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Carol review – Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are dynamite

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#AceMediaNews – Nov.29: Todd Haynes’s flawless adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel is a ravishing tour de force

This superb adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt doesn’t put a foot wrong. From Phyllis Nagy’s alluringly uncluttered script to Cate Blanchett’s sturdily tremulous performance as a society woman with everything to lose, this brilliantly captures the thrills, tears and fears of forbidden love. As the young shutterbug finding her true identity amid an atmosphere of perversely festive paranoia, Rooney Mara brings a touch of both frost and warmth to the screen, while Ed Lachman’s richly textured Super 16mm photography digs deep into the mid-century milieu.

But it is director Todd Haynes, oozing the confidence that defined 2002’s Far From Heaven, who is the real magician here, combining the subversive clout of his 1991 Jean Genet-inspired Poison with the flawlessly empathetic character study of 1995’s Safe and the swooning period detail of 1998’s Velvet Goldmine. In many respects, Carol is the culmination of Haynes’s career, one that dates back to the still-suppressed late-1980s examination of anorexia, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, and now comes full circle with this very different tale of a woman out of time.

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The Son of the Bride and Tiramisu

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Really nice and love Tirimasu thanks for sharing Ian 🌟

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(El hijo de la novia y Tiramisú)

I have a terribly sweet tooth and one of my favourite deserts is Tiramisu, of which I have a few humorous anecdotes to tell, but not here, unless of course you ask. Surprisingly, the 2001 Argentinean comedy-drama film, El hijo de la novia, The Son of the Bride, springs to mind, a cinematic masterpiece directed by Juan José Campanella [1]. But, why a desert of Italian origin should be discussed in a blog about Spanish language and culture, should come as no surprise, to those of you who follow my blogs. We will look at this later.

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The Son of the Bride is a homage to the fragility of human dreams and pursuits. An ode to the ephemeral nature of life, which at times needs to be sweetened, as in the film, with a taste of Tiramisu.

The Hijo de la novia…

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FEATURED: Daniel Radcliffe Admits He’s a Bit Weird in Interview – NME

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#AceMediaNews – Nov.28: Daniel Radcliffe is often asked about his unusual taste in movie roles since he found fame in the hit Harry Potter movie franchise based on J.K. Rowling’s books. The 26-year-old actor has tended to opt for independent films and theater productions rather than safe blockbusters, his roles ranging from a haunted lawyer to a beat poet.

“I don’t really have mainstream tastes,” he told NME in an interview. “People do ask me, ‘Why do you choose such weird movies?’ but I don’t think they’re weird, they’re just stories I’m interested in. Isn’t having weird tastes good, though? I think so. I think that’s better than always wanting to play the handsome hero. You think I’m weird? I’ll take that.”

Read the full interview with NME here.

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FEATURED: The Good Dinosaur: Pixar’s First Movie Just for Children

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A conspiracy theory:

#AceMediaNews – Nov.25: A huge conglomerate is universally recognized for decades as the best maker of widgets worldwide. Then one day, it’s confronted with a much smaller business that, over the course of several years, proves that it is a better widget-maker still. The huge conglomerate buys the smaller business, but keeps them separate entities. And it puts the chief executive of the latter in charge of widget-making at both firms. Gradually the huge conglomerate’s widgets get better—which makes sense, because the man running widget-making is very good at his job. But at the same time, the widgets produced by the smaller business decline noticeably in quality. What’s going on? Is the chief widget-maker under pressure to devote more energy to the huge conglomerate’s widget-quality than to that of the smaller business?

I have no idea if this is what’s taken place since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006 and put John Lasseter in charge of both animation studios. But it is notable that recent years have seen some of Disney’s best films in a long while—Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6—and some of Pixar’s worst: Cars 2, Monsters University, and, now, The Good Dinosaur. (Yes, Inside Out was a lovely exception. But Pixar’s downward slide into sequel-itis since Toy Story 3 has been difficult to miss.)

The Good Dinosaur is by no means a bad movie. But it breaks new ground for Pixar in that it’s the studio’s first feature that is explicitly—and pretty much exclusively—a kid’s movie. The story concerns a fearful, clumsy young apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) who gets separated from his family and makes his way back home with the help of a feral caveboy whom he befriends. (Jack Bright snarls and howls wonderfully in the latter role.) Along the way, they encounter creatures both helpful and hostile, and they overcome a variety of obstacles. It’s a simple story, well-told. But it’s also a story about kids, told more or less exclusively from the kids’ perspective.

This is a first for Pixar. Though its previous 15 feature films have often involved children, they’ve been told principally through the perspective of adults (Boo has Sully and Mike; Nemo has Marlin; the Incredibles kids have their parents; and Russell has Carl Fredricksen) or adult-like figures (the toys of Toy Story; the emotions of Inside Out). These grownup interlocutors have given Pixar films an uncommon richness and depth—even those of us outside the immediate target demographic can relate to Marlin’s worry for his son or Carl’s grief over his wife or Woody’s duty to “leave no toy behind.” Stripped of this additional layer, The Good Dinosaur feels less like a Pixar movie and more like … well, a Disney one. (It’s probably worth noting that there were uncharacteristic difficulties during production: The film was originally intended for release two years ago, and the original director, Bob Peterson, was taken off the project midway through.)

Again, though the tale is slender, the execution is strong. The conceit of the film is that it takes place in an alternative world in which the extinction-event asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago instead passed us by harmlessly. The dinosaurs thrived and developed intelligence, language, and a rudimentary culture in which the herbivores became farmers and the carnivores became ranchers.

The more recent mammalian arrivals, meanwhile, remain thoroughly undomesticated “critters.” (Arlo’s companion, the quadrupedal dog-boy “Spot,” is one of the chief pleasures of the movie.)

To paraphrase Voltaire: If Monument Valley didn’t exist, Pixar would have had to invent it.

A number of Arlo and Spot’s encounters on the long trek home are memorable ones. There’s a styracosaurus—voiced by Peter Sohn, who ultimately directed the film—who keeps a menagerie of animals perched on his horns to protect him from threats both physical (other critters) and emotional (“unrealistic goals”). There’s a flock of pterodactyls (the lead one voiced by Steve Zahn) who are not as they first appear. And there’s a family of T-Rex ranchers who need help with their herd. (The chief joke here, vocal-casting Sam Elliott as a leathery old cowpoke, is perhaps a bit too obvious.)

The visuals are a consistent treat—at least with the exception of Arlo himself, who is rather too much of a cartoon. The rushing river into which Arlo and Spot tumble more than once is a marvel, as are a swarm of igniting green fireflies and a scene in which pterodactyl crests poke down out of the clouds like inverted shark fins. The moment in which Arlo and the pre-verbal Spot try to explain to one another the fates of their respective families hits its emotional notes precisely. And perhaps best of all are the wonderfully detailed and textured landscapes of the Old—as in really, really old—American West. To paraphrase Voltaire: If Monument Valley didn’t exist, Pixar would have had to invent it.

The Good Dinosaur is a better movie overall than recent Pixar misfires such as Cars 2 and Monsters University. But its pronounced lack of ambition is nonetheless a tremendous disappointment. A small herd making its way across the prehistoric plains, pushing through obstacles and learning lessons about themselves in the process? That’s what one expects from The Croods or the Ice Age movies. I, for one, still expect more from Pixar.

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#ARTICLE #Yahoo upsets users by shutting out some customers who use ad blockers

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#AceSocialNews – Nov.24: Late last week, some Yahoo Mail users encountered a problem: They couldn’t get into their email accounts.

When they tried to sign into the service, they were greeted with the message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail.

  
*****Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.” What !!!!

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‘The Voice’ recap: The Top 11 take the stage

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#AceMediaNews – Nov.24: The Top 11 artists — along with coach Pharrell Williams, who sang his musically repetitive, lyrically clunky, yet curiously catchy hit “Freedom” — performed on “The Voice” on Monday night. The performances ranged from solid to stellar. And in honor of Thanksgiving week, the contestants’ family.

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Article: See How 4 Photojournalism Students Covered the Missouri Campus Protests

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See How 4 Photojournalism Students Covered the Missouri Campus Protests.

#AceSocialNews – Nov.23: Time news gets an inside look at the University of Missouri protests through the lens of four photojournalism students

After several weeks of covering…

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Article: Colorful Shadow Figures Reveal the Superhero within Every Child’s Imagination

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#AceSocialNews – Nov.23: Colourful Shadow Figures Reveal the Superhero within Every Child’s Imagination:

Artist Jason Ratliff illustrates the power of imagination through something as simple as a shadow. His whimsical works feature children posing, as…

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FEATURED: VIDEO ‘ Liverpool legend John Barnes shows off rap skills with rendition of Sugarhill Gang ’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ at Football Blogging Awards ‘

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John Barnes has shown in the past to be an accomplished rapper but the Liverpool legend outdid himself with an excellent rendition of the Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’ at the Football Blogging Awards bash this week.

The winger took to the stage in Manchester and was joined by Sky Sports News reporter Bianca Westwood, who danced along with Barnes as the lyrical master delighted the audience with a superb performance of the classic tune.

