News and informations about Multimedia

Giphy introduces iOS compatible GIF keyboard extension
This week Giphy revealed an extension for its mobile app that brings a GIF keyboard to all multimedia-supporting applications. Giphy has udpated its iOS app to include a new sticker-making tool and a keyboard extension that you could incorporate into text. Starting from today, 13 December 2018 onward, Giphy users are able to add the [&hellip
Source : | 14-Dec-2018 06:40

?Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw? Review: Henry James for the Gig Economy
This multimedia adaptation for the era of TED Talks and smartphones is visually and aurally striking, but it lacks the spookiness of the original novella.
Source : | 13-Dec-2018 21:12

Giphy offers easy access to GIFs with iOS keyboard extension
Giphy announced an update to its iOS app that will give users the ability to quickly share GIFs from the Giphy Keyboard extension within any app that supports multimedia. The company responsible for providing GIFs in Instagram DMs is also launching a...
Source : | 11-Dec-2018 16:00

Verizon will deliver RCS chat to the Pixel 3 on December 6th
Verizon has confirmed that multimedia-rich RCS chat is coming to Google's Pixel 3 devices tomorrow on December 6th, according to Droid Life and other sites. You might be more familiar with it as "Chat," the snappier name Google uses for its upcoming...
Source : | 05-Dec-2018 09:42

Tech Tip: Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps
Holiday gatherings offer a great time to create a multimedia digital archive of interviews with your relatives so they can share their memories with the current — and future — branches of the tree.
Source : | 21-Nov-2018 18:00

Janelle MonŠe?s Wondaland Pictures and Universal Sign First Look Deal

Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Pictures has entered into a first-look production agreement with Universal Pictures, the studio announced today.

CEO Monáe, creative director Chuck Lightning, executive producer Nate Wonder, and managing partner Mikael Moore will develop multi-genre content along with Universal, with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives.

“There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront,” said Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Pictures in a statement. “Their forward-thinking, inclusive approach to content and storytelling make them a perfect fit for our studio.”

Also Read: Janelle Monáe Joins Voice Cast of Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' Reboot

Monáe’s Wondaland, which expanded to Wondaland Records in 2015, is a multimedia company designed to bring more wonder to the world by telling universal stories, in unforgettable ways, and this partnership will harness Wondaland’s progressive platform for pioneering acting, music and storytelling across the entertainment space.

Monáe will next star in Universal’s “Welcome To Marwen” alongside Steve Carell, and she’ll also be featured in the Harriet Tubman biopic “Harriet” from Focus Features arriving in 2019. She’s a six-time Grammy nominee who also starred in the Best Picture-nominated “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.”

Wondaland was represented in the deal by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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Source : | 19-Nov-2018 18:32

Looking Back to the ?90s, When Berlin Was the Height of Cool
A multimedia exhibition aims to capture the spirit of creative chaos that came after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Source : | 23-Oct-2018 15:42

Akai's MPK Mini Play is a compact battery-powered beats machine
Portable instruments that run on AA batteries have been popping up for a while now. There's the Roland Boutique line, Korg's Monologue and even the iRig Keys I/O from IK Multimedia. Now Akai is getting into the portable game with an affordable update...
Source : | 13-Oct-2018 02:03

Debating the Future of Handguns: The Canada Letter
Readers offer their views on a proposal to ban handguns and assault weapons in Canada and a look at a novel, multimedia project involving young women worldwide.
Source : | 12-Oct-2018 20:57

A Walk Through Velvet Underground History With John Cale
Touring a multimedia experience dedicated to the 1960s group with one of its founders.
Source : | 12-Oct-2018 00:06

Google Signs Memoranda of Understanding With Four Cuban Organizations

What might those memoranda call for?

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel addressed the first annual meeting of Cuba's IT professional society, the Unión de Informáticos de Cuba.

In his talk, Díaz-Canel announced that four Cuban organizations — the Havana City Historian's Office, the University of Computer Sciences (UCI), Infomed, Cuba's medical network, and the Ministry of Culture had signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Google.

The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the closing of the First National Conference of the Cuban Union of Computer Scientists (Photo: Estudio Revolución)The Granma article on the talk (English, Spanish) did not say what the topics of those memoranda were, but Lorena Cantó of Agencia EFE told me she thinks the MOU with the Havana Historian's Office will have something to do with Havana's 500th anniversary and she reminded me of Google's previous multimedia tribute to José Martí.

Canto also suggested that Google might be giving UCI access to Google Code and other tools. That would be cool, but involving them in an undersea cable project would be even better. Last June Senator Jeff Flake said Google was close to reaching an agreement with the Cuban government on a submarine cable, presumably from Havana to Florida. That would be of significant benefit to Cuba since their current fiber backbone connects to a cable landing point at the east end of the island, far from Havana and other populated areas. A second cable would improve performance today and reduce the future need for backbone infrastructure.

What about the MOU with Infomed? Cuba has focused on medical research, training, and practice since the time of the revolution and Infomed, their medical network, predates Cuba's connection to the Internet. Could Google be offering hosting service or high-speed connectivity to Infomed? That would not only benefit Cubans but would facilitate access to Infomed's research, databases, and community from all Spanish-speaking and developing nations. An augmented Infomed could also be a valuable medical education resource.

Finally, might the MOU with the Ministry of Culture call for Google to establish a YouTube production space in Havana? It would be close to the US and a natural place for Cuban artists, filmmakers and musicians to produce content for the Spanish speaking world. (They currently have YouTube Spaces in ten cities, none of which is in a Spanish-speaking country).

Here is a look inside Google's Los Angeles production studio.

This post has been 100% speculative — we'll have to wait to see what these four MOUs call for.

Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University

Source : | 09-Oct-2018 03:06

Review: A Captive Emily Dickinson in ?Because I Could Not Stop?
In this multimedia performance piece, Angelica Page delivers a portrait of a poet for whom being “nobody” was anything but a pleasure.
Source : | 03-Oct-2018 18:33

Arcan 0.5.5, Durden 0.5 released

More than three quarters of a year has gone by since last time, but the Arcan project has squeezed out a new release of the 'multimedia server' or 'desktop engine' Arcan and its related subproject, the Durden desktop environment.

For those unaware of the project as such, it might be worthwhile to skim through a recent summary that can be found in the article "Revisiting the Arcan Project" - but suffice to say that it is an ambitious attempt at replacing large swaths (terminal emulators, display server, audio server, and so on) of the normal user-facing parts of the BSD and Linux userspace, with a single compact and coherently scriptable component.

