Monthly Archives: January 2016
Ships launches are sometimes wild affairs, and depending on the method used, making a big splash can be part of the drill. The Freedom Class of Littoral Combat Ships do just that, being slid off the pier where they were built sideways. On Jan. 30, the … Continue reading
This week, the 6th Street Bridge in LA is being torn down. The iconic structure has been used in numerous films over the years, and Vashi Nedomansky wanted to commemorate its use as a set location throughout cinematic history. Read more… Continue reading
Telephones got their start in the late nineteenth century, connected through exchanges. In the early twentieth century, however, Bell introduced a new dial system, and needed to tell callers how to use it. Read more… Continue reading
Nominations for science fiction and fantasy’s biggest award, the Hugo, are now open! If you had been a member of last year’s World Science Fiction Convention or are headed off to this year’s MidAmeriCon II or next year’s 75th WorldCon, you can cast a ballot.
The Cassini-Huygens mission released a stunning new picture of Saturn’s moon Enceladus at half phase.
A couple of years ago, we were blown away by Steve Gildea’s work titled Planetary Suite: a sliver of each planet forming a single, wonderful image. There was one problem though: he didn’t know what Pluto looked like. Now, we do.
This is so cool: National Geographic has put together a neat video composed entirely of paper that gives you a brief primer of London’s history, starting 40,000 years ago.
The CW has announced that they’ve greenlit six new pilots for potential shows, including an untitled Mars project and an Archie Comics adaptation, Riverdale.
As Barack Obama nears the end of his presidency, the new movie Southside With You depicts his first date with Michelle as a loving romance. Departing presidents don’t usually get off so lightly …
American critics are drooling over the new movie about Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date. Southside With You is “a sweet, mature drama with layers of social and racial issues, family dynamics and, yes – romance,” according to Mashable. “The result makes you realise how few realistic and three-dimensional date movies have been made in an era of throbbing hook-up encounters and R-rated horny teen gross-outs,” argues the Hollywood Reporter’s critic.
Southside with You is a meet-cute with a twist – When Potus met Flotus. It’s about a hunkypants Harvard law graduate working a summer job at a Chicago law firm, where he falls in love with his no-less diverting boss, Michelle Robinson. The couple stroll through the summery city, visit a gallery, take in a movie and finally have ice-cream. During the evening they have the kiss that, apparently, recently made even hardened Sundance film festival goers come over all unnecessary.
Downton Abbey and Orange Is the New Black were big winners in a night that played it safe as the Screen Actors Guild celebrated deserving recipients
The strange thing about the SAG Awards, which were held on Saturday night, is that while they are seen as a filmic precursor to the Oscars, their television awards really have no impact on the Emmys, which aren’t held again until September.
Regarding television, though the Screen Actors Guild largely made very safe choices, in many ways echoing the choices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just a few months ago, some perceived wrongs were righted.
Female Disney characters routinely have fewer lines than males even in films in which they’re the lead. But at least their dolls now look a bit human
Name: Disney princesses.
Age: Perpetually about 19.
I’ve been a huge fan of Will McIntosh’s since I picked up his debut, Soft Apocalypse, and since then, he’s turned out fantastic novel after fantastic novel. In his latest, he turns a bizarre situation into a fast-paced YA adventure that doesn’t disappoint.
It’s easy to fall for stereotypes when you’re thinking about Imperial Japan, especially when the Internet offers plenty of dreamy, romanticized, hand colored photos of geishas, samurais, craftsmen, and peasants, all wearing traditional clothes and posing in medieval scenes. This set of color postcards, all issued in the first decades of the 20th century, show a different pre-war Japan.
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We’ve known about the existence of an international wizarding community in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. Now, in a recent update to Pottermore, she’s revealed the identities of a number of additional magical academies across the world.
Viggo Mortensen steals the show as a father whose idealistic way of raising his children comes under attack by the real world
It’s always tricky using a modifier like “fantastic” in a movie’s title, because if the film doesn’t live up to it, the snarky review headlines just sort of write themselves. Sadly for copy editors the world over, Captain Fantastic won’t have that problem. Not only is it wonderful – it is heartfelt, comedic, gorgeous and just the right amount of sad. The sound of sniffling could be heard throughout the theater at Sundance, where it debuted this week.
Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his six children off the grid in rural Washington. They live in a sort of yurt with adjacent tree houses and other buildings, they hunt and farm all of their own food, and they celebrate Noam Chomsky’s birthday like it’s Christmas. Ben is the sort of ideological-minded communist who hates the greater capitalist culture of America and teaches his children five languages as well as a doctrine to stick it to the man. Their life seems ideal, enough to make you want to cut up your Costco card, buy a VW bus and bathe under a waterfall after doing yoga in a meadow.
Diversity ruled the night at the Screen Actors Guild awards on Saturday in LA, as actors of colour claimed a slew of wins after controversy over all-white acting nominees at the Oscars. Best supporting actor went to Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation. Viola Davis took the award for best TV drama actress for How to Get Away with Murder. Michael Keaton dedicated Spotlight’s best film award to ‘the disenfranchised everywhere’
Cyrus is ‘stoked’ to be in the veteran director’s new Amazon Prime show, but who could star alongside her?
Hannah Montana And Her Sisters, anyone? Miley Cyrus last week announced her new acting role with suitable gravitas on Instagram: “Fuck yeah! Stoked to be in Woody Allen’s first series!!!!” The twerking, hammer-licking 23-year-old popstrel will star in the veteran director’s as-yet-untitled 60s-set TV comedy, which starts shooting in March and will air this autumn on streaming service Amazon Prime. We helpfully suggest 10 other unlikely names Allen could cast – and the roles they could play…
The movie Lynne Ramsay, Jude Law and Michael Fassbender were going to shoot finally makes it to be big screen, limping and bloodless, albeit for a few knockout shots
It’s pretty hard to screw up a western. You’ve got your white hat, you’re black hat, wide vistas of natural splendor, maybe an ornery sidekick with some colorful phrases and a dashing star on a horse. The title Jane Got A Gun, apart from triggering a Pavlovian response to that wretched Aerosmith anthem, promises a woman in the saddle serving up helpings of hot lead. Hey, have you seen my wallet? I gotta go buy a ticket.
Alas, short of a few marvellous shots of Natalie Portman in a long duster and black Boss of the Plains, Jane Got A Gun is a remarkable exercise in tedium, as if director Gavin O’Connor had a mandate to put his own stamp on the genre, and he decided his mark would be blanching each scene of any and all inherent drama. When action and emotion does finally come, it’s way past the point of caring about any of these characters. Even worse is how the movie isn’t terrible, so it can’t qualify as a hate-watch. It’s just dull.