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Why Do We Admire Mobsters?

By: NewYorker.com In 1947, when Elaine Slott was sixteen, she travelled with her mother and sister to visit her aunt and uncle in Florida. The day after they arrived, however, Elaine and her aunt boarded another plane by themselves. Elaine soon found herself speeding to Cuba, where the family had business interests. Elaine remembers that […]

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Iceland Names Street After Darth Vader

By: IceNews.is Reykjavik is to call one of its streets after Star Wars’ Darth Vader after a poll that enabled residents to vote for their preferred name. The films Sith Lord may have been responsible for blowing up planets and creating the Death Star, but residents of the Icelandic capital still feel he is worthy […]

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Aston Martin Unveils James Bond’s Aston Martin

By: Telegraph.co.uk Aston Martin wasn’t at the Frankfurt motor show, although rather sneakily its chief executive Andy Palmer was conducting interviews in the show grounds. So away from the glitz of the Frankfurt motor show the company joined the general hysteria about the new Bond film Spectre by unveiling 007’s own DB10 car, which will […]

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Deep-State Actors in Diamonds Are Forever

By: EspionageHistoryArchive.com [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcgPgIhBQD4&w=618&h=315] We’ve analyzed 007 in the past, as well as Howard Hughes in light of Scorcese’s The Aviator, but could there be a connection between the two? What if Ian Fleming was encoding an explosive, real-world conspiracy involving Howard Hughes, JFK, Aristotle Onassis and a legendary kidnapping? Not only is there evidence […]

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Harmonica Master Jim Zeller’s Life Has Been a Circus

By: MontrealGazette.com If you’re Jim Zeller — I know it’s a big “if” — who do you dress up as on Halloween? Well, various Johnny Depp characters, obviously. Zeller is sitting at Café Matina in the heart of Mile End talking about what a long, strange trip it’s been, from playing with a Detroit blues […]

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Secrecy on Star Wars Set Like the Kremlin says C-3PO Actor Anthony Daniels

By: DigitalTrends.com The Guardian recently interviewed original Star Wars alum Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO in episodes I-VI of the franchise and is reprising for Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens. The conversation was wide-ranging and Daniels touched on several interesting topics, making sure to add plenty of his characteristic snark for seasoning. […]

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Venice Film Puts Spotlight on Boston’s Pedophile Priests

By: Lycos.com [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56jw6tasomc&w=560&h=315] “Spotlight” starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo as reporters working on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of pedophile Roman Catholic priests deals with just a fraction sexual predation in the Church, its director says. Reports of sexual misconduct by the late British entertainer Jimmy Savile and other high profile cases […]

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The Science Behind Hollywood Makeup Artistry

By: RedOrbit.com Face Off is a competition/elimination series on the Syfy network, in which special effects make-up artists participate in challenges for the honor of being Hollywood’s next great effects artist. Intrigued by the complex science that goes into this, we spoke to one of the judges, Glenn Hetrick, and began by asking what the […]

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Meet Mr. Wizard, Television’s Original Science Guy

By: SmithsonianMag.com It’s an open argument of who was more famous at the time: the ascerbic comedian debuting a brand-new late-night comedy show on NBC or the show business veteran of the 1950s and ’60s who entertained children with science. But when Don “Mr. Wizard” Herbert made an appearance on David Letterman’s premiere episode on […]

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‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Runs for Congress

By: TheDailyBeast.com After the iconic show ended, child star Melissa Gilbert turned to drugs and booze. Now that she’s sober, she’s running for a House seat. She was a child star on NBC’s Little House on the Prairie—and now she wants your vote. On Monday, actress (and Democrat) Melissa Gilbert announced her candidacy for Michigan’s […]

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Japan’s ‘Godzilla’ Director Wants to Surprise

By: TheJakartaPost.com Radiation-breathing Godzilla destroyed so many cities and fought so many monsters, the original Japanese film series outgrew its budget and audience. So the filmmaker working on the revival will go back to the basics while still looking to surprise. Shinji Higuchi, the director and special-effects whiz chosen by Toho Co. for the made-in-Japan […]

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Janis Joplin’s Hotel Room

By: AtlasObscura.com October 4, 1970, Janis Joplin, one of the most iconic female musicians of the 1960s died from an accidental overdose of heroin in room #105 of the Landmark Motor Hotel, at the tragic age of 27. Today that same lodging still stands, although now it is called the Highland Gardens Hotel, but you […]

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