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  • MARTIN SCORSESE: ‘CINEMA IS GONE’

    Few today are making movies with the scope and ambition of “Silence” – a fact, he grants, that makes him feel like one of the last of a dying breed in today’s film industry.

    “Cinema is gone,” Scorsese says. “The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone.”

    “The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be?” he continues. “Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.”

    Scorsese points to the proliferation of images and the overreliance on superficial techniques as trends that have diminished the power of cinema to younger audiences. “It should matter to your life,” he says. “Unfortunately the latest generations don’t know that it mattered so much.”

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  • Makin’ It – Something For Ma (Rare Episode From 1970s Disco Themed Sitcom)

    Here is an episode from the short-lived comedy adventure series Makin’ It, described as a loose TV version of the disco blockbuster film Saturday Night Fever starring David Naughton (who also had a hit record with the title theme song), Greg Antonacci, Denise Miller, and Ellen Travolta. In this episode, Tony is invited by Billy to Dorothy’s birthday party, but isn’t sure to attend thanks to a tiff with his father. This series lasted just nine episodes in early 1979.


  • “Exorcist” Director William Friedkin Attends an ACTUAL Exorcism

    Sunday morning, May 1 of this year, was Father Amorth’s 91st birthday, but he had no plans to celebrate. He awoke just after dawn, said his usual morning prayers and one to Joseph of Cupertino, a 17th-century saint, and another to the late Father Candido Amantini, his mentor. Clutching a walking aid, he shuffled from his cell-like room to the dining room on the third floor of the Paulist Fathers residence, south of Rome’s historic center.

    After his usual breakfast of caffè latte and biscotti, Father Amorth returned to his room, which had a tall window, a hospital bed, two chairs, and a wooden desk cluttered with pictures of the Virgin Mary and Padre Pio, a priest-mystic who experienced stigmata—bleeding wounds, corresponding to those inflicted on Jesus Christ on the Cross. For the next six hours, Father Amorth reviewed the mail requesting his services from around the world. Each letter contained tragic questions and appeals from people who knew Amorth only by name and reputation. He answered the letters, writing with a fountain pen, licking the envelopes and stamps himself. At two P.M., he knelt again to pray, then arose with difficulty, took up his walking aid, and made his way to an elevator, which took him to the first floor, where the small room dedicated to his work was located. The hallway was empty and dark. Whispering voices and footsteps could be heard, as from a tomb.

    His old adversary was waiting.

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  • Computerworld: Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up

    flags in protest

    Flags went up in silent protest at the former Northeast Utilities, now Eversource Energy. They were taken down once H-1B workers came on-site and occupied the cubicles.

     

    Some of the utility’s IT employees had to train their foreign replacements. Failure to do so meant loss of severance. But an idea emerged to show workers’ disdain for what was happening: Small American flags were placed in cubicles and along the hallway in silent protest — flags that disappeared as the workers were terminated.

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  • Teen stoner says he hacked CIA director’s AOL account

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email scandal didn’t stop the head of the CIA from using his own personal AOL account to stash work-related documents, according to a stoner high school student who claims to have hacked into them.

    CIA Director John Brennan’s private account held sensitive files — including his 47-page application for top-secret security clearance — until he recently learned that it had been infiltrated, the hacker told The Post.

    Other emails stored in Brennan’s non-government account contained the Social Security numbers and personal information of more than a dozen top American intelligence officials, as well as a government letter about the use of “harsh interrogation techniques” on terrorism suspects, according to the hacker.

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  • IBM Allows Chinese Government to Review Source Code

    International Business Machines Corp. has agreed to let China review some product source code in a secure room, according to two people briefed on the practice, making it the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing’s recent demands for a stronger hand in foreign technology there.

    IBM has begun allowing officials from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to examine proprietary source code—the secret sauce behind its software—in a controlled space without the ability to remove it from the room, the people said. It wasn’t clear which products IBM was allowing reviews of or how much time ministry officials can spend looking at the code. The people said the practice was new and implemented recently.

    IBM said in a statement Friday that it had established in several countries the capability to conduct limited tests in a controlled IBM environment to reassure clients and others that there was no way for third parties to access its technology.

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  • Nile Rodgers – The Disco Ambassador Gets Lucky

    Last month, when the band were filming the video for Get Lucky in Los Angeles, Rodgers says he realised that the dancers didn’t really know what they were listening to.

    “Somebody called out, ‘Wow, what kind of music is that?'” Rodgers recalls. “I didn’t hesitate, I said, ‘disco!’ And they all screamed back, ‘Yeah!’. It was like they’d found something mythical that they’d heard about but didn’t know. There was an organic connection between the kids and the music. At the end they were literally weeping. I’ve seen those moments. I’ve been that guy – and it was for real.”Read More…