UPDATE: An Illinois Republican Party spokesman called to find out what happened with the Daily Herald reporters at the Cross/Watson/AT&T reception. He's checking into the situation and what can be done. Having been to several of these convention events, I'm guessing there was miscommunication between the people handling the door, the hosts, the honorees and so on.
Last week in Denver, Gov. Rod Blagojevich threw a private reception for Tammy Duckworth that essentially turned into a trial run for her convention speech the following night. Although the event was hosted by Friends of Blagojevich (his campaign fund) and the governor is known for being a bit reclusive from time to time, reporters were allowed in.
No fuss, no muss.
Metallica's "Death Magnetic" has leaked in its entirety to the Internet, but I'm going to wait to weigh in with a full opinion until next week, when I can hear the CD destroy the speakers in my apartment. So far, what I've heard has been very, very encouraging, my issues with "My Apocalypse" notwithstanding. I think everyone's going to flip for the first song on the record.
In legal Metallica release news, the studio track of "Cyanide" has been posted to the Web by the band themselves:
Unlike many of my nerdly brethren, I don't get all bent out of shape over Hollywood remakes.
Inexplicably, even the most dubious of properties suddenly becomes a holy relic when Hollywood dares to do it again. Most remakes are of disposable horror films ("The Fog," "When a Stranger Calls," "House of Wax") and the generation of people who were scared by those movies when they were teenagers suddenly elevates the originals to classic status, as if a gory slasher flick was "Citizen Maim." No one complains when a band covers a classic song by another band, so why should movies be any different?
Outside of the Marlo Thomas TV-movie remake of "It's a Wonderful Life," no one has remade any of my "sacred" flicks -- until now.
Hidden somewhere in this image of convention splendor is the Architect and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. See if you can find them -