The Sound of Interstellar
While a couple of friends were visiting Los Angeles this week an intense discussion of who would/should be the next James Bond, following Daniel Craig’s last film, the as of yet unnamed Bond 25, scheduled to be released in 2017.
There are a few predefined criteria for what it takes to play James Bond.
Height: 6’1″-6’2″ (Daniel Craig is the exception – 5’10”)
Weight: ~165-175 lbs
Age: 30-49 (Sean Connery and Roger Moore are the exceptions – 53 and 57 respectively)
Hair Color: Black/Brown (Daniel Craig is the exception – Blonde)
Birthplace: British Isles (George Lazenby is the exception – Australia)
These are actors that came up in the discussion but didn’t warrant serious consideration for one reason or another (typically age or height).
UnknownDenzel Washington as Robert McCall
Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. Or more creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help the urge to want to get caught. What good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, why you spend a decade in school, is seeing the crumbs. But the clue's there. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch.Andrew Fassbach, played by Elyes Gabel
RIP Paul Walker.
Every Bond film should have it’s own Lego remake.
Upon the passing of Roger Ebert today people have taken countless approaches to memorializing a man that they so eagerly and comfortably welcomed into their living rooms for years. Some have found comfort in his acceptance of mortality. Some choose to remember how eloquently he spoke on a wide range of topics. Some still gain pleasure from how mercilessly he ripped terrible films. Some highlight his perseverance through illness and ability to reinvent himself through emerging technology. Some relive their personal connections and interactions with him. And yet some see it as a cruel reminder that the voices that shape our culture are only temporary.
For me it’s been a reminder of the importance of friendship. After Gene Siskel’s passing in 1999 Roger soldiered on with his career as a critic in print, online and on TV with Richard Roeper. But he will always be intrinsically linked to Siskel. And it was easy to see why. They were great friends. It was not always sunshine and rainbows as anyone who followed them knows. At times you wondered if they really even liked each other at all. But they never doubted their relationship. I love watching this clip of outtakes from one show. One undeniably overweight, and the other with a speech impediment, both ribbing each other mercilessly about the others flaw. They both just sit there and take it. And laugh
We should all be so fortunate to have friends like Roger and Gene.
A very well executed remake of Dr. Strangelove done in Lego.
The pivot Netflix has undertaken has been wrought with shortcomings and misteps, none of which are necessarily the pivot itself. The most aggregious is it’s failure to effectively communicate to it’s customers. Apple Outsider outlines just how easy that could’ve been to correct.
That’s why today we’re announcing significant changes to our company. First, we are renaming the DVD by mail business to Netflix Classic. This is the same DVD rental service you’re used to, but it’s more than just a name: Netflix Classic is a new company, operating independently as a subsidiary of Netflix.
Moving forward, Netflix as a company will be dedicated to streaming media. This is a realization of our original vision, and of the company’s name: watching movies over the Internet. The Netflix.com website and mobile apps will exclusively service our streaming library. DVD members will manage their queues at classic.netflix.com.
If you subscribe to both services, you’ll see two charges on your credit card instead of one, but you’ll pay the same total amount per month you do now. This, along with our recent pricing changes, is just a necessary outcome from creating two separate companies. DVD members will of course still receive the same red Netflix envelope that has been familiar to them all these years.
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