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EXCLUSIVE: David Singh, who has worked in creative advertising at both Disney and most recently at Sony Pictures Entertainment, is going to 20th Century Fox after leaving Sony two weeks ago. He is expected to be named exec vp of creative advertising working under Marc Weinstock, head of domestic marketing. He had served at Sony for three years working on a number of campaigns and left on his own volition. He previously worked at Disney for 10 years.  Singh will work alongside Arnaldo D’Alfonso, senior vp of creative advertising. Weinstock and Singh worked together at Sony and D’Alfonso and Singh worked together previously at Disney. They will be co-running the creative advertising department.

Korean math stamps!

Jul. 31st, 2014 18:29
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My mom says she made a special trip to obtain these. ♥

Bonus warm, fuzzy feelings if you can identify the math on each stamp!

(I collect stamps very desultorily, and mourn the days when you can soak off USAn stamps with just water--I have no idea what you're supposed to do with these newfangled sticker stamps. Should Google it sometime.)

Cancer is a bastard

Jul. 31st, 2014 17:27
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We're losing another one.

One more child. Too many.

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Posted by Mary Belton


Fans of photojournalist Weegee will love this gritty collection of photographs, which was culled from the archives of William Randolph Hearst’s infamous tabloid newspaper. Known for sensationalized reporting punctuated by attention-grabbing pictures, the Herald Express was founded in 1931 and remained on the stands for thirty years. Sidelining national and international events, the paper featured local stories of crime and scandal including drug busts, murder, freak accidents, and all manner of “depravity.”

The photographs included in Local News are divided into chapters bearing titles such as, “Murderers,” “Victims,” “Scene of the Crime,” “Hold-up Suspects,” and “Cross-Dressers.” Each image tells a true LA noir story and the brief captions included are often just as shocking and strange as the pictures they accompany: “Dragged into court, called insane,” “Big man plays bookie in tiny cubicle,” “Shoes, necklace found on dead body,” and “Girl is freed after explaining why she wore Marine uniform trousers after drinking party.” As a native of Los Angeles who is interested in its seedy history, true crime, and all that is weird, I wish I didn’t already own this book so I could run out and buy it today.

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Memories and thoughts can both be tricky things, ready to ambush you at awkward moments when you least expect it. Peter deals with things by not actually dealing with it at all and wonders what Nightingale does.

Unbeta'd. Companion piece to At The Going Down Of The Sun. This one is Peter POV, the other was Nighitngale's.

Words: 2594, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Is there anyone reading this who knows Hebrew (or who knows someone who knows Hebrew) who could help me out with this? The three Hebrew fragments are names of God - the first one is, as best as I can decipher, "Eloah, El, Shaddai", and the third is Adonai (please tell me if I've got it right) but I can't figure out what the second one is supposed to be... The rest of the text is in Polish, which I don't need any help with. :D

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Posted by Michele Amabile Angermiller

The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert.

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Appian Way, the production banner run by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, is coming on board to produce the indie with Radar Pictures, Sobe Brook Entertainment and Schizo Pictures.

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Specialty B.O. Office Preview:  ‘Calvary’, ‘Rich Hill’, ‘Child Of God’, ‘The Strange Little Cat’Fox Searchlight has had two great box office wins with this year’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Belle, though some challenge with I Origins. Calvary from John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd will be the distributor’s next title opening this weekend in a summer season that has heated up in recent weeks among Specialties with films like Boyhood. Sundance documentary winner Rich Hill will also join this weekend’s newcomers with a New York bow via The Orchard, while writer-director-star James Franco‘s Child Of God will open in 10 locations courtesy of Well Go USA. KimStim will open German film The Strange Little Cat, a festival favorite that was made for about €13,000 in New York with a day and date release with Fandor.

