From Elvis’ screen test for producer Hal Wallis at Paramount Studios on March 26, 1956. He showed his star quality in two acting scenes and this lip-synched presentation of his cover of the Carl Perkins hit Blue Suede Shoes.
From Planet Money:
Taxpayers should get a receipt so they know what they’re paying for, a think tank called Third Way argues in a new paper.
Here’s a sample from the group. It includes federal income tax and FICA, which funds Medicare and Social Security
(Finally getting around to watching Season 4.)
The chef drinking the bubble tea, Grant Achatz, is also in a video below making dessert at his restaurant, Alinea:
From The Big Picture:
A couple weeks ago, I was listening to a story by NPR’s Planet Money team about “Toxie” a toxic asset they had purchased to follow and help tell the story of the recent financial meltdown. One of the mortgages in Toxie was on a home bought for investment in Bradenton, Florida, and the team took a look at housing in the area. Many homes there are empty and have been for years. Huge developments sit partially completed among densely built up neighborhoods and swampland. A guest stated that there were “enough housing lots in Charlotte County to last for more than 100 years”. Boom and bust residential development has drastically affected parts of southwest Florida for decades now, and I spent some time (with the help of Google Earth), looking around the area.
Goes to Gruggach. 5,000 internet points to you kind sir. (Click the link to see it Mike K.)
From The HollywoodReporter:
Sources indicate that George Lucas is set on rereleasing the “Star Wars” franchise in new 3D conversions beginning in 2012. Although 3D versions have been rumored for some time, Lucas purportedly was waiting until there were enough screens available to make the release a sizable event.
Fox, which released all six original “Star Wars” films, also would release the 3D versions.
Episode I, “The Phantom Menace,” would be first out of star-dock during early 2012. After that, each film would be released in order at the same time in consecutive years, depending on how well the first rerelease does.
Each conversion takes at least a year to complete, with Lucas overseeing the process to make sure each is as perfect as possible. He has said that the “Avatar” experience convinced him that “Star Wars” is ready for the state-of-the-art 3D treatment.
Starting with “Phantom Menace,” Lucasfilm would use several higher-end conversion houses to work on the project. By late winter or early spring in 2012, the exhibition industry should have all the 3D screens anyone could want for such a release.
And below you can see Lucas actually working on the conversion at the Skywalker Ranch: