Posted: September 16, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Bass Guitar, Bass Player, Bassist, Fusion, Jazz, Jeff Beck, Music video, pop music, Rock, Tal Wilkenfeld, video
Posted: September 15, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere
Posted: September 14, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: 7 Days to Die, Caitlyn Jenner, Colin Kaepernick, Comedy Central, Donald Trump, Matt Stone, Mr. Garrison, South Park, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Trey Parker
‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone doing what they do what they do best: indiscriminately roasting all the sacred cows of American culture without apology.
D.C. McAllister writes: The gods of mockery have heard our prayers. “South Park” is back! This latest clip kicking off the show’s 20th season captures the absurdity of Colin Kaepernick and Black Lives Matter as only “South Park” can. It’s just what we need to cleanse our palettes of political correctness.
A cleanse is exactly what we need. For weeks we’ve been subjected to protests by athletes who have bought into the narrative that racism is institutionalized in America. These people clearly don’t know the difference between an individual racist (and they’re to be found in any country) and a nation that is systemically racist. Maybe they should move to Saudi Arabia to find out.
[Read the full story here, at thefederalist.com]
Instead of presenting reasoned arguments to make their case, they perpetuate ignorance and stir up division in a country that should be united under the banner of freedom for all and which, of all countries on earth, is the freest society for people of all races. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 14, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: Academy Award, Alain Resnais, André Téchiné, Jerry Lewis, Nate Parker, Pauline Kael, Robert Towne, Roman Polanski, The Hollywood Reporter
JERRY LEWIS: “Pauline Kael. She’s never said a good thing about me yet. That dirty old broad. But she’s probably the most qualified critic in the world. Cause she cares about film and those who are involved in it. I wish I could really rap her. But I can’t. Cause she’s very very competent. She’s knows what she’s talking about.”
Editor’s note: I stumbled upon this at Roger Ebert’s site while searching in vain for Pauline Kael’s 1974 New Yorker review of Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown” – often referred to in lists of Kael’s most notorious “got it wrong” reviews. Because Chinatown (along with the Godfather series) sparked my interest in the 1970s renaissance in American filmmaking, I watched and studied Chinatown endlessly, I’m particularly interested in Kael’s contrarian view of it. I haven’t found yet, it may not be online. So unless I track it down in one of Kael’s books – or a reader is kind enough to point me to it – I’ll have to simply enjoy the things I found instead of what I was originally looking for.
Primarily, things other critics have said about Kael, and her book “I Lost it at the Movies”. In particular, this interview. On Ebert’s site I found this Jerry Lewis appearance on the Dick Caveat Show, and it’s marvelous! An unexpected show of admiration for film reviewers.
What impressed me is Jerry’s acceptance of even the harshest criticism of his movies, as long as the critic actually took the time to examine the work, and wrote a serious analysis of the movie he made. Otherwise, he had no patience for it. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 13, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Entertainment
The Scarlet Speedster joins One:12 Collective! This action figure sports 32 points of articulation, a real fabric uniform, and numerous interchangeable accessories. A seamless blend of a timeless icon with a “real world” look, this 1:12 scale figure was designed with collectors in mind….(read more)
Source: Graphic Policy
Posted: September 10, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Global, History, Mediasphere, Russia | Tags: Alexander Dubček, Arizona Republican Party, Berlin, Berlin Wall, Border barrier, Cold War, Donald Trump, East Germany, EUROPE, Germany, John McCain, Soviet Union
In January 1988, Erich Honecker paid a state visit to France. By all indications, the long stretch of international isolation appeared to have been successfully overcome. The GDR finally seemed to be taking its long-sought place among the international community of nations. In the minds of the GDR’s old-guard communists, the long-awaited international political recognition was seen as a favorable omen that seemed to coincide symbolically with the fortieth anniversary of the East German state.
In spite of Honecker’s declaration as late as January 1989 that “The Wall will still stand in fifty and also in a hundred years,” the effects of glasnost and perestroika had begun to be evident in the Soviet Union
and throughout Eastern Europe
. Although the GDR leadership tried to deny the reality of these developments, for most East Germans the reforms of Soviet leader Gorbachev were symbols of a new era that would inevitably also reach the GDR. The GDR leadership’s frantic attempts to block the news coming out of the Soviet Union by preventing the distribution of Russian newsmagazines only strengthened growing protest within the population.
Posted: September 10, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Aleppo, Anti-racism, CNN, Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Homeward (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Idiot, Libertarian Party (United States), Star Trek, Syria
Their mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations, and leave them alone. Trade with them if they want, but mostly leave them the hell alone.
In honor of Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary, Reason presents the Libertarian parody of the final frontier, with appearances by Gary Johnson and Remy. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 9, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Japan | Tags: cinema, design, Faye Dunaway, Illustration, Jack Nicholson, John Huston, Movie Posters, Movies, Poster Art, Roman Polanski
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Posted: September 5, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, History | Tags: Paris, Photography
Albert Kahn. Vintage Paris 1914.
Albert Kahn. Vintage Paris 1914.
Albert Kahn. Vintage Paris 1914.
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Posted: September 5, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Aidan Turner, Barbara Broccoli, Billy Elliot, Daniel Craig, David Nevins (television producer), Idris Elba, James Bond, James Bond in film, Michael Fassbender, Sony, Spectre (2015 film), Tom Hiddleston
But Hollywood superstar Daniel Craig is not most people.
The 007 actor, who has played the spy since 2005, has reportedly been offered the hefty sum listed above to return to the franchise for two more films. But Craig has made no secret of his reluctance to step back into the famous tuxedo.
“Daniel’s the key for a seamless, safe transition as far as Sony and Bond bosses are concerned, and they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom to make it happen.”
“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor,” a source told the celebrity news website Radar.
The source also suggested that by playing coy – remember when he told an interviewer he’d rather “slash his wrists” than immediately return to Bond? – Craig has only upped his perceived value.
He’s essentially made himself into the man too cool to play Bond.
“The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor.”
“Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned,” said the source, who added that Craig “has played a genius hand.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 5, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, History, Mediasphere | Tags: 59th Street (Manhattan), A.E. Weed, Architecture, Brooklyn Bridge, documentary, Film, Flatiron, Flatiron Building, Hats, New York City, NYC
It’s a very windy day, and the pedestrians passing by the Flatiron Building are having considerable difficulty in keeping their hats from flying off.
Directed by A.E. Weed
Posted: September 5, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Cinematography, Films, Goodfellas, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese, Movies, Photography, Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro
Posted: September 4, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Science & Technology | Tags: Amphoridea, Ascomycetes, Basimycetes, Diatomea, Ernst Haeckel. Hexacoralla, Graphic, Illustration, Images, Lichenes, Nature, Ophiodea, Phaeodaria, Spumellaria
Posted: September 4, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, War Room | Tags: Byzantine Empire, Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, Fall of the Western Roman Empire, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower, ROMAN EMPIRE, The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire, Thomas Madden, Western Roman Empire
Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed by Odoacer, a German barbarian who proclaims himself king of Italy.
Odoacer was a mercenary leader in the Roman imperial army when he launched his mutiny against the young emperor. At Piacenza, he defeated Roman General Orestes, the emperor’s powerful father, and then took Ravenna, the capital of the Western empire since 402. Although Roman rule continued in the East, the crowning of Odoacer marked the end of the original Roman Empire, which centered in Italy.
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