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From Iceland Review:
A letter was delivered to the farmers at Hólar in Hvammsveit, West Iceland, at the end of March, although it included neither the recipients’ names nor their address, according to the West Iceland news service Skessuhornið. Instead, the sender had drawn a map on the envelope, showing the rough location of the unnamed farm, along with a brief description of the family living there.
Besides tinkering around with the new blog format, I just spent way too much time poking around Kinja’s featured bag section. I love seeing what other people pack in their bags.
Damn you 2016.
I had almost forgotten about this post from Letters of Note which has Wilder’s excellent input in his costume that he was to wear in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Still holds up.
Oy. From Variety:
Before the show was picked up by AMC for domestic and Fox for international, its creator Frank Darabont presented the first version of the script to NBC, with whom he had an overall deal. According to Hurd, their response was, “Do there have to be zombies [in it].” NBC then asked Darabont if the show could be a procedural in which the two main protagonists would “solve a zombie crime of the week,” she said.
(via Boing Boing)
Which reminds me of the time that a studio executive wanted Back to the Future to be called “Space Man From Pluto“:
Executive Sidney Sheinberg made some suggestions to the script, changing Marty’s mother’s name from Meg to Lorraine (the name of his wife, actress Lorraine Gary), to change Brown’s name from Professor Brown to Doc Brown and replace his pet chimpanzee with a dog. Sheinberg also wanted the title changed to Spaceman from Pluto, convinced no successful film ever had “future” in the title. He suggested Marty introduce himself as “Darth Vader from the planet Pluto” while dressed as an alien forcing his dad to ask out his mom (rather than “the planet Vulcan”), and that the farmer’s son’s comic book be titled Spaceman from Pluto rather than Space Zombies from Pluto. Appalled by the new title that Sheinberg wanted to impose, Zemeckis asked Spielberg for help. Spielberg subsequently dictated a memo back to Sheinberg, wherein Spielberg convinced him they thought his title was just a joke, thus embarrassing him into dropping the idea.
From Open Culture:
The ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, more than any other source, have provided historians with a window into just what life in that time and place was like. A Day in Pompeii, an exhibition held at the Melbourne Museum in 2009, gave its more than 330,000 visitors a chance to experience Pompeii’s life even more vividly. The exhibition included a 3D theater installation that featured the animation above. Watch it, and you can see Pompeii brought back to life with computer-generated imagery — and then, in snapshots over the course of 48 hours, entombed by Vesuvius again.