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Posted by Kevin Jagernauth

Two years after shaking up the chin-stroking world of cinephiles, when the results of their once-every-decade Greatest Film Of All Time list knocked Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" off the top spot, with Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" taking its place, Sight & Sound is back with another list, that probably won't be as Earth shattering. They are turning their ranking system to documentaries and it's safe to say no one is going to riot in the streets over these results.

With votes from 340 critics, programmers and filmmakers, the magazine has dropped the top 50 docs of all time, and the top ten certainly plays it pretty safe. These are all well-regarded, historic, acclaimed and important works that you probably saw in film school and/or have already been told are well-regarded, historic, acclaimed and important. That said, Dziga Vertov's silent "Man With A Movie Camera" is still pretty dazzling today (we've include the whole movie for you to watch below)...
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Posted by Matt D. Wilson

It's never a safe bet to think the United States Supreme Court will take on any particular case -- it only accepts a handful each year -- but the credibility of Jack Kirby's family's case against Marvel Comics got another big boost recently.

Attorney Tom Goldstein, the founder of SCOTUSblog, one of the most widely-read online sources for Supreme Court commentary, has opted to co-represent the Kirby family as it fights for copyrights for characters Kirby co-created between 1958 and 1963, which include the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and a slew of others. Goldstein's name puts considerable muscle behind the Kirby family's claim, which Marvel has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss because it doesn't "merit review."

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Guardians of the Galaxy concept art

Artist Stephan Martiniere (responsible for this prior awesomeness) worked on the top-secret-until-now Guardians of the Galaxy movie and he’s got a ton of concept art to share! Check out how the movie’s rough and tumble cosmic tone came together for the tech and the environments we see in the film. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers for the movie.

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Your Fun Fandom Tour of London!

Aug. 1st, 2014 03:00 pm
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Say you’re headed to London (as quite a few of you might be for this year’s World Con!) and you want to get in some fun fandom sight-seeing. You’ve gone to the museums and the art galleries already, or you’re hoping to dilute those places with a little more wandering and time spent on the Tube.

The great thing about London is that many of its famous sights are directly related to SFF’s most beloved fandoms. Remember how the opening of the 2012 Olympics was full of Poppins and Bond and Potter? There’s a reason for that. So here are some places you might want to stop off—and a lot of them are probably more obvious than you realize.

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"Sesame Street" performers and creative staff came to Comic-Con for their first-ever panel to discuss Super Grover's secret identity and pop-culture parodies.
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Grossing $11.2 million in late night preview screenings, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" has the record for biggest pre-opening total of 2014.
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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Still not following all of the astronauts—seriously, just every single one of them—on Twitter, despite how many times we suggest it? Here’s another great reason you should be: space jokes. This one comes from Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is currently aboard the ISS. It’s so great that I’m only a little disappointed it didn’t come with a picture, because he’s been tweeting a lot of amazing ones.

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Posted by Rebecca Pahle

…Because Guardians of the Galaxy is actually a pretty dang good movie, just like pretty much everyone’s saying it is? Yeah, OK. But you should still watch this LEGO version of the Guardians trailer, if only for mental The LEGO Movie crossover reasons. Chris Pratt is ALL the minifig heroes!

(via io9)

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Posted by Liz Suess

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As improbable as it sounds, George R.R. Martin is just about ready to publish his very first children’s book. Not only that, but the book itself takes place in the same universe as A Song of Ice and Fire. Don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers for those of you that haven’t read the books yet!

The first edition of the book, titled The Ice Dragon, is coming out on October 21, which will feature the gorgeous cover art of Luis Royo. Just look at the detail! According to Tor, all of the art will be done by Royo, but George R.R. Martin’s website seems to counter that by saying Yvonne Gilbert is penciling the interior art. Either way, it looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see what the full book looks like! This is definitely something I would read my children based on the art alone.

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But you’re probably wondering if it really is child-appropriate if it takes place in Westeros. Don’t worry, it appears as though the story itself is posed as a bedtime story that Jon Snow recalls his Old Nan telling to all of the Stark children. It’s got all of the elements of a great children’s story –  courage, love, sacrifice, and of course, dragons.

Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came. The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the interior art from the book. Just as amazing as the front cover!

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For more drawings of what the inside of the book will look like, check out the Tor article.

(via Tor)

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Posted by Eric Limer

FLIR ONE Camera Review: Yep, iPhone Predator-Vision Is Awesome

Do you want to have Predator heat vision? Heck yeah you do. And now you can! On your phone. And if you can forget about the price, it's one of the most fun things you can do with an iPhone case.

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Posted by Byron Smith

Thelma Schoonmaker film editing

Ever since Martin Scorsese’s feature debut Whose That Knocking At My Door in 1967, one of the defining relationships that has shaped his cinematic footprint is the one he shares with editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Thelma and Martin met at NYU and ever since have collaborated on film efforts as a team. Some believe Martin would not be the great director he is today without Thelma.

