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Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Ninety-Eight

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Ninety Eight The boys come roaring back with a highly spirited and 100 m.p.h. conversation that will leave you thinking and wanting to join in the festivities.  Listen in as Rob and Jon talk about the current political climate, sports, music and, of course, everybody’s favorite segment, “In Our Heads”. Sit down, get comfortable and buckle up for a wild ride with Jon and Rob on this 98th episode of Radio City…! Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob R...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Rob, Satire, Popular culture, Popdose, Rob Ross, Jon


Mountain Monks: A Vivid Short Documentary on the Monks Who Practice an Ancient, Once-Forbidden Religion in Japan

If you need to get some serious thinking done, go to the mountains. That notion holds across a wide range of cultures, but it has a particular force in Japan, where solo hiking, sometimes greatly extended solo hiking, has long been a popular treatment for a wide variety of troubles both personal and professional. But no group has taken it to quite the extreme as have the Yamabushi, ascetic mountain hermits who have practiced Shugend?, a hybridization of versions of esoteric Buddhism, Taoism...
Tags: Google, Japan, Film, College, Religion, Seoul, Schumann, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Yamagata, Fritz Schumann, 21st Century Los Angeles, Yamabushi, Facebook Mountain


Oscar nominations 2019: Roma and The Favourite deserve acclaim, but no female directors is woeful

The Academy consensus has produced two blue-chip frontrunners, but passed over some exceptional films directed by women in the process•Roma and The Favourite vie for glory•Full list of nominations •Guardian film Black Sheep nominatedOnce again, the mysterious consensus-accretion of awards season has done its work and the Oscar nomination list has a big showing for Alfonso Cuarón’s magnificent Roma, with 10 nominations — and, notably, just as big a score for critics’ darling and perennial talking...
Tags: Business, Music, Film, Mahershala Ali, Women, Marvel, Life and style, World news, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Nicole Kidman, Television & radio, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón


Oscars 2019: Roma and The Favourite vie for glory with 10 nominations each

Alfonso Cuarón’s 70s-set drama and the Olivia Colman period comedy head list of nominees, with A Star Is Born and Vice each on eightFull list of nominations Guardian film Black Sheep nominatedRoma and The Favourite will go head to head at the Oscars after they received 10 Academy Award nominations each.Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s memoir of childhood in 1970s Mexico City, topped many critics’ lists of 2018 (including the Guardian’s) and has scored 10 nominations, including best film and best director ...
Tags: Music, Film, Netflix, Culture, Television & radio, Bradley Cooper, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Guardian, Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Roma, Green Book, A Star is Born, The Favourite, First Man


Astonishing aerial view of Hong Kong's public housing towers

Aerial photographer and filmmaker Toby Harriman turned his lens on the soaring public housing apartment block towers in Hong Kong. The result is a stunning film and series of stills that convey the beauty (from this angle, anyway) of the built environment. The Block Tower by Toby Harriman (Planet Unicorn via PetaPixel)
Tags: Hong Kong, Photography, Video, Design, News, Film, Architecture, Apartments, Toby Harriman


Worst job in showbiz: why will no one touch the world's glitziest gigs?

The Oscars have no host, Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl, and the White House dinner will be MC’d by a historian. What’s behind the sudden demise of entertainment’s biggest jobs?The loss of the Oscars’ latest host is, on the one hand, just another mishap to add to the list. From 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite to 2017’s wrong delivery of the best picture award, the ceremony now seems like a particularly slow bloopers reel. Yet the loss of Kevin Hart – who quit after old homophobic tweets resurfaced – i...
Tags: Beyonce, Media, Celebrity, Film, Rihanna, White House, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Sport, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, US politics, Awards and prizes, US sports


'Fiji Water Girl' lands a cameo on The Bold and the Beautiful

Kelleth Cuthbert became famous after popping up in the background of a series of celebrity portraits at the Golden GlobesThe serial photobomber who stole the show and became a meme after this year’s Golden Globes has made a new splash with a cameo on The Bold and the Beautiful.Canadian model Kelleth Cuthbert became known as Fiji Water Girl after popping up in the background of a series of celebrity portraits taken during the 72nd Golden Globes awards in January. She was at the event as one of a ...
Tags: Television, Film, World news, US news, Awards and prizes, Golden Globes, Fiji, Kelleth Cuthbert


Glenn Close: ‘You don’t lose your sexuality as you get older’

