Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood Goes Old School with New PosterBrad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Hollywood Hills . . .by
MARCH 18, 2019 10:25 AM
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Twitter account is mainly devoted to his second true love: climate-change awareness. (His first true love, of course, is still vaping.) But the actor has switched back to movie-star mode on Monday to share the official poster for Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. The film, directed by Quentin Tarantino, stars DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as a fading star and his stunt double, respectively, living in Hollywood around the time of the 1969 Manson murders.
As far as posters go, this one is . . . pretty standard, I guess! Perfectly nice. Classic fare. It’s Pitt and DiCaprio standing side by side, with a yellow car behind them and the Hollywood sign doing its thing in the hills in the distance. DiCaprio’s accompanying caption for the poster reads: “Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood.”View image on Twitter
Hollywood. 1969. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood
Pitt is wearing the same outfit that was shown in Vanity Fair’s exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the film, which also included fresh glimpses of Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, who was brutally killed by Manson’s followers. Pitt plays Cliff Booth, a longtime friend and stunt double for Rick Dalton (DiCaprio). The film also stars Al Pacino as Marvin Schwarzs, Dalton’s agent; scan through those photos and you’ll see Pacino in character, meeting Dalton and Booth at the legendary hot spot Musso & Frank Grill.
Cinematographer Robert Richardson has teased details about the film, telling Collider last October that it feels “very fresh.”“It oscillates between humorous, serious, spooky; it’s playful,” he said. “It’s not easily describable, but it’s very Quentin. Very, very, very Quentin.” He also praised the work of Pacino and cast member Dakota Fanning, who plays Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme: “Phew, is she a powerhouse.”
Though the film will be released around the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders, Tarantino has said that it will not focus solely on the horrific true-crime story. “It takes place at the height of the counterculture explosion,” he told Varietyin 2018. “It takes place at the time of the hippie revolution, and it takes place at the height of new Hollywood.”
The filmmaker added that Once Upon a Time . . . will be similar, in terms of plotting and style, to Pulp Fiction. Except when it comes to that earlier film’s perfect poster—which, with all due respect to Pitt and DiCaprio, has yet to be outdone.
Here's Everything In Apex Legends' Underwhelming Season 1 Battle Pass
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Today, Respawn Entertainment announced the much-anticipated Season 1 Battle Pass for Apex Legends, following in the footsteps battle royale sensation Fortnite with 100 tiers of unlockable cosmetics. And there's a lot riding on it, as well: this is a crucial piece of the game's monetization strategy, and so there needs to be enough fancy weapon and character skins in there to get people to open up their wallets. So how did Respawn do here?
Pretty bad, unfortunately.
The pass kicks off with some of the only character skins in the lot: we've got Mirage, Lifeline and Wraith with some warpaint on. Not much to write home about, really.
Things actually get worse from there, however. Most of what we can see in the pass are weapon skins, which are fine but not all that exciting. They don't do much to make the weapon feel particularly different or strange, and nothing in here really goes much past the wraps that we can see in Fortnite.
Halfway through we get our next skin, for the still-unreleased Octane:
This one is even worse than the Tier-1 skins. It looks basically like what we've seen of Octane, just with less color? A pretty low-level transformation, and not particularly preferable to what we assume is the base skin.
There's a ton of filler in here, from badges that display your pass level to a ton of loot boxes. Theoretically, the loot boxes could contain good stuff, but that's not really the idea behind a battle pass: we want to know what we're getting so we can work towards it. Some of the later tiers go a long time without giving anything interesting:
In Fortnite the Tier-100 skin is the grand prize of the season, something you work towards for weeks and that typically comes with some of the most intricate character design the game has to offer. Here we have a sort of arctic camo weapon skin and another badge:
Apex LegendsCREDIT: EA
Overall, this is a weak performance from a game already struggling with its comsetics. Apex Legends will probably still sell some of these based on people that will buy it because they're fans of the game and want a grind in there, but nothing in the pass will be driving purchases on its own. Respawn needs more artists working on skins, and quickly.
Myspace, which still exists, accidentally deleted 12 years’ worth of music
You forgot Myspace and Myspace forgot you, by losing all your stuff.
The wonky, pre-Facebook, customizable web page-based social network Myspace has lost all the music uploaded to the platform between 2003 and 2015, totaling more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, which the company confirmed only after some participants in a technology-focused subreddit pointed it out.
