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China Is About To Ruin Movies Forever Corey O'Brien |
08/21/2014 | Filed In: China | Movies | Texting | Bad Ideas | Corey O'Brien | Phones | Reasons to Hate Humanity

China Is About To Ruin Movies Forever

The Chinese give us some pretty great stuff at great prices whether they want to or not, so we should be grateful. They build our iPhones, stitch our clothes and the Peking Duck is about amazing as food gets, but this export could be the one to change my tune. I demand Congress take note and issue some steep tariffs on this one.

Someone who hates the cinema has decided to take a passive, enjoyable activity such as watching a movie and ruin it. 

You're a darkened theater, you know, watching fine cinematic art. It's a great new action-adventure picture featuring Christina Hendricks or Lizzy Caplan (this is my blog, so I get to pick the stars) when in the bottom of your field of view you notice a little glowing screen. Your suspension of disbelief has been shattered and you just missed the topless bank robbery scene. Be damned those with their phone out in a movie theater! As you look back at the screen you read "Moar Bewbs ;)" over the top of the getaway scene. Lame.

According to Engadget, some brainchild in China has been experimenting with "bullet screens." Basically, it lets anyone post color commentary onto the actual movie screen while the film is playing. Because eveyone is funny and witty and should be heard. And the cost of ruining a movie for everyone in the joint: the equivalent of ten cents. Blasphemy!!!!!

If this is allowed to happen we should issue an apology to Pee-Wee Herman because what he did at the movies was less distracting and didn't involve taking out his cell phone. He took something out, but from all accounts I've read, it wasn't glowing. Though had he not been found out and arrested, he might have been glowing on his way out the door. Anyway...

People who take their phones out to text, talk or check our dessert recipes during a movie are society's scourge, the lowest common denominator and should be shamed for their social infraction - not encouraged to ruin everyone's good time a dime at a time. 

As Engadget says, "a film connoisseur can watch as their most poignant wisecracks scroll across the screen with countless others... for better or worse."

I say it's definitely for worse.

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Foos Go Epic for ALS Ice Bucket Challange Corey O'Brien |
08/20/2014 | Filed In: David Grohl | Foo Fighters | Stephen King | Ice Bucket Challenge | ALS | Lou Gherig's Disease | Carrie Epic

Foos Go Epic for ALS Ice Bucket Challange

The whole Ice Bucket Challange has gone hyper-viral. Every celebrity, Facebook friend and Stephen King are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise money for ALS (formerly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) research and hopefully a cure. The cause is a very worthy one, obviously. The results of the disease are quite cruel. As the ASL Association defines the disease:

"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed."

Basically, it takes the ability from an infected individual to control their own body. Like I said before, it's cruel.

On a side not, I wonder if they are calling it ALS again because no one 25 or under know who Lou Gehrig is. I know it is a dumb question, but these are the thoughts that keep me up at night.

If you want to raise awareness by dumping water and calling people out to do the same then go for it (though I am not sure awareness could be raised anymore than it is). I was going to just mail out cards asking people nicely to enjoy a glass of water while donating $100 online at http://www.alsa.org/, but I am humble that way. Or at least I was until David Grohl and the Foo Fighters upped the game for everyone with this amazing "Carrie" (the Brian De Palma version, not that crap remake) parody.

David Grohl may be the next step in human evolution and, if so, I really like where our species is headed.

Enjoy.

 

Update:

Looks like Stephen King took up the challenge in his own way:

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"bad_news" from Bastille! Richie T |
08/20/2014 | Filed In: bastille | oblivion | video | dan smith | bad news |

Good news from Bastille! The British band that has skyrocketed to worldwide success in the past year has just released the video for their new single, “bad_news”, which will be available on their Oblivion EP (out for pre-order next week). Dan Smith says they made the song in a matter of days only a few weeks ago and that more new music is on its way as well.

Though “bad_news” is more electronic than expected, it still sounds relatively unworked and casual. Dan ventures into his lower vocal range supported by a slinky bass/synth line, electronic drums, eerie background vocals, and various sound effects that lend atmosphere and depth to the track.

