Illustration by R. Kikuo Johnson for an Entertainment Weekly article on the rise of the serial podcast, November 26, 2014.
— Mashable (@mashable) December 3, 2014
Originally posted on Variety:
HBO has given a series order to a new drama from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter.
Set in 1970’s New York, the as yet untitled show will explore the drug and sex fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.
The hourlong drama will star Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label, American Century Records, with a great ear for discovering talent. Richie undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. Olivia Wilde will play his wife, Devon, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to re-immerse in her former lifestyle. Ray Romano will appear as Zak Yankovich, one of Richie’s partners…
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Charles Addams model for Morticia – His first wife Barbara Jean Day.
Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Poster: The WEIRDEST Visitor the Earth Has Ever Seen! ‘The Man From Planet X’, 1951Posted: July 1, 2014
Description from Internet Movie Database:
“As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.”
For Gizmodo, Casey Chan writes: In the future, we’ll get the news from fair and balanced android newscasters that’ll somehow terrify us more than the cable newspeople we have today. These android newscasters are frighteningly lifelike and can interact with humans, read the news and Tweets, tell a joke and basically replace the lousy talking heads on TV.
The android newscasters were shown off in Japan at the Android: What is a Human? exhibition in Tokyo. At times, the two robots demoed—Kodomoroid and Otonaroid—look and act so real that they seem like human actors pretending to be a robot.
Japanese scientists on Tuesday unveiled what they said was the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills. Duration: 01:20
Commemorating the 13th, full moon…
In the current edition of John Nolte‘s Hollywood Playbook, this item caught my eye: Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. and Variety‘s Peter Bart discuss the state of movies and whether or not films are dealing with a brain drain as talented writers and producers head over to television in the hopes of grabbing their own piece of this new Golden Age.
Bart thinks it is all cyclical. Fleming is edging towards despair.
Fleming: Because those series and 10 more like them are better than anything I see on a movie screen. For the 25 years I’ve covered it, film has always been the sexiest, most prestigious part of the business. … But now, it feels like the ecosystem has been damaged. The creative vision on the big films comes from executives who give creativity-stifling one-step screenwriter deals, with emphasis on reaching four quadrant audiences. Producers have been marginalized. Should the authorship of a picture belong to the studio exec? By contrast, some of the best series are generated by feature writers who couldn’t get hired after studios turned away from smart mid-budget dramas in favor of no-budget genre and high-priced tent poles. I remember Tony Gilroy telling me a couple years ago that movies like his superb Michael Clayton would go extinct, but there should be no funeral because all those writers who made them were flocking to TV and wait and see what happens. Man, was he right. Will the next generation growing up in this creative blight be inspired by mediocrity to dream about having the authority to reboot The Hangover?
First off, “Michael Clayton” sucked. And I don’t think the idea of a “Hangover” reboot will wait for another generation. In five years, “The Hangover” will return with the characters as dads, or something. Read the rest of this entry »
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) May 8, 2014
Anderson Cooper isn’t known for being profane, so CNN viewers were surprised on Wednesday night when he dropped an f-bomb on television. Here’s a video of the special moment (at about 2:50):