There is perhaps no other editor today who is so synonymous with a director, and none that has earned such acclaim in their own right under the influence of a great maestro. She has been awarded every American award for editing that can be given, and received her most recent nomination for Hugo, making it her seventh over four decades. And like Scorsese, she has dabbled in tackling documentary as well as feature, though today we will focus purely on her collaborations with Martin. We will disect what it is that an editor of Thelma’s calibre accomplishes with her technique. What techniques you ask? Read on dear reader.

 

15. You are present from day one of shooting

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Thelma appears on set from day one until the final day. She sits with the continuity lady, or script supervisor and watches each and every take. This is so that when the footage is delivered to her studio that night, she knows which takes to place in the assembly edit without having to watch the two hours of footage from the three scenes shot that day.

An example of a scene that would have been impossible to edit without knowing what was going on is the house invasion scene in King of Comedy. Jerry Lewis revealed post-shooting that Robert De Niro had aggravated him with anti-Semitic language that lead to some of his most powerful reactions, which Schoonmaker used, removing the audio track. A great editor knows what was happening on set during the day, which takes to use and most importantly, which takes to avoid.

 

14. Use your objects in the shot

One common technique used in The Departed, Raging Bull, Casino and most noticeably in The Aviator, is Schoonmaker’s trick of cutting with flash-bulbs and using the blinding light as a mask for the audience to transition to a new shot. Another one used in The Departed are muzzle flashes, and even audio cues can be used such as a car-door slamming which then becomes a front door opening. This keeps a pace and builds a rhythm, which an audience can be swept up in.

 

13. Stop and look around

The freeze frame is Scorsese’s favourite technique for having character’s come to realisations internally through narration, or for an image that captures an object or character. One recent example is an idle conversation in The Wolf of Wall Street, where Jordan Belfort’s wife asks: “Why don’t rich people invest in these businesses?” and the cutaway to Belfort is a freeze frame, where the narration simply states: “Because they’re too smart.”

He does the same in Goodfellas when Henry Hill realises Jimmy is going to kill a made man. He also has Thelma stop on objects, such as stopwatches in The Aviator, or the shotgun going off in the container shootout of The Departed.

 

12. A conversation is not a tennis match

In most directors shooting a conversation scene they do the typical three-angle set-up with a two-shot and two ½ shots or close ups. Scorsese does this as well. The way Thelma edits these scenes however often focuses more on the reactions of the person opposite the one who is talking, which draws our imagination and our want for visual-audio stimuli deeper into the film.

One great example is Taxi Driver, when during the early cafeteria scene and the prior one where Travis is getting his license, the camera stays on him and not on the supporting actors, as the focus is still on his perception of the way he interacts with people, rather than what they have to offer him in way of emotion. Below is a scene from Raging Bull, and for almost every double line, she cuts away to get the end of the reaction to what the other actor (in this case either De Niro or Pesci) has just said, at one point, we as an audience don’t see La Motta’s reaction until Pesci’s character Joey has noticed.

 

11. Insert picture here

In the first scene where Jordan Belfort sells a stock, Inintech, we have only been told verbally that the stocks he will be selling are garbage. The director is therefore faced with a logistical problem since the actor has to convince the person on the other end of the phone that the stocks are worthy of serious investment, and therefore, when Belfort is on the phone: “Inintech software, a brand new company operating out of…” He looks at the photo, and we have a cutaway to a still image of a broken down shack, Inintech painted on the wall.

“Oakland, Maryland…” and he goes on with the pitch. Film is a visual media and Scorsese and Schoonmaker have the utmost respect for this and use images like this all through their movies to reinforce points only briefly touched on in the script. (See also: Raging Bull: “Baracarola” montage and Goodfellas “Honeymoon.”)

 

10. Speed things up when it helps the story

The speed of Scorsese is as noteworthy as his slow-motion, for Schoonmaker uses both in incredible ways. In Casino, when Joe Pesci’s Nicky stabs the bar-goer in the throat, both in the actual speed of the frame, and the cuts, Thelma exaggerates the motion in time. She cuts to the blood soaked pen, and makes the movements of the arm back and forth like a cobra striking again and again. This also comes into point at number eight later.

 

9. Slow things down when it helps the story

By far Scorsese’s greatest example of speed and slow motion is Raging Bull. Thelma manually removed the frames by hand, making certain punches rapid and fierce, and for the slow motion in the fights, as well as certain scenes at home, she was able to alterate between 48, 72, 96 and 120 times slower than 24 frames per second. The slow motion is used in moments of endearment to Nicki or in moments of distrust towards the actions of her admirers.

The use of slow motion has also been used in the same fashion as the ‘freeze-frame’ technique, to allow time for narration to be delivered. No doubt the most recently notorious example is the ‘Quaaludes’ explanation giving by Leonardo Dicaprio as the glass plummets and Jonah Hill fights to explain himself, with the Monteverdi Choir playing in the background of Dicaprio’s narration.

Doctor Who month comes to Hulu

Aug. 1st, 2014 03:10 pm
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Posted by Alan Buckingham

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Long-running TV show Doctor Who, which is produced by the BBC, will be coming back for yet another season on August 23rd. However, fans who can't wait can catch up through Hulu, which has debuted what it terms "Doctor Who Month".

