June 17, 2012 |
A Hologram for the King A Novel Dave Eggers McSweeney's: 328 pp., $25 More than any other writer of his generation, Dave Eggers is a brand. The 42-year-old author is accomplished in many fields - he's the founder of McSweeney's, a successful independent publishing house and innovative literary journal that grew out of a still-vital humor website. He's the head of the multi-city literacy nonprofit 826, which is partly supported by whimsical storefronts like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store.
June 8, 2012 |
Starring in beloved indie films may be good for Bill Murray's legacy, but it doesn't pay well enough to maintain his high-flying lifestyle -- or at least that's what the "Moonrise Kingdom" star told David Letterman Thursday on "The Late Show. " "I've been doing these art films and it's killing me financially," he complained. "I tip heavy, I dress like a king. The numbers just spiral. " His solution? Inspired by the Tupac Shakur hologram that "performed" at the Coachella music festival in April, Murray claimed he plans to send a virtual version of himself to music festivals and 20,000-seat venues around the country.
June 6, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details. Just a few months after wowing Coachella Valley Music Festival audiences with a virtual Tupac Shakur, visual effects company Digital Domain Media Group has announced plans to bring Elvis Presley back to life virtually. Actually, make that Elvis Presleys -- plural. "We are looking to develop several versions of Elvis," said Ed Ulbrich, chief creative officer at Digital Domain, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
April 23, 2012 |
Ask anyone who attended both weekends of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival what the big difference was between the events, and you'll likely end up talking about the weather. The festival, which kicked off April 13 and featured 140-plus artists, expanded from one weekend to two this year for the first time in its 13-year history. Although the lineup of artists - from the Black Keys to Radiohead to Snoop Dogg andDr. Dre - was identical each weekend, the same could not be said of the weather.
April 17, 2012 |
The late Tupac Shakur rose again last weekend at Coachella -- brought to life by James Cameron's visual production house Digital Domain, and two hologram-imaging companies, AV Concepts and the U.K.-based Musion Systems. The capacity crowd reportedly went silent with shock when Shakur appeared to rise from the stage, shout a profanity filled version of "What's up Coachella?" and then joined headliners Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre for two songs. But that shock value will only last so long as holographic images are poised to increasingly feature in mainstream music performances.
September 6, 2009 |
Of all the predictions made during the future-happy 1950s -- when it was declared we'd soon have flying cars, robot butlers, rocket-delivered mail and food made from wood pulp -- there was one forward-looking statement that was completely validated. It was delivered by Criswell, a self-described soothsayer and TV personality, who said, "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives." Otherwise, predicting the future, certainly in the realm of technology, is a risky endeavor.