There’s a new take on the Greek hero Hercules, and appropriately, The Rock is portraying him. This film looks like it’s a sword and sorcery style movie, which is appropriate, I think.
The film’s set to open nationwide on July 25th, but a handful of theaters are opening it early around the state. Here’s where you can catch it on July 24th:
- Essex Cinemas, Essex. 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm (3D)
- Majestic 10, Williston. 7:00 pm (3D), 9:30 pm.
- Palace 9, South Burlington. 9:15 pm.
- Welden Theater, St. Albans. 7:00 pm.
- Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 9:00 pm
- Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 8:45 pm. (3D)
- Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 7:00 pm.
Here’s where it’ll be opening normally, on Friday:
- Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.
- Capitol Theater, Montpelier.
- Star Theater, St. Johnsbury.
- Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro.
- Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville.
And, here’s where it’s opening early nearby:
- Cumberland Cinemas 12, Plattsburgh NY.
- North Adams Movieplex, North Adams MA.
Earlier this year, the Center for Cartoon Studies announced that they were opening up a new MFA in practical cartooning: Applied Cartooning. VPR has an article on it:
Students who take these courses are learning how to make or find cartoons for very practical purposes, like instruction manuals, or course outlines for middle school students.
The co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm, works in what used to be an Italian grocery just down the street from the center’s headquarters, which is a former post office. Sturm is an artist, but he’s also a practical guy who wants the school to branch out in a lot of places, and in a lot of a ways. Not every student, he says, sees cartooning as a fine art. For some, he says, it’s a communication tool.
Listen to the entire article here.
Local gamer, spinner, knitter, painter of miniatures and generally crafty person Toby recently completed a huge undertaking: painting up the enormous Cthulhu model from Reaper Miniatures’ absurdly successful Bones crowdfunding campaign. The model’s scale and detailing are amazing to begin with, but Toby’s work elevates the piece to a whole new place. Check out more pictures on Toby’s Flickr account.
The weekend before last, ReaderCon took place in Burlington MA, where a ton of science fiction authors (and Vermonters!) gathered to talk, read, buy books and discuss the genres that we really love. Among the programming items was F. Brett Cox, who took to the stage on Thursday night to read his story, Where We Would End A War, which is appearing in the forthcoming War Stories anthology. Watch here:
Paste Magazine has a great feature on the 17 Best Indie Bookstores across the United States, and Montpelier’s own Bear Pond Books is represented on the list!
Give it a look here.
This is a really cool image from Adam Pass, pointed to the world’s attention by none other than Astronaut Reid Wiseman, who’s currently aboard the ISS. The picture was taken in Manchester, VT.
Yesterday, I launched a new thing: Held Action Theatre. Specifically, it’s an actual play podcast, where me and my role-playing friends record ourselves playing RPGs. It’s a growing genre in game-related media, from let’s play captures of video game play throughs, to cameras hovering over Magic and Netrunner matches to audio recorders at role-playing tables — my personal favorite is the ongoing lunacy of the crew over at Role Playing Public Radio.
The plan is to post recordings of one-shots periodically, usually broken into parts for ease of listening. We started with the World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl, a parody scenario written by “adventure coach” Bill Cavalier. Six hapless schmoes are pressed into rescuing Princess Bumblebottom of the halfling kingdom Turnipton. That sets the tone for the evening, I promise.
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