[VIDEO] The Coolest and Most Creative Drone Cinematography

Drones are enabling filmmakers experiment with aerial cinematography in ways not possible before. From action sports to music videos, check out footage captured with the help of drones.


Killer Queen: Sacha Baron Cohen to Write, Direct, and Star in Freddie Mercury Biopic

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The band was interested in a PG-version of the rock star’s life, while Cohen had hopes for a gritty R-rated tell-all.

A biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury, the dynamic Queen frontman who died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS, has been in the works for nearly seven years. It was confirmed as happening as early asSacha-Baron-Cohen 2010 and confirmed as not happening as recently as 2013—reportedly due to Cohen “not seeing eye to eye with the remaining members of Queen who have script and director approval.” Apparently the band was interested in a PG-version of the rock star’s life, while Cohen had hopes for a “gritty R-rated tell-all.”

During the project’s long gestational period, Cohen brought in the likes of Peter Morgan to write and David Fincher and Tom Hooper to direct the film, but all were rejected by the band. These differences appear to have been worked out, however, with Queen manager Jim Beach announcing that Cohen will depict the singer, as well as write, direct, and produce the film himself. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Saturday Jazz: ‘Little Miss Valley’ John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, 2012


Landmark Legal Case: Unemployed Gender Studies Major Sues ‘The Patriarchy’

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The suit seeks $2 million in compensation and $139 million in punitive damages, which together equal $1 from every adult man in America.

An unemployed gender studies major from Eugene, Ore. sued “The Patriarchy” today in federal court for refusing to give her a job.

In a 25-page brief, attorneys for Sarah Miller-Jones, 24, argue that gender discrimination from the patriarchy has prevented their client from finding gainful employment since she graduated from university three years ago.

“It is outrageous that the patriarchy refuses to offer our client a decent career. She has applied for over 20 positions in the recording, publishing and television industries and has been rejected every single time.”

The suit seeks $2 million in compensation and $139 million in punitive damages, which together equal $1 from every adult man in America.

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“Despite the fact that Ms. Miller-Jones graduated with a 2.8 GPA from the prestigious University of Oregon, she has been unable to find a job fitting her qualifications,” the document reads.

“We all know that terms like ‘no experience’ and ‘lack of relevant education’ are codewords the patriarchy uses to keep keep women in their place. But Ms. Miller-Jones refuses to be a housewife or a nurse. She deserves a real job.”

“Ms. Miller-Jones has been on unemployment benefits for 18 months. And despite extensive coursework in Zambian feminist hip-hop she has only received six job offers — all of which were for entry-level call center and health care positions.

“It is outrageous that the patriarchy refuses to offer our client a decent career. She has applied for over 20 positions in the recording, publishing and television industries and has been rejected every single time.

“Despite extensive coursework in Zambian feminist hip-hop she has only received six job offers — all of which were for entry-level call center and health care positions.”

“We all know that terms like ‘no experience’ and ‘lack of relevant education’ are codewords the patriarchy uses to keep keep women in their place. But Ms. Miller-Jones refuses to be a housewife or a nurse. She deserves a real job.”

Millions of young Americans who recently graduated from university are finding themselves working in jobs below their educational level. Read the rest of this entry »


New Fad: Wake Up and Dance!

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Early Morning Dance Parties Take Off in U.S.

Los Angeles (AFP) – Guillaume Meye reports: Partying before breakfast? It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But it is the concept behind “Daybreakers,” early-morning raves becoming increasingly popular in the United States.

At 6:30 am one recent morning, some 250 young — and old — dance enthusiasts gathered in downtown Los Angeles to strut their stuff before many people have even got out of bed.

“Here you get to go dance, you can meet somebody, there is an amazing energy in the room. Because everyone comes here buys a ticket and comes with the intention of dancing, everyone dances.”

Andre Herd, the producer behind the event, said it combines the fun of night-time partying without the morning-after downsides.

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“It flips the switch on what everyone knows and used to love in my opinion, which is: you go, you get drunk, you maybe meet somebody, you hook up, you have fun with your friends, you go home, you’re hungover the next day,” he told AFP.

“Here you get to go dance, you can meet somebody, there is an amazing energy in the room. Because everyone comes here buys a ticket and comes with the intention of dancing, everyone dances.”

“I love clubs and now I am over them, this is just like a good way for me to go out and get hot and sweaty and not have to wear stupid shoes and dress like a whore.”

– Lenore, whose friends are all married and who no longer goes out to clubs at night

The parties are held about once a month, with tickets costing $25 and invitations sent out by email about a week in advance.

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But unlike a regular rave, there is no alcohol or drugs: the strongest stimulant available in Los Angeles is coffee, with fruit juices the drink of choice at the bar.

There is, of course, a DJ to keep the rhythms coming. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Comedian and Former ‘Good Times’ Star Jimmie Walker Kicked Out of Seattle Hotel for Brandishing a Finger Gun

Seattle Does Not Think That’s Funny. 