Director-writer: John Michael McDonagh
Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Chris Clark and producing partner Flora Fernandez-Marengo first heard the idea for Calvary back when their company Reprisal Films produced filmmaker John Michael McDonagh’s previous project The Guard in 2011 (that film opened with a $19,209 PTA in four theaters in July 2011 in the U.S. via Sony Classics, going on to cume $5.36M domestically). “It came out of a conversation we were all having with Brendan Gleeson [who also starred in The Guard],” said Clark. “Nine months later, John [McDonagh] presented the script.”

The drama centers on a good-natured priest who is threatened during a confession and then must fight back the dark forces closing in around him. “Our priority was to make the film independently,” said Clark who added that the project did a round of initial pre-sales in addition to equity and soft money agreements. “We had early support from the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Irish Film Board. In Berlin [at the European Film Market] we made three strategic pre-sales in the UK, Australia and Germany.” Tax breaks in Ireland where the film shot also helped get production underway. Shooting began in Ireland in September 2012 over 29 days. “John is specific with what he wants and that [includes cast],” said Clark. “[Gleeson] was already on and Chris O’Dowd and Kelly Reilly were keen to do it. He had also written the part played by Isaach De Bankolé [with him in mind].” Scheduling was a challenge. While Gleeson’s character required him to to be there throughout production, others were not. “It was like a jigsaw puzzle figuring out how to schedule it all, but it came together,” added Clark. “Two-thirds of Calvary shot in the west of Ireland, which is like the wild west. There are gale force winds and rain. You go in sort of praying and watching the weather forecasts.” The weather mostly cooperated, but one critical scene taking place on a beach was purposely shot out of sequence to ensure that if the elements didn’t cooperate, there would be chance for a pick-up. “It turned out we were fine,” said Clark.

Production ended in time for Sundance where Fox Searchlight came on board for U.S. rights in addition to a number of territories abroad (eOne took Canada). On Friday, Searchlight will open Calvary in 4 theaters in Los Angeles and New York including the Arclight Hollywood, the Landmark West LA, the Angelika Film Centre and AMC’s Lincoln Square in New York. Calvary will be released over a 4-week period on a limited platform basis.

RichhillRich Hill 
Directors: Andrew Droz Palermo, Tracy Droz Tragos
Distributor: The Orchard

Rich Hill co-directors Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos have ties to the locale at the center of their Sundance-winning doc. Their grandparents lived in the town and Tragos’ father also lived in the Midwestern town. The film chronicles the turbulent lives of three boys living in poverty and the fragile family bonds that sustain them. “Andrew is my first cousin and his background is in cinematography…I wanted to get back to filmmaking and I was pursuing a couple of projects. He was visiting and we started talking about Rich Hill,” said Tragos who has produced television and video games but had directed one episode of Independent Lens. “I funded the first year of production on my credit card.” The project began in the summer of 2011 and after racking up debt on the credit card, Sundance Institute came along with resources. “I was in the carpool lane driving and got the call from them and I was like, ‘Thank god we can keep going,’” said Tragos. “And once you get that stamp of approval then others fall into place. McArthur gave us more money and we got money from Cinereach [and others].” The filmmakers also received additional funds via Kickstarter. Palermo and Tragos’ roots in Rich Hill helped them to fairly easily begin work with their subjects. They began talking to one of the boys after school who told them a “horrifying story” and saw a person asleep on a couch which was his de facto bed. “Trust and access was there from the get-go…,” said Tragos “The trust was ours to lose, you just have to be trustworthy in [making this kind of documentary].”

The filmmaking duo split filmmaking duties with Palermo spearheading cinematography while Tragos was the main point person working with the subjects. “The kids trusted me because I was a mother figure,” added Tragos. Though Palermo and Tragos are cousins, they did keep things official with contracts and delineating credits. The two also delved into initial editing before bringing on someone for the final editing. “We brought all the subjects to Sundance, it was bittersweet,” said Tragos who noted that one of the adults featured in the film had died a short time ahead of the festival. “We didn’t expect to be honored [there]. We were floored.” Rich Hill won the Documentary Grand Jury prize at the festival and has received honors at Sarasota and the Kansas City film festivals. The Orchard picked up Rich Hill at the event and will initially open the film at Village East Friday in New York. Tragos will take part in select Q&As over the weekend. The film will expand to additional markets August 8 with further cities added throughout August and into September. It will be available via VOD August 5.

