If you’ve been on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a recent wave of cartoon characters among your friends and acquaintances’ profile pictures. And it’s not just you. On Google Trends, Google’s snapshot-of-the-web service which charts hot search topics, nineteen out of twenty (!) of the top searches are for various types of childhood cartoon character, many narrowed down by decade (“80s cartoons”; “cartoons from the 90s”) or specific shows (who knew Bobby’s World was so popular?).What’s this all about? According to many of the messages, it’s part of a campaign against child abuse.Sample message: Change your fb profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal? To not see a human face on fb till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse & copy & paste to your status.This campaign seems to have evolved from a campaign in Greece and Cyprus which didn’t have any such social … [Read more...] about What’s with All the Cartoon Character Profile Pictures on Facebook?
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What’s it like being Michael Voltaggio today? For starters, he’s been having a pretty darn good year: his restaurants, ink. and ink.sack are celebrating their one-year anniversary within weeks of each other, and ink.’s been named as one of America’s best new restaurants by Bon Appetit (GQ went one further and claimed it was the best new restaurant in America, period). He’s been at the forefront of Los Angeles’s protest agains the foie gras ban, and the target of Ludo LeFebvre’s e-pimping. And last night, he made an appearance on The Exes, which brought him in extremely close proximity with our favorite person, Donald Faison. He’ll be the first to admit that he’s extremely lucky, and before he made his sitcom debut, we sat down with him to reflect on the awesomeness of his year and what badassery he may get into next. The Braiser: We always find it funny when chefs cameo on TV, so how exactly did this come across your … [Read more...] about Michael Voltaggio On Foraging, Mandy Moore, And What’s Wrong With Food Media
Industry attendees were praising the quality of this year’s projects at Film Bazaar, setting the stage for indie Indian films to continue to make waves around the globe at festivals and beyond.Films from Film Bazaar Recommends (some still in post-production) stirring buzz from international buyers and festival programmers include Rohit Mittal’s serial killer mockumentary Autohead; Goan director Miransha Naik’s village bullying story Juje; Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s thriller An Off-Day Game; Pushan Kripalani’s marriage drama The Threshold; and Bauddhayan Mukherji’s The Violin Player, about a Bollywood session violinist.Hot documentaries – both in Film Bazaar Recommends — include Alka Rahuram’s women’s boxing story Burqa Boxers (which has been sold for a narrative re-imagining) and Rahul Jain’s Machines, a sensory look at a textile factory in Gujarat.In the Co-Production Market, hot pitches included Fahad … [Read more...] about What’s the buzz at Film Bazaar 2015?
“Is there a cause behind your documentary? Should you crowd source? Talk to brands about identifying and connecting with your project? Go to NGOs? It’s exciting and scary times,” said Rob Alexander, who was at Sheffield Doc/Fest last week to raise funds for his documentary A Bow Project, and who summed up the mood at the 17th edition which closed on Sunday.“It’s all about widening the opportunities for documentaries. So we are speaking to brands, foundations and philanthropists who haven’t necessarily funded docs before,” agrees Jess Search, the chief executive of the documentary support body, the Channel 4 BRITDOC foundation.To prove the point, BRITDOC announced during the festival that it would be producing a feature aimed at highlighting the importance of nature, which has been commissioned and will be part funded by the National Trust, following a similar model to the 2009 doc about privacy, Erasing David, which was funded by the Joseph … [Read more...] about What’s Hot in Docs?
This story first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It was mid-February of this year when Vince Gilligan settled in to finish the script for Breaking Bad's 62nd and final episode.Filming was set to begin in a little over a week. He sat down at the dining-room table of his Albuquerque, N.M., condo, which had doubled as the temporary home of Bryan Cranston's Walter White when his wife kicked him out of the house a few seasons earlier. With an Old 97s version of "El Paso" playing on a continuous loop on his iPod, he wrote the final scene in which the camera pulls away from White one last time. After five seasons of morally reprehensible behavior, the chemistry teacher turned meth dealer -- one of television's least sympathetic antiheroes -- finally would meet his demise.But as Gilligan typed "End of Series" at the bottom of the page, his hazel eyes grew heavy with tears. "I knew it was the end of an era for me," he says. "The end of the best job I will … [Read more...] about ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Vince Gilligan Reveals Details of ‘Saul’ Spinoff and Terror Over What’s Next