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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 • (0) 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

NY Times: Joan Rivers, a Comedic Stiletto, Dies at 81.

Shocked? Offended? ‘Oh, grow up!’ she advised.” We’ll always remember. RIP, good lady.

09/04/14 • 02:32 PM • EntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Federalist: Feminism or Sexism?

See, this is how the restrictive modern radio/music format and the narrowminded moneymaking music outfits limit young folk to blind consumption. The media’s textual orgasms over these performances are creepy and revisionist.

Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” dominated the charts in late ‘72, became the Equal Rights Amendment anthem [The amendment passed both houses of Congress that year, and moved to the State legislatures for approval], and won the Grammy. Her speech, where she thanked God ... “SHE made it possible” ... resonated in culture for years afterwards. Heard it on the radio lately? Nope. Unknown now, among young people. Arguably bigger than Beyonce at the time and with huge impact on the cultural and political landscape.

Beyonce adopts “Feminist” as a marketing tactic, not as an actual philosophy. Pole dancers in the background? This is the old patriarchal “even if they haven’t got power, women run the world through controlling men’s sexual desire” routine, repackaged as something admirable. There were elderly Congressmen spouting this on Capitol Hill, once upon a time, with a whole lot less subtlety. Women of the time threw it back with beautiful invective, followed by “male chauvinist pig!” And a bit of creative oinking.

You’re being played, fans. Post-ERA, pre-AIDS, with birth control pills freely available ... sexual liberation was well-practiced throughout the ‘70’s. Better than today in some ways. This is not something Beyonce has suddenly gifted the world with.

And the whole Sofia Vergara thing is just not funny.

Stars of the past lived feminism, maintained a largely consistent message throughout those tumultuous years - years when it was threatening to a career to do so. Today, it’s all artless performance to a crowd of young people who will seemingly accept anything with special effects accompaniment.

[As an aside, whenever I think of that song, that era, I can’t help but hear Bella Abzug in my head. Walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, Queen Bey, and I’ll listen.]

08/29/14 • 10:33 AM • EntertainmentHistoryHuman RightsWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A&E cancelled “Longmire”.  Boy, am I p-ssed.

Deleted the A&E app from each of my devices. They’re going to shop it around ... it certainly seems like the former “Arts and Entertainment” channel is more focused on grungy ‘reality’ shows than anything of worth anymore. If noone picks it up, I say KICKSTARTER. 

The camera work, the editing were both stellar this year. Some edgy, very edgy ... they made some daring choices.  Always worth it, IMHO.  Gotta push the envelope.

08/28/14 • 06:52 PM • EntertainmentPersonalSanta Fe Local • (6) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The Bianchina’s good fortune.

A tinycar for the discerning collector. Audrey Hepburn drove one around Paris.

08/26/14 • 12:52 PM • ConsumptionDesignEntertainmentHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Film, Dies at 90.

RIP, good sir. You will be sorely missed.

08/25/14 • 11:33 AM • EntertainmentHistory • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Viewer Beware - Watching Reality TV Can Impact Real-Life Behavior.

This is one form of media that may appear harmless, but I think our research provides a little bit of evidence that there can be some negative outcomes as well.

08/25/14 • 11:31 AM • EntertainmentPsychologyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube: Automata (2014) Official Trailer.

Intriguing. Some of the dialog here is less than inspiring, suspending my enthusiasm.

08/21/14 • 10:02 AM • Entertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Real-Life Illness in a Virtual World.

(Raises hand.) I’m one of those folks. The 90’s fave, ‘shaky cam’ technique makes me puke. Plain and simple. Remember the movie, “Breaking the Waves”?  I made five minutes before bailing out and sitting in my car, listening to music and hoping my head and stomach would stop roiling, waiting for everyone else to finish the movie. I just can’t do VR until this effect is fixed.

08/20/14 • 02:43 PM • EntertainmentHealthPersonalSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

A Conversation On Cool: Redford, Newman.

They look skeptical. [heh]

08/18/14 • 03:45 PM • EntertainmentHistoryPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

RenewCancelTV: Longmire Season 4 Renewal News By September? Craig Johnson Confident.

