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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on SNL

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Did you know Mark Zuckerberg has really good comedic timing?

You may know him as a balmy, slightly boring 23 year old billionaire, but he’ll be showing his flair on Saturday Night Live, April 5 episode. Mark will be in provide the opening monologue as well appear in a number of sketches.

Next to “making communication more efficient”, appearing on the sketch comedy show is something Zuckerberg has wanted to do for a long time, a close friend confided to CNET “Mark actually has really good comic timing,” the friend said on condition of anonymity, out of the fear that Zuckerberg might “de-friend” him on Facebook if his identity were revealed. “He’s got this totally hilarious side that nobody ever gets to see except his stuffed animals and sometimes his investors. Ever since Justin Timberlake did that sweet music video on the show, he’s been aching to go on SNL. He had his assistant call up NBC but they were all like, ‘Mark who?’”

Sources close to NBC have confirmed that Mark will be acting in a parody of his disastrous SXSW interview with BusinessWeek columnist Sarah Lacy. “This time, people are going to be throwing stuff at them,” one source said. “Apparently they’re going to have a lightsaber fight, too.”

Lacy will be portrayed by SNL regular Andy Samberg.

Zuckerberg will also play “a crazed Barack Obama supporter” in another sketch, according to script details leaked to His role in a third sketch is less clear, but the costume department has reportedly been asked to create a “pink polka-dotted fur suit” that fits Zuckerberg’s compact frame.

Reports that Zuckerberg would also be sporting drag and portraying John McCain’s wife could not be confirmed at the time of publication. “But he’s definitely going to be playing a girl in something,” a Facebook colleague hinted. “He’s been working on his falsetto in board meetings.”

SNL has been known to kill a career, uh hem, Ashlee Simpson, and since Facebook is reportedly heading towards an initial public offering, one might ask if this is the right time for Mark Zuckerberg to attempt to become the funny guy. One Deutsche Bank analyst commented,“I guess it couldn’t hurt, unless he really f***s it up.”

As long as Sarah Lacy is not in audience, I think he’ll be fine. We’ll be watching!

[source:  CNET]

Elliott Smith Photo Exhibit at SXSW

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Noise Pop @ SXSW: Elliott Smith Photo Exhibit by Autumn de Wilde

Elliott Smith’s intensely personal music has left a deep mark on a generation of fans and musicians. Autumn de Wilde worked closely with Smith as a friend and photographer for several years before the singer’s untimely death. This showcase of startling and rare images captures an intimate and unseen side of his personality. In addition to showcasing de Wilde’s work during this year’s Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco, we’re bringing this special show to the 4 Walls Fine Art Gallery in Austin TX to coincide with this year’s South By Southwest Conference. Limited edition prints will be available to purchase.

Chronicle Books recently published the book Elliott Smith by de Wilde including her remarkable photographs and conversations with Elliott Smith’s close friends, family, and musicians he inspired. Complementing de Wilde’s riveting, personal images are ephemera, handwritten lyrics, and revealing talks with Smith’s inner circle, many speaking here for the first time. Also included are a foreword by Beck Hansen and Chris Walla, and a live CD of unreleased solo acoustic performances. Find more information here.

Elliott Smith Photo Exhibit by Autumn de Wilde
4 Walls Fine Art
115 East 5th Street, #1
Austin, TX 78701

Opening – Thursday March 13, 2008 4-7pm

Gallery Hours – Fri March 14 –Saturday March 22 (closed Monday, March 17) 11-5pm

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‘Harold and Kumar’ Going to SXSW ’08

Monday, January 28th, 2008


New Line Cinema release Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will be showing at SXSW this year.

The sequel to the popular comedy, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, this time the boys (Kal Penn and John Cho) get themselves in trouble trying to sneak a bong onboard a flight to Amsterdam. Now, being suspected of terrorism, they are forced to run from the law and try to find a way to prove their innocence. What follows is an irreverent and epic journey of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling and a wild trip around the world that is as “un-PC” as it gets.

Great!  That’s exactly what the kids of America needed… more pot smoking influences!

Merge Records @ SXSW

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

SXSW is coming soon. March 13 to be exact. If you have previewed the band list, or seen the schedule, you know that the bill is filled with bands that most people have not seen nor heard. So, I did some of the leg work for you by checking a few of the artist sites and hear the noise for myself. Here is a beginning list of bands that I really enjoyed. These bands are scheduled to play Wednesday the 14th.

The Merge Records Show case:

Location@ Antone’s

8pm The Lady Bug Transistor

9pm Imperial Teen

10pm The Broken west

11pm The Rosebuds

12am Oakley Hall

1am Special Guest(this is what the SXSW flyer’s says, but the Merge flyer’s says Spoon is going to be playing)

– Merge Records has produced bands such as The Arcade Fire, Camera Obscura, Spoon, Dinosaur Jr., Radar Bros., etc, and etc. Merge has combined just the right ingredients to bake up a good show for all. Thank you Merge. Oakley Hall is a folk band that shines with a serious country twang. A sound that will be readily accepted here in the lone star state. Heck, I even fore see a two-step pit dance being formed.(as opposed the always fun mosh-pit). The Rosebuds are also pretty sensational. These guys make their sound grow with chopped guitar rhythms, smooth vocal patterns, and just the right amount of background noises. Nice. If your going to be their check these guys out, if not then drop by their myspace page and hear them for yourself.