Monday, 28 February 2011

Page 2: Black Swan, Jon Hamm, James Bond, M.A.S.K., Bambi, Fight Club, Superman, The Dark Knight, Mr. Brainwash, Inception


What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn?t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we?ve included 48 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It?s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us [2]!


New photos from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night have been released on Facebook [4].

Mark Millar shares his thoughts [5] on why the movie studios will continue to make comic book movies even though the trend will start to fizzle out:
"The movies are making more and more money. Dark Knight made more than twice what Batman Begins made, and Dark Knight Rises is on track to make over a billion dollars as well, I?d imagine. So they?ll keep making them as long as they keep making money." ... "I?ve always said 2015 is when it?ll start to fizzle out, because the biggest ones are yet to come. Next year you have all the Marvel franchises coming together in one movie, called The Avengers, and it?s directed by a great guy, Joss Whedon. You?re going to have Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, all in one film."

Between The Pages [6] lists the 10 most awesome James Bond cakes.

Movieline [7] lists 8 Milestones in the Evolution of Nicolas Cage.

Superman: America vs. India. [highdef [8]]

Eventful and Universal Pictures are trying to find [9] the college most excited to host the world premiere of Your Highness.

How The Dark Knight Should Have Ended.

The Carpetbagger [10] lists 4 Rules to Win Your Oscar Pool.

Mr. Marvel cosplay. [fashionablygeek [11]]

The organization Smoke Free Movies put a full-page ad [12] in the Hollywood Reporter attacking the Johnny Depp-voiced animated movie Rango, which features a number of critters who smoke cigarettes. The headline reads: "How many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a 'PG' movie? What was Paramount thinking?"
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Street Fighter's Forbidden Love [Screengrab]

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Midget wanted for bday party- (pacifica)

Date: 2009-07-16, 4:22PM PDT

Should you do gigs I am looking for a midget to dress as a leprachan for a good friend's 30th bday party on Sat Aug 8th in Pacifica. His wife is oganizing the party. There will be approx 15-30 people. Everyone is respectable and mature for such an event. The time would be approx 8-10 or 9-11pm.

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Quentin Tarantino?s Next is a Western with Christoph Waltz

Last week, in addition to finding that the full cut of Kill Bill complete with new anime sequence (aka Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair) would play the New Beverly Cinema in March, there were whisperings that Quentin Tarantino is busy assembling his new film [1]. At the time we didn't have any real word about what the movie would be, but now Italian actor and one-time spaghetti western star Franco Nero says that he is involved in a western with Quentin Tarantino. Further reports say that the director's next film is definitely a western, and that it will star breakout Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz.

Franco Nero told Movieplayer [2] (via The Playlist [3]),
My next project will be a western, but not in Italy. Here it is hard work. The film will be called The Angel, The Bad and The Wise* and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It ?s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot.

We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all. Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.
(Those quotes are translated, so perhaps aren't exact.)

But there's more. At first we wondered if this might be something in which Quentin Tarantino might appear, aka Takashi Miike's film Sukiyaki Western Django, rather than the film alluded to by Jeremy Smith of AICN last week when he said ?Tarantino?s next project is quietly coming together behind the scenes. Hope to have something to report soon. I predict most people will be very happy with it."

But Jeremy updated today [4] with several points, chief among them a firm statement that Quentin Tarantino is making a spaghetti western and that it will feature Christoph Waltz. He can't confirm the involvement of Franco Nero or any of the other actors mentioned in the quotes above. Finally, he says that title (The Angel, the Bad and the Wise) is totally wrong, and that even when you account for possible Google Translate mangling, the title "isn't even close."

No one has plot details yet, but the shoot is reportedly set for later this year in (contrary to Franco Nero's statement) Italy and Spain. More on this as we get it.



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Telephone ad extolling the virtues of interrupted suppers

An early ad for extra landlines pimps the miracle of talking on the phone during the family dinner, and advises that Junior will love a "portable" phone that he can carry down to the living room when he's done with it. "It's for you, we don't mind the phone cord in the dinner soup"...


