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Disney Imagineering R&D Executive Remembered As “Humble Genius”

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The pilot who died Monday in a small plane crash in Sylmar has been identified as Scott Watson, a research and development executive at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Watson was described as the quintessential imagineer: someone who was both creative and technically savvy. Those who worked with him said he left his mark on scores of Disney’s theme park attractions, from Indiana Jones to Soarin’ Over The World to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.

“He had a million ideas and was just a brilliant person to be around,” said Phil Lelyveld, who worked on projects with Watson over his 10-year tenure at Disney and now runs the Immersive Media Program at the USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, a think tank within the school of Cinematic Arts. “He came up with a number of novel ideas for the theme parks and other things in Disney, but he also had
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Brothers Osborne Announce Headlining U.S. Tour Dates

Brothers Osborne Announce Headlining U.S. Tour Dates
Brothers Osborne have been playing a supporting role on Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High Tour since mid-May, but they’ll move up to headlining status by the end of August with a series of newly announced U.S. and Canadian dates.

The trek will get underway August 26th in Charlottesville, Virginia, just a few days before Tj and John Osborne are set to play at Bentley’s inaugural Seven Peaks Music Festival in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend. In mid-October, they’ll head north for a series of Canadian shows,
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Film Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Film Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is purportedly the most-produced of all the Bard’s plays, but neither that nugget nor its cinematically friendly fantasy elements has done it many favors on film. Hollywood’s most famous stab was a notorious flop — stage titan Max Reinhardt’s garish 1935 Warner Bros. extravaganza featuring such unlikely (and highly variable) Shakespearean actors as Dick Powell, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney and Joe E. Brown. An almost equally starry 1999 effort, shot in Italy with Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockhart and Christian Bale, wasn’t much better.

Since then there’s been the lamentably self-explanatory “A Midsummer Night’s Rave,” and the inexplicable “Strange Magic,” one Disney cartoon that children of all ages found easy to resist. That’s 80 years of evidence suggesting “Dream” might best be left sleeping by American filmmakers.

All the more surprising, then, that director-adapter Casey Wilder Mott’s debut feature proves
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Film Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is purportedly the most-produced of all the Bard’s plays, but neither that nugget nor its cinematically friendly fantasy elements has done it many favors on film. Hollywood’s most famous stab was a notorious flop — stage titan Max Reinhardt’s garish 1935 Warner Bros. extravaganza featuring such unlikely (and highly variable) Shakespearean actors as Dick Powell, James Cagney, Mickey Rooney and Joe E. Brown. An almost equally starry 1999 effort, shot in Italy with Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Calista Flockhart and Christian Bale, wasn’t much better.

Since then there’s been the lamentably self-explanatory “A Midsummer Night’s Rave,” and the inexplicable “Strange Magic,” one Disney cartoon that children of all ages found easy to resist. That’s 80 years of evidence suggesting “Dream” might best be left sleeping by American filmmakers.

All the more surprising, then, that director-adapter Casey Wilder Mott’s debut feature proves
See full article at Variety »

There Are a Ton of New Country Songs Out Now - but These Are the Best Ones

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There Are a Ton of New Country Songs Out Now - but These Are the Best Ones
It's been an exciting and eclectic time for country music this year. While staple country singers like Willie Nelson still make great music, Nashville is exploring new frontiers. Country fans are hearing new sounds like Kacey Musgrave's dreamy pop vocals in "Space Cowboy" and Kane Brown's sultry R&B touch in "Heaven." They're also seeing pop artists return to their southern roots with collaborations like Taylor Swift and Sugarland in "Babe." Both old souls and young hearts will definitely find something to listen to on country radio. At the end of the day, country music is all about storytelling, whether it's capturing sorrow or wrath. Get your cowboy boots ready, because we've rounded up the very best new country songs from 2018 . . . so far!

