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  The Popular Word And Name “Spike”  
Posted 2003-06-05 by Tony Walsh
Spike. That means Spike Lee to you, right? Listen, it meant Spike Lee to Ed Norton, Ossie Davis, and Bill Bradley, so you know that's gotta mean something very serious. Spike TV, a renamed cable channel owned by Viacom, is under fire from none other than Mr. Spike Lee for infringing on "his" name. [story]
  Culture Clash:  The Rockin’ Movie Musical  
Posted 2003-06-03 by Tony Walsh
Avril Lavigne's hit ditty "Sk8er Boi" may make its way onto the big screen, depicting the socio-cultural dichotomy of skater and ballerina... I'm sure the flick will be nothing at all like Save the Last Dance.

From sad to Sak's: In case you hadn't already heard, Winona's shoplifting trial has been turned into a musical by some San Diego high school students. [story / link:morag]

Lastly, Top Gun! The Musical opens in Toronto tomorrow. Here's the synopsis of this thankfully satirical epic: "Writer Billy Palmer is about to crash and burn. His musical adaptation of Top Gun is going off the rails and he really needs a hit ... especially after the debacle of Apocalypse Wow!"
  Kilroy’s Still Here  
Posted 2003-06-02 by Tony Walsh
Actor Sean Penn speaks out about his Bagdhad outing, being labelled a traitor, and the need for an educated democracy. Inflammatory, engaging, and insightful.
  Interactive Arena (Toronto):  Game vs. Cinema Space  
Posted 2003-05-29 by Tony Walsh
Game Space vs. Cinema Space is a special presentation of the Toronto-based Interactive Arena Lecture Series.

Next Wednesday night, there will be a screening of "exclusive visuals from computer gaming including unreleased and contemporary introduction movies and cut game-play sequences. Interactive storytelling is becoming a reality and it's on a console near you!" I have news for Michelle Kasprzak, the producer of the Interactive Arena: Interactive storytelling existed for eons before computers were even conceived of. Computer-based interactive storytelling has been a reality since at least Zork.

After the screening there will be a doubtless more informative panel discussion featuring:
John Buchanan, Electronic Arts
Robert Magee, Side Effects Software
Doug Masters, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Jim Munroe, No Media Kings

As usual, I have some issues with this presentation's lineup. How about a panel consisting entirely of experts who actually balance on the line between gaming and cinema. Like Toronto's Trapeze Media? Or the trans-national Microids with an office in Montreal? Hey, at least tickets are only eight bucks. Details follow...

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Posted 2003-05-21 by Tony Walsh
I have always admired LiveJournal for its unnaturally viral broadcasting abilities. LiveJournal is an open-source blogging community that fosters interconnected "friendships" between bloggers-- which means one link from LiveJournal can get echoed across an endless number of pages.

LiveJournal even has the ability to pull in XML feeds, so yesterday I decided to take the plunge and do a little experiment. was added to the LiveJournal syndication stream yesterday (as the truncated "clickablecultur") and is now featured on my Friends page along with Taluagel, a bloke I know in RL.

By opening an account with the service, I am expanding the opportunity for others to add the ClickableCulture stream as well as raising the profile of the Rat strip by doing weekly LiveJournal updates. I'll try to come up with something a little more nefarious soon...
  Kung Fu Friday (Toronto)  
Posted 2003-05-16 by Tony Walsh

Today is another Kung Fu Friday! Tonight's offering:

Director: Yue Ham Ping
Cast: Wong Yat Lung (aka Huang I-lung), Au Dai, Cheung Hoi Fan, Ma Cheung, Suen Lam, Casanova Wong, Shih Ting Ken
Hong Kong / 1980 / Mandarin with Chinese Subtitles

Check the site for details!
  Review:  The Matrix Reloaded  
Posted 2003-05-15 by Tony Walsh
The Matrix Reloaded plays out like Legend of Zelda with lots of horny women. Neo is The One. All the chicks want to kiss him. He must accomplish some basic missions before getting to the Boss Level and exiting the game: Find this person, rescue that person, get information from this person, kill a million bad guys. It's as simple as that really, just throw in a hell of a lot of special effects. Don't get me wrong, The Matrix Reloaded is very entertaining, and most of the time intentionally. Due to a few terrible lines, goofy wire-work, and some really odd scenes, however, the joke's often on The Matrix.

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  2 New Categories- Input Requested  
Posted 2003-05-14 by Tony Walsh
I'm considering adding two new categories to Clickable Culture. This might involve splitting one or more of the existing categories (which would be 2+ new categories). I'm still trying to keep things minimal, and I only have 10 slots available.

I think Digital, Games, Tech+Sci, and Weird are all pretty solid categories. The weaker ones are World, Arts, and Life. World sort of covers international news as well as eco/environment stuff. Arts seems pretty catch-all, and covers everything from home-brew comics to The Dixie Chicks (hah!). Life is another catch-all, covering politics to business, to Big Media, to personal stuff.

If you've got a suggestion, leave it in the Comments section, please. Thanks!
  Hubbub:  Avant Variety Show (Toronto)  
Posted 2003-04-22 by Tony Walsh
The Power Plant gallery presents "Hubbub," an art and ideas show at the Rivoli hosted by Terence Dick. Next Tuesday, guests include "multidisciplinary artists Fastw�rms discussing witches, magic and art; paranormal researcher Patrick Cross with a slide show of his ghost photography; and filmmaker Robert Kennedy screening footage of an actual UFO sighting as we consider the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Samuel Andreyev provides musical accompaniment on the theremin and mysterious art collective Forcefield supplies videos."

Free Admission
Tuesday, April 22, 8:30 pm (Doors open at 8:00 pm)
@ The Rivoli 334 Queen St. West, Toronto
(416) 973-4949 for info.
  Kung Fu Fridays (Toronto)  
Posted 2003-04-17 by Tony Walsh
Ultra8 Presents...

"It's Eagle's Claw versus Eagle's Fist in a fight to the death!"
Director: William Cheung Kei
Cast: John Cheung Ng Long, Hwang Jang Lee, Cheng Hong Yip, Fan Mei Sheng,
Gam Pooi Ling, Chiang Kam
Mandarin with English Subtitles / Hong Kong / 90 minutes

"Poor orphan Chou-Tai. All he wants is a teacher to educate him in the ways of kung fu. He thinks he's found himself a master when he meets Lo Hsin (Korean super-kicker Hwang Jang Lee, the baddie in Jackie Chan's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow), but Lo turns out to be a killer for hire who tricks Chou-Tai and sells him to a slavery ring!"

Showing Friday April 18 at the Royal Cinema (608 College Street, 4 1/2 blocks west of Bathurst Street, between Clinton Street and Grace Street. Box Office opens 30 minutes before showtime. Price is $6 for Members, $8 without membership card.)
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