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2010 Southern California Journalism Awards Finalist

My article in Slate, "Best Weekend Never," which won a 2010 National Entertainment Journalism Award, was just named a finalist for a 2010 Southern California Journalism Award in the Online Entertainment News/Feature/Commentary category. The award winners will be announced June...


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Can't wait til 9.16.09!!!

CAN'T WAIT for the next season to start! "Black on Black Crime!" as Rampage puts it.

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HP's Quad Edition dv6t and dv7t laptops now available, Radeon HD graphics and Core i7 CPUs in tow

First they leaked, then they became official, and now they're at HP's online store waiting for your name, address and credit card information. The new Pavilion dv6 and dv7 laptops borrow liberally from the higher-end Envy line's aesthetics -- not that we're complaining -- and offer quad-core Core i7 CPUs that max out at 3.4GHz on the i7-2820QM when cranked up using Turbo Boost. The default running speed for that model is 2.3GHz and it has a pair of slightly slower brethren, ticking along at 2.2GHz (i7-2720QM) and 2GHz flat (i7-2630QM), all of which you can own on the dv6t or dv7t. Both machines come with AMD's 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 6570 graphics chip, while the larger dv7t also brings a two-year warranty as standard. Its 1600 x 900 resolution on a 17.3-inch screen might disappoint those looking for mad pixel density, though few would be able to complain about its price. The dv6t and dv7t start off at $1,000 and $1,100, respectively, and are subject to a $150 instant rebate and free memory (6GB) and hard drive (750GB) upgrades that should make them very appealing value propositions.

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83rd Annual Academy Award Winners [Live-Blog]

Football has the Super Bowl, baseball has the World Series, soccer has the World Cup and movies have the Academy Awards. Each year, Hollywood's schedule more or less culminates with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handing out Oscars for the year's best films and Sunday, for the 83rd straight time, it happened again. Hosts James Franco [1] and Anne Hathaway [2] helped some of the most famous actors and actresses [3] in the world hand out the hardware for the best of 2010.

Leading the pack with twelve total nominations [4] was The King's Speech, followed by True Grit with ten, Inception and The Social Network with eight, The Fighter with seven, 127 Hours with six, Black Swan and Toy Story 3 with five and The Kids Are all Right and Winter's Bone with four. And those just so happen to be the 10 films nominated for Best Picture.

Did your favorite film take home an Oscar? Or was the Academy predictably predictable? After the jump, we list all of your Oscar winner.

Here is the complete list of winners, along with commentary. [Note: Comments happened in real time.]

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King?s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter?s Bone

Commentary: The best part of the night could have been Steven Spielberg coming out to the Jurassic Park score. That and the fact that the montage showed the end of all of the movies. But, of course, the Oscar goes to The King's Speech winning four of its 12 nominations.

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King?s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Commentary: The biggest slam dunk of the night, odds wise. Still, an amazing performance and well-deserved both for this film and for A Single Man last year.

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter?s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Commentary: A ravishing performance that made the movie, congratulations Padme. Hope Luke and Leia come out okay. And it's awesome that you gave Luc Besson a shout out.

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King?s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Commentary: Noooooo! David Fincher, who has such a great pedigree and incredible resume, loses to the guy who makes one good movie. Boo.

Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Commentary: Great speech by Randy Newman. How has he only won two Oscars?

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter Paramount Pamela Martin
The King?s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Commentary: Think about how Wall and Baxter had to take all the takes that Fincher shoots and edit them, between various time frames, and you'll know why this one won.

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Commentary: Four Oscars for Inception already. It deserved more, but we'll take what we can get, right?

Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D?Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production
Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production
Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

Commentary: Since Exit was my favorite movie of the year, this was my most anticipated category. Of course, it goes to the pre-Oscar favorite, Inside Job. And any excitement at today's show goes out the window.