"Burning Man" by Dierks Bentley & Brothers Osborne "Downtown's Dead" by Sam Hunt "Cry Pretty" by Carrie Underwood "Coming Home" by Keith Urban & Julia Michaels "Parallel Line
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Queer Eye's Jason and Beth Are Going Strong, and We Are Here For It

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Image Source: Netflix

If you watch Queer Eye (and probably even if you don't), then you know that the Netflix reboot is one of the biggest tearjerkers in reality TV. The first season blessed us with the engagement of episode one's Tom and Abby and the marriage of episode four's Aj and Drey, but now that season two is out in the world, we've got ourselves a new couple to fawn over: episode four's handy-man Jason and his friend Beth, who became more than a friend by the end of the episode. Will the Queer Eye fandom get to celebrate another wedding?

Related: 17 of the Most Hilarious, Spot-On Reactions to Queer Eye Season 2

If you haven't binged season two yet (which you really should have by now), we'll get you up to speed. Jason was nominated for the makeover show by his "best friend" Beth before his big move from Atlanta to Reno,
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Queer Eye's Jason and Beth Are Going Strong, and We Are Here For It

Image Source: Netflix

If you watch Queer Eye (and probably even if you don't), then you know that the Netflix reboot is one of the biggest tearjerkers in reality TV. The first season blessed us with the engagement of episode one's Tom and Abby and the marriage of episode four's Aj and Drey, but now that season two is out in the world, we've got ourselves a new couple to fawn over: episode four's handy-man Jason and his friend Beth, who became more than a friend by the end of the episode. Will the Queer Eye fandom get to celebrate another wedding?

Related: 17 of the Most Hilarious, Spot-On Reactions to Queer Eye Season 2

If you haven't binged season two yet (which you really should have by now), we'll get you up to speed. Jason was nominated for the makeover show by his "best friend" Beth before his big move from Atlanta to Reno,
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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, rocks and rock festivals – what draws artists and writers to the desert’s unforgiving landscape?

In 1990 a flyer circulated in San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happening: “The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local area of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions.”

Burning Man, the weeklong counterculture festival and arts jamboree, has continued to take place each August, with some 70,000 people converging on the dry bed of an ancient lake in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The event is not what it was: the drive-by shooting range is gone, tickets cost hundreds of dollars, and there is a real danger of running into Elon Musk. But its founding principles are still upheld. These include “radical inclusion”, “radical self-reliance” and “radical self-expression”.

In Breaking Bad,
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There Are a Ton of New Country Songs Out Now - but These Are the Best Ones

It's been an exciting and eclectic time for country music this year. While staple country singers like Willie Nelson still make great music, Nashville is exploring new frontiers. Country fans are hearing new sounds like Kacey Musgrave's dreamy pop vocals in "Space Cowboy" and Kane Brown's sultry R&B touch in "Heaven." They're also seeing pop artists return to their southern roots with collaborations like Taylor Swift and Sugarland in "Babe." Both old souls and young hearts will definitely find something to listen to on country radio. At the end of the day, country music is all about storytelling, whether it's capturing sorrow or wrath. Get your cowboy boots ready, because we've rounded up the very best new country songs from 2018 . . . so far!

"Burning Man" by Dierks Bentley & Brothers Osborne "Downtown's Dead" by Sam Hunt "Cry Pretty" by Carrie Underwood "Coming Home" by Keith Urban & Julia Michaels "Parallel Line
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Larry Harvey, Co-Founder of Burning Man, Dies at 70

  • Variety
Larry Harvey, Co-Founder of Burning Man, Dies at 70
Larry Harvey, the co-founder of the Burning Man arts festival, died Saturday in San Francisco after suffering a massive stroke on April 4. He was 70.

The Burning Man website reported the news.

“We resolutely held out for a miracle,” the statement reads. “If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry.”

“Larry would be the first to say this isn’t an ending,” it continued, “but the start of a new chapter, and we all have a hand in where we go from here.”

