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New Discovery Series Will Investigate Nikola Tesla's Mysterious Death and His Death Ray Will Be Built

The Discovery Channel is producing a fascinating new series that will investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of legendary inventor Nikola Tesla.

The series is called Tesla and one of the coolest parts of the series will involve a team of engineers coming together to build and test-fire Tesla's Death Ray, which is supposedly an incredibly dangerous weapon of mass destruction. This weapon could have swung the balance of power in World War II and may have been a main reason of motive to have Tesla killed.

I've been fascinated with Tesla and his work for years. This talented man screwed over by people thought his life and Thomas Edison was one of the biggest assholes to him. I'm excited about this new series and the information that it will bring to light. THR offers the following info:

In 1943, Tesla, who has been called "The Man Who Invented the 20th Century,
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Thomas Edison’s Simple Test for Potential Employees

Thomas Edison had a very simple test for potential employees and it’s something you probably wouldn’t see today since it’s a little outdated. He would place a bowl of soup in front of his potential hires along with containers of salt and pepper. If the interviewee added salt and/or pepper to the soup before trying it they would be dismissed immediately. The key here is that adding in extra ingredients was making an assumption that the soup was not already good as it was. Edison felt that assumption was the natural enemy of innovation. It might seem like a rather

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Experience ‘The Horse in Motion’ From Inside the Zoopraxiscope

By Jacob Oller

You know the .gif, now explore the zoetrope. adweard Muybridge was far more than a crazy name. He was one of the first motion picture pioneers, one that invented the first commercial movie theater, and inspiration to Thomas Edison. All from taking pictures of horses to settle a bet. That horse, and those pictures, are […]

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Warm, Witty, Wise ‘Filmworker’ Honors Stanley Kubrick’s Extraordinary Right-Hand Man [Idfa Review]

Many words have been written, and doubtless many more will be, about the filmmaking genius of Stanley Kubrick. But if, as Thomas Edison said, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, Tony Zierra’s “Filmworker,” which showed in nearly completed form at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (Idfa) after bowing in Cannes Classics in May, is dedicated to the far less familiar name who contributed a great deal of that sweat.

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When Whimsy Works

Ildikó Enyedi's On Body and Soul (2017) is having its exclusive online premiere on Mubi in the United Kingdom. It is showing from November 17 - December 17, 2017.Sex and violence are probably considered to be the most hotly contested controversial topics in film, from the hand-wringing parent who worries about exposing their kids too soon to blood and gore to governmental censorship boards editing out onscreen kisses. This isn’t to say that extreme levels of gore and gratuitously hardcore sex don’t merit discussions (see anything from the New French Extremity genre to the perennially talked about Baise-Moi). But there is, however, another film “quality” that ignites ire and repulsion faster than a close-up of an exploding head or a cut-to of cunnilingus: whimsy. Whimsy, that which is held to be quaint, playful, heartfelt and sweet, is often derided as superficial, saccharine. And, to be fair, it often is. Having
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Weinstein Co.’s ‘The Current War’ Release Pushed to 2018

Weinstein Co.’s ‘The Current War’ Release Pushed to 2018
The Weinstein Company is pushing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, from its Thanksgiving weekend opening, according to a company executive. TWC is now eying a 2018 release for the Thomas Edison biopic. This is the latest setback for film since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Writer Michael Mitnick dropped out of a scheduled appearance at the New York Film Festival on Friday, and Cumberbatch condemned Weinstein, saying he was “utterly disgusted” by Weinstein’s “horrifying and unforgivable actions.” Also Read: Fifth Weinstein Co. Board Member Resigns as Movie Academy Meets on Expelling Harvey Cumberbatch stars in “The Current War” as Thomas.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey
Now that Harvey Weinstein — a six-time Best Picture winner who spent two decades as one of the most powerful and feared Hollywood personalities — has been terminated as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company following sexual harassment allegations from at least 10 women, many unknowns remain about the studio’s future.

A rep for TWC said, “I can provide no further comment at this time.” Nevertheless, here are the three of the most pressing questions.

Read More: Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Who will run The Weinstein Co.?