Source : | 02-Oct-2018 22:59

Amazon introduces APL, a new design language for building Alexa skills for devices with screens
Along with the launch of the all-new Echo Show, the Alexa-powered device with a screen, Amazon also introduced a new design language for developers who want to build voice skills that include multimedia experiences. Called Alexa Presentation Language, or APL, developers will be able to build voice-based apps that also include things like images, graphics, […]
Source : | 20-Sep-2018 23:05

Review: Up All Night, With Rebecca Hall as Muse, in ?Soundstage?
Rob Roth’s new multimedia show uses video to try to capture the relationship between an obsessive fan and the actress who’s the object of his fantasies.
Source : | 20-Sep-2018 19:54

An Experimental Troupe Can Unpack Its Bags
Theater Mitu inaugurates a new home in Gowanus, Brooklyn, with a multimedia piece called “Remnant.”
Source : | 18-Sep-2018 20:08

TheWrap Publishes 13-Part #AfterMeToo Series, Revealing Powerful Testimony of Accusers

Almost a year after explosive reports detailed alleged sexual misconduct by Hollywood powerhouse Harvey Weinstein, setting off a movement of confession, accountability and reckoning, TheWrap publishes a 13-part series about the impact on accusers one year later.

Reported by Itay Hod and Sharon Waxman and edited by TheWrap senior editorial team led by Managing Editor Thom Geier, the series is a multimedia look at the aftermath for accusers in text, video and photography.

Over the past three months Hod and Waxman spoke to a dozen women and men who had previously shared harrowing stories of sexual misconduct by some of the biggest names in media, politics and entertainment.

Also Read: #AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma

Those interviews reveal that the act of coming forward — sometimes years after the event — has taken its toll. One survivor was dropped by her TV news station. Another is considering changing her name because of the lasting social stigma. While many have felt a huge burden lifted, their journeys over the past year have not been easy or without consequences.

As the lead article states: “For some, the last year has been marked with a barrage of attacks from internet trolls. Others have lost their jobs. Quite a few have said they were disappointed at the direction the movement has taken over the last year. Almost all have experienced what experts call ‘secondary traumatization.'”

The series interviewed 12 individuals who said that industry giants like Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Russell Simmons had committed a range of sexual misconduct, from inappropriate propositions to rape.

Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Accuser Zoe Brock Has a Message for Disgraced Men Plotting Comebacks: 'F- Off!'

Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan said: “I have lived a life of much trauma, but this past year was such an intensely condensed trauma it took everything I had to withstand the gale-force winds. The thing about wind, though, it passes and if you lean in, you’ll find you’re still there as it fades.”

Russell Simmons’ accuser Drew Dixon said: “I’m not thinking about him. It’s about me letting go of the pain, letting go of the burden of carrying his secret, of being an accomplice to his crime after the fact in some ways, by covering it up for him.”

Bruce Weber accuser Jason Boyce said: “As a straight man, we have our own stigmas and there is a societal stigma with sexual assault… And I couldn’t live with that. At the time I just thought I was just going to die with this… There are some days when I get up and I sit in my car and I cry. I don’t know why and that’s not something that I did before.”

The articles will be published on September 13 and 14.

Related stories from TheWrap:

#AfterMeToo: 12 Accusers Share What Happened Next, From Firing to More Trauma

Russell Simmons Accuser on How #MeToo Has Rocked the Music Industry: 'There May Be No Bottom' (Video)

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Zoe Brock Has a Message for Disgraced Men Plotting Comebacks: 'F– Off!'

Source : | 13-Sep-2018 20:30

Venice?s Debut ?Homo Faber? Exhibition Promises Two Weeks of Multimedia Artisanship
This monumental celebration of fine European arts and crafts will be held in the historic 16th century San Giorgio monastery.
Source : | 03-Sep-2018 11:30

RJRGLEANER Communications Group moving into the digital age - Multimedia company outlines four-point plan of action
Acknowledging recent losses, decreased revenue and increased costs, RJRGLEANER Communications Group chief executive officer (CEO) Gary Allen has put forward a four-point plan aimed at arresting the problem. He told shareholders at the annual...
Source : | 30-Aug-2018 07:50

You Can Soon Read Comics on the Nintendo Switch With InkyPen
The Nintendo Switch is a great device for gaming, but unlike other consoles, it doesn’t deal in other forms of multimedia — yet. InkyPen, a new comic subscription service, is coming to the handheld in November. It’s the first international non-game Switch app to launch on the eShop. InkyPen promises to let users read all […]
Source : | 24-Aug-2018 23:00

3 Ways Studios and Networks Can Engage Young Audiences in a Good Way (Guest Blog)

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” received significant and serious backlash for arguably glamorizing teen suicide. The show responded by adding content warnings and suicide hotline information. Helpful, sure, but imagine if Netflix had also created a way for young people to connect with the brand and the show — and perhaps, even, the characters in it — in a more meaningful way. To provide greater context for the content and foster important dialogue with and among the viewers about the sensitive issues.

Content today has reached a new level of influence, especially in the world of young people. Content has the power to start a deeper conversation with a real push-and-pull dialogue, and with this power comes the opportunity and responsibility to move beyond mere entertainment. Today, like never before, there is an opportunity for entertainment brands to entertain and engage. An engaged audience is a loyal audience. And a loyal audience becomes ambassadors for the programming.

Here are three ways entertainment brands can actually create meaningful relationships with  young people.

Also Read: '13 Reasons Why' Showrunner Defends Sexual Assault Scene: 'It Was Worth Telling'

1. Give Young People Control.

We all remember how record labels and music publishers wasted years fighting the concept of digital downloads and streaming, rather than immediately getting to work building platforms to deliver content the way consumers were demanding.

In recent years, entertainment companies seemed to have learned from those missteps and in many ways have put viewers’ wants at the top of their distribution strategy. From binge-watching to on-demand downloads on their phone, the leaders of the industry aren’t fighting this change, they’re fighting for the user.

Freeform gets it. Embracing the young cord-cutters, Freeform makes all its shows available on the Freeform network, on its app or on Hulu. The network has evolved from being a mere channel to being a creator and supplier of young-adult content pushed out through a variety of direct-to-consumer channels. And in doing this, Freeform is showing these young viewers that it values them enough to meet them where they are.

Also Read: Freeform to Develop 'How the Other Half Hamptons' From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

2. Foster Connections.

By fostering connections with your audience, you start to become more than just a media property — you become a trusted brand consumers can turn to, which, in the end, builds a whole new level of brand loyalty. And the key to connecting is dialogue.

Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s new multimedia brand for women, is a great example of creating a dialogue with its base. From open essay submissions on selected topics to conversation starters about important issues, Hello Sunshine invites its audience to be an integral part of its mission: to change the narrative for women.

