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Collecting MadVideos -- Where are the corpses at Spook House?

Remember The Continental? Last seen in 2003, this is the recurring skit performed by Christopher Walken on Saturday Night Live, a parody in which the actor spoofs the early 1950s television series of the same name by attempting to entice women via a subjective camera shot. The spoof is spoofed in Spook House, a short Halloween-themed film created by Sam Lawson and Josh Klessig, the minds behind RASH Films and the new directors of Wis-Kino. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Regina Spektor plays the Majestic

Idiosyncratic singer-pianist Regina Spektor made a much-anticipated Madison appearance last Tuesday, playing to a crowded Club Majestic. The Oct. 17 show featured an opening set from fellow New Yorker Only Son before Spektor took the stage, alternating playing solo and with backing musicians in the dance club that's increasingly repositioning itself as a concert venue. One fan attending the show shot footage of five of Spektor's songs from the rear of the oddly-shaped room, and subsequently spliced the best bits together into a short concert montage. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- A Pig (and the Cleveland police logo)

Does the Cleveland Police Department logo look like a pig? That's the premise of a music video created by Greg Reese, a one-time Cleveland resident who moved to Madison in 2006. Set to a catchy tune with the refrain "I'm gonna kill the man who put the pig on my cruiser door," the video tells the story of a vigilante cop out to exact revenge upon a stoned graphic designer who won a contest to create a new logo for the Cleveland police. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- The reaction to Chad Vader

In the week since it was released, Chad Vader Episode 4 has been viewed nearly one million times as posted in various places online, with the entire series reaching well beyond the five million mark. These are pretty significant numbers, enough to vault creators Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda's Blame Society Productions into the top twenty subscribed channels on YouTube and to get them into serious talks to start making online videos professionally. >More
 Some body to love

I'm not sure wall-to-wall sex was what E.M. Forster had in mind when he wrote his famous line 'Only connect.' But that is nevertheless the theme of Shortbus, John Cameron Mitchell's sweetly sad look at a part of New York City that doesn't usually make it into the travel brochures. >More

Infamous is more of a cocktail party, the chatter derived from George Plimpton's 'oral biography,' Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career. There's a better word for 'oral biography': gossip. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Crossing the finish line at Ironman Wisconsin 2006

The conditions outside this week in Madison are fairly similar to those prevailing at the 2006 edition of Ironman Wisconsin: cold, windy and wet. While this may sound like a pleasantly cool situation for athletes racing a combined total of 140.6 miles by water, bike and foot, it's actually pretty disagreeable, tough conditions when the action starts off in the choppy waves of Lake Monona. This didn't stop more than 2170 entrants from completing the race though, with more a few finishes captured for posterity. >More
 Bringing an Office Beast to life

For most of October, Madison-based filmmaker Jesse Land is immersed in shooting his short film, Office Beast. Centered on a prowling werewolf that sets upon the night shift in a generic office building, the film explores the theme of how corporations can "eat people alive." Office Beast is not just a horror film with a message, though, it's also playing for laughs. Land shares his thoughts about office beasts, music videos and the intersection of horror and comedy below. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Sol on the Terrace

As the warmer half of the year recedes, so does yet another summer of live music on the UW Memorial Union Terrace. One relatively new Madison-based band that played there a couple times this summer was Sol, a breezy pop five-piece that can be viewed in more than a few online videos. >More
 Collecting MadVideos -- Ben Karlin stumps for the Wisconsin Union

Ben Karlin is easily one of the better-known UW alumni who graduated in the '90s. After editing The Onion from 1993-96 and spending time writing for a variety of TV shows the following three years, he jumped on board as the senior writer at The Daily Show only months after the arrival of Jon Stewart. Since that time, Karlin has ascended to the role of Executive Producer with that show and The Colbert Report, the year-old program he helped launch with Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Now Karlin is stumping for the Student Union Initiative. >More
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