Child Of GodChild Of God
Director-writer: James Franco
Cast: James Franco, Jim Parrack, Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Ciera Danielle, Vince Jolivette, Fallon Goodson
Distributor: Well Go USA

After writing the original story and appearing (but not directing) Palo Alto this past spring, James Franco is back for a latish summer film in which he stars, directs and is a co-writer. Crime-thriller Child Of God centers on a dispossessed, violent man whose life is a disastrous attempt to live outside the social order. After losing his parents, homes and with few other ties, he descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. “We saw it around the time of [the Venice Film Festival] last year,” said Well Go USA president Doris Pfardrescher. “It includes taboo subjects in a thought-provoking and interesting way. We were also impressed by the amount of press [generated] out of Venice.” The company decided to wait for its release, obviously hoping to accommodate Franco’s schedule so he’d have time to give Child Of God its full promotional potential. “He had Palo Alto coming out and so we didn’t want to flood the public with Franco,” said Pfardrescher. “He was also [on Broadway] doing Of Mice And Men and we wanted his un-divided attention for press and the talk show circuit.” Franco has been doing the television rounds including Jimmy Fallon, kelly and Michael and Stephen Colbert in the lead-up to the weekend’s release. “He’s been like a dream,” added Pfardrescher. “Child Of God is definitely an art house film and we’re gearing it in that way. But with James, of course, it has the potential to go a bit wider.” Franco’s last directorial, As I Lay Dying, grossed under $17K domestically after its October release last year.

Well Go USA will open the feature in about 10 theaters in its first week, likely about 8 locations over the weekend including New York at the Empire and Los Angeles at the Arclight. Franco will do Q&As at select L.A. screenings over the weekend while co-star Scott Haze will do the same in New York. There will also be a satellite plug-in with Franco in New York for at least one showing. The title will expand based on performance and a VOD/DVD release is set for late October.

strange little cat poster germanThe Strange Little Cat
Director-writer: Ramon Zürcher
Cast: Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Matthias Dittmer, Lea Draeger, Monika Hetterle, Mia Kasalo
Distribution: KimStim/Fandor (digital)

Writer-director Ramon Zürcher began work on what would be The Strange Little Cat out of a seminar with celebrated Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr. The Berlin 2013 title centers on siblings Karin and Simon who are visiting their parents and little sister. It plays out over a sequence of family scenes in a Berlin flat complete with cat and dog creates a wondrous world of the everyday: Coming and going, all manner of doings, each movement leading to the next, one word following another. “We had various Kafka texts to choose from, and I opted for The Metamorphosis,” said Zürcher. “The idea was to adapt the literary source very freely, without constraints, to look at the text and see what kind of cinematic universe might emerge.” Zürcher developed the script over five months, initially with a 40-page treatment which was re-written into a 170-page first draft which had to be cut considerably. Production began in spring 2011. “The most difficult thing was to find an apartment that fits to the script,” noted Zürcher. “Financing was actually very easy, as the film school DFFB, where we are studying, offered us about €10,000 to shoot the film. In all the film cost about €13,000.” The filmmaking team were also helped out with the use of post-production facilities at school including editing, color grading and sound design suits and sound mixing studio. The crew also worked for free. Rules about how long children can shoot gave some challenge to the production, though Zürcher said that “the dog and pigeon were very easy to work with,” adding, “but you can’t direct a cat which is not a professional ‘film-cat.’ We always
waited until the cat jumped to where it needed to be. The animals forced us to back off from the strict shooting rhythm. It was almost a meditative experience, waiting for the cat to jump onto the table.”

