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Vox: Renee Zellweger’s new look reveals the pernicious demands we make of all women.

Age and a blepharoplasty. I’ve had ‘squinty eyes’ since childhood, taken the teasing, the terrible nicknames. Now that I’m 55, if my upper eyelid/brow sag gets any worse, I’ll need to follow Renee’s lead. I would trade a bit of character to be able to a) see better and b) not to have to hike my eyebrows up to my hairline to seem happy and/or not asleep. My fear is a plastic surgeon would make me look permanently frightened to death.

Damn the slings and arrows, Renee. I understand completely. Perhaps only another person with the ‘squints’ can.

10/22/14 • 12:26 PM • EntertainmentHuman RightsPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”

Tom Hanks rips one out.

10/22/14 • 10:30 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Trailer.

In case you haven’t heard, it’s being remastered and rereleased to theatres.  The trailer’s too discontiguous for my taste. The imagery marginally more contrasty/saturated.

Interesting to find out others remember the ‘blue food’ sequence as I do. And I never read the book!  Bowman finds shelves of boxes of blue powder, and gets a bit dramatic with it. One assumes this is synthesized food for his consumption, graciously offered by his ‘hosts’.

It *was* in the film. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re crazy.

10/21/14 • 03:43 PM • EntertainmentHistory • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.

Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.

10/16/14 • 01:27 PM • EntertainmentHealthScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.

What a difference seven years makes.

10/16/14 • 01:13 PM • ArtsChildhoodEntertainmentHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hollywood Reporter: John Cleese Quits Movies, Says He’s “Looking Forward” to Death.

The key to understanding Python now is we have all driven off in completely different directions. Michael [Palin], as you know, makes those travel programs that I put on any time I can’t sleep. Eric Idle is very good at lyrics so he is writing songs. Terry Gilliam is off trying to raise money for one of his plotless ­extravaganzas. And [Terry] Jonesy is just insane – he writes children’s books and recently went to Lisbon and directed an opera about vacuum cleaners.”  That’s something not often recognized - that you don’t necessarily have to like your team in order to do great work.

10/14/14 • 10:57 AM • EntertainmentHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: Marvel wants to give us the next Hunger Games.

Diving into the Young Adult book market headfirst. When the zombie books follow their lead, I suppose we need to change ‘penny dreadfuls’ to ‘dollar dreadfuls’?

10/14/14 • 10:55 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Neil Young’s Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars.

Nice.

10/12/14 • 10:43 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalMusicVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

iainclaridge.net: Clint.

The beard makes him look 20 years younger.

10/10/14 • 09:48 AM • EntertainmentPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

If I hear one more newscaster ...

... trying to sew fear-and-panic over ‘the man in Dallas with a bowler’, I’m gonna implode. I know you want to be all PC and all, newsies, but if you can’t get the pronunciation correct, don’t even try. Most tourists are calling it eee-BOW-lah anyway.

Every time newscasters do it, I picture John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks.

10/06/14 • 06:27 PM • EntertainmentHealthNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

RIP, Geoffrey Holder.

You were so much more ... but I most frequently remember this.

10/06/14 • 12:02 PM • EntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CosmosUp: Pluto is a Planet Again?

After the experts argued their cases, the audience was allowed to vote on what a planet is or isn’t and whether Pluto should be considered a planet. The results were conclusive: Pluto should be a planet once again.”  Let the people decide science questions!  There’s a fix. We’ll be arming ourselves against Elvis impersonators flying black helicopters out of Roswell in no time.  Loosely filed under ‘Science.’

09/30/14 • 09:35 AM • EntertainmentScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OneHeadlightInk: Holy Batman v Superman, New Mexico!

We’re Africa this time around.

09/25/14 • 02:06 PM • EntertainmentSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bartosz Kosowski: Lolita.

Good lord. [Possibly NSFW.] Not a photograph; the essence of graphic.

09/24/14 • 10:31 AM • ArtsDesignEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vimeo: Destiny/Mars Opening Sequence.

Kinda fun. The ‘space M-16’ is kinda bizarre.

09/22/14 • 04:09 PM • ChildhoodEntertainmentMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A Continuous Lean.: The Escape Artist/Dennis Hopper in Taos.

At some point, I’ll take a drive up and pay my respects.

09/22/14 • 11:05 AM • EntertainmentHistorySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Hollywood Reporter: Were ‘Longmire’ Viewers Too Long in the Tooth to Matter?

“Every second and a half an American turns 50, which means that in a very short time, we will be the largest demographic in the country — and with our longer life spans, we’re not going anywhere. It also just so happens that 50-plus-ers account for of 75% of disposable income in America.

09/18/14 • 04:46 PM • EntertainmentNewsSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: How do you differentiate good acting from bad acting?

I agree.

09/18/14 • 09:40 AM • EntertainmentPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: The Story of You+Me.

Alecia Moore and Dallas Green. See if you recognize Alecia. She remains so charmingly “Doylestown.”

09/17/14 • 11:21 AM • EntertainmentMotion GraphicsMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Comicbook.com: Guardians Of The Galaxy Fans Can Now Text Groot.

You can now read “I am Groot” anytime, anywhere.

09/17/14 • 09:58 AM • EntertainmentInternetMobile • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Emma Thompson - ‘It’s a different patch of life, your 50s’.

People wanting to be 35 when they’re 50 makes me think: why? Why don’t you be 50 and be good at that?” The interview is much more wide-ranging than this soundbite; but it’s good soundbite. I didn’t realize her mother was Phyllida Law.

09/16/14 • 11:01 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmental • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

In the Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailers ...

It looks like they’ve got some of those easy-to-down jets from SHIELD. Can’t wait to see if they have helicarriers, too.

09/15/14 • 09:26 PM • EntertainmentPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.

Every white American male under the age of 50 is some version of the character he plays on “Louie,” a show almost entirely devoted to the absurdity of being a pale, doughy heterosexual man with children in a post-patriarchal age. Or, if you prefer, a loser.”  AO Scott rips out a doozy. Tangentially, I’ll also mention that A&E reportedly not only dropped “Longmire” because they didn’t own the franchise, but because the fans were too old. God forbid you should have a plot that plays out over months and is delightfully unpredictable, even if you’ve read the novels. Then again, the fault may be worse than simply an inability to mature ... it may reside in the fact we don’t read at all {link via Euan Semple on FB}.

Later: If you want a book that embodies the ‘adulthood’ points mentioned by the author above, you might wish to try Daniel Martin, by John Fowles. An incredibly rich book. Discussing this tome is the first time I ever described prose as ‘loamy’. I’m still learning how to write from it. Try the library first though, see if you like it. Definite difference from YA-style modern novels.

09/11/14 • 02:38 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentPersonalPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Wikipedia - use of the term ‘Shipping’ (fandom).

I ran across this a while ago in a discussion about a book series; a term I hadn’t heard at the time. Thought others might appreciate the clue.

09/11/14 • 10:34 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Art of VFX: Dracula Untold trailer.

Dracula as superhero. A bit overwrought, no?

09/04/14 • 03:45 PM • Entertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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