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How to listen to a vinyl without a turntable?

The killer question - June 07, 2017

Using RokBlokBoth vinyl player and pocket speaker, this small case designed by designer Logan Riley can even be connected to a bluetooth speaker to amplify the sound.

The inventors of this little jewel of ingenuity were able to combine the imperatives (or inconveniences) of modernity with the demand of the most purists of music lovers. If you live in a small studio and for those of y’all who are vinyl enthusiats, then Rokblok is the solution to your space issues.

Launched in December 2016, the crowdfunding campaign brought together 3,615 contributors who gave $ 351,816 to support this project and the young start-up Pink Donut. However, you still have to wait a few months before you get your hands on Rokblok, which is scheduled for sale in September 2017.

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How to box without getting punched?

The killer question - May 31, 2017

Believe it or not but it is now possible to box without risking that unwelcomed black-eye that will get you in trouble at work. Unsurprisingly, boxing is turning to VR more and more, and the simulations keep getting more realistic, like with Thrill Of The Fight for example. And for those who’d rather watch a fight than being part of one, the Sky VR app allows you to watch a fight on demand, in VR – as seen with the fight betweenWladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua. So, what are you waiting for? Put on your gloves already!

 

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VR’s 851 calories

Fun Fact - May 31, 2017

If you weren’t totally sold on the association of VR and sport, why don’t you come and sweat it out to Thrill Of The Fight? Make sure to track your burned calories.

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Age is only a number for wonder women

Shine at parties! - May 24, 2017

In 2012, one of the most touching films of the last few year came out : Beasts Of The Southern Wild, adapted from the play Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar et directed by Benh Zeitlin. It tells the story of Hushpuppy Doucet, a 6 year-old girl from the Louisiana bayou and her dad. The spirited, optimistic and independent little girl goes on a hunt for her missing mother and fights in her very own way the toxic consequences of climate change on her shack.

Presented at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, it won the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic). The subsequent year, it was nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Actress for 9 year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (6 y.o. when the movie was shot). She became the youngest nominee in history for that category. Competing against her the same year was Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for her role in Amour ; she is the oldest actor to be nominated for an Oscar

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Jeanne Moreau is the only one who has been president of the jury twice at Cannes

Shine at parties! - May 17, 2017

Apart from its early years, Cannes Film Festival has always made sure not to give out the chair of the jury twice to the same person ever since 1960. But everybody knows that rules are made to be broken, right? Well that’s exactly what Gilles Jacob has done. Turns out the festival’s president has been infatuated with the actress ever since he’d seen her play two different roles in the movie in The Dazzling Hour by Anna Bonacci.
And just like that, Jeanne was the president of the jury both in 1975 and in 1995. She’s definitely not your average lady.

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Killer Question: How many women have juried Cannes?

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How a telegram has changed Cannes’ jury?

The killer question - May 17, 2017

For some, it’s easy to be president of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival… it’s even very easy… like in 1980 for example. That year, the organizers of the Festival had decided to appoint German filmmaker Douglas Sirk as the president of the jury.

To inform him, they sent a telegram that read: “Request Douglas Sirk for jury”. Sadly the message is incorrectly decrypted and turns into “Request Douglas, Kirk for jury”.
The error wasn’t rectified and American actor Kirk Douglas was named president of the jury instead of Sirk. Talk about a legendary turn of events!

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Another reason why Kirk Douglas is a legend © Herbert Behrens / Anefo (Nationaal Archief)

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In which film, did the orange astronaut suit appear for the first time in cinema?

Shine at parties! - May 10, 2017

No need to look up at the stars. The answer is rather towards the Moon.
It is indeed in the movie Destination Moon, released in America in 1950, that the first orange astronaut suit made its very first appearance. It is also the first film in Technicolor that deals with space exploration.
The man behind the porthole thick orange protective layer is none other than actor John Archer, who plays Jim Barnes, an aviation tycoon who is helping to build the rocket that will take his squad to the moon and back.

Considered the very first hard sci-fi movie, it played a huge role in turning moon traveling into a possibility and not just a fantasy for the general audience.

A few years after its release, Hergé took inspiration from this pioneering work for his comics albums Destination Moon (1953) and Explorers On The Moon (1953).

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Classy orange in space! © IMDB

 

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Almost every Almodovar movie was shot in Madrid

Shine at parties! - May 03, 2017

In Patty Diphusa, his novel, Almodovar writes “My life and my films are linked to this city, like the two sides of a coin,”. And that’s the least he could say. His filmography is essentially linked to the city of Madrid. Movies. The Labyrinth Of Passion, What Have I Done to Deserve This ?, Law of Desire, Broken Embraces and All About My Mother were all shot there.

All the Madrid-lovers among his spectators will be able to recognize places such as Café Wooster (The Labyrinth Of Passion), Arenal street (Live Flesh), Atocha train station (Kika), the Cuartel Del Conde-Duque (Law Of Desire), that are characters in their own right.
… makes you wonder what the filmography of Pedro Almodóvar would have looked like had he decided to go live in Dublin, London or even Lagos!

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A very colorful Madrid in Women In The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown © El Deseo

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Why Almodòvar isn’t a fan of Hollywood

The killer question - May 03, 2017

Because he is a lover of Madrid, Pedro Almodóvar has always had some reluctance to leave Spain to make it in the United States. Especially since he met one of his idols, American filmmaker Billy Wilder, who advised him never to move to Hollywood where his cinema would have to go through some changes to be released. Ever since, Pedro Almodóvar has been overtly criticizing Hollywood for its “diabolical” sexism. He pointed out in Variety magazine: “Hollywood does not create good enough roles about mothers, girlfriends, daughters and sisters-in-law.”
When you think about it, it is hard to imagine the female characters of his films in the strict and codified framework of Hollywood…

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Once in a while, he’ll strike a pose with Hollywood’s best screenwriters ©TheHollywoodReporter

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Can a celebrity save a sea?

The killer question - April 26, 2017

Only time will tell. Wishing to “put back ecology at the center of the pleasure of life“, it is exactly what electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre is trying to do. He intends to let the world know that it is necessity for us to save the Dead Sea. Each day it dries a little more and sees its level decreasing by more than one meter per year. This is due, in particular, to the considerable exploitation by the neighboring countries of the waters of the River Jordan, which flows into it.

The location for his latest big show, which took place April 6th 2017, was chosen carefully: under the famous fortress of Massada and a few hundred meters away from the dry shores of the Dead Sea. The stage was erected at the lowest point of the earth’s surface. This made the artist and UNESCO ambassador of goodwill say: “I want to raise the lowest desert on the planet to a new dimension“.

With 10 000 people in the attendance, you could say the concert was a success. As for the environmental dimension, we’d say it was a fantastic way of bringing attention to the issue.

His first demand? Have the sea and its region registered as World Heritage sites.

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