1. ”Fast & Furious 7 will shoot scenes with doubles and replace Paul Walker with CGI to keep him in the film.” Hit franchise’s seventh installment, starring Vin Diesel, is keeping his late co-star by using CGI and voice effects.
“Shooting has now resumed for ’Fast & Furious 7,’ and Confidenti@l has learned exactly how Paul Walker will remain in the film. ’They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,’ one source close to production tells us. ’Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.’ Our insider adds that this is option number one producers and Universal Pictures have decided on, and that the studio feels confident fans of the franchise will feel satisfied with the result.”
2. “Death Raises Questions About On-Set Safety.” Michael Cieply on the aftermarth of Sarah Jones’s death.
“Mr. Brown said he was inclined at this point to see Ms. Jones’s death as ’an isolated, very unfortunate incident’ without wider implications. He said film shoots in Georgia, which has subsidized a growing number of productions in recent years, generally adhere to strict safety procedures that would have prevented the accident if they had been observed. But others say film crews are being pushed too far. ’As a result of apparent negligence and an entire disregard for safety and common sense, our daughter is now dead,’ Ms. Jones’s parents, Richard and Elizabeth Jones, said in an email statement, underscoring a point that was made by Ms. Jones’s industry colleagues at the various memorials.”
3. “His Life, According to Jim.” Jim Rebhorn wrote his own obit.
“His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months.”
4. “The Humor Code.” When is a joke too soon? A scientific inquiry.
” At various points of time as [Hurricane Sandy] progressed, different online survey participants rated the humorousness of the tweets on one scale and their offensiveness on another. The resulting ratings followed a curvilinear pattern: Participants thought the tweets were funniest when they were asked about them the day before the storm made landfall. Later, when millions were without power and the East Coast had sustained hundreds of casualties and billions of dollars in damage, the funniness of @AHurricaneSandy bottomed out. But as the trauma subsided, the humor ratings bounced back, peaking 36 days after the storm hit, only to decrease again as the emotional intensity of the catastrophe continued to fade into the past.”
5. “Dark Arts.” Meet the architects of Tumblr’s cyberpunk renaissance.
“[Dietrich] Groundsel has been on Tumblr since March 2010, when he started cataloging those various passionate obsessions, of which he has quite a few. In a single paragraph of one email he manages to mention six graphic novels, twelve films, seven anime series, six electronic musicians and four clothing companies he’s influenced by. He claims to take ’several hours’ each day to scroll through the 515 Tumblrs he follows; his other sources range from unknown users on CGHub to the buried online archives of the Seoul Museum of Modern Art. Groundsel may be a particularly thorough example of an image blogger cleaving together sources like these, but he’s just one node in a vast network, among them the Robotic Network and the Shinobi Gang.”
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