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BLOOMINGTON, IL: State Farm has pulled an ad featuring anti-vaccine activist Rob Schneider after a social media campaign urged the insurance company to end its affiliation with the actor.
Social media pages Food Hunk, Science Babe, and Chow Babe, all of which refute pseudoscience claims, started the anti-Schneider campaign last week, questioning how a company that sells insurance could hire a celebrity spokesman so openly against vaccinations.
The activists have encouraged consumers with State Farm policies to get involved by contacting their agents and telling them that "someone who publicly states dangerous opinions should not be a spokesperson for a health insurance company."
The anti-Schneider campaign also included a video that encouraged supporters to post on State Farm’s Facebook and Twitter pages, using the hashtag #StateFarm when demanding it cancel Schneider’s contract.
"State Farm provides health insurance, and nothing ensures public health more than getting vaccinated," the video states. "It is time to end the anti-vaccination movement; with your help, we can elicit change."
Phil Supple, State Farm’s director of public affairs, told PRWeek that the company’s advertising is intended to inform and entertain, but Schneider’s ad had the opposite effect.
"[Schneider’s] ad has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide," he said. "With that, we are working to remove the ad from our rotation at this time."
Supple did not elaborate on the company’s communications strategy.
On Sunday evening, State Farm changed the cover photo on its Facebook page from an image of Schneider to a generic image of various families. On Twitter, Schneider remained featured in the company’s cover photo as of press time.
Paula Deen returned to the "Today" show on Tuesday, a year after giving the morning program a tearful interview in the wake of being fired from Food Network and facing accusations of racism.
Speaking again to Matt Lauer with her two sons Jamie and Bobby Deen by her side, the cooking maven appeared to express regret for appearing on "Today" a year ago. She said she could barely watch herself on TV.
"I looked at none of it Matt because I didn't recognize that woman," Deen, 67, said. "That was a woman in shock trying to understand what had happened."
Last summer Deen said she was "distressed" over the entire situation, and especially about what was being said about her.
"I know how I treat people, I know my love for people, and I'm not going to sit here and tell everything I've done to people of color," she said at the time.
Deen explained she used the "N-word" only once, when she was supposedly attacked and had a gun held to her head.
Reflecting on the interview Tuesday, the TV chef said she should have been "at home, maybe even under the care of a doctor," and not giving an interview days after losing her cooking empire.
Deen said she now understands why several sponsors dropped her.
"I had to remove myself and sit quietly so that I could think and see things from all angles," she told Lauer, 56.
Now apparently vindicated, as the lawsuit against her had been thrown out, Deen added that she's upset the incriminating deposition remained in the spotlight despite the woman's credibility being questioned.
Deen said she has learned so much over the past year — enough to fill another book, in addition to the documentary she is currently working on.
I feel like everybody needs to know the whole entire story," Deen said. "I've learned about the power of words. … My words hurt people. They disappointed people. And frankly, I disappointed myself. And for that I am so sorry - I am so sorry for the hurt I caused people. People lost their jobs… it went deep into corporate America."
Her new online Paula Deen Network launches Wednesday. It was also reported Monday that Deen has purchased several hundred hours of footage from her tenure on Food Network to use for her new channel.
Do you forgive her, ONTD?
For those of you who still believe Beyoncé used a stunt bump during her pregnancy, she's now proving you wrong.
Footage from her new HBO concert film Beyoncé Jay Z: On the Run, which played at the duo's final tour stops in Paris on Sept. 12 and 13, included personal home movies. In them, eagle-eyed viewers were given a quick glimpse of Queen Bey posing nude while pregnant with Blue Ivy, now 2.
The 33-year-old is standing up wearing nothing more than underwear. She's strategically covering her chest with her hands while the rapper, 44, has his hands on her belly. He's also leaning in and sweetly giving her a kiss.
That wasn't the only intimate look into the couple's life together. The pair shared footage from their 2008 wedding ceremony, which took place in their New York City apartment, including them standing at the altar and then celebrating as newlyweds.
There were also some sweet family moments after the arrival of their only child. Beyoncé is seen cradling the fashionable little tyke in the hospital.
Another cute bit shows Jay Z kissing his little girl and then the three of them posing as a family.
Perhaps all she had to do was post this baby belly photo somewhere. That certainly would have changed things.
Amnesia - Live at Wembly
American Idiot - Green Day Cover
The EP is available to purchase on iTunes!
