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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

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Filmmaker Jonathan Demme, whose Oscar-winning thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” terrified audiences and introduced one of the most indelible villains in movie history, died Wednesday morning in New York. He was 73.

He died of complications from esophageal cancer, according to a statement from his publicist.
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Demme won consistent acclaim as the director of such diverse movies as the Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense”; “Philadelphia,” the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS; and “Beloved,” the 1998 Oprah Winfrey movie based on Toni Morrison’s bestseller about a 19th century slave haunted by the ghost of her daughter.
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 But it’s “Silence of the Lambs” for which he was best known. The 1991 movie, based on Thomas Harris’ novel, swept the Academy Awards the following year, winning Oscars for best picture and its two stars, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, whose Hannibal Lecter character became a cultural icon. Demme also won the Oscar for best director.

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Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

 Jonathan Demme at the New York Film Festival in 2012.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/entertainment/jonathan-demme-death-trnd/index.html

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Photographer Creates Epic Outdoor Scenes Using Miniature Models And Landscapes

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Photographer Creates Epic Outdoor Scenes Using Miniature Models And Landscapes

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https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/miniature-photography-small-scale-landscape-models/

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Erin Moran, Who Played Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56

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Erin Moran, the former child actor who played the sweet but mischievous Joanie on the television series “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” has died. She was 56.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department in southern Indiana confirmed her death. Ms. Moran was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon and died in her home in New Salisbury, Ind., the authorities said.

An autopsy showed that she most likely died from complications of cancer, the sheriff’s department said in a statement on Monday.

Ms. Moran, who started acting at 5, got her first taste of television in a commercial for First Federal Bank. She went on to play minor characters on television and in film in the late 1960s and early ’70s. At 12, she landed her biggest role: Joanie, the freckle-faced troublemaker and sister of Richie Cunningham, the all-American teenager played by Ron Howard.

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Erin Moran, standing, with her television family on “Happy Days,” from left, Marion Ross, Ron Howard and Tom Bosley. Credit ABC, via Photofest

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https://www.nytimes.com

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Some Creations using Bomomo

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An artist I am not!

 

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Rihanna, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley and 6 of the most famous stoners in music history

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“I’d rather be smoking weed whenever we breathe.” When Rihanna sang those words on “James Joint,” the second track on her Anti album, it felt like a slight sea change in pop history. 

Marijuana smoke has likely long swirled through the recording studios of major label artists, but rarely has it been so specifically name dropped and praised on record by an pop icon of this caliber. It came at a crucial time, no less, when 2016 was just starting to gear up for recreational or medical marijuana legalization votes in nine states, eight of which eventually passed. 

When all is said and done, Rihanna may go down as one of the most important stoners in modern music, joining a long lineage of cannabis-loving musicians who found have inspiration in the herb — from Bob Marley and Willie Nelson, back to Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong — and have returned the favor with advocacy.

Had marijuana never gained the cultural fascination it did in America, music history would likely be unrecognizable. The subtle but profound psychoactive effects of the herb have shaped genres and altered the lyrical content and artistic identities of the musicians that used it. What follows are portraits of a few of those key weed smokers in music history that have championed the plant’s therapeutic properties and thereby changed the way Americans view it forever.

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Rihanna, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley and 6 of the most famous stoners in music history

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https://mic.com/articles/174598/rihanna-billie-holiday-bob-marley-and-6-of-the-most-famous-stoners-in-music-history#.cCXgkNws4

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Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

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Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.

You can use AutoDraw on your phone or desktop and the experience is pretty straightforward. You simply start drawing your best version of a pizza, or house, or dog, or birthday cake and the algorithms try to figure out what it is that you’re trying to draw. It then tries to match your squiggles with drawings in its database, and if it finds any possible matches, it’ll show them in a list at the top of your virtual canvas. If you like one of those options, you simply click on it and AutoDraw replaces your amateurish creation with something a bit slicker.

Artists who want to donate their drawings to the project can do that here, by the way.

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Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning

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Clifton James, actor who played Sheriff JW Pepper in Bond films, dies at 96

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Actor preferred stage work but role as redneck officer opposite Roger Moore in Live and Let Die led to a reprise in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Clifton James, an actor who was best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.

His daughter, Lynn James, said her father died on Saturday at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.

“He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody,” Lynn James said. “I don’t think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.”

James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career. One of his first significant roles playing a southerner was as a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker in the 1967 classic Cool Hand Luke.

His long list of roles also includes swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana sheriff JW Pepper in the Bond films. His portrayal of the redneck sheriff in Live and Let Die in 1973 more than held its own with sophisticated English actor Roger Moore’s portrayal of Bond.

 

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Clifton James, actor who played Sheriff JW Pepper in Bond films, dies at 96

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https://amp.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/15/clifton-james-actor-sheriff-jw-pepper-james-bond-dies

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