The Confession (dir: Tanel Toom)
The Crush (dir: Michael Creagh)
God of Love (dir: Luke Matheny)
Na Wewe (dir: Ivan Goldschmidt)
Wish 143 (dir: Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite)

Commentary: I love that Jake Gyllenhaal talked about the shorts making or breaking your at home Oscar pool. Hilarious. (I got them both wrong.)

Killing in the Name (dir: Jed Rothstein)
Poster Girl (dir: Sara Nesson)
Strangers No More (dir: Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon)
Sun Come Up (dor: Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger)
The Warriors of Qiugang (dir: Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon)

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi
The King?s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Barney?s Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Commentary: Rick Baker rules and now we can say, "The Academy Award Winning film, The Wolfman."

Inception, Richard King
Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger

Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King?s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell
Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer
The King?s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Commentary: This was a close race, for sure, with Zimmer and Desplat both close, but a worthy, unique score takes it home.

Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter?s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King?s Speech
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Commentary: Beyond worthy. A complete and utter transformation by Mr. Bale. It's easy to forget how incredible an actor he is when all we talk about are the Batman movies all of the time.

In a Better World
Outside the Law

Commentary: The Golden Globes picked In a Better World, and now so did the Oscars.

Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King?s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter?s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Commentary: Another obvious, but worthy pick. The movie IS the script. Congrats to Mr. West Wing.

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Commentary: There was never a doubt in anyone's mind. [5]

Day & Night (dir: Teddy Newton)
The Gruffalo (dir: Jakob Schuh and Max Lang)
Let?s Pollute (dir: Geefwee Boedoe)
The Lost Thing (dir: Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann)
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King?s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Commentary: Kirk Douglas's intro was hilarious and beautifully memorable. Leo was the early favorite, lost but steam, but pulled it out in the end. Well deserved and very happy for my fellow Hudson Valley, NY native. And she said this looks "so fucking easy." Big laughs.

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique
Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
The King?s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Commentary: Very excited for Pfister, an underdog who deserved it.

Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O?Hara (Set Decoration)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)
Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)/span>
The King?s Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)
True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)



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The First Serious Sam 3 Screenshot [Screengrab]

Here's your first look at Serious Sam 3. Not much of a look, but then, first looks rarely are! More »


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Microsoft Research shows off next-generation gesture interfaces, Kinect integration, other neato stuff (video)

Microsoft Research shows off next-generation gesture interfaces, Kinect integration, other neato stuff (video)
Leave it to Microsoft Research to show off some cool stuff that may or may not actually happen on any thing you ever actually buy. Check out the video after the break to see the latest, Director of Microsoft Applied Sciences Steven "Stevie B" Bathiche showing off a variety of interesting interfaces. It all starts with gesture controls that take you well beyond the touchscreen, relying on a retro-reflective sash and a camera to detect hand position. But, things quickly progress to a flat lens called a wedge that can enable holographic-like imagery. Pair that with a Kinect and perspective shifts come into play, tracking your face to enable you to peer around like looking out a window. It's all just waiting for you below -- and maybe IRL sometime in the future.

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Cabrera to return to Tigers lineup as DH Monday

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera will be in the Detroit Tigers' lineup for the first time this spring as a designated hitter in Monday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees.


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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Chinese designer makes Megatron tank a steel-toothed reality

It doesn't move and it certainly doesn't transform, but we're still not sure we'd stand anywhere near this jagged metal contraption ripped right out of the silver screen. The giant Megatron tank replica from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen not only looks like it'd grind us up like so much beef beneath its spiky treads, it reportedly weighs five tons and stands eight feet tall. It's allegedly constructed entirely out of scrap metal by a designer known as "Steel Legend" -- a honorific that we imagine few will dare question now. If only it could take on junkyard Optimus Prime in a Beijing Battle Royale. More pics of the tank at our source links below!

