Monday 25 October 2010

Linkliste unbehandelter Themen


The UNFPA (United Nations Population Fond) published a report titled "From Conflict to Crisis to Renewal", which focuses on the specific and devastating effects of sexual violence which is used strategically during armed conflicts.

Wikileaks published documents about the war in Iraq. Apparently, it is more intriguing to consider its role in journalism ("asymmetric journalism") than what was actually revealed in the documents.



This is old but it fits perfectly because I was meaning to mention my strange fascination with The Weakest Link and the host Anne Robinson (this reminds me of Martin Blumenau's Bonustrack on FM4, which I haven't listened to in ages: you kinda, sorta listen for the crashes.). It started this summer, when repeats of the show on BBC Entertainment matched the half-time breaks of the afternoon games during the World Cup. This is a Doctor Who Special from 2007, featuring, among others, David Tennant, John Barrowman, K-9 and the voice of the Daleks. The winner is somewhat surprising.

The A.V. Club interviewd director Olivier Assayas about Carlos, a movie that is also showing at this year's Vienna Film festival: the long version is a three-parter (and about five hours long). It tells the story of the Venezuelan terrorist from the late 1960s until his arrest. It's extremely well-made - and features dialogue in German, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Hungarian (it's somewhat ironic that a movie which captures the multilingual nature of a globalized existence is about terrorism). The German cast includes Katharina Schüttler, Nora von Waldstätten and Julia Hummer (as Nada, one of the terrorists involved in the 1975 attack on the OPEC building in Vienna, which makes up about one third of the whole movie).

I barely ever talk about Glee, mostly because I find the cast charming, but the writing and character development lacking - but the controversy about a cover shoot three of the stars did for GQ is very interesting. (also tragic, because the “I’d be in a treehouse, in a wild costume, war-paint and I’d be playing with my pet dragon" Dianna Agron proposes instead sounds incredibly awesome compared to what she actually gets to do both in the show and while advertising it.)

Corin Tucker talks about Twilight in an interview. "I was a big fan of those books—I am a big fan of those books. I really related to the voice of Bella." I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

Enver Gjokaj is being considered for Torchwood. It's either his incredible talent, or that guy from that teenie soap one of my friends watches (also, JANE ESPENSON IS GOING TO WRITE FOR THE NEW, AMERICAN SEASON. When fandoms collide indeed.)
"Battlestar Galactica: Blood And Chrome will take place 10 years into the first Cylon war, when the “brash rookie viper pilot” William Adama receives his first assignment aboard the Galactica, and soon the “talented but hot-headed risk-taker” finds himself leading a dangerous secret mission." [The A.V. Club]
This is reassuring in case Caprica doesn't get renewed: instead of getting all the history before Battlestar Galactica in one show, it's split up in at least two.

The fifth (and final) season of Friday Night Lights will start airing next Wednesday. 

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