“As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” the company said in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
just checked my teen band's page and yep, the music is all gone!I feel conflicted! it's not music i want anyone to listen to but i'm still embarrassed-nostalgic about it. i hope one of my bandmates has a copy of those tracks https://twitter.com/TaylorLorenz/status/1107633781190602752 …
Myspace has lost all photos, videos, and music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 https://boingboing.net/2019/03/17/facebook-is-next.html …
The news comes at a time when preservation of web history is a particularly hot topic. The Internet Archive’s Jason Scott criticized Myspace’s mishandling of “10 years of unique digital music,” and compared it to Google’s recent decision to wipe many of the public posts, images, video, and account data from its failed Google+ social network. “Anyone who doesn’t think this is going to happen to YouTube is kidding themselves,” Scott added in a tweet.
Digital archivists — most publicly, the ones at Internet Archive — have been fighting an uphill battle this year, having been tasked with preserving millions of photos Flickr had marked for deletion in February, and years’ worth of “adult content” banned abruptly from Tumblr in December.
Andy Baio, founder of the XOXO Festival and the former chief technology officer of Kickstarter, shared MySpace’s official version of the data loss on Twitter but immediately questioned it, writing, “I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than ‘we can’t be bothered with the effort and cost of hosting 50 million old MP3s.’”
DIGITAL ARCHIVISTS — MOST PUBLICLY, THE ONES AT INTERNET ARCHIVE — HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AN UPHILL BATTLE THIS YEAR
His suspicions make sense given the current state of Myspace, which was purchased by NewsCorp for $580 million in 2005 and trampled a few years later by the rise of Facebook. As a DIY music platform, Myspace started losing its space in popular culture to first YouTube and then SoundCloud. Now, as John Herrman wrote for the New York Times Magazine in December:
Myspace.com is still online, but that doesn’t mean Myspace didn’t die. It’s best understood as undead: existing in some corporeal form, with nothing left behind the eyes… It’s a sleepy news and entertainment portal, owned by the magazine publisher Meredith and vaguely affiliated with People and Entertainment Weekly.
There are still dedicated users who have been there since the beginning, but they spend most of their time surfing among thousands of abandoned profiles and looking for rare moments of verifiably human contact, essentially living in a digital post-apocalypse. Building a music career there would be virtually impossible now, given the lack of audience and the glitchiness of media upload tools that don’t appear to have any kind of engineering maintenance schedule.
In 2011 — just after a failed attempt to relaunch Myspace around music, with help from Justin Timberlake — the company was sold for $35 million to an advertising platform with an interest in its troves of user data, which, though eroded, was still useful enough if it could be paired with more recent social media platforms on other sites. Myspace’s new owner pooled this data into something it called the Advertising Cloud, which has changed hands twice more to end up in the hands of Meredith Corporation — the Iowa-based former radio and TV empire that still publishes Martha Stewart Living and is currently in the business of selling off national magazines to individual billionaires. It’s also trying to sell the ad tech company that bought Myspace, though what money remains to be squeezed out of it is hard to say.
It took a while for people to even notice that all this music was gone, and it doesn’t seem as though Myspace is particularly contrite about it. A different Reddit user posted in a tech support subreddit a year ago, sharing a screenshot of a terse email exchange with Myspace. This user had asked why the Myspace media player wasn’t able to play music from 2007 to 2011, suggesting that the files were missing. Initially, the company wrote that it was a known issue with no specific date for resolution; then the spokesperson pivoted and responded, “Due to a server migration files were corrupted and unable to be transferred over to our updated site. There is no way to recover the lost data. Thanks, Myspace.”
“After years of relaunches, redesigns, data breaches and general neglect,” Herrman wrote months ago, “many Myspace users have lost the ability to contact their former selves.” You could argue that a hemorrhaging of old files shouldn’t surprise or upset these users too much at this point, and that looking at the dusty, jumbled mess the platform had turned into should have been more than enough of a suggestion to go ahead and back up whatever files they didn’t want to lose.
But that’s clearest only now — at the moment when all these tech companies that had implicitly promised to provide a platform for creative works forever started taking things back.
