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FILMography: Photographs of movie stills in their original location
09.13.2012
10:29 am

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FILMography is a cool site where movie stills are placed within their original film locations, and then photographed.

The theory is: ‘FILM + photography = FILMography.’

This delightful site is curated by writer, journalist and photographer Christopher Moloney.
 
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More Filmography, after the jump…
 
With thanks to Robert Coupée and Anne Billson
 

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‘Krapp’s Last Tape’: Pinter performs Beckett
09.12.2012
08:08 pm

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Harold PInter liked Samuel Beckett because he rubbed his nose in the shit. He wasn’t leading him up the garden path. He wasn’t giving him the wink. And he certainly wasn’t fucking him about. No.

Pinter knew Beckett wasn’t selling him anything. But if he was selling him anything, then he would have bought it hook, line and sinker.

Pinter first read Beckett in 1953, while working in Ireland.  When he returned home to London, Pinter searched the libraries for any of Beckett’s books. He couldn’t find any, that is until he happened upon a copy of Beckett’s novel Murphy in the Bermondsley Reserve LIbrary. Pinter borrowed it, and as he noted that the book had not been taken out since 1939, he kept it.

This is Pinter’s astounding performance in Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Though Patrick Magee was Beckett’s original choice for the role, Pinter brings a dark, bitter irony to the character, as well as a heightened sense of personal mortality. Pinter described the play he sees as being about death, and about love - the impossibility of love and the necessity of love.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

When Harry Met Sammy: Pinter on Beckett


Patrick Magee: Stunning performance in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’


 

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‘23 Envelope’: The artists who created 4AD’s iconic album covers
09.12.2012
06:35 pm

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In the early-to-late 1980s, British record label 4AD’s visuals had a certain nocturnal, gothic and industrial look and feel that was simple, elegant and occasionally as fragile as moth wings . Most of the covers I recall, used photographs that were black and white or de-saturated color. The fonts were distinctive, the layouts uncluttered. The overall effect was timeless, nothing tied the work to fashion trends of the moment. Which has allowed the label to maintain their “look” throughout the years, even without the contribution of the two guys who were responsible for creating it.

In the 1985 documentary 23 Envelope we are introduced to graphic designer Vaughan Oliver and photographer/filmmaker Nigel Grierson who created the record sleeves for 4AD from 1983-1988. If you’ve seen record jackets for Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Pixies or Cocteau Twins, you’ve seen the work of Olivier and Grierson. The film contains music by 4AD bands of the era covered.
 

 

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Идиот: Vladimir Putin cracks sarcastic put-down of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy prowess
09.12.2012
06:15 pm

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What’s Russian for “pwned”?

It’s been another horrific, shitty, awful week for GOP nominee Thurston Howell III Mitt Romney. Now, even Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t resist piling on the insults aimed at the increasingly hapless Republican standard-bearer.

Yesterday Putin said he was “grateful” to Mitt Romney for saying Russia remained the United States’ “No. 1 geopolitical foe” because this idiotic statement of non-fact aimed at the GOP’s abundant pool of cud-chewing low information voters, actually helped Putin in missile defense negotiations!

According to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Putin told reporters:

“I’m grateful to him for formulating his stance so clearly because he has once again proven the correctness of our approach to missile defense problems. The most important thing for us is that even if he doesn’t win now, he or a person with similar views may come to power in four years. We must take that into consideration while dealing with security issues for a long perspective.”

Seems reasonable enough to me!

Way to go, Mittens! That’s what happens when you pander to people who get their information from ALL CAPS EMAILS. Yet another reason why Mitt Romney will never be the President of the United States.

President Obama drew blood with his own viciously witty riposte to Romney’s idiotic/politically suicidal statement about the crisis in Libya:

“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here: Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later and as president one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. It’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts and that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”

Dropped. Romney really tossed that ball right over the fuckin’ plate, didn’t he?!?!?

Fox News viewers who have never heard of any of this and who have no idea what any of this means can go here, here and here for more information.
 

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The weird and wonderful Candy Candido
09.12.2012
06:13 pm

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Comedian Candy Candido puts his three-octave voice to good use in this sweet little Soundie for the song “One Meatball.”

From Candido’s Wikipedia entry:

Candido provided the voice of a skeleton in Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, and he later teamed with Bud Abbott during Abbott’s attempted comeback in 1960. He was the voice of the bear in the Gentle Ben TV series, and he worked as a voice actor on animated films, notably for Walt Disney, where he portrayed the Indian Chief in Peter Pan, one of Maleficent’s goons in Sleeping Beauty, the Captain of the Guard in Robin Hood, Brutus and Nero in The Rescuers, the Escaped Convict (Gus) in the Haunted Mansion attraction and Fidget the peg-legged bat in The Great Mouse Detective. Other animated films with Candido voices: Chuck Jones’ adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth, and the Ralph Bakshi movies Hey Good Lookin’ and Heavy Traffic.”

Thanks to the badasses at Badass Digest for this one.
 

