Russian Dolls, originally pitched as the Russian response to the MTV hit Jersey Shore (hat tip to Luke).
Sheepshead Bites has snagged the first publicly-available look at Russian Dolls, the new Brighton Beach-based reality show that will air on Lifetime on August 11 at 10:30 p.m.
Lifetime says the show, which had the working title Brighton Beach, provides a “rare and entertaining look at Brighton Beach’s colorful multi-generational families whose dramas and dreams contend with their Russian heritage while living in this famous, alluring, vibrant and highly protective community.”
Mina Spiler is the lead singer with the Slovene group 'Melodrom'. They formed back in 2001 (or 1999 as Marquee) and quickly gained notice in Slovenia eventually leading to a contract with NIKA Records to release their debut album, an English version was also released. Before long Mina's vocal qualities soon attracted the attention of Laibach who invited her to duet with Milan on their version of 'Ohne Dich', which was commissioned by Rammstein. Mina also guested on Volk with the tracks 'Francia' and 'España'.
Click through for imagery. In particular, a piece by the incomparable Nadya Lev.
Arm eight filmmakers with two Nokia N8s each, a $5,000 budget and ask them to produce a short film within a few weeks and what do you get? A bunch of amazing mini-movies, that’s what. However, there can only be one that wins the top prize of $10,000 USD. That award goes to JW Griffiths, for his movie – Splitscreen.
Several economic factors, not the least of which was the fall of the Soviet Union, disrupted construction, which has ceased until 2008, when Egyptian conglomerate Orascom Group (creepy website, right?) invested $400 million dollars to restart the project.
I am not even linking to Orascom Group. It is a creepy website.
Located on a one-acre lot in the Los Feliz hills, the historic four bedroom, five bath French Normandy-style home was built by Walt Disney in 1932, and features painted ceilings, vaulted beamed ceilings, original stained leaded glass, billiards room, sleeping porch, swimming pool, and not surprisingly, a projection/screening room.
Also: "George R. R. Martin, the acclaimed author of the A Game of Thrones novels -- also a recent hit HBO series -- is coming to Google for a live-streamed interview where he'll be taking your questions submitted online. The interview, part of the Authors@Google series as well as Martin's book tour promoting his latest novel A Dance with Dragons, will take place on July 28th at 12pm PDT."
Submit your questions for Martin on this page: Open from now until July 27, 12pm PDT.
During Francis Ford Coppola’s unorthodox presentation at Comic-Con Saturday for his new horror film, “Twixt,” the director moderated his own panel, distributed paper masks of Edgar Allan Poe and sang along with footage. It was Coppola’s first trip to Comic-Con in nearly 20 years, to show attendees some of his movie starring Val Kilmer as a D-list writer and Elle Fanning as a ghost named V.
Another fan asked the members of the panel how they would end the series if given the opportunity.
Kit Harington (Jon Snow): "I want Jon Snow to be on the Throne, definitely."
Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (Jaime Lannister): "The screen fades to black, and there's a sign that says '20 Years Later,' and there's a small cottage. And Jaime and Cersei are sitting there. 'Finally, my love. Finally.' And then the music."
David Benioff (exec-producer): "Everyone dies."
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister): "[clears throat] … Dance number."
Signed by both Harlan Ellison & J. Michael Straczynski.
For the first time ever, six of Harlan Ellison’s teleplays are presented in one book, reproduced from the author’s own file copies. See the scripts as Ellison originally typed them on his Olympia manual typewriter. All his handwritten deletions and emendations are included, illustrating the writing process.
The book, entitled BRAIN MOVIES, contains Harlan’s scripts for “Soldier,” and “Demon With a Glass Hand” from THE OUTER LIMITS, “Paladin of the Lost Hour” and “Crazy as a Soup Sandwich” from the TWILIGHT ZONE, “Memo from Purgatory” from ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, “The Face of Helen Bournouw” and Harlan’s near-legendary manifesto on how to write good science fiction, written exclusively for incoming writers on BABYLON 5. (The scripts for Paladin and Demon received the prestigious Writers Guild Award.)
In many cases, the book contains both the script and the treatment for the script, something almost never seen outside the studio. Most amazing of all, the book contains not just the shooting script for Harlan’s HITCHCOCK episode, it contains an earlier draft filled with his handwritten annotations and changes.
