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Tom Hardy’s acting will keep your eyes locked on ‘Locke’

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It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy’s mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent “Locke” more minute-to-minute involving than this year’s more costly extravaganzas.

Though a dozen actors are listed in “Locke’s” credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.

As played by Hardy (best known as the terrifying Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”), Locke is not only driving, he is engaged in an almost continuous series of hands-free phone conversations as he desperately attempts to keep the various parts of his well-ordered life from collapsing in a total ruin. This may not sound like the formula for continuous tension, but it is.

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Marti Diaz, Portland Principal Accused but Never Charged With Domestic Violence Faces Firing

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith plans in two weeks to ask the Portland School Board to fire Marti Diaz, the former Kelly Elementary School principal who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, but never charged with a crime after an alcohol-fueled camping trip with fellow PPS principals went awry.

A school board vote is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 20—almost exactly one year after Portland police arrested Diaz at work and PPS put Diaz on paid administrative leave.

But this won’t be the end of Diaz’s fight with PPS, according to her attorney, Craig Crispin, who says Diaz plans to sue in federal court if the school board fires her on the grounds PPS discriminated against her, defamed her and inflicted emotional distress, among other claims.

“The expectation is we’ll be in court fairly quickly,” Crispin says, adding that PPS initially offered Diaz a settlement to resign. Diaz rejected the offer and made a counteroffer, but Crispin wouldn’t disclose the amounts.

A Man of Action Will Van Damme Have Schwarzenegger’s Kick

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In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal–or even Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Double Impact,” the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.3 million and the 30-year-old Belgian karate champion and kickboxer is already shooting his next film, “Universal Soldier,” a Carolco project and the first film in a rumored eight-picture deal with Columbia Pictures and Carolco.

Although no one at Columbia will confirm the exact details of the Van Damme deal, Michael Nathanson, Columbia’s head of production, says the company has a commitment with Van Damme that “the next three or four or five pictures are going to be directly financed and produced by us.” Two more will be produced by Carolco, whose pictures are distributed by Tri-Star, which is owned, like Columbia, by Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Double Impact” was a co-production between Columbia and Michael Douglas’ Stone Group.

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Mixing Tips for Beginners

If you’re getting into mixing and engineering, then you’ll probably need to send your mixes out for mastering. Mastering engineers refine your mix by making the work a little brighter and a little louder. These days, you have the option to get mastering for vinyl, for CD, and for digital. Each mastering technique is a little different, but some of the mixing principles are the same. If you’re ready to get your mix to the next stage and get a little closer to a professional sound, the following are some tips for you.

Panning

The first step to a great mix is panning. Panning can be described as the placing of a track in either the middle, left, or right sides of the mix, or in a location that blends all three locations. Because there are two speakers, and two ears to listen with, panning allows you to recognise a specific sound as it comes out of one speaker.

Most digital audio workstations can pan tracks. However, you might not know which tracks to pan and which ones to leave centred. One strategy is to duplicate tracks needed for wide panning, so that you have

Technology Advanced, Now Enjoy Online TV Anytime Anywhere

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There is an innovative television technology that is specially designed for expats. You no longer have to worry about where you live. The technology enables expats watch IPTV when abroad. To access the television feed, all that you need is a specially designed set top box. Fix this box to your Internet router and to your television set and you can begin to enjoy Indian TV channels from anywhere in the world. IPTV allows you to watch and enjoy live events such as television show premieres or finales. You can also watch live sports over the Internet from the comfort of your couch with this IPTV technology. Once you plug in this set top box, you can watch all digital free to air channels that are available in your country. This technology is easy to install in your home. It is also quite affordable.

