Wednesday, December 30, 2009

They Do it & Do it again

Once again I am completely impressed with what this band has been able to create in a community with this song. Think what you will of their music or attitude, (believe me I definitely think they have gone cheese-bomb) but this is one thing music can do that no other art can. This is a great example of the power of music, (even if you're not a fan). Okay they had some help by technology and video too ;-) First the incredible Canadian LipDub now this. Check it out, original air date 10/13/09.

Happy New Year.




Here's the LipDub Version. Just as impressive & completely different

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Up in the Air - Ashman movie Review

Clooney Up in the Air

Sugar Coating.

After watching Up in the Air on the eve of a Christmas where there are more people out of work than in any point in my lifetime it becomes abundantly clear that Jason Reitman has lived a life of privilege and nepotism that hasn't lead him to deal with real suffering. In what's being labeled as the movie of "our time", he puts the protagonist (George Clooney) as a job terminator who's real job is not to care. Sounds good on paper but when the people who suffer so much just equate to window dressing to make us feel something for the rich guy my appreciation for the film evaporates up in the air.

Not that there aren't things to like in this film. The performances by the two female leads Vera Farmiga & Anna Kendrick are stellar. It's such a nice change to see more than one female do damage in a film that centers on the male ego. There's some fun dialogue, cameos and jokes but this is largely a film to go see to feel safe from the cold external world we live in. I know there is a lot of praise for Clooney in this film, and he is undeniably good. But for me it's a little too much like Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler last yer; a good performance of someone essentially playing themselves. As much as I like Clooney as a Hollywood activist, director, with awesome comic work, I'm still waiting for the role that really moves me. My favorite performance of his to this date is Out of Sight. Until then he remains a great, handsome guy who has his heart in the right place.

In the end I don't feel this movie will age well because it's not really about much. Well-to-do white company man goes through some life examination and changes, a little. I feel it's a little insulting to America's newly unemployed, especially the nearly 50% in Detroit. Sorry Reitman, but you need to deliver something more than a gingerbread man to make a meaningful film. What the critics promised was a rich original recipe, what we got was just a plain old Hollywood sugar coating.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Do the Green Thing: Buy Nothing

by Bonnie Alter, London on 12.21.09
(re-post from treehugger.com)

For those of you in the last throes of Christmas shopping, here's the answer to what you could get the remaining few on your list, and it is available on Amazon, oops, Amazero.com. As the description says, buy Nothing: it's "Compact, lightweight and easy to carry, incredibly durable, fits into your briefcase and co-ordinates with everything in your wardrobe."

It was created by Green Thing, a not-for-profit public service and a clever website that inspires people to lead a greener life. It's goal is inspiring green action.They use good design, quirkiness and ingenuity to encourage people to get involved in green initiatives in 7 different areas.

Glove Love is another one of their projects. It's a glove story: as they say "no one needs a single glove, everybody needs some glove love."

They rescue single gloves, clean them, make a new pair, sew in a classy label and sell them for £5. They might look mismatched, but it's rather charming -- and ecofriendly.

Who are they? They are a hip group of English internet and media people whose mission "is to get as many people in as many countries as possible to do the Green Thing to prevent climate change and then use that people power to persuade government and business to do the Green Thing too."

Last January they launched paper airplanes, drawn by famous artists, to protest the expansion of the Heathrow Airport.

They are targeting people who are interested in the green movement but who "don't get turned on by the tree-hugging thing (Ooops!), the guilt thing, the scientific thing or the world-is-at-an-end thing. Green Thing is a simple thing, a fun thing, a creative thing and a community thing. It's for anyone who wants to lead a greener life but hasn't found a way."

The site focuses on 7 areas: walk the walk, stay grounded, all consuming, easy on the meat, human heat, plug out and stick with what you got. Each topic has some brief written information and a clever YouTube. Ninjin - The Way Of The Vegetable Assassin is the short film for eating less meat and it encourages people to eat seasonally by assassinating iceberg lettuce and out of season corn on the cob.

Definitely a site worth watching.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas blues, reds, greens & whites.

I think Christmas was invented by pre-Scientologists to make people miserable. But it's fun for the kids though.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Flip is a funny dude

An clip from one of my TNC interviews of comics and musicians. Find more on the YouTube channel thursdaynightcombo.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Help Heather & Shaw win their Dream Wedding!




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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Not so Fast & Furious



Fresh out of the oven and into your computer. See Asher's take on Vin Diesel and the Fast & Furious franchise.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Watch & Vote! I made the first round and I need your votes!


http://herndon.thedoorpost.com/humility/mechanic/

This is an amazing competition. The top 10 films earn $35 GRAND to make their next film. The winner of that top 10 get $100 GRAND for a feature! Help me make my next film with a budget by watching MECHANIC and voting. I need your help! Thanks and much love!