More from Comic-Con: George R.R. Martin discusses the meaning of the term "epic" and his inspiration for A Game of Thrones.
"I started with a vision of a scene where some wolf pups are discovered being born with a dead mother in the snow. It just came to me very vividly, and I wrote it. I didn't know what story it was part of or what world it was part of. I didn't know anything. But by the time I finished writing that chapter, I knew the second chapter. And once I was 50-60 pages into it, I decided I had a novel – or maybe more than a novel – so I thought I'd better draw a map and think about who these people were …"
And some critical advice:
"The key is to write, finish what you write and put it on the market. There are editors who will let you know if it's ready … by sending you a check."
"Frank Miller - the iconic writer/artist of Sin City and 300 - brings you a no-holds-barred action thriller for the modern era. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics: Frank Miller's Holy Terror -- coming September."
Holy Terror is a graphic novel by Frank Miller scheduled to be released on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. It was originally proposed as Holy Terror, Batman! in 2006 but is no longer a project associated with the Batman character or DC Comics. As originally announced, the plot revolved around Batman defending Gotham City from an attack by the Islamist terrorist group Al-Qaeda. According to Miller, the comic would be a "piece of propaganda" in which Batman "kicks Al-Qaeda's ass." The series has been described as "Batman vs. Al Qaeda".
Last year, Miller is quoted as explaining the character had grown into a Dirty Harry type, a new character of his own and not Batman. But one is forced to suspect DC had its reservations what with Superman's "liberal hand-wringing".
"It’s a quasi-Alien prequel (hence the anticipation), but the only solid detail we know is Prometheus takes place in outer space. ... I can’t tell you definitively who is in that space suit, but my bet is on [Noomi] Rapace, the female lead in the movie."
The chotta Chakkar or chakram (the small ring) is a steel ring 5 - 12 inches in diameter of varying thickness. When used in battle, it usually has a sharp outer edge, but for ceremonial purposes the outer edge is left blunt. It is classified as a quoit-type weapon which is thrown or hurled, either by being released after being twirled around the smooth inside edge by the forefinger (a favourite Sikh method) or released frisbee-like or discus style. It has an effective range of 40 to 50 metres.
... I've been acting for years and have created a good niche as the quirky girl who does laundry or works as a secretary. I realized that it might be the only role I play for the rest of my life, so I decided to write a show to feature me as a character you don't normally see in Hollywood: a plain, introverted girl with a horrible addiction to video games. It's a touch biographical...
Heinlein ... invented much of the zeitgeist of the 1960s counterculture through his novel Stranger In A Strange Land; it has been aptly noted that he was the only human being ever to become a culture hero both to the hippies of Woodstock and the U.S. Marine Corps. I am told that to this day most Marine noncoms carry a well-thumbed copy of Starship Troopers in their rucksacks.)
"One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case."
Most excellent news. As of August 10, all three Toronto Whole Foods will carry Fentimans soft drinks and, toward the end of August, all Metro stores in Ontario.
In 1905, Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan. A deal was struck and some security was provided - in this case a recipe for botanically brewed ginger beer. The loan was never repaid, so Thomas became the owner of a unique and rather original recipe for success.
At last, a response to the Facebook mockery I endure from friends in England, deprived of civilization as I am in the former colonies. I have been waiting for Fentimans Curiosity Cola to arrive.
En route to Game of Thrones season two, Carice van Houten has been cast as the sorceress Melisandre and Stephen Dillane as Eddard Stark's candidate for the Iron Throne, Stannis Baratheon.
These two major roles are paired together in the story: Melisandre is powerful woman who counsels the late King Robert’s eldest younger brother, Stannis Baratheon, in his quest to claim the Iron Throne.
Related: Many critics have failed to see how J.K. Rowling's work stands in contrast to the spirit of materialism and individualism dominating modern life.
...the series unfolded, with each book containing waves of medieval Christian symbols, including many used by artists to point to Jesus — such as white stags, unicorns, hippogriffs, a phoenix and a red lion.