[Thanks, leungxd]

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Cliff Corcoran: Snider deserved to be included with Mays and Mantle

Dodgers legend Duke Snider, who died Sunday at 84, was a great player, pure and simple. In his heyday, the Duke truly was right there with Willie and Mickey, writes Cliff Corcoran.


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Pepper began in 1996 when singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman joined forces with bassist/singer Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams. With the trio in place, Pepper left Hawaii for San Diego and went on to open shows by Burning Spear, Shaggy, and other major reggae artists. Pepper first entered the studio in 1997 and recorded a seven-song demo. In 1999, after gathering a local following on the Big Island, Pepper gained the interest of an independent, L.A.-based record company, Volcom Entertainment. Volcom produced and distributed the band's first release, Give'n It, which combined dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, and pop genres. With the success of Give'N It, the band landed a spot on the 2001 Warped Tour. It is a short but informative bit of info. This band is great and this is a really good song that I first heard with a good friend of mine. Enjoy and share!!



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Make ur life a mission NOT AN INTERMISSION! (via @RevRunWisdom)

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MJ and his bucket of KFC

I'm up early and I'm watching Mike and Mike on the Deuce and they bring up Magic's eulogy at Michael Jackson's Memorial. And his story stood out so much because we, as the fans, got to see MJ as a human. That mental image of one of the top 5 basketball players to ever live, IMHO, and the King of Pop, sitting on the floor eating a bucket of KFC just brought that level of "humanity". You have to stop and ask that, "Michael is like me?" and then quickly realize that it was Michael's CHEF that brought out the bucket, as well as his CHEF ask Magic what he wanted. As Golic put it, "I never went to any of my friends' homes and had anyone's chef ask me what I wanted to eat." Pho realz though!
It's sad to think that the millions and millions of people who regard ourselves as fans to be dumbstruck at this level of humanity from Michael. It's sad that I have put MJ on this pedestal to even think that a bucket of fried chicken was beyond him. Yet, this tub of Original or Extra Crispy, puts us on the same level fascinates and at the same time humbles me. Douche (Donny Deutch) says that it was wrong for the American public to deify him, and in this respect, I have to agree. Don't get me wrong, I think Douche is an ASSHOLE, albeit a misguided asshole, for slamming MJ at this hour, but he has that point right. I put MJ on a level where I felt nothing can touch him based on his ability to not only change the world through his humanitarian efforts but for always touching me with his music. Michael's music hit the nerve of the soul which sustains me. Every dance move he hit and every note he sang changed a part of my life. Put on Off the Wall or Human Nature, and I lose it. Workin' Day and Night and Another Part of Me doesn't provide escape - it makes the world around me a better place to live in. That's where I differ GREATLY with Mr. Deutch's comment. Music can change lives. Music effects the soul on so many levels that it can't help but change lives which in turn spreads the love of its creator to many more people. Music changes lives. And no one has ever changed my life as Michael Jackson has on that level.
Magic's story made me realize that this man, who changed my life through music, is, at the end, just a man. And on that level, I can empathize with his family cuz that's how they remember him. My pain of his death pales in comparison, because I personally know how it is to lose a member of a family when they pass unexpectedly. The feeling of death which submerges into the soul like a knife and withdraws the source of life - breath. I've felt that. I know that feeling of being physically huddled around each other as a group to cry over the loss of a brother. My heart goes out to them and his kids. C'mon, Paris' "my daddy..." puts everything in perspective. And that bucket of KFC made me realize the pain the family and those who knew him on that level must be going through.

Rest in Paradise, Michael. You deserve it.

