University Of Illinois Exhibit Features Hefner’s Typewriter And Other Writers’ Tools

A new exhibit at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library features the tools that writers have used throughout history to record their words. One of the items displayed at the “Writers and Their Tools” exhibit is a typewriter that belonged to a U of I student named Hugh Hefner.

Georgia Dream Home: The mansion that inspired ‘Gone With The Wind’

Mansion That Inspired ‘Gone With The Wind’ To Be Auctioned The mansion that inspired 12 Oaks in “Gone With The Wind” will be auctioned Thursday, with starting bids, according to its listing, to begin at $1 million. The home includes 12 bedrooms and 12 and a half baths, and was built in 1836.

Robert DeNiro’s Taxicab License. 1975. Movies Have A History.

‘While preparing for his role as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, De Niro obtained a cab driver’s license, and when on break would pick up a cab and drive around New York for a couple of weeks. – Wikipedia


There’s always that one photo.  The one that takes your breath away and you say… wow.  While the royal wedding was beautifully captured by a number of talented photographers, one image stands out against the rest.  Staff photographer, Yui Mok, for the Press Association is the man behind the viral royal wedding photo circling the web.  The beautiful image features the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex exiting the royal wedding in the carriage.  However, the ANGLE of the image is what has captured the world’s attention.  From the high vantage point, you can see the sweet body language and connection between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Read More

Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio film to temporarily close due to tourist damage

Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island’s battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made on Wednesday by Thailand’s national parks and wildlife department. Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained Read More

Room 237: documentary about The Shining

Room 237 is my old friend Rodney Ascher’s curious new documentary about the hidden (imagined?) meanings and metaphors in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. It premiers today at the Sundance Film Festival! Above is a short video about the score to Room 237. As the vocoder-esque narration says, “Kubrick’s film was scored in large part with pre existing classical recordings, but the score for Room 237 has taken as its inspiration the elegant but quirky film music that accompanied low budget horror movies in the 1970s.” Read the article here.

Project Greenlight Returns

Sunday night brought the return of Project Greenlight. It’s been ten years between Project Greenlight seasons, but despite the missing years it remained pretty entertaining. Calling itself a reality show like most reality shows doesn’t seem quite right. But it is good television. Damon and Affleck go out of their way to state their mission of producing a good movie. This is probably not going to be the case. The first episode of the fourth season begins with producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reintroducing the concept: It’s “a documentary about what it really takes to make a movie,” Affleck says, but there are already dozen if not hundreds of Read More

Atlanta's Best Luxury Hotels

Top Atlanta Luxury Hotels

What follows are the top Atlanta luxury hotels. All of them are 5 star quality. Whether you’re coming from outside the city or you’re a native to Atlanta, these hotels represent the city and the best in luxury. All of them are safe bets and won’t let you down. Grand Hyatt Atlanta The Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is located right on Peachtree Street in the heart of Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood. The hotel has been around since 1990, so 25 years or so. It has been named one of the Best Atlanta hotels by many. The hotel is within walking distance to Atlanta’s Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Of Read More

Atlanta 1950’s History Lesson

The top photo, which comes from the GSU digital collections, shows an area on the southeast side of Atlanta’s center in the 1950s. The  demolition was just beginning for Interstate 75 & 85. That bottom half of the top photo shows parts of the Mechanicsville (on the left) and Summerhill neighborhoods. See a larger version here.   The bottom photo shows what we have today. It’s basically unrecognizable, with a decadent amount of car infrastructure having taken over the neighborhoods, while disconnecting them for pedestrian mobility in the process. Atlanta has lacked a strong, widespread culture of historic preservation. Big causes with wide appeal – like saving the Fox Theatre Read More

History of the Cannes Film Festival

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival starts on May 13, 2015. The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in the late 1930s when Jean Zay, the French Minister of National Education, on the proposal of Philippe Erlanger and with the support of the British and Americans, set up an international cinematographic festival. The first was scheduled for September 1939. Hitler’s invasion of Poland and subsequent WWII that followed caused the festival to be postponed. It wasn’t until after the peace came that the festival in Cannes finally took place. In 1947, the festival was held as the “Festival du film de Cannes”, where films from sixteen countries were presented. At Read More