This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.
You’re going to get Trolls movies and you’re going to like it, America.
DreamWorks also announced that they have tapped American Girl veteran Shawn Dennis to lead the Trolls brand development. “Trolls is a brand with over fifty years of deep heritage and we are thrilled to bring this iconic, multi-generational property to DreamWorks Animation,” said Chief Operating Officer Ann Daly.
Iconic! Of course they’re iconic. Everything is iconic. Gatsby is iconic, too. By the way, is that Gatsby musical out yet? I don’t think they’ve made a good version of the movie yet. The Redford version is reverential but inert; the Alan Ladd version was a snore. The 1926 version - well, we’l never know. All we have is the trailer. (Via slashfilm.)
The author didn’t like it and neither did his wife:
Zelda wrote in a letter, “We saw The Great Gatsby in the movies. It’s ROTTEN and awful and terrible and we left.”
Then again, Stephen King didn’t like “The Shining.” Speaking of which:
The big-screen prequel to Stephen King’s novel The Shining is currently in pre-production and Glen Mazzara, The Walking Dead’s former showrunner, has been tapped to write it. The Overlook Hotel, to give the film its proper title, was first announced last summer when it was announced that producers Laeta Kalogridis, James Vanderbilt and Bradley Fischer were developing a story to turn into a feature film.
King’s sequel to “The Shining,” titled “Doctor Sleep,” is due this fall.
I’ve never seen so much interest in one old movie in my life.
I found out about the Shining sequel from the twitter feed of the Overlook Caretaker, Lee Unkrich - he has a sideline as a director himself, having done something called “Toy Story 3” - and he also tweeted a link to the Worst Movie Ending ever.
The movie, I think, is “Student Confidential.” The actor is also the writer and director. I can sense your lack of surprise.
WEB Man in London has his Macbook stolen. The tracking software shows it ended up in . . . Iran. It sent back pictures stored by its new owner. They can be seen here.
Man creates tumblr to share the pictures. THE PEOPLE IN IRAN SEE THE TUMBLR.
Go here for . . . the rest of the story.
WHOA If you’re wondering what a gargantuan landslide in a copper mine looks like, here you go.
ARCHITECTURE A beautiful refurbished gas station: it’s now art.
At two iconically 1980s gas stations in an Amsterdam neighborhood, the lights may be on, but nobody’s lining up to get gas.
Set to be demolished, the stations ended up being transformed into a recreational center, as part of a neighborhood development project that included removing part of a subway and creating a new park around the stations.
Iconically! Any word that can be used to describe a gas station AND a troll doll has become stretched to the point of useless absurdity. It’s pretty, as you can see here. I wouldn’t call the stations iconic, though. There’s not much that’s iconic in gas station design, aside from two styles: the iconic gleaming white station. . . .
That’s a 50s-era Type P. Then there’s the Phillips 66 model. with the tall mast - truncated in this example - topped by the 66 shield:
That’s on Portland. They built lots of these, but they’re vanishing fast. This one . . .
. . . was on Lyndale south of 494, but it’s since been torn down. They'll all be gone in ten years, I fear.
The piece on the gas stations had a link to a story about the American Folk Art Museum. It opened to great reviews in 2001. An instant landmark. Why, give it a few years and it would be iconic. Well:
news of the planned demolition of the 12 year-old american folk art museum expansion designed by revered tod williams billie tsien architects has spread across the nation received by a range of responses. for most, the museum is a much welcomed architectural gem with a sensible design and a mastery in material; it is studied by students, it is an archetype for what is considered to be 'great architecture' in the 21st century. people seem to refer to its innate spirit as a work of art, transcending the traditional trappings of what defines a 'building'
Lack of helpful punctuation and capitalization in the original. One might be wary of something that transcends traditional building trappings; that often means “the janitor hates his job because there aren’t any outlets and the skylights leak” or “residents unnerved by the gently curved hallways borrowed from abattoirs, where the concept was shown to calm cows as they approach the slaughterhouse.” The facade is interesting - it’s all bronze, and the photos resemble some sort of abstract sculpture made out of folded leather. It doesn’t fit the new building, though - an 78-story addition to the Museum of Modern Art. Curious what was planned, I googled the architec, Jean Nouvel, bracing myself for the usual horrors. Ugh:
For Spider-Man's world HQ, maybe. You don't get a sense of how it tapers into the World's Tallest Raised Pinky Finger; maybe this helps.
It's one of those depressing eras where it's possible to feel completely out of step with a modern art form. Most skyscrapers built in this country are strange twisting irresolute things. You have to go to China to see buildings with a sense of balance, grace, and proportion. Or Dubai. Then again, there’s the U-Bora Towers, which looks like it’s standing on tip-toe swelling out its chest like Superman:
Also in Dubai, the Dynamic Tower. Every floor will revolve.
In 2008, Fisher said that he expected the skyscraper to be completed in 2010. In 2009, Fisher said construction would be complete in late 2011. However, as of January 2013, construction has not started yet, and there has been no official announcement of the building site. Fisher did not "say where the tower would be built, [...] because he wanted to keep it a surprise." Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and has not practiced architecture regularly in decades.
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