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will embark on a 27-date North American headlining tour in the spring. The trek will launch in New York City on April 9, hit three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then close out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14. Support at all dates will come from Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN.
Commented NIGHTWISH bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala: "Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It's going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement, it will obviously happen quite soon!
"Here are the dates for the North American shows. Come on over and we'll raise hell and kick some arses together!"
NIGHTWISH 2015 tour dates with DELAIN:
Apr. 09 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
Apr. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 11 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
Apr. 13 - Quebec City, QC - Capitole Theatre
Apr. 14 - Toronto - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Apr. 16 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Apr. 17 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
Apr. 18 - Chicago, IL - Concorde Music Hall
Apr. 19 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
Apr. 21 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Apr. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Apr. 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Apr. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Apr. 26 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Apr. 28 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
Apr. 30 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
May 01 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek theatre
May 02 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
May 03 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
May 05 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
May 06 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
May 08 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
May 09 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
May 11 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Work
May 12 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
May 13 - Charlotte, NC - Filmore
May 14 - Silver Springs, MD - Filmore
(No Seattle date. Tuomas must have heard all your insults, Comalies ;))
Longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen is sitting out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him.
NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main composer Tuomas Holopainen recently spent two and half weeks in Hattula, Finland with the band's producer/crew member Tero "TeeCee" Kinnunen recording a demo of the songs that will appear on NIGHTWISH's next studio album, the first to feature Dutch singer Floor Jansen.
Asked in a recent interview with Sweden's Metalshrine what Floor Jansen will bring to the next NIGHTWISH album, Tuomas said: "She [will] bring a lot of interpretations, some arrangements and positive energy for sure, but she [will] not [be] included in the songwriting process. She told me that the first time around, she has [her side project] REVAMP and Marco [Hietala, bass/vocals] and I will do just fine for now."
Speaking to Germany's EMP Rock Invasion at the end of last year, Floor stated about the songwriting process for the next NIGHTWISH album: "I think it's more like it's always been. So Tuomas is gonna start writing. And how it's gonna evolve later on, we'll see. But I don't feel the necessity of me being an active songwriting member, because the music is so good. It's about the songs and the music that goes first and not about my ego wanting to join like that. But if I can participate or add something with my creative input, of course I would love that. Of course, I have creative energy in me that needs to come out one way or another, but that's where REVAMP comes in."
Regarding whether she has any fears that, due to the band's troubled history with lead vocalists, her time with NIGHTWISH will not last very long, Floor told Finland's Radio Rock: "No. And whether this is in NIGHTWISH or in anything with anyone in everyone's lives, what guarantees do you have? So it's just about what you make of it and with the chemistry that you believe in. And I believe in the chemistry that we have today, 'cause it's been very strong since the beginning and grew to be better throughout the months. It's still a very recent thing. But what feels good now, that's where you should go from, and that's what I do."
Jansen made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington following the abrupt departure of the band's lead singer of five years, Anette Olzon.
Naomi Watts is often admired as one of Hollywood’s biggest risk takers — but the actress doesn’t view herself that way.
The movie star opened up about her life off and onscreen in a cover story for the October issue of More magazine.
The Oscar nominee, who is known for choosing eclectic and adventurous movie roles, including parts in upcoming films “St. Vincent” and “Birdman” out this fall, revealed that while others might think of her as a risk taker, she doesn’t always “feel like a person who’s full of courage.”
“Maybe in the workplace I have more courage than other areas in my life,” she added.
But Watts did admit that moving to Hollywood at age 25 was “a bit reckless and a gigantic risk.”
“Thankfully, I was young and naive enough just to do it,” she said. “As you get older, you overthink and can talk yourself out of anything. It’s good to be a bit reckless and experimental.”
One major risk the 45-year-old undertook was portraying the late Princess Diana on the big screen. The 2013 biopic flopped at the box office and received negative reviews, and Watts said that it was a challenge to play a real person that was internationally well-known.
“We all know I’m not 5-10 or have any resembling features of hers except blue eyes, and I don’t speak like her. It was going to be hard. People knew her too well or felt like they owned her. I was up against that.”
As for her personal life, Watts said she no longer indulges in risky adventures such as skydiving and swimming with sharks, because of her children: Alexander, 7, and Samuel, 5, with longtime partner Liev Schreiber.
