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September 28, 2013
thisistheverge:

Listen up: Here’s a story about Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue’
It became the Muzak of our vision of rave culture, a super-pre-9/11 foundation upon which any other cultural observation could be layered to place it at an exact moment in spacetime. That’s exactly why it was the basis for a throwback scene in Iron Man 3, resulting in the song’s nostalgic re-emergence in the UK charts earlier this year. It’s easy to hear why a song like “Hey Jude” or “Call Me Maybe” are alive in the tapestry of pop music, but Eiffel 65 created a little more of an undead situation. What, exactly, lets “Blue” rise from the dead in terminally jaded 2013? 

thisistheverge:

Listen up: Here’s a story about Eiffel 65’s ‘Blue’

It became the Muzak of our vision of rave culture, a super-pre-9/11 foundation upon which any other cultural observation could be layered to place it at an exact moment in spacetime. That’s exactly why it was the basis for a throwback scene in Iron Man 3, resulting in the song’s nostalgic re-emergence in the UK charts earlier this year. It’s easy to hear why a song like “Hey Jude” or “Call Me Maybe” are alive in the tapestry of pop music, but Eiffel 65 created a little more of an undead situation. What, exactly, lets “Blue” rise from the dead in terminally jaded 2013? 

12:40 // 6 months ago
July 26, 2013
10:02 // 9 months ago
June 11, 2013

unionmetrics:

Comparing House of Cards to Arrested Development activity on Tumblr

This spring, Netflix released several original TV programs directly to its online streaming service. Its two biggest shows so far have been House of Cards and Arrested Development. We tracked Tumblr posts about both shows for a month - two weeks before and two weeks after their release. Take a look at these metrics. 

  • Both shows had a huge spike in volume on the day Netflix released them (and everyone sat on their couch for hours watching and Tumbling about it) and slowly decreased over time. 
  • Post volume is vastly different between shows: 54.4k posts for Arrested Development vs. <6k for House of Cards. The huge, preexisting fan base for AD coupled with the anticipation for the new season probably accounts for this difference. 
  • Photo posts, as always, were the most popular post type, but the third place post types here were interesting. The prevalence of video in the AD conversation - sharing the trailer for the new season, probably; it’s one of the top ten posts on the subject - while HoC had more links leading the conversation away from Tumblr.

Did you watch both these shows? Did you talk about them on Tumblr?

Clever comparison on Union Metrics’ part.

12:00 // 10 months ago
June 6, 2013
No, but George would do it in an instant. He could always have Oscar do his press conferences and appearances. Consider the double force they could be, and the great good they could be for our country!
Jeffrey Tambor of Arrested Development • Discussing whether or not he’d run for political office in an interview with Politico. (BTW, when you’re done with that interview, read this one.)
10:27 // 10 months ago
June 2, 2013
socratescloset:

I took a detour and visited the Boston Chipyard, a.k.a. the reference for the Bluth banana stand in Arrested Development, a.k.a. “the only Chipyard left in existence anywhere.”
Never mind the fact that I’m carrying around two bags. It’s worth it.

In which a post of ours directly inspires a cookie run.

socratescloset:

I took a detour and visited the Boston Chipyard, a.k.a. the reference for the Bluth banana stand in Arrested Development, a.k.a. “the only Chipyard left in existence anywhere.”

Never mind the fact that I’m carrying around two bags. It’s worth it.

In which a post of ours directly inspires a cookie run.

12:16 // 10 months ago
When I showed my brother, who’s now a surgeon, a rough cut of the second episode of [Arrested Development] where George Michael burns down the banana stand, he said, ‘Oh, my god you burned down the Chipyard!’ I was very excited about that. It was a great expiation for both of us.
Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz • Discussing the birth of The Chipyard, the banana-stand-like business he founded with his older brother in the ’70s. Intended to teach a lesson about the challenges of starting a business, it unexpectedly became a hit after a L.A. Times reporter wrote a story about the teenage owners. Hurwitz describes the situation as extremely stressful and the business difficult to shake off. “It created so much discord in the family,” he told Los Angeles Magazine. ”There was a divorce scenario playing out; it was a loaded time.”
12:05 // 10 months ago
11:14 // 10 months ago
May 28, 2013

Before John Beard was the news anchor du jour on Arrested Development, he once was a hero on a local KNBC newscast, working fast to swipe a gun away from a mental patient who was holding his newscast hostage way back in 1987. (It was revealed that the gun was merely a BB gun.) Betcha Tobias never did that in his career. (ht Mediaite)

14:50 // 11 months ago
May 27, 2013
23:29 // 11 months ago
May 23, 2013
I started sketching it out, and I had this funny idea for Maeby. It doesn’t quite fit into the master family story, but it’s funny for Maeby, and I do have this funny bit for Tobias where he writes pop songs. He’s written a song called “I Kissed a Boy.” I just had all these crazy notions, and suddenly I was overwhelmed by the task of squeezing all these unrelated stories into a movie that has a central plot. So I met with Ron Howard to say, “Hey, is there any way we can turn this into a trilogy?” He’s such a good guy. He was like, “I think it might be hard enough to get one movie made.” It was a good point. A studio might not want to spend $150 million on an Arrested Development trilogy. I can see that argument.

‘Arrested Development’ Creator Mitch Hurwitz on His Two-Year Odyssey to Revive the Show

(via usnews)

12:07 // 11 months ago