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The Little Prince on Netflix

Of course, I knew the book as a young lad who was addicted to reading, but this is an interesting filmed version of the story. The animation is beautiful and rich, and this film is a fascinating take on this classic. If you have access to Netflix, your kids will definitely get into this (as well as any adult kids. "-)

The animated feature, which had been scheduled for a March 18 theatrical release, will now go to the streaming service instead.

Netflix has picked up Paramount Pictures’ domestic rights to The Little Prince, the new animated film based on the 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The studio had originally slated the movie to open in U.S. theaters on March 18, but then quietly pulled it off that date. It is now expected to premiere stateside on the streaming service later this year.

The film, directed by Mark Osborne, an Oscar nominee for Kung Fu Panda, premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival last May and has grossed $100 million internationally (excluding the U.K., Australia, Scandinavia and Spain), where it was handled by various distributors. Last month, it was awarded France’s Cesar Award for best animated film.

Little Prince combines 3D computer animation and stop-motion, and has a voice cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco and Benicio del Toro.

Paramount’s international arm handled the release of the film in France last summer.

Review: And keep in mind, I don't believe anyone will EVER be able to do justice to this beloved French classic, regardless of what anyone says. That's the nature of France, and her literature. And this reviewer has gone really, really negative, fyi... Who the hell are you, Leslie Felperin??

Hailed as one of the most expensive French animated feature films ever made (budgeted at an alleged $80 million), On Animation Studio's adaptation of The Little Prince represents an ambitious gamble that looks like a sure bet commercially but which, artistically, shortchanges its source material. Directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), the script by Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls) and Bob Persichetti (Disney's Tarzan and Mulan, as well as Puss in Boots) takes Antoine de Saint-Exupery's ageless, delicate 1942 story, deep fries it in hydrogenated fat and then encases it in a corn-syrup-based frame story that was clearly conceived to make the source material's unsettling message about mortality and the evanescence of innocence more palatable for contemporary audiences.

Kitted out with a big name voice cast (an eclectic bunch that includes Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard and James Franco) for the Anglophone version, the package has been acquired by Paramount for the US and major distributors elsewhere and surely squillions will be spent in marketing this for its summer release. But while familiarity in Europe with the source material will ensure interest, especially in France where Le Petit Prince is merchandized up the wazoo already, elsewhere it will be a much trickier sell.

It makes a certain amount of sense that the filmmakers would choose to flesh out the running time with extra material given that the original text is a slim volume, easily readable over a one or two bedtime sittings depending on how tired your child is. The most typical solution chosen by numerous other adaptations for stage and screen, like Stanley Donen's trippy, somewhat sinister 1974 version (with Bob Fosse as the Snake!), is to expand with songs.

Here, the filmmakers have taken an admirably risky gambit and opted instead to have the original story of the Little Prince (which already has its own baked framing device) told in a book that's being written and illustrated in the modern day by an elderly aviator (voiced by Bridges). His one and only reader is his nine-year-old neighbor (Mackenzie Foy), a dutiful only child who's had her childhood written out of the schedule by her single mom (Rachel McAdams), a well-meaning helicopter parent who has literally mapped out her daughter's life using a magnetized planning board that must have required half an aisle's worth of loot from Office Depot.

That whole present-day, "real world" story is incarnated by computer animation, giving the characters exaggerated, "cartoony" features with big eyes and caricatured expressions but with all the high-spec modelling, dimensionality, and attention to light sources and shading audiences have come to expect from CGI stories. Meanwhile, the Little Prince's story that the aviator tells is executed via stop-motion animation, directed by Jamie Caliri, a contrasting technique that makes it much easier for viewers to understand the difference between these two worlds.

This part of the film is simply exquisite, not just because it's immaculately executed but also because the papery textures of the characters, apt but not too-literal translations of the Saint-Exupery's illustrations, evokes their fragility. For all the hyperrealism of the CGI sections, the way that, say, the tail of the Fox (Franco) and the scarf of the Little Prince (Riley Osborne) wave in sync in the wind seems infinitely more rich, palpable and evocative of the story's core themes than any other line of dialogue invented by Brignull and Persichetti.