In 1986, Harvey started Burning Man at age 38 alongside his friend Jerry James as a summer solstice ritual at Baker Beach in San Francisco. At the end of the night, the group would burn an effigy of a man. The celebration began to grow over the next four years, eventually reaching 800 attendees, so in 1990, the location was changed to Black Rock Desert.
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Larry Harvey Dies: Co-Founder Of Burning Man Festival Was 70

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Larry Harvey Dies: Co-Founder Of Burning Man Festival Was 70
Larry Harvey, one of the founders of the Burning Man festival, died in San Francisco on April 4 after suffering from a stroke. He was 70.

The official Burning Man website announced the death of Harvey. “We resolutely held out for a miracle,” a statement on the website said in regards to his stroke. “If there was anyone tenacious, strong-willed and stubborn enough to come back from this challenge, it was Larry.”

The statement continues, “Larry would be the first to say this isn’t an ending, but the start of a new chapter, and we all have a hand in where we go from here.”

A San Francisco native and known as “The Man in the Hat,” Harvey was an artist, philanthropist and activist. In 1986, he started Burning Man with his friend Jerry James. The festival started off small and was a summer solstice evening ritual where they would burn their
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Tribeca 2018 Women Directors: Meet Mitzi Peirone — “Braid”

Braid”: Tribeca Film Festival

A model, actress, and director, Mitzi Peirone’s directorial debut premiered at Art Basel in 2015. Her directing credits include the short films “Chaosmos” and “Vesperlings.” “Braid” is her feature-length debut. Along with ConsenSys founder and CEO Joseph Lubin, she created the first Ethereum-based equity crowdsale in the history of filmmaking.

Braid” will premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 22.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

MP: “Braid” is the metaphorical nightmare journey of three heroines going into the underworld of their own self-fabricated fears, doubts, and unfulfilled ambitions. “Braid” is for everything I fear. It’s the sublime and terrifying abyss spiraling between reality and dreams, between who we are and who we want to be — the obscure, ancestral essence of ourselves, our surroundings, our mind, our actions, and desires and what happens when fantasy and reality become one.
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‘Lost in Space’: 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Netflix Show, Courtesy of Parker Posey and the Cast

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‘Lost in Space’: 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Netflix Show, Courtesy of Parker Posey and the Cast
There’s a lot going on with “Lost in Space,” Netflix’s big budget remake of the classic science fiction series, from the writing to the production details to how the adults of the cast approached the project, given their relative lack of experience with the genre.

And that showed when IndieWire interviewed stars Parker Posey, Molly Parker, and Toby Stephens during the lead-up to the show’s premiere. Below are seven things we learned from talking to the cast, like the fact that the spacesuits worn by the Robinsons and Dr. Smith were “torture devices,” and the family connection Parker had to the production before she signed on.

Most of the Cast Was New to the World of Sci-Fi

While Parker has been acting for 25 years now, this was her first time going into space. “It’s not my world, for sure,” she said. “I am learning more and
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Intriguing Trailer For Netflix's Crazy New Doc Series Wild Wild Country

Netflix has released a trailer for a shocking new docuseries that they have produced called Wild Wild Country. The story focuses on a moment in American history in the 1980s that I had never heard about before, and it's insane!

The series will examine the events surrounding a cult community that build up a utopian city in the Oregon desert. What follows is complete craziness! There's a conflict with local ranchers; there's wiretapping involved; the first bioterror attack in Us history; plans uncovered for political assassination; and more! It just seems to keep escalating! The trailer promises lots of unexpected twists.

I don't know how I've never heard of this before! Here's the synopsis:

When the world’s most controversial guru builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, a massive conflict with local ranchers ensues; producing the first bioterror attack in Us history, the largest case of illegal wiretapping ever recorded,
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Inside Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Two-Week Australian Getaway

Inside Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Two-Week Australian Getaway
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have been enjoying some time off together in Australia. The 25-year-old "Malibu" singer has been spending time with her 27-year-old actor beau's family in recent weeks. "Miley has spent the last two weeks in Australia enjoying the summer weather with the Hemsworth family," a source tells E! News. "They rang in the New Year at Chris Hemsworth's compound at a Burning Man themed party with Matt Damon and several friends. Everyone had elaborate costumes and went all out for it." And it sounds like Miley gets along very well with Liam's family. "Miley has a lot of fun with the Hemsworths and fits in very well," the insider shares. "The...
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Look Back at the 12 Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2017

Love is a beautiful thing -- until it’s suddenly not. While we stared at plenty of stunning engagement rings and cooed over whimsical wedding dresses, 2017 was also full of shocking breakups -- and a few that people kind of saw coming.

