In the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the French scientist character Claude LaCombe (François Truffaut) was based on my friend Jacques Vallée. Whenever I see the movie, which is one of my favorites of all time, I get a kick out of LaCombe insisting to the military man that the UFO phenomenon "is an event sociologique!" That's totally Jacques speaking. Jacques just pointed me to this deleted scene from Close Encounters that I didn't know existed. It shows an alternate first meeting between LaCombe and his translator David Laughlin (Bob Balaban). As Jacques says, the scene really gets at the emotionality of the story that Spielberg was trying to achieve along with telling a great weird tale.
Last year's unsettling but understated teaser for the forthcoming movie The Green Knight, starring Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, came and went without much comment as Covid spread and theaters shut. But the new trailer released this week is more "epic fantasy" than "whispering horror" and everyone's excited now. It's got a perfectly Arthurian mix… READ THE REST
Citizen Kane, the Orson Welles classic often hailed as the greatest movie of all time, slipped from 100% to 99% on Rotten Tomatoes' "Tomatometer" sometime between February 25 and March 1 this year. The site added a negative review to the 115 positive ones already there—one published 80 years ago by the Chicago Tribune's Mae… READ THE REST
Caron McBride once lived in Norman, Oklahoma, and in 1999 rented Sabrina The Teenage Witch on VHS. We know this because McBride recently learned she was charged in absentia with felony embezzlement for failing to return the 21-year-old tape. McBride said she first learned about the charges when trying to change her name on her… READ THE REST
Up until the last few months, it would have been completely acceptable to shrug your shoulders and let your eyes glaze over if someone tried to explain a non-fungible token to you. But after decades of limited ownership over images, gifs, and virtually anything found on the web, the NFT process can now finally give… READ THE REST
We're always looking for something with that wow factor. That item with a little something extra that stops people in their tracks and demands attention. And trust us; when you see the equivalent of a solar eclipse burst through the wall of your living space, the allure of the Protean Color Changing Wall Light becomes crystal… READ THE REST
Marketing has changed. Old school advertising venues like print and broadcast are continuing to cede ground to the new kid on the block: digital marketing. And in case you need the proof, no less an authority than global investment firm Goldman Sachs can break it down for you. Analysts at Sachs found last year's pandemic… READ THE REST