October 24, 1893In honor of the oldest candy in America, today has been dubbed Good and Plenty Day. The history of the little strips of black licorice coated with a pink and white candy shell is partly unknown. It was first introduced in 1893 by Philadelphia’s Quaker City Confectionery Company but is now owned by the Hershey Foods. Beginning in 1950, the candy was promoted with the cartoon character, Choo-Choo Charlie, a railroad engineer. One unappetizing fact is that the pink ones are colored with a red dye that is produced from the crushed bodies of the female cochineal insect.
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley) “treats” Dr. Newgate (Jim Sturgess) |
in “Stoneheart Asylum.” (Millennium Entertainment)
With a title like Stonehearst Asylum and the spooky-looking poster promoting it, you might be inclined to think that this movie would be another horror film out just in time for Halloween, but you would be wrong. You won’t find any creepy dead girls climbing out of wells to steal your soul or people who can walk through metal bars. Mostly. Stonehearst is actually a thriller or adventure story with some uncomfortable undertones.
The movie is loosely based on the short story “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether” by Edgar Allen Poe, which is considered a dark comedy. While this version is not a comedy, it isn’t a horror film either, but is fitting for the season.
The story opens on Christmas Eve in 1899. Dr. Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) has just arrived at Stonehearst Mental Asylum to begin an apprenticeship with Dr. Lamb (Ben Kingsley). Edward is lead around the facility and meets different staff members and some of the patients including Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale), a beautiful woman who has an aversion to intimacy. We’re not talking about someone who becomes uncomfortable when someone invades her personal space. No, she becomes almost violent whenever someone touches her.
|Shia LaBeouf (Interview Magazine / Craig MdDean)|
Is Shia LaBeouf a Christian? According to an interview with Elvis Mitchell of Interview magazine he is. LaBeouf has been a popular actor in such movies as Transformers and Disturbia, but if you have read the headlines in the last year, LaBeouf has made life for himself a little rough.
In his interview with Mitchell, LaBeouf talks about his new role in the movie war movie Fury in which he plays opposite of Brad Pitt.
“Fury is the first time you've ever played a man of faith. His religion is what gets him through this, his devotion to his God,” asks Mitchell. LaBeouf’s response might surprise you not only with his answer, but in the way that he answers. He’s never been elegant with his words, but I believe that he is honest with them:
“I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a f___ing bull____ way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can't identify unless you're really going through it. It's a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. And while there's beauty to that, acting is all about control. So that was a wild thing to navigate. I had good people around me who helped me. Brad [Pitt] was really instrumental in guiding my head through this. Brad comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality. He looked at religion like the people's opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion. Whereas [Fury writer-director] David [Ayers] is a full subscriber to Christianity. But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men.”
Mitchell's story is featured in the November issue of Interview.
You may not know Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton by name, but chances are you have seen one or more of their many comedy videos posted on YouTube. Better known as Tripp & Tyler, the two have worked together and separately on various projects since 2006. Much of their work can be seen on YouTube where the comedy sketches and parodies have over 23 million views and the pair have over 65,000 subscribers. When they are not creating stull online, they are performing it around their home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Today, an announcement was sent regarding their new book, Stuff You Should Know About Stuff. “It's here. The book we've spent over two years writing, editing, tweaking, massaging, illustrating and debating over is now LIVE! This whole time we've planned on November 4th as the release date, but it looks like Amazon had other plans.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Linus:"I didn't know you were going to kill it!"
[Writing to the Great Pumpkin] “You must get discouraged because more people believe in Santa Claus than in you. Well, let's face it; Santa Claus has had more publicity, but being #2, perhaps you try harder.”
“Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.”
“There are three things that I've learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
“I don't see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”