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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Kermit the Frog Bites Vincent Price

"Local TV News is an abomination.."

"If you pay attention to what happens in front of you 
it is very easy to protect what will happen.."

-Ray Bradbury

Career Advice from Ray Bradbury

"The things that you do
should be things that you love.

The things that you love 

should be things that you do."

-Ray Bradbury

A Conversation with Ray Bradbury by Lawrence Bridges

Helen Keller's Wisdom

Art Lynch as Frank Crowe (promotion video)

Women have a vote and a voice

From fantasy to and the future: A Conversation with Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury RIP at 91

My favorite writer growing up is dead. He inspired my love of science fiction, writing, acting and my passion for believing in the wonders of the mind and of being who you are, your own way!

RIP Mr. Bradbury (1920-2012) fiction author Ray Bradbury regales his audience with stories about his life and love of writing in "Telling the Truth."

From the Chicago here:

Ray Bradbury, whose books took readers on imaginary journeys to the outermost edges of the galaxy without leaving their own back yards, has died at age 91, according to published reports. The author of classic books such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" was born in Waukegan, Ill, on Aug. 22, 1920, the son of a utility lineman. He was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death, his home for the past several decades.

Bradbury's daughter confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Wednesday morning. She said her father died Tuesday night in Southern California.
Author of more than 27 novels and story collections and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury has frequently been credited with elevating the often maligned reputation of science fiction. Some say he singlehandedly helped to move the genre into the realm of literature.

“The only figure comparable to mention would be [Robert A.] Heinlein and then later [Arthur C.] Clarke,” said Gregory Benford, a UC Irvine physics professor and Nebula Award-winning science fiction writer. “But Bradbury, in the ‘40s and ‘50s, became the name brand.”

Much of Bradbury's accessibility and ultimate popularity had to do with his gift as a stylist — his ability to write lyrically and evocatively of lands an imagination away, worlds he anchored in the here and now with a sense of visual clarity and small-town familiarity.

Bradbury frequently attempted to shrug out of the narrow “sci-fi” designation, not because he was put off by it, but rather because he believed it was imprecise.

“I'm not a science fiction writer,” he was frequently quoted as saying. “I've written only one book of science fiction [“Fahrenheit 451”]. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.”

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Ill., to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and the former Esther Marie Moberg. As a child he soaked up the ambiance of small-town life — wraparound porches, fireflies and the soft, golden light of late afternoon — that would later become a hallmark of much of his fiction.

“When I was born in 1920,” he told the New York Times Magazine in 2000, “the auto was only 20 years old. Radio didn't exist. TV didn't exist. I was born at just the right time to write about all of these things.” 
From the Chicago here:

Elvis lives on, at least digitally

Elvis Presley
In a file photo, Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley and Jerry Leiber look over the sheet music for "Jailhouse Rock" at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. (Michael Ochs / June 6, 2012)

Digital Domain Media Group, the Academy Award-winning studio that created visual effects for the "Transformers" films and "Tron: Legacy," has signed an agreement with CORE Media Group to jointly develop and produce a series of "virtual" Elvis Presley likenesses for a range of entertainment projects, including appearances in shows and film and TV productions.

Digital Domain, which has studios in Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Canada, and other cities, created the computer-generated likeness of late rap artist Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre's recent show at the Coachella Valley Music Festival.
CORE Media Group, a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, owns the license rights to Presley, Muhammad Ali, and other famous figures and brands.

"This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life," said Jack Soden, chief executive of Elvis Presley Enterprises, a division of CORE Media Group. "The high level of quality entertainment that both CORE Media Group and Digital Domain deliver gives us great confidence that these projects will help continue the growth of Elvis' rich legacy all over the world."

The companies have already begun work on the virtual likenesses of Presley.

"Elvis is the most iconic, most recognized performer on the planet, and we are thrilled to have been chosen to bring new performances and original shows where fans can have their own, new experiences of Elvis," said Digital Domain Media Group Chairman and Chief Executive John Textor.

With more than 150 albums and singles certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum, Presley remains hugely popular. The rock music legend has more than 6 million fans on Facebook, over 70,000 official app downloads and more than 5 million unique visitors annually to

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