KimStim picked up The Strange Little Cat directly from producer Silvan Zürcher, filmmaker Ramon Zürcher’s twin brother, according to company’s co-founder Ian Stimler. “Business arrangements were made with DFFB German Film Academy under whose auspices the film was made,” said Stimler. “Since then it’s been screened in numerous festivals including new directors new films last spring and the European Union Film Festival in Chicago.” KimStim will open the film in NYC this weekend and has been booked in several others including Nashville, Philadelphia and Seattle. The film will open day and date via Fandor as well. “We hope the run in New York will help us continue to platform it to more markets over the next few months,” added Stimler. “It’s a small minimalist gem so it’s going to take time and work to get out.”

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Do The Dodgers Have To Step In To The SportsNet LA Distribution Negotiations?That may be the only way to break the impasse between Time Warner Cable‘s SportsNet LA, which controls the team’s TV rights, and pay TV distributors, DirecTV CEO Michael White said today. His comment followed a conference call this morning where TWC CFO Arthur Minson urged analysts to “assume we do not sign additional affiliate agreements for the Dodgers network this year.” Indeed he helped them to compute the potential impact, saying that the lack of an agreement could shave 50 basis points [or 0.5%] from TWC’s expected revenue growth this year and 125 basis points [or 1.25%] from its expected cash flow growth.

White said, in a separate meeting with analysts, that he feels no business pressure to back down from his view that SportsNet’s just too expensive with terms for about $5 per subscriber per month. Even without Dodgers games ”we’re actually positive net adds” for subscriptions in the LA area in the three months ending in June. Now he has little hope of a resolution “without the active and constructive participation of the ownership of the Dodgers.” White says that in June his company made an offer that would have given the team more than it collected from all distributors last year. “It was rejected out of hand by Time Warner Cable.”

He won’t back down because the terms that TWC accepted to handle the Lakers and Dodgers TV rights “creates stratospheric pricing…If you did it for all of the sports team you’d be at $26 per subscriber per month in the bill. That’s a huge tax, particularly on the many households that don’t watch sports.”

TWC has proposed that the matter go to binding arbitration. But others seem unimpressed with the idea. Earlier this week FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told TWC chief Rob Marcus in a letter that “I strongly urge you to end the impasses that are depriving Los Angeles consumers from being able to watch their home baseball team.” The FCC “intends to monitor this situation closely in order to determine whether intervention is appropriate and necessary.”


Jul. 31st, 2014 21:03
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Posted by willow_fae_20

What's the one where Miko goes off-Atlantis to help out a reasonably-highly advanced society and Ronon goes along as basically her bodyguard/muscle. I don't remember if they end up together by the end of the fic or not.
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opengraphFrom a post on the official Wikimedia Foundation blog: "It has always been important to the Foundation to make sure donating is as simple and inclusive as possible. Currently, we accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we’re adding one more: bitcoin."
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Posted by Xeni Jardin

"String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

"String-like Ebola virus peeling off an infected cell." Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

'Life: Magnified' is an exhibit of scientific images "showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times." Read the rest

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Universal’s Snow White Prequel ‘Huntsman’ Targets April 2016 ReleaseThe Huntsman, Universal‘s Snow White And The Huntsman prequel, is getting an April 22, 2016 release date. That means a later release for the studio’s The Mummy, which originally had that date but is moving to June 26 of that year.

Both projects have been making news. Frank Darabont last month came aboard to direct Huntsman, a prequel that reveals how the fates of two characters — The Huntsman Eric and Ravenna — intersected before they met Snow White. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are back for those roles, and Darabont has written the most recent draft of the script that is not being called a sequel. Although, Universal will certainly take a repeat of the 2012 pic which grossed close to $400 million worldwide on a $170M budget.

The Mummy, meanwhile, is the first pic in Universal’s initiative under Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to reboot its classic movie monster franchises; Kurtzman was set just yesterday to helm the Mummy franchise. That’s a quick turnaround considering the plan to expand and unify Universal’s network of classic characters and stories was unveiled first (by Deadline) just a couple weeks ago.

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