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  • ‘Picked Apart by Vultures’: The Last Days of Stan Lee

    03/22/2018 12:27:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast via MSN ^ | 21 March 2018 | Mark Ebner
    You might expect Stan Lee, at age 95, to be enjoying the fruits of his many labors: Marvel Comics, the company he served as the former president and chairman of, dominates popular culture. Characters he co-created — among them Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, and the Avengers — are household names. He’s a comics legend, with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When Marvel sold to Disney in 2010 for $4 billion, he personally pocketed a cool $10 million, and tours the world as its ambassador emeritus. And midway through his tenth decade, Black Panther, based on a...
  • Spring is here

    03/20/2018 9:01:05 AM PDT · by NorthMountain · 9 replies
    Lyrics freak ^ | ??? | Tom Lehrer
    Today is the first day of spring. Let us celebrate: Tom Lehrer – Poisoning Pigeons In The Park Lyrics I'd like to take you now on wings of song, as it were, and try and help you forget perhaps for a while your drab, wretched lives. Here's a song all about spring-time in general, and in particular one of the many delightful pastimes the coming of spring affords us all. Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring. I do, don't you? 'course you...
  • James Comey Weighing Hollywood Offers for Memoir

    03/20/2018 7:35:32 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 45 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 20, 2018 | Andy Lewis
    Former FBI Director James Comey, who was famously fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, is considering selling the option to his hotly anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which publishes April 17. Comey’s agents at DC-based Javelin, Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, were in Los Angeles last week fielding pitches, according to a source with knowledge of the visit. A film or TV deal wasn’t something Comey even thought about until a flood of people in Hollywood called and expressed interest after the book was announced in early August. Comey is said to be unsure...
  • A music video of Q-Cards to the Marine Hymn - DOWNLOAD mp4 ONLY - NO STREAMING

    03/19/2018 6:40:00 PM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    It's 45K and an MP4 file. It downloads as a zip file which, in Firefox, I double-click to get the mp4 file that is then playable in VLC. Spread it or delete it. Sorry I can't make it streaming on my site. This is an experiment, so curious how it works out. Let me know what you can play it in, if you download.
  • Tiffany windows, and Tiffany and Lalique decorative arts and jewelry, set to Telemann

    03/18/2018 11:11:20 AM PDT · by mairdie · 11 replies
    Telemann's Concerto For Flute, Oboe and Viola in E major 2 Allegro, Christopher Hogwood. I'm saving the religious windows for the Christmas season.
  • Great Irish/American song

    03/17/2018 11:41:01 AM PDT · by son of terrence · 25 replies
    Sometime in the 1970s or early 1980s Peter Jones discovered a collection of century-old letters in his parents' attic in Bethesda, Maryland. The letters had been sent by his great-great-great grandfather, Byran Hunt, to his son, Jones' great-great grandfather, John Hunt,[a] who had emigrated from Kilkelly, County Mayo, to the United States in 1855 and worked on the railroad. As Byran was illiterate, the letters were dictated to the local schoolmaster, Pat McNamara (d. 1902), who often wrote letters on behalf of his neighbors who were unable to read and write. Covering the years 1858 to 1893, the Hunt letters...
  • Christian Indie ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Set to Over-Perform at Box Office

    03/17/2018 8:38:11 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 29 replies
    Variety ^ | March 17, 2018 | Pat Saperstein
    The nation’s moviegoers look to be turning out in bigger numbers for a Christian-themed independent film than for the first mainstream teen movie with a gay main character. Roadside Attractions’ “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the story of the biggest-selling Christian song of all time, is looking at an estimated $14 million-plus for the weekend from 1,629 locations, far outdoing earlier estimates of $2 million-$8 million. Meanwhile, Fox’s “Love, Simon” is garnering attention for featuring a love story centering on a teenage boy coming out, and is looking at a $12 million-plus weekend on 800 more screens than the...
  • Chatsworth goes bling! Duke of Devonshire spends £33million revamping his famous home [tr]

    03/17/2018 5:44:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2018 | Richard Kay
    Not since the Windsor Castle fire has there been a makeover of one of our national treasures on such a scale. Indeed, the restoration of Chatsworth House has cost only a few million pounds less than the £37 million lavished on the castle. However, the facelift of Chatsworth, in Derbyshire — where Keira Knightley’s heart as Miss Bennet first fluttered over the brooding Mr Darcy in the big-screen version of Pride And Prejudice — was prompted not by adversity but because its owner, the Duke of Devonshire, had no wifi. That became the trigger for the biggest, costliest and longest...
  • Academy (Oscars) President John Bailey Under Investigation for Sexual Harassment

    03/16/2018 12:41:34 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | March 16, 2018 | Gene Maddaus
    John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment. The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately opened a probe, according to sources familiar with the situation. Bailey was elected president of the institution in August. If he were forced to step down, he would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy’s vice president, until the next election in July. Bailey’s tenure has been marked by a historic shift in the Academy’s approach to misconduct by its members. In...
  • Fifteen Art Nouveau Artists to the music of Joseph Blanchard

    03/15/2018 11:43:13 AM PDT · by mairdie · 32 replies
    Paintings, jewelry and furniture by Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Charles Dana Gibson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Carolus Duran, Louis Welden Hawkins, Eugene Grasset, Francois Raoul Larche, Georges de Feure, Walter Crane, Heinrich Vogeler, Louis Majorelle, Maxfield Parrish, and Manuel Orazi. Music by Joseph Blanchard, a gentleman I met who composes and plays for hospital patients. An absolutely wonderful man.
  • Street Artist Targets Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harvey Weinstein in ‘Twins’-Inspired #MeToo Posters

