“For several years now, one of the key members of this WikiLeaks organization and a person close to Mr. Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador, and we have sufficient evidence that he has been collaborating with the destabilization attempts against the government,” Romo said at a press conference late last night. … [Read more...] about Ecuador Arrests Digital Privacy Activist and Programmer for ‘Collaborating’ with WikiLeaks
Y: Kelsey Lu, “I’m Not in Love” - On one hand, it makes sense that this cover of 10cc’s classic works as well as it does. The original was atmospheric decades before that was a thing—10cc were vaping before there were vapes—so it fits into the current R&B cloudscape rather nicely. On the other, 10cc’s is a perfect song that doesn’t need updating. But Lu, an L.A.-based singer-songwriter cellist, doesn’t merely transcode a classic for modern times; she extends it so that it crawls, while teasing out its creepiness (check out the increasingly chaotic harmonies in the song’s second half). The accompanying video is disturbing in a way that doesn’t make clear sense, its making good use out of a low budget and nightmare logic reminiscent of the ’70s work of Eurosleaze maestro Jesus Franco. What a terrific package. —Rich Juzwiak … [Read more...] about Cardi B Creates a Twerk Haven, and Ariana Grande Finds Happiness in Spending
The news that Fritz Lang's 1927 classic Metropolis is being remade by Hollywood made us take another look at the original. For a silent film made 80 years ago, it's still cutting-edge. Strange facts you never knew about this prescient scifi flick, including its odd connection to Pat Benatar, in our Metropolis triviagasm after the jump. … [Read more...] about Metropolis Was the Silent Film Blockbuster That Inspired Pat Benatar
Movie star Julia Roberts is descending once more into the world of television, with Annapurna Television announcing that the Pretty Woman actress is set to star in and produce an adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel Today Will Be Different. Roberts will star in the series as Eleanor Flood, a woman whose plans to gently correct the course of her life get repeatedly hamstrung by outside events. … [Read more...] about Julia Roberts is headed to TV
Rightest Marion Cotillard and Talia al Ghul will be in The Dark Knight Rises. Note that I am not saying that Cotillard is playing Talia in Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie, which is something we're still not 100% sure about. Here's what we know — after what felt like decades of endless rumors and speculation that the Inception actress would be playing the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, Nolan did indeed cast Cotillard in the movie...except he said she was playing Wayne Enterprises executive Miranda Tate. Of course, that didn't stop anyone from speculating that this was just a fake-out for her real role, which was only strengthened when set photos showed Cotillard apparently leading a bunch of mercenaries around in Talia-esque fashion. The only wrinkle to all this? In interviews, Cotillard insists her character doesn't come from the comics. Either way, we're pretty certain that Talia is in the film, if only in a flashback, something we unexpectedly learned when 8-year-old British … [Read more...] about The Rightest and Wrongest Spoilers of 2011!
This composite image of three photos was captured by OSIRIS-REx on October 2, 2017, when it the spacecraft was approximately 3 million miles (5 million km) from Earth, which is roughly 13 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon. The three images were combined and color-corrected, and the Moon was brightened to make it more visible (the Moon is actually a bit darker than it appears). … [Read more...] about This Photo Showing the Earth and Moon Together Is Totally Bonkers