It takes time to train dragons to fly, both onscreen and off. advertisement advertisement It can take four years or longer for a studio to develop a feature-length animated movie. Adapting one of those movies into a live show might sound like a comparative afterthought, but in the case of Academy Award-nominated How to Train Your Dragon, the same elements that made the movie ripe for an arena experience made translating the film to stage a monster creative undertaking. “There are things that you can do in a movie that you can’t do on stage, but there are also things that you can do much more effectively on stage, and because they’re live–you’re watching somebody fly a dragon in a live arena–there’s something exciting about it,” says Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer at DreamWorks. The $20 million How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular debuted in Australia this summer, the product of four and a half years of labor, which … [Read more...] about Dance With Dragons: How DreamWorks Turned A Hit Movie Into A Fire-Breathing Live Show
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Panun Kashmir, an organisation representing Kashmiri Pandit community, on Sunday cautioned the Centre about a sustained campaign within and outside the country to scuttle its initiatives and policy on Jammu and Kashmir.It claimed that Pakistan, separatist establishment and a subversive group in India and abroad have started investing heavily to demonize, defame and debunk the measures like abrogation of special status under Article 370 to Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two Union Territories."A sustained campaign is going on within and outside the country to project that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working like a Hitler to foil the historic decisions taken by his government in Jammu and Kashmir," Chairman of Panun Kashmir Ajay Chrungoo told reporters here.Close He said the cabal which had been earlier harnessed to promote (former Pakistan president Pervez) Musharaf's formula has now been activated to foil Modi's Jammu and Kashmir policy. related news Rail … [Read more...] about Pak, separatists working to foil Centre’s historic decisions on J&K: Panun Kashmir
The museum director stands at the windows of his 14th-floor apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and surveys his domain from a distance. The view is spectacular, with Central Park lying below like a tapestry, unrolling lush shades of green all the way to the towers and manors across town. advertisement advertisement “Right there,” he says. “Do you see it? No?” To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to pick out. “Of course you see the Guggenheim,” he adds helpfully, motioning to that building’s distinctive round silhouette. “Now look to the left. There’s the museum’s roof.” He is pointing toward the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, housed in the stately Andrew Carnegie mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. And if it is not easy to figure out exactly where it stands, it seems even more difficult to truly identify it–to describe not just its profile but its purpose, too. The Cooper-Hewitt … [Read more...] about Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition
In the movies, you occasionally see guys do this thing where they tear condom wrappers open with their teeth. It’s a cool move–a seamless segue from foreplay to safe sex–but I’m not sure it happens all that often in real life. Romantic comedy protagonists who work vague jobs in advertising and live in impossibly spacious downtown lofts tear condom wrappers open with their teeth. In real-life, according to sources with first-hand knowledge of the matter, people usually fumble around for a bit before ripping them open with two hands like a bag of Skittles. It’s less than ideal. But Ben Pawle’s design for a one-handed condom wrapper is a compromise between those extremes, a chance for the rest of us to prove our prowess with the flick of a finger. advertisement advertisement The idea couldn’t be simpler: Perforate the condom wrapper across the middle, so you can snap it open–both the outer foil and the inner plastic seal–by … [Read more...] about Simple Genius: A Condom You Can Open With One Hand
Last December, Louis C.K. shook up the comedy industry by eschewing the traditional network deal for a new business model in which he grossed a reported $1 million by streaming his self-produced stand-up comedy special, Louis C.K. – Live at the Beacon Theater, on his website for $5. advertisement advertisement Buoyed by his success, other comics are following suit: last month, NBC’s Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari, made his special, Dangerously Delicious, available for download. And on April 11, New York comic and actor Jim Gaffigan will do the same for one-hour comedy special, Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, he taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. in February. The setup is the same. Like C.K., Gaffigan will charge $5 for a DRM-free download through his website, and donate a portion to charity. In Gaffigan’s case, a dollar from each download will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to injured service members, … [Read more...] about Can The Louis C.K. Distribution Strategy Work For The Everyman Comic?