Weeping Fans Flood Theaters at The Fault in Our Stars Premiere

June 7, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Movie theaters nationwide are facing major clean-up costs following last night’s premiere of the film, The Fault in Our Stars, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by John Green.   Moviegoers wept so much during the film that many theaters experienced water damage, and numerous multiplexes across the country were entirely flooded by tears.  In Orlando, Florida, groups of teenagers, who had flocked to the first showing at a local mall, had to be rescued in row boats, which were borrowed from a nearby sporting goods store.  “I am soooo devastated, but it was entirely worth it,” said Allison Tyler as she was helped into a boat, her chest heaving and her cheeks still wet with tears.  “I reached down to pick up my popcorn off the floor, and it had floated away,” recounted Tony Wilson outside a cinema in San Diego.  In Hollywood, director Josh Boone has hailed the flooding as an unfortunate yet necessary side effect of the artistic success of his movie, which stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenaged lovers who meet at their cancer support group.  Theater owners are not as pleased with the movie’s reception.  “I don’t know who this John Green guy is,” said Norman, Oklahoma, theater manager Bob Watkins, “but he had better hope that my insurance will cover this mess.” Many theaters will be closed for the remainder of the weekend while work crews mop up the surrounding areas, leading to a significant loss of income.  Author and popular internet celebrity John Green could not be reached for comment.

Photo captions. Above: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Englort in The Fault in Our Stars.  Below: Parking lot flooded by tears at the Twin Creek movie theater in Bellevue, Nebraska.

“In an entertainment world where women are disappearing from multiplexes, where men bulk up as superheroes while women don’t eat but sip pink drinks, we need to remember that there was once a very short heroine who hunted monsters and talked about Einstein, who kicked ass and questioned her faith, who went to work with a man she loved but didn’t rip his shirt off over lunch, who didn’t want to believe, but opened herself nonetheless to possibility. We need Scully back, even for a moment.” (x)

Happy 50th Birthday to Dana Scully.  Daughter, Doctor, FBI Agent, Partner in All Things, Survivor, Mother, Badass.

I've Got the Blues (for You)

There it is. A big old blue Reishi (Ganoderma oregonense).

Hard to refute, but even harder to explain. These color variants (for reasons unknown) of the normally cherry-red Ganoderma oregonense are somewhat rare, but always draw attention when encountered. Noah Siegel reports that they are at least more frequent on the Olympic Peninsula.

This specimen was found by Massachusetts’ Arch-Matriarch of another polypore (Grifola frondosa), Elinoar Shavit. She speculated that bacterial or viral infections may be responsible for this color. Which would be interesting if true.

Other blue fungi that I encountered in Washington State earlier this month include the quasi-mythical ‘Blue Chanterelle' Polyozellus multiplex. This species is actually more closely related to Thelephora and like many species in that genus it yields some lovely blue dyes for those textile-obsessed among you.

Baby Blues (Polyozellus multiplex) above, older ones below.

And then there was the matter of a really nice swarm of Gymnopilus punctifolius. This species appears to be an old-growth specialist, fruiting most often inside the hollowed ends of big, rotting conifer logs throughout the west.

The coloration of this mushroom is astonishing, and completely like any other members of the genus. The cap ranges from sky-blue at first to greenish, then yellow, and finally a more typical orange. The gills often remain green and the base of the stipe is dabbed with purple mycelium! What?!

Sky-blue baby Gymnopilus punctifolius. Why are they that color tho.

Finally, Cortinarius violaceus. I know it’s not blue. But. 

Just look at this hot mess. Purple cap. Orange spores. Fishnets.

Tune in next week for rarer, weirder and/or more interesting fungi I found in the moist and chilly north.

Oh and here’s some Mick for your weekend:

★ Ready Bumper First Day First Show Multiplex Figures! @BeingSalmanKhan's #Ready stormed the multiplexes this morning!...

Friday 3rd June 2011

Ready stormed the multiplexes this morning and below are some numbers from multiplexes around India.

Big Ghatkopar Mumbai -10.05 74%

Big Vashi Mumbai - 10.00 am 90%

Ahmedabad Wide Angle - 9.00am 430 footfalls 98%

Ahmedabad City Pulse - 9.00am 277footfalls 96%

E Square Pune - 11.15am 16,140 100%

M2K Pitampura Delhi -10.30am 20,480 100%

Wave Raja Garden Delhi - 10.30am 20,270 98%

Spice Noida

10.00am 16,140 100%

10.30am 16,140 100%

11.30am 100% in Advance

Wave Noida - 10.00am 38,200 100%

Big Gurgaon - 10.30am 18,420 100%

Fun Chandigarh - 10.30am 16,210 99%

Wave Ludhiana - 10.00am 40,800 95%

Prasads Hyderabad

09.15am 39,200 100%

9.30am 39,200 100%

10.15am  39,200 100%



Flowering Almond (Prunus triloba var. ‘Multiplex’)

PFAF // USDA hardiness zone: 4-8

This small Chinese tree is covered in dense pink blossoms in spring. The double flowering variety ‘Multiplex’ does not fruit after successful flowering, but single-flowering varieties like ‘Simplex,’ produce small, downy, cherry-like fruits, favoured by birds and squirrels.