Also Read: Amazon Orders Limited Series 'Daisy Jones & The Six' From Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine

3. Create Community.

In the case of entertainment companies, creating a community means, in part, building programming that is inclusive. Not just in casting, but in actual storytelling. This is particularly important for Gen Z — the most diverse generation of Americans ever (46 percent identify as a race/?ethnicity other than white).

Diversity in media 1.0 was about casting underrepresented people so they can finally see themselves reflected back. And YES! that’s important. But 2.0 needs to be deeper. It needs to be about showcasing, celebrating, and sharing different stories about what it means to be black, Muslim, bisexual –maybe all these things combined, even –so we can finally, truly  see one another and experience their stories, everyone’s stories.

Which also has the added benefit of expanding your potential audience — just look at the opening weekend box office for “Crazy Rich Asians”!

Also Read: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Sequel in Development With Jon M Chu Planning to Return

It’s a new era with a connected young generation that expects something different — from government, from brands, and, yes, from entertainment. Young people are expecting, demanding even, that entertainment companies move beyond simple entertainment alone.  And the companies that are smart will take this opportunity to drive deeper relationships  with their audiences and forge a new kind of brand loyalty.

Melody Herzfeld, Marjory Stoneman Douglas school drama teacher, said this at her Tonys acceptance speech this year: “We all want the same thing, To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected.” It’s a net positive in every respect, for society, for culture — and for the bottom line.

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Source : | 22-Aug-2018 18:08

The Galaxy Tab S4 is built for work, but gets very little done
You might be wondering: Who even buys Android tablets anymore? The answer, Samsung seems to think, is people who want not just an excellent canvas for multimedia but the multitasking prowess of a laptop without the extra heft. The Galaxy Tab S4...
Source : | 08-Aug-2018 17:00

The Story of a Thing: An Artist on the ?Magical Importance? of a 15-Year-Old Tea Bag
The French multimedia artist Laure Prouvost’s most prized possession is a relic once used by her grandparents.
Source : | 20-Jul-2018 18:30

SKULPT is a tiny, feature-packed synth for under $300
Ultraportable, inexpensive synthesizers are everywhere these days, including solid entries from Korg, Roland and IK Multimedia. Now, UK-based Modal Electronics (makers of high-end boutique synths) is looking to enter the category with a new under-$30...
Source : | 10-Jul-2018 02:24

World Cup Boosts Econet's Data Usage Through Kwese
[263Chat] The Fifa 2018 World Cup tournament has been a boon for the uptake of Kwesé iflix, Econet Media's recently launched video-on-demand service, which offers top sports and entertainment content on mobile phones, tablets and other multimedia platforms, everywhere - on the go.
Source : | 22-Jun-2018 17:50

Chris Hardwick?s Hard Times: The Silence From Those in His Orbit Is Deafening

When Chris Hardwick was accused of controlling behavior, emotional manipulation and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra last week, the silence from those in his orbit was deafening.

Dykstra described a man who could be controlling and manipulative as he gained more and more success as the host of AMC shows and Comic-Con panels, as well as his own multimedia empire, Nerdist. One former employee said her accusations rang true, and that Hardwick was prone to loud confrontations with employees.

“Nobody’s surprised. Everyone can think back to incidents with Chris that line up with something in that story,” the former employee said. “You don’t see anybody saying ‘That’s not the Chris Hardwick I know,’ because that is the Chris Hardwick most people know.”

Also Read: Chris Hardwick Fallout: All the Outlets Distancing Themselves After Abuse Accusation

Dykstra wrote in a Medium post: “What I felt that this man wanted was a woman who would feed him, sleep with him, and go to events with him,” she wrote. She said she felt pressured to take jobs at Hardwick’s company, only associate with friends he approved of and have sex with him whenever he wanted. Because he is a recovering alcoholic, he asked her not to drink in his presence, she said.

Hardwick has denied any abuse.

Those in his professional circle could not speak to the sexual coercion Dykstra described, but agreed with other criticisms.

“She’s not writing about a complete stranger there, I could recognize him through the details,” said a producer who has worked with Hardwick in the past. “He’s an alcoholic who replaced his alcoholism with workaholism, and that may have led to just as bad a side effect for people. He wasn’t going out and getting drunk and insulting people, but he was concentrating on the work and building up his empire,  not concentrating on how that affected people.”

“I have no reason to think he would be violent, but everything else she says, the way she describes his behavior, sounds like things about him that I absolutely do know to be true,” said another acquaintance of Hardwick’s in the TV industry. “It absolutely rings true.”

Also Read: Did Chloe Dykstra Just Accuse Ex-Boyfriend Chris Hardwick of 'Long-Term Abuse,' Career Blacklisting?

An actor and stand-up comic, Hardwick got his start in the 1990s as a regular presence on MTV, hosting shows like “Trashed” and “Singled Out.” Following a period of career decline and a battle with alcoholism, Hardwick bounced back by leveraging his nerd credentials on shows like G4’s “Attack of the Show” and PBS’s “Wired Science,” as well as his own rapidly growing Nerdist blog and podcast.

Throughout the 2010s, Nerdist Industries quickly blossomed into a sprawling entertainment network made up of podcasts, web shows, and, eventually, the Comedy Central late-night game show “@midnight.” The company had reached an audience in the tens of millions by the time Legendary Entertainment acquired it in 2012.

But some who worked for Hardwick at the time said he was not equipped to manage the growing company.

“He was an absentee landlord,” said the former Nerdist employee, who described Hardwick as increasingly focused on outside projects like AMC’s “Talking Dead” or other high-profile hosting gigs. “He wasn’t around except to call in to beat up on us. But he made sure our successes always got painted as his work.”

After Dykstra spoke out, Legendary said Hardwick has “had no operational involvement with Nerdist” since at least 2015.

Also Read: Chris Hardwick Pulled From San Diego Music-Comedy Festival Lineup

But when Hardwick was around, he would sometimes explode at staff when they made decisions he believed to be inconsistent with his public-facing brand, insiders said.

“He’s very professional, but he does have high standards,” the producer said. “When he’s working, things have to be right for him.” Production assistants were always pointedly instructed not to approach him on days Hardwick’s shows would tape, the producer added.

Describing Hardwick as “obsessed with celebrity,” Dykstra wrote that Hardwick would present different faces in public and in private, always cautiously guarding his public image. That account is consistent with that of his professional collaborators, who described him as exceedingly charming in public but shameless in his Hollywood glad-handing.

