Posts Tagged ‘Dee Lockett’

Slashfilm, otherwise known as /Film, is the kind of blog film geeks like me die for.  Back in 2005 the blog was launched by film critic Peter Sciretta, and in the six years since its inception /Film has become one of the blogosphere’s largest film communities. Run by Sciretta and a team of four or five contributing writers, it’s heaven for both the casual moviegoer as well as the more serious film connoisseur.

/Film is the go-to for industry news, trailer premieres, film reviews, interviews, information on special deals and random finds from the web–something I tend to geek out over. Over the years, the blog has expanded to cover topics that extend beyond the film universe, including television and the occasional tidbit on celebrity gossip. The blog has also added its weekly podcast series /FilmCast, which has featured interviews with and commentary from big names like directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”) and Rian Johnson (“Brick”).

As a frequent /Film visitor, I have found it to be a great forum for discussion with other film geeks like myself. It’s one of the few blogs where I find the comments section equally as intriguing as the actual content of the posts. I would especially recommend browsing the comments of anything having to do with comic books.

-Dee Lockett

Since the release of the teaser trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the long-awaited sequel to “The Dark Knight,” there has been little news on the film. Aside from photos snapped by both paparazzi and nosey fans as well as the odd rumor, it’s been fairly quiet on “TDKR” front. However, a bombshell has just been dropped which will leave fans salivating for the film’s July 20 release date.

In an interview with Empire magazine, “TDKR” director Christopher Nolan made two stunning revelations. The first is there will be a prologue to the film! For some, this may come as a bit of a surprise, but for the more devoted fans, this is actually fairly expected. Rewind to the release of “TDK” and you might remember that the opening bank robbery scene of the film was pre-screened in IMAX attached to “I Am Legend.”

Back then, it was our first look at Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of The Joker. Now, Chris Nolan has confirmed that on December 21, fans will get their first look at Tom Hardy’s portrayal of Batman’s latest villain, Bane, in the film’s opening sequence. It will be playing in select IMAX theaters.


While technically Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care” isn’t set for release until tomorrow, the album leaked in its entirety last week. Hidden amidst all the self-loathing and The Weeknd features is this peculiar track. For the title track, Drake teamed up with his favorite fuck buddy and unrequited love, Rihanna, for a cover of the late, great Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You.”

If you’re wondering where the inspiration for this electro-synth infused track came from, look no further than Jamie xx. Over the last two years, Jamie xx of the British band the xx has made a name for himself as a producer remixing both popular and obscure songs. He has gained particular notoriety for his remixes of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album “I’m New Here.”

Interestingly, Rihanna’s latest effort “Talk That Talk,” which also leaked over the weekend, contains a track called “Drunk On Love” featuring a sample of the xx’s “Intro.” I’m sensing a trend.

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Just a man, his camera and his city.

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We’re midway through the fall season with winter right around the corner, and there is no better soundtrack for this particular time of year than Bon Iver. This exquisite track can be found on Bon Iver’s sophomore self-titled album, which is guaranteed to land on a number of “Album of the Year” lists.

This is a live performance of “Towers” from Bon Iver’s recent appearance on British television show “Later… With Jools Holland.” If you thought the recorded version of the song was gorgeous, prepare to be blown away.

-Dee Lockett

While perusing the Interwebz this week, I just happened to stumble across this little gem. Now, it’s common knowledge that Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook,” “Drive,”) is the perfect man. He’s intelligent, handsome and well-dressed–every woman’s fantasy. But did you also know Ryan Gosling is a feminist?!

Well, neither does he, really. As you might imagine, this blog isn’t actually run by Gosling himself, but rather by a University of Wisconsin gender studies grad student named Danielle. She initially started the blog as a means to remember the theorists she’s currently studying, but the blog has since taken off. And understandably so, considering it’s hilarious and much more creative than flash cards.

Inspired by the popular Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling Tumblr “Hey Girl” salutation, Danielle has created a blog where you can brush up on your feminist theory while admiring various photos of Ryan Gosling’s face. Ladies and gay gentlemen, this one’s for you.

-Dee Lockett

In a news conference held in London today, author J.K. Rowling of “Harry Potter” fame announced the launch of a site called Pottermore. Many fanatics, myself included, were hoping this would be yet another installment in the Potter franchise.  In a way, it is. Pottermore is the latest initiative for the e-book revolution, marketed at what Rowling refers to as “the digital generation.”

This announcement has been a long time coming, as the demand for an electronic version of the best-selling “Harry Potter” series has only grown with the popularization of devices like the Kindle and the Nook. Rowling has been reluctant in the past to make such a move for fear of piracy, but this is a site that further establishes “Harry Potter” as a brand.


Ayo! My name is Dee Lockett and I am happy to be joining the Jerk staff this year as Blog Editor. I have been Jerking for quite some time now, having been both a SCOOP and WATCH blogger for the past two semesters. I am incredibly excited for what the Jerk blog has in store for our readers both over the summer and next semester! Now, here are some fun facts about me.

Name: Dee Lockett

Hometown: Hackensack, NJ

Year: Senior

Major: Communications & Rhetorical Studies/English & Textual Studies

In addition to being Blog Editor, I will also continue blogging on occasion for all of our various beats! You can follow me on Twitter @sheisarebel (Disclaimer: I talk about baseball just a lil’ bit). Also, follow me on Tumblr: (Feel free to creep too if you’re not on Tumblr). It’s gonna be a great year, so stay tuned!

Lack of minority representation in the media is no secret at this point. It has been a serious issue for decades, but CNN has somehow managed to be at the forefront of diverse programming over the years. That is, until now. Following their coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, the network has seen its minority demographic, specifically African-American and Hispanic viewers, flock to competitor MSNBC seemingly in droves.

There is no doubt in my mind that this dramatic decrease in minority viewership has everything to do with former CNN anchors, Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck, and current anchor Jack Cafferty whose racist, nationalist undertones continuously marginalize minority viewers. Now that two of these anchors are gone, the network is desperate to win back their minority demographic in time for next year’s election. (more…)

If rumors are to be believed, then Matt Lauer is a classic example of a douchebag. Just one day after co-host Meredith Vieira announced that she is seriously considering leaving The Today Show once her contract is up, a report surfaced saying that Lauer would also be departing the show at the end of his contract in Dec. 2012.

During his tenure with the show, the anchor’s name has become synonymous with The Today Show name, giving him a significant amount of power within NBC News. TMZ is now reporting that Lauer is using that control to its highest advantage. Contrary to early reports, Lauer is not looking to leave The Today Show at all.

Instead, the rumors of his departure were planted as a seed designed to get into the minds of NBC executives and pressure them into giving him a raise upon renewal of his contract. Lauer currently receives $17 million/year, but is looking to ask for up to $25 million/year.

Clearly, having been in the business for 15 years has taught Lauer a thing or two about the rules of the game. He is certainly looking to make bank on the fame and success that The Today Show has given him over the years.

Photo Credit: Entertainment Weekly

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