Art of VFX: Into the Woods, featurette.
Of interest, also.
Art of VFX: BBC ‘God Only Knows’ - Behind The Work.
So much green screen these days. It must be so hard for actors.
Dazed: Top 10 cult leather icons.
Youtube: Paddington – Official International Trailer #3.
Looks delightful. I didn’t even know it was in production. First I’ve heard of it.
BadassDigest: Film Crit Hulk Smash - ON DESPAIR, GAMERGATE AND QUITTING THE HULK.
I picture Hulk sitting by the fireside, with half-glasses and a smoking jacket.
LA Times: Marcia Strassman dies at 66; actress starred in ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’.
“‘We didn’t think anybody would believe her with Gabe Kaplan.’ I said: ‘You believe me with Gabe Kaplan? Thank you very much.’”” Indeed. My heart lost a few beats over her, way back when. Beautiful eyes and a lovely smile. I note the Grim Reaper of breast cancer took her; he is too active these days. RIP.
Pacific Standard: We Are All Confident Idiots.
“The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise.” Sticking people in front of a camera requires folks to multi-task - even those who know better can begin babbling in order to portray themselves in a way they feel is ‘good’. I don’t think it’s a fair test of ‘ignorance’. Certainly not a scholarly study of the phenom.
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.
The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”
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.
Guardian.UK: Tropical spider burrows under man’s skin through scar - video.
Will be featured in one of Hollywood’s next horror films, methinks.
OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.
What a difference seven years makes.
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.
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’?
NPR: Neil Young’s Writes Of His Love Affair With Cars.
The beard makes him look 20 years younger.
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.
RIP, Geoffrey Holder.
You were so much more ... but I most frequently remember this.
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.’
OneHeadlightInk: Holy Batman v Superman, New Mexico!
We’re Africa this time around.
Bartosz Kosowski: Lolita.
Good lord. [Possibly NSFW.] Not a photograph; the essence of graphic.
Vimeo: Destiny/Mars Opening Sequence.
Kinda fun. The ‘space M-16’ is kinda bizarre.
A Continuous Lean.: The Escape Artist/Dennis Hopper in Taos.
At some point, I’ll take a drive up and pay my respects.
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.”