“If you’re in the room talking to him, you could have a great conversation, but if someone walks in with a higher Q rating, he’s going to stop talking to you, not apologize and walk over to that person,” the producer said. “It’s the Hollywood suck-up type of lifestyle, but that’s kind of just the way talk show hosts have to be … I can see a lot of people not liking him because of that, but I’m sure Tom Cruise likes him.”

Also Read: Chris Hardwick Scrubbed From Nerdist Website 'Pending Further Investigation,' Legendary Says

Those who found themselves on the wrong side of Hardwick and his allies said they paid the price, later struggling to find work. In her post, Dykstra suggested she was also blacklisted after her breakup with Hardwick. She left it open to interpretation whether she believed he was directly responsible.

“That seems like the kind of thing that would happen,” the producer said. “Maybe Hardwick was upset about a personal relationship and somebody took that as their marching orders.”

The former Nerdist employee said he believed Hardwick did play a role. “It was never explicit, but whenever someone said they were thinking of hiring Chloe, [Hardwick] would say, ‘Let me tell you a story.’ He used people’s emotions to get them on his side,” he said.

But now Harwick himself appears to be persona non grata.

“Following the allegations, every blue tick on Twitter pretty much dropped him like a sack of potatoes, offering their support to Chloe,” said gaming and tech journalist Ian Miles Cheong. “It’s easy to understand why — her story was harrowing, and it echoed their suspicions about yet another too-nice geek guy in Hollywood.”

Also Read: NBC to 'Assess' Chris Hardwick's Future as Host of 'The Wall' After Abuse Accusations

“Personally, I sympathize with Chloe and have no reason to doubt what she said,” Cheong continued. “Her experiences are sadly common in the entertainment and gaming industry, and many of the victims seldom find justice.”

A day after Dykstra’s story posted, Hardwick said he was “blindsided” by the allegations and said he had never sexually assaulted her.

“I’m devastated to read that she is now accusing me of conduct that did not occur,” he said.

But Hardwick nonetheless faced heavy consequences. Legendary and Nerdist distanced themselves from the company’s co-founder, scrubbing his name from their website. AMC yanked his upcoming talk show “Talking With Chris Hardwick,” and he has been pulled from moderating two panels at next month’s Comic-Con.

“He’s a toxic property,” Cheong said. “At least for now.”

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'Community' Alum Yvette Nicole Brown Emerges as Fan Favorite to Replace Chris Hardwick on AMC

Chris Hardwick Pulled From San Diego Music-Comedy Festival Lineup

Chris Hardwick Fallout: All the Outlets Distancing Themselves After Abuse Accusation

Source : | 20-Jun-2018 02:55

Shia LaBeouf Celebrates 32nd Birthday: Inside His Biggest Headline-Making Moments

Happy birthday Shia LaBeouf!

The outspoke actor, artist and Trump critic turned 32 on Monday, capping off what’s been another tumultuous year for the Transformers star.

After a racist rant directed towards police went viral following an arrest last summer, LaBeouf recently told Esquire that he’s turning over a new leaf and taking steps towards getting sober.

He’s also been seen working on his new movie Honey Boy, a semi-autobiographical tale about his own childhood.

From his Trump protests, artistic experiments and arrests, the following is a rundown of LaBeouf’s biggest headline making moments:

Playing His Dad in a Movie

LaBeouf is playing his own father in the loosely autobiographical movie Honey Boy, which he co-wrote. Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges will star as a young LaBeouf in the film that follows a former child star attempting to mend his relationship with his alcohol-abusing father, according to Variety.

The 31-year-old actor was recently spotted on the set of the new film looking completely unrecognizable with long hair extensions and a balding cap. The actor also sported bushy sideburns and large circular glasses to complete the transformation.

The Georgia Arrest

In the April issue of Esquire, LaBeouf gave his first-sit down interview since his “mortifying” 2017 arrest — during which he went on a racist and expletive-laced tirade at police officers.

“What went on in Georgia was mortifying,” he remarked to Esquire, calling it a mixture of “white privilege and desperation and disaster.”

At the time of his arrest last July, LaBeouf was charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, although the former charge was later dropped. In October, the actor pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction. After footage of the incident was released online showing the actor’s foul-mouthed tantrum while resisting arrest, LeBeouf apologized for his behavior, calling the incident “a new low,” and adding that he was “actively taking steps toward securing” sobriety.

The Bartender Lawsuit

Last May, he was sued for defamation and assault in a $5 million lawsuit filed by a Los Angeles bartender, whom he reportedly called a “racist.”

According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, on Apr. 5, LaBeouf — who was accompanied by wife Mia Goth — got into a verbal altercation with staffers at Jerry’s Famous Deli, after bartender David Bernstein refused to serve LaBeouf and Goth a drink, allegedly because they were already too intoxicated.

LaBeouf’s attorney Brian Wolf told PEOPLE at the time that the lawsuit is “baseless” and that they would be seeking dismissal of the case.

The Trump Protest Moves Overseas

After both the New York and New Mexico locations of his anti-Trump art installation HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US were shut down, LaBeouf and his collaborators Rönkkö & Turner announced last March that they were relaunching the project overseas.

The livestream protest has been moved to the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool, U.K.

“Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist,” the trio said in a statement on FACT’s website. “We are proud to be continuing the project at FACT, an arts centre at the heart of the community.”

Over the weekend, LaBeouf shared an image of the exhibit on display in Poland.

Muzeum Sztuki, ?ód?

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) June 8, 2018

The Trump Protest Arrest

LaBeouf was back in the spotlight in January after he was arrested in New York City following an alleged altercation at the site of his art-installation protest piece. The actor was accused of attacking a 25-year-old man outside the Museum of the Moving Image, and was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation. He was released hours later and and promptly returned to the protest site. 

The art installation — titled “He Will Not Divide Us” and set to run 24 hours a day over the next four years — features participants being encouraged to chant that phrase.

Vegas “Wedding”

It turns out LaBeouf’s surprise Las Vegas wedding ceremony with Mia Goth in October 2016 was no performance art piece — it was the real deal.

The actor later stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he confirmed that he’s officially a married man. “Congratulations, I think you just got married,” said DeGeneres.

“I did, yes,” LaBeouf, 30, replied. “You said ‘I think’ because you thought I was messing around or something.”

Following LaBeouf’s seemingly impromptu nuptials in a Las Vegas wedding chapel presided over by an Elvis impersonator, many doubted the validity of the ceremony due to the actor’s love of doing off-the-wall performance art pieces — and the fact that it was live-streamed on the Internet.

Hitchhiking Across the Country

40°14'45"N 105°32'06"W

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) May 23, 2016

In May 2016, LaBeouf and frequent collaborators Rönkkö and Turner (aided by Vice) spent 30 days trekking across the United States with only the good graces of fans and strangers to help them get from point A to point B. The project was commissioned by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art as part of The Finnish Institute in London and MediaLive 2016, as well as Vice and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.