At 71, and tipped for an Oscar for The Wife, Glenn Close reveals she is having more fun than everGlenn Close picks up the phone in her Montana home and all hell breaks loose. Between waves of helpless laughter, she tries to explain exactly what is causing the chaos. “Sorry to be – can you hear me? – oh my God –there’s a dog going past the house and – wait there.” The pooch making all that racket is Pip, Close’s pet havanese. He only recently watched one of her films, she tells me; fittingly enou...
Tags: Film, Montana, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Glenn Close, PIP, Golden Globe, Cruella de Vil, Jonathan Pryce, Joan Castleman, Oscars 2019, Golden Globes 2019


Online fund for unpaid Fyre festival staff raises tens of thousands

GoFundMe receives almost $80,000 for Bahamian workers who lost out in festival scamTens of thousands of pounds have been raised for Bahamian restaurant workers whose life savings were “wiped out” in a multimillion-pound fraud by organisers of the Fyre festival.Maryann Rolle said her team worked round the clock preparing 1,000 meals a day for festival staff but went unpaid when it imploded spectacularly in April 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Netflix, Culture, Festivals, Bahamas, Documentary films, MaryAnn Rolle


Spider-Man : Far From Home Trailer

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have just released the first trailer for Spider-Man : Far From Home. Check it out below – I’ve been working on the VFX for the show since late December last year, and this is my 3rd Spider-Man film I’ve worked on so far, having just finished the highly acclaimed Spider-Man : Into The Spiderverse and Spider-Man : Homecoming back in 2017. With the release slated for early July it’s going to be a busy few months for me as we move closer to the release date, b...
Tags: Work, Comics, Film, Trailer, Marvel, Spider-Man, Anime, Sony Pictures, Cg, Marvel Studios, Peter, Manga/comics, Spider-Man : Far From Home


Underdog review – sweat-soaked MMA movie succumbs to cliches

This montage-riddled clunker hits us over the head with stereotypes of masculinity and sports-drama tropesSticking with religious fervour to sports-drama conventions and cliches, this sweat-soaked, palette-desaturated, montage-riddled genre exercise stars Eryk Lubos as Kosa, a once feted, now washed-up mixed martial arts (MMA) champion lured back into the caged ring for one last bout.If it weren’t for the fact that everyone is speaking Polish and that the action is set in an economically depress...
Tags: Europe, Film, Sport, World news, Culture, Poland, World cinema, MMA, KOSA, Thrillers (film, Sport films, Eryk Lubos, Aleksandra Popławska


Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival

Image and text borrowed from  Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival web page. Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival (hereinafter referred to as TDF) is a film festival where all the films are selected by the Deaf staff. ​ It is held every 2 years in Shibuya, Tokyo by both the Deaf and hearing staff altogether. ​The main theme of the films screened in this festival is Deaf itself, and they are mostly feature films. ​​The main goal of the TDF is to contribute to the development of the Deaf ...
Tags: Japan, Film, Anthropology, Tokyo, Deaf, Sign Language, TDF, Film Festival, Shibuya Tōkyō, Shibuya Tokyohttp


A Page of Madness: The Lost, Avant Garde Masterpiece from Early Japanese Cinema (1926)

It’s a sad fact that the vast majority of silent movies in Japan have been lost thanks to human carelessness, earthquakes and the grim efficiency of the United States Air Force. The first films of hugely important figures like Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Hiroshi Shimizu have simply vanished. So we should consider ourselves fortunate that Teinosuke Kinugasa’s Kuretta Ippei -- a 1926 film known in the States as A Page of Madness -- has somehow managed to survive the vagaries of fate. Kinuga...
Tags: Google, Japan, Yahoo, Film, College, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Akira Kurosawa, States, Born, Cabinet, Page, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, United States Air Force, Abel Gance


Netflix criticised for using images of real-life rail disaster in Bird Box

Mayor of Lac-Mégantic, where 47 died in 2013 explosion, demands images of the incident be removed from streaming giant’s sci-fi hitThe mayor of a Canadian town where 47 people were killed in a rail disaster in 2013 has complained to Netflix after images of the incident were used in the hit sci-fi film Bird Box.The accident happened when a train carrying crude oil exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and the BBC reports that Netflix confirmed that footage of the disaster was included in a montage se...
Tags: Film, Bbc, Netflix, Culture, Lac Megantic Quebec, Lac Megantic, Bird Box


This DIY medium format camera shoots both 110mm and pinhole lenses

Sometimes, you come across a DIY film camera that’s just beautiful in its simplicity. The LIMES 120 is one such camera. Made from an old Hasselblad medium format film back, it shoots 120 roll film and sports either an Industar 110mm f/4.5 lens and a tea can, or a pinhole. Created by photographer Daniele Sandri, a comparison […] The post This DIY medium format camera shoots both 110mm and pinhole lenses appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, Diy, Film, Film photography, Analog, Hasselblad, Medium-format, Analogue, DIY Camera, Daniele Sandri


