The dark hours before the storm: “Margin Call”

Hollywood’s scripts always call for a protagonist. Margin Call has none.

Raymond Alvarez: The film Margin Call has to be regarded as a distorted reflection of reality. Just as Michael Douglas stood before a soon-to-be-fired audience in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, declared greed good, rationalization has become a mainstay. At the end of the day, we’re just cannon fodder.

 

 

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Why women get more scared watching horror movies than men

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The study found that women get more scared than men during horror films.

Have you ever wondered why some women get scared watching horror films while most men stay calm?  It’s actually their brains which make females more likely to be terrified by the flicks, a new study has claimed.

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‘Sandy Bridge’ – 2nd Generation Intel Chip a Coup for Hollywood

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Codenamed “Sandy Bridge,” Intel’s new lineup of microchips promises the biggest-ever leap in processing power.

US chip giant Intel introduced Wednesday a speedy new generation of chips that thwart film piracy and enable quick handling of data-rich video and games.

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An American University Offers a Class on Zombies

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Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years.

The course is being offered by the University of Baltimore and will be taught by the author Arnold Blumberg, who wrote a book on zombie movies, and the curator of Geppi’s Entertainment museum, which specialises in American pop culture.

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‘Avatar’ On Track To Sink ‘Titanic’ As Top Film Of All Time

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‘Avatar ‘ will surpass ‘Titanic’ as top film of all time

Leave it to James Cameron to sink the Titanic.  His sci-fi opus Avatar sailed past The Dark Knight to become the second highest-grossing film of all time and is bearing down on his 1997 epic Titanic, which holds the title with $601 million.

 

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Hollywood A-List Taking Pay Cuts After Disappointment At The Box Office

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Scarlett Johansson is among the celebrities forced to take dramatic pay cuts

The curtain has come down on guaranteed $20 million pay cheques for A-List Hollywood stars as a series of films starring big name actors failed to deliver at the box office this summer.  Denzel Washington, Jim Carrey, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke are among the celluloid celebrities forced to take dramatic pay cuts or accept a slice of any future movie profits as studios have achieved ticket sale success without a famous name attached.

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Gentlemen May Prefer Blondes, But James Bond Prefers Brunettes

Gentlemen May Prefer Blondes, But James Bond Prefers Brunettes 

 MI6 agent Strawberry Fields, played by Gemma Arterton, is one of the nine per cent of red-haired Bond girls

Gentlemen may prefer blondes but Britain’s most sophisticated secret service agent tends to go for brunettes, according to an extensive investigation into James Bond’s love life.
 

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Cheaper And More Reliable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Cheaper And More Reliable Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion cells that use polymer electrolytes can be affordably packaged in compact, flexible pouches  

A new incarnation of lithium-ion batteries based on solid polymers is in the works. Berkeley, CA-based startup Seeo, Inc. says its lithium-ion cells will be safer, longer-lasting, lighter, and cheaper than current batteries. Seeo’s batteries use thin films of polymer as the electrolyte and high-energy-density, light-weight electrodes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is now making and testing cells designed by the University of California, Berkeley spinoff.

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