Answering Interview Questions in Verse

Talking about Alma Har’el’s documentary LoveTrue with Complex in April 2016, LaBeouf turned to that most noble of art forms, poetry, to express his thoughts on the subjects of the documentary, people asked about their experiences with “true love.”

“we’re all cut from the same cloth
I’ve been watching them from afar
for a few years now
it’s been quite powerful
Both w/ distance
& to be in the presence of
These people are magical
And extraordinarily strong
It’s humbling”

It is humbling.

Locking Himself in an Elevator

Again with Rönkkö and Turner, LaBeouf performed a project called #ELEVATE in February last year, in which the three spent 24 hours inside an elevator in Oxford, England. Fans were invited to join. LaBeouf addressed Tinder, shared his favorite song with a group of fans and naturally, took plenty of selfies.

Live-Binging His Own Movies

In November 2015, LaBeouf participated in/created another multimedia livestream project, this one titled #ALLMYMOVIES, in which he watched all 27 of his feature films, in reverse chronological order, in New York City’s Angelika Film Center. He took five-minute breaks in between films, but otherwise did not leave the theater.

Writing an Essay About His Arrest Record

For the book Prison Ramen — which also includes arrest-themed essays from celebrities like Taryn Manning, Slash and Danny Trejo — LaBeouf contributed an essay called “Error Breeds Sense” that recalled his many brushes with the law. Among the insights presented: His fourth arrest, after refusing to leave a Walgreen’s in Chicago, resulted in “the best sleep ever” “for some reason” when he spent the night in jail. Ironically, prior to the book’s release, he was arrested for public intoxication in Austin, Texas.

That Motivational Video

In June 2015, LaBoeuf recorded a series of 36 videos in conjunction with with students from U.K.’s Central Saint Martins fine art B.A. degree show (as well as Turner and Rönkkö). In the clips, the actor read text the students had submitted in front of a green screen that could eventually be changed to whatever the students liked. While students had LaBeouf recite everything from a Charles Bukowski poem to the mantra “om,” the one that really stuck out was of the actor simply screaming a series of motivational phrases, e.g. “Don’t let your dreams be dreams” and “Yesterday, you said tomorrow. So just do it. Make your dreams come true. Just do it.”

That ‘Enslaved’ Quote

In an April 2015 interview with Variety, LaBeouf expounded on his views of art, which included the somewhat unfortunately phrased line, “The requirements to being a star/celebrity are namely, you must become an enslaved body.” He described the concept of stardom as “outmoded” and expressed his preference for performance art rather than acting.

The ‘Elastic Heart’ Video

Sia enlisted LaBeouf to dance alongside her longtime stand-in Maddie Ziegler in the video for “Elastic Heart.” Some people were perturbed by the choice to show the actor partially clothed with the much, much younger Ziegler, and Sia apologized, saying, “Maddie are Shia are the only actors I felt could play these two warring ‘sia’ self states.”

The Cabaret Arrest

In June 2014, LaBeouf was arrested at Studio 54 in Manhattan after interrupting a performance of the Broadway show Cabaret, having an intoxicated brawl with a homeless person and disrupting patrons of various bars and restaurants in the Midtown area. He later apologized for the incident on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying he went through an “existential crisis” in 2014 that resulted in “some hiccups, some judgement errors.”

The Paper Bag Red Carpet Walk

LaBeouf attended the premiere for the film Nymphomaniac in February 2014 wearing a paper bag painted with the phrase “I am not famous anymore” over his head. Asked a question about the film, LaBoeuf responded “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” before getting up and leaving the cast panel. (The quote was lifted from an interview given by Manchester United striker Eric Cantona in 1995.)


In February 2014, LaBeouf created an art exhibit in L.A.’s Cohen Gallery entitled #IAMSORRY. A riff on the early works of performance artist Marina Abramovi?, the exhibit saw LaBeouf seated silently in an empty room with an assortment of props like whips, candies and instruments. Visitors were allowed to enter the room one at a time. Perhaps most disturbingly, in November 2014, he later claimed he was raped during the exhibit. “One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me,” he wrote in an email interview.

The Skywriting Apology

– vapor floating in the atmosphere
– remote servers used to SHARE DATA

— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 1, 2014

In January 2014, LaBeouf was embroiled in a controversy wherein he was accused of copying graphic novelist Daniel Clowes’ work. He apologized via skywriting, hiring a plane to write “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” across the skies of L.A.

The Broadway Dropout

In what could have been considered the beginning of the actor’s “troubled” period, LaBeouf dropped out of a 2013 revival of the play Orphans on Broadway alongside Alec Baldwin. He cited differences with the show’s director, Daniel Sullivan, as part of his actions, and later made a series of public apologies, many of which were plagiarized from the work of others.

Source : | 12-Jun-2018 04:34

Stream Stadiums & Shrines? Dreams Comp Feat. Julie Byrne, Mutual Benefit, Ricky Eat Acid, & More
There’s a lot of layers to sound connoisseurs Stadiums & Shrines' new multimedia compilation album Dreams . It’s an expansive 18-track double LP (with three digital bonus tracks) that features artists like Julie Byrne, Mutual Benefit, Ricky Eat Acid, Maria Usbeck, and more, in the works since 2012. Each composition interprets a black and white collage…
Source : | 11-Jun-2018 22:19

Review: ?This Was the End,? a Spectral Riff on Chekhov
Mallory Catlett’s play, a multimedia meditation on memory and decay, imagines the characters of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” 30 or 40 years later.
Source : | 10-Jun-2018 21:15

Meshel Laurie on her children's education
She's the multimedia personality who balances a busy work schedule with parenting eight-year-old twins.
Source : | 03-Jun-2018 06:16

VLC becomes one of first ARM64 Windows apps

Although ARM-based PCs are now available, apps that utilize native 64-bit architectures on Microsoft's Windows 10 on ARM have been relegated to legacy support for 32-bit apps. Microsoft introduced the proper frameworks for 64-bit apps at its recent BUILD conference, allowing developers to port their apps and begin native app integration. After a small wait, apps are starting to appear; VLC - the swiss army knife of multimedia players - is one of the first to launch a dedicated ARM64 app.

I'm obviously not going to cover every single major Windows application that gets ported from x86 over to ARM, but I do find there's something fascinating about seeing the first few applications getting the ARM treatment. It makes me think of the very early days of Windows NT, when it was available for not only x86, but also for Alpha, MIPS, PowerPC, Clipper, and SPARC (although those last two were never actually released).

