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Celebrate 45 Years of Designing the Future,
and see “Star Trek: The Motion Picture-The Director’s Edition”
on the Big Screen Sept. 27th In L.A.

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September 1st, 2009




THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD FILM SOCIETY AND AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
WILL HOST ?STAR TREK: 45 YEARS OF DESIGNING THE FUTURE? SEPTEMBER 27 AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

LOS ANGELES, September 1 — The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque (AC) will honor the talented designers who helped to create the futuristic world of Star Trek with Star Trek: 45 Years of Designing the Future, featuring four Production Designers whose work helped bring the science fiction classic to life. John Jefferies, Joseph R. Jennings, Herman Zimmerman and Scott Chambliss will participate in a panel discussion to be moderated by Production Illustrator Daren R. Dochterman, featuring video clips from their work on Star Trek, as well as a screening of the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Documentary video clips of the late Harold Michelson, Production Designer of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, will also be shown. The event will take place on Sunday, September 27, at 5:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood).

Writer Gene Roddenberry first conceived Star Trek in 1964. One of the first members of his team was Production Designer Walter M. “Matt” Jefferies, to whom Roddenberry entrusted the crucial job of designing the iconic Starship Enterprise and the ship’s main control room, known as the “bridge.” Since then, Jefferies and his colleagues (including panelist John Jefferies) have played an integral role in the success of Star Trek’s futuristic adventures. Not only have they brought the show’s amazing starships to life, but the Production Designers have also been responsible for creating all of the imaginative alien worlds seen on screen. This event celebrates the vital role of the Production Designer with these four distinguished panelists, each representing a different version of the Star Trek saga.

The event will begin with a series of video clips from the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Original Series, which Production Designer Walter M. Jefferies worked on from 1966-1969. Scenes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, designed by panelist Joseph R. Jennings, will be shown next. Jennings also worked as an Art Director on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® in 1980. He has also been nominated for two Emmys®, for his work on the mini-series Roots (1977) and the television movie Shogun (1989).

Following will be clips from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise, all designed by panelist Herman Zimmerman. Zimmerman was nominated for an Emmy® three years in a row (1997-1999) for his work on Deep Space Nine and also won an Art Directors Guild award for his work on this series. Zimmerman’s work includes six Star Trek feature films, spanning from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) through Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
A trailer from the current 2009 release of Star Trek will also be shown. Panelist Scott Chambliss was the Production Designer on this film. Chambliss is known for his work as Production Designer on the television series Alias (2001-2006), for which he won an Emmy® in 2002 and an Art Directors Guild award in 2003.

Just prior to the screening of the Director?s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, documentary video clips of the late Harold Michelson, discussing his work as Production Designer on this film, will be shown. This is one of the last projects that legendary Director Robert Wise worked on before his passing in 2005. Moderator Daren R. Dochterman was the Visual Effects Supervisor on the Director?s Edition of this film.

Representing the ADG are President Thomas A. Walsh, and Production Designer John Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque?s Gwen Deglise and Chris D. The series is in part sponsored by trade publication Below The Line. General admission: $10. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $8. 24-hour ticket information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).




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Barack Obama: Our Teleprompter Bobble Head

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February 13th, 2009


Barack Teleprompter Bobble Head

Barack Teleprompter Bobble Head

Let me first start by saying that I really dig our president so far. In fact, of all the candidates, he’s the guy I would have cast as the lead in my huge blockbuster which I haven’t really thought of yet but will probably be something like: Barack Obama + Die Hard = saving all of mankind. I have fond memories pitching (at the urging of my agent) ‘Die Hard on a train,’ ‘Die Hard in a blimp,’ ‘Die Hard in a mall,’ et. al. God those were the days. I digress. What I want to rant about today is the dizzying back and forth bobbling Barack Obama’s head does between the two teleprompter screens. It’s like a ping pong ball between two paddles. Let’s break it down…

I’m not sure whether or not his speeches are kind of running together at this point since I’ve seen all of them thanks to my info/news addiction. As a junky, I do recognize my problem, so when I get sick of listening to speech after speech, same old rhetoric after same old rhetoric, I have have to take my annoyances with grains of salt (preferably on popcorn). But this criticism comes after realizing that not only might I be bugged, the general working American may eventually feel the same way since the media can’t go without televising every damn speech. So for God’s sake, before Obama’s superstardom is questioned, let me try to avert catastrophe…

I recommend to the President’s AV peeps to move his stereoscopic teleprompter mirror screens closer together. This would accomplish two things: 1) it’s less distracting when he’s going from side to side on every sentence, 2) we, as viewers at home, may actually feel like he’s speaking to us too, with an occasional glance straight ahead into the camera.