    03/14/2018 5:56:37 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 14, 2018 | Jerome Hudson
    Street artist Sabo plastered California buildings and benches with fake movie posters featuring actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and disgraced mega-producer Harvey Weinstein standing next to each other, a near-mirror image of the film art for Schwarzenegger’s 1988 comedy classic Twins. The faux film posters see the former California governor wearing a “No Fossil Fuels” pin, while Weinstein (like Danny DeVito, much shorter in stature and leaning on Schwarzenegger) dons a “No NRA” button — a nod to Weinstein’s October pledge to “channel [his] anger” at the NRA. Blaring at the bottom of the posters are the anti-sexual harassment hashtag “#MeToo,” and...
  • Russia Banned Satire "Death of Stalin" Strikes Chord at US Box Office

    03/14/2018 2:50:58 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 3/11/2018 | Pamela McClintock
    Over the weekend, Armando Iannucci's critically acclaimed The Death of Stalin did impressive business upon launching in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $181,308 for a per-screen average of $45,327 — the second-best average of the year to date behind Black Panther. Moreover, the comedy scored the second-best opening average ever for veteran indie distributor IFC... The movie will be listed on the marquee in a total of nine cities next weekend — including Washington — on its way to rolling out nationwide at the end of the month. Set in 1953, The Death of Stalin is...
  • Hotel booking sites report that searches for FICTIONAL Wakanda from Black Panther are up 620% (tr)

    03/14/2018 1:26:15 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2018 | Ted Thornhill
    It seems that the Black Panther movie has done such a good job of immersing audiences in its world that many people think it's real. Two hotel booking sites have revealed that site searches for the word 'Wakanda' – the name of the fictional African country the movie is set in – have risen dramatically. reported that the number of people landing on its Wisconsin Wakanda Water Park page is up by 620 per cent and reported that searches for neighbouring Wakanda Park are up by 55 per cent year on year. A spokesperson for commented: 'The...
  • The Art Nouveau posters of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) to the music of Joseph Blanchard

    03/14/2018 11:15:48 AM PDT · by mairdie · 19 replies
    One minute in length. Thanks to lee martell for the suggestion.
  • Chinese Female Filmmaker Explores "Demonized American Heartland"

    03/14/2018 10:01:30 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 15 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | May 2017 | Nancy Tartaglione
    “I thought my last film was hard,” Zhao laughs, “but for a Chinese woman to try to wrangle a bunch of young cowboys?” Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is making her second trip to the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight this year, with sophomore feature The Rider. Born in Beijing, Zhao went to school in the UK and college in the U.S. before settling in Denver, basing her first two feature films on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Zhao’s 2015 drama, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, was developed at the Sundance Institute and premiered in Park City that year. It centers...
  • Jimmy Kimmel Admits Divisive Politics Have Cost Him ‘Commercially’

    03/13/2018 10:58:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 13, 2018 | John Nolte
    Far-left late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who is currently one of the most polarizing and divisive personalities in the country, admitted he has seen polls that show that his partisanship “has cost me commercially.” “According to polls I’ve seen, it has cost me commercially,” he told Oprah Winfrey in an interview for her O Magazine. “That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said.” “I know my job is, for the most part, to entertain people and make them laugh. That said, if I can be selfish every once in a while and talk about something serious that’s important to...
  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Production Company to Adopt Inclusion Rider

    03/13/2018 7:41:42 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 66 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2018 | Patrick Shanley
    Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are adopting inclusion riders for projects made through their Pearl Street Films, according to head of strategic outreach at the production company, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. "On behalf of Pearl Street Films, Matt Damon, @BenAffleck, Jennifer Todd, Drew Vinton & I will be adopting the #InclusionRider for all of our projects moving forward," Cox DiGiovanni tweeted Monday, responding to Michael B. Jordan's tweet from last week in which he announced that his production company, Outlier Society, would also begin adopting inclusion riders. An inclusion rider is a reference to the belief by some that there should...
  • If Jennifer Lawrence Can't Open a Movie, Who Can?

    03/12/2018 7:49:42 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 130 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 12, 2018 | Stephen Galloway
    The A-list actress' recent stumbles with 'Red Sparrow,' 'mother!' and 'Passengers' are no reason to gloat. The death of the movie star is bad news for everyone in Hollywood. In 1993, John Travolta’s career was teetering on the brink. The actor, who’d become a superstar with Saturday Night Fever and then added to his luster with Grease, had all but ceased to matter as a cultural force. True, he could still deliver the occasional hit, such as Look Who’s Talking, but at the domestic and foreign box office he was a has-been, someone largely remembered for a white sharkskin suit...
  • The Paintings of Franz Marc (1880-1916), German Expressionist, to Bach

    03/11/2018 3:17:29 PM PDT · by mairdie · 28 replies
    Franz Marc was a German Expressionist whose early work has the more traditional French Impressionist feel. He specialized in animals, and his work runs from representational to almost totally abstract. During World War I he was assigned to painting camouflage for military bases. He was on a list of people of talent to be pulled from the front line when he was killed at the Battle of Verdun. The music is Bach. On saxophone.
  • Weekend Box Office: 'Wrinkle in Time' Limps Toward $33M Debut; 'Black Panther' Stays No. 1

    03/11/2018 8:09:29 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 10, 2018 | Pamela McClintock
    Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time — based on Madeleine L'Engle's beloved book and targeting younger girls — is off to a troubled start at the North American box office. Hobbled by poor word of mouth, the fantasy-adventure grossed $10.2 million on Friday from 3,980 theaters for a weekend debut of $32 million-$33 million, behind expectations. Wrinkle in Time has been rebuffed by most critics, while audiences gave it a mediocre B CinemaScore. While Wrinkle in Time was able to narrowly beat fellow Disney title Black Panther on Friday, Black Panther will easily win the weekend with $40 million-plus from...