Mashable: 12 ‘Sound of Music Live!’ Performances You Should Rewatch.
Omigod. One thing continues to make me sad: Julie Andrews’ four octave soprano was an international treasure, and the doctors who ruined her vocal cords should be in jail. My other observation is, Captain Von Trapp needs to embody his profession. Does this actor look like he served on battleships and commanded a U-boat? No way. He looks like another soccer dad from down the block, nice voice or not. Suspension of disbelief: none.
Marshall Loudspeakers: Stanmore Black Bluetooth Loudspeaker.
Ya think this would go with a Hemingway-themed office? Big $$ for a Bluetooth speaker, though.
ArtDaily: Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, cannabis.
A celebrity used drugs. This is news?
Metafilter: “Most of America’s Silent Films Are Lost Forever”.
That makes me want to cry.
Hollywood Reporter: Animals Were Harmed.
Animals are apparently getting ‘Vic Morrow’d’ on a regular basis.
Hollywood Reporter: Roger Ebert’s Nonprofit to Match Donations Up to $25,000 for Statue.
YouTube: Lady Gaga & Joseph Gordon Levitt - Baby It’s Cold Outside.
Ugh. No chemistry. Like having youthful Ethel Merman and Joe E. Brown on downers. No doubt their fans will be thrilled.
ArtDaily: The Maltese Falcon sells for $4 million.
All for a hunk of lead.
Guardian.UK: Ian McKellen says current play is ‘probably’ his last Broadway outing.
“The gravitas, penetrating intelligence and mercurial wit they bring to their performances in these contrasting yet strangely complementary works was to be expected given the two actors’ breadth of experience. But it’s the sense of rueful, wounded humanity that distinguishes them.” I hope someone commits this to video and makes it available for sale.
Phases Phrases Photos: Happy Birthday, Tina!
Happy B-day, Tina Turner.
OpenCulture: Grace Kelly Reflects on the Life of JFK in an Artfully Animated Video.
The animation is particularly well done.
NY Times: ‘The Hunger Games - Catching Fire’ Review.
“‘Catching Fire’ isn’t a great work of art but it’s a competent, at times exciting movie and it does something that better, more artistically notable movies often fail to do: It speaks to its moment in time.”
MeFi: ‘And enough L-Tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving ass!’
MST 3000, for Thanksgiving. Twitter one-liner snarks, long before Twitter ever existed.
Tumblr: Monsieur Hulot.
Amazing movie stills, posters, more. You’ll find hours to waste in the endless scroll … until your browser blows up.
Film: Watch the New Short that Wes Anderson & Jason Schwartzman Made for Prada.
Cute. A bit slow.
Momentum: Canon EOS-1D C, First DSLR to meet EBU HD Tier 1 requirements.
“Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides “exceptional” HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ color performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirmed that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.” Nice, but still … $12k.
Railway Shoes (Tumblr): Duck Soup GIF.
MeFi: Mahna Mahna.
Perhaps a new Muppet Show wouldn’t succeed, because there aren’t enough truly charismatic celebrities left.
Guardian.UK: Cher - ‘Women have always been sex objects and always will be’.
Uh-huh. I miss her original, iconic nose and cute imperfect teeth.
NY Times: ‘Thor - The Dark World’ Brings Back Marvel’s Alien Superhero.
“As if underscoring their film’s essential witlessness, the folks at Marvel Entertainment have inexplicably missed the opportunity to make a splash by opening “Thor: The Dark World” on a Thursday. But repackaging a Norse god as an alien superhero takes chutzpah, not humor (unless you count the Viking ship that serves as his spacecraft), and movie studios have yet to lose money by assuming that their audiences have the intellectual discernment of newborns.” Gar, what a takedown. It only gets better, except for the last-paragraphs drooling over Tom Hiddleston. I call rental!
Deadline: R.I.P. Blockbuster—Video Rental Chain To Close 300 Remaining Stores In 2014.
Hmmm. Will history even remember Blockbuster, or any of the other VHS rental stores? Or the rituals we practiced when they ruled our entertainment-watching lives? Walking the aisles, reading titles … smelling rancid popcorn oil …
Slate: Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds panic myth.
Yes, well. I’ve told the story before. My late father was walking up Alexander Street (near the F. Scott Fitzgerald house) in Princeton late one night when a couple rocking in their chairs, listening to the tinny reception of an old radio, called from a front porch - “Did you know, Princeton’s just been destroyed by Martians?” Dad replied, “That’s nice” and kept walking.
SwipeLife: Watch Donnie Yen go toe-to-toe with the legendary Bruce Lee.
Apple Trailers — Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Cautiously optimistic. I can’t say Captain America was one of my fave comics, but in the onscreen Marvel Universe his story/backstory/history is more compelling than the others (Thor, Iron Man, Hulk).
WaPo: The most glorious TED Talk takedown you will witness before 2070.
“Yes, often truly groundbreaking ideas sound completely insane when initially presented. But at the rate people with body microphones and Steve Jobs demeanors are coming up with groundbreaking ideas, there’s no ground left to break.” A little old, but it just came up on my radar today.
When you mix politics and entertainment, you get the range of personalities from Jon Stewart to Rush Limbaugh. When you mix science and entertainment, you get … TEDx? Only now are people asking if such mixes are actually beneficial. Yet the across the broader spectrum, folks would prefer to have someone tell them what to think.
Remember my old rule: Be damned careful who you mortgage your opinions to.
Again, I like some of TEDx. I just wish that, for an outfit who can do such polished videos, they’d include simple hyperlinks to reference the person and their presented information along with that video. It doesn’t take a genius.