'The Fix' gives Marcia Clark fictionalized O.J. trial do-over
By Brian Lowry, CNN
Updated 11:48 AM ET, Mon March 18, 2019
Adam Rayner, Robin Tunney and Merrin Dungey in 'The Fix' (ABC/Eric McCandless)
(CNN)There are few do-overs in life, but O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark gets one -- even if it's fictionalized -- with "The Fix," an ABC drama that hews just closely enough to that case to spur interest before veering into an exaggerated lane. NBC, meanwhile, drives straight into a creative cul-de-sac with "The Village," which desperately wants to mirror "This Is Us" and merely provides a reminder that it takes a village, sometimes, to mess up a TV show.
Clark shares producer credit on "The Fix," which focuses on a former prosecutor, Maya Travis (Robin Tunney), who lost her most famous case: The racially charged trial of a British movie star, Severen "Sevvy" Johnson ("Lost's" Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), who was found not guilty of a double murder in 2010.When Sevvy is suspected again of a new slaying, Maya is called out of retirement by her former colleague ("Tyrant's" Adam Rayner), who shows up at the rural community where she's taken refuge and tantalizingly says, "He did it again. You have to come back, Maya."Well, who wouldn't want a shot at redemption? Still, the O.J. echoes gradually fade as "The Fix" layers on the melodrama and loads up the fridge with red herrings, garnished with office politics and Sevvy's extended circle, including his grown (and in some instances, estranged) children.In essence, "The Fix" uses the "trial of the century" as a come-on, and a means of differentiating this latest serialized mystery from recent ABC series (see "Secrets and Lies" and "Ten Days in the Valley") cut from a similar cloth.Perhaps foremost, the show is smartly cast -- not only in terms of the leads but around the edges, including Scott Cohen as Sevvy's sleazy defense attorney (given the production auspices, would there be any other kind?) and Robin Givens as the actor's ex-wife, whose loyalty comes at a price.It's hard to assess the show's timing, more than 23 years after the Simpson trial ended, but only three years removed from FX's limited series based on that case. If Clark and her collaborators do enjoy the thrill of victory ratings-wise, it would suggest that when it comes to sensational crime, maybe you can win for losing.Warren Christie, Frankie Faison in 'The Village' (Peter Kramer/NBC)While the concept for "The Fix" is crystal clear, "The Village" is the dramatic equivalent of a Netflix recommendation -- the equivalent of "If you just watched 'This is Us,' you might like this."The basic template, however, is scattered to the point of disjointed, built around the diverse denizens of an apartment building in Brooklyn, where neighbors help each other out.Not surprisingly given the premise, a lot of help is needed. The various plots include a military veteran (Warren Christie) who has recently returned from war, a foreign-born mother (another "Tyrant" alum, Moran Atias) trying to protect her young son after being seized by immigration enforcement, and the couple that serves as the glue for the whole complex (Frankie Faison, Lorraine Toussaint), dispensing homespun wisdom.The main problem is "The Village" feels like it's trying too hard -- as if the show was developed specifically to try replicating the warm fuzzies that its lead-in, "This is Us," regularly delivers, transparently wrapped in a "family is what you make of it" message.In the old days, coveted primetime real estate behind an established hit might have been enough to give "The Village" a fighting chance. But in today's media environment, a show this bland is well-advised not to sign a long-term lease."The Fix" premieres March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC."The Village" premieres March 19 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
Kim Kardashian Just Posted A Pic Of Her Face Covered In Psoriasis
Posted on March 18, 2019, at 2:50 p.m.Ryan SchocketBuzzFeed StaffView 11 comments
Kim Kardashian has always been super open about having psoriasis, a skin condition that causes skin cells to build up and form scales and patches of dry skin.
And just last month, she had a flare-up, which she shared with her 131 million Instagram followers. Here's a picture of her legs.
Kim said she's tried everything to get rid of it:
And in December, she shared that she was considering going on medication for her psoriasis:
Well on Sunday, she posted a photo of her face covered with psoriasis:
Kim K catches a lot of flak on a regular basis, but can we just give her credit for being open with her followers — especially knowing how much her brand relies on society's norms of beauty?
It looks like Kim's openness is already helping others:
So thank you, Kim, for your openness. <3
Why Easter 2019 Could Have Been in March
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Wednesday (March 20) brings us the first full moon of the new spring season. The official moment that the moon will turn full is 9:43 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Just 3 hours and 45 minutes earlier, the vernal equinox — the official start of astronomical spring — will occur.
