View Comments Tony Winner Mel Brooks Reflects on Gene WilderThe Producers mastermind Mel Brooks appeared on The Tonight Show on August 30, and of course, he discussed his Young Frankenstein partner and Producers film star Gene Wilder. “He was sick, and I knew it. And he was such a dear friend,” Brooks told Jimmy Fallon. “I expected it. But I’m still reeling from that no more Gene…He was such a wonderful part of my life.” Want to hear the story of how these two comedy kings met? Check out the interview below! Michael Shannon & Taylor Kitsch to Star in WacoLast seen on Broadway in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 2016 Tony nominee Michael Shannon is heading to the small screen alongside The Normal Heart star Taylor Kitsch. The television series focusing on the 1993 siege in Waco, Texas is currently being developed by the Weinstein Company, according to Deadline. Shannon will portray the role of FBI heavy-hitter Gary Noesner to Kitsch’s David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians, a religious group that was holed up in a compound for several months. (Glad to see Shannon is taking on additional “happy-go-lucky” projects.)Daphne Rubin-Vega, Ayad Akhtar & More to Judge ObiesAward season already?! Nah, we just happen to know who will be judging the 62nd annual Obie Awards. The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that longtime Obie Judges Chair Michael Feingold will be joined by Obie-winning actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, Obie and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, Entertainment Weekly theater critic Melissa Rose Bernardo, Obie-winning actress J. Smith Cameron, Obie-winning actor-singer Darius de Haas and Village Voice theater critic Miriam Felton-Dansky to form the 2016-2017 judges panel. (Question: can Daphne wear her leopard print coat from Rent? Nothing says “official” like a leopard print coat.)Javier Muñoz Speaks at NYU Welcome WeekSchool is back in session, and some very lucky New York University students were able to get some tips from Alexander Hamilton himself. Hamilton frontman (and NYU alum) Javier Muñoz took the podium for the university’s Presidential Welcome. “There’s dollar pizza everywhere,” he said. This Founding Father is definitely speaking college students’ language. Take a look at the fun video below! Cynthia Erivo(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed from today. Cynthia Erivo Defies ExplanationWanna change the world? There’s nothing to it for The Color Purple Tony winner and certified runner Cynthia Erivo. She posted a touching tribute to Gene Wilder, who passed away on August 29 at the age of 83. Her take on “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is beautiful, and it’s here. Watch below!
– Advertisement – WhatsApp has officially announced that it will be introducing a new ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature through an update that rolls out globally this month. The details of the new feature, however, have been out since earlier this week after an FAQ page created by WhatsApp was noticed. The long-anticipated ephemeral messaging feature pioneered by Snapchat was first spotted last month through a WhatsApp beta version. It will allow users to enable an option on individual and group chats that deletes new messages after seven days.‘Disappearing Messages’ has started rolling out from today, and will be available across Android, iOS, and Linux-based KaiOS devices, along with WhatsApp Web and Desktop platforms, by the end of this month. WhatsApp had earlier this week detailed how to enable/ disable the new ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature on different devices and published FAQs on its usage on a support page.- Advertisement – Users receiving the messages can also still copy the text and take screenshots of the messages within seven days. Disappearing messages will also land in user backups but will be deleted after the user restores messages from it. Given that there are many ways to retain chats shared through disappearing messages, it seems more like an option to clear up conversations than a feature to share information that deletes automatically.Apart from Snapchat, Telegram, and now WhatsApp, other messaging apps to have similar functionality include Signal and also Facebook Messenger that now has a vanish mode.