Alexandra Wexler

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Where Were You When Twitter When Down?

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If you like to tweet, then you are probably aware that Twitter was inaccessible for several hours this morning, due to what the company’s CEO is calling, “…malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter…” He adds that they are currently defending against the attack and will later investigate into this disturbance in the… Read More

Thomas Pynchon Does a Commercial?

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Reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, known for his dislike of the media and publicity, may have just broken out of his shell. According to a post on the Guardian, there’s some blogosphere debate as to whether or not the voiceover in a trailer for Pynchon’s new novel, Inherent Vice, is actually him, or just someone who sounds a lot like his cameo on The Simpsons. Neither Penguin Press nor the producers of the video will confirm whether the voice in the video is him or not, but the move certainly has generated a lot of buzz. And in this economy, that is nothing but a… Read More

NYC Prep: Even Better When It’s Animated?

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If you’ve ever seen or even heard of a reality show on Bravo known as NYC Prep, then you will appreciate this video. Camille’s big head and hairline are spot on. Keli is hysterical (especially when PC slaps her across the face). PC is… himself. Jessie’s characterization is a little mean, but still a riot. Sebastian’s intonations and hair-adjusting are just right, and poor Taylor is just boring, per usual. Make sure to stay tuned for the celebrity cameos at the end.… Read More

August Turns Crucial for Hollywood Blockbusters

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According to an article in the New York Times, film studios usually reserve August for difficult movies that might not do so well if they were released, say, a week after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However, because box office sales are down, some of these tricky August releases are shouldering more weight than anyone- the studios, producers, or directors- expected or hoped. Below, we preview five of August’s biggest releases and rank them according to buzz and box-office potential. There may still be some surprises, a la The Hangover, in store for us this… Read More

Even Millionaire Authors Get the Recession Blues

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Everyone has heard of his novels: Carrie, The Green Mile, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, and so on. Fifty-four of them have been turned into movies too, including the #1 ranked film on IMDb’s Top 250 list, The Shawshank Redemption. According to Forbes, Stephen King made $45M in 2008. This is why we thought it was a little odd when we heard that he was trying to bank some extra buck with his newest novel, Under the Dome.… Read More

Pic of the Day: Iceland’s Lonely Landscapes

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This photograph is part of Friðgeir Helgason’s current art show, Nordic Mood which is up at Gallery Skart through the end of this month. Nordic Mood takes the viewers journey through Iceland, Helgason’s birthplace and native land, which emphasizes the vastness and loneliness of a place that most of the world knows little… Read More