Monday, June 24, 2013

In Memoriam

James Gandolfini (1961 – 2013)


Gandolfini usually acted in supporting roles until he found enduring fame as Tony Soprano in HBO’s masterful The Sopranos, a tough-talking, hard-living crime boss with a stolid exterior but a rich interior life for which he will always be remembered.

He died suddenly at 51 while travelling in Italy of cardiac arrest.

In Memoriam

Ray Harryhausen (1920 - 2013)

Ray HarryhausenUnarguably the father of the visual effects industry that dazzles us in virtually every cinematic creation nowadays, Harryhausen was also a writer and a producer.  He created a form of stop-motion model animation known as "Dynamation":

In the pre-computer-generated-imagery era in which he worked, Harryhausen used the painstaking process of making slight adjustments to the position of his three-dimensional, ball-and-socket-jointed scale models and then shooting them frame-by-frame to create the illusion of movement. Footage of his exotic beasts and creatures was later often combined with live action.

(From Towleroad)

The last one for a while?

One more US state, the 12th (plus the District of Columbia), has joined those already allowing marriage equality.  Minnesota voted for equality about a month ago (I’ve been neglecting my blog for a while, so now I’ll try catching up).

minnesotaWith the vote for marriage equality, Minnesota became the first state in the Midwest to approve marriage equality legislatively rather than being forced to do so by a court order.

We are still holding out hope for Illinois to join the party, but to date it hasn’t happened yet.  Hopefully before the summer is over.

Thank you Minnesota!!