg of a penguin, with fish praying at its feed." - Michael"Black cow." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan should start watching The CW's Reign since he likes corsets so much, and Michael is most definitely living in some sort of fantasy world. Julia, Alexa, and Kayla never had pets when they were growing up, and now all they see when they look at this picture is the animal that they wish they could have had.
"This is weird, but the first thing that came to my mind was a stretched out piece of dried skin. I think I'm a serial killer, you guys." - Jordan"That's just a giant smudge. That looks like nothing." - Julia"Bat." - Alexa"A tiny crab driving a steamroller." - Michael"This looks like nothing. This looks like a skin rug." - Kayla
Analysis: Jordan is most definitely a serial killer, and Kayla is possibly his protegee in training.
"Two gnomes."- Jordan"Gnomes holding hands." - Julia"Elves holding hands? Lol." - Alexa"Uh, two gnomes holding hands." - Michael"Dwarves shaking hands." - Kayla
Analysis: Kayla and Alexa need to figure out what gnomes are.
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The funnyman and long-time host has revealed the British actor was his most unpleasant guest - and he will not be inviting him back.
He made the announcement during an interview with fellow comedian Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey last week (ends07Dec12), after opening up about his 2009 encounter with Grant, who was booked on the show to promote his film Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Stewart recalled, "He's giving everyone s**t the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a**."
The comedian was particularly upset when the movie star criticised the movie clip Stewart showed as the actor walked out onstage in the studio.
Stewart added, "(He said), 'What is that clip? It's a terrible clip'. Well, then make a better f**king movie."
The comic then told Colbert he would "never" have Grant back on his show.
Hearing he'd been banned from The Daily Show, Grant attempted to make amends via Twitter.com, writing, "Turns out my inner crab got the better of me with TV producer in 09. Unforgivable. J Stewart correct to give me kicking."
Agent 007, the thinking man's action hero, is always at his best when he has an equally accomplished woman at his side. You see, a great Bond Girl is never just eye candy. She's the whole package.
Sure, she's probably easy on the eyes, but without brains and a personality to match she'd just be a Bland Girl (see: Maryam d'Abo's Kara Milovi in The Living Daylights). And by "personality," we don't mean she has to be one of the good guys. Fiona Volpe, May Day, Xenia Onatopp, and Elektra King—villains all—are as dynamic, resourceful and colorful as some of Bond's more benign female companions. Here are our picks for the 20 Best and Worst Bond Girls in the fifty years since Ursula Andress' Honey Ryder first emerged from the Crab Key surf.
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As with seemingly every other tentpole release to hit the multiplex this summer the action thriller Cowboys & Aliens is based on a comic book – albeit a lesser-known one. It’s directed by Jon Favreau whose previous comic-book adaptations Iron Man and Iron Man 2 proved how much better those films can be when they’re grounded in character. Unfortunately his latest effort is grounded not in character but a hook an alt-history scenario best expressed in the language of the average twelve-year-old: “Like wouldn’t it be awesome if like a bunch of 1870s cowboys had to fight a bunch of crazy aliens with exoskeletons and spaceships and super-advanced weapons?”
Like perhaps. The hook was compelling enough to get someone to pony up a reported $160 million to find out and the result is a film in which the western and science-fiction genres don’t so much blend as violently collide. After the wreckage is cleared both emerge worse for wear.
Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan a stranger who awakens in the New Mexico Territory with a case of amnesia a wound in his side and a strange contraption strapped to his wrist. After dispatching a trio of bandits with Bourne-like efficiency he rides to the nearby town of Absolution where he stumbles on what appears to be an elaborate Western Iconography exhibit presented by the local historical preservation society. There’s the well-meaning town Sheriff Taggart (Keith Carradine) struggling to enforce order amidst lawlessness; the greedy rancher Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) who really runs things; his debaucherous cowardly son Percy (Paul Dano); the timid saloonkeeper Doc (Sam Rockwell) who’s going to stand up for himself one of these days; the humble preacher Meacham (Clancy Brown) dispensing homespun spiritual advice; et al.
Jake of course has his own part to play – the fugitive train-robber – as we discover when his face shows up on a wanted poster and a sneering Dolarhyde fingers him for the theft of his gold. The only character who doesn’t quite conform to type is Ella (Olivia Wilde) who as neither a prostitute nor some man’s wife – the traditional female occupations in westerns – immediately arouses suspicion.
Jake is arrested and ordered to stand trial in Federal court but before he can be shipped off a squadron of alien planes appears in the sky besieging Absolution and making off with several of its terrified citizenry. In the course of the melee Jake’s wrist contraption wherever it came from reveals itself to be quite useful in defense against the alien invaders. Thrown by circumstances into an uneasy alliance with Dolarhyde he helps organize a posse to counter the otherworldly threat – and bring back the abductees if possible.