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – The ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature on WhatsApp is also different from how it works on Telegram. While Telegram lets users decide the duration before the messages disappear in a chat, messages sent to a chat on WhatsApp will disappear after seven days. Snapchat, on the other hand, deletes Snaps after they’ve been opened, deletes unopened Snaps sent to a group chat in 24 hours, and all other unopened Snaps in 30 days.WhatsApp says that it’s starting with seven days because it seems like an appropriate window for its users to finish a particular conversation while giving them the peace of mind that the conversations aren’t permanent. “We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t,” the company said in a statement.The ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature has to be enabled separately for each chat window — individual or group conversations — and can be accessed by clicking the name of the individual contact or the group on WhatsApp. When enabled, the new messages sent by a user will disappear for the selected contacts after seven days. However, the preview of disappearing messages might display in notifications until WhatsApp is opened on the receiving devices. Disappearing messages that are forwarded to a new chat window, which has the option turned off, won’t be removed either. And when a user replies to a disappearing message, the quoted text might also remain in the chat after seven days.- Advertisement –
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Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially released the cash entitlements of all teams that participated at the 5th African Nations Championship in Morocco, with second-placed Nigeria to earn the sum of $400,000 and not $750,000 as widely touted.The figure is the same amount paid out to the runner-up of the last edition of the competition in Rwanda. It was initially expected that CAF was going to upgrade the prize money of CHAN 2018 to reflect the new sponsor just the way the winner of AFCON 2017, Cameroon was paid upgraded to $4million instead of the previous $1.5million.NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who is also a member of both the CAF Executive Committee and the CAF Emergency Committee, made the clarifications wednesday barelyÂ 24 hours after the Home-based Eagles arrived the country from Morocco with the runner-up trophy.â€œOfficial figures have now shown that hosts and champions Morocco will pocket the sum of $750,000, with silver medallists Nigeria to earn $400,000 and semi finalists Sudan (eventual bronze medallists) and Libya to pocket the sum of $250,000 each.â€œThe four teams that crashed out at the quarter final stage, viz Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Congo will each be $175,000 richer, while the third placed teams in each of the four preliminary groups will get $125,000 each.â€œThe fourth-placed teams in each of the four groups will smile to the bank with $100,000.â€œCAF has spread the monies in such a way that each of the 16 participating teams at the finals would benefit. No team has received its share yet, but once the finance and audit people conclude their work in a number of weeks, the teams would be paid,â€ Pinnick told the NFF website.Super Eaglesâ€™ players and officials, who have been promised 30 per cent of the bonus by the NFF will be smiling to the bank in a few weeksâ€™ time when they get the cash from CAF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisUPDATED: 3:04pm Katy Conklin did not jab at Ken Radzibon or Erik Stone’s suspensions throughout the night. Radzibon addressed the issue during a question from the audience. The sentence has been retracted. WBKB regrets the error.Rogers City — Just over 80 people packed into the Rogers City Theater on Tuesday night to learn more about their local elections ahead of the August primary.The League of Women Voters hosted their second of three candidate forums in Northeast Michigan. In the race for the the Register of Deeds in Presque Isle County, Vicky L. Kowalewsky had the stage to herself as Darrin C. Darga could not attend. Democratic candidates for state representative of the 106th district, John Norton and Lora Greene were on hand to field questions on various issues.The pinnacle of the evening focused on the race for Probate Judge in Presque Isle County. Erik Stone, Katy Conklin, and Ken Radzibon are the candidates. Stone was unable to attend the forum due to a mandatory meeting involving work. He did leave a statement to be read. Both Conklin and Radzibon were asked several questions involving specific programs affecting a probate judge, experience, time management, organizations they belong to, and even the legalization of Marijuana, one of the top ballot issues in November.“I think that marijuana is a drug or substance that as long as somebody is not driving and out on the road, a small amount for personal use is okay,” said Candidate Katy Conklin.“The problem with that folks is that unlike alcohol where you can take a breathalyzer test and it can be determined the level of alcohol is such that it would be a danger to drive,” said Radzibon. “There is no good test right now to determine the level of marijuana and how that might impact your driving.”During a question in the forum, Ken Radzibon addressed the issue of being suspended while serving as probate judge. Radzibon was suspended for 90 days in 1998 for a violation of Michigan Rules and Professional Conduct. Erik Stone was also suspended in that same year for 180 days. Radzibon talked about his years of experience, in regards to his years of practice and formally serving as probate judge of Presque Isle County for 24 years. Conklin went into detail about experience as well as her community outreach as Executive Director of Hope Shores Alliance.The race will certainly be tight going into the primary. All three candidates are qualified and ready to make it on the ballot in November.To find out more information about your local primary election, please visit the Secretary of State Website to see what will be on your ballot in August. (https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313–,00.html)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for July 16Next Ford recalls 550K vehicles