TWC’s board — down from seven to four as Marc Lasry, Tim Sarnoff and Dirk Ziff resigned in the wake of the Oct. 5 New York Times investigation detailing Weinstein’s impropriety —confirmed to Variety that for now, Weinstein’s brother and the company’s co-founder, Bob, will jointly helm TWC with chief operating officer David Glasser. This transition of power
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Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops

Based on a True Story: Why So Many Biopics Create Oscar Buzz But Become Box-Office Flops
Fall is the season of Real-People movies — the biopics that often fuel Oscar hopes. Recent weeks brought “The Battle of the Sexes,” “Stronger,” and “Victoria & Abdul” and there’s more than a dozen to come, including “Marshall,” “The Post,” “Darkest Hour,” and “The Current War.” There’s good reason to believe that a biopic might produce awards. In the last five years, 28 of the 100 Oscar acting nominees played real-life characters, as did four of the 20 winners. But when it comes to the box office, the odds aren’t as kind.

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Since 2012, there have been about 100 biopics including hits like “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” and “Julie and Julia.” But while recent years featured real-life characters and stories in some of the biggest non-franchise hits, the format may have reached a saturation point.

Last year,
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Fall Movie Preview: A Guide to Totally Early Oscar 2018 Predictions

Fall Movie Preview: A Guide to Totally Early Oscar 2018 Predictions
An Oscar movie could hit theaters at any time during the year -- as far as the rules are concerned, it only needs to be released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 to be eligible -- but everyone knows that all of the true contenders arrive in the last quarter of the year.

I suppose some Academy-worthy movies have already been released: Dunkirk, right? The Big Sick and Get Out less likely, but perhaps! I guess some people believe Wonder Woman could really get a Best Picture nomination.... So, instead of considering this our first round of Oscar predictions, think of it as a Ones to Watch list to prepare you as studios start showing off their films that could earn noms at next year's Academy Awards. (Which are still five months away, Fyi, on March 4, 2018.)

Best Picture

The Contenders: The surest things at this point appear to be The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro's already
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The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town

Proving again that there’s always more to learn about film history, Marc J. Perez’s documentary tells the story of a major American film capital before Hollywood. Milestone surrounds it with a couple of hours of early silent films made in the cinema Mecca of . . . Fort Lee, New Jersey.

The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town


The Milestone Cinematheque

2015 / Color + B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 35 min. main documentary; many more short subjects / Street Date October 17, 2017 / available through The Milestone Cinematheque / 34.99

Film Editor: B.B. Enriquez

Original Music: Ryan Shore

Based on a book by Richard Koszarski

Produced by Tom Myers, John L. Sikes

Directed by Marc J. Perez

Milestone’s new crash course in film history is a two-disc set centered around a 2015 documentary, The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town. ‘The Champion’ was the name of a short-lived but significant film company,
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Famous people who did amazing things after being homeschooled

Homeschooling has become an increasingly popular alternative to a traditional education. Children who have homeschooling often flourish academically and go on to achieve success later in life. Here are some examples of highly successful people who were homeschooled. Did they go on to do bigger and better things? You be the judge. 5 Thomas Edison This well-known inventor of the phonograph and lightbulb is an example of the power of homeschooling. Edison initially attended a traditional school but couldn’t tolerate the rather stern teaching methods of the schoolmaster. His mother subsequently took over his education, discovering a quick mind more
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‘The Current War’ Star Michael Shannon Calls Nikola Tesla a ‘Rock Star’ (Exclusive Video)

‘The Current War’ Star Michael Shannon Calls Nikola Tesla a ‘Rock Star’ (Exclusive Video)
In The Weinstein Company’s “The Current War,” contemporary leading men Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Nicholas Hoult play some of yesteryear’s literal megawatt stars, as they compete to determine whose electrical system will power the world. And while the film focuses on the battle between George Westinghouse (Shannon) and Thomas Edison (Cumberbatch), Nicholas Hoult’s Nikola Tesla may have faced the most pressure — after Elon Musk helped make his character a household name. “I think Nick was really in the hot seat,” Shannon told TheWrap CEO and editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Because Tesla’s,
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Snobbish about TV? It is your loss, Benedict Cumberbatch tells actors

Lines are ‘beautifully blurred now between what big- and small-screen is’ says star ahead of Sunday night BBC1 drama

There is now such a blur between film and TV that if any actor remains snobbish about the small-screen medium, “it is their loss”, Benedict Cumberbatch has said.

Cumberbatch was speaking after the first screening of the new BBC1 drama The Child in Time, in which he stars. The one-off drama – an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 1987 Whitbread award-winning novel – is due to air on Sunday 24 September.

Related: The Current War review – Benedict Cumberbatch transmits medium voltage portrait of Thomas Edison

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Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero

Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero
Earlier this year, BBC made a groundbreaking announcement when it revealed “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whitaker would be the new lead on “Doctor Who,” making her the first female doctor since the series first began over 50 years ago. The news was a cause for celebration, but of course a certain section of the fandom was not too pleased the show was making a gender switch. Within hours of the announcement, the hashtags #NotMyDoctor and #NurseWho became the official slogans of the opposition. The months since have seen the BBC and previous Doctors defend Whitaker, and you can count fellow BBC favorite Benedict Cumberbatch among her most vocal supporters.

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“It’s an alien. Why can’t it be a woman? Why can’t it be any gender? It doesn’t matter to me,” Cumberbatch said to Variety. The actor
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Benedict Cumberbatch Serenades Jimmy Fallon With Epic Song About Mashed Potatoes

The multi-talented Benedict Cumberbatch proves that there’s nothing he can’t do. The British actor made an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote his upcoming movie “The Current War,” in which he plays Thomas Edison. Related: Benedict Cumberbatch’s Mom thinks He’s Turning Into His ‘Sherlock’ Character The Oscar-nominated actor not only spoke […]
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The Current War Review

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s sophomore feature, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a heartfelt, humorous and devastating coming-of-age exhibition that handled its challenging subject matter with the necessary heft, heed and nimbleness. The acumen, command and inventiveness shown by Gomez-Rejon in his adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ novel justly earned the director a seat behind the camera for a far more high-profile and hotly-anticipated picture, The Current War.

A dramatization of the combative and cut-throat sprint between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to illuminate the United States, The Current War is a biographical history lesson rooted in the electric transmission system competition in which Westinghouse’s alternating current (AC) and Edison’s direct current (DC) vied for supremacy.

Benedict Cumberbatch characterizes an egotistical, family-oriented Thomas Edison, burdened by genius and fearful of his own mortality. The opposition, George Westinghouse, is interpreted by Michael Shannon. An entrepreneur and engineer, Shannon’s
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Tiff Review: ‘The Current War’ Offers an Electric History Lesson and Overwrought Melodrama

The title is The Current War, but it’s subject is truly more history than battle. It’s flashier to think about our modern day electrical system as a conflict between two geniuses fighting for their vision’s victory, but the truth is more complex. Michael Mitnick’s script understands this (mostly) despite the title representing it. The way he documents the personal, professional, and public struggles experienced isn’t as much about letting the audience choose a winner as it is to represent facts for posterity’s sake. Whether the Chicago World Fair picked Thomas Edison’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) direct current (DC) or George Westinghouse’s (Michael Shannon) alternating current (AC) is moot when compared to the result. In the end no one truly lost this “war” because the world at-large ultimately won it together.

If Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film depicts any “versus” scenario it’s in the abstract.
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Battle of the Sexes review – Emma Stone serves up rousing, timely tennis drama

The Oscar winner makes for a convincing Billie Jean King opposite Steve Carell’s larger than life Bobby Riggs in a mostly entertaining film about gender inequality on the court

Lurking behind the crowd-pleasing veneer of 1970s set drama Battle of the Sexes is a depressing reminder that unequal pay remains a shamefully unresolved problem 44 years later. In the film, 29-year-old Billie Jean King is frustrated by the disparity between what male and female tennis players are paid, and it’s her annoyance at this injustice that acts as a propelling force for the plot.

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