SEATTLE —  Comedian and former sitcom star Jimmie Walker says he was asked to leave a Seattle hotel for reportedly making his fingers into the shape of a gun and pointing it at a clerk.

Walker recounted the story, which he says happened several years ago, on Q13 FOX News This Morning. Read the rest of this entry »


IT’S FRIDAY! Have a Refreshment

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Coca Cola ad, 1947


[VIDEO] Who’s Up for a ‘Spectre’ Trailer? Daniel Craig Is Back As James Bond

If you like your trailers shaken, not dull, get a load of this. Here’s the first full extended look at Spectre, the 24th James Bond film and fourth starring Daniel Craig. The word “anticipated” is as overused in showbiz as “superstar” is in sports, but this here’s the follow-up to 007’s most lucrative adventure. By far. Chances are you remember the 2012 film Skyfall, which is a) Sony’s biggest film ever, b) the UK’s highest grosser and c) No. 9 on the all-time list with $1.11B worldwide. In fact, the flick helped Sony turned an annual profit for the first time in five years.

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Armed with a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, director Sam Mendes is back for another go; reports surfaced a couple of years ago that he wouldn’t helm this one, but that silliness was squelched a few months later. Also returning are Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as the new M. Fresh blood is being pumped into the 53-year-old franchise via Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Use Chopsticks

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Howell Dodd: True Fact Crime, 1953

Trufactcrimetruefact2True Fact Crime, June 1953; cover art by Howell Dodd.

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Pundit Planet Awards Honorable Mention: Basement Dweller Comment of the Day!

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Don Draper on Creativity

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Twitter Launches Livestreaming App ‘Periscope’ – Its Own Version of Meerkat

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Kurt Wagnerkurt-wagner1 writes: Twitter is officially pulling back the curtain on Periscope, a livestreaming video app that’s been in beta since the company acquired it back in January, reportedly for $100 million.

Periscope streams live audio and video from a user’s smartphone that other people can watch and comment on within the app — the link to the livestream can be shared on Twitter as a way to spread the word and boost the audience.

The free app, which is only available on iOS for now, provides immediate competition to Meerkat, a similar livestreaming app that took off at the Southimg_2914 by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, earlier his month.

Meerkat, which launched just two weeks before the conference, relies heavily on Twitter’s platform. It uses Twitter login and had used its social graph to help users find people to follow before Twitter cut it off.

Given the relationship between the two products, speculation that Twitter might buy Meerkat made sense, but it bought competitor Periscope instead. Things haven’t been all bad for Meerkat, though. The app has more than 400,000 users, according to CEO Ben Rubin, and it just raised $12 million in a deal that values it at $52 million.

The two apps work in a similar way, but Twitter-owned Periscope is actually more independent from Twitter than Meerkat. Unlike Meerkat, where any Likes and comments are reflected on your Twitter profile, all the engagement on Periscope is kept within the app. Read the rest of this entry »


Jon Hamm Breaks Silence on Rehab: ‘Life Throws a Lot at You Sometimes’

Originally posted on TIME:

The last 24 hours haven’t been easy for Jon Hamm.

As the cast of Mad Men promotes the final season of their hit show (set to premiere April 5), the star has been forced to take his private struggle with alcohol addiction public after news broke Tuesday he recently completed a 30-day treatment program.

“Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can,” Hamm told Australia’s TV Week on Wednesday. “I’ve been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I’ve had a lot of family and friends support me.”

And though it’s easy to draw parallels between Hamm and his troubled character Don Draper, the actor, 44, demurred to make a concrete connection between his personal life and onscreen work.

“Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to…

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Pundit Planet News: Now in Your Kitchen!

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[PHOTO] Mad Men: Don & Peggy

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“For me, Peggy and Don will always be my favorite relationship on the show. I used to hear for so long, ‘Are they going to get together romantically or is it a father–daughter thing? Is it mentor–protégée? Are they enemies? Are they friends?’ It’s all of those things.”

– Elisabeth Moss


Pulp Cover: ‘Youth Against Obscenity’

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‘Tabasco: Taste the Outer Limits’

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Tobasco, by Patrick Faricy – notpulpcovers


Edgar Rice Burroughs ‘Tarzan of the Apes’

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Sci Fi Cover: ‘La Astronauve Fantasma’

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Periodic Table

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DAMAGE CONTROL: Ted Cruz Under Fire for Admission that He Files Tax Return Every Year, Even Though He Opposes the IRS

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz, having revealed that he files a tax return, and pays federal income tax to the IRS, even though in his newly-announced bid for the White house, he is actively campaigning against the IRS, finds himself in the midst of a firestorm of criticism and mockery. “Ted Cruz is a hypocrite. How can he attack the IRS, and at the same time, admit that he pays taxes?”, said a spokesman for ThinkProgress. “Any candidate that pays taxes with one hand, and attacks the agency that collects taxes and investigates citizens with the other hand, is not qualified to be president.”


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