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Saving Lincoln 

Abraham Lincoln is all over the place right now, and he’s about to show up once more in the upcoming independent film "Saving Lincoln."

This film follows the story of President Lincoln and his bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, and is the first movie ever to use cinematic collage, a method of layering two-dimensional backgrounds with moving images, in every scene. 

"Saving Lincoln" was filmed entirely in front of a green screen in order to employ authentic Civil War-era photographs as backgrounds in each scene.  Until now, this sort of layering has looked painfully low-tech and unrealistic, and has only been used in bits and pieces, making this movie the first of its kind.  It is also the first to come up with a name for the method.  CineCollage, as it is now called, produces in "Saving Lincoln" a breathtakingly real depiction of Lincoln’s world, and is as fascinating as a new technology and it is as a study of the world in the 1860s. 

As you might imagine, the post-production process with a movie such as this is a big mountain to climb, which is why the makers of this film are asking for donations through Kickstarter.  I, for one, want to see this movie real bad, so I’m spreading the word.

The State Of Us: Ep. 3 - Millions and Millions of Nuggets

A coworker of mine recently introduced me to this hilarious series of news-style YouTube videos. The State of Us is only 4 episodes in, and I’m already quoting them, sometimes out loud.  

The show plays around with that Daily Show/Weekend Update formula - two hosts taking real news stories and running with them far off into the world of nonsense. These guys do a great job of it. I watched the first 3 episodes back to back (the first is more of a teaser, but is still very funny) and had to stop drinking my carrot juice because I was laughing too hard and too suddenly to be safe from spitting it all over the computer screen.  

I hope these guys hit it big time and this show keeps going and getting even better.  For now, give ‘em a hand and spread it around. And if you like this episode, watch the rest of them here.

GROUNDHOG DAY 2012 

It’s coming …

A preview of this Saturday’s multimedia event in Chicago, featuring my band, Midnight Moxie.

Saturday, December 10, 8pm

The Den Theatre

1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floorChicago, IL 60622

More info here.

(Source: midnightmoxie)

The Princess Bride Reunion
Just a few days ago, the cast of the beloved 1987 film The Princess Bride got together to celebrate their 25th anniversary. 
Very few reunions could make me as excited as this one.  The film version of my favorite book, The Princess Bride is wonderfully directed and features one of the greatest ensembles there ever was.  Seeing them all together again is awesome.   
Here they are on Good Morning America, and on location for their Entertainment Weekly photoshoot, sharing memories from the filming of The Princess Bride and stories of encounters with fans of the movie.  If you needed a little heart-warming today, I got you covered.

The Princess Bride Reunion

Just a few days ago, the cast of the beloved 1987 film The Princess Bride got together to celebrate their 25th anniversary. 

Very few reunions could make me as excited as this one.  The film version of my favorite book, The Princess Bride is wonderfully directed and features one of the greatest ensembles there ever was.  Seeing them all together again is awesome.   

Here they are on Good Morning America, and on location for their Entertainment Weekly photoshoot, sharing memories from the filming of The Princess Bride and stories of encounters with fans of the movie.  If you needed a little heart-warming today, I got you covered.

Chicagoans and film festival enthusiasts, I need your help.

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival starts next week, and this year I’m determined to make it to some screenings.

In years past, I’ve looked over the festival’s schedule and been overwhelmed by its unfamiliar film titles and actors’ names.  That just happened to me again, when I looked at this year’s options, which is why I’m hoping you all might have some insight you’d like to share. 

My friend Julie helped me already by explaining how she goes about it, browsing through categories and setting up an account that lets you make your own schedule to keep yourself organized.  I’m going to try this out, for sure, but I’m still open to more specific suggestions.

Anyone? 

Cookie Monster covering Tom Waits. I don’t even understand how this video was made. It’s genius. And it got me thinking, has anyone ever seen Cookie and Mr. Waits in the same place at the same time?

I watched this video a while back and loved it so much, I had to find it again and post it.  It’s a video of Eleanor Roosevelt on the T.V. game show, “What’s My Line?” 

Whether you have or haven’t heard Mrs. Roosevelt’s speaking voice, this is worth the 8 minutes.  She’s fantastic.

This movie is so good.  These ladies are so foxy and so funny.  It’s just the best.
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Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, 1953.

This movie is so good.  These ladies are so foxy and so funny.  It’s just the best.

theniftyfifties:

Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’, 1953.

This photo is absolutely perfect.
(From Rear Window, 1954.)

This photo is absolutely perfect.

(From Rear Window, 1954.)

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