April 23, 2014
Life, Art, Imitation, Tommy Chong
Tommy ("Dave's not here"*) Chong has bought into a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado. Near the end of this video he expresses his philosophy on the matter at hand: "Pot is pot. Even the worst is better than none at all."
April 11, 2014
Charles Busch on Baby Jane
Charles Busch introduced Whatever Happened To Baby Jane on TCM and was interviewed by Queerty revealing a little bit of the gay agenda in the process.
Why does this film have such enduring appeal for gay audiences?
It’s one of those handful of movies you have to see to get your gay card. There’s All About Eve, Auntie Mame, Sunset Boulevard, Valley of the Dolls, Mommie Dearest, The Women… Here, you’ve got bigger than life actresses, fabulous bitchy dialogue that’s like a big juicy steak both actresses are tearing apart with their bare teeth. [Laughs] It’s about the movies. I don’t know why, but often gay people have an interest in Hollywood of the past. Traditionally, it is one of the classics of gay cinema. It’s interesting that all of those movies, except for The Women, were directed by very heterosexual men. The two real totems are Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve were both written and directed by very straight men.
March 26, 2014
"From Ukraine To United Arab Emirates"
The technology comes from a Korean company. Here is some info about the features included. I notice that one of the functions seats will have is called "Heave." I'm afraid they did not hire enough English majors for their website...or maybe, OTOH, the description is entirely accurate.
March 14, 2014
Rose McGowan In DHS
I admit I had to look her up. I don't think I've seen any of those productions in which she has appeared, except maybe Nip/Tuck, if it was the 2009 season I watched. I don't recall. But all that matters is that a lot of people love her and she recently visited Desert Hot Springs (maybe she's still here).
"Desert hot springs with my spiritual brother"
On Facebook she shared a montage of scenes from her trip, including several more of the spa where she stayed, but here's the best shot of all (IUAM - if you ask me).
Click for the whole montage.
March 11, 2014
Visitors At Cinémas Palme D'Or
10:45 AM every day until...? Who knows, maybe only a couple more days. Probably not 4K, but if you go see it get back to me about that.
The video above is only 480, so you're getting less than one-eighth of the data. It's like the visual equivalent of Cliffs Notes.
March 7, 2014
GoPro In A Real Movie
Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut discusses the use of GoPro cameras in the shooting of Need For Speed ("one beautiful work of art" according to Mr. Hurlbut). You can watch the trailer for Need For Speed at that link and enjoy the rather obvious homage to Thelma and Louise, which I guess is not the end of the movie in this case. (Oh, wow, I hope that wasn't a spoiler for anyone who hasn't seen Thelma and Louise.)
But whacha really wanna see is this short video in which Mr. Hurlbut identifies all the cameras used. Boy, I'd like it if every cinematographer did something like this. You will see the GoPro comes in for only two quick shots.
Mr. Hurlbut says their goal was to use no CGI, no green screen. He doesn't say how successful they were at achieving that goal. In this article he shows how they attached GoPros using Gorilla Tape rather than gaffer tape. So maybe that Chevy will have tape glue left on it, but at least they didn't lose very many cameras.
"What inspired me about the GoPro is that we could not kill it. I mean, we went to extremes once we saw how powerful this tool was becoming — lighting them on fire, throwing them off bridges, grinding them into asphalt and dirt," he says. It had not occurred to me to try to burn my camera. Maybe at Burning Man this year there will be an art project that involves burning a lot of GoPro cameras while they are shooting. Then we'll see how rugged those microSD cards really are.
February 28, 2014
I Demand Literalness
Noah, The Movie will have a disclaimer saying it is not a verbatim re-telling of the Biblical story. I'm so disappointed. We finally have cinematic technology that will allow a depiction of the story as written. I want to see a boat built to the exact dimensions and then packed with more biomass than could be held in a hundred such boats. Either all the living stuff will have to be crushed to the density of a black hole, or it will all be stacked on the top deck to such a height that there is no way the boat could stay upright. Details on where they got the meat to feed the carnivores and the sanitary measures on board would really help the verisimilitude, too.
There are 7.77 million species of animals. Subtract those who live in water.
February 26, 2014
Dinah Shore Estate
The Real Estalker reports on the sale of the Dinah Shore estate in the Las Palmas neighborhood for $5,230,000. She includes a bundle of photos of the place that came from the real estate listing.
The 1.34 acre estate, in the heart of the fabled and celebrity-pedigreed Old Las Palmas 'hood, was custom designed as a series of glass-walled pavilions and built in the mid-1960s for the late and legendary singer/actress Dinah Shore by prominent mid-century modern architect Donald Wexler, now in his late 80s, who in his professional heyday plied his trade predominantly in and around the Palm Springs area.
She adds that all parties were required to sign confidentiality agreements, but passes along the rumor that the buyer is Leonardo DiCaprio.
February 25, 2014
Bryan Cranston! Also, in a supporting role, Godzilla:
February 24, 2014
Intrepid Explorers Discover Moviefone Is Not Really Quite Extinct - Yet
I can vaguely recall trying to use Moviefone via a real telephone many, many years ago. I was very surprised to read that the telephone version of Moviefone is still going, but will soon be killed off. AOL bought the company in 1999 for $388 million and then did a Yahoo! on it: allowing it to languish so that it would become a money-losing relic. Now AOL plans to drop the phone service and revise the internet service to either transform into something wonderfully new and useful, or just throw good money after bad. Anyone taking bets?