In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, legendary comics magus Alan Moore imagined a Victorian England in which all of the most fantastic people, places and events in fantastic British fiction had actually happened, from the death of Sherlock Holmes to the invasion of the Tripods. advertisement What would America look like if you gave it the same treatment? You’d have this: the utterly bizarre Altered States of America. The finished result of a successful Kickstarter, The Altered States of America is a retro-tastic five color print that maps all of the improbable happenings of science fiction, fantasy and horror upon our nation’s proud soil on a state-by-state basis. Let’s take a look. In the Altered States of America, my home state of Massachusetts is correctly identified by its association with Jaws, although apparently not for its Lovecraftian connection with Arkham and the Miskatonic University. Massachusetts is bordered to the east by New York, the King Kong … [Read more...] about The Monsters And Aliens Of America’s Best B-Movies, Mapped By State
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There have been several reports on how the film industry loses out whenever two major stars or films clash at the box office. The biggest reason for this cannibalism is a dearth of theatres in the country.Audiences in tier- I markets may not have witnessed the crunch but it is the tier-II, III and IV markets that feel the pinch as India stands among one of the most highly under-penetrated markets among major countries with only 8 screens per million.India works with 8,000 odd cinemas divided between single screens and multiplexes. The Indian film exhibition segment, in terms of number of screens, is less than 1/5th in size as compared to developed markets like China and US.Close The ratio is expected to further deteriorate, with India facing a constant decline in its screen count, largely due to the shutdown of single screens. related news Here’s a look at what’s helping Netflix click in India as it posts strong results Lata Mangeshkar doing much better: … [Read more...] about Despite its love for movies, India has very few theatres: What it can learn from China
As the reach of Indian films is getting wider, more and more doors are opening up with the industry gaining a strong foothold in many international markets. The recent addition to the list of foreign markets for Indian films is China which was difficult to crack. But films like 3 Idiots, Dangal, Secret Superstar and Bajrangi Bhaijaan have changed the game. The market which was so far Hollywood-dominated has now got a taste of Indian films.Indian film producers are making full use of this opportunity and host of films are already in line to be released in China. From Hindi Medium, which will hit the Chinese theatres on April 4, to Baahubali, which has been cleared by the Chinese censor board, to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that has applied for a censor certificate - all are trying to leverage this new foreign market.Huge box office collections of the previous releases from India have become the talk of the town and has got everyone wondering about the success formula. While producers are … [Read more...] about Indian producers look to tame the ‘Dragon’; What’s making Indian films click in China?
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It’s been a fine year for productivity, whether you’re an early bird, night owl, monotasker, firefighter or Most Creative Person. But every master has her tools: below, find a few of our favorites–Your 2013 Productivity Gift Guide. advertisement advertisement The Treadmill Desk A big story this year was the outbreak of Sedentary Death Syndrome–that unfortunate phenomenon where sitting for eight or so hours a day is killing you in all sort of ways. One answer to SDS is to take more walking meetings; a more direct modification would make your desk be the place where you walk. Is this outrageous, awkward, and remarkably unsuited to an open office? Of course. But that shouldn’t get in the way of productivity. LifeSpan Fitness TR1200-DT5 Treadmill desk: $1,500 The Laptop Stand Okay, so you want to avoid a too early butt-based death sentence but don’t want to drop two grand on a treadmilling contraption? Instead of springing for a full-on … [Read more...] about Your 2013 Productivity Gift Guide