The British Film Institute in collaboration with the BBC has restored what is being called the very first science-fiction film ever made. A Message from Mars is a silent film from 1913 that tells the story of a martian who is visiting earth to show a miser the error of his ways. Composer Matthew Herbert wrote a new soundtrack for the silent film in fewer than ten days. It will be available to watch tomorrow online on the BBC Arts website. The BFI has been compiling British science fiction movies and television shows into a collection called “Days of Fear and Wonder,” which has been running since October.
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This week has been all about the new season of Game of Thrones that is premiering on Sunday, April 6, so this edition of Around the Web is no different.
Apparently after the filming of season four wrapped, the cast of Game of Thrones took a trip to the beach. Several pics from the trip are up on Lena Headey’s (Cersei Lannister) instagram account along with a lot of other great pics of sets and cast members. Big giant NSFW (not safe for work) warning, though, so check it out on your lunch break.
Some people seem to make everything around them seem that much happier and brighter–even the creepy, gloomy, or just plain horrific. Such a person is Olly Moss, who has manage to make even decapitation and the flaying of a live man seem no less innocuous than a set of Hummel figurines.
It seems that George R. R. Martin has been sneaking clues to the future of the Seven Kingdoms and its neighbors in a most unlikely source: the official map book, The Lands of Ice and Fire. Apparently, the cartographer had to have everything about the maps approved by the author–right down to the color of the water of some of the seas. Perhaps the most intriguing thing to me is summed up in this quote:
Fans of True Detective may also notice one other surprising location on the easternmost edge of the map: the city of Carcosa. Originally a strange and ancient city mentioned in the Ambrose Bierce Short story “An Inhabitant of Carcosa” and the influential Robert Chambers book The King in Yellow, references to Carcosa and its “Yellow King” have made their way into numerous works, from Stephen King stories to the mythos of H.P Lovecraft to HBO’s recent detective drama — and now, seemingly the world of Game of Thrones as well.
We’ve talked about special affects fatigue on the blog recently, but here is one behind the scenes video that is well worth watching. An interview with the costumers, and a first look at the grandiose costumes of the Westerosi nobility. Margaery Tyrell’s wedding dress, for example, is breathtaking.
Of course, it is FOLLOW FRIDAY #FF, and so our list of interesting and random Game of Thrones stuff would not be complete without a notable post from a fellow blogger. Our friends over at Sourcerer have uncovered an absolutely superb video of cosplayers playing the Game of Thrones opening theme music. Check it out on the Sourcerer blog and let them know what you’re looking forward to in season four.
This story is pretty interesting, both because of how much influence technology has on our lives including our political process and because of how cyclical history can be. Just sit back and watch the pendulum swing. Hopefully we can take a few of these lessons and protect ourselves again.
Somehow the black windows make this place look just a bit more sinister.
Some of these pictures are far more clever than anything I could come up with.
Still not sure I’d want to do any of these things. 30 years from now I don’t know if I’d want to look back on this.
What would the internet be without Bear Grylls? Will he drink his own urine? Guess you’ll just have to watch and find out. As a side note, my friends and I actually did this while trying to park in Manhattan.
I understand that tech companies are always trying to find the next big thing that will revolutionize their industry and change the way we live, but I’m pretty sure this one isn’t going anywhere.
I’m also fairly certain Inspector Gadget should not be the man we look to for inspiration. Literally none of his equipment worked right!
Ever wonder what happens to all that tech that we don’t use any more? Yahoo provides us with some interesting photos of old technology.
I’d love to know how many people actually remember using these. If you do, please comment. I’m feeling a little old on this one.
It’s about time these rules got revised. Time for the FAA to join the 21st Century.
The thought that the $500 iPhone that I bought at the mall could screw up a $260,000,000 plane always worried me, just a little.
This is a really cool way for technology and classic literature to meet.
Not quite sure this is what the Bard had in mind, but I think he’d be pretty impressed that we keep finding new ways to relate to his work.
And to wrap things up, I cannot wait for this movie!