“Now that I have kids, I don’t want to do so many daredevily things anymore,” the actress said, echoing her pal Nicole Kidman, who recently shared similar sentiments in Interview magazine.
But Watts did have a good time filming “St. Vincent,” with Bill Murray, another Oscar nominee who’s known as a Hollywood risk taker. She plays a pregnant Russian stripper in the movie, and would channel her character while off set too.
“I’d bust into Bill’s trailer and say (she adopts a thick Russian accent), ‘I need a drink! Gif me a drink!’” the star recalled.
“I had to stick with that character because otherwise my fear of being not worthy would take over.”
The onscreen passion for drumming that Miles Teller demonstrates in Whiplash is completely authentic, as the actor had a personal fervor for refocusing his own career, following a particularly tangential project: Divergent.
"When I first read Whiplash, I was feeling dead inside," Teller told W magazine of the film festival favorite, in which he is berated by his art college professor (J.K. Simmons) to become the next great name in jazz.
"I didn’t have an interesting part [in Divergent], and I’d taken the film for business reasons: It was the first movie I’d done that was going to have an international audience. I called my agent and said, 'This sucks.' He told me about Whiplash."
Teller's rep issued the following response to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the Divergent-related comments in W: "Accustomed to being more involved in the process of filmmaking, Miles regrets those words. He does value his relationship with Lionsgate and his participation in the franchise."
I've never done a movie for "business" reasons. I'm proud to be a part of Divergent franchise and love all of Peter's Princesses— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) September 24, 2014
Divergent was lame, but probably shouldn't shit talk a franchise when you're about to film the sequel. Oop....
Andrew Garfield gets ready for a fun night out at the Drake vs. Lil Wayne concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday (September 22) in Hollywood.
The 31-year-old actor was joined by his pal, director Spike Jonze. Spike and Andrew collaborated on the 2010 film I’m Here.
The Drake vs Lil Wayne show is set to wrap up by the end of the month and will hit a few more stops on the west coast before finishing up on September 27.
Lindsay Lohan Pitched Tina Fey a 'Mean Girls 2' Sequel!
Lindsay Lohan just came up with a brilliant idea for a sequel to Mean Girls 2 and pitched it to Tina Fey!
“People really love the movie: how do you top that?,” the 28-year-old actress told Time Out London. “I was with Tina Fey the other day and I said we should do another ‘Mean Girls,’ like an older version where they’re all housewives and they’re all cheating. That would be really funny. I’ll harass Tina to write it.”
Tina wrote the screenplay to Mean Girls over ten years ago. We’d love to see a sequel with Lindsay, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert as housewives.
thanks for your input, lilo.
Diane Kruger keeps it chic and sophisticated while posing for photographs at the Ministere of Culture on Monday (September 22) in Paris, France.
The 38-year-old actress was accompanied by her boyfriend Joshua Jackson, who suited up to show his support while Diane was honored with the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from French minister of Culture and Communication, Fleur Pellerin.
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SEP 22, 2014
(Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.)
Watch film at source.
I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one’s imagination—a crazy idea that works today is tomorrow’s normal.
I value the ability to stage something well because when it’s done well its pleasures are huge, and most people don’t do it well, which indicates it must not be easy to master (it’s frightening how many opportunities there are to do something wrong in a sequence or a group of scenes. Minefields EVERYWHERE. Fincher said it: there’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong). Of course understanding story, character, and performance are crucial to directing well, but I operate under the theory a movie should work with the sound off, and under that theory, staging becomes paramount (the adjective, not the studio. although their logo DOES appear on the front of this…).
So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect. Wait, WHAT? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS? Well, I’m not saying I’m like, ALLOWED to do this, I’m just saying this is what I do when I try to learn about staging, and this filmmaker forgot more about staging by the time he made his first feature than I know to this day (for example, no matter how fast the cuts come, you always know exactly where you are—that’s high level visual math shit).
At some point you will say to yourself or someone THIS LOOKS AMAZING IN BLACK AND WHITE and it’s because Douglas Slocombe shot THE LAVENDER HILL MOB and the THE SERVANT and his stark, high-contrast lighting style was eye-popping regardless of medium.
In love with the use of "In Motion" from The Social Network in the opening shots. Seriously, if you've got a couple of hours to kill, check this out.
This Is England '90 is to start filming next month.
The final installment in Shane Meadows's dramatic saga will shoot in and around Sheffield from September.
