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  • Award-winning actress Nanette Fabray has died at 97

    02/23/2018 3:52:28 PM PST · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 23, 2018
    Follow Us Video Deals Music Good News Recipes Tickets Award-winning actress Nanette Fabray has died at 97 Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Nanette Fabray has died, her son has confirmed. She was 97. Fabray, who was the aunt of actress Shelley Fabares, died in her home in Palos Verdes, California, on Thursday from natural causes. Her family was with her when she died. Born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabares, her career began at age 3 in vaudeville. She became a Broadway star in the '40s, winning a Tony for her role in "Love Life." She appeared in several movies, most notably...
  • Joss Whedon Exits 'Batgirl' Movie

    02/23/2018 7:30:23 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 23, 2018 | Borys Kit
    The Bat signal is being dimmed … for now. Joss Whedon is saying goodbye to DC Entertainment heroine Batgirl. Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer among other pop culture touchstones, is exiting the Warner Bros. feature project, which he was writing and was slated to direct. "Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn't have a story," Whedon on Thursday told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Referring to DC president Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. Picture Group president Toby Emmerich, he added,...
  • It's a living nightmare! [tr]

    02/22/2018 10:54:18 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2018 | Annie Palmer
    It's a living nightmare! Savvy programmer makes terrifying girl from The Ring crawl out of the TV using Apple's augmented reality system Read more: http:/ Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook crawl out of the TV using Apple's augmented reality system 'The Ring' is a 2002 horror film that tells the story of a young girl who was killed Singh was able to make the girl crawl out of a TV by using augmented reality
  • Painted glass bottle expected to fetch $1M at auction

    02/22/2018 8:26:19 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 22, 2018 | By Chris Perez
    “The image of a bright blue sky punctuated with white and grey clouds is one of the most iconic in Magritte’s œuvre, often used as part of a paradoxical landscape or superimposed onto various shapes,” Sotheby’s writes in the bottle’s description. “A cloudy sky soon became one of the artist’s most iconic motifs,” the auction house added. “Magritte used this image on two bottles; the other one, dating from 1950 and titled La Courbure de l’univers, is now in The Menil Collection, Houston.”
  • Trump raises concerns about impact of violent movies (tr)

    02/22/2018 3:47:08 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 22, 2018 | John Bowden
    President Trump on Thursday warned about the influence of violence in movies while discussing school safety and mass shootings, suggesting it could be a contributing factor to recent mass shootings. Trump made the comments during a meeting at the White House on school safety attended by lawmakers and top administration officials, where the president addressed a number of issues in addition to gun violence. "We have to look at the internet, because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds, and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what...
  • Hollywood Sexism Rules: Number of Female Protagonists Falls in 2017

    02/22/2018 10:36:41 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Variety ^ | February 22, 2018 | Brent Lang
    Rey, Diana Prince, and Belle may have anchored some of the biggest box office hits of 2017, but they were the exception to the rule. Hollywood’s glass ceiling remained firmly in place as studios failed to back female-dominated movies last year, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. In 2017, just 24% of protagonists in the 100 highest grossing films were women. That was a drop of five percentage points from 29% in 2016. The decline comes as a surprise given that the three most...
  • Today is the 31st anniversary of Andy Warhol's death

    02/22/2018 7:00:10 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 46 replies
    biography ^ | 02/22/2018 | biography
    Lived: Aug 06, 1928 - Feb 22, 1987 (age 58) Warhol's other famous pop paintings depicted Coca-cola bottles, vacuum cleaners and hamburgers. He also painted celebrity portraits in vivid and garish colors; his most famous subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and Mao Zedong. As these portraits gained fame and notoriety, Warhol began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities. His portrait " Eight Elvises" eventually resold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in world history.
  • This Year’s Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years

    02/21/2018 8:27:30 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 40 replies
    Variety ^ | February 20, 2018 | Brent Lang
    When it comes to box office grosses, the Oscars are no popularity contest. This year’s crop of best picture nominees have received critical plaudits and trunkloads of awards. But that has not, for the most part, translated into massive ticket sales. Only “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” have topped $100 million at the domestic box office and could comfortably be labeled blockbusters. As it stands, this is the lowest-grossing crop of best picture contenders since 2011, a fact that should be sending shivers up the spine of ABC executives as they brace for the March 4 telecast. “The Oscars are rewarding...
  • China wages war on funeral strippers

    02/20/2018 6:20:29 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 64 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 2/20/18 | Neil Connor
    China has launched its latest crackdown against a phenomenon which just won't seem to die in rural areas - funeral strippers. The Ministry of Culture said last month that it was targeting "striptease" and other "obscene, pornographic, and vulgar performances" at funerals, weddings and traditional Chinese New Year public gatherings. The war on strippers at funerals has been a long one for China. Authorities first began clamping down on "obscene" performances in 2006 and launched a second campaign in 2015.[Snip]"According to the interpretation of cultural anthropology, the fete is originated from the worship of reproduction," media professor Kuang Haiyan said,...
  • Sean Hannity on Rumors of George Clooney Presidential Bid: "Run, George, Run!"