At heart, the film's biggest flaw is that it doesn't seem to have any faith in its audience's emotional intelligence. It effectively neuters all the original story's elusive, poetic, melancholy qualities by spelling things out in capital letters, from the way it keeps making the little girl ask literal-minded questions about the physics of the Little Prince's world to constantly reiterating the filmmakers' message. And just to underscore their lack of faith in getting the ideas across of this mid-century work of whimsy and despair, there's a big old action sequence gussied up for the last act in which the little girl goes off into space to find a now-grown Little Prince in order to reunite him with his one true love, the rose (Cotillard).

Nevertheless, some viewers may be much more forgiving and open to this film's brand of didactic, pseudo-literary schmaltz (wow, don't hold back, erudite reviewer. Cough.). For the most part, it's more than competently made, especially the background designs that create — in the framing device — a dystopian suburbia that's one part The Truman Show and two parts Mr. Hulot's Holiday, all done in muted greys, olives and dusty teals.

The score credited to Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey, featuring the voice of Camille has sweep without overwhelming the action, and in all other technical respects it's a perfectly respectable piece of work. At least when it comes out on home-entertainment platforms viewers will have the option of cutting to all the stop-motion bits based on Saint-Exupery and leaving the rest out, which will make a short just long enough for pre-bedtime viewing.

#thelittleprince   #antoinedesaintexupery   #childrensbooks   #films   #classicliterature   #movies   #animatedfilm   #netflix   #animation  

The Little Prince Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges Animated Movie HD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPqgSNLfK8

via/ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/netflix-picks-up-little-prince-876622

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Krakatau Explodes on 27 August 1883

The most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history occurs on Krakatau (also called Krakatoa), a small, uninhabited volcanic island located west of Sumatra in Indonesia, on this day in 1883. Heard 3,000 miles away, the explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.

Krakatau exhibited its first stirrings in more than 200 years on May 20, 1883. A German warship passing by reported a seven-mile high cloud of ash and dust over Krakatau. For the next two months, similar explosions would be witnessed by commercial liners and natives on nearby Java and Sumatra. With little to no idea of the impending catastrophe, the local inhabitants greeted the volcanic activity with festive excitement.

On August 26 and August 27, excitement turned to horror as Krakatau literally blew itself apart, setting off a chain of natural disasters that would be felt around the world for years to come. An enormous blast on the afternoon of August 26 destroyed the northern two-thirds of the island; as it plunged into the Sunda Strait, between the Java Sea and Indian Ocean, the gushing mountain generated a series of pyroclastic flows (fast-moving fluid bodies of molten gas, ash and rock) and monstrous tsunamis that swept over nearby coastlines.

Four more eruptions beginning at 5:30 a.m. the following day proved cataclysmic. The explosions could be heard as far as 3,000 miles away, and ash was propelled to a height of 50 miles. Fine dust from the explosion drifted around the earth, causing spectacular sunsets and forming an atmospheric veil that lowered temperatures worldwide by several degrees.

Of the estimated 36,000 deaths resulting from the eruption, at least 31,000 were caused by the tsunamis created when much of the island fell into the water. The greatest of these waves measured 120 feet high, and washed over nearby islands, stripping away vegetation and carrying people out to sea. Another 4,500 people were scorched to death from the pyroclastic flows that rolled over the sea, stretching as far as 40 miles, according to some sources.

In addition to Krakatau, which is still active, Indonesia has another 130 active volcanoes, the most of any country in the world.

#krakatau   #indonesia   #volcanoes   #worldhistory   #explosion   #eruption   #volvanno   #sumatra   #tsunami  

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Anak krakatau is already growing.....(that's Son of Krakatau.). The mountain will be back.
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The Day The Earth Stood Still

Klaatu barada nikto!

The Day the Earth Stood Still (aka Farewell to the Master and Journey to the World) is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe and Sam Jaffe. The Day the Earth Stood Still was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 science fiction short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates. The notable score was composed by Bernard Herrmann.

In The Day the Earth Stood Still, a humanoid alien visitor named Klaatu comes to Earth, accompanied by a powerful eight-foot tall robot, Gort, to deliver an important message that will affect the entire human race.

In 1995 The Day the Earth Stood Still was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

New York Times Review from 1951 by Bosley Crowther, who clearly disliked the film, ha!

Now, don't be alarmed, anybody but one of those things is here again. We mean one of those awesome contraptions that comes whirring in from outer space, humming and glowing with energy like a gigantic neon sign, to settle to earth in fearful splendor and disembark creatures of such powers that they thoroughly belittle us mortals and put our worldly accomplishments to shame. The medium of its transmission, is a film called "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which Twentieth Century-Fox delivered to the Mayfair yesterday.

Don't be alarmed, we confidently tell you, because, once this contraption is down and its pilots have emerged from its innards on the Ellipse in Washington, they turn out to be such decent fellows, so well-mannered and peacefully inclined, that you'd hardly expect them to split an infinitive, let alone an atom or a human head.

Indeed, the more important of these creatures—the other is just a mere mechanical man—is in the nature of a super-emissary, sent to earth from one of the planets to counsel peace. And so benign is his disposition, even when he arranges things so the flow of all the world's electricity is stopped for an awesome half-hour, that he inspires one more with admiration than with bewilderment or fear.

Such benignity in a creature from whom menace is expected, obviously, might sit rather well in a picture which is set in a fairly literal frame. But in a fable of such absurd assumptions as this one amusingly presents, cold chills might be more appropriate than lukewarm philosophy. One expects more—or less—than a preachment on political morality from a man from Mars.

Likewise, Michael Rennie, who plays this genteel soul, while charmingly suave and cosmopolitan, is likely to cause unguarded yawns. His manners are strangely punctilious for a fellow just off a space boat, and his command of an earthly language must have been acquired from listening entirely to the B.B.C. Nice chap, Mr. Rennie, but a bit on the soft side, don'tcha know.

His giant mechanical assistant, which someone named Lock Martin animates, is also oddly unmenacing, for all his grossness and his death-ray eye. We've seen better monsters in theatre audiences on Forty-second Street And the somewhat befuddled humans who react to these visitors perform with conspicuous coolness for persons so uniquely exposed. Sam Jaffe as an eminent scientist, Patricia Neal as a lady susceptible to love and Billy Gray as a clean-cut American youngster are among those who can take it or leave it alone.

It is comforting, of course, to have it made plain that our planetary neighbors are much wiser and more peaceful than are we, but this makes for a tepid entertainment in what is anamolously labeled the science-fiction field.

Trailer - The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51JoEE_znyI

#scifimovies   #sciencefiction   #oldhollywood   #movies   #film   #aliens   #mars  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Day_the_Earth_Stood_Still

http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9A07EED61031E23BBC4152DFBF66838A649EDE

Film Quotes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970416/quotes

Does this sound familiar?

Professor Barnhardt: There must be alternatives. You must have some technology that could solve our problem.
Klaatu: Your problem is not technology. The problem is you. You lack the will to change.
Professor Barnhardt: Then help us change.
Klaatu: I cannot change your nature. You treat the world as you treat each other.
Professor Barnhardt: But every civilization reaches a crisis point eventually.
Klaatu: Most of them don't make it.
Professor Barnhardt: Yours did. How?
Klaatu: Our sun was dying. We had to evolve in order to survive.
Professor Barnhardt: So it was only when your world was threatened with destruction that you became what you are now.
Klaatu: Yes.
Professor Barnhardt: Well that's where we are. You say we're on the brink of destruction and you're right. But it's only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve. This is our moment. Don't take it from us, we are close to an answer.

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Holy Hell, This Bookstore Is Amazing

Bibliophiles will let you know that we'd be willing to circumnavigate the globe in order to see the coolest bookstores and libraries. It's in our blood. This bookstore in China, is "out there" and very futuristic and cool, and yes, I'd make a trip!

This bookstore in Songjiang, China, has a display room with black mirrored flooring, an oval reading room with stepped shelving and a children’s room complete with a merry-go-round.

Often called the country’s most beautiful bookstore, Zhongshuge Books is located in a British-style village called Thames Town with cobbled streets, Victorian terraces, corner shops and red telephone booths.