Meanwhile, the plots were built on alchemical themes of dissolution, purification, illumination and perfection, themes shared with Milton, Blake, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and others. In each book, Harry Potter the "everyman" tries to sacrifice himself for others, before somehow being raised to new life in the presence of a Christ symbol.
J.K. Rowling addresses the objections of people who dismiss myths as lies. Harry's enemy, Voldemort, does the same.
"That which Voldemort does not value," she writes, "he takes no trouble to comprehend. Of house-elves and children's tales, of love, loyalty and innocence, Voldemort knows and understands nothing. Nothing. That they all have a power beyond his own, a power beyond the reach of any magic, is a truth he has never grasped."
Big spoiler at the link. But then you could have read the book at any time after July 21, 2007 so my sympathy is limited.
With the final film in the wildly successful Harry Potter film franchise in theaters this weekend, fans of the bespectacled wizard will have to find their own version of Hogwarts to keep the dream alive, so we've assembled five of the finest Potter like castles where true fans can live the dream.
I demand a Bollywood adaptation of A Game of Thrones.
"'Vaaji Vaaji' is a song from the film Sivaji: The Boss starring Rajinikanth and Shriya Saran, directed by Shankar. ... The song shows Sivaji (Rajinikanth) as a Persian king and Tamizhselvi (Shriya Saran) as the queen."
Ace reviews trailers and advance stills for several upcoming film releases: he introduces the mondo sounding Theater Bizarre; looks at John Carter, a Disney (?) adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic John Carter, Warlord of Mars; considers costume design in the next Spiderman reboot, and; discusses an ill advised prequel to The Thing.
Re. the latter: Chicks don't belong in a Thing movie.
I don't know, looks a little bit exactly like the first one, except now we have two chicks and a bunch of Norwegians in it. I sort of like the chick, but I don't think chicks belong in a Thing movie. The first one was notable for not having chicks, and better for it ...
Watch the trailer and tell me he is wrong. That said, Scully was an excellent addition to "Ice", a riff on the story featured in the first season of The X-Files.
Re. chicks: Michael Whelan's cover paintings for the John Carter editions of the 1980s had a formative influence on my development. I vividly remember the moment a college girlfriend turned around and I realized I was looking at Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Sadly, she would not have got the reference and I would have been doing myself an immediate disservice to have mentioned the fact at the time. This is the first chance I have had to explain the moment to anyone.
Necessary/unnecessary: The first official image of Colin Farrell in Total Recall, a remake not a reboot. Colin Farrell is an excellent actor but the project is most probably unnecessary; let's hope it a second look at PKD's story and not just an update of the 1990 classic. By contrast is the necessary, nay, critical news of an Underworld sequel starring Kate Beckinsale.
Team Bondi Production Designer, Simon Wood will be speaking at London's Design Museum Friday 22 July, 7.30pm.
L.A. Noire, published by Rockstar Games, has enticed audiences worldwide and set new standards for art direction in video games. This interactive detective story is set in a perfectly recreated 1940s Los Angeles and combines filmic realism with player responsive scenario and plot development. Simon will be describing his role on this pioneering project that has combined digital gaming design with film making.
"... the trend toward aligning our online and offline personas has only accelerated. Today, humans stake online claims to their real-life names before they can even form words or survive outside the womb."
Sarah Klose interviews 2006 ArtEZ Institute of Arts graduate, Iris van Herpen.
I have actually 4 ways of designing. Sometimes I do the normal way, I draw something on paper and I implement it afterwards into real life. But mostly I have the design detailed in my head and I implement it without any drawings then.
Or I start experimenting with different materials and techniques. And if I like some of the experiments, I start to endlessly moulage with it around a mannequin. Afterwards I make patterns and then the implementation comes. So the moulage is the design process. With that process I do not know where I will end if I start.
And now the new way of working is there as well, the rapid prototyping; I have something in my mind, I draw everything, optical 3D but actually 2D, on the computer. Then somebody else translates it into real 3D on the compter and after that a interaction of me and him starts; the whole process to find out what is possible and what isn’t.
Above: Tanya Dziahileva wearing an extraordinary - truly extraordinary splashing water dress. Vogue France has more images from Iris van Herpen's Crystallization.
Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again
Paul Waldman argues reading children's literature - tales of heroes, heroism and adventure - leads to depression in adulthood. Nothing in Harry Potter prepares kids for a future burdened with television, trips to the bathroom and filling out tax forms.
...it's incredibly compelling to imagine yourself not only as someone to whom exciting things happen but as someone who is more than those around you.
The problem is that then you begin to grow up and realize you're just a lowly muggle.
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I agree with Paul wholeheartedly. That's why I stay away from Dr Seuss and other such nonsense and read only manuals to my daughter. Just the other night she asked me to read the sink disposal safety guide again. Ha ha, she loves it. I started off with Ikea manuals because they don't have words. The best part is that our reading material is free.
"These three brothers, all sons of the same mother, could not be more different from each other. Dori, the oldest, spends much of his time watching out for Ori, the youngest; making sure he’s not caught a chill or got himself killed by Wargs or Goblins. Nobody quite knows what Nori gets up to most of the time, except that it’s guaranteed to be dodgy and quite probably, illegal."
CBC's Marketplace analyzed the Canadian Cancer Society’s financial reports dating back a dozen years. It discovered that each year, as the society raised more dollars, the proportion of money it spent on research dropped dramatically — from 40.3 per cent in 2000 to under 22 per cent in 2011.
The amount of money spent on research has increased slightly over the years, but as a portion of the Cancer Society’s growing budget, it's almost been cut in half.
According to a 2010 MoneySense.ca article, the Canadian Cancer Society spends 43% of the funds it raises on... fundraising. Compare this instrumentality with the toonie you gave to the guy outside 7-11. At least you know 100% of his fundraising efforts went into a pack of smokes. He didn't spend it on a cell phone to call you at home and ask you for more cash.
Don't follow that last link if you don't want to learn the identity of the Necromancer. Though, given the recent emo excesses of Game of Thrones' TV-only fans, I no longer have any sympathy for people who claim to love an IP but can't be bothered to read.
And: Sylvester McCoy plays Radagast. Which is ok, I guess.
And... and: Richard Armitage is to my mind a peculiar choice for Thorin Oakenshield - too young - but he's a good actor and I suspect he would do a good job of it.
That said, the operative word is "actor".
Tolkien fan Armitage said that he’s in his element shooting in New Zealand: “There was a scene in The Lord Of The Rings where they find the stone trolls, and they’re identical in The Hobbit.
“I love those moments, when you link into the world of the film that you’ve seen before.”
Or, say, those elements in a novel such as The Lord of the Rings which build on an earlier novel such as The Hobbit. The ring provides one glaringly obvious example. You know how there was a ring in that Lord of the Rings movie? Hey, that ring is in The Hobbit.
Gotta love those moments that link you into the film that you've seen before. Excuse me but I have to go stab myself in the face.
My Benedict Cumberbatch kick lead me to the BBC's near future thriller, The Last Enemy, brought to us here courtesy of PBS and the generosity of viewers like you. It is stupid in all the ways you would expect it to be - security checks to enter No. 10 Downing Street, problem; Big Brother checking to see if you have separated your recycling, not a problem - but it's good fun nonetheless.
My favourite bit is Matthew Goode's introduction to episode four. What would happen if you lost your identity card? Couldn't access your bank accounts? Couldn't enter your place of work? What would happen to your identity then? It's meant to be a rhetorical question minus the fact neither Goode nor his worthy audience have any clue what the answer might be. But there is an answer and it should be obvious. You would be free.
The Minaret of Jam is like something out of a Robert E. Howard story, "part of The City of the Turquoise Mountain, which is the lost Afghan capital of the Middle Ages - Firuzkuh (Firuz Koh)".
Built back in 1190s by the once great Ghorid empire, this enigmatic and intricately-ornamented ancient "skyscraper" stands like a missile pointing at the stars - a 65-meter high minaret, the second biggest religious monument of its kind in the world.
Inside, I found a stupendous, engineered construction, with two spiral staircases winding around each other to form a double helix. This strong construction, combined with the fine brickwork, has preserved the structure from earthquakes and neglect. But for how long?
Ancient tourism: "A caravansary, or khan, also known as caravansara or caravanserai in English (Persian: كاروانسرا kārvānsarā, Turkish: kervansaray) was a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey." These days known as "motels".