[VIDEO] Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Nightfall

[VIDEO] LUCY Movie Trailer HD – Writer Director Luc Besson, Stars Scarlett Johansson

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director & Writer: Luc Besson Stars: Scarlett JohanssonAnaleigh TiptonMorgan FreemanSee full cast and crew »


A Hand-Cranked Sculpture that Makes a Mean Manhattan


A hand-cranked sculpture that makes a mean manhattan? Yes please. Come with us inside Instructables’ Kooky Creative Warehouse Workshop.


[VIDEO] ‘HAND’ – 寄木細工職人

寄木細工職人、本間 昇さんとヅクを作る。

“…parquet craftsman”.


[VIDEO] ‘Baby Got Back’: Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall

Now in its third year, Seattle Symphony‘s critically acclaimed Sonic Evolution project creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle’s storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene. Each year, in celebration of the past, present and future of our city’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commission world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands and artists that launched from, or are related to, Seattle.

In addition to writing a brand new composition inspired by Seattle’s own Sir Mix-A-Lot, composer Gabriel Prokofiev also orchestrated two of the legendary rapper’s most famous hits for this year’s concert, including “Baby Got Back,” for which Sir Mix-A-Lot joined Ludovic Morlot and the Orchestra on stage at Benaroya Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Cannes: The Digital Revolution is Changing Filmmaking

“Today you can do everything…from writing your film, from getting financing, from distributing by yourself. It is like you are your own gatekeeper as a filmmaker.”

“The world is changing and I think adapting is good,” explains Clara Massot, coordinator for the Next Pavilion at the Marché du Films, the expansive marketplace that each year coincides with the Cannes Film FestivalRead the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Godzilla 2014 Trailer With 1954 Gojira Footage


May Day, First of May, Ancient Passage

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda

May Day, the first day of May, was a time to celebrate the arrival of spring. In the Middle Ages it was the custom to gather wildflowers and green branches, weave floral garlands, and dance around a Maypole.

image: Folio 5v: the calendar page for May of Les Trés Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

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[VIDEO] CNN Drops the N-Bomb [NSFW] Plays the WRONG Music and Apologizes

CNN’s decline is on full display. This is either a convincing fake, or an astonishingly bad moment on live TV.

CNN – YouTube

Children’s Hospice Easter Appeal Gets Unexpected Flock of 6,300 Knitted Chicks

Reminder: Selfies Can Be Hazardous

Selfie Ends with a Boot to the Face

Over at The Corner, the otherwise serious-and-sober scholars, policy wonks, and think-tank boys and girls get their hands on the occasional coffee break item. Here’s some pointless lunacy for readers to enjoy.

Josh Encinias reports: A teenager identified on a YouTube account as Jared Michael tried to take a selfie at what he thought was ”a safe distance” from a passing train…

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Pulp Fiction Book Cover Art of the Day: ‘The Man in the Moonlight’ by Helen McCloy


From Pretty Sinister BooksHelen McCloy would have made a great writer of TV crime show scripts these days. While readingThe Man in the Moonlight (1940), her sophomore detective novel featuring Dr. Basil Willing, I was struck by the abundance of arcane bits of scientific knowledge that made up the clues and evidence in her usual fascinating plot. She introduces biochemistry, anatomy, abnormal psychology, symbology, and even the construction of heating and air conditioning units in to her multi-layered plot. The story of the murder at Yorkville University could easily have been an episode onHouse or Elementary or any of the dozen of shows in which the plot hinges on little known medical, psychological and historical facts.

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David Mamet’s Legal Drama ‘Race’ Takes No Prisoners


“Race” by David Mamet performed by Next Act Theatre. (l-r) Tiffany Renee Johnson, Jonathan Smoots, David Cecsarini, and Lee Palmer. Credit Timothy Moder

audio-buttonLake Effect’s Bonnie North speaks with Next Theatre’s David Cecsarini, Tiffany Renee Johnson, Lee Palmer, and Jonathan Smoots.

WUWM‘s Elanor Peterson and Bonnie North:

Of all the “isms” that are out there, racism is one of the most enduring, and in this supposedly post-racial age, the most pernicious.

It can be hard for people of different races to even talk openly with each other about how race has impacted them without the conversation devolving into accusations. And that makes any change in race relations that much more difficult to achieve.

audio-buttonListen to a scene from “Race” featuring David Cecsarini and Tiffany Renee Johnson.

Next Act Theatre is throwing open that conversational door with its production of David Mamet’s play Race:

A wealthy white man is accused of assaulting a young black woman. He denies the charge, claiming it was consensual. Two law partners – one white, one black – are considering the case, but they’re doubtful of the man’s veracity, and highly concerned about racial politics. Mamet pulls no punches as he cross-examines our views and prejudices of what is, arguably, the most complex and intransigent socio-political issue in America.

Mamet is known for his biting and unsparing dialogue, and he is true to form here. Director Edward Morgan says the playwright offers a fresh take on the subject.

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[VIDEO] Un-Valentine Celebration: Everything Wrong With the Movie ‘The Notebook’

From The Daily Caller: If you are a single, white female who is planning to pop in your 2004 copy of “The Notebook” into your DVD player on Valentine’s Day night and go to town on some Pinot Grigio, just remember that “The Notebook” is terrible.


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[VIDEO] Un-Valentine: Couple Breaks Up Using Only Movie Titles for Dialogue

Found on PopWatch: The latest sketch from New York-based comedy group POYKPAC features a very public breakup between a cheating husband and his pregnant wife. The plot twist to this seemingly overplayed scenario? The couple’s entire breakup conversation is had using only movie titles.

More POYKPAC, featuring Ryan HunterJennRyan HallMaggie and Taige here, and more POYKPAC YouTube Channel humor here

[VIDEO] Renée Fleming National Anthem: Super Bowl 2014

Renée Fleming: Super Bowl 2014 [Amazing Voice] YouTube

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This Day in History: Langston Hughes Is Born


Photo: Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1936 (Wikimedia Commons)

February 1, 1902: Langston Hughes Is Born 

On this day in 1902, James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. A poet and novelist, he became known as the “Shakespeare of Harlem” during the 1920s and 1930s.

Originally from the Midwest, Hughes traveled the world and worked in a great variety of jobs. He is especially well-known for his perceptive and sympathetic portrayals of life in black America.

Learn more about Langston Hughes with Masterpiece’s Langston Hughes biography.

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[VIDEO] Late Night Dynamite: The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain – ‘Miss Dynamitee’

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain – Miss Dynamitee – Anarchy In The UK – Teenage Kicks, played at Cheltenham Town Hall for Lincs Cancer Charity

[The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain at Amazon]


[VIDEO] MAD MEN Moment – Joan’s accordion: “C’est magnifique!”

Joan entertains Greg’s colleagues with her hidden talents. Ooh la la!


“C’est magnifique!” (Joan’s accordion) 3.3 – YouTube

[VIDEO] Herbie Hancock Headhunters LIVE in Japan 2005: ‘Watermelon Man’

[Check out Amazon’s Herbie Hancock selection]

Headhunters ’05 – Watermelon Man – YouTube

[VIDEO] Late Night Jazz: Dave Brubeck Quartet – “Blue Rondo à la Turk” Live

From the YouTube description:

Circa 1959. Excellent live performance for broadcast. Time signature is 9/8 with a 4/4 swing. Paul Desmond is smooth (as always) on alto. Dave Brubeck plays a very energetic piano solo. Keep an eye out for the smoking babes.

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Hackers, Makers, and the Next Industrial Revolution

Enthusiasts of the maker movement foresee a third industrial revolution. Illustration by Harry Campbell.

Enthusiasts of the maker movement foresee a third industrial revolution. Illustration by Harry Campbell.

Evgeny Morozov  writes:  In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts movement was in deep crisis. The movement was concerned with promoting good taste and self-fulfillment through the creation and the appreciation of beautiful objects; its more radical wing also sought to advance worker autonomy. The problem was that no one in America seemed to need its products. The solution, according to Ross, was to provide technical education to the critics and the consumers of art alike. This would stimulate demand for high-quality objects and encourage more workers to take up craftsmanship. The cause of the Arts and Crafts movement would be achieved, he maintained, only “when the philosopher goes to work and the working man becomes a philosopher.”

In a long rebuttal, Mary Dennett, who later became an important advocate for women’s rights, pointed out that the roots of the problem were economic and moral. Reforming the school curriculum wouldn’t do much to change the structural conditions that made craftsmanship impossible. The Arts and Crafts movement was spending far too much time on “rag-rugs, baskets, and . . . exhibitions of work chiefly by amateurs,” rather than asking the most basic questions about inequality. “The employed craftsman can almost never use in his own home things similar to those he works on every day,” she observed, because those things were simply unaffordable. Economics, not aesthetics, explained the movement’s failures. “The modern man, who should be a craftsman, but who, in most cases, is compelled by force of circumstances to be a mill operative, has no freedom,” she wrote earlier. “He must make what his machine is geared to make.”

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[VIDEO] Late Night Jazz: John McLaughlin and The Free Spirits – After The Rain [1996]

51-c2G-98CL._SY300_Note: I saw this band live in the 1990s, inspired by this album: John McLaughlin and the Free Spirits: Tokyo Live — I highly recommend it, especially if you dig McLaughlin’s shredding and Joey‘s Hammond B. organ sound.  If you do decide to get it, order through my link! As an Amazon affiliate, it helps support my site.

 On the album Tokyo Live the drummer is powerhouse Dennis Chambers (and on the tour I saw) but in this video clip it’s Elvin Jones.

Live at Juan Les Pins – July 1996

John McLaughlin – Guitar
Joey DeFrancescoHammond organ
Elvin Jones – Drums

The Free Spirits – After The Rain [1996] – YouTube

Vintage Comic Cover Art of the Day

lonesome-octopus“Lonesome Octopus” by Bob Bellem and Mel Millar, 1946

Written and produced by Bob Bellem with art by Mel Millar. Comic is full-color, 20-pages in standard-size comic format. From the “Talking Komics” series published by Belda Record & Publishing Co., Pasadena, Ca.


Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of AWESOME!

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Vintage Sci-Fi Cover Gallery

Swing over to Graphic Swing for a well-selected collection of Vintage Sci-Fi comic book covers. This one–Captain Future, Man of Tomorrow–started in WW2, 1940, there’s a tag for war bonds in the lower right corner. What is that cube, with connections to his head? Who is that beautiful woman? Pre Hayes-code pulp comics were so lurid, so obscenely frightening and racy. This one, with rich color inks and bold illustration, is well-preserved.


From Wikipedia:

Captain Future is a science fictional hero pulp character – a space-traveling scientist cum adventurer – originally published in self-titled American pulp magazines between 1940 and 1951. The character was created by editor Mort Weisinger and principally authored by Edmond Hamilton. There have subsequently been a number of adaptations and derivative works, most significantly a 1978-79 anime adaptation, which was dubbed into several languages and proved very popular, particularly in French and Arabic.

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The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies—As Chosen By Scientists

Joe Pappalardo writes:  Real scientists can be the harshest critics of science fiction. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a movie just because it bends the laws of nature. We polled dozens of scientists and engineers to discover the sci-fi movies they love


Check it out at Popular Mechanics

[VIDEO] Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Little Wing’ Like You’ve Never Heard It

Stevie Ray Vaughan의 Little Wing을 가야금으로 연주하였습니다.
중간부분의 후렴에는 오버드라이브를 걸었습니다.
그리고 컴프레서외에 부분적으로 딜레이를 걸어서 서스테인을 살려보았습니다.
어려운 플레이가 많은곡이라서 조금 힘들었지만 완성하고나니까 보람이있네요.
즐겁게 감상해주세요^^*

Stevie Ray Vaughan-Little Wing Gayageum ver.(by LUNA) – YouTube

[VIDEO] David Mamet: “Nobody Wants The Government Involved In Their Business”

