John Hess traces the evolution of the screen shape from the silent film days through the widescreen explosion of the 50s, to the aspect ratio of modern digital cameras.
Deanna singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” on America’s Got Talent
Back in November 2012, I attended my friend Allee Willis‘ stage show, Badeya Baby II, in North Hollywood, California and had the pleasure of being seated next to a lovely singer and songwriter named Deanna DellaCioppa. We’ve kept in touch through Twitter and Facebook and it was this week I learned that she absolutely killed it in her audition forAmerica’s Got Talent. Best of luck to Deanna in the next round in Vegas! I’ve also heard she’s going to collaborate withAllee in the near future. How cool is that?
ThinkGeek has released a gory collection of Zombie Apocalypse Garden Gnomes into the wild to satisfy the hunger of zombie fans worldwide. You can choose from either a gun wielding survivor gnome or being-eating zombie gnome. They are available to purchase online. Previously, we wrote about a similar series of Zombie Garden Gnomes by Chris Stever and Jane DeRosa.
If Fluffy were to rise out of the small shoebox coffin in the backyard, zombie human deterrents wouldn’t be necessary, it’d be maximum overkill. That’s why you prepare for the more logically inevitable with Zombie Apocalypse Garden Gnomes. Birds, rodents, Fluffies, Spots, and the occasional raccoon can still spread the infectious zombie disease, but with armed garden gnomes, your yard will be a safe zone.
In 1938, poor Miss Mary V. Ford of Searcy, Arkansas received this rejection letter from Walt Disney Productions letting her know that women have no chance of working in the creative area of their Inking and Painting Department and only a smidgen of a chance of tracing and filling in celluloids, “the only work open to women.” The letter, ironically signed by a different woman named “Mary,” was discovered by Ms. Ford’s grandson Kevin Burg after she died. A few years after this letter was sent, a woman by the name of Retta Scott joined Disney and became their first female animator. Her first project was creating art for the 1942 film Bambi.
“AMMO” is a photo series of some 900 pieces of ammunition that have been neatly cut in half to reveal their surprisingly varied and intricate contents. Photographer Sabine Pearlman shot the series last year in a WWII-era bunker in Switzerland.
I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the subject matter. The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.
Bioscope is a handheld digital video viewer which the user operates with a hand crank. Depending on which direction the crank is rotated, the user can watch the video forward or backward, in one-frame increments. The device is inspired by an early movie projector of the same name. Bioscope was created back in 2012 by Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker.
According to the Los Angeles Times, actor James Gandolfini has died at the age of 51 of a suspected heart attack. Gandolfini was born in 1961 and was best known for his role as mafia boss Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos. Deadline has more of the story.
We’re all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family. James Gandolfini was a special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect. He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
While you discovered his piece for Memorie Urbane yesterday (covered), Sam3 also worked on this brilliant piece in Blanca, a Spanish municipality, in the Region of Murcia, located in the “Vega Alta del Segura”.
Using only black paint the Spanish artist is interested in the “naked idea”, which can be expressed simply with a silhouette.
Check back with us soon for more street art updates from Spain…
These amazing photos of multicolored, creatively groomed dogs were taken by photographer Ren Netherland at creative dog grooming competitions across the United States. The dogs have been dyed and carefully sheared to depict cartoon characters, wild animals, and even mythical creatures in a very unique art form. More photos of the outlandishly groomed animals can be found at Netherland’s website and at Barcroft Media.
Diesel Sweeties creator R. Stevens partnered with Philadelphia-based LympheDivas to design a stylish line of compression sleeves and gauntlets for people with cancer. Breast cancer survivor Lori Dorn explains how the sleeves help cancer patients, “Lymphedema is a condition that can affect anyone who has had a disruption in their lymphatic system. The use of a compression garment has shown to be useful in lessening the symptoms of lymphedema.” Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing talks about how she helped the collaboration between R. Stevens and LympheDIVAs come about. A portion of each sale of the sleeves benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.