Cowboys & Aliens has many of the ingredients of a solid summer blockbuster but none in sufficient amounts to rate in a summer season crowded with bigger-budget (and better-crafted) spectacle. For a film with five credited screenwriters Cowboys & Aliens’ script is sorely lacking for verve or imagination. And what happened to the Favreau of Iron Man? The playful cheekiness that made those films so much fun is all but absent in this film which takes itself much more seriously than any film called Cowboys & Aliens has a right to. Dude you’ve got men on horses with six-shooters battling laser-powered alien crab people. Lighten up.
Craig certainly looks the part of the western anti-hero – his only rival in the area of rugged handsomeness is Viggo Mortensen – but his character is reduced to little more than an angry glare. And Wilde the poor girl is burdened with loads of clunky exposition. The two show promising glimpses of a romantic spark but their relationship remains woefully underdeveloped. Faring far better is Ford who gets not only the bulk of the film’s choicest lines but also its only touching subplot in which his character’s adopted Indian son played by Adam Beach quietly coaxes the humanity out of the grizzled old man.
Going to Catalina for the day to talk to The Little Mermaid herself isn’t a bad gig if you can get it. Attending the DVD premiere of The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning on the island resort, just off the Long Beach, Ca. coastline, I feel rather swept up in the environ.
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Fairly untouched by commercialism, Catalina is the perfect atmosphere for the delightful prequel to the enchanting Little Mermaid story, in which we meet Ariel long before she becomes a land lubber with her Prince Eric. Her underwater life is disrupted when her mother unexpectedly dies and her father, King Triton, so distraught, bans music from Atlantica forever.
The real treat is speaking with singer/actress Jodi Benson, who has given voice to the iconic mermaid princess from the very beginning, as well as Samuel Wright, who voices the original Sebastian, loyal servant crab to King Triton.
“It’s been life changing for me and my family,” Benson tells me. “It’s truly a gift from God, straight from Heaven and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this fantastic character. I’m proud of [Ariel] and very protective of her. She’s in my blood.”
Is there something about Ariel we might not know? “You know everything about her because she wears her heart on her sleeve,” Benson explains. “She’s innocent, she’s pure, she’s loving. She is true to herself. She’s honest and passionate about her music and her family. And there’s nothing new you are going to find out about her in Ariel’s Beginning because she bares it all.”
There is one thing about Sebastian you might not know: He has 8,000 brothers and sisters, Wright informs me. “He’s a crab. They are everywhere!”
For both Benson and Wright, The Little Mermaid and all that it represents goes beyond just the glitz of it all. “I just got a call on my voicemail yesterday asking if I’d come see a child dying of a brain tumor,” Benson says. “Her entire room is decorated in Ariel and she wanted to see Ariel before she goes to Heaven. I mean, as hard as that is, you have to do it. It’s beyond all this, the red carpet and stuff. It’s great but it’s really about these kids and how it makes an impact on these kids.”
Judging by the children attending the screening, Jodi Benson is right. Every young face I see is grinning from ear to ear. And oh, if you want to know a very small tidbit about the upcoming Toy Story 3, Jodi Bensons leaks out her Barbie will now have her own Ken, voiced by Michael Keaton. Say what?
“Michael Keaton plays my Ken, yeah. But I can’t tell you anything else. I would have to be dead! Truly, I cannot tell you. But I have to say it’s a pretty dang good script.”
Actor Michael Rappaport walked away with more than a flop movie when he made Metro with Eddie Murphy in 1997--he also caught crabs.
The actor was stunned when he discovered the unwanted companions on his genitals--because he hadn't slept with anybody during filming.
He says, "It was one of the first relationships in my life where I was trying not to f**k around. I was so nervous that the girl thought I was gonna cheat and I hadn't cheated.
"I called my friend and I said, 'I got f**king crabs!' And he was like, 'How?
Did you f**k around?' I was like, 'I swear to God I didn't, but I was in this
hotel.' You can get 'em from sheets.
"You know like sometimes you're touching yourself and you're naked? (I wasn't) masturbating, but I was laying there just kind of watching TV... and I'm like scratching myself and I look down and there's like a f**kin' crab. I
remember thinking, 'That's why they call 'em crabs!' They're really f**kin' crabs!'"
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Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson is a married woman, after quietly tying the knot with her filmmaker boyfriend Julian Ozanne in Africa.
The couple exchanged vows on December 29 on Lamu's Shella Island, off Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.
Anderson, 36, and Ozanne, 42, were married in a civil ceremony by the local district officer and their union was blessed by a Kenyan priest, reports People
The event was attended only by Anderson's immediate family--who had flown over from the United States--and a handful of close friends in the gardens of London socialite Kate Barker's Moroccan-style beach house. A Kenyan choir sang hymns
in Swahili, and the bridesmaid was Gillian's 10-year-old daughter, Piper, from her previous marriage to movie art director Clyde Klotz.
After the ceremony, the couple hosted a dinner of fresh lobsters, crab, and king-size prawns, and fireworks and a fire dancer provided the backdrop.
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Winner of the third annual ABC Theater Award, this maiden TV play by Preston Ransome dramatizes the conflict between two brothers, Barry Newman and Jeffrey DeMunn, over the family seafood business and their father's love.