David Mamet: YouTube

David Mamet: ‘The Essence of Science is Doubt, to Follow Truth Wherever it Leads…’

“…that’s also the essence of drama to follow the truth of human interaction where it leads. You can’t do that while you’re also trying to promote a political agenda…”


Mamet’s appearance was brief, I happened to catch the segment, which was only a few moments. (artists and authors are rarely the lead guest on news programs, even dramatists of Mamet’s stature) Mamet’s comments, summarized here in this RealClearPolitics item, appear to focus on one minor comment, that Hollywood conservatives  are “legitimately frightened for their jobs“, but that’s just a provocative headline, not a reflection of his commentary. After the jump is a transcript of the Mamet interview. Mamet’s new book, Three War Stories, is available in paperback, and also as a Kindle edition.

Screenwriter and playwright David Mamet tells FOX News’ Megyn Kelly why there seems to be so few conservatives in Hollywood. Mamet said that people in Hollywood who fake being liberal do so because they’re “legitimately frightened for their jobs.” [VIDEO]

Mamet explained why he believes there are few open conservatives in Hollywood. “Conservatives believe in smaller government and in the power of the electorate. So I think that we’re less likely to try to use a dramatic forum to warp people’s political views.” —RealClearPolitics

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Eyeballs-a-Popping: Flamboyantly Furious Feminists in Fabulous Faux Freakout

Is the term 'bewitched" or "bewitching" an insult? Maybe it just means "magical".

Maybe it just means “magical”

The frivolous-feminist humor police are out again, wagging fingers, popping eyeballs, and heaping scorn on cultural expressions they find alarming.

Today they’re particularly milfed by Japan’s beauty contests honoring women over 30.  It must be upsetting to discover that the Japanese don’t conform to the correct standards of propriety that righteous monocultural western feminists are trained to focus their flippant fury on. Their disapproval is a badge of honor! And their critique is colorful. Hint: it involves biscuits, and how they’re taken.

We’re aware that we live in a world of seriously offensive and sexist things, but the National Beautiful Witches Contest for the over-35s simply has to take the biscuit.

The contest, which took place in Tokyo last week, featured a category for women“over 35 that possess an almost magical beauty untouched by age”.

Housewife Mayumi Nishimura, 39, won the prize, for her “cheerful disposition” reported Rocket News 24

Harmless beauty contest honoring mature women? Or target for feminist scorn?

Bewitching Beauty: harmless beauty contest honoring mature women? Or target for feminist scorn?

That really takes the cake, doesn’t it? The biscuit, I mean.

Fear not, it’s all in good fun. Their complaint is peppered with harmless insults, and is preceded by a hilariously over-the-top headline, revealing that they aren’t as serious as they pretend to be.

[VIDEO] CCTV Interview: Effort to Embarrass Jimmy Kimmel Backfires Horribly


No matter what your opinion is on the Jimmy Kimmel “Kill China” skit fiasco, I think we can all agree that this attempt by CCTV to grill Jimmy Kimmel is the most bumbling, unintelligible mess you’ll see all week. Not to mention that accusations of racism are pretty rich coming from CCTV.


This Caterpillar Might Just Be Iron Man’s Twin Brother

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Iron Man might want to watch his back. He could have some stark competition in this caterpillar, discovered by Imgur user Steamdino (read more below).

Iron man face caterpillar


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[VIDEO] Get Dizzy On it: Freestyle Finger Snapping Guy

Tweet Darren and tell him you want him to perform at your birthday party. I haven’t seen this kind of brilliant amateur flair since Johnny Carson used to feature non-showbiz guests doing amazing self-taught things.

“We’re impressed that Toronto actor Darren Drouin can not only improvise a finger-snapping routine for about two-and-a-half minutes, but also do it while generally maintaining a straight face and barely blinking…”


[VIDEO] Pre-Flight Safety Videos: Not Fun Enough, Virgin Atlantic says. The Cure? Dance!