Ornamental plants like these are useful in providing pollination partners – or at least attracting pollinators – for edible crops that are closely-related.

I have Prunus species like Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Plums (Prunus x. domestica spps. domestica, insititia, intermedia, italica, and syriaca), Apricots (Prunus armeniaca and Prunus mandshurica), Cherries (Prunus avium), Sloe (Prunus spinosa), and Peaches (Prunus persica) planted within pollination distance. I am always planting or grafting new species into the forest garden mix, which makes planting open-pollinated seedlings all the more interesting!


Whatever Happened to PG-13 Movies?

Something weird has happened at the multiplex, and you won’t need parental guidance to understand why.

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Unfolding The 8-Bit Era

Gaming installation from ETH Zurich presents NES games as continuous scrolling levels projected on large surrounding walls as they are being played:

We propose a hardware and software system that transforms 8-bit side-scrolling console video games into immersive multiplayer experiences. We enhance a classic video game console with custom hardware that time-multiplexes eight gamepad inputs to automatically hand off control from one gamepad to the next. Because control transfers quickly, people at a large event can frequently step in and out of a game and naturally call to their peers to join any time a gamepad is vacant. Video from the game console is captured and processed by a vision algorithm that stitches it into a continuous, expanding panoramic texture, which is displayed in real time on a 360 degree projection system at a large event space. With this system, side-scrolling games unfold across the walls of the room to encircle a large party, giving the feeling that the entire party is taking place inside of the game’s world. When such a display system is not available, we also provide a virtual reality recreation of the experience. We show results of our system for a number of classic console games tested at a large live event. Results indicate that our work provides a successful recipe to create immersive, multiplayer, interactive experiences that leverage the nostalgic appeal of 8-bit games. 

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A friend of mine recently asked me what the most difficult thing about living with a Chronic Illness is. So I want to share with you here.

While the actual condition itself can be very trying, especially when there’s a rather bad flair up of something. Debilitating pain and such, or the psychological effect of knowing that it’s slowly going to get worse. The worst thing can sometimes be the disbelief of other people.

For me the worst thing about the whole thing is people not believing how bad you’re feeling on your worst days, because of how spry and happy and active you can be on your best. There’s always that doubt in their mind that you could be ‘putting it on a bit’, making it seem worse than it is.

Now it’s not really their fault. There’s something of an expectation that if you’re dealing with a disability you should be frail ALL the time. This is often exacerbated by the tabloid news, like the Sun et al, with their sensationalist “Benefit scrounge caught WALKING” type headlines. If you’re not looking disabled all the time then you’re “not really that disabled are you?”.

People living with chronic illness can have days or even weeks of feeling great, but when it hits it’ll hit hard and leave some of us bedridden. So I ask you all to be understanding of that, where you can. Thanks.

“The theaters of the future will be bigger and more beautiful than ever before. They will employ expensive presentation formats that cannot be accessed or reproduced in the home (such as, ironically, film prints). And they will still enjoy exclusivity, as studios relearn the tremendous economic value of the staggered release of their products.

The projects that most obviously lend themselves to such distinctions are spectacles. But if history is any guide, all genres, all budgets will follow. Because the cinema of the future will depend not just on grander presentation, but on the emergence of filmmakers inventive enough to command the focused attention of a crowd for hours.

These new voices will emerge just as we despair that there is nothing left to be discovered. As in the early ’90s, when years of bad multiplexing had soured the public on movies, and a young director named Quentin Tarantino ripped through theaters with a profound sense of cinema’s past and an instinct for reclaiming cinema’s rightful place at the head of popular culture.

Never before has a system so willingly embraced the radical teardown of its own formal standards. But no standards means no rules. Whether photochemical or video-based, a film can now look or sound like anything.

It’s unthinkable that extraordinary new work won’t emerge from such an open structure. That’s the part I can’t wait for.” - Christopher Nolan, “Films of the Future Will Still Draw People to Theaters”.


Arcade Fire – “We Exist” Video (Feat. Andrew Garfield)

Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” is the Reflektor song about a song telling his father that he’s gay, and a few weeks ago, the band posted a teaser for its music video. That teaser featured Andrew Garfield, currently playing Spider-Man in every multiplex in America, dressed in drag during Arcade Fire’s Coachella set. As it turns out, that Coachella scene is the glammed-out climax of the video, which starts out with Garfield trying to find ways to change gender identity in a repressive redneck town. Things go from hate-crime seriousness to fantastical hallucination really quickly, and Garfield absolutely commits to the role, taking it to holy-shit levels. The video is an effective piece of work, and you can watch it above.