The catch up facility

Once you invest in an IPTV set top box, you immediately get some catch up time. This feature allows you to watch the Indian TV live at your leisure. You can watch reruns and

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Cheap Hotel In Jogja

Jogja is a destination you should consider the next time you think about going somewhere to spend your free time. Guarantee, you won’t regret it. Many things you can experience there, from the history of the past, culinary adventure, to shopping. Suggestion for you, don’t take only a day or two, to connect yourself with the tradition, and so on, but more. Where to stay? Place to stay while vacating somewhere is essential. As you want to relax your body after the whole day you go back and forth. Hotel in Jogja is cheap, more, it comes in many options to opt based on your preference.

Getting yourself less pricey hotel to stay in Jogja, here are some names to put into account. Malioboro is one among other popular place to visit in Jogja. There you can shop batik and other handmade crafts with affordable price. Hotel Dafam Fortuna Malioboro Yogya is a good option for you. From the hotel to Malioboro it takes only 5 minutes by foot, very convenient, isn’t it? Malioboro is not the only place. Beringharjo and palaces are another places you will find no hassle to reach.

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3 Things You Should Know About Mixing for Vinyl

Mixing for vinyl has long been an under-appreciated art form in the world of music. Great engineers can make a world of difference on a track and can really take a band or musician’s music to the next level.

While the necessity of mastering is certainly known to musicians, many people do not realise just how difficult this process is. In many cases, individuals looking to have their tracks mixed are hurting their chances at a top-of-the-line production because of silly mistakes that they made during their own music production.

To help make sure you avoid these potential issues, here is a look at some things that you should know about mixing for vinyl.

High-Frequency Sounds Can Make Mixing Difficult

Since vinyl mastering is not easy as it may seem, the last thing you want to do is make it more difficult on the sound engineer doing the mastering. Many people, however, do this without even realising that they are doing it. One of the biggest issues that engineers run into is that they receive tracks with loud, high-frequency sounds.

It should be understood that these high-frequency sounds are not only difficult

Different Types of Entertainment

Before we look into different types of entertainment, first lets define what entertainment is. Entertainment is any kind of activity that provides amusement for people in a passive way, other entertaining activities that involve participating are considered recreation or hobbies.

There are many types of entertainment for particular tastes, for example we have cinema, theatre, sports, games, social dance, concert, comedy shows, animations, impressionists, clowns and the list goes on and on.

These form of entertainment can than be divided into groups  according to the age and interest of the people being entertained. For instance we have child entertainment, adult entertainment, live action entertainment, public entertainment and corporate entertainment. In this article we’ll give a brief explanation to some of these forms.

Child Entertainment

Kids need to be entertained and some times the entertainer or the entertainment agency needs to find a balance between mental and physical activities. Clowns, puppets, pantomimes and cartoons tend to appeal to children, though adult might find it enjoyable too.

Adult Entertainment

Adult Entertainment many times is related to the sex industry, but this form of entertainment can not be related only with the sex industry and its branches. Adult Entertainment involves things like music concerts, live sports, opera and a

Choosing Your Make-up Artist In North West

Men and women these days have become increasingly informed relating their aesthetics and how they look is a matter of impressive concern to them. Men and women are equally inclined towards showing themselves in the best possible manner. However, females in modern times are putting in lots of effort to appear and feel perfect from a very young age. Everything has provided an enormous increase to the aesthetic industry which is thriving in the present day in most of the regions of the world including United Kingdom. In locations like Manchester there is high demand of specialist makeup artist who are capable of fully transforming the looks of an individual. Whether it is an occasion as big as a marriage ceremony or something as simple as a house gathering with family & friends you would wish to look good in front of everybody. You can try purchasing prepared yourself or hire the services of knowledgeable Manchester makeup artist.

I would suggest looking for the latter as it has several features beginning with the expertise that they have in grooming people. Since a reliable makeup Manchester artist has best training & practice of carrying out makeups of numerous types they can change

Music… The Perfect Remedy To A Long & Tiring Day

There is background and “mood” music in sitcoms and TV showsthat you watch everyday. We have all heard those catchycommercial jingles that stick with us throughout the day.These are just some examples of music.

