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Gone Girl Will Open the 52nd New York Film Festival 2014

July 24, 2014 Film & TV

Gone Girl Will Open the 52nd New York Film Festival 2014

Author Gillian Flynn is no stranger to the film and entertainment world. The writer of New York Film Festival opening-night film Gone Girl worked as a film journalist at Entertainment Weekly for 10 years, even as she wrote her debut novel, Sharp Objects, which came out in 2006. She followed that up in 2009 with Dark Places and her latest Gone Girl in 2012. All three books take place in the Midwest, with two, including Gone Girl, set in Missouri,...

Interview with Mick Jagger and James Brown Biopic Releases Trailer

July 24, 2014 Film & TV

Interview with Mick Jagger and James Brown Biopic Releases Trailer

Today we get the first real taste of the upcoming Universal Pictures James Brown biopic, Get on Up, in the form of a full trailer. The film is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and stars 42's Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul. It will span Brown's life, from his South Carolina childhood to his riot-averting concert in that followed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, and beyond — into his later, more eccentric and troubled years.

Apparently Not Everyone knows About The Beatles

July 24, 2014 Music

Apparently Not Everyone knows About The Beatles

It's hard to imagine that someone might not know the names of all the Beatles, right? But maybe when you've been training to become a world-class athlete since you were in diapers, you wound up missing out on some of life's more important developmental stages, like getting stoned and listening to your parents' vinyl collection, for instance. We're probably being generous.

Rival Tolkien Biopics In The Making: McKellen To Play Vintage J.R.R.?

July 24, 2014 News

Rival Tolkien Biopics In The Making: McKellen To Play Vintage J.R.R.?

'Tolkien & Lewis' explores author's friendship with C.S. Lewis while 'Tolkien' traces the writer's path to Middle Earth. 

'Fight Club' Sequel to Be Published as Comic Book Series Next Year

July 23, 2014 News

'Fight Club' Sequel to Be Published as Comic Book Series Next Year

Nearly a decade after Fight Club blew minds and established strict "no talking" rules, author Chuck Palahniuk is working a sequel that will be published in May 2015 as a 10-issue comic book series for Dark Horse Comics, USA Today reports.

This Metalhead Has Been Elected President of Indonesia

July 23, 2014 News

This Metalhead Has Been Elected President of Indonesia

Last fall, we ran a story about Indonesian presidental hopeful Joko Widodo. Joko loves bands like Metallica, Napalm Death and Led Zeppelin, and he was hoping to run the Indonesian government.

The Photography of William S. Burroughs

July 23, 2014 News

The Photography of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs was one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. His best-known titles include Junky, The Soft Machine and his ground-breaking Naked Lunch, which was adapted into a feature film directed by David Cronenberg. A cult icon, he was also a painter and a spoken-word performer. Despite these prolific achievements, Burroughs' work as a photographer is rarely acknowledged. This oversight may be due to his overwhelming prominence in other media as much as to the...

Ferrari Designer Creates Luxury Train for East Japan Railway Company

July 23, 2014 Art

Ferrari Designer Creates Luxury Train for East Japan Railway Company

Japan has unveiled several new luxury trains, most recently East Japan Railway Company's Cruise Train, designed by Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama. Here's a look at the new opulent way to travel around Japan's most scenic routes.

Makoto Azuma Launches Plants Into Space

July 23, 2014 Art

Makoto Azuma Launches Plants Into Space

"Flowers aren't just beautiful to show on tables," said Makoto Azuma, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo. His latest installation piece, if you could call it that, takes this statement to the extreme. Two botanical objects — "Shiki 1," a Japanese white pine bonsai suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, among other blossoms — were launched into the stratosphere on Tuesday in Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada, a site made...

30 Percent of Australian's Art Market Works Could Be Fake

July 23, 2014 Art

30 Percent of Australian's Art Market Works Could Be Fake

A Supreme Court case brought again Christie's Australia indicates that there may be a widespread forgery problem in the country's art market, and that as many as 30 percent of the works on offer could be fake, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Academy to Explore Advances in Filmmaking Technology and Aviation

July 23, 2014 Film & TV

Academy to Explore Advances in Filmmaking Technology and Aviation

"Hollywood Takes To The Air" will be hosted by Oscar winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.

Prisoners The United States Wants the World to Forget

July 23, 2014 Art

Prisoners The United States Wants the World to Forget

  A product of the war on terror, Communications Management Units (CMUs) have cut hundreds of Americans—most of whom are Muslim—off from the outside world, often by labeling their acts of dissent "terrorism."