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Psst: The Fourth of July isn’t really about crazy fireworks displays, or eating a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, or those layered American flag cakes that look so gorgeous on Pinterest but are physically impossible to reproduce Irl.
No, my friends—it’s about our glorious nation’s glorious genesis, spearheaded in the City of Brotherly Love 238 years ago when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You could honor them by comparing bifocals with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, or perhaps wearing a powdered wig to the beach. By my money, though, there’s no better way »
- Hillary Busis
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I was stuck in traffic yesterday, which I didn’t really mind because I have a fun little yellow convertible, and I was thinking about Uber ($17 billion! – that’s the company’s valuation, not the price of a ride) and Google’s driverless cars (development cost unknown), and I decided it was time to connect the dots: once a car learns to drive, there’s no need to own it and there’s no need for a driver. That’s because the car can come when called, take you to your destination, then go off and pick up someone else. That sounds great and I’m hardly the first to connect those particular dots, but there’s a corollary that seems to have gone largely (though not entirely) unnoticed: when driving oneself becomes unnecessary, it will eventually become more expensive, less convenient and – ultimately – unlawful, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Handel)
Trevor Hogg chats with visual effects supervisor Lou Pecora, digital effects supervisor Nikos Kalaitzidi, animation supervisor Benoit Dubuc and previs supervisor Austin Bonang about having the future collide with the past….
When returning to the movie franchise he helped to launch, filmmaker Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) turned to Richard Stammers (Prometheus) to orchestrate the visual effects for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) where original and new cast members are united in a classic time travel tale. Among the companies recruited by Stammers were Mpc, Digital Domain and The Third Floor.
“I was specifically was the animation supervisor for Mpc so we looked after the future Sentinel sequences,” states Benoit Dubuc who operated out of Montreal in a newly created VFX facility. “The opening action sequence and then the end sequence as well. When we got on board all of the sequences had been previs by another company. The previs »
- Trevor Hogg
Happy birthday, Poppy Cat!
Somewhere between being a blithering idiot distracted by the moving colors and actually appreciating that an actual story is being told on screen lies the time where one might safely place a child in front of Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure (2011). These 11 minute programs, created for UK television have finally made their way across the Atlantic for this DVD release. Every episode, some kid reads her cat Poppy a story of her own creation about Poppy's adventures with her animal friends. The most amazing feature is how carefully it walks the line between drool-inducing simplicity and something approaching a plot and characterization.
- Jason Ratigan
The issue of gun rights has been making quite a few headlines lately, not so much in terms of examining the potential flaws in our gun policies following a tragedy (such as when an alleged 20-year-old guns down six innocent strangers) but because companies like Starbucks and Chipotle, among others, are asking gun lovers not to bring their Ak-47s to lunch. Somewhere between eight and 10 members of Open Carry Texas recently openly carried into a San Antonio's Chili's. The manager asks the group a few questions, takes one of their pamphlets and says he needs to check the company's policy. While they wait, an upset woman approaches the group, taking photographs of the members and reprimanding them for »
The Free Agents get grilled tonight in what may be one of the most bizarre competitions in the history of The Challenge. (And, as any fan knows, there have been many insane challenges.)
Somewhere between getting wrapped in cellophane, rolling over a “hot grill,” and tumbling through some tomatoes, the lady competitors show surprising sides of themselves. So, which frontrunner starts to struggle? Which badass may secretly share Jemmye’s fear of ketchup? And who gets her sizable mammaries caught in the grill and utters these timeless words: “I thought boobs were good with poles”?
Watch below to find out. »
- Lanford Beard
Race and wrestling go together like peanut butter and jelly. When it works, Caucasian wrestler Sputnik Monroe becomes the Memphis territory’s most beloved of babyfaces by advocating for African-American fans to be allowed into buildings in order to watch him perform in the 1960s. When it doesn’t, there’s Tony Atlas as a stereotypical spear wielding African savage in the early 1990s as Saba Simba. Somewhere between these two concepts is the WWF’s Nation of Domination.
Started in 1996 as an appropriation as an angle from Memphis meant to get some steam behind Ron Simmons’ re-tooled Faarooq character, the Nation of Islam knockoff lasted for two years in the WWF, and moreso than any level of racial disharmony, the group provided an incredible springboard to create new stars like D’Lo Brown, Mark Henry, Kama (later The Godfather) and of course, The Rock.
