Saturday, June 9, 2012
- A character turns on the radio just in time to hear a special announcement or some important news item. Then turns the radio off.
"Three escaped lunatics have been spotted in . blah blah blah."
- The phone rings. Caller says, "You better check out what's on the news on Channel 13". He turns on channel 13 and gets the report from the beginning.
- All televisions show Cowboy-and-Indian chase scenes a large proportion of the time.
- All VCRs in films are always cued up exactly to the portion of tape you want to show someone.
- You will always be able to backwind the tape *precisely* to the beginning of the segment you want to see again.
- Whenever anyone scans through a videotape or audio tape on home equipment you can hear the audio portion of the tape being fast forwarded or rewound.
- Freeze frame is flawless.
- Whenever someone reviews surveillance video taken from a preceding scene, the camera angle is never high above the actors, it's right up close, and looks _a lot_ like the angle the film camera used when shooting the picture. Additionally, the audio is always crisp and clear, there's no background noise, because all security cameras come equipped with boom mikes.
BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES
I, ALEX CROSS by James Patterson
Status: Set for Australian release on October 25, 2012
Who's involved: Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) directs, with Tyler Perry playing the famous title character.
Why you should read the book first: Because even though Patterson has become the Starbucks of the literary circuit – cranking out a new book seemingly every week – his detective novels centred around Washington, D.C. detective Alex Cross embody the term “page-turner” and should be read to enjoy the author’s gift for pacing and prose. The brilliant but humanly flawed Cross has been the protagonist of 18 novels for a reason – audiences can connect with his unconventional method of tracking serial killers, and his stop-at-nothing approach to criminal apprehension, usually because close members of his family are in danger. For whatever reason, Alex Cross hasn’t translated smoothly to the big screen--Morgan Freeman was miscast as the detective in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Perry seems like a better choice, and Matthew Fox looks like a crazed antagonist in early photos we’ve seen. But read Patterson’s novel I, Alex Cross before Cohen’s adaptation to get a better grip on Cross, as a character, and the sadistic foe he’ll be tracking once the movie opens in October.
Science fiction icon Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 at the UCLA library on typewriters that he rented for 10 cents per half-hour. He carried a sack full of dimes to the library and completed the book in nine days, at a cost of $9.80. Bradbury died recently at the age of 91.
- The Concierto de Aranjuez for classical guitar and orchestra was composed by Joaquin Rodrigo in 1939.
- The Australian seaside town of Penguin is in the state of Tasmania.
- “Crocodile tears” is used to describe false or insincere tears.
- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995.
- In the children’s television series The Mickey Mouse Club, Friday was Talent Round-Up Day.
- Winnie the Pooh was created by A. A. Milne.
- In mythology, Prometheus was chained to a rock and tortured by a vulture for having stolen fire.
- The Pilbara is a large, dry region in the Australian state of Western Australia.
- Louis XIV of France was also known as the “Sun King”.
- The oldest and occupied castle in the world is Windsor Castle in the UK.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" finally releases its very first trailer. Presenting a perfect blend between sharp humour and brutality, the sneak-peek video centres on the mutual bond between Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz as a newly freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter to find his wife. A look at Leonardo DiCaprio as a quirky antagonist is also included in the promo video.
"Django Unchained", which is set in 1800s, follows Foxx's titular character, a freed slave who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter King Schultz (Waltz), becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself. After assisting Schultz in taking down some bad guys for profit, he tracks down his slave wife and liberates her from an evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (DiCaprio).
Django Unchained is scheduled for an Australian release on 24 Jan 2013.
On the coldest continent, Antarctica is Erebus volcanic mountain covered with hundreds of ice towers. The towers are located at a height of 20 meters and constantly emitting steam.
When the steam in the cold, the inner walls of the towers grow and expand.These earth geological creations like towers on the planet Mars, the satellites of Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune. This is constantly active volcano is another miracle of nature, where there are ice and fire. Erebus last erupted in 1978.
- 101 Reasons why I smell like smoke.
- 101 Substitutes for gasoline that didn't quite work.
- 101 Reasons why pain hurts.
- 101 Reasons to set fire to the homeless.
- 101 Reasons not to stare at the sun, even though you know you ought to.
- 101 Reasons why the word "red" should not be used as a flavour.
- 101 Ways to survive death.
- 101 Reasons why Batman could kick Spider-man's ass.
- 101 Things to consider before renting a calliope.
- 101 Things not to do with a cheese grater.
- 101 Reasons why sheep shouldn't be in solitary confinement.
- 101 Reasons to publish a list of the top 101 things to make 101 item long lists about.
Elvis Presley will be brought to the stage in a hologram image by Digital production company, who previously stunned Coachella crowd with its Tupac Shakur resurrection. They will create the virtual King of Rock 'n' Roll for a range of entertainment projects including live shows and appearances for TV and movie.
The project "will help continue the growth of Elvis' rich legacy all over the world," said Elvis Presley Enterprises President and CEO, Jack Soden. "This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life. His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer."
BOOKS ABOUT TO BECOME MOVIES
THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer
Status: Set for release March 2013
Who's involved: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, Max Irons and Jake Abel (starring), Andrew Niccol (directing/screenplay)
Why you should read the book first: The Host is set in a world that's been inhabited by aliens - or rather, the people have been inhabited by aliens - called souls. The story begins with the capture of human Melanie Stryder, a young woman whose body is soon taken over by a Soul called Wanderer, an alien with a fair amount of experience in inhabiting other life-forms. But she soon learns that Melanie's mind is a challenge to overcome, as Melanie refuses to abandon it. It's a bit more mainstream and female-focused than most science fiction literature probably is, but to dismiss the book as "Twilight with aliens" would be an unfair generalization. Not only does The Host prove to be an interesting story, but it also explores humanity from an outside perspective and should make for a great movie, especially with the exceptionally talented Saoirse Ronan in the lead.
"Please Mr. Postman" was the debut single by The Marvelettes for the Tamla (Motown) label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. The single achieved this position in late 1961; it hit number-one on the R&B chart as well. "Please Mr. Postman" became a number-one hit again in early 1975, when The Carpenters' cover of the song also reached the top position of the Billboard Hot 100.
George Clooney will once again helm a political movie following his directorial stint in highly-praised drama "The Ides of March". The 51-year-old actor is next to direct for Focus Features' "The Yankee Comandante".
Courtesy of Deadline, Focus is making a rights deal for "Yankee Comandante", which was an article written by David Grann in the May 28 issue of The New Yorker. The studio has engaged Clooney to serve as the director in addition to co-producing the movie project along with his Smokehouse partner Grant Heslov.
Grann's article itself centres on William Alexander Morgan, who helped Fidel Castro and the Cuban rebels overthrow Fulgencio Batista. Morgan was the only American in the rebel army and the sole foreigner, other than Argentinian icon Che Guevara, to rise to the army's highest rank; The Comandant.
- The first Davis Cup in 1900 was won by the US.
- Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, was passionate about Archery.
- The King in the original Broadway production of “The King and I” was played by Yul Brynner.
- The monetary unit of South Korea is the Won.
- The Bridge of Sighs is in Venice.
- The book “The Day of the Jackal” was written in 35 days by Frederick Forsyth.
- Ballybeg is the name of the mythical Irish town used as the setting for the play Dancing at Laughnasa a 1990 play by dramatist Brian Friel.
- According to Greek mythology there are five rivers in Hades.
- The capital of the Solomon Islands is Honiara.
- Garuda is Indonesia’s national airline.