August 14th, 2009

MfU - Duo

Unexpected!Man from U.N.C.L.E. is unexpected

The prize in tonight’s round of Spot the Actor at the Film Forum’s Brit Noir series: Leo G. Carroll (A.K.A. Alexander Waverly, the boss of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), whose hound-dog features were nearly unrecognizable behind the massive mustache he sported as a confidential inquiries agent in So Evil My Love (1948), another Victorian potboiler about passion and poison.

The other movie on the bill was The Brothers (1947). It’s about the Macraes and the bonnie lass who was their doom, and it teaches an important lesson: when a mob turns up at your croft on the Isle of Skye inquiring after your younger brother and your maidservant, both missing these past two days, do not respond with “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Especially if you were the clever dick who came up with an execution method involving rope, cork floats, a hat with a fish tied on top, and the local seagulls.

Dear pro SF writers: knock it off with the homophobia

Following in the footsteps of Orson Scott Card, another writer, johncwright, has had an online meltdown over teh gheys (oh noez!):
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He has since more or less deleted the original LJ entry, posted some apologetic follow-ups, and disabled comments. You can read some more quotes at Journalfen.

ETA: Aha! Screengrab of the original post available here, thanks to bikinisquad3000.

I find this highly ironic, since he is apparently married to Stephen “I don’t see race” Colbert. Just kidding, the link really leads to the journal of L. Jagi Lamplighter, or Mrs. John C. Wright (as Mister Wright refers to his spouse on his LJ), though by her own admission she shares Mr. Colbert’s views on race, i.e., lalala I don’t seeeeee iiiiiiiit.

* Context: GLAAD gave SyFy an F grade for inclusion and representation of GLBTQ characters in its programming. A representative for the channel responded with a statement pointing out that Caprica and Stargate Universe will both feature gay characters.