The first full moon of spring is usually designated as the Paschal Full Moon or the Paschal Term. Traditionally, Easter is observed on the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. If the Paschal Moon occurs on a Sunday, Easter lands on the subsequent Sunday. Following these rules, we find that Easter can fall as early as March 22 and as late as April 25. Pope Gregory XIII decreed this in 1582 as part of the Gregorian calendar.
So, it would seem to follow that Wednesday's full moon would be the so-called Paschal Term, the first full moon of the spring season. That would mean that in 2019, Easter should come on March 24, just two days shy of the earliest possible date for Easter on the calendar.
Interestingly, those same ecclesiastical rules state that the vernal equinox is fixed on March 21 (for European longitudes), even though from the years 2008 through 2103 the equinox will occur no later than March 20. In fact, in the year 2020, for the first time since 1896, spring will arrive on the 19th across the entire United States, and in 2048, that will happen across the whole of Europe.
So, while in an astronomical sense, March 20 marks the first full moon of spring, so far as the Christian church is concerned, we must put the Paschal Term on hold for a month until the next full moon, on April 19. That also occurs on Good Friday, and at sundown that same day, Passover begins. Two days later will come a rather late Easter Sunday, on April 21.
An even more extreme situation will take place in 2038. In that year, the equinox will fall on March 20 with a full moon the very next day (a Sunday). So, astronomically, Easter should fall on March 28 of that year. In reality, however, as mandated by the rules of the church, Easter in 2038 will be observed as late as it can possibly come, on April 25!
Adding more confusion is that there is also an "ecclesiastical" full moon, determined from ecclesiastical tables. Its date does not necessarily coincide with that of the "astronomical" full moon, which is based solely on astronomical calculations. In 1974, for instance, a full moon took place on Saturday, April 6, at 2100 GMT, so Easter should have been observed the next day, Sunday, April 7. In reality, the holiday was observed on the following Sunday, April 14.
So, in practice, the date of Easter is determined not from astronomical computations, but rather from other formulas, such as epacts (the age of the "ecclesiastical" moon at the beginning of a year) and the "golden number" (a value used to show the dates of new moons for each year, following a 19-year cycle).
Since the beginning of the 20th century, a proposal to change Easter to a fixed holiday rather than a movable one has been widely discussed. In 1963, the Second Vatican Council agreed, provided that Christian churches could reach a consensus — the main possibility is the second Sunday in April. But the Vatican has taken no action on this.
In his book "Mathematical Astronomy Morsels" (Willmann-Bell,Inc., 1997), Jean Meeus pointed out some interesting data about Easter.
- Easter Sunday cannot occur in March for each of two successive years. A year with a March Easter is always preceded and followed by a year with an April Easter.
- On rare occasions, an Easter in April is preceded and followed by an Easter in March. The last time this happened was in 1990, and the next time will be in 2085.
- It is possible for 10 consecutive Easter Sundays to fall in April, but since the inception of the Gregorian calendar (in 1582), this circumstance has not yet happened. It will finally happen during the middle of the 29th century, starting with the year 2856 and running through 2865.
- During the current millennium (2000 to 2999), the date that Easter falls on most frequently is April 16 (43 times). The date that Easter falls on least frequently is also the earliest possible one, March 22 (five times). This year's Easter date of April 21 is one of the more frequently occurring spots (38 times).
- Over a much longer time span, running from 2000 to 7999, the date that Easter falls on most frequently will be April 19 (231 times). The date that Easter falls the least, will once again be March 22 (29 times).
The origins of these names are often traced back to Native American folklore, though they may also have evolved from old England or, as astronomy author Guy Ottewell, suggests, "writer's fancy."
The March full moon is known as "Worm Moon," supposedly because when the ground softens, the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins. Other lunar monikers included "Crow Moon," (when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter), "Crust Moon" (because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night) and "Sap Moon" (marking the time of tapping maple trees).
Editor's Note: This is an updated version of previous columns on Easter and the full moon, with new details added for Easter 2019.
- Full Moon Calendar: When to See the Next Full Moon
- The Full Moon That Determines Easter
- Astronaut Celebrates Easter in Space (Easter Eggs, Included)
Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York's Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers' Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon FiOS1 News in New York's lower Hudson Valley. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.