Barnes, 52, who played 407 times for the Reds during a ten-year career, got a standing ovation and the Liverpool Echo reported him saying afterwards: ‘I hope I’ve managed to restore my street cred and you don’t just think I’m an old, fat footballer.’

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FEATURED: Jetpack 3.8 – Google+ Badges and More

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#AceSocialNews – Nov.19: With the release of Jetpack 3.8, we’re introducing some great new additions for Google+ accounts and enhancements to existing Jetpack features. We’re also happy that we’ve had some fantastic contributions from members of the Jetpack community in this release.

Google+ Badges and Social Media Icons

New in Jetpack 3.8 are Google+ Badge widgets for your Google+ profiles, pages, and communities. Because Google+ profiles, pages, and communities are different, we offer slightly different versions of the badges:

Person badge using landscape layout and light theme. Person badge using the portrait layout and the dark theme. Page badge using portrait layout and light theme. Community badge using portrait layout and light theme.

  • Profiles: Allow people to easily find you on Google+ and add you to a circle directly from your website.
  • Pages: Includes the profile badge features and adds some additional functionality.
  • Communities: Help people find your community and engage with other users on a topic they find interesting.

You can configure these badges by width, choose from a light or dark theme, and choose from a portrait or landscape layout. There are more options for each badge version and you can read more about this new addition to our Extra Sidebar Widgets feature.

We’ve also heard your requests to add Google+ to our Social Media Icons widget. You can now configure Google+ alongside Facebook, Twitter, and all of our other available options in the widget. Need a refresher on how to set these up? Visit our Social Media Icons support page for more information.

Twitch.tv Shortcode Embeds

We’ve added the ability for you to use a shortcode to embed Twitch.tv videos and streams to your Jetpack-powered site. Simply use the shortcode and you can embed your favorite stream or add your own stream. You can even configure things like height, width, and autoplay. Find out more about the Twitch.tv shortcode.

New WordPress Contact Form Features and Updates

We’ve updated the WordPress Contact Form with some new form options and fixes. First, we’ve added a new “Checkbox with Multiple Items” field to the available contact form fields. Previously, you were only able to set up a single checkbox per field. This option allows you to set up multiple checkboxes all in a single field, saving you time.

Also, we’ve improved the styling of the emailed form responses. Now any responses to your WordPress Contact Form submissions will show up in the order you set in your contact form. No more jumbled responses!

And More…

Other key changes in Jetpack 3.8 include:

We worked hard to make Jetpack 3.8 great and we hope you enjoy it!

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Community Involvement

In Jetpack 3.8, we’ve had some new features and fixes that have come from members of the Jetpack community. We’d like to take a moment to specifically thank these two community members who’ve taken the time to give back to the community:

First off, we’d like to thank Daisuke Takahashi for his exceptional work on the Google+ Badge Widget. Takahashi lives in Japan and is currently enrolled at university as a freshman and is a big fan of Open Source projects. He has been an active contributor to WordPress including speaking this past weekend at WordCamp Tokyo. Even with his self-professed “basic English skills,” he had no trouble with working with the Jetpack team on his initial code submission and subsequent changes to the widget. Thank you!

Secondly, we want to thank Eduardo Reveles for his substantial issue reports and patch submissions for Jetpack. Take a look at his GitHub profile to see all of his contributions to Jetpack. Thanks again for your help, Eduardo!

Want to help us make Jetpack even better? By contributing to Jetpack, you improve the functionality of millions of sites while gaining hands-on development experience. Best of all, people of all skill levels can help — whether you can barely recognize a filter (or don’t know what that means) or you’ve already authored your own plugins, there are ways for you to pitch in. See how you can help by visiting our Contribute page.

A special thank you to all who contributed to Jetpack during the 3.8 development cycle:
Adam Heckler, Alexander Kirk, Andrew Duthie, Brad Thomason, Brandon Kraft, Chase Livingston, Corey McKrill, Daisuke Takahashi, Dave Green, Derek Smart, Dion Hulse, Draikin, Eduardo Reveles, Egill Erlendsson, Elliott Stocks, Enej Bajgoric, Gregory Cornelius, Ian Dunn, Igor Zinovyev, James Huff, Jeff Golenski, Jennifer M. Dodd, Jeremy Herve, Jesse Friedman, Joey Kudish, Jorge Bernal, Kat Hagan, Lance Willett, Marcus Kazmierczak, Michael Cain, Mo Jangda, Payton Swick, Richard Muscat, Rocco Tripaldi, Sam Hotchkiss, Sendhil Panchadsaram, Stephane Boisvert, Timmy Crawford, and Yoav Farhi.

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