Architecture firm XL-MUSE created the space, providing a number of different environments for reading and shopping. The entire interior of the building appears to look like one endless cave system, with row upon row of books. This is done through the strategic placement of mirrors, which seem to extend the interior space in all directions.

#books   #booklovers   #bibliophile   #bookheaven   #bookstore   #china  

More pictures at the link:
http://awol.junkee.com/holy-hell-this-library-is-amazing/30574

More about the layout of the store:
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/article/one-beautiful-bookstore-zhongshu-books
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The Unbroken Seal on King Tutankhamun's Tomb, 1922. It Remained Intact and Unbroken for 3,245 Years!

This is one of those stories that captivated my imagination as a young boy who loved to read about exploration and adventure, and especially about archaeology, most often through National Geographic Magazine and in their archaeological books. I had them all, and I was completely enamored with the story of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun!

Photograph by Harry Burton, Griffith Institute, Oxford, National Geographic Society

This seal was actually a seal to King Tut’s fifth shrine. The king was buried in a series of four sarcophagi, which were in turn kept inside a series of five shrines. This unbroken seal stayed 3,245 years untouched. The late discovery of Tut’s tomb resulted from the fact that it was covered by debris from that of Ramesses IV which was located directly above its entrance.

While the outermost shrine of the youthful pharaoh had been opened not once but twice in ancient times, the doors of the second of the huge shrines of gilded wood containing the royal sarcophagus still carried the necropolis seal which indicated the pharaoh’s mummy was untouched and intact.

The tomb of the boy-king was opened by the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in the early 1920’s. The tomb contained treasure more spectacular than any previous discoveries. Shortly after Howard Carter removed the lid of the outermost shrine in Tutankhamun’s Burial Chamber, he discovered three more.

Harry Burton photographed the ornately decorated doors of the second shrine while closed, their simple copper handles secured together tightly by a rope tied through them. The knotted cord was accompanied by a delicate clay seal featuring Anubis, the ancient Egyptians’ jackal god entrusted with the protection of the cemetery.

Even at the outset, Carter and his financier, Lord Carnarvon, knew that the tomb had been compromised, because of a re-plastered and sealed hole in the outer doorway (not on the fifth shrine). Furthermore, once they had entered the tomb, the disorganized state of the material, the damage sustained by several objects and the discernible lack of solid metalwork, bedding, glass, oils and unguents all suggested that the tomb had been robbed during antiquity.

The story goes that he also found an ancient clay tablet in the antechamber. When he later translated it, the inscription read: “Death will slay with his wings whoever disturbs the peace of the pharaoh”. This would later became the famous “Curse of the Pharaohs”, which in fact is just a myth. The curse, which does not differentiate between thieves and archaeologists, allegedly can cause bad luck, illness or death.

Tutankhamen was a very inconsequential king while alive, however because the tomb was located under an existing tomb and grave robbers never found it, it became one of the most valuable archaeological finds. Because of its lower position in the Valley of the Kings, the tomb’s entrance was sealed by rocks and mud from flooding and the location was lost until Carter’s discovery.

Tutankhamen was a relatively minor Pharaoh who seemingly died unexpectedly at a young age so whatever wealth with which he was buried (and that archeologists uncovered) was just a fraction of what it could have been, had he gone on to live a full life. So can you imagine the immense wealth that must have been buried with great Pharaohs such as Ramesses II.

How did the rope last 3,200 years without deteriorating? Rope is one of the fundamental human technologies. Archaeologists have found two-ply ropes going back 28,000 years. Egypt was the first documented civilization to use specialized tools to make rope. One key to its longevity isn’t the rope itself, but the aridity of the air in the desert. It dries out and preserves things.

Another key is oxygen deprivation. Tombs are sealed to the outside. Bacteria can break things down as long as they have oxygen, but then they effectively suffocate. It’s not uncommon to find rope, wooden carvings, cloth, organic dyes, etc. in Egyptian pyramids and tombs that wouldn’t have survived elsewhere in the world.

Egypt’s desert conditions made possible the preservation of far more organic material than would have otherwise been the case. This in contrast to, say, Maya sites in Central America which are far younger, but from which almost no organic material has been recovered. The main difference is jungle versus desert conditions.

#egypt   #kingtutankhamun   #howardcarter   #archaeology   #tomb   #egyptology   #treasure  

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I didnt know quikseal could last that long
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David Bowie - "Ashes To Ashes"

23 August 1980, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes' his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. The video for 'Ashes to Ashes' was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

The lyrics revisit Bowie's Major Tom character from 1969's "Space Oddity" in a darker theme, which he referenced once again in 1995 with "Hallo Spaceboy." The song's original title was "People Are Turning to Gold."

Interviewed in 1980, Bowie described the song as a "nursery rhyme": "It's very much a 1980s nursery rhyme. I think 1980s nursery rhymes will have a lot to do with the 1880s/1890s nursery rhymes which are all rather horrid and had little boys with their ears being cut off and stuff like that." Years later, Bowie said that with "Ashes to Ashes" he was "wrapping up the seventies really" for himself, which "seemed a good enough epitaph for it."

AllMusic critic Dave Thompson described the track and its accompanying music video as "a very deliberate acknowledgement of the then-burgeoning new romantic scene."

#rocknroll   #davidbowie   #ashestoashes   #musicvideo   #rockmusic  

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Il avait multiples facettes! Beaucoup de talent et une carrière exceptionnelle! Bravo,DAVID! Tu es parti trop tôt!😥
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Just a Random Badass GTO

The Pontiac GTO is an automobile that was built by Pontiac in generations from 1964 to 1974 model years, and by GM's subsidiary Holden in Australia from 2004 to 2006.

The first generation GTO was a muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s era. Although there were earlier muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO is considered by some to have started the trend with all four domestic automakers offering a variety of competing models.

For the 1964 and 1965 model years, the GTO was an optional package on the intermediate-sized Pontiac Tempest. The GTO became its own model from 1966 to 1971. It became an option package again for the 1972 and 1973 intermediate Le Mans. For 1974, the GTO option package was offered on the compact-sized Ventura.

The GTO was selected Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1968.

Origins

In early 1963, General Motors' management banned divisions from involvement in auto racing. This followed the 1957 voluntary ban on automobile racing that was instituted by the Automobile Manufacturers Association. By the early 1960s, Pontiac's advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance. With GM's ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac's managers began to emphasize street performance.

In his autobiography Glory Days, Pontiac chief marketing manager Jim Wangers, who worked for the division's contract advertising and public relations agency, states that John DeLorean, Bill Collins and Russ Gee were responsible for the GTO's creation. It involved transforming the upcoming second-generation Pontiac Tempest (which reverted to a conventional front-engine with front transmission configuration) into a "Super Tempest" with a larger 389 cu in (6.4 L) Pontiac V8 engine from the full-sized Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville in place of the standard 326 cu in (5.3 L) V8.

By promoting the big-engine Tempest as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market (which had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company's Lee Iacocca, who was at that time preparing the sporty Ford Mustang variant of the second generation Ford Falcon compact).

The GTO disregarded GM's policy limiting the A-body intermediate line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in (5.4 L). Pontiac general manager Elliot "Pete" Estes approved the new model, although sales manager Frank Bridge, who did not believe it would find a market, insisted on limiting initial production to 5,000 cars.

#GM   #GTO   #musclecars   #generalmotors   #pontiac  

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+Dennis Skillman , you beat me to it. ☺
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Concept Art: Jungle 3 by Art Cobain

What's the story? Here we have some artwork from deviantart that seems to be setting up a story, or perhaps a particular scene or setting. So, using your imagination, what do yo think the story is to this art?

Just an exercise to keep us all writing and creating, and helping us to sharpen our creative writing skills. Who has a story to accompany this artwork?

#jungle   #digitalart   #illustration   #illustrationart   #storytelling  

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Elton John Made His USA Debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on 25 August 1970

Elton John made his US live debut when he kicked off a 17-date tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. In the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell. Elton's latest single 'Border Song' had just debuted at number 92 on the US chart.

On August 25, 1970, Elton John made his U.S. debut in a legendary six-night sold-out run at West Hollywood’s Troubadour. John’s eponymous first album—which was released in the states on July 22—had landed on the Troubadour owner Doug Weston’s desk with a request for the undiscovered pianist to play a date as his club. Weston, upon hearing it, immediately booked him.