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The Fratellis - Whistle For The Choir

The Fratellis are an alternative rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Jon Fratelli (born John Lawler), bass guitarist Barry Fratelli (born Barry Wallace), and drummer, backing vocalist, occasional guitarist and banjo player Mince Fratelli (born Gordon McRory). During live shows, they are assisted by pianist/rhythm guitarist, Will Foster. The group's debut album Costello Music was released on 26 September 2006 and debuted at a high #2 on the UK Album Charts and was also successful in the United States peaking at #48 on the Billboard 200.[1]. The album contained 2 UK Top 10 singles "Chelsea Dagger" and "Whistle for the Choir" It also contained 2 UK Top 40 hits "Henrietta" and "Baby Fratelli". It produced other singles such as "Flathead" that made #67 on the UK Singles Charts and #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 which became a hit after featuring in an iPod commercial. The song "Chelsea Dagger" was adopted by the Chicago Blackhawks as their goal-scoring anthem in the 2008-2009 season and was their theme song in their 2009-2010 championship season when they won the Stanley Cup.


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In his music and his manner, Cecil Otter seems to belong to a different era of American history. Usually found brooding under the shadow of a fedora, he’s the kind of guy who’s got a five o’clock shadow by mid-morning. At times, the Minneapolis based emcee/producer feels more like a boxcar storyteller, or the down on his luck country singer in the last dive bar on earth. His character is possessed by some lost American spirit of honesty and romanticism: he takes only one meal a day and prefers for his correspondence to be scrawled on bar napkins rather than in emails. Cecil fell in love with hip-hop at 8 years old, when his 14 year old sister ran away from home and left him with a box of rap tapes. From there he began writing stories, and the stories later became rhymes. Inspired by underground legends like Ant (of Atmosphere) and Sixtoo, Cecil delved into the crates and circuits of drum machines to craft his own haunting sound and unique style. Later, he would earn his stripes as a co-founder of the Doomtree crew, one of the twin cities’ most dominant underground rap outfits. Cecil’s most recent collaborations with Doomtree (on the collective’s self-titled disc) appeared on Billboard’s regional Heatseekers charts, as the 1 hip hop album on CMJ, charted 23 on iTunes’ rap charts, and made an appearance in the top 100 of the Mediaguide AAA Albums. But it was the arrival of Cecil’s debut solo album “Rebel Yellow” that announced this unlikely troubadour as a fully formed and utterly unique presence in the world of independent hip hop.

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Guillermo Del Toro To Direct Commercials Now, Too

Guillermo Del Toro has a clone. It's the only explanation. With films like Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, we know the director is fond of creating monsters and he must have figured out a way to make another version of himself. How else could he possibly be expected to do all of the things that he's attached himself to? He's producing several movies [1], consulting on others, developing a video game [2], getting ready to direct a huge film [3] starring Tom Cruise called At the Mountains of Madness and now he's going to start directing commercials too. (Or, better, he is returning to commercials, as he worked on ads early in his career.) Read Del Toro's quote and more after the jump.

The Hollywood Reporter [4] broke the news of Del Toro going to the small screen, in which he'll be working with a company called Motion Theory. Del Toro already partners with several people who work for, or at, Motion Theory, including director Mathew Cullen and executive Javier Jimenez in a company they all founded called Miranda, which they created do smaller projects. Here's what Del Toro had to say:
When we were laying the groundwork for Mirada in late 2009, it was always with the intent that I would eventually explore the storytelling medium of the commercial. I?m passionate about transmedia and have dedicated myself to becoming fluent in the language of videogames, book publishing and animation, and advertising is an extension of this narrative field. I am also dedicated to nurturing up-and-coming filmmakers, so in addition to taking on commercial projects, I look forward to providing creative mentorship to current and future Motion Theory directors.
One would have to think, with a feature film produced by James Cameron looming on the horizon, Del Toro will either be directing commercials very soon or way down the road. Either way, he is becoming more prolific by the day. Probably because of his clone.



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Movie stars break the song barrier

Published in the Los Angeles Times This story also appeared in the Chicago Tribune Kate Hudson sang songs from "Annie" around the house as a kid, but she never had a professional singing job until she auditioned for the movie...