Source : | 02-Jun-2018 01:48

Reese Witherspoon?s Contest With Her Kids: Spot All the Gender Disparity on TV

Reese Witherspoon undoubtedly plays lots of games with her children, but this is by far the most woke children’s game we’ve ever heard of.

The actress told a reporter for Fast Company about an exercise she does with her family when they watch TV — a rare occurrence — to measure gender disparity on screen.

After the group views a a commercial — like a recent Adidas spot that showed athletes, models, and DJs discussing what was cool around a table — Witherspoon will press pause and say to her kids, “What did you see?”

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In response to this particular ad, the children said “they saw a mix of people who were interesting and creative. And I said, ‘You know what I see? Three women and 13 men at the table. That’s what I see.’ “

Witherspoon says her family has asked her to play the ad over again to make sure she was right — and she usually is. “Now my husband sees it all the time,” Witherspoon said. “You just have to ask yourself, ‘What am I not seeing?'”

The article also discussed Witherspoon’s attempts to challenge the patriarchy when pitching TV and film projects under her Hello Sunshine banner, essentially asking studios to perform the same exercise as her children.

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For her upcoming Zendaya-led flick “A White Lie,” Witherspoon hired TV screenwriter and producer Monica Beletsky to adapt the period piece about Anita Hemmings, a light-skinned African-American woman at the turn of the 20th century, into a thriller. Beletsky, who is half black and half Jewish, made multimedia production pitches to potential buyers that included images from the time period, thoughts on identity and  Zendaya’s personal take on”colorism.”

Lauren Neustadter, Hello Sunshine’s head of TV and film development, told Fast Company, “At the end of one meeting, a potential buyer said, ‘Well, the good news is that we’re living in a world where people are more open-minded.'”

Neustadter said the comment upset Witherspoon, who asked her assistant to gather recent photos of the boards of big companies and Congress. These were included in the second pitch meeting, which focused on the disparity we still see today. “‘Reese got very emotional and she said to the room, ‘We wish that we lived in a world where that was different,'” Neustadter told Fast Company.

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Source : | 31-May-2018 00:42

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Dial Adobe Computer Helpline Phone Number +61-1800 057 707 Adobe Applications have become a mainstay of the creative and multimedia segment. Various Adobe products like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, PageMaker, InDesign, Flash, Acrobat Reader, etc. have changed the way people work in the publishing, photo-editing and website building industries, etc. Adobe has always tried to bring new and innovative products which give more functionality to the users and gives new avenues to (...) - contributions
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1800 057 707 Welcome To Adobe Support Adobe Support – Adobe is an American multinational software company which is well known for its creation of multimedia and creativity software products. Adobe has designed several products like Photoshop, Acrobat Reader, Adobe Creative Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud etc. The Adobe also provides services like Marketing Cloud, Media Optimizer, Advertising Cloud, Photoshop Express and Analytics etc which helps to understand the customers' (...) - contributions
Source : | 26-May-2018 08:49

Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley, ?Call Me by Your Name? Win GLAAD Media Awards

Ava DuVernay, Samira Wiley and Gloria Carter are a few winners from the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in New York City Saturday night.

The “Wrinkle in Time” director was the recipient of the Excellence in Media Award, presented by Sen. Corey Booker. “Handmaid’s Tale” star Wiley was presented with the Vito Russo Award by co-star Alexis Bledel, and Special Recognition Award was given to “Smile” by Jay-Z featuring Gloria Carter off the rapper’s album “4:44.” Jay-Z’s mom, Ms. Carter, accepted the award.

“Call Me by Your Name” won the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release, and was accepted by Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory and producer Peter Spears.

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“GLAAD is working to ensure the spirit of unity and intersectionality that was celebrated tonight extends throughout the year,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Tonight’s award recipients are the front lines to ensuring that LGBTQ acceptance moves forward in a political and cultural climate that is working against us.”

Other awards announced Saturday night include “Gender Revolution: A Journey Revolution with Katie Couric” from National Geographic for Outstanding Documentary, and Halsey, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom for Outstanding Music Artist. See other recipients from Saturday’s event below:

  • Outstanding Talk Show Episode: “Australian Marriage Equality” Last Week Tonight with John
    Oliver (HBO)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – News Magazine: “The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub”
    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Murders Raise Alarm for Transgender Community” NBC
    Nightly News with Lester Holt (NBC)
  • Outstanding Newspaper Article: “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV” by Gracie Bonds
    Staples (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Outstanding Magazine Article: “Forbidden Lives: The Gay Men Who Fled
    Chechnya’s Purge” by Masha Gessen (The New Yorker)
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: Billboard
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia: “‘This Is How We Win': Inside Danica Roem’s
    Historic Victory” by Diana Tourjée (
  • Outstanding TV Journalism – News Magazine: “Pulse, Huellas de la Masacre” Docufilms (CNN en Español)
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment: “Comunidad LGBTQ Vulnerable Bajo Nuevo Gobierno” Perspectiva Nacional (Entravision)

Several awards had been announced in Los Angeles last month. See below for the complete list.

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  • Outstanding Drama Series: “This Is Us” (NBC) [accepted by: Denis O’Hare; presented by Rachel
    Bloom and Ben Feldman]
  • Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBTQ character): “Thanksgiving,” “Master of None” (Netflix) [accepted by Lena Waithe; presented by Halle Berry]
  • Outstanding Kids & Family Programming winner: Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX) [accepted by: Chelsea Peretti, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, and producer Dan Goor; presented by Chloe Grace Moretz and Tom
  • Outstanding Film – Limited Release: “A Fantastic Woman” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: “When We Rise” (ABC)
  • Outstanding Comic Book: Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Marvel Comics)
  • Outstanding Daily Drama: “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
  • Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They
    Exist” by Samantha Allen (Splinter)
  • Outstanding Blog: TransGriot (
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Source : | 06-May-2018 04:00

The $200 Uno synth crams a ton of features into a small package
IK Multimedia is known for its wide variety of music gear, including MIDI controllers, mixers and instrument interfaces. Now the company has just launched its first analog synth, a compact little machine named Uno. The company's own Erik Norlander (...
Source : | 02-May-2018 23:40

Is video calling as an AR emoji the next step for Samsung?