    02/20/2018 1:34:56 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 23 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jeremy Barr
    Fox News host and reliable Donald Trump supporter Sean Hannity is all in favor of the actor George Clooney running for president in 2020, a possibility floated by The Drudge Report on Tuesday under the banner: "Clooney 2020 Vision?" (Drudge linked to an article about Clooney and his wife, Amal, donating $500,000 to a planned student march on Washington, D.C. to advocate for gun control.) "My attitude is, 'Run, George, run,'" Hannity said on his radio show on Tuesday afternoon. "If George Clooney wants to run, I'm all for it." Hannity compared Clooney to another entertainer who has been bandied...
  • The resurgence of Afrofuturism goes beyond ‘Black Panther,’ to Janelle Monáe, Jay-Z and more

    02/20/2018 12:02:06 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2018 | Sonia Rao
    The long-awaited “Black Panther” will dominate the pop culture scene over the next few weeks, and amid praise for the cast and Ryan Coogler’s astute direction, you’re likely to hear one word quite often: Afrofuturism. The term, coined by cultural critic Mark Dery in his 1994 essay “Black to the Future,” refers to an aesthetic that infuses science fiction and fantasy with cultures of the African diaspora. It shakes up our preconceived notions of history and race by envisioning an often utopic future shaped by black technological innovation. Elements of it predate the term, going as far back as the...
  • ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ in Historic Opening

    02/20/2018 11:19:27 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Variety ^ | February 20, 2018 | Dave McNary
    Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is re-writing the record books, topping “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for the second-highest four-day domestic opening of all time, with $242 million at 4,020 North American locations. The superhero pic set a record for top Monday domestic gross ever, with $40.2 million, edging the previous high set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $40.1 million. The Monday total came in $7 million above the studio’s projections and lifted the four-day haul to $242 million. “Black Panther” has grossed the second-highest four-day total of all time, behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $288.1 million...
  • Classical Music’s White Male Supremacy is Overt, Pervasive, and a Problem (Barf Alert)

    02/19/2018 11:33:38 AM PST · by bkopto · 94 replies
    Scapi Magazine ^ | 2/18/2018 | DANIEL JOHANSON
    Over the week, there have been waves of backlash at The Metropolitan Opera’s newest season announcement. A recent Washington Post made the rounds, taking to task the institution’s insistence on an entirely white and male composer list, as well as a completely male roster of conductors taking the podium. As a white man, there have been and continue to be countless times in which I have needed to recognize that privilege, white supremacy, homophobia, toxic masculinity, and gender normativity are layered issues. It’s easy to call a Nazi a racist because they are so obviously a racist. Not all racists...
  • Celebrities Rally Behind Student March for Gun Control

    02/18/2018 6:41:56 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 18, 2018 | Awr Hawkins
    On March 24 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and other schools around the country will march in hopes of pressuring Congress to pass more gun control. Although the March is officially titled “March for Our Lives,” BuzzfeedNews reports the march is indeed focused on securing gun control: @BuzzFeedNews Florida shooting survivors announce March For Our Lives on March 24 in support of gun control: "We've been hearing is that it's not the yet time to talk about gun here's the time we're going to talk about gun control, March 24." 10:05 AM - Feb 18, 2018 ABC...
  • 'Black Panther' Delivers Fifth Largest Opening of All-Time, Heading Toward $218M+ 4-Day Debut

    02/18/2018 11:23:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 99 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | February 18, 2018
    Dominating the weekend and delivering one of the largest opening weekends of all-time, Disney and Marvel's Black Panther topped the President's Day weekend box office, outperforming its nearest competitor by nearly $175 million based on estimates. As a result, fellow new wide releases were left in the dust with both Lionsgate's Early Man and PureFlix's Samson struggling in the low single digits. The weekend did, however, have other notable performances such as Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which became the studio's second highest grossing domestic release of all-time, and Fox's The Greatest Showman, which has now topped $150 million...
  • Video: How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended

    02/18/2018 9:03:24 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | February 12, 2018 | How It Should Have Ended
    How Star Wars The Last Jedi Should Have Ended
  • Sadece Sen - Outstanding Turkish Movie

    02/17/2018 7:52:43 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 4 replies
    Netflix | 2014
    Sadece Sen is an outstanding movie. A young man with a violent and hidden past falls in love with a blind woman. Can't tell you any more - you have to watch this one. It will not be a waste of time.
  • Beautiful images of the planet's best hot springs and al fresco bathing spots

    02/17/2018 1:36:34 PM PST · by mairdie · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 February 2018 | Reporter
    There's nothing like a bath at the end of a long day, and it's a tradition with some serious clout behind it. The ancient Greeks used 'the water cure' to promote their vision of healing the mind and body in tandem, while in the 19th Century, 'taking the waters' became something of an obsession. Doctors on both sides of the Atlantic prescribed hydropathy as a cure for everything from ulcers to hysteria, as well to-do urbanites flocked to al fresco hot spots. And it wasn't just quackery, either; even with the advances of modern medicine, recent research shows therapeutic bathing...
  • Outstanding Artistry!

    02/17/2018 11:23:36 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/15/2013 | Ricky Syers
  • ‘Black Panther’ Review: The Movie’s Hero is Trump, the Villain is Black Lives Matter

    02/17/2018 8:09:32 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2018 | John Nolte
    There is a whole lot to like about Marvel’s $200 million Black Panther, and almost as much not to like. For starters, director and co-writer Ryan Coogler does an A+ job of world building (more on this later). In addition, the soundtrack and score also deserve an A+. Then there are the actors, the best cast yet assembled in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (by far). Black Panther is set in the fictional Wakanda, an idyllic country hidden in the heart Africa thanks to an alien metal called vibranium. This resource (delivered eons ago by way of a meteor)...