Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Reading

Lego Pompeii
by Mary Beard
This is exactly what it sounds: a model of Pompeii made out of 190,000 pieces of Lego, which took almost 500 hours to build. It's the third of the Nicholson Museum's Lego models (they've already done the Colosseum and the Acropolis), but this is the biggest yet and will be on show until the end of 2015.
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TCM Introduces Jennifer Dorian as New GM, Seeks to “Grow”
by Will McKinley
Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported today that Jennifer Dorian has been named general manager of TCM, a development I first reported exclusively more than two months ago. (TV Week credits Cinematically Insane with the scoop here.) In fact, Dorian’s new role took effect at the end of October, in a corporate restructuring following the completion of the Turner 20/20 cost-cutting initiative.
Read More at Cinematically Insane


The Grave Importance of Pushing Daisies
by Deborah Pless
Pushing Daisies is another show from Bryan Fuller’s catalogue of meditations on death. I mean, his work includes this, Hannibal, and Dead Like Me. Just saying. Dude thinks death is fascinating and I can’t really blame him for that. Death is a really interesting subject, and he always does really neat things with it. In this case, the plot revolves around a friendly necromancer who uses his ability to raise the dead to solve murders and collect the reward. Also it’s pretty much the cutest story in the world, and those two facts do not contradict each other.
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Did You Enjoy the Party: Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex
by Inda Lauryn
MTV brought the next British invasion to American music in the early 80s. The British had been producing what we know as music video in its contemporary form for years already, so this new wave of British artists should come as no surprise. A startup network needs product and Britain had a steady supply.
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Black Bonds, Annie and OITNB: How Film and TV Representation limits, liberates, and moulds PoC
by Otamere Guobadia
In the wake of the Sony Leaks and the ‘Annie’ reboot starring Quvenzhan√© Wallis, the Black Bond debate, questions of representation have received renewed interest. A Sony executive expressed the desire that the phenomenal Idris Elba, the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated black actor known for his nuanced and brilliant performances be Daniel Craig’s successor. Much of the dissent, however, has come from people who fervently believe that Bond’s whiteness is somehow central to his character’s identity, and thus to recast him as black would be a gross act of cultural erasure.
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Aamer Rahman - Memories from Cronulla



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