The band consisted of Nigel Olsson on drums, Dee Murray on bass, and Elton John was playing the house piano that his idol Laura Nyro had played just two weeks earlier. The 300-seat club was filled with music industry notables brought in by the label, as well as artists like Quincy Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Leon Russell, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love and Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton. Before the show Neil Diamond took the stage to a thunderous applause and introduced Elton: “Folks, I’ve never done this before, so please be kind to me. I’m like the rest of you; I’m here because of having listened to Elton John’s album. So I’m going to take my seat with you now and enjoy the show.”

Elton came out on stage, sat down at the piano and with no banter launched into “Your Song” solo at the piano, with Dee coming in on bass midway through. Next was “Bad Side of the Moon” with Nigel kicking it off with a drum intro, and the crowd was officially sold.

In addition to the first two songs, the set list included: “Sixty Years On,” “I Need You To Turn To,” “Border Song,” “Country Comfort,” “Take Me To the Pilot,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” and “Burn Down the Mission.” Of these songs, just five were on the only Elton John record actually available for sale at the time. One song was a Rolling Stones cover, one was the b-side to his “Border Song” single, and two were from an album that would not reach American ears for another five months.

After the first night, Robert Hilburn, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote: “Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning. He’s going to be one of rock’s biggest and most important stars.” And as Hilburn predicted, in 1990 Rolling Stone magazine declared these shows to be among the 20 most important concerts in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

"Elton John" at The Troubadour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTjlN1pq0Fo

Elton John - Border Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm7b-32Mpbs

#rocknroll   #eltonjohn   #troubador   #losangeles   #musiclover  

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Smokey & The Bandit

If you're looking for memories to take you back to the wild 70s, this might be the film (other than Star Wars). If you were a kid growing up then, you more than likely saw this film. Burt Reynolds was at the top of his game, Sally Field was fun and wild, and Jackie Gleason kept us laughing throughout.

Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. The film was the directorial debut of stuntman Hal Needham. It inspired several other trucking films, including two sequels, Smokey and the Bandit II and Smokey and the Bandit Part 3.

There was also a series of 1994 television films (Bandit Goes Country, Bandit Bandit, Beauty and the Bandit, and Bandit's Silver Angel) from original director/writer Hal Needham that were loosely based on the earlier version, with actor Brian Bloom now playing Bandit. The three original films introduced two generations of the Pontiac Trans Am, and the Dodge Stealth in the television movie. Smokey and the Bandit was the second-highest grossing film of 1977, second only to Star Wars.

Plot

Wealthy Texan Big Enos Burdette (Pat McCormick) and his son Little Enos (Paul Williams) seek a truck driver willing to bootleg Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. At the time, Coors was regarded as one of the finest beers in the United States, but it could not be legally sold east of the Mississippi River. Truck drivers who had taken the bet previously had been caught and arrested by "Smokey" (CB slang for highway patrol officers, referring to the Smokey Bear–type hats worn in some states).

The Burdettes find legendary trucker Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) competing in a truck rodeo at Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta; they offer him $80,000 to haul 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana, Texas back to Atlanta in 28 hours; Big Enos has sponsored a racer running in the Southern Classic and wants to "celebrate in style when he wins." Bandit accepts the bet and recruits his best friend and partner Cledus "Snowman" Snow (Jerry Reed) to drive the truck, while Bandit drives the "blocker", a black Trans Am bought on an advance from the Burdettes, to divert attention away from the truck and its illegal cargo.

The trip to Texas is mostly uneventful except for at least one pursuing Smokey whom Bandit evades with ease. They reach Texarkana an hour ahead of schedule, load their truck with the beer and head back toward Atlanta. Immediately upon starting the second leg of the run, Bandit picks up runaway bride Carrie (Sally Field), whom he eventually nicknames "Frog" because she is "kinda cute like a frog" and "always hoppin' around". But in so doing, Bandit makes himself a target of Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason), a career lawman whose handsome but slow-witted son Junior (Mike Henry) was to have been Carrie's bridegroom. Ignoring his own jurisdiction, Sheriff Justice, with Junior in tow, chases Bandit all the way to Georgia, even as various mishaps cause his cruiser to disintegrate around them.

