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by Henry Guyer

15 Jun 2010

One of the finest actors of our time, Sir Ben Kingsley, shows all the young Hollywood starlets exactly how you nail an audition…in less than 30 seconds. Heidi Montag and Chris Klein: just give up. Massive blockbusters aren’t usually synonymous with Sir Ben, but after flexing his theatrical muscles on Lopez Tonight recently, the whole world knows just who should be Megan Fox’s replacement on Transformers 3.

by Dean Blumberg

11 Jun 2010

Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman

Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman

I always just assumed an invisibility cloak was something relegated to Marvel Comic’s The Hood, the Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman or some Tony Stark Iron Man development. Apparently the technology of comic books is not so far from scientific developments in today’s real world.

Anil Ananthaswamy posted a piece on the New Scientist website this week about advancements in what innovators term “optical camouflage technology”. Researchers at Duke, UC Berkeley and University of St. Andrews are hard at work are using “metamaterials”, or materials with strong electromagnetic properties with a negative refraction index. From what I’ve read in the linked reports on the New Scientist piece, light does not reflect or refract but instead bends around these materials rendering them “invisible” to our visible spectrum. Wait a second, this sound like something from TV’s Lost!

However, we are still far from Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four. Today’s cloaking technology works primarily on 2D objects. As Ananthaswamy explains, “[the] first cloak could only hide two-dimensional objects viewed from specific directions – and only if they were ‘viewed using one particular microwave frequency. Producing a cloak to hide objects from visible light, which has a wavelength several orders of magnitude smaller than microwaves – let alone cloaking objects when viewed from any direction – seemed a more remote possibility”.

As New Scientist reports, 3D cloaking is currently the project that scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany are working on. If comic books are any indication of scientific advancements of the future, I expect Pym Particles that allow humans to radically alter their size to be developed by 2020.

by Jonathan Simrin

10 Jun 2010

Director Reiner certainly has nothing to prove at this point. After all, this is the man who gave us films like This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me,

, and A Few Good Men. Still, some of his recent efforts have been mediocre at best, as if Reiner’s aiming to perfect the in-flight film genre. That’s why this trailer for his newest film, Flipped, is so refreshing. Sure, it’s heavy on the nostalgia and will inevitably draw comparisons to The Wonder Years and My Girl. That aside, it’s great to see Reiner back in his game as he shares the story of Bryce (played by Callan McAuliffe) and Juli (played by Madeline Carroll). If anything, it’s just nice to see a family film that’s not a sequel from a franchise which should have died years ago (The G-Force sequel is coming, people).

by Jonathan Simrin

9 Jun 2010

Based on the novel by Nick McDonnell, Twelve introduces us to White Mike (played by Chase Crawford, perhaps conveniently busted for pot possession recently), a young drug dealer living the good life among Manhattan’s youngest and richest. Yes, White Mike seems to have it pretty set, with a business relationship with a Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson no less, but this all spirals out of control in the sexiest way possible. Customers start asking for the new “it” drug called Twelve; White Mike’s cousin shows up dead. In short, it basically looks like Schumacher’s sex and drug-filled tribute to Gossip Girl. Twelve also stars Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Rory Culkin, and Zoë Kravitz.

by Oliver Ho

8 Jun 2010

In a mind-bending moment of television, Ann-Margret and the Bay City Rollers play a classic song in front of “possibly one of the greatest audiences in the history of show business”. The pairing of Ann-Margret with the tartan rockers is campy enough—especially fun is the sense that she’s thinking the same thing many viewers are: “What the hell is going on here?” But that’s nothing compared to the crowd shots. I wonder what that one lady was knitting? [Via MetaFilter]

//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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