Types of Music

There are so many types of music out there. You can buy CDs,listen to the radio and even listen to music or learn aboutmusic on TV. MTV, VH1 and various other television channelsare geared towards music. You can turn on your radio andpick up the waves of many local and some even distantstations that play different types of music. Music is reallyeverywhere and there is so much to choose from.

Some of the more common types of music are country, R&B, hiphop, rock, classical and pop or dance. Many other categorieshave came from these basic genres. There are also manydifferent categories according to decade. For example, youcan get hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. These will playyou all the hits and chart toppers from that era.

Digital Music

Just like many other things in life today, music has wentdigital and there are many more opportunities now for you toenjoy it. You can download music online and store it on yourcomputer. You can also listen to music

Entertainment And Lifestyle Is Getting A Facelift With Camcorders, AC And LCD TV In India

Entertainment and lifestyle are factors, which everyone likes to adopt vividly in their way of life. There are a lot of things that can be done for entertainment and it’s a fact that everyone’s definition for entertainment is different. Watching TV, going for movies, hanging out with family and friends, outing or just simply resting and reading. A person might want to do any of these things for entertainment and relaxing oneself. With the statement of lifestyle, people need to get comfortable doing household chores and need to enjoy their stay in their own loving house. Microwave Cooking, Air Conditioned living and comfortable commuting are among the most preferred lifestyle statements that everybody want to change in his life for a better option.

Relaxing yourself is the major concern. Places like India, which is humid and hot need a comfortable space with Air Conditioners. Also with the rising trend of economical liberalization, urbanization and formation of concrete jungle is making the climate more hot and even sometimes, unbearable for staying. This is the reason why AC in India is now in a greater demand. With enhanced spending capabilities, and competitive market pricings offering more choices for people to go for AC

ifferent Types of Entertainment

Before we look into different types of entertainment, first lets define what entertainment is. Entertainment is any kind of activity that provides amusement for people in a passive way, other entertaining activities that involve participating are considered recreation or hobbies.

Before we look into different types of entertainment, first lets define what entertainment is. Entertainment is any kind of activity that provides amusement for people in a passive way, other entertaining activities that involve participating are considered recreation or hobbies.

There are many types of entertainment for particular tastes, for example we have cinema, theatre, sports, games, social dance, concert, comedy shows, animations, impressionists, clowns and the list goes on and on.

These form of entertainment can than be divided into groups  according to the age and interest of the people being entertained. For instance we have child entertainment, adult entertainment, live action entertainment, public entertainment and corporate entertainment. In this article we’ll give a brief explanation to some of these forms.

Child Entertainment

Kids need to be entertained and some times the entertainer or the entertainment agency needs to find a balance between mental and physical activities. Clowns, puppets, pantomimes and cartoons tend to appeal to children, though adult might find it enjoyable too.

Adult

The Best Movie Weekend of the Year?

Bridge of Spies
Yes, Steven Spielberg is our latter-day Frank Capra, Tom Hanks is his Jimmy Stewart, and this is their latest triumphant celebration of an Everyman exemplifying everything that makes America great. This time, in a true-life Cold War-era story, Hanks is a modest New York lawyer assigned to negotiate the trade of a Soviet agent for U-2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers.

Steve Jobs
At times as infuriating as the angry, selfish, abusive and brilliant figure at its center, Aaron Sorkin’s script visits the Apple founder (Michael Fassbender) at three pivotal moments in his life and career. Lining up to jawbone with him in classic Sorkin manner are his ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterston), his longtime partner (Seth Rogen) and the Apple CEO (Jeff Daniels) who oversaw Jobs’s ouster from the very company he created.

Truth
The best part of this account of how CBS newsman Dan Rather was brought down by a scandal surrounding a story he reported in 2004 is Robert Redford’s performance as Rather. With nary a touch of disguising makeup, Redford channels the anchor with the subtlest of mannerisms, including a wisp of a Texas twang. Cate Blanchett is excellent as his embattled producer.

