Deathly Hallow Release Date

According to J.K. Rowling’s site, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be release on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 12:01 AM in the UK and the U.S. as well as other English speaking countries. On the weekend of July 21, 2007, I predict that I won’t see Audrey except for meals as she secludes herself in a dark chamber to read the entire book before she goes back to work on Monday.

If you haven’t checked out the site before, it’s actually a lot of fun. I’ve linked to the text only version because you can’t really link into the flash components of the site. I especially like the Rubbish Bin and the Rumors section where Rowlings dispels much of the crap out there about her and Harry.

Bigot Rehab?

I know it’s old news at this point, but if I’m going rail against Michael Richards for his judicious use of the KKK-friendly word “nigger” instead of the rapper-friendly word “nigga,” I’ve got to give some time to Isaiah Washington and his use of the word “faggot.”

Isaiah Washington allegedly referred to Grey’s Anatomy co-star T.R. Knight a “faggot” within ear shot. At the Golden Globes, Washington responded to the allegations:

T.R. Knight responded to Washington’s statement on Ellen’s show:

Washington finally owned up to the allegations admitting that he had some issues to work out and was entering rehab. There’s bigot rehab now? When did this shit happen. Apparently, he’s much better now and ready to join the rest of us.

I don’t care that Isaiah Washington hates gay people. I don’t care that Michael Richards hates black people. No amount of rehab will change the way you feel about someone unless you want to change the way you feel. Be all homophobic or racist all you want. But do it on your own time in your own damn home.

I do care when that homophobia or racism affects other people. It’s the actions that these people take that infuriates me. Does calling someone a “faggot” rise to the level of a hate crime? I wouldn’t go that far. But in any working environment, you should feel safe to be yourself. Clearly, Knight is uncomfortable working with Washington which will affect the show in a bad way (not that I give two shits about Grey’s Anatomy).

There’s another side to consider in all of this. Words are just words. You can choose how you react to hateful words. If you choose to let them have power over you, words like “nigger” or “faggot” will always hurt you. They will control an aspect of your life. If you choose to exert your power over words, words can never control you. I’ve been called “Cchink” and “Jap” before and it used to really bother me. I felt angry that someone would see me as anything other than who I am. But getting angry gives these words power over me and I am no longer willing to let anyone or anything control me. So call me anything you want. I know who I am and that’s good enough to me.

In the end, I think that both Isaiah Washington and Michael Richards are incredibly stupid for the words they used. I think both of them are suffering the consequences for those actions. I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy anyway so I couldn’t care less if Washington got fired. You slur someone’s sexuality or ethnicity in an office and you’d probably get fired. Either way, I couldn’t care less about him. I do hope that T.R. Knight will rise above this and not let slurs hold power over him. Washington doesn’t deserve that kind of power over him and as a black man, he should have damn well known better.

You Klingon Bastards

To quote Chancelor Gorkon, “You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon.”

If you’ve been waiting to impress your girlfriend with your Klingon language skills, you’re in luck! Starting in April, IDW begins publishing Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell in Klingon:

To herald this special event a bit more, the first issue of Star Trek: Klingons: Blood Will Tell will be offered with a unique variant—the issue will be available in a standard edition or in a special 40-page Klingon Language Edition, accompanied by the original script in English to aid translation.

Get your universal translators out! I wonder if it will be in Klingon script. Then you’d have to deal with alien words and writing.

Oh, and if you were confused, it appears that there are Klingons in the White House.

Barbarella Rides Again

Legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis is bringing sexy back with an updated version of his cult classic, Barbarella. This won’t be a remake nor a sequel but a completely new Barbarella with “love, sex, adventure.” Let the speculation begin!

This could go one of two ways, sexploitation or badass chick. The sexploitation route could be interesting in this day and age. Never before has pop culture been so overly sexualized. A sexploitive Barbarella could be seen as the ultimate expression of today’s pop culture gone wild, a defiant expression that sex can be fun and adventurous and empowering.

The badass chick route would lump the Barbarella with Aeon Flux, Ultraviolet, Resident Evil, and a whole host of other movies featuring hot chicks kicking the shit out of everyone. Ever since Ripley strapped on that exo-loader to go one-on-one with that great big evil bitch of an alien, women have been kicking it like Bruce Lee on the big screen. Adding Barbarella to that legacy could be quite fun.

I would like to see how far De Laurentiis will take his new Babs. Will she push the status quo taking sexploitation to its ultimate end? Will she be a indomitable warrior chick cutting a path for sexy and empowered women? Or will this just stink like poopy diapers.

Katie Holmes Doesn’t Return

Though The Dark Knight will return with Christian Bale in tights, Katie Holmes will not. There are rumors that Emily Blunt will replace Holmes as Rachel Dawes, but no official announcement has been made. Though Holmes’s publicist blames the casting change on a scheduling conflict, it’s easy to speculate that Holmes was in fact dropped due to her marriage to bat shit crazy Tom.

I don’t mind a casting change. I didn’t really think that Katie added much to Batman Begins. Hmm… we need a female to soften up Bruce Wayne’s hard edges. Let’s throw in Katie! Meh.

It’s also been confirmed that Harvey Dent will feature in this sequel. I don’t know that they need another villain. The Joker has to be center stage! Any other big bad will seem wasted as an “also ran” next to the Clown Prince of Crime. I hope that Harvey Dent will stay Harvey Dent throughout the sequel. Perhaps a run-in with the Joker will lead to Dent’s transformation into Two Face. That’d be a perfect way to set up a third flick.

Back in Black!

Don’t call it a comeback!

The new site is up and running! As you can see, there are some sections that I’m still working on, most notably the comic section. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that new comics are on the way. Erfworld is still taking too much time for me to work on my own comics. I’m surprised you’re even seeing this new site. But I’ve got some ideas on how to restructure that section so stay tuned.

Thanks for all the kind words and support you all have sent during this down time. I promise to get someone who knows what the hell they’re doing the next time I decide to upgrade something on the site.

So, onward and upward! To infinity and beyond! By Grabthar’s hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged!

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