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Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:50:46 GMT

Vera Farmiga

Vera Farmiga

Up in the Air"s Vera Farmiga co-stars in Source Code (director Duncan Jones" follow-up to Moon), a twisty new techno-thriller which screened as the Opening Night film at this year"s SXSW Film Festival:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he"s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he"s ever known, he learns he"s part of a government experiment called the Source Code, a program that enables him to cross over into another man"s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Sitting down together far too briefly in Austin, Farmiga and I discussed her supporting role in this "spiritual story," acting with herself, which loop of time she"d like to revisit in her personal history, and directing her first feature Higher Ground.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (10:49)


Podcast Music
INTRO: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: "Time Warp"
OUTRO: Stevie Wonder: "Higher Ground"

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Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:17:27 GMT

Ambitious Architecture of Dubai

Ambitious Architecture of Dubai
Changing Landscapes of Dubai
In recent years, there have been some drastic changes made to the landscape of Dubai. Known to be one of the wealthiest areas in the entire world, Dubai is home to some of the most amazing architectural structures standing. In 2002, Dubai opened itself to foreign real estate investors and since that time, the landscape has remarkably changed due to the construction of man-made buildings. Dubai has skyscrapers that are taller than anything seen in New York City, mad-made islands and more residential property than can be imagined.

Buri Dubai is the tallest structure made by man in the world. The structure has not yet been completed, and it is already a landmark known around the globe. The cost to complete building is expected to exceed $4 billion. With so many expensive new buildings being erected in Dubai the effects to the town are immediately evident. The impact of the changing landscape of Dubai will be felt financially, physically and environmental. While many of these changes seem, generating huge amounts of revenue, the impact on the environmental surroundings may be of concern. With the erection of so many buildings and amazing structures, there will be a decline in the natural growth of flora and fauna in the area.

Iconic Architecture of Dubai
Iconic architecture in Dubai is not only encouraged, but it is pursued. It seems as though the goal of any construction project is to make the structure as eye catching as possible. Dubai has created its image in less than 50 years, which is an amazing feat. More than one quarter of all construction cranes in the world are located on a site in Dubai. One of the more unique buildings expressing iconic architecture in Dubai is the Emirates Towers. This is a favourite building among architecture enthusiasts. The towers possess an uncanny ability to change based on the angle in which they are being viewed.

The National Bank of Dubai was not only built for financial reasons, but it was constructed to make a statement, which it did. The building is made of convex glass in the front that capturing and framing the events of life along the Creek. This has become one of the most recognisable buildings in Dubai.

New Innovations
Innovation plays an important role in the architecture of Dubai. New construction projects are designed to offer a building that is new, unique and completely off the wall. People around the world are captivated by the architectural wonders of Dubai. Some of the most popular structures include the Burj Al Arab, the famous sail-shaped hotel. This wealthy emirate is home to some of the most innovative structures in existence. Each year, new building projects are proposed, each trying to beat the architectural innovation of existing structures. It is believed that the skyline in Dubai is the fastest growing in the world. Home to some internationally known structures, Dubai prides itself on these architectural innovations and plans to continue erecting some of the most unique, and expensive, buildings in the world. While this area is known to be full of wealth, it is possible for visitors to book a cheap flight to Dubai to enjoy these amazing architectural sights.

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Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:58:24 GMT

I love heidi fleiss, no matter what anyone else thinks!

I love heidi fleiss, no matter what anyone else thinks!

Oh it must"ve been simply divine to be have lived Heidi Fleiss" (now 45) life back in the day, when she was Hollywood"s premiere madam, with Charlie Sheen stuffing her nose with drugs and hundred dollar bills! Unfortunately time hasn"t been kind to Ms. Fleiss (yet Mr. Sheen is still doing the same old crap (hookers and blow), and happens to be the highest paid actor on television today, it doesn"t seem quite fair!) Although she"s a bit of a mess, there"s simply something about Heidi that I just adore, maybe it"s her love of exotic birds (she resides with a bunch of them out in the Nevadan desert), or maybe because she"s an underdog, a hooker with a heart of gold, if you may! Or maybe I just had way too much red wine tonight, LOL! But seriously, you guys have to check out this documentary made about her a few years back called Heidi Fleiss, The Would-Be Madam of Crystal, she"s actually a really interesting person who has been knocked down a lot (literally, just ask her abusive ex-boyfriend actor Tom Sizemore) but somehow she continues to carry on!

American former madam Heidi Fleiss made her way out of a local Pet Co. in Beverly Hills on January 14th, 2011. Heidi had what looked to be a bird toy of some kind for one of her many exotic birds. Heidi was said to have been standing up for Charlie Sheen and his crazy life style. PHOTOS | FAME PICTURES

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Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:43:39 GMT

Liquid Image HD Goggles

Liquid Image HD Goggles

If you’ve ever gone skiing, you’ve probably found it to be a pretty thrilling experience. Watching from the sidelines just doesn’t do the sport justice. The same can be said about taking footage of a run. Having someone point a camera at you won’t produce the same sort of thrill that a helmet cam would. That’s why the people at Liquid Image have produced these HD Goggles.

We’ve seen helmet cams in the past, but mounting a camera to the side of a helmet can be a hassle. This one has the camera mounted right on the goggles. This reduces the amount of time spent setting up the camera so that you can spend more time on the slopes. Also, with the camera right on your forehead, you’re going to eliminate the off-center video that you would otherwise get. The camera shoots in full 1080p HD, and stores the files on an SD card (up to 32GB). Unfortunately there is no word on pricing. Share and Enjoy:

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Sun, 16 Jan 2011 17:03:58 GMT

The History Of The TV Dinner

The History Of The TV Dinner

TV dinners are quite common in today’s world, but many people do not realize just how far back its roots can be traced. Would you believe that the first TV dinner was created in the 1950s? But who made it? Let"s take a journey into the past and find out just how this culinary staple was conceived of.

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Sat, 15 Jan 2011 03:23:59 GMT

British Artist Creates Stunning 'Inksplosions'

British Artist Creates Stunning 'Inksplosions'

These incredible "inksploding" liquid artworks are the brainchild of a British artist who blends her work with cutting-edge science. The images, which have been compared to visions of alien worlds, have been produced by Pery Burge.

She has devoted many hours to perfecting her technique, since she began exploring ink in water forms in 2006, having abandoned paining because she developed repetitive strain injury from traditional brushwork.

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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:51:20 GMT

Cute Magazine Alert!

Cute Magazine Alert!

I"m always keeping an eye out for new online magazines. Dujour isn"t strictly an online magazine (it"s available in print too, which is great because you know how I feel about print!), and it isn"t new, but it does look adorable. Read the latest issue online, subscribe to the print edition here, or read the incredibly cute blog here.

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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:36:46 GMT

Thevetia peruviana

Thevetia peruviana

Today"s entry was written by Claire:

This photograph of Thevetia peruviana was taken by Qamar Mehdi (S.Q. Medhi@Flickr) of Lahore, Pakistan and provided via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Thank you Qamar!

Apocynaceae includes over 4500 species, with the highest diversity in tropical and subtropical regions (though there are temperate representatives as well). Thevetia peruviana is among the subtropicals. Probably native to Mexico, it has naturalized in much of the neotropics. It is also widely cultivated throughout all tropical regions, where it tends to bloom year-round. This shrub"s flowers range from the lovely apricot colour seen in Qamar"s photograph to coral, yellow, white, and even tan.

A glance at the leaves might remind of oleander (Nerium oleander). In fact, it is sometimes called yellow oleander, and the species are close relatives. Both are evergreen shrubs and have five petals arranged in an attractive whorl. Also like oleander, Thevetia peruviana is extremely toxic in all parts of the plant, containing cardiac glycosides (toxins poisonous to most vertebrates). Several bird species are known to be resistant to the toxins, including the Asian koel, bulbul, myna, and the common grey hornbill. For those animals not resistant to the poisons, the toxic effects include unpleasant cardiac and gastrointestinal symptoms (that I shouldn"t list here) when ingested. To give an idea of its strength, though, the International Programme on Chemical Safety cites a report with respect to Thevetia peruviana stating: "The absorption of the equivalent of two Thevetia peruviana leaves may be sufficient to kill a 12.5 kg (28lb) child (Ellenhorn and Barceloux, 1988)". Be wary if you use this species as an ornamental in your garden or indoor plant!

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Thu, 06 Jan 2011 12:03:01 GMT

Aaron's Top 33 Films

Aaron's Top 33 Films

Today, Christmas Eve, is the beginning of my "Jesus year," appropriately. Though I was forced to stop at a mere 10 favorite films on my 2010 indieWIRE and Village Voice/LA Weekly poll ballots, why not keep going? For each of my birthdays, including this "un, I present a fuller, more eye-popping list that will hopefully encourage you to seek out something new....

BUT BEFORE THAT: Starting tonight, I encourage all of you still in the NYC area to come out to Brooklyn"s reRun Gastropub Theater for a FREE screening series I"ve programmed called "PINK XMAS: The Holiday Cheer of Japanese Sexploitation." Co-presented by GreenCine and PinkEiga, the two-week series (Dec. 24 - Jan. 6) will feature 6 of the wildest, weirdest "pink films" from Japan, including two from the Academy Award winning director of Departures). I"ll be hosting and bartending tonight at the 8pm show, with doors opening at 7pm. For more info, click here.






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Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:10:49 GMT

Angelina Pivarnick Offered Lead Role

Angelina Pivarnick Offered Lead Role
You gotta hand it to Steven Hirsch and Vivid. Always thinking.

The adult video kingpin has offered Angelina Pivarnick, the axed former co-star of MTV"s Jersey Shore, the lead role in a porn spoof of the reality hit.

The offer: $50,000 plus a cut of the profits. Octomom was offered $1 million, mind you. When Nadya Suleman is 20 times hotter than you .... wow.

In a contract presented to Angelina Pivarnick, Vivid offered the Staten Island native a $50,000 advance against the royalty profits she would share in.

"Vivid shall pay Artist 25 percent of Adjusted Gross Revenue (the "Royalty")," the contract reads. That"ll pay for her bail money a few times at least.

In return? Angelina would deliver Vivid three hours of footage, including "(i) a minimum of two (2) hours of footage depicting Artist engaged in sexual positions, and (ii) one (1) hour of personalized sexy wrap-around footage depicting Artist."

Gross. So is she interested?

"No, I"m not. I"m definitely not," she told Radar Online.

Maybe the money"s just not sufficient. The girl"s promiscuity was a key story line on Jersey Shore, after all. How much different can this really be?

On one episode, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino boasted how "Angelina was just like the Staten Island ferry.... it"s free and everybody gets a ride".

Her other notable hook-ups include Pauly D, Vinny Guadagnino, Snooki"s ex Jeff Miranda and her new, rumored lover: The Bachelorette"s Justin Rego.
Tags: Angelina Pivarnick, , Steven Hirsch, , Steven Hirsch, , Steven Hirsch,

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Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:02:42 GMT

No Good Things

No Good Things

by Vadim Rizov

There are four main points of interest in All Good Things. The first is that it"s actually being released after years in the Weinsteins" post-Miramax purgatory (director Andrew Jarecki was forced to buy the film back). Secondly, it"s Jarecki"s follow-up to Capturing the Friedmans, one of the most discussed documentaries of the last decade or so, thereby automatically meriting attention for his first narrative feature. Next on the list is that it"s based on the true four-decade saga about one Robert A. Durst. His and everyone else"s names have been changed, but the film strives to stick to the historical record, as befits a documentarian; it"s been sourced carefully, the factual gaps bridged with conjecture, which is a shrewd idea to effectively present someone as a triple-murderer. In retelling the tale of how Durst (here "David Marks") married, made his first wife mysteriously disappear, and wound up some twenty years later with a dead roommate chopped up and found in Galveston Bay, we have some lurid pulp effectively defanged of all thrills. This is as boring as multiple homicide gets, dramatic material inexplicably presented as listless social drama. Unhappy son, blame dad and brood; familiar terrain.

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Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:08:23 GMT

Ivanka Trump Collection on "Gossip Girl"

Ivanka Trump Collection on

Everyone knows that we don"t just watch Gossip Girl for the story lines, we watch for the fashion.  And what better place for Ivanka Trump to show off her own jewelry collection than on GG?
The heiress and business woman made her acting debut on the popular show with a cameo at The New York Observer party held at the Boom Boom Room.  Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, owner of The New York Observer, were the hosts of the party.  
The cameo was great and all, but did you see her jewelry?!  Ivanka wore statement mixed cut diamond and rock crystal chandelier earrings from the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection.  Stunning, right? Those bad boys will run you a cool $30,000, but fear not, similar earrings for less can be found on the collection"s website.   
Ivanka Trump Collection

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Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:15:49 GMT

Biodegradeable paper watch

Biodegradeable paper watch
The Patch Watch from Altanus, is the world’s first biodegradable paper watch. It comes in 10 different garish colours, costs around $33.50 and apparently comes with a coating so it won’t disintegrate on your wrist when it rains. Which is tres reassuring, innit?

 The Patch, which was inspired by the papier-mâche floats at the annual Carnival festival in Viareggio, Tuscandy, took four years of research and development to create. Weighing only 11 grams (0.3 ounce), the LED ticker is designed to adapt to your wrist like a second skin.

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Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:53:14 GMT

Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs

Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs

It has been a quarter century since filmmaker Stuart Gordon and actor Jeffrey Combs first collaborated on the manically clever horror-comedy Re-Animator, a mad-scientist cult favorite that many believe to be the seminal film adaptation of legendary author H.P. Lovecraft"s work. Together, Gordon and Combs share an eccentric oeuvre of grim and gory curiosities, such as From Beyond (which, in addition to Re-Animator, was screened at Fantastic Fest 2010), Fortress, Castle Freak, and The Black Cat-an episode of the "Masters of Horror" TV anthology starring Combs as gothic scribe Edgar Allan Poe. Most recently, the two have returned to their stage roots with Nevermore, a funny-sad, one-man play with Combs reprising his Poe before a live audience:

Dennis Paoli wrote the play, using a compilation of historical accounts, actual monologues, articles, letters and Poe"s own words to construct the definitive portrait of American"s most famous macabre poet. The play ran for months in Los Angeles and received unanimously glowing reviews. After seeing the show in November, we immediately invited Jeffrey Combs and director Stuart Gordon to come to Austin for this year"s Fantastic Fest. Although not a film, NEVERMORE was the very first show booked for this year"s festival.

I sat down with Gordon and Combs at the Highball (Austin"s combination restaurant, karaoke bar and bowling alley) to discuss their tag team"s origin story, the trick to adapting Lovecraft"s thorny tales, peculiar reactions audiences have had to Nevermore, and how a Re-Animator joke I made with Gordon two years ago has since become a reality.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (17:49)

Podcast Music
INTRO: Richard Band: "Re-Animator (prologue)"
OUTRO: The Vaselines: "Lovecraft"

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Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:57:20 GMT

Cymbidium sinense 'Da Shun'

Cymbidium sinense 'Da Shun'

Continuing with the series on "Biodiversity of China", here"s another orchid contribution from Eric in SF@Flickr (also see: orchidphotos.org). The original image can be viewed via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Always grateful for your contributions, Eric.

Of the twenty-five to thirty thousand species of orchids in the world, China boasts approximately 1400. Of these, nearly 500 are endemic. Cymbidium sinense, despite being named after China (sinense), is not among the endemics -- it has a range extending to Japan, India, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Chinese cymbidium has been cultivated and hybridized for nearly a millenia (since at least the Southern Song, with "Da Shun" being one of the dozens, if not hundreds, of cultivars.

One of the main attractions of Cymbidium sinense is the fragrance. From what I"ve read (but haven"t experienced), each cultivar produces a slightly different scent. On "Da Shun" (and the species in general), Eric describes the fragrance as "....heavenly and intoxicating. There are multiple high-end perfumes based on [the scent of the species and cultivars of Cymbidium sinense]".

In the wild, the species grows in "forests, wet and well-drained shaded places in thickets along streamsides" at elevations of 300-2000m (1000-6500ft.), according to the Flora of China.

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