-Asher

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Is so ready for dopey ER to finally go away. 15 years of Eriq LaSalle's fist pump is enough. Loved him in Coming to America though.
Just wrapped "Stupid Heroes" and is going over the footage. Fun stuff!
is getting into costume. Get ready mean streets of Los Angeles.
is getting ready to shoot his next comedic short: Superheroes of Watchmen Justice League.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Take 2. My new Cannes page is up and I'm heading to France with my film! Check it out at http://ping.fm/oIz6R
just launched the new Cannes page on my website. Check it out now! http://ping.fm/oIz6R Yes I'm going!
just launched the new Cannes page on my website. Check it out now! http://ping.fm/oIz6R
Yes I'm going!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Just ate a grapefruit the size of a bowling ball. The seeds were the size of teeth. The first fruit that scared me, took 1/2 hr. to eat. Ah!
is finally of to sleepy time. Whew!

Monday, March 9, 2009

is trying to figure out a new sketch to shoot on Thursday. Hollar at me if you want to take part.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

just got pinged and twitted. I feel so simulated.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

What a difference a day makes

Can you believe that on the first day on the job Obama closes Gitmo, busts out a modern hip new website, and supports Roe v. Wade? After all these horror stories we've seen and heard, and complete denial of reality, (See The Road to Guantanimo) Obama steps in and slams the doors on the worst offender of torture: The U.S.

Thank God.

I wonder; what was Bush thinking? I wonder what he was thinking all day on Tuesday as he say almost 1.5 million people jubilantly cheering on their new president. I wonder if the protests that ushered him into office came to mind. Of course he wouldn't need to think that far back because there were protesters sending him off too. That look he gave Obama after he finished his speech was classic. One of "Fuck, that guy is good. Wish I could have given a speech like that. Then again, I never really tried." He walked off to his helicopter with his tail between his legs. On Bush's last press conference he said that the breadth and scope of a presidency isn't fully understood or comprehended until several years after leaving office. On that scale, he proved one point: Clinton was one hell of a good president. Today he proved another: Obama can get more shit done in one week than in four years of a Bush administration.

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Finally! A president who believes in separation of Church & State.

updated 10:48 p.m. EST, Thu January 22, 2009 from CNN.com

Amid protests, Obama backs 'right to choose' on Roe anniversary

close Gitmo

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama affirmed his support for a woman's "right to choose" on Thursday, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that led to the legalization of abortion, as thousands of anti-abortion activists descended on the National Mall to challenge his position.
President Obama issued a statement defending Roe v. Wade for protecting "women's health and reproductive freedom."

President Obama issued a statement defending Roe v. Wade for protecting "women's health and reproductive freedom."

Roe v. Wade "not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters," Obama said in a statement.

The landmark 1973 decision held that a woman's right to abortion was protected by the right to privacy under the Constitution's 14th Amendment, voiding most state laws against abortion at the time.

Nellie Gray, who helped organize the anti-abortion March for Life on the Mall, invited Obama to speak at the rally.

"America needs your strong leadership as president of all the people to stop the intentional killing of an estimated 3,000 pre-born boys and girls each day and the brutalizing of mind, heart and body of pregnant mothers."

Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women, said she believes that while abortion should remain an option, increasing the availability and affordability of birth control and reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies is the real solution.

"I think what everyone ought to be interested in doing, whether they are or not, is reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies," Gandy told CNN. "Because if we reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, it will by definition reduce the number of abortions and reduce a lot of the pain and despair that has befallen women in these economic times, who cannot afford to enlarge their families when they don't have a job and they don't have a way to put food on the table for the kids that they have now.

"If we could all work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, it would dramatically change the debate on this issue."
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Obama has so far not struck down rules reinstated by the Bush administration eight years ago, prohibiting U.S. money from funding international family planning groups that promote abortion or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion services.

The "Mexico City policy" was initially put in place by President Ronald Reagan and suspended during Bill Clinton's presidency. Its opponents refer to it as the "global gag order."

About 20 anti-abortion rights lawmakers spoke at the rally Thursday, pushing for a renewed effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"At what instant does life begin?" asked Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, focusing on younger crowd members who answered, "Conception!"

"And the next question is, " he continued, "President Obama, when did your life begin?"

Other legislators detailed their plans to keep the issue on the table in Congress and on the minds of voters.

Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, told the crowd she plans to introduce what she calls the "Juno Bill," referencing the hit 2008 film of the same title in which a high school teenager gives her baby up for adoption.

"It will provide a tax credit to those women, just as we allow abortions to be tax deductible, it will provide a tax credit so that they can carry out their pregnancy, give that baby to a loving arm and not have to worry about the consequences or the costs involved," she said.

Throughout the rally, speakers urged bold action for their cause.

Gandy said the fight will also continue on the pro-abortion rights side.

"There's no question we have a pro-choice president now, but he can't do it alone," she said. "He can't pass legislation. He can't stop what's going on at the state and local level and so the battle rages on ... at the congressional level, at the state and local level and certainly at the Supreme Court."

She said the number of unwanted pregnancies is rising, as congressional action has increased the cost of contraception for college students and low-income women, "something we hope this administration will reverse."

Two pieces of federal legislation are pending, she said. The first will expand accessibility and availability of birth control, and the second, the Freedom of Choice Act, is a codification of Roe v. Wade. NOW will continue pursuing both at the congressional level, she said, but noted that even though Congress has a Democratic majority, it does not have a pro-abortion rights majority.

"So that will continue to be an uphill battle," she said

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jay Lamont on Michael McDonald, Patti LaBelle

Jay Rocks. This is from the show we did in December. He is headlining Jan. 29. Watch for it!

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