Bastille has always had a flair for the cinematic and macabre in their music, artwork, and especially in their videos. The "bad_news" video is less linear in storyline than their usual, featuring short gif-like clips from old black and white films and cartoons. Sinister images of clown faces, policemen, schoolchildren (and tons more) are spliced in between fuzzy slow-motion footage of Dan walking a dimly lit corridor. Near the end of the video emerges the single’s cover art: road lines (reminiscent of the Bad Blood album cover) overlaid on a low quality image of Dan in the dank hallway.

Watch the video and let us know what your favorite clip is. I’m partial to the rando with the ‘stache creepily eating popcorn at 3:50.

Look forward to new music from Bastille in the coming months, and be certain to see these gents on tour this fall! Tickets for their UCCU Center, Orem show availabile HERE at SmithsTix.com

Sydne Wheeler Larsen

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Jason David Frank interview with Richie T. Richie T |
08/20/2014 | Filed In: Jason David Frank | Salt Lake Comic Con | Richie T. | Power Rangers | Radio From Hell

Jason David Frank interview with Richie T.

Where does this adrenaline junking come from?

I was filming for 6 weeks ago and fractured my foot. It really hurt. I thought about where it comes from and I just like the rush of jumping out of an airplane. It’s a sport. Maybe it’s the on edge stuff we do like MMA, jumping from bridges and airplanes. I have a little girl that does front flips in my living room and have Cami who plays with nun-chucks. I don’t really know where it comes from but it really keeps us on our toes and keeps me alive.

If you can be any color Ranger what would it be?

I love the Green Ranger. I love the original cast. But things started getting weird and crazy. Changes kept happening and I kept changing suits. I never regret anything and I can what I want. I love having no pressure. To me, it wasn’t about the color. It was annoying but every season has memories and all different. I grew up with most of these guys. It’s not about money or anything. It’s my choice. I want all my fans to be happy.  

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Warped Tour: For All Those Sleeping, Lost In Society, Divided Heaven Richie T |
08/20/2014 | Filed In: warped tour | 2014 | interview | meet the bands | richie t | for all those sleeping | lost in society | divided heaven

Warped Tour: For All Those Sleeping, Lost In Society, Divided Heaven

A few weeks ago at Vans Warped Tour, Richie T and his team of expert producers recorded 5 straight hours of interviews - that's around 25 artists FYI. Over the past few weeks, we've been releasing videos of these interviews on the daily: bands like Less Than Jake, Real Friends, The Maine, Anberlin, and tons more!

In today's installment, we determine the appropirate amount of chest hair with For All Those Sleeping, how Hector of Lost In Society had a pet monkey, and Divided Heaven explains how to fangirl about bands without becoming a "punisher". 

Watch the interviews and read a short write up below!

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For All Those Sleeping

David Volgman-Stevens

From: Minnesota

We all come from a small town, went to high school together. Sartelle, Minnesota. We played a lot of barn shows and things like that…it’s great to be out here, having a blast. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my summer.

--- The Band Name Is A Joke. Really. ---

When we were younger, a few of us were in a punk band – a horrible punk band in high school – and we hated heavy music and screaming music which we do now, so we made this joke band to play like dumb songs and stuff that were heavy, and we just made fun of it. We were like, “What’s the dumbest band name we could think of that sounds like emo and screamo? Oh, For All Those Sleeping! That’s sounds so stupid!” Then years later when we started this band, we were like, “What should we call it? Remember that name that we made up a while ago, For All Those Sleeping?” And we just stuck with it. No significance, or nothing special to me. It’s a joke, to be honest.

--- Australian Warped Tour ---

That was our first time in Australia. We weren’t sure what to expect but they love music down there. Definitely we had some amazing fans, amazing shows…I remember we had this one girl who’s a big fan of ours, she literally flew to every single show on Warped Tour, bought a ticket to every one to see us. They have some diehard fans out there. Definitely a great place to play and a great first tour in Australia. Can’t wait to go back.

--- Fan Tattoos ---

We have people everyday that have our lyrics tattooed on them or stuff like that. Even further than that, what kids are liking to do now is they actually have you write down the lyrics that they want in your handwriting. I write a lot of our lyrics so I’ll write it down, and I have horrible handwriting and the kid’s like, “Cool! I’m getting this tattooed on me!” Then I’ll see them 6 months later on tour, and they’ll have my handwriting tattooed on them. It blows my mind ‘cuz it looks horrible a lot of times because I have horrible handwriting, but I try to tell them just get the lyrics done by an artist; have them look cool. But it means a lot to them.

--- Other Warped Tour Bands They Suggest

The Summerset, The Protomen

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Lost In Society

Zach and Hector

--- Moving from Brazil to the U.S. ---

Hector: My family immigrated to the states when I was 10 years-old and I was always in to music. I played the violin and the piano when I was back home – back in Brazil. When I moved here, I started playing drums at 14. I met these guys, and we’ve been together for about 6 years.

--- Pets… ---

Hector: I had a monkey when I was in Brazil…A little spider monkey and his name was monkey.

--- Warped Tour ---

Zach: It’s weird because we just hopped on a week and a half ago so we’re still ready to go. Hector: We can go for another 3 weeks man! Zach: But everyone’s like done with it. And we’re like, “Come on let’s go! Let’s have fun!”

--- Sitting On a New Record ---

Zach: We have a 28 hour drive back to New Jersey from Denver, and then this summer we’re laying low a little bit, in the fall we’re gonna do some regional stuff. And then we’re going to Europe in March. We’re setting on a brand new record right now. We’re searching for labels…We really wanna take our time with this one and find the right way to put it out and the right people who really want to work 

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Divided Heaven

Jeff

From: Pennsylvania

--- The Band Name ---

It was a book and a film by Christa Wolf who is a German author. I read the book while I was studying in Berlin in 2003 during a study abroad thing. The book was about a love story that was happening as the Berlin Wall was being erected – the guy wanted to go to the West, the girl wanted to stay in the East. I liked the idea of heaven – the word – being used in a secular context, so I stole the name. And the url DividedHeaven.com.

--- Abroad in Berlin ---

I was playing in a number of different bands. I left them all, just temporarily (in D.C., in Philly and on the East Coast) to go study for 5 months, and it was the first time that I was ever just a full-time student with no job, no band, no extracurricular stuff. I had my guitar with me, so I would just write songs, and that was the first time where I really started to write songs that didn’t fit the mold of any of the bands I was playing in. I just decided to start doing a solo project then. It wasn’t until really 2009 when it came to fruition, but the idea was borne in Berlin.

--- Warped Tour Tips: Don’t Be A Punisher ---

You will get sunburned, so you have to lather up. You will get dehydrated so you need to drink water constantly. You can’t be a punisher, meaning you can’t go up to bands, “OH MAN I LOVE YOUR BAND AHHHHH!”…You can’t really do that. You have to be a little more tactful than that, and you just can’t be a naïve jerk. If you get invited to play Warped Tour, you’re expected to carry yourself with a certain amount of dignity and respect, and a certain amount of – you should know what’s going on. You can’t be dumb.

--- The Warped Band He Fangirls Over ---

Saves The Day changed my life. Chris Connelly, their main songwriter, is probably my favorite songwriter beside John Lennon. Lyrically, he’s a tremendous guitar player too. But every record that that band has done has sounded completely different, and they’ve always been progressing. I think that says a lot for a band that’s under the punk and hardcore umbrella; it’s really easy to do the same thing over and over and over again. They’ve always pushed the limits: sometimes they’ve gotten a little weird, and sometimes they’ve brought it back to the roots. I met him the other night, and I didn’t have a freak out moment on the outside, but on the inside…He and I met in Pennsylvania in the late 90’s. Forever ago. He didn’t remember me, I didn’t expect him to remember me. So definitely Saves The Day. I came close to freaking out, but I didn’t do it.

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