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Diagnosed with terminal cancer,

Attachment to cellphones more about entertainment, less about communication

That panicked feeling we get when the family pet goes missing is the same when we misplace our mobile phone, says a Kansas State University marketing professor. Moreover, those feelings of loss and hopelessness without our digital companion are natural.

“The cellphone’s no longer just a cellphone; it’s become the way we communicate and a part of our life,” said Esther Swilley, who researches technology and marketing. This reliance on cellphones and other mobile technology in daily life is an interest of Swilley’s, and a phenomenon she hopes to explain.

One long-term study has Swilley looking at the attitudes people have toward their mobile phone and how these attitudes are influenced by a user’s relationship with their device. That attachment, called mobile affinity, depends on whether an owner views their cellphone or smartphone as a device that’s more fun than it is functional or vice versa. Gaining insight into this relationship could enable retailers to better understand the consumer mindset and could even make it possible to market to consumers individually based on their interests and beliefs.

To find and collect this data, Swilley uses a hotbed of information: a college campus. She observes how Kansas State students use and

Knowledge or entertainment Which would you pay for?

From firewalls to metered access, news organisations have invented many ways to make readers pay for their content online. But the vital question of which readers are more willing to pay than others has been largely neglected — until now.

Over 500 American adults were asked what factors affect their willingness to pay in a study by Manuel Goyanes, from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Before revealing his results in the current issue of Journalism Practice, Goyanes explains just what the paid online news model is up against, stating that “[This] study shows that online users were more likely to pay for those digital products whose main value proposition consists of providing entertainment (music) and solutions (software and apps), but less likely to pay for those providing knowledge (such as an online newspaper).”

Ultimately, Goyanes found that younger and wealthier users were more likely to be willing to pay for online news, as were moderate users of Twitter; heavy Twitter users were more likely to buy into the “culture of free.” People who’ve bought software programmes, online movies, apps or ebooks are also more likely to pay for online news; in other words, users who pay for entertainment

What Movie Should I See This Weekend

1 Our Brand Is Crisis R DRAMA/COMEDY Trailers
A month that started so promisingly is ending with several weeks of duds. The best of Halloween weekend’s rather underwhelming lot is this loose, fictionalized take on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary Our Brand Is Crisis from director David Gordon Green (Manglehorn, Joe, Pineapple Express). Sandra Bullock stars as “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a political strategist who returns from retirement to run the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate. That role was originally written for George Clooney, but Bullock appears to be the bright spot in a film that also features Billy Bob Thornton, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse R HORROR/COMEDY Trailers
Halloween’s only horror newcomer in cineplexes follows three scouts (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, and Joey Morgan) and a cocktail waitress as they fight to survive a zombie infestation. Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), the comedic tale also stars Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Halston Sage.

This Is Not PIFF

Portland needed a Sundance—an arthouse festival for cinephiles—according to Portland Film Festival creator Josh Leake. Because never mind the Portland International Film Festival, the Oregon Film Festival and the Northwest Animation Festival. To name a few.

Back for its third year, Leake’s brainchild is sticking close to its indie roots with 214 screenings of flicks from around the world, including “a musical journey into the forgotten corners of Jamaican reggae,” plus a Guinness world record with zombie extras.

Here, the four Northwest directors give their take on Portland’s film scene.

Brian Padian (The Black Sea)

I have heard stories told about a local genius filmmaker who will only shoot on film and who lives in a camper with his cat. If you can find him, he’s the one to ask [about Portland’s film scene]. What’s missing from the fest, other than artisanal beer and cheese, is only the time to attend everything.

Whose Wish Is This?

Part One: How I Felt During the Movie

I only loosely paid attention to Batkid in November 2013, when he was a social-media phenom and pictures on Twitter showed part of San Francisco shutting down to stage his superhero fantasy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But what I didn’t get was the insane scope of the undertaking. Batkid Begins fills in the gaps.