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Interesting quotes from The Alchemist

It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. (p11)

What's the world's greatest lie? It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. (p18)

The boy didn't know what a person's "destiny" was. It's what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny. (p22)

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. (p23)

People learn early in their lives what is their reason for being. (p25)

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. (p71)

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. (p77)

When you want something with all your heart, that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It's always a positive force. (p82)

The alchemists spent years in their laboratories, observing the fire that purified the metals. They spent so much time close to the fire that gradually they gave up the vanities of the world. They discovered that the purification of the metals had led to a purification of themselves (p85)

"I learned that the world has a soul, and that whoever understands that soul can also understand the language of things. I learned that many alchemists realized their destinies, and wound up discovering the Soul of the World, the Philosopher's Stone, and the Elixir of Life. But above all, I learned that these things are all so simple they could be written on the surface of an emerald." (p87)

I don't live in either my past or my future. I'm interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we're living now. (p88/89)

Because people become fascinated with pictures and words, and wind up forgetting the Language of the World. (p91)

In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence and courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs and omens left by God along his path. (p93)

When you are in love, things make even more sense, he thought. (p105)

Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World. (p117)

Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You've got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense. (p122)

"There is only one way to learn," the alchemist answered. "It's through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey. (p132)

The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of this wisdom. That's what I mean by action." (p133)

All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there. (p134)

People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them. (p136)

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.

Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him. (p138)

Every search begins with beginners luck and ends with the victor's being severely tested. (p139)

The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other. (p141)

When you are loved, you can do anything in creation. When you are loved, there's no need at all to understand what's happening, because everything happens within you. (p155)

A dear friend of mine talked about a novel she loved called The Alchemist. Being the curious guy I am, I finally got the chance to look it up. So I got into Borders and did a search and the computer said that there were no more copies left in the store. But it listed more of the author's books, so I went to check it out anyways. I had to pee really bad, so I went up to the comfort room up on the second floor, and when I was done, I was gonna look for the book. But I forgot to check what section it would be in. She said it was a novel, but instead of going back down to look in the Literature section, something told me to look in the Spiritual section (which was right near the bathrooms). And sure enough, the book was there. Actually a couple of copies. Dumb database. Without making this story longer than it is, I picked up the 167 page novel and never put it down. And 167 pages later, The Alchemist had turned out to be one of my favorite books too. Not only did it have all the powerful quotes above, but it also had a pretty good story. One of my writing instructors told us about the Hero's Journey... and this novel had all that! I kept thinking how Luke Skywalker's personal journey matched the protagonist's journey towards his own "Personal Legend" aka dream.

In short, it was a book that I NEEDED to read at this point in my life. I was completely lost and even though I was searching for this book, it was really the book that found me. And in a strange sort of way, I found a piece of me as well.

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'Severed' Means Multiple Things In Dead Space 2 [Dlc]

I thought that next week's downloadable two-chapter expansion to Dead Space 2 was called Severed because it involved a certain Dead Space character who chopped off his own hand. More »


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How would you change Panasonic's Lumix DFC-GF2?

We're drowning in interchangeable lens options, but that's far from being a bad thing. For those that finally caved and picked up Panasonic's Lumix DFC-GF2, we're interested to see how you'd change things if given that golden opportunity. Are you satisfied with the size, weight and design? How's the low-light performance? Would you alter anything about the lens selection? Introduce a version that changes colors with the seasons? Go on and get creative in comments below -- the GF3 needs some ideas, you know?

How would you change Panasonic's Lumix DFC-GF2? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Deal to avoid government shutdown?

One week before a potential government shutdown, Senate Dems reacted positively to an offer from House GOPers to keep the government running for two more weeks while cutting $4 billion.


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2010 Set Box Office Records As 11% Of Population Accounts for 51% of Tickets Sold

Movie insiders regularly complain that less people are going to the movies, the theatrical experience is shifting to the home and piracy is cutting into box office profits. However, that's not the story the numbers tell. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, worldwide box office receipts actually rose 8% in 2010 to $31.8 billion dollars. Of course, much of that has to do with rising ticket prices (up $.39 this year) and the sheer number of movies that demand a premium price, but it's still a staggering number that goes against popular thinking that movie attendance is dying.

