Purists may have balked at the casting of Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson as the lead in David Cronenberg’s latest film, Cosmopolis, an adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel. However, now they’ll have a chance to ease into accepting the cult favorite director’s decision on good faith. In a photo shoot prompted by an interview with Premiere Magazine in France, Pattinson attempts to justify his new place in the Cronenberg canon, by slipping into the skin of some of the other characters who populate it. Look through slide show above for images of Pattinson reenacting scenes from Dead Ringers, Videodrome, and Scanners. Fortunately (?), his head doesn’t explode in the Scanners photos. Cosmopolis premiers at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Robert Pattinson Recreates Key Moments From David Cronenberg Movies
In the wake of the shootings in Charleston, an amazing national groundswell of support has built for removing the Confederate flags that have flown from state capitals throughout the South. Businesses like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart have banned the selling of flags and flag-related material. The country’s largest flag maker has said it will stop making the flag entirely. And guerrilla protestors around the country are starting to deface the statues honoring Confederate generals and politicians. advertisement advertisement But the reach of the Confederacy–and the almost-insane tone-deafness of organizations and politicians who celebrate its history–goes well beyond the flag and hides in other insidious ways throughout the region. Here are just a few examples: Kappa Sigma is a fraternity founded at the University of Virginia in 1869 (note, after the South had lost the Civil War). Today, it boasts more than 18,000 collegiate members and many more alumni, … [Read more...] about While We’re Doing The Flags, Here Are Some Other Confederate Things We Should Get Rid Of
When Wall Street executives received hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses after receiving billions in government bailout money during the financial crisis, the popular reaction was outrage. Yet some on Wall Street were actually outraged by the outrage: The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitchforks and their hangman nooses,” said former AIG CEO Robert Benmosche. advertisement advertisement In the wake of the crisis and recession, despite the fact that nearly all the gains of the recovery have gone straight into the bank accounts of the wealthy, America’s billionaires keep doing things like comparing themselves to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany and talking about the ever-popular pitchforks. Many aggressively denounce policies designed to redistribute wealth as “class warfare.” It’s been noted extensively that if there is any class warfare happening, it’s the wealthy … [Read more...] about Where Are These Pitchforks That Billionaires Are So Scared Of?
With Toys “R” Us having descended into bankruptcy, a group of front-line employees found themselves last year fighting for lost compensation but also pressing for something more fundamental: a chance to be heard by those calling the shots. advertisement advertisement The aim, one worker said at the time, was to “force them to have to listen to us.” No longer. With the Toys “R” Us brand trying to position itself for a comeback, coercion has turned into cooperation thanks to the company realizing this: listening to workers is actually a smart way to run the business. Today, a trio of former Toys “R” Us employees will meet formally for the first time with top executives as part of a “mirror board”—a body meant to have access to key corporate information and provide candid advice, just as the regular board of directors does. Labor advocates say that the model could prove to be an effective means of giving workers … [Read more...] about How a few former Toys ‘R’ Us employees are helping lead the brand’s comeback and putting workers first
advertisement advertisement The Department of Defense is unveiling a Netflix Instant-style system for military intelligence that will allow military personnel around the world to view war-zone footage. Called the National System for Geo-Intelligence Video Services (NVS), the closed-access system will be accessible only by American and coalition troops and military employees. What it is, basically, is an on-demand video system for militarily sensitive footage. Full-motion video of areas as large as 50-100 square kilometers or as small as a standard street-view surveillance camera are recorded by troops, drones, and satellites. The footage is then saved to a central video-archiving system in a transcode-friendly format. Once the intelligence footage is saved, it is then pegged to mapping platforms such as Google Maps. The end military user will be able to click on a spot on the map–say, an IED explosion on an Afghan highway–and view all available footage from those … [Read more...] about War-Zone Videos Get On-Demand Treatment in New Defense Department Project