As a technical guy who understands camera placement, I realize that by moving the teleprompter screens closer together, the camera has to stay on the medium shot and can’t really pull back while he’s delivering the speech. But that’s what the networks’ cameras do any way, so really what would we lose? Answer: friggin’ nothing.



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Bill Gates Actually Sucking Blood Out Of People

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February 5th, 2009





“‘Malaria is spread by mosquitoes!”

Unbelievable! In a non-funny attempt to prove that we Americans (the more fortunate?) can get malaria from mosquitos too, Bill Gates chose to release his little friends on an unsuspecting group of technologists at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference in Monterey, California.

Read the original story here…



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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Takes Medical Leave Til End of June…we hope.

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January 14th, 2009


By JESSICA MINTZ, AP Technology Writer

SEATTLE ? Apple Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Steve Jobs said Wednesday he is taking a medical leave of absence until the end of June ? just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees his recent weight loss was simply caused by a treatable hormone deficiency.

Jobs, 53, said in a letter last week that he would remain at Apple’s helm despite the hormone deficiency, and said he had already begun the “relatively simple and straightforward” treatment for the problem. But in an e-mail to employees Wednesday, Jobs backtracked.

“During the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought,” he wrote.

Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs’ responsibilities while he is on leave.
After-hours trading on Apple shares was halted. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s stock had sank $2.38, or 2.7 percent, to close at $85.33.

Jobs announced in 2004 that he had undergone successful surgery to treat a very rare form of pancreatic cancer ? an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. The cancer is easily cured if diagnosed early. Jobs did not have a deadlier and more common form of pancreatic cancer called adenocarcinoma.

EDITORIAL: One thing money can’t buy is health, and just like our sad losses recently, I hope that Steve truly does recover quickly. We live in a new world where creativity and passion for the future is not as embraced as it used to be. Steve is a great leader who has changed the world time and time again. I want to live in his future with him, and not stagnant like Windows. -David C. Fein



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ELECTION DAY: When a Silly Commercial Becomes Classic…. Wassup!

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November 4th, 2008


Back in the year 2000, Anheuser-Busch came up with this groundbreaking commercial for Budweiser:




Today, inspired marketers came up with its political sequel:




Wow! Look at how our lives have changed in eight short years…

Cheers to the end of these past eight years, and to the coming change… one way or another…

Cheers to a bright future!



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Amazing Deal! Free Today Only: Run Windows Applications on Intel Macs Without Windows!

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October 28th, 2008



All Hail the Lame Duck President!
(or “Guess What Unexpected Thing Happened!?”)

Let’s cut to the chase. Codeweavers made a plea to President Bush to bring down gas prices, never expecting it to actually happen. Well, they bet that if it would happen, they would give away their CrossOver Pro software for free for 24 hours! (Normally $70!)

CrossOver allows you to run windows software without a copy of Windows. While not as versitle and compatible as Boot Camp, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels, it DOES work quite well with many windows titles, and the price is right!

SO… Stop reading, and go here immediately! (Once you get your e-mail be SURE to log on and register your copy before midnight tonight CST!)

For an enjoyable read about this whole deal, click on this link.

As for 2 Live Fool’s hype-free zone… opinion… here you go. CrossOver is way behind in it’s usage and and overall acceptance. This giveaway should enable CodeWeavers to claim usage number at or above the current market leaders VMWare Fusion and Parallels. In general, this is a great opportunity for the company to expand it’s user base, and entice new users to PAY for their ongoing support plans and upgrade fees. This is a generous giveaway for users, and a truly profitable opportunity for CodeWeavers. Bravo!



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Ron Howard Goes Back in Time… To Give You an Important Message…

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October 27th, 2008


Let’s let Opie, Richie, and let’s not forget Winthrop, (and a few unexpected guests) give you the message himself…

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

Cheers!



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Viral Video: Bill O’Reilly Goes Nuts! – Lost “PRODUCER’S SIDE” footage found!

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May 15th, 2008


This is hilarious!

Enjoy!



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Viral Video: Actual Wallâ?¢E Spotted in Los Angeles! (Not CGI after all? LOL)

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May 14th, 2008



Wall-E Spotted in LA! from Blink on Vimeo.



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The Twin Towers Live On… As The ‘USS New York’ Warship

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October 1st, 2007



The recently completed and launched US warshipâ??the USS New Yorkâ??takes the fight against terrorism to sea.

When I first heard about the USS New York, I was both touched and powerfully patriotic.

The ship was forged from 24 tons of scrap steel taken directly from the ruin of the twin towers.

It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”

Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the “hair on my neck stood up.” “It had a big meaning to it for all of us,” he said. “They knocked us down. They can’t keep us down. We’re going to be back.”

It’s also reported that the ship’s motto is “Never Forget”.

While a vehicle of war is not how I want to remember the towers, I do feel that the use of steel in the construction of the warship is very very appropriate.

Peace to us all…



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