The series' return was confirmed via an eBay auction, offering the chance to appear as an extra in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
At the time of writing the auction - which ends later today (August 29) - has reached a top bid of £2,500.
Meadows confirmed to Digital Spy last year that This Is England '90 would be the last entry in the series.
Originating with the film This Is England in 2006, Meadows's story - which follows a gang of youths in the North - moved to television for the acclaimed series This Is England '86 (2010) and This Is England '88 (2011).
I am so excited that it FINALLY began filming! I miss Woody sfm
Tamera can never get her thoughts out
and Loni talks about sex so much that I don't believe she's really having as much as she says
This show. I don't even know anymore. I literally don't care about anyone except the kids and Juice. What a mess.
James McAvoy has been announced as one of the judges for this year's London Film Festival.
The festival launches next month and X-Men star James is among those asked to join the prestigious panel for the competition part of the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Head of the judging panel is producer and former BFI chair Jeremy Thomas, whose films include The Last Emperor, Crash, Naked Lunch and Only Lovers Left Alive.
He will be joined by Luc Roeg, Sophie Fiennes and Finola Dwyer for the first feature, documentary and best British newcomer competition juries, respectively.
Others joining the competition jury as well as James include Egyptian director Ahmad Abdalla, Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, producer Lorna Tee and Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas.
The festival has also announced that James' film with Jessica Chastain, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, has been added to the screening list for October 17 at Leicester Square's Odeon West End and that James will attend.
With less than 2 weeks until Annabelle hits theaters, it's the perfect time to talk about the upcoming Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Dolls.
Before the Child's Play and Puppet Master series of films there was Dolls. Filmed in Italy in 1985, Dolls wasn't released until 1987 due to time consuming post-production re-shoots of the killer toys. (They were originally marionettes and the scenes with them had to be re-shot in stop motion animation because their strings were visible on film in every light setting.)
Before script writer Ed Naha was brought on to the project in the mid-80s, Charles Band, the man who formed Empire Pictures, had already commissioned the artwork shown on the Blu-ray image on the right (The reverse key art). Initially he had envisioned the film to be about a single killer doll, so the title was "The Doll" during this pre-script period of time.
The screen grab after the cut is of the character Isabel (played by Bunty Bailey, the woman who appears in A-ha's "Take On Me" video) Her look in Dolls was obviously inspired by Madonna!
FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU RE-ANIMATOR
They're cute, they're cuddly...and they kill! From horror director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), producer Brian Yuzna (Society) and screenwriter Ed Naha (Troll) comes this "fiendish nightmare" (The Hollywood Reporter) that combines the pint-sized playmates of childhood with bone-chilling fun, resulting in "a bloody bonbon you chew with relish" (Los Angeles Times)!
A precocious girl, her nasty parents, two punk-rock losers and a weak-kneed salesman inadvertently become the guests of two ghoulish senior citizens in their dark, haunted mansion. The old couple makes and collects dolls that, when not sitting still like good little mannequins, creep around in the night, offing the guests one by one! You may laugh at first, but if they turn on you, you'll regret it...for the rest of your short life! Guy Rolfe (Puppet Master III, Mr. Sardonicus), Stephen Lee (Robocop 2) and Carolyn Purdy-Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) star in this bloody good terror trap that delivers its frights, fun and fantastic effects in equal measure.
Director Stuart Gordon’s cult classic is getting the “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray treatment on November 11th and today we report our list of extras included on it!
• NEW! Toys of Terror: The Making of “Dolls” – An all-new retrospective featuring interviews with Director Stuart Gordon, Producer Brian Yuzna, Stars Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Ian Patrick Williams, Executive Producer Charles Band, and Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gabe Bartalos, and John Vulich and more!
• Audio Commentary with director Stuart Gordon and writer Ed Naha
• Audio Commentary with cast members Stephen Lee, Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy Gordon and Carrie Lorraine
• Storyboard-to-Film Comparison
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Photo Gallery
Order now at www.screamfactorydvd.com and receive an 18” x 24” limited edition poster of the newly-designed key art too (while supplies last) AND receive the title 3 WEEKS EARLY near 10/21—before Halloween!!
Jason Orange has quit Take That after 15 years as a member of the group.
The band will continue as a trio of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen. Robbie Williams not be returning for their next project.
Orange told The Sun: "I confirmed to Mark, Gary and Howard that I do not wish to commit to recording and promoting a new album.
"I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey."