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Visit the imaginary nightclub where movie characters mingle

"Hell's Club," a mash-up.

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Apple wants to make original movie and TV programming, reports Variety

Tim Cook. Image: Reuters


Tim Cook. Image: Reuters

Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business, reports Variety. “An Apple representative declined comment,” but you knew that was coming. If the report is accurate, it makes sense that the most valuable company in the world​ wants to go head-to-head with Amazon​ and Netflix​ on streamable original video content.

From Variety:

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif., colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.

[...]The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies — or both.

Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE) [variety.com]

“Wire Cutters,” a wonderful short film on the rough lives of off-world robot miners

“A chance encounter proves fateful for 2 robots mining on a desolate planet.”

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“Meru,” a new film on the quest to scale an “unclimbable“ mountain in India

For decades, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in Northern India was thought by most elite climbers to to unclimbable.

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Straight Outta Compton: the Ben Folds edition

Kern Saxton recut the Straight Outta Compton trailer to Ben Fold's cover of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit."

Watch Bill Withers play "Ain't No Sunshine" in 1971

Withers was inspired by the film "Days of Wine and Roses," starring Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon.

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Tobias Strebel, who underwent plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber, found dead

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Tobias Strebel, 35, who famously spent $100,000 on cosmetic surgery to look like Justin Bieber, was found dead in a Motel 6 in Los Angeles County.

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In The Karate Kid, Daniel is the REAL bully. Watch this proof.

"After local busybody, karate master and child-batterer Mr. Miyagi intervenes, Daniel convinces him that this is somehow all Johnny's fault."

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Buy Buffalo Bill's home from Silence of the Lambs

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Buffalo Bill's home from Silence of the Lambs is for sale in Perryopolis, PA. The four-bedroom home is listed at $300k but sadly doesn't actually have a pit in the basement, so it will have to find somewhere else to rub the lotion on its skin.

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Deleted scenes from Mad Max: Fury Road, starring "Temp Baby!"

From the bonus features on the Mad Max: Fury Road (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) due out next month. NSFW.

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George Miller/Brendan McCarthy's original 1999 storyboard for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Why oh why did the "Erotic Mud Dance" not make the final cut?

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Watch the first trailer for Corbijn's film about James Dean

Life is the forthcoming film about James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock who was assigned to photograph Dean in 1955, the year of his death, and took the iconic photo of the actor in a rainy Times Square. Life is directed by Anton Corbijn, who directed Control (2004), the tragic and fantastic film about Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

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Fantastic Four: Watch the unreleased 1994 film!

Maybe they should have just released this one instead. Trailer above; full film below.

For the strange and sordid story of director Oley Sassone's unreleased movie, executive produced by Roger Corman, check out the article "Fantastic Faux!," from the March 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine, and the newly-completed documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's "The Fantastic Four"!

And here's the masterpiece in full (starts at 1:28):

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A fucking interesting history of swearing on television!

I distinctly remember my glee as an 8-year-old watching Hawkeye say "Son of a bitch" on M*A*S*H in 1979, the first time that phrase was used on US television.

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“Pixels” movie is sexist pile of crap

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You don't need the Bechdel test to call this movie a boy's club dud.

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Listen to Bill Cosby's "Downers and Uppers" anti-drug song (1971)

Cosby warns against the use of downers, from the Grammy-winning album "Bill Cosby Talks to Kids About Drugs," released in 1971.

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Sony Pictures Animation plans animated “emoji movie,” starring emoji characters

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My emoji choice for this entertainment news would have to be “poop” or “frown.”

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