Daniel Savage’s latest short film showcases fluid animation with professional illustration.Helium HarveyInstead of going to animation school, animator and part-time educator Daniel Savage decided to make an animated short called Helium Harvey. Helium Harvey is a “Disney-like” short that features a little boy who inhaled too much helium. The project is super high end and Savage was so kind as to give us a behind the scenes look at how he made the film. So if you haven’t seen Helium Harvey, here is the short film:Savage was able to raise funding for the film by doing freelance work. He personally recommends that anyone looking to make a film as extensive as Helium Harvey take it one month at a time and spread out the work, to avoid being overwhelmed. Behind the ScenesDaniel used his expert skill in illustration and knowledge of the Creative Cloud to create the film. The following behind the scenes video gives us a glimpse into Daniel Savage’s process. Recording the MusicOne of the reason’s Helium Harvey is so successful is because it has a custom orchestral score underneath. In this video posted by Savage we take a look at the recording session. Notice how many people went into creating the well-rounded soundtrack.Helium Harvey was first posted on Daniel Savage’s blog. Thanks for sharing Daniel! If you are interested in learning some of the techniques that Daniel Savage used, you can take his intro to character animation course on SkillShare.Have any other inspiring shorts? Share in the comments below.
All of the great directors have a signature style that is at once recognizable and wholly representative of their work. Perhaps one of the most iconic cinematic styles belongs to the enigmatic director Terrence Malick as seen throughout his four-decade career.Top image via WikimediaIn a conversation about Tree of Life, Christopher Nolan calls Terrence Malick’s work “instantly recognizable.”His films are all very connected with each other and very recognizably his work. But it’s very tough to put your finger on why that is or what you’re seeing in that the technique is not immediately obvious.While the Malick-style is built on a rich tapestry of motifs and pathos, the cinematic tropes are distinctive and actually quite achievable on projects big and small. Here are some of the key ingredients to capture that “Terrence Malick look.”1. Shoot During Magic HourMost notable in the picturesque big Hollywood production Days of Heaven, Malick’s insentience to shoot as many scenes as possible in fleeting dusk light might be his most notable hallmark. The shadowless glow of twilight is perfect for capturing that Malick lighting style (as well as evenly lighting your scenes).2. Wide-Angle HandheldAfter Days of Heaven, Malick disappeared from cinema for 20 years. Once he returned, he completely abandoned many of the traditional Hollywood styles in which he was forced to work early in his career. The set two-shots and conversational cut-betweens seen in most narrative formats were eliminated in favor of a wandering wide-angle camera that constantly circles around subjects as they wander through the film.3. Close-Ups of HandsIf there is a Terrence Malick “shot” that has been most pastiched and reused, it would have to be the close-up of a hand being held out and lightly touching flowing blades of grass or wheat. You can see the same shot in pretty much every one of Malick’s films, as well as appropriated in shots from The Assassination of Jesse James and Marie Antoinette.4. Cutaway Inserts of NatureThis is a style that stems back to his first feature, Badlands. Whether it’s simply light through tree branches, snakes sliding across grass or buffalo gawking at Richard Gere, Malick seemingly has never passed up any opportunity to break from filming movie stars to shoot scenic inserts of nature in its beauty.5. Whispering Existential NothingsAll the Malick footage in the world would be for naught if it didn’t include characters from the filming whispering existential non-sequiturs to no one in particular. Bonus points if the actor or actress whispering is being subjectively circled while lightly touching a tree branch in a friscilating dusk.If you’d like to see some of Malick’s influences firsthand, here’s a great supercut put together by Jacob T. Swinney of Malick-style shots in non-Malick directed films. What are your thoughts on the Malick look? Have any other style examples to share? Let us know in the comments!