R.I.P. RICK ASTLEY (SCAM)

This was a scam! One of the many death hoaxes running round the Internet since the Prince of Plop’s death … fucking CNN … still feeding us bullshit after all these years!

Rick Astley is alive and well (for now) … yay!

Damn! Another icon has passed away … this time it’s 80s pop sensation Rick Astley.

The singer of such 80s chart-topping Stock-Aitken-Waterman-produced hits such as Never Gonna Give You Up, Whenever You Need Somebody and Together Forever was apparently found dead in a room in the Angleterre Hotel in Berlin last night, where he is performing a concert – as reported by CNN’s ireport.

I’m sad! I loved Rick Astley when I was a kid!

CHANEL NO. 5

Don’t know if any of you have seen this … Chanel No. 5 ad directed by one of my favorite directors – Jean-Pierre Jeunet (DelicatessenThe City of Lost Children, Alien ResurrectionAmélie) and starring the always beautiful Audrey Tautou (Le Battement d’Ailes Du PapillonAmélie, The Da Vinci Code)

Delicatessen is one of my all-time favorite movies. I remember going to watch it and coming out of the cinema both blown away and mentally disturbed in equal parts.

In related news (damn I sound like a fucking reporter now) - Audrey Tautou also stars as the legendary designer in the new film Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel) which was released in April in France, but I’ll probably have to wait for it on DVD.

Audrey Tautou directed by Anne Fontaine and costumes by KARL LAGERFELD – did someone say oh la la:

RIP – FARRAH FAWCETT

Farrah Fawcett

Everyone’s been talking/sobbing/waxing lyrical about the King of Pop’s passing and it’s SO ANNOYING! I mean SERIOUSLY - over the past few years, EVERYONE’S been taking the piss out of Wacko Jacko’s craziness/perviness and writing him off as a gone case, but now that he’s dead, everyone suddenly misses the King of Pop.

-_-”

Anyway, I wanna turn your attention to another celebrity, who I think deserves some attention too.

Farrah Fawcett (62) passed away at 9.28AM on June 25, 2009 at St. John’s Health Centre in Santa Monica.

In case you didn’t know (and some of you kids definitely DON’T) – Farrah Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the original Charlie’s Angels TV series in 1976.

Charlie’s Angels was one of my favorite shows when I was growing up as I loved spy shows and this one had 3 sizzling hot hotties in it (which I learned to appreciate from a very young age – teehee)

So R.I.P. in Farrah … you will be missed by many.

GOOD RIDDANCE

Max Mosley - The Biggest Twat In The History of Motorsport.

Fans of Formula 1 will no doubt have heard about the craziness that has been developing over the past few months as the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) has voiced their disapproval over the FIA’s (i.e. Max Mosley’s) 2010 budget cap restrictions for Formula 1.

Things got so bad that the FOTA announced that they were abandoning Formula 1 and going to start a breakaway race series instead. The FIA (i.e. Max Mosley) refused to back down in this situation and it really looked like we were going to see the end of Formula 1 as it is.

That is … until this news broke last night:

Formula 1 pulled back from the brink on Wednesday as rebel teams struck an 11th-hour deal with the FIA to prevent the sport splitting in two.

Following a meeting of the governing body’s World Motor Sport Council in Paris, the Formula One Teams’ Association dropped plans to form a breakaway championship in exchange for concessions from the FIA over cost-cutting and governance.

As part of the deal Max Mosley will stand down as FIA president when his current term of office ends in October – having signalled on Tuesday that he would seek re-election if what he saw as FOTA’s threat to the governing body’s authority persisted.

Mosley has also had to abandon his controversial budget cap scheme, although the manufacturer squads have agreed to deliver major additional cost savings over the next two years and have pledged their commitment to Formula 1 until 2012.

“There will be no split,” said Mosley.

“We have agreed to a reduction of costs.

“There will be one F1 championship but the objective is to get back to early 1990s level of spending within two years.”

Speaking about his own position, Mosley added: “I will not be up for re-election now we have peace.”

F1′s commercial impresario Bernie Ecclestone, who had vowed to do everything in his power to keep the sport intact, declared that he was “very happy common sense has prevailed”.

Source: ITV F1

“Stand down?” You got canned, man! Someone should have fired his ass years ago! Max Mosley has been on an unending ego/power trip since becoming the president of the FIA in 1993 and has been responsible for some of the most stupid rule changes of the past 10 years. I mean, if you can piss off 10 out of 12 teams in Formula 1 to the extent that they would consider going through the trouble of setting up a brand new racing series rather than looking at your face anymore, you must be a pretty big dickhead, no?

I mean cutting costs is ok, but Formula 1 is supposed to be the pinnacle of motor racing so to make big teams like Ferrari, Mclaren, BMW and Renault cut costs down to the level that even teams from lower racing formulas have submitted entries to Formula 1, I think that’s taking it too far. I don’t wanna see everyone running the same engine or the same bodywork – Formula 1 has always been about how to maximize the rules to your advantage to gain hundreths of a second and Max Mosley has been trying to stop that innovation.

And not to mention that the fucker is actually a closet nazi.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE – THE GAME

X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the XBox 360

Wolverine fans rejoice … the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game for the Xbox 360 is not a shitty movie tie-in that makes you wanna cry but an insane joyride that has you hacking and slashing things in ways you couldn’t even imagine.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the XBox 360

They turned the graphical violence up a notch from the movie, and in this game it makes it so much better. When I first started playing the game I was like, “If this was in the movie it would have been so dope.”

X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the XBox 360

You even get to take down Sentinels in the game – and that has to make every X-Fan happy.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the XBox 360

The graphics are amazing and if you are playing on HD you can see the textures on Wolverine’s clothes really clearly. The environments are crazy detailed too and beautiful to look at.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the XBox 360

I think Raven software got the controls on lock for the game, everything seems  intuitive and you can basically make Wolverine do some really cool shit. I mean, it’s so cool that sometimes taking down normal minions is more fun than boss fights.

If you like Prince of Persia-style games, you will LOVE X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Snnktt!

ALIVENOTDEAD PENANG GATHERING!

Stephen Wang, AliveNotDead's CTO

Stephen Wang, AliveNotDead’s super-friendly CTO wanted to come to Penang for a holiday recently, so I made arrangements for him to stay at the g Hotel (during the same weekend of the farcical “Super GT Roadshow“)

I first met Stephen last year during the Asian Hip Hop Festival in Bangkok and I said if he ever wanted to chill out for a couple of days, he should drop by Penang.

So Stephen came and we had a mini-AliveNotDead gathering at the g Hotel. Hahaha

He told me about a lot of new shit that is going to be taking place at my favorite online community and I am SUPER-SUPER-psyched. Can’t wait to see it all happen!