From Eminem's online animated series to Kevin Smith's tirades, a weekly spin on the web
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Despite arriving nearly three months late, Eminem’s online animated series, The Slim Shady Show (www.slimshadyworld.com), is everything we’d hoped for and more. The first episode, premiering Nov. 7, portrays movie star ”Deo LiCaprio” getting beaten up by Slim, and then turns into a full-throttle dis of South Park, in which Marshall Mathers does the nasty with ”Wendy Testicleburger” in a pool of Cartman’s feces.
The director’s cut of Apocalypse Now isn’t due on DVD for another year, but a videotaped copy of the original five-hour screener — complete with time code — is already on sale for 30 bucks at Revok Online (www.revok.com), which claims it’s ”definitely not a pirate operation.” Director Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope studios have been trying to terminate distribution of the tape with extreme prejudice. Regardless of copyright issues, anyone besides bizarro film buffs will want to wait for the new DVD — because the crappy VHS screener is like watching napalm in the morning.
Aside from the twisted short The Blair Witch Mountain Project (galaxyonline.com), the funniest Book of Shadows news comes from Sergeant Tom Winebrenner of the Frederick County, Md., Sheriff’s Office. Two days before the sequel’s opening, he talked to an FBI agent who was relieved to learn that the copycat killings portrayed in the newest Sci Fi Channel mockumentary hadn’t taken place after all. Earlier in the week, Winebrenner contacted Sci Fi and asked it to remove the ”community calendar” from a fake TV-news website created as a companion to the mockumentary (actionnewssix.com). Winebrenner was concerned that people would drive from miles away for the Boo-in-the-Zoo event, even though ”there is no zoo in Burkittsville.” For more straight dope on Burkittsville, bookmark Sergeant Winebrenner’s own online column (burkittsville.org).
Kevin Smith’s web tirades are almost as famous as Courtney Love’s — but the Dogma director is 10 times funnier. For proof, check out Smith’s weekly column, ”Developing the Monkey,” in the webzine Psycomic (psycomic.com/columns/2000/ksmith). Instead of posting hate letters from Disney stockholders (as he did on the Dogma website), Smith is writing a warts-and-all diary about the development process of his next film, the final installment of his ”Jersey Trilogy.” He describes it as ”a flat-out, no-socially-redeeming-value, made-or-broken-by-the-opening-weekend comedy.”
First Britney Spears untangled the complex world of semiconductor physics (www.britneyspears.ac/lasers.htm), and now Alicia Silverstone, Juliette Lewis, and Charles Manson are explaining the innards of Internet traffic. RouterGod (www.routergod.com), created by 43-year-old fiber-optic-cable installer Richard Haskins, is attracting upwards of 100,000 unique visitors daily with its mock interviews. Silverstone is by far the most popular, uh, tutor, with four times the number of visitors of Lewis’ page. As to whether the Britney Spears Guide to Semiconductor Physics inspired his site, Haskins says, ”I would not even recognize Britney Spears if I saw her. What I was inspired by was MAD magazine.”
NOTE THIS DATE: NOV. 16
Sony begins taking orders for its next-generation Aibo pet robots (this one resembles a cat more than a dog). Retail price: $1,500 (www.aibo.com).