Thus, when rumours »
- Marcus K. Dowling
Manic pixie dream boy Neil Patrick Harris continues the domination of our hearts this morning with the breaking news of the concept for his upcoming memoir. While nothing is particularly remarkable about a celebrity releasing a (probably ghost-written) tome, the Hedwig and the Angry Inch star is giving his book a necessary quirky twist: the book will be a choose-your-own-adventure autobiography.
Somewhere between avant-garde experimentalism and pure, unadulterated kitsch lies the concept for the musically inclined How I Met Your Mother nymph’s personally inspired novel-bio hybrid. From the book’s website:
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. »
- Eric Shorey
As WWE continues its 2014 evolution, it may be time for the company to consider adding another mid-to-lower card championship. With the Intercontinental and United States Championships being used as more plot devices, there exists a need for a belt that (like the Ic title did in the 80s) was more heavily-centered around matches with a premium based on the wrestling as the plot device moreso than anything else. Furthermore, as Nxt continues to produce a slew of new talent ready to be introduced, having a championship that can bring them into the lower-to-mid-card mix with a more defined position is a necessity.
The “Universal Championship,” as in “being the champion decided by the WWE Universe,” isn’t the worst idea. Somewhere between mid-to-lower card matches needing some greater direction, creating greater use for WWE’s mobile app and also creating some fresh match-ups for television, this is an idea whose time has come. »
- Marcus K. Dowling
George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" traversed a long road and numerous challenges both before and throughout production. From unpredictable weather, to a difficult shoot, to lengthy post-production and reshoots late last year.
Now though, it appears the post-apocalyptic sequel is finally getting into shape with reports of an apparent early test screening taking place last night. Several reactions have begun to leak out, most quite positive but a few have reservations.
A positive one is up at Af Times which says:
"This movie feels like thirty years of Miller holding in passion for a world that he built so long ago, exploding on the screen. You, remember the third act of The Road Warrior, the bad-ass truck chase that is still hailed as a masterpiece of filmmaking?
You do? Good. Because that’s what this whole movie pretty much is-and it works! A chase that goes long and »
- Garth Franklin
It seems like only yesterday I wrote that we would most likely see a "Star Wars" casting announcement soon. Oh, wait, it literally was yesterday. And while many of the names I mentioned in that piece did indeed end up being part of this morning's official casting announcement made via the official "Star Wars" website as well as Facebook, there were still some big surprises. Can we talk about Andy Serkis first? His casting would suggest that there's going to be a major performance capture character in the film, but that doesn't have to be the case. I think people forget that Serkis has made plenty of appearances in films as himself. Now, would I be excited if he was performing a major performance capture character in the film? Absolutely. Serkis has proven himself to be the gold standard of breathing life into digital creations, and while I think Ahmed Best »
- Drew McWeeny
The past few weeks, I’ve fallen accidentally in love with a show 14 years too late. The Judd Apatow produced Wonder Years of my generation (or technically… the generation above mine) has finally caught the apple of my eye and has me a bit nostalgic.
It’s hard to figure out how we end up in the cliques we do. Sometimes it’s proximity. Sometimes it’s commonality. In my case? Perhaps a bit of both. My first best friend, to best of my knowledge, became such because he sat across from me in Kindergarten. From then until fourth grade, he and I played together often both during school, and after. As we grew up, we were picked on. He, perhaps for his glasses, for being tall, and for being incredibly smart. Me? Thanks to a mother well-versed in podiatry, I was stricken with wearing proper orthopedic saddle shoes. Long »
- Marc Alan Fishman
"Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate?" Somewhere between social realism and existential horror lies Ted Kotcheff's disturbing Australian thriller Wake in Fright (1971), which failed to find a wide audience on its initial release but has since become a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema. To celebrate the film's Dual Format release this Monday (31 March), we have Three copies to give away to our followers, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment and Masters of Cinema. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Above: The Apple
The celebratory attitude at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, speaks to the healthy state of nonfiction filmmaking at present. True to its name, the festival spotlights new films that incorporate elements of both fiction and documentary (and sometimes blur the line between the two), yet even the selections that resemble more traditional investigative reporting uphold a certain standard of artfulness. More impressively, the festival organizers make a point of incorporating the Columbia community into the celebration. Somewhere between 700 and 900 residents of the town and surrounding areas volunteered at the fest this year, and many businesses I encountered seemed happy to get in on the act too. (“Don’t be fooled by False advertising,” read my favorite sandwich board. “Try our True Thai cuisine!”) Roughly half of the screenings took place in locations not usually reserved for movies—a rock venue, a couple of churches, »
