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Music Video: Teddybears “Cho Cha”

Wait a minute. You mean “Cho Cha” isn’t just a cute story about a boy’s love for his cat? Next you’ll be telling me “Pink Cadillac” ain’t about driving around, neither. Anyway, this is not just a video for a terrific pop song, but also a surprisingly effective, self-contained little horror movie. It’s directed by Ryan Gosling’s buddy Zach Shields (together, they’re a band called Dead Man’s Bones) and, unsettlingly, stars noted Tiffany superfan Jeff Turner, who was a target of a restraining order on behalf of the 1980s pop star when she was 16 years old. Heh.

Trailer: A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas

Not afraid to admit that the arrival of this trailer was the highlight of my day. I LOL’d. After the boondoggle that was Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, series creators Hurwitz and Schlossberg have hired an actual director this time — Todd Strauss-Schulson. His IMDb resume says nothing to me, but I’m hoping he can direct the heck out of this thing. (Also, the MPAA will slap a green-band header around any old movie preview these days, won’t it?)

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How desperate does Hollywood have to be to vandalize its own movies?. According to the usually reliable projectionist crowd over at Film-Tech.com, Deluxe sent out film prints of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that had the audio tracks deliberately fucked up as part of some monumentally misguided plan to catch pirates down the line by tracing the audio glitches in their pirated recordings. (The audio tracks of bootlegged movies are often of much higher quality than the video, since pirates have figured out how to tap directly into theatrical sound systems.) The mob at boingboing reports what seems like a high occurrence of anecdotes about screenings of the film where the soundtrack fell back to analog — or dropped out entirely. If this is true, it’s a massive “fuck you” to moviegoers, much worse than those annoying orange dots that serve the same supposed anti-piracy function. My local theaters have a hard enough time maintaining the integrity of picture and sound without the distributors making their lives even more difficult. Just unbelievable. (Via Movie City News.)

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