Austin’s Media Tech Incubator Readies for First Group of Startups

Austin—An incubator for startups that are developing a media product is in its final week of accepting applications.Called Collective, the incubator is focused on startups that are working on innovating the media space, which includes augmented and virtual reality, publishing, news, public relations, video games, music, sound, film, marketing, advertising, radio, and podcasting, the group says. The incubator is a part of the Austin Community Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropy organization, an...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Publishing, Music, Texas, News, Media, Video Games, Film, Incubators, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Social Media, Startup, Public Relations


Fighting Fyre with Fyre: the story of two warring festival documentaries

The failed music festival has inspired two new documentaries and a war off-screen over the morality of the film-makers involvedScandal sells, or so it’s said, but few have captured the zeitgeist with quite the velocity as the rise and fall, in April 2017, of Fyre. The luxury music festival – a Bahamas-set Coachella with villas and supermodels, it promised – collapsed into financial fraud and memes of drunk twentysomethings scrambling for Fema tents and styrofoam tray meals, all direct to our scr...
Tags: Music, Film, Netflix, Culture, Fema, Festivals, Coachella, Hulu, Bahamas, Documentary films


YouTube bans dangerous pranks after Bird Box challenge

YouTube acts after challenge leads to people doing tasks blindfolded, including drivingYouTube has banned creators from depicting “dangerous challenges and pranks”, after a wave of incidents prompted by a viral challenge involving driving blindfolded pushed it to act.The so-called Bird Box challenge, inspired by the Netflix film of the same name, saw YouTubers imitating scenes from the movie in which characters must perform common tasks while blindfolded. A culture of one-upmanship meant that ra...
Tags: Utah, Technology, Internet, Film, Youtube, World news, Netflix, Jake Paul, Bird Box


The Best Film Camera of All Time is…

The best film camera of all time is the Olympus OM-1.   That’s all folks, end of the article. Ok, bias is a thing…my favourite is the Olympus OM-1 Photo by Martin Taylor Ok Just Kidding…Sort Of… Alright, alright, I do realise that just because a camera is my favourite camera, it isn’t necessarily the best.   This is probably the most subjective thing to try writing about, but I’m going to try to address it without starting World War 3 (or maybe I will…it is the internet!). Photo by Ja...
Tags: Photography, Film, Opinion, Olympus, Fujifilm, Martin Taylor, Nikon, Polaroid, Ricoh, Mamiya, OM, Vivian Maier, ONESTEP, TLR, Film Camera, Yashica


Blindfolded Bird Box Challenger crashes car

Remember, way back on January 2 when Netflix issued a warning to its customers over the viral meme to “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE?” That warning wasn’t heard or followed by at least one 17-year-old in Utah who decided to give the challenge — which involves a blindfold — a whirl while driving. The result was what one might expect. There was a crash (hat tip CNN, which spotted the tweet from Layton Police). Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result...
Tags: Utah, Film, Tech, Cnn, Netflix, Culture, Automotive, Viral, Meme, Bird Box, Layton Parkway, Layton Police, Layton Police Bird Box Challenge, Sandra Bullock In Bird Box Bullock


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode Ninety-Seven

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode Ninety Seven Episode 97 is the first newly-recorded show of 2019, done on Rob’s birthday (!) and is no less than a stellar power-hour of non-stop smart, thoughtful conversation, a lot of comedy and informative elements, including a breakdown of the brilliant new album from Chris Korzen (under the name “Nezrok”); the deaths of several celebrities we grew up with to begin the year; a glimpse at MTV’s new series with Lindsay Lohan (!); the N.F.L. p...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, Television, Film, Theatre, Sports, Current Events, Mtv, Rob, Satire, Lindsay Lohan, Popular culture


Log off. That ‘cookies’ sh-t makes me nervous

The Sopranos first aired twenty years ago in January 1999. There was lots of fanfare and ‘remember when’ last week when that date arrived. The main cast was reunited to celebrate and reminisce and, for those of us who are and were huge fans, there were lots of lovely stories and fun memories shared in the interviews and articles that followed. All of this was a little bittersweet given the absence of James Gandolfini. When Dominic Chianese fondly and emotionally remembered some of h...
Tags: Film, Religion, Italy, David Chase, James Gandolfini, The Sopranos, Tony, Angie, Jimmy, Patsy, Meadow, Dominic Chianese, Michael Corleone, Gandolfini, Henry Hill, Furió