As if this year hasn’t been hard enough with, well, everything going on in the world, here are the 12 celeb splits that collectively broke our hearts.

1. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

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The breakup heard around the world! One of the most beloved and seemingly in-love duos in Hollywood, fans never saw the demise of the Jurassic World and Mom stars, and, honestly, we’re not sure we’ve recovered.

After eight years of marriage, Pratt and Faris announced they were legally separating in a joint statement shared via social media on Aug. 6. "We are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for
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32 Things This Picture of Jon Hamm Reminds Us Of

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Image Source: BBC Studios In somewhat unexpected casting news, Jon Hamm is portraying the Archangel Gabriel. Yes, the biblical messenger. The role is for the upcoming Good Omens adaptation, which will be a six-part miniseries based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel about the end of days. The series - also starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant - will air on Amazon Prime Video in 2019. Although that's ridiculously far away, we've been blessed with the first glimpse of Hamm in the new show, and it's really . . . something. In a new press release, BBC Studios shared the photo of Hamm dressed as Gabriel, and it's safe to say that nothing will ever be the same for us. "Gabriel is the leader of the angels, and the most stylish and impeccably dressed of all of them," costume designer Claire Anderson said. "We chose an immaculately tailored suit that Jon Hamm wears to perfection,
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Horror Highlights: Screambox’s “13 Screams of Halloween”, Slasher: Guilty Party, Scream Factory Blu-rays, Sightings, Grimmwood, Apartment 213, Party Bus To Hell

Get your scream on with these new frightful stories from today's Horror Highlights! Screambox's "13 Screams of Halloween" kicked off this past Friday the 13th and will continue until the big day. Also: Netflix's Slasher Season 2 details, Scream Factory's latest Blu-ray releases, a trailer for Sightings, details for the immersive experience Apartment 213, Grimmwood, and Party Bus From Hell.

Details on "13 Screams of Halloween" from Screambox: Press Release: "Los Angeles, Calif. (October 12, 2017) Screambox, the leading streaming service for hardcore horror fans, is celebrating the Halloween season with a fun treat: 13 new fan-favorite films will be released completely free for streaming on any device from Friday the 13th of October through Halloween, October 31st. Even more thrilling, these top-rated, terrifying titles are exclusive to Screambox -- true horror lovers won’t find these films on any other major streaming service, including Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

“It’s been a great year for Screambox,
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Heidi Klum's Ex Vito Schnabel Arrested in Connection with Alleged Possession of Drugs Weeks Before Split

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Heidi Klum's Ex Vito Schnabel Arrested in Connection with Alleged Possession of Drugs Weeks Before Split
Heidi Klum‘s ex-boyfriend was arrested in connection with alleged unlawful possession of a controlled substance in Nevada during the infamous Burning Man festival.

Police allegedly found drugs on Vito Schnabel on Sept. 3 near Burning Man’s “Deep Playa,” according to the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office. Officers booked him at the Pershing County Jail, and he was released after posting bond.

A police report obtained by The Blast confirms the drug was Psilocybin, or psychedelic mushrooms —commonly taken by “Burners” in the desert.

“It is important to remember that Vito is still innocent until such time as he is
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New to Streaming: ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)

Ana Lily Amirpour’s second feature shoots for Harmony Korine meets Mad Max and would have nearly almost hit the mark were it not for the gratingly aloof attitude and the swaths of directorial license being taken. The Bad Batch — an ambitious, expansive dystopian sci-fi western which features partying, drugs, and cannibals — might come as music to the ears of diehard fans of
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