- Ben Sachs
Somewhere between saving Harry Potter and boarding Noah's giant ark, Emma Watson started making her own fashion decisions, and they're not exactly what we expected. Just a few years ago the British starlet was wearing dainty Chanel dresses in light and airy colors, but today she's more likely to take the red carpet in a dark, goth gown or, brace yourself, pants! What's gotten into the formerly reserved Bling Ring star, and how can we make sure it stays? Over the past six months the "Potter" alum has stepped out in a tiny cropped top by Balenciaga, slouchy pants set from J. Mendel and a Golden Globes dress with pants in the back! Though our favorites among the set might be the edgy mini by »
Dissatisfaction: Burger Launches the Next Ya Dystopia to Unwieldy Lengths
Director Neil Burger joins genre courting/sci-fi alum Andrew Niccol’s dip into the abscessed pool of the Ya cash cow with Divergent, an adaptation of the first in a series of novels by Veronica Roth. A little of this, a little of that, and you’ve got a veritable mash up recent adolescent themed portraits of the future grim in the vein of (the already derivative) Hunger Games trilogy, and even Ender’s Game. Things don’t get better, only increasingly worse, an adage fitting for not only post apocalyptic Western dystopias but the rigidly formulaic and repetitive narratives that are now distended and stretched to epic proportion. Rising star Shailene Woodley gets outfitted with her own treatment of Chosen One Syndrome and delivers a serviceable performance that’s hampered by a ceaselessly workmanlike set-up that obviously thinks its »
- Nicholas Bell
From 1967-1969, over the course of two seasons, America traveled to the Florida Everglades to embark on family-friendly adventures with the Wedloes. They were an All-American family led by game warden Tom (Dennis Weaver), his wife Ellen (Beth Brickell), and their son Mark (played by, yes, Ron Howard’s younger brother, Clint). While his elder sibling was keeping busy as Opie on The Andy Griffith Show, Clint horsed around with his tame bear, the titular Ben.
The formula was always the same, mirrored in many shows of the time. Something was wrong or a new, always relatively harmless, foe threatened the Everglades and the Wedloes had to restore order with their furry friend. The ‘60s were a boom time for television, from Gilligan and the Brady Bunch to Dick Van Dyke and Bonanza. Somewhere between The Addams family and the Flinstones, Gentle Ben found a home with another family-centric yarn. »
- Kyle North
Somewhere between "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight" lies "Divergent," Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel, and while I think there are some weird issues with the film, there are enough things it does right that I think it's a pretty safe bet we'll see Roth's entire series play out on film in the next few years. At what point are we going to stop with the weird non-descriptive "Young Adult" label for these movies? What's wrong with the genre labels that already existed? "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent" strike me as similar in many ways, but "young adult" doesn't suggest anything about what you'll actually see in the film. They're science-fiction films with young casts. They create alternate worlds or alternate histories, and they are more than willing to reach for the big metaphor. Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor are the credited writers on the film, and »
- Drew McWeeny
"At some point, when the penny drops, they always come back to Diamond Dolls." Shelley, the 'house mother' for Glasgow strip club Diamond Dolls, didn't look like the kind of woman you'd mess with.
When she vowed to break every finger of any man that tried getting handsy with one of her girls, a glint in her eye suggested that she was deadly serious.
All of which should be quite heartening, but there was something mildly depressing and worrying about Shelley, the central figure in the opening episode of Channel 4's new documentary series Strippers.
Somewhere between her 'Shelley knows best' routine and her boasts that the girls always end up coming back for the cash, the caring 'mother' act got lost and instead we saw a woman hiring girls who had "a willingness to make money".
The girls working for Shelley included Kim ("I'm not selling my body. »
J.K. Simmons can be a warm paternal presence, a comedic force, a terrifying human monster, or a wry closing-pitcher fifth wheel to the nominal protagonists. (See, respectively: the dad in Juno, J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man trilogy, Schillinger on Oz, his recurring role as a psychiatrist in the Law & Orderverse.) To the extent that NBC’s new comedy Growing Up Fisher works at all, it works because of Simmons. The show is based on the actual life story of creator DJ Nash, and it’s narrated by an older version of his onscreen surrogate Henry (Eli Baker) — although it »
- Darren Franich
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