“Knowing the characters he’s played on TV and film, you have all these preconceived notions of who Ashton Kutcher is,” the filmmaker told me in a telephone interview today. “But he really knows what he’s doing. He’s a real thinker, an entrepreneur and a businessman.”
Schumer outlines flaws in online-piracy bill he co-sponsored, says it's mostly aimed at foreigners, not YouTube
As internet giants Google, Wikipedia, Tumblr and others launch a protest today against anti-piracy legislation in Washington that they say could lead to internet censorship, one of the bill's co-sponsors, Senator Chuck Schumer, said he hopes the bill can be tweaked to allow government officials and victims of intellectual-property theft to go "after the perpetrators without going after the medium."
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner? (Warning: A very special video inside.)
The accessible linebacker: Bart Scott is built for unimpeded contact with hurtling blockers, the media
Each time the Jets or Giants play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Bart Scott, who played linebacker in the Jets’ 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots.
The interview was destined for YouTube sensation-dom before it even began. With ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio waiting and with the camera trained on him, Jets linebacker Bart Scott stuck his arms straight out to the sides and jogged toward the stands, fixing his body in the Jets' airplane-like celebration pose. He then circled back to Paolantonio, but then dropped to a knee as if landing the plane, holding the pose with his arms still extended.
For once, Chris Christie has produced a viral video hit that doesn’t owe its popularity to conservatives.
If you’ve paid any attention to New Jersey politics in the past week, you’ve probably seen the clip of the Republican governor issuing a rousing defense of a Muslim-American lawyer he appointed to a judgeship, a matter that some commentators on the far right had been complaining about last month. (The YouTube video uploaded from the official “GovChristie” account had been viewed more than 160,000 times as of this writing.)
Much of the current conversation about social media and technology, in the world at large and in cinema, focuses on how it supposedly isolates us, and keeps us glued to our BlackBerries or iPhones and disengaged with the world around us. A manipulative documentary like Catfish, then, shows what we already know: There are crazy people out there ready to use this new ecosystem to take advantage of the good nature of others.
In the early hours of Jan. 18, and Cole Escola was in his Superman underwear. He hadn’t made a point of wearing them, but he was almost out of clean briefs and these—bright blue with red tipping and a big “S” on the crotch—were his last pair.
As Chris Christie ricochets from one confrontation to the next—usually at town meetings weighted with admirers —the anticipation is mounting: when will the beefy, brawling Republican governor have his Carl Paladino moment?
In case you missed their sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in April 2009, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra is back.
This enterprise invites "the YouTube community" to watch audition tapes and select the musicians for an international orchestra that will travel to Australia and perform under Michael Tilson Thomas at the Sydney Opera House in the spring of 2011. It's the apotheosis of cultural crowdsourcing, replacing the opinions of experts with the will of the people.
Azi: It's like that line from Jay-Z: "A wise man told me don't argue with fools / Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who."
Azi: What surprises me, also, is that this wasn't an aide or adviser or ally to Paladino going off-script, which, you could easily imagine with Roger Stone, Michael Caputo, etc. This was the candidate himself.
Josh: Well isn't the whole charm of Paladino, such as it is, that there's no script? In the abstract, and not infrequently in practice, the contrast between the plain-spoken everyman insurgent and the hyper-controlling, always-spinning front-runner is a good one for Paladino.
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(3)