What’s their beef? Why today’s leading men are driven to be buff

Aidan Turner’s Poldark has ushered in a new age of brawn, but many are asking if the trend has gone too farModern screen heroes come in many guises, but whether a leading man is cast as a mathematician, a surgeon or a scientist, the likelihood is that, once the shirt comes off, he will be equipped with both a firm abdomen and bulbous biceps.A new appetite for leading men who, whether or not they are playing professional athletes, appear to spend half the week in the gym is now concerning even es...
Tags: Health, Film, Life and style, Society, Body Image, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Stage, Acting, Aidan Turner, Poldark, Tom Brittney


Mahershala Ali: ‘I had to protect myself from people’s fear of me’

The Moonlight actor has topped his Oscar win with a Golden Globe for Green Book. He talks about fatherhood, being a Muslim in Trump’s America and years of typecastingExactly two years ago, in early 2017, the actor Mahershala Ali and his wife were about to give birth – one after the other. “It’s something we still joke about,” says the 44-year-old American, sitting in a London hotel, smiling at the memory. “My wife was pregnant with a baby. And I was pregnant with an Oscar.”The actor knows that s...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Film, Mahershala Ali, America, Culture, Oscars, Ali, Bari, Moonlight, Trump, Golden Globe, Green Book, Amatus Sami Karim, Golden Globes 2019


The Rock says Daily Star fabricated 'snowflake' criticism

Tabloid quoted actor Dwayne Johnson as saying millennials are ‘putting us backwards’Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has claimed the Daily Star fabricated a front-page story in which the film star appeared to criticise millennials as “snowflakes”.The story, which appeared on Friday’s front page under the headline “The Rock Smacks Down Snowflakes” and was billed as an exclusive, was picked up by news outlets around the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Film, Dwayne Johnson, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, National newspapers, Newspapers, Culture, Ipso, Press regulation, Johnson, Daily Star, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock


Teen crashes car after driving blindfolded for Bird Box challenge

A 17-year-old in Utah was involved in a highway collision involving another car after reportedly taking part in the social media challenge based on the Netflix horror hitA 17-year-old has caused a highway collision after driving blindfolded as part of the Bird Box challenge. Related: Flying high: how Bird Box became Netflix's biggest hit to date Continue reading...
Tags: Utah, Media, Film, Netflix, Culture, Horror Films, Bird Box


Green Book writer apologises for anti-Muslim tweet

Nick Vallelonga says he is ‘incredibly sorry’ after discovery of a 2015 tweet in which he backed a false claim by Donald Trump about 9/11Nick Vallelonga, the Green Book writer and producer whose late father Tony is a central character in the film, has apologised for a 2015 social media post that triggered accusations of Islamophobia.Vallelonga has come under fire after the discovery of a tweet in which he backed Donald Trump’s false claim during the election campaign that in New Jersey “thousand...
Tags: Film, Mahershala Ali, Religion, World news, US news, Culture, New Jersey, Islam, Cbs, Donald Trump, Trump, Tony, Jersey City, Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Vallelonga


Taiwan's Guidebook of Marine Debris – in pictures

The environmental education association Re-Think has launched The Guidebook of Marine Debris to highlight the 101 most commonly found plastic items washed up on Taiwan’s beaches. From Hello Kitty toys to cigarette lighters from thousands of kilometres away on the Midway Islands, Re-Think photographed the items in a bid to educate young people on the extent of the problem. The project took a year to complete with the help of beach clean-up volunteers around Taiwan and the Society of Wilderness.Th...
Tags: Film, Environment, World news, Taiwan, Culture, Asia Pacific, Oceans, Plastics, Kinmen, Midway Islands, environmental education association Re Think


Family files lawsuit after being called 'ugly' in Christmas movie

Setiam and Katherine Allah are suing Lifetime after their photo was used without permission in TV movie Christmas HarmonyUS cable channel Lifetime is being sued by a couple after they were called “ugly” in the festive TV movie Christmas Harmony.Setiam and Katherine Allah sent out 50 family portraits to friends and family, one of which found its way to the set of the film, which premiered in November 2018. In the offending scene, lead character Harmony attaches the picture to a wall but is told b...
Tags: Television, Film, Culture, Television & radio, US television, Harmony, Katherine Allah


The Art of Creating Special Effects in Silent Movies: Ingenuity Before the Age of CGI

If anyone tries to claim that modern day movies have too many special effects remind them of this. Films have always used special effects to trick the audience, and we’re just using new variations of tools from a century ago. In fact, right from the beginning, creators like Georges Méliès were pushing the boundaries of celluloid and 24 frames per second like the showmen and magicians they were. By the time we get to the silent comedians as seen in our above video, technology had advanced...
Tags: Google, Film, College, Los Angeles, Jackie Chan, Peter Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, Keaton, Facebook Twitter, Lloyd, Buster Keaton, KCRW, Gandalf, Georges Méliès, Ted Mills, Harold Lloyd