T.O.P - Tazza 2 release North American Premiere dates!

ATLANTA - AMC Sugarloaf Mills (Discover Mills)
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Release: 09/26/14

CHICAGO - AMC Showplace Niles
301 Golf Mill Ctr, Niles, IL 60714
Release: 09/26/14

DC - Regal Fairfax Towne Center
4110 W Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22033
Release: 09/26/14

FULLERTON - Regal La Habra
1351 W Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA 90631
Release: 09/26/14

HONOLULU - Consolid. Pearlridge Center
98-1005 Moanalua Rd #231, Aiea, HI 96701
Release: 09/26/14

621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Release: 09/19/14

NEW JERSEY - Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas
339 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020
Release: 09/26/14

NEW YORK - AMC Loews Bay Terrace
211-01 26th Ave, Flushing, NY 11360
Release: 09/26/14

SAN FRANCISCO - AMC Cupertino Square
10123 N Wolfe Rd, Suite 3000, Cupertino, CA 95014
Release: 09/26/14

TORONTO - Empress Walk
5095 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6Y7
Release: 09/26/14

VANCOUVER - SilverCity Coquitlam
170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam, BC V3K 4X9
Release: 09/26/14

Source: CJ Ent
Meet Justin Lin, the Most Important Blockbuster Director You’ve Never Heard Of
The director supercharged the Fast and Furious franchise and gave it global appeal. Now he's about to soup up Star Trek.

Lin’s rise comes at a critical moment in Hollywood: Just as the global marketplace is becoming more important than the American audience, the industry’s systemic discrimination has never been more painfully obvious, from #OscarsSoWhite protests to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation into gender discrimination among directors. Lin worries that Hollywood these days sees diversity as a fad. “A casting director told me every person of color she works with is being cast this year in pilot season,” Lin says. “But I’ve been in this business long enough to know there are ups and downs.” While woefully out-of-touch filmmakers have shamelessly pandered, pairing white stars with token minorities, Lin has been a genuinely inclusive pioneer, bringing the cocksure diversity of his scrappy indie films to the multiplex.

If your thing is diversity and filmmaking, you need to read the story of Justin Lin, not just because he saved The Fast and The Furious franchise but because of his approach of inclusivity:

When Lin was offered the third Fast film in 2005, the offer came without any stars: Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez, and Brewster were all gone.

“The franchise was at a point where we were talking about going direct to video,” former Universal executive Jeff Kirschenbaum says. Lin first turned it down because the script, set in Japan, included clichés of geishas with white studs.

Instead, Lin pitched a fresh vision of a Tokyo that was defined more by familiarity than difference: a global youth culture united by hip hop, street fashion, and speed. The studio gave Lin just two months to prep, but he delivered an under budget action film with spectacular stunt work: beautiful shots of import cars speeding and gliding through parking lots. Instead of pandering with tokenism, Lin flexed his natural feel for diversity—and brought back Sung Kang’s Han, Better Luck Tomorrow’s understated, handsome rebuke to Hollywood’s racist Asian retinue of inscrutable villains and sexless sidekicks.

Before Lin took over, the first two films pitted ethnic clubs against each other. “It was separate families: the Mexican crew, the homeboy crew,” says Diesel, whose production company is called One Race Films. “You didn’t see a multicultural family. The idea that Dom’s brothers are Han and Brian and Roman and Santos—that’s a pretty intense idea.” The franchise takes on “the lack of diversity in Hollywood with a grin and a popcorn smile,” Rodriguez says.

Under Lin’s guidance, the franchise leaped from $158 million (Tokyo Drift) to $363 million (Fast & Furious), then $626 million (Fast Five) and $789 million (Fast & Furious 6). After Furious 7, directed by James Wan, earned $1.52 billion, Universal green-lit three more.

Majority of Vietnamese cinemas to be under S. Korean ownership

South Korean companies will soon own the majority of Vietnam’s cinemas now that CJ-CGV has agreed to pay $73.6 million to acquire a 92% stake in Envoy Media Partners, which owns 80% of leading Vietnamese cinema operator Megastar Media Co. CJ-CGV expects to complete the acquisition within the next two months. The deal follows Lotte Shopping/Lotte Entertainment’s 2008 purchase of DMC, the Korea-owned operator of six multiplexes in Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. 

Sagittarius is the relationship between the subconscious, subliminal world and the wide ranging conscious experience. They routinely link experience, knowledge and learning with experience to create personal philosophies. Their temperament is clever, creative and generous gelled with a multiplex of talents and personality traits