Plus, a deeper look at the numbers reveals something quite telling. Eleven percent of the U.S. and Canadian population go to the movies more than once a month and that small percentage accounts for more than half of the tickets sold. So why are we getting movies that cater to a majority of people who don't go to the movies? Break down the numbers and learn a few other very interesting facts about movie going trends after the jump.

All of these numbers, and a whole lot more, were revealed in a 16-page document called "2010 Theatrical Market Statistics" released by the MPAA [1] (with a heads up from Ars Technica [2]). You can download it here [3], and it's full of interesting information

The one cheat about that 8% increase in total box office is that it all came from international markets. The United States basically made the exact same amount of money as it did in 2009 while that number jumped 13% internationally. How did that happen? Because in the U.S. and Canada, the amount of actual tickets sold in 2010 DECREASED by 5% from 1.42 billion to 1.34 billion. But, here's where it gets interesting.

Out of those those 1.34 billion tickets, 51% of them were sold to "frequent moviegoers," which is defined by people who go to the movies once a month or more. The rest are sold to people who go to the movies less than once a month. However, out of the total population of America, where only 68% of people go to the movies at all, those "frequent moviegoers" are a puny 11% of the total (or, if you do the math, 16% of the moviegoers). It's kind of like the economy where a small minority is responsible for the majority of the business.

Based on that data, here's my thinking. Obviously if 11% of the population accounts for 51% of the box office dollars, there are still a significant 49% of the profits left to be accounted for and you have to try and get the other 89% to come to the movies. But if 11% are already coming to the movies pretty often, why wouldn't you cater to that minority instead of the majority who don't? It seems like the majority of movies that are released cater to a mass audience as opposed to a niche audience, yet it's the niche audience who is going to the movies over and over.

Of course, people who go to the movies more than once (which is a pretty even cross section of age and sex) are probably attracted to some of the lesser fare (myself included) but it's still a pretty interesting statistic that advocates catering to the minority instead of the majority.

Definitely check out this report and see what you can deduct from it. There's info on how movie going compares to other kinds of family entertainment, the biggest grossing movies of the year and much more. It's truly fascinating.



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Collective Soul is an American rock band originally formed in Stockbridge, Georgia.[1] Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity with its first hit single, "Shine", which came from their debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid, released in 1993. They have recorded seven Number One mainstream rock hits.[2] Collective Soul was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 19, 2009. This is my FAVORITE band of all time. I mean that, hands down I will never stop listening to them and I have been doing so since I was a kid. I have included two songs in this post just to show the contrast of how their music has changed, or 'evolved'. The first song entitled "Smashing Young Man" is from their self titled album released in 1995; the guitar solo at 2:30 is absolutely fantastic, gives me chills every time  I hear it..and I have heard it 100's of times! The second song is titled "She Does" which is from the album "Rabbit" released in 2009, their most recent release (that I'm aware of at least!) It does carry special meaning behind it, and there is once specific person who "She" is. Have a listen and enjoy!

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World's first robot marathon gets off to a slow start, will likely stay that way

It might take them a good 92 hours longer than the fastest human runners, but a group of five pint-sized humanoids have officially embarked on the world's first full-length robot marathon. The Robo Mara Full, put on by Japanese robotics company Vstone, kicked off today in Osaka, Japan, and will see the mechanized competitors through a 42 kilometer (26 mile) race, estimated to last at least four days. During the marathon, entrants will circle a 100-meter indoor track a total of 422 times with little help from their human coaches -- contact is only permitted during battery and servo replacement. Vstone's Robovie-PC led the pack at the outset, but with three days left to go, it's still any robot's game. You can check out a live feed of all the, uh, slow and furious action at the coverage link below, and get a full overview of the race, complete with embarrassing translation, by following the source link.

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Obama moves to pressure Libya

President Barack Obama said Friday that sanctions against Libya will target the government while protecting the people.


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