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Tutti Frutti: Carmen Miranda’s crazy banana dance that inspired generations of future drag queens
09.12.2012
05:30 pm

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All next week, Cinefamily in Los Angeles will be screening a brand new 35mm print of Busby Berkeley’s kaleidoscopic 1943 extravaganza, The Gang’s All Here:

It’s the most hyper-saturated Technicolor musical of the 1940s, it’s the picture featuring the legendary Carmen Miranda “Tutti Frutti” banana number, it’s the camp classic that launched a thousand drag queens — and it’s one of Hollywood’s most gleeful slices of vintage war propaganda ever. It’s The Gang’s All Here, legendary director/choregorapher Busby Berkeley’s most purely kooky on-screen effort, and one amazing good time out at the movies. Plot, schmott — it’s all about the the geometric conflagrations of chorus girls, the dancing, the singing, the oversized psychedelic fruit, the charmingly overt suggestions to invest in war bonds, and the unbelievable.

Screenings start tonight and run through next Monday. Get tickets at Cinefamily.

Below, Carmen Miranda’s mind-boggling “Tutti Frutti” production number from The Gang’s All Here.
 

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15% of Ohio Republicans think Mitt Romney deserves the credit for killing Osama bin Laden
09.12.2012
04:28 pm

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A poll released Monday by Public Policy Polling shows that Mitt Romney is at a distinct disadvantage in the highly important Electoral College swing state of Ohio, polling just 45% to Obama’s 50%, but one of the ancillary questions the pollsters mischievously slipped in sheds some light on how pathetically misinformed—or willfully ignorant—some Ohio Republicans really are.

Does this seem like a trick question to you?

“Who do you think deserves more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?”

63% percent said Obama, 6% said Mitt Romney and 31% of the respondents said they were not sure.

If you break it down (see cross tabs), about 15% of the Ohio Republicans who rated themselves “very conservative” actually believe that Mitt Romney deserves the credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

That’s more than one in ten!

Mitt Romney obviously can count on, and receive, the support of the most blinkered ignoramuses in the country. No wonder the GOP is so virulently anti-education. Without the low IQ buffoon bloc standing so square-headed in their corner, they’d never win another election, EVER.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying “Democrat” = “smart,” because that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, but self-identifying as a “Republican” is an admission of one of two things: that you are either throwing your lot with the fucking idiot brigade or that you are a fucking idiot yourself.

Pick one. It’s not a trick question.

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Photos of women taking snuff, 1855
09.12.2012
03:51 pm

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Retronaut posted the above vintage photo circa 1885 of a woman taking snuff. There’s some debate on the Internet as to whether it’s real or ‘shopped, but I’m not sure why it’s so controversial. As “unladylike” as it may seem for that era, snuff was actually considered an aristocratic luxury which separated the upper classes from the tobacco smoking lower classes.

I found another, smiliar photo, dated 1860 on the CWFP website. Maybe they’re just picking their noses and those aren’t snuff boxes they’re holding at all, but “booger holders”?
 
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Below, an image of two Zulu women sniffing the snuff in 1925.
 
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Tweetin’ balls: Guy live tweets his first acid trip
09.12.2012
02:46 pm

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Gary Debussy aka “Brad” is suddenly finding new Internet fame by having live Tweeted his first LSD trip.

Some kind soul who goes by the name “angelandaddict” posted “Brad’s” numerous acid-induced Tweets on Storify with the title “Brad Does Acid.”

i just discovered brad today through @zu_handen and what a day i chose to follow him. here are his tweets as he explores downtown while on acid.

 
Here’s a snippet, below:
 
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Renato Zero, the gender-bending Italian superstar that you’ve probably never heard of
09.12.2012
01:30 pm

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Despite the fact that he is said to have sold 40 million records and his albums sit atop the Italian pop charts for half a year, every year, going platinum five times over, outside of Italy, few people have heard of camp superstar Renato Zero. In some respects, Zero could be said to be the inventor of glam rock. He was, you know, just being himself even before Bolan or Bowie put on eyeliner or platform heels.

He even had a punk nickname long before Sid Vicious or Johnny Rotten!

So flamboyant that he makes Freddie Mercury (or even Jobriath Boone) seem positively macho, Zero has steadfastly refused to either confirm or deny that he is gay throughout his now five decade long career (as if there would be much speculation) . From what I can tell, his lyrical themes are matters like “don’t give up on your dreams,” “fight to live the life you want to lead” and so forth.

Often called “The Emperor of Rome,” Renato Zero is still a huge star today, performing spectacular diva-like concerts that would make Lady Gaga jealous to a devoted fanbase. Ladies and gentlemen, take a look at pioneering genderbending Italian mega-performer, Renato Zero!

Below, Renato Zero as Mephistopheles, seller of happiness, singing “Vendo Felicita” in the pioneering Italian rock opera, Orpheus 9:
 

 
Much more Reanto Zero after the jump…

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