My hosting company has detected the large amounts of spam being posted on the forum and have gone in and moved the forum files away, effectively taking it offline. I’m not immediately sure what the best way is to remedy this, but I’ll consider all the options and hopefully have it back up and running soon.
However, as everyone probably already knows, I’m not very active around here anymore due to lack of time, so unfortunately I have no way of telling you how long it’s going to take.
I also want to ask you whether you would be OK with me installing a new forum, or if you prefer I try to salvage what’s left of the old one? A new database would mean new user registrations, but also a whole lot of better, more stable features (and no spam), whereas merely upgrading the old one would likely preserve all the spam posted so far and might not stay effective in combating future attacks.
Update: I figured the forum was pretty much broken beyond repair in the state it was in (again, I’m sorry about this), so I felt it necessary to take some drastic measures. Every user with an ID over 1000 has been deleted, along with all their posts. I realize there’s a chance there were some legitimate users among them, and I’m very sorry about removing you, but there was little else to do. Thankfully, this restored the forums to a very usable state, with 99% of the spam deleted along with the bot accounts that posted them.
I have also migrated the forums over to PHPBB, meaning it’s now faster, better and much more secure than it was before. There’s now not only an activation requirement on new members, but also captcha verification and restrictions on new members. Some of this may be a bit draconian at first, but as we go along, I’ll be loosening it up to make the forums more comfortable for everyone.
All the old users should be migrated over to the new forums, but if you’re having troubles logging in, first try to reset your passwords by following the instructions on the login page. If that doesn’t work, feel free to contact me to let me know, and I’ll look into it. The conversion from the old forums to the new ones isn’t perfect, but so far I haven’t noticed any immediate issues myself.
So, without further ado, I once again welcome you to the Quiet Storm forums!
Ru sat down for a wide ranging interview with the folks at Dread Central posted today. Topics include Dose of Reality (coming to VOD tomorrow, according to the official site, but the promised blu-ray remains a mystery), The Craft and Return to Oz. Read it here.
Also, Blogtalkradio has devoted a recent podcast to discussing Fairuza’s career.
According to Broadway World and the movie’s official site (though the link for pre-orders there isn’t presently working), Chris Glatis’ new film starring Fairuza will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray (though Amazon only has the DVD up for pre-order at the moment). Not much information regarding extras is offered, leading one to expect a rather bare bones affair.
Update: The pre-order page linked on the official site is back up but the “buy now” button on that page goes to the DVD page at Amazon. It contains no mention of extras or blu-ray release.
Now a veteran of two “Celebrity Ghost Stories” episodes, Fairuza now gets a sort-of threepeat by helping to launch The Biography Channel’s apparent new variation on the concept called “The Haunting Of…” A press release at The Futon Critic says “BIO presents “The Haunting Of,” a new original series with world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo, as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. The supernatural journey premieres Saturday, October 27th at 10PM ET/10PM PT.”
Last month, Balk tweeted about the shoot saying “Bio channel came & shot at my art space as the building is haunted. It was pretty weird. They brought a medium & everything.”
Fairuza tweets: “I have a piece in a group show called “mix tape” on August 4th in LA.”
Image below from Blood Is The New Black, click for more specifics.
Destiny Pictures declares this picture wrapped and preparing for release this year.
Not too long ago, Ms. Balk launched her line of handmade candles which come in a box wax sealed with “the ring that I wear around my neck every day which my father made for me.” The candles come in three sizes and a selection of six scents and are available from the store at Fairuza.com.
Neil Gaiman recently posted of dining with Fairuza, opining that it is “Very fitting that this fire spirit will bring the wick to your flame.”
Photo of Ru with photographer Allan Amato from Gaiman’s post.
Splash page from Mr. Amato’s own site:
On October 29th Fairuza Balk will appear on the Season 3 premiere of The Biography Channel series Celebrity Ghost Stories in which, according to Zap2it, she will tell a tale of being supernaturally menaced in a hotel. See a short promo video featuring Balk at their site here.
I started thinking about how long I’d been a fan of Fairuza, and I couldn’t really calculate it any closer to “since sometime in high school”. The first movie I watched with her was The Craft, and like many others, I was instantly drawn to Ru’s dark, gothic character. It took a while before I found out who she even was (this wasn’t “before the internet”, but well before everyone had a computer with internet access at home), but when I did, my first trembling highs turned into full-blown addiction. I started looking for more movies she’d starred in, and I wanted to share my obsession with everyone else in the world. Well, what better two hobbies to combine than Hollywood star fandom and computer geekery?
It turns out that, upon reading some of the oldest entries I still have saved, the very first website I ever created in Fairuza’s honor went live 10 years ago this year. Unfortunately, I don’t have the actual site, nor do I know when exactly it went up, but I’d say it’s still worthy of a mention, if not celebration. 10 years of admiring Fairuza’s acting, her energy and her charisma. A whole decade’s worth of movies and interviews, articles and photos. It really is fantastic.
I really hope you all share this jubilation with me, because I know you’re all even greater fans than I am. This site exists because I’m not alone in my opinion, and that makes me endlessly grateful.
So, with that I want to give a great, big thank you to everyone who visited this site, who still keeps visiting. Thank you for making this site what it is: not much, but something. I think I can honestly claim this is the only something I’ve ever really accomplished in life, so far.
Next entries »
On Jan. 14 Fairuza (tweeting on the subject here) will be showing some of her art as part of a group show of evidently horse-themed work at Melissa Morgan Fine Art 73-040 El Paseo Palm Desert, CA. Some of Balk’s artwork (presumably for this show) can be found on the site on this page