The remainder of the film is one lengthy high-speed chase, as Bandit's antics attract more and more attention from local and state police across Dixie while Snowman barrels on toward Atlanta with the contraband beer. Bandit and Snowman are helped along the way (including via CB radio) by many colorful characters, including a hearse driver, an elderly lady, a drive-in waitress and all her customers, a convoy of trucks, and even a madam who runs a brothel out of her RV. Neither Sheriff Justice nor any other police officers have any knowledge of Snowman's illegal manifest.

Smokey and the Bandit was a smash hit at the box office. With an original budget of $5.3 million (cut to $4.3 million two days before initial production), the film grossed $126,737,428 in North America, making it the second-highest grossing movie of 1977. The worldwide gross is estimated at over $300 million.

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The Grand Library

I like rooms like this on first glance, but then I start looking for flaws. This sort of room is flawed to a #bookgeek like myself. It needs vastly more comfortable chairs, reading nooks, side table to hold your single-malt Scotch at the very least, and it is far too formal for my taste.

Yes, it is grand and quite photogenic (and the fireplace is welcome during those long, cold winters), but I don't believe formality like this works for our 21st century psyche's. We need a room where we can lay out, and stay connected, and a room for relaxation when we read. We need comfortable chairs, and footrests, and this room does not have that. That being said, yes, it is grand and formal (and of a different era), and that fireplace is surely opulent and awe-inspiring, but I myself would need more, well, clutter and comfort to truly make it a warm library.

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needs more ladders for shelf access too
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State of Franklin Declares independence On 23 August 1784

I'm fairly confident that a huge majority of you have no knowledge whatsoever of this historical fact. And in that majority, I include myself. There are so many hidden secrets within American History that are never shared in the standard textbooks, and I admit it: I had never heard of this...

On this day in 1784, four counties in western North Carolina declare their independence as the state of Franklin. The counties lay in what would eventually become Tennessee.

The previous April, the state of North Carolina had ceded its western land claims between the Allegheny Mountains and the Mississippi River to the United States Congress. The settlers in this area, known as the Cumberland River Valley, had formed their own independent government from 1772 to 1777 and were concerned that Congress would sell the territory to Spain or France as a means of paying off some of the government’s war debt. As a result, North Carolina retracted its cession and began to organize an administration for the territory.

Simultaneously, representatives from Washington, Sullivan, Spencer (modern-day Hawkins) and Greene counties declared their independence from North Carolina. The following May, the counties petitioned for statehood as “Frankland” to the United States Congress. A simple majority of states favored acceptance of the petition, but it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass, even after the counties’ changed their proposed name to “Franklin” in an attempt to curry Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ favor.

In defiance of Congress, Franklin survived as an independent nation for four years with its own constitution, Indian treaties and legislated system of barter in lieu of currency, though after only two years, North Carolina set up its own parallel government in the region.

Finally, Franklin’s weak economy forced its governor, John Sevier, to approach the Spanish for aid. North Carolina, terrified of having a Spanish client state on its border, arrested Sevier. When Cherokee, Chickamauga and Chickasaw began to attack settlements within Franklin’s borders in 1788, it quickly rejoined North Carolina to gain its militia’s protection from attack.

Franklin's first capital was Jonesborough. After the summer of 1785, the government of Franklin (which was by then based in Greeneville), ruled as a "parallel government" running alongside (but not harmoniously with) a re-established North Carolina bureaucracy. Franklin was never admitted into the union. The extra-legal state existed for only about four and a half years, ostensibly as a republic, after which North Carolina re-assumed full control of the area.

The creation of Franklin is novel, in that it resulted from both a cession (an offering from North Carolina to Congress) and a secession (seceding from North Carolina, when its offer to Congress was not acted upon, and the original cession was rescinded).

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There is a mid-sized city just over the Tennessee boarder called Sevierville (Sevier County county-seat), named after John Sevier, also the first governor of Tennessee. Interestingly, the county voted overwhelmingly like much of Eastern TN not to secede from the Union prior to the Civil War.
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