As more brands get into the entertainment business by producing their own films, TV shows and web series, Virgin America is showing that even the mundane safety video some airlines show on their planes can be fun to watch.


Author’s Best Friend: The Pets of Literary Greats

 Literary Pets

Paris Review : Timothy Leo Taranto

Top 20 Horror Films of the Past 20 Years

The IMDb Editors’ Top Horror films list is based upon the overall importance, impact and popularity these scary movies have enjoyed for the past 20 years.
MV5BMTQ2NzkzMDI4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDA0NzE1NA@@._V1._SX140_CR0,0,140,209_It’s a good list. The Editors include this qualifier: “Note that “Top” does not mean “Best” and after some spine-tingling discussion, we came up with the following rankings…”  It’s fun to make lists like this. And useful when checking out Netflix for ideas for what to watch in October.
The Sixth Sense, at #2, showed so much promise for director M. Night Shyamalan, who never quite overcame the curse of that first success. Jonathan Demme‘s wonderful The Silence of the Lambs has the IMDB’s editors’ top spot, though I consider it more of a thriller, rather than a horror movie, it is an enduring classic in either category. It’s Jody Foster‘s best film role, ever. Certainly her most iconic, indelible adult performance. Anthony Hopkins created one of the top five most frightening homicidal characters in modern movie history. Not paralleled until Heath Ledger, I think. The list includes other classics, such as ScreamZodiacThe RingJu-on: The GrudgeAmerican PsychoSe7en, and more.
let-the-right-one-in5-5-10My personal favorite? Let the Right One In. It’s a masterpiece. The most original story, and characters. More than just a horror movie, it’s a chilling work of art. Every frame, beautifully composed. Lina Leandersson‘s performance is exquisite. Not the remake. If you’ve passed over it because of the subtitles, reconsider, it’s a gem.


[VIDEO] More Late Night Jazz

Sten Stinus’ peterstinckens writes: A great full concert video.  Enjoy it, it’s an oldy (1996) by John Mclaughlin, Elvin Jones, Joey Defrancesco

via Sten Stinus

VINTAGE [VIDEO] CLASSIC: 1990s ‘Kid’s Guide to the Internet’

The first thing you need to know about the Internet is that it is amazing

From  via Amy Smorodin:

Oh man, I could not stop laughing at this old “Kids Guide to the Internet” video from the 90s. My thanks to my former colleague Amy Smorodin for tweeting it out today. I just had to post it here so that everyone could enjoy.

(Note: You can turn this video into a great drinking game. Just make everyone in the room raise their glass each time the lines “Does your computer have a modem?” and “Not all that cybernet stuff, OK?” are uttered.) And yes, as the opening line of the video notes, “the first thing you need to know about the Internet is that it is amazing.”

Technology Liberation Front

Taking Back The Arts

It’s time to reexamine the role of government in the arts. 


 writes: In 1989 Jesse Helms, the contentious and controversial conservative senator from North Carolina, launched an attack on the National Endowment for the Arts for its support of shows that included work which he deemed offensive. Ten years later as Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani engaged in a similar attack, threatening to cut off the city’s support of the Brooklyn Museum because of its show “Sensation” which featured Chris Offili’s painting “The Holy Virgin Mary”, a depiction of of the Blessed Mother emblazoned with elephant dung.

These two controversies have come to frame the perception of conservative opposition to public funding for the arts. It is viewed as a battle between liberals who value free speech and broad access to the arts and conservatives who want to censor art and cut funding to those institutions that bring art to the people. It is a battle that conservatives have been soundly losing. It is the wrong battle. The better argument against the current model of federal arts spending is much more simple, and much closer to the heart of the conservative movement. What conservatives should be saying is that the NEA and the tax exempt status of many arts organizations are hurting the very art forms they purport to support. They are in fact making American art less relevant to American’s lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Nostalgia: Mad Men’s Don Draper

Recalling Don Draper’s creative peak, his most poignant pitch, to Kodak. Before his unresolved personality disorder, cracked identity and mid-life crisis led him to his epic season 5 meltdown.