The streaming service is hosting two exclusive specials, as well as a pair of classic episodes that had previously been lost for 30 years. Those episodes were recently recovered and can now be viewed via Hulu.

"Starting today, users can head to Hulu to watch 'Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide'. This two hour scripted special makes its U.S. debut exclusively on Hulu and features Matt Smith as the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman as his companion, Clara Oswald", the company states.

There is also a one hour special titled "The Science of Doctor Who". Hulu also promises more specials will be debuting during the lead-up to the BBC America premiere coming later this month.

"Here at Hulu, we are huge fans of the series and we are thrilled to be a streaming home of so much great content from BBC AMERICA’s hit -- the longest running sci-fi series in history", Hulu concludes. Enjoy the extras and old lost episodes and get ready for the new season.

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Posted by Kevin Melrose

Mondo’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ prints go on sale today

At some point today — you have to follow along on Twitter to find out when — Mondo will announce the availability of five Guardians of the Galaxy limited-edition screen prints by Francesco Francavilla, Tyler Stout, Kevin Tong, Phantom City Creative and Vance Kelly. If you’re even vaguely familiar with Mondo sales, you know the […]

BitTorrent 7.9.2 Build 32692

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:23 pm
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The BitTorrent client enables a user to search for files in the .Torrent (pronounced "dot torrent") format and download them. The current client enables a host of features including multiple parallel downloads. The client also intermediates peering between itself, source file servers ("trackers")


Firefox 32.0 (Beta 3) for Linux

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:22 pm
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Mozilla Firefox is a free, open source, cross-platform, graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation and hundreds of volunteers. The browser began as a fork of the Navigator component of the Mozilla Application Suite; Firefox has since become the foundation's main development focus


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Firefox 32.0 (Beta 3) for Mac

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:13 pm
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Firefox 32.0 (Beta 3)

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:11 pm
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Dropbox 2.10.27 (x64) for Linux

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:04 pm
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Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that uses networked storage to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. It was founded in 2007 by MIT graduates Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a Y Combina


Dropbox 2.10.27 for Linux

Aug. 1st, 2014 04:01 pm
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Dropbox 2.10.27 for Mac

Aug. 1st, 2014 03:59 pm
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Posted by Michael Gingold

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After the behind-the-scenes debacle of the first CABIN FEVER sequel, one could have hoped that the next installment would be a return to the original’s form—but after a promising start, it literally descends into the mundane. CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO (available on iTunes and opening in select theaters today from RLJ/Image Entertainment) begins with a […]
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Posted by Chris Alexander

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FANGORIA co-presented a unique event in Toronto last week: the oddly named COME TO DADDY SHORT FILM SOIREE (no doubt a nod to a HELLRAISER quote), curated by frequent FANGORIA contributor John Nicol and taking place at swanky bar 3030 Dundas West. The venue (which has housed the Toronto FANGORIA Halloween party for two years) […]
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In 2007, Vanity Fair published an article by Christopher Hitchens entitled “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” Today this column would be diluted by the immediate concurrent publication of “16 Pictures Proving Women Aren’t Funny” and “Women Aren’t Funny But You Won’t Believe What’s Not Funny Next.” But 2007 was pre-click-bait era. Incendiary magazine articles could still brew up a Stormnado (when Storm makes a tornado), and this one did. Hitchens’ points were debated on every news medium—TV, newspaper, magazines—alongside statements made by professional female comics on the topic. That’s right: Women who were funny for a living were asked to take time out of their workdays to confirm whether they thought women could be funny for a living. I don’t specifically remember a farcical Ghostbusters logo drawn around a picture of Lucille Ball stuffing chocolate in her mouth, but that was the ...

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Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paperboy, evening TV? They are all symptoms of a rigid social order intent on maintaining power in the hands of the few to exploit the inherent submissiveness of the many. That’s apparent after checking out Michelle Foucault, a Tumblr that combines quotes from the works of philosopher Michel Foucault with adorable photos of Michelle Tanner from Full House.

The work of multi-hyphenate artist Buzz Slutsky, Michelle Foucault expertly juxtaposes the 20th-century theorist’s insights into the imposed will of the hegemony with that grim specter of the societal norm, the Olsen Twins. The effect is a jarring, if hilarious, combination of the cute with the dire warnings of a society that embraces its own subjugation. Given their proclivity for branding and penchant for market domination, hopefully the Olsen Twins will soon turn these images into Successories-esque posters to line the walls of ...

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Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Hawkeye #19. Written by Matt Fraction (Casanova, Sex Criminals) with art by David Aja (The Immortal Iron Fist, Daredevil) and colorist Matt Hollingsworth (The Wake, Wolverine), this issue uses Clint’s deafness to show how diversity can impact storytelling, using his disability to visually experiment and delve deeper into his character. This review reveals major plot points.

Hawkeye has lost a lot of momentum. That’s what happens when there’s a four-month gap between issues at the tail end of a run that has been plagued with delays. Those delays were easier to swallow when the book was running on the steam of those exciting, unpredictable early issues, but splitting focus between two slowly moving storylines while taking months between issues severely diminished the book’s forward motion over the last year ...

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