Good God, they’d better renew. Half of NM’s gonna hunt down A&E’s executives like they’re David Ridges [in-joke].

08/16/14 • 06:06 PM • EntertainmentPersonalSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: The weirdest film you’ll see this month, or year.

This sounds pretty darned cool to me.

08/15/14 • 09:46 AM • Entertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Christopher Plummer - ‘Who the hell wants to be happy all the time?’

Interviewer: Hello Christopher. I think there’s a delay on the line so we’ll have to try not to interrupt one another.

Mr Plummer: I’ll leave some room after you speak to allow your profundity to hang in the air.

08/15/14 • 09:10 AM • Entertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Messy Nessy Chic: Into the Woodstock Crowd, 1969.

I think what’s hard to express is that this is how kids dressed back then, walking around on the streets. This is not isolated to Woodstock. You see that long hair and beards are not the majority look ... mostly just hair a bit too long, and some sort of facial hair. Truly long hair on men was still a major cultural statement, drawing looks and ire from even average citizens. The nudity was pretty much Woodstock and rarely elsewhere - though there were a subset of guys who could grow the long hair, go shirtless with hiphugger jeans and tire sandals, and affect Robert Plant. Every town had at least four, with attendant preteens drooling over them. The other thing is to watch the videos of Woodstock. The audiences were rather staid; you would almost say unemotional. A few dancing with glee, but the majority stone-faced, just sitting. Looking at other concerts of the era, even shorter ones, same thing.

An irony I’ve missed all this time - for Hendrix’ Star Spangled Banner, the crowd had dwindled to less than 1/10 of its size ... the “single greatest moment of the ‘60’s” was missed by over 90% of attendees, in order to go home and dry off.

Once again, the Hartley quote is applicable: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

08/15/14 • 08:56 AM • EntertainmentHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Downton Abbey to be less miserable in series five.

Thank goodness.  All the bad news made me dread it last year. Funny thing - I always saw the series as a Bates biography.  He is, after all, the very first character you see in the first episode, in a very long set of establishing shots. Yet they went from a below-stairs drama to upstairs drama. I miss O’Brien terribly. They left that plot line lying like a live fish flapping on a dry slab.  But I digress.

08/14/14 • 12:01 PM • ArtsEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Watch the First Episode of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy.

The whole story plays out as if Mary Shelley and Fritz Lang collaborated to make Dumbo. Tezuka throws in a lot of wacky slapstick comedy, which just barely takes the edge off the story’s Dickensian melodrama, which relentlessly mines all those primal fears you thought you got over. In short, it’s brilliant.” Tezuka was a genius. Period.

08/14/14 • 10:46 AM • ArtsChildhoodEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Airship: Why Writers Should Read the Classics.

The classics are able to achieve this timeless quality because they are not descriptive; they are introspective. They are not focused on the world in which human emotions exist, but on human emotions themselves.”  Yes, yes, YES.

I recently viewed the movie Renoir. European pacing, slice-of-life, no real conclusion. I admired the film for what it was ... they gave me room to imagine the character’s inner lives, without specifically depicting it. It’s all the things the actresses/actors don’t say. The negative space gives your mind room to fill in the blanks, instead of having CGI and sound effects limit your imagination’s range.

Too many modern novels overdescribe [just for the sake of describing] to the extent of dust textures in a bedroom [snore]. Is the texture of dust important? Rarely. A good lesson is Dickens’ description of Miss Havisham’s cake-room in Great Expectations. Just about everything has symbolic meaning. An adjective applied to one aspect, overshadows every other. Tableaus beautifully, succinctly, vividly created in one’s mind. When students read this, ask them to describe the room (without the book). You’ll be astonished at how similar the descriptions are. Dickens knew his business.

My personal fear has been to study and analyze classics I love too closely. It would be like putting your life partner under a magnifying glass, purposely looking for hidden springs and levers, putting a Post-It on every tiny flaw. It might affect the character of my love. So I tend to analyze books in in my B-list.

08/14/14 • 10:38 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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