From presenting information to sharing stories online, multimedia has become the dominant tool of communication on smartphones over the past years. According to a report, and patent, it looks as though Samsung may be working on a way to bring its recently introduced AR emojis into the world of video chatting, taking on multiple big [&hellip
Source : | 02-May-2018 08:00

FFmpeg 4.0 released
FFmpeg 4.0 has been released, and it's a major one. Since this particular subject matter - and its changelog - are way beyond the scope of my capabilities, I'll just leave you with the generic description of the project (in case you live under a rock). FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge. No matter if they were designed by some standards committee, the community or a corporation. It is also highly portable: FFmpeg compiles, runs, and passes our testing infrastructure FATE across Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, the BSDs, Solaris, etc. under a wide variety of build environments, machine architectures, and configurations.
Source : | 21-Apr-2018 00:46

Ghana:17 Journalists Attacked in 15 Months - the Sad Story On Safety of Journalists in Ghana
[MFWA] On March 27, 2018, one of Ghana's budding and fearless journalists, Latif Idris, was brutally beaten to near death at the headquarters of the Ghana Police Service. The journalist, who works with the Multimedia group, was not beaten by thugs. He was beaten by police personnel, the same people he would have had to run to if he had been attacked by hoodlums.
Source : | 12-Apr-2018 15:31

MK2 Acquires Four Cirque du Soleil VR Experiences (EXCLUSIVE)
Paris-based MK2 has acquired sales and distribution rights to four Cirque du Soleil virtual-reality experiences co-produced by leading Canadian VR banner Felix & Paul Studios and the multimedia production unit Cirque du Soleil Images. The deal was made for location-based rights, which entails sales and distribution to physical venues. The four VR experiences are “Inside the […]
Source : | 21-Mar-2018 12:30

Students become friends with science at Nehru Science Centre
The NSC has organised a total of 13 workshops this year which cover disciplines like creative sciences, model rocketry, aeromodelling, astronomy, computers and multimedia, electronics and robotics
Source : | 19-Mar-2018 01:05

Review: In ?The Wholehearted,? Old Wounds Feel Angry and New
A boxing champ who survived an attempt on her life prepares to seek revenge in this multimedia play at Abrons Arts Center.
Source : | 18-Mar-2018 19:00

Why Scientology TV Doesn?t Have Any Commercials

The Church of Scientology may have its own TV channel, so you’d expect shows like “Meet a Scientologist” and “Voices for Humanity” to be interrupted by commercials.

But there are no ads on the station that launched on Monday on DirecTV and other online platforms — and that’s by design.

“There is no outside advertising because, unlike a commercial channel, the goal isn’t to generate revenue,” a Scientology spokesperson told TheWrap. “Our mission is to answer people’s questions.”

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The Church of Scientology further explained its streaming presence by the fact that “someone searches online for ‘Scientology’ every six seconds,” per the network’s “About” page.

And Scientology Network insists that it “does not seek to preach, convince or convert, but simply inform.”

Nor does the channel come preloaded on the devices that carry it: A user has to proactively find and download Scientology Network on Apple TV, for example.

Scientology Network is also currently available on Scientology.TV, DirecTV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as via a mobile app download. Before you go and petition those guys (like many people did over NRA TV), keep in mind that Scientology Channel is subject to the same guidelines as any other content provider.

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Like it or not, the programming does not violate any terms of service. Don’t want to watch? Ignore it.

And no, Scientology Channel doesn’t get paid by those outside platforms to carry the network, nor does the chuch pay them (much) for the space. Apple TV, again for example, only charges the Scientology channel its standard $99 annual fee for developers.

The Scientology Network airs 24/7, but it only currently has six original series — yeah, there are a lot of reruns right now, and a lot of it feels like one giant infomercial. (Entertainment and talk shows are coming, the channel teases, as is an investigative series, “Freedom TV.”)

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Here are the six shows that were available at launch, with all descriptions in Scientology’s own words:

  • “Inside Scientology”–takes viewers behind the scenes of the religion–its international spiritual headquarters and cutting-edge publishing houses, what happens on a typical day at a Church of Scientology and the meticulous, painstaking efforts to preserve 75 million words of our Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s religious writings and recordings for future generations.
  • “Meet a Scientologist”–an in-depth look into the lives of individual Scientologists from the frontiers of modern art, science, sports, entertainment and more.
  • “I am a Scientologist”–features dozens of Scientologists from every corner of the world and every imaginable occupation, giving personal accounts of how their lives have been enriched.
  • “Voices for Humanity”–short documentaries introducing change-makers from all faiths, cultures and nations as they extend help to their communities through Scientology-sponsored humanitarian programs.
  • “Destination: Scientology”–each episode brings the viewer inside a new Church of Scientology, showcasing the diversity of our Churches and the cooperation that weaves every Church of Scientology into the local community fabric.
  • “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice”–presents the religion’s Founder to the world. Scientology remains the only major religion with the voice of its Founder intact, recorded in public lectures delivered over the course of a quarter-century. This series chronicles the life of L. Ron Hubbard through autobiographical vignettes in his own words and in his own voice.

The streaming channel/marketing tool also boasts a bunch of themed movies, including those adapted from Hubbard’s written work.

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Scientology Network produces all of its content in-house, with credit going to Scientology Media Productions.

“From scripting to shooting, editing, scoring and mixing, all productions are created by Church staff and parishioners at the Church’s multimedia digital production complex,” the Sunset Boulevard-located production company’s part reads. “Even digital media content for print magazine and social media are created at the one-of-a-kind global media center..The digital network is open to partner with independent filmmakers, it said

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Source : | 14-Mar-2018 21:04

'Wave' ring is the latest to turn your hands into MIDI controllers
Ring-shaped music controllers aren't anything new. IK Multimedia released the iRing back in 2014, and the Enhancia made its debut at CES this year. Now we've got the Wave, an adjustable MIDI controller ring that can adjust sounds and effects with ges...
Source : | 09-Mar-2018 20:03

Cinestate Acquires Horror Magazine ?Fangoria?

Fangoria Magazine is returning from its digital grave and back into print. Thanks to new investment, a new editor-in-chief, and a new publisher, the world’s highest-profile horror movie magazine will return as a collectible quarterly, with the first issue set to be released ahead of Halloween.

Cinestate, the Texas-based entertainment multimedia company behind “Bone Tomahawk” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” completed the deal to acquire all of the assets and trademarks of the Fangoria brand, including the magazine, from the Brooklyn Company. Cinestate CEO Dallas Sonnier and previous publisher Thomas DeFeo signed a deal that transferred the rights to Sonnier and Cinestate. Cinestate will develop Fangoria into a brand to produce movies and podcasts, as well as publishing horror novels.

Sonnier’s first move as publisher was to hire Phil Nobile Jr. as the editor-in-chief of Fangoria Magazine. Nobile was previously the editor-at-large for Birth.Movies.Death., and as a writer/producer for Stage 3 Productions, where he created a feature-length documentary on John Carpenter’s “Halloween.” Nobile will also act as the creative director for the entire Fangoria brand.

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“There needs to be a Fangoria,” Nobile said. “The magazine was a constant presence in the genre since 1979 – and then one day it was gone. That felt, to us, tragically incorrect. Fango was, for multiple generations, a privileged window into the world of horror. It gave us access to filmmakers’ processes and secrets, opened our eyes to movies we might have otherwise missed, and nurtured a wave of talent that’s out there driving the genre today. I’m proud and excited to be part of the team that’s bringing this institution back.”

“We are fully committed to restoring faith in Fangoria with the horror fan community, so many of whom bought subscriptions, but never received their magazines. We have also been reaching out to previous Fangoria contributors to introduce ourselves and invite them back into the tent for future collaborations. This is a process, but we are confident in our ability to earn back trust and be good partners in a brand that personally means so much to so many awesome people,” said Sonnier.

Cinestate VP Amanda Presmyk will head up production on a slate of Fangoria-presented horror movies that Sonnier will bring to the table for Cinestate’s new label.

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Source : | 15-Feb-2018 19:42

South Africa:Cape Town Deputy Mayor Apologises for His Behaviour During News24's Day Zero Interview
[News24Wire] City of Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson has apologised for his behaviour during an interview last week with News24's multimedia journalist Aletta Harrison.
Source : | 02-Feb-2018 09:21

?A Futile and Stupid Gesture? Film Review: National Lampoon Biopic Gently Celebrates Anarchy

It’s hard to overstate the impact of National Lampoon magazine, but director Douglas Tirola tried anyway in 2015 with “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead,” a documentary examining its history and legacy.

As much as David Wain’s “A Futile And Stupid Gesture” (premiering on Netflix January 26) might feel like a retread of its buoyant history lesson, his adaptation of Josh Karp’s book of the same name focuses primarily on the exploits of Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, filtering the publication’s incendiary accomplishments through his suitably troubled personal history while assembling an impressive cast of contemporary comedy stars to provide some occasionally wildly uneven but always fun-to-behold impersonations of their iconic predecessors.

Will Forte stars as Kenney, a Harvard Lampoon editor who teams up with writer Henry Beard (Domhnall Gleeson, cosplaying as Howard Stern) to write a “Lord of the Rings” parody, “Bored of the Rings,” before taking their alumni publication national. Recruiting an ever-expanding rogue’s gallery of iconoclasts and reprobates including Chevy Chase (Joel McHale), Michael O’Donoghue (Thomas Lennon), Tony Hendra (Matt Lucas), Anne Beatts (Natasha Lyonne) and Harold Ramis (Rick Glassman, “Undateable”), Kenney and Beard quickly create a multimedia empire in print, radio and on stage. But before long, Kenney’s overbearing work load, antiestablishment impulses and increasingly unhealthy drug habits begin to undermine any success they’re able to achieve.

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Hollywood eventually comes calling and Kenney turns his attention to writing “Animal House,” a comedy inspired by anecdotes from Lampoon contributors’ collegiate days. But the film’s success proves too much for Kenney, who first finds it difficult to craft a follow-up that’s worthy of the box office record breaker. Even when he does, Kenney then struggles to come to terms with the effects of his own drug-addled creativity upon colleagues, friends and finally, himself.

If there’s a perfect midpoint between Will Forte’s exhilarating, gonzo turn as MacGruber and the drily sweet role he played in “Nebraska,” Doug Kenney might be it, astutely juggling the responsibility of being extremely funny while showcasing how, and why, his real-life counterpart never quite captured as much of the spotlight as his colleagues. The fact that Forte is too old for the retelling of literally any part of Kenney’s life — he’s 47, Kenney died at 33 — feels like a tribute to the impertinent spirit of the Lampoon (which clowned its co-founder even posthumously), but Wain and screenwriters John Aboud and Michael Colton offer an affectionate portrait of his life and times that harness Forte’s natural skills as both a weirdo and a charmer.

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Meanwhile, even if the casting choices in portraying some of iconic talents in Kenney’s orbit are occasionally questionable — a detail the film gleefully acknowledges — there’s something delightful about watching actors known for comedy now try to capture the sound or energy of the performers who inspired them. McHale looks nothing like Chevy Chase, for example, but he eerily captures Chase’s deadpan delivery (no doubt a talent gleaned during their time working together on “Community”) while also infusing the performance with a slight soulfulness that probably wasn’t necessary but rounds it up from just being skillful mimicry.

Emmy Rossum, playing Kenney’s longtime companion Kathryn Walker, brings a ray of sunshine to the second half of the film without much evoking the real star of “Slap Shot” and “Neighbors” (if you remember her at all). Collectively, they establish the intoxicating, anarchic atmosphere in which Kenney first thrived, then became overwhelmed, as his own profile began to clash with not just the concentric circles of commercial and critical acclaimed garnered by his colleagues but also, as we learn, the desperate yearning for a certain kind of approval he never seemed to get from his parents.

Thankfully, most of the film’s dramatic pivots are either underplayed or sewn into the fabric of the story via recreations of famous Lampoon bits, such as when the deterioration of Kenney’s marriage is depicted via a photo comic like those that frequently appeared in the magazine. (Martin Mull also appears in the film as an older version of Kenney, who narrates the film and frequently dismantles its necessary diversions into the more conventional conflicts he has with his parents, friends and lovers.)

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But even if Kenney’s premature death at age 33 was a considerable loss for the world of film comedy (in addition to the magazine, he gave audiences both “Animal House” and “Caddyshack”), Wain and his collaborators are more eager to celebrate his influence than to belabor the tragedy of his absence. Indeed, it’s the only film I can ever remember culminating with a food fight at a funeral that’s equally funny and sad.

Whether or not it’s perhaps slightly superfluous after “Drunk Stoned,” “A Futile And Stupid Gesture” is, ultimately, anything but pointless, exploring an important moment in pop culture through the life of a man who captured its essence as well as the people who made him an institution while using his work to tear down so many others.

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Source : | 25-Jan-2018 07:30

TPG Growth and CAA?s investment firm Evolution Media buy into Africa?s music business
 Private equity and media giants from the U.S. are starting to pay attention to Africa’s burgeoning online media and culture scene. TPG Growth and Evolution Media have acquired a majority stake in the South African multimedia entertainment company, TRACE. Read More
Source : | 19-Jan-2018 18:13

Spotify's revamped podcasts will include more photos and video
Spotify announced today that it's launching a new multimedia format called Spotlight that will pair visual elements like photos and videos with podcasts, audiobooks and other audio content. It's the first big feature from Courtney Holt, Spotify's hea...
Source : | 18-Jan-2018 18:44

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