Even if the documentary were bad, the story is so great that I’d still love it. As luck would have it, the film is a genuine tearjerker that never feels cynical or manipulative.

Miles Scott, who was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia at 18 months old, just wanted to be a superhero. So Make-A-Wish planned to have Miles run around San Francisco fighting crime in costume with an adult dressed as Batman. But the plan snowballed on social media, and by the time the event took place there were 12,000-plus volunteers. San Francisco Opera made the costumes, Apple volunteered its communications team to

Original Glitter Queens

To the masses, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene of the 1960s evokes visions of flower children on acid trips and free love. But so much that defined the era gets glossed over, including a messianic, bearded man named Hibiscus who coated himself in glitter, threw on a dress and made as big an impact as any.

, local director and QDoc co-founder David Weissman (co-directing with Bill Weber) tells the story of the group’s role as hugely influential and often overlooked pioneers of queer culture. Part vaudeville, part psychedelic freak show, part family and part drag revue, the Cockettes influenced everything and everyone from

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to Bowie to Lou Reed with their stage shows and satirical films.

In advance of its screening at Hollywood Theatre, Weissman sat down to chat about his award-winning, warts-and-all documentary. 

WW: How did you discover the Cockettes?

Movie Review 7 Chinese Brothers

It’s the end of the world as we know it every summer in Hollywood.

All those Earth-in-the-balance blockbusters eventually leave you totally apathetic about the apocalypse. Because it really is the end of the world outside the theater, and maybe we’re a little sweaty, but we feel fine. That’s not just a 2015 thing: Times are always tumultuous for anyone who’s paying attention, and thus it is often argued that films like 7 Chinese Brothers—a semi-sitcom that ambles through funny vignettes for an hour and 15 minutes without making any sort of statement—can’t possibly matter. 

Sure, director Bob Byington’s protagonists are working-class, but they are unexcitingly reasonable when facing their First World problems. Maybe that’s all right. Because as the aforementioned blockbusters tend to burn us out on the whole concept of plot with capital P, we are in desperate need of anti-blockbusters in which nothing is at stake.

The plot of 7 Chinese Brothers is incidental. It involves no brothers of Chinese

Blood on Our Hands

Like the best horror maestros, Wes Craven didn’t revolutionize the genre. But he refined it masterfully.

Slasher films existed long before Craven molded them into a self-aware, winking genre with Scream, in which he turned the token teenage kebabs into pop-culture nerds knowledgeable about, well, slasher flicks. Before Craven, bogeymen followed us home to haunt our nightmares. But Craven created the bogeyman who lived in our dreams and followed us into reality. And when Freddy Krueger fell out of Craven’s hands and into the world of horror self-parody, Craven reclaimed his madman, unleashing him on Hollywood itself. 

Craven—who died at the claws of brain cancer this month—cemented his name in the horror canon with Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street and New Nightmare. But as audiences reflect on the director’s legacy, the conversation rarely mentions his less-refined breakouts and how they took the fucked-up genre of exploitation to crazily fucked-up new heights. What’s the most horrifying thing about his visions of pure evil? Their humanity.

A Tale of Two Fishes

Rachel Mason, an L.A. multimedia artist, has released 11 albums and successfully shown her sculptures, installations and films in New York, Chicago and Seattle. But she’s just realizing what being a musician means for her. The Lives of Hamilton Fish, an hourlong rock opera, is the prolific Mason’s first feature film and her most ambitious project to date.

Serving as a high-concept art film and an extended music video, The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a cinematic version of Mason’s 12th record, which tells a story in music and lyrics of two men named Hamilton Fish. 

Using video as a vehicle, the artist expanded her album into a nested series of music videos with a unifying storyline. When the obituaries of Hamilton Fish II (Theodore Bouloukos) and Hamilton “Albert” Fish (Bill Weeden) appeared on the front page of the same newspaper on the same day, it won the attention of the newspaper’s editor (played by Mason herself). The two men’s lives could not be more different— one is a wealthy New

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