Chad Howitt’s profile of Josh Spencer, owner of Los Angeles’ famous used book shop The Last Bookstore. An outdoorsman, Josh was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident. But it led him to create what become a beloved landmark.
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In 2003, a failing small town horse track in Japan made a desperate gamble: hype up Haru Urara, a horse with a record of 0-88. The country rallied around her story, “a message about the value of trying hard even when no one’s looking.” Ganbatte kudasai!
Vitaly Mansky wanted to make a documentary about life in Pyongyang through the eyes of a young girl. But authorities’ constant interference turned it into an scripted satire – a more accurate representation of what Mansky was trying to capture anyway. Playdates here.
“Yeah maybe they don’t take me seriously, umm you know, why would you take somebody seriously that doesn’t know what day it is?” Meet Jeff Dowd, the Coen Brothers’ main inspiration for Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski. Props to Redditor th3rp for the title.
Terence Malick’s long awaited documentary about the birth and death of the universe. Voyage of Time will have two versions: a 40-minute cut narrated by Brad Pitt, and a feature length – and undoubtedly more epic – cut narrated by Cate Blanchett. Premieres 10/2016.
“Sometimes we’re kinda like the bartenders of a film.” KNB EFX co-founder Howard Berger (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad) explains the basics of making a prosthetic mask before talking about how makeup artists keep the job fun and exciting.
The Revillagigedo Islands are known as Mexico’s little Galapagos – they’re small yet teeming with life, including dozens of endemic species. The Smithsonian explored the smallest island, Roca Partida, a diving spot known for its congregation of sharks, whales and more.
“I think creativity is a byproduct of not trying so hard.” Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3) spoke with the Oscars about her style of filmmaking, making art in her free time to keep her creativity burning and how inspiration can come from anywhere.
In the early ’90s, Nintendo was looking for more Game Boy exclusive games. Then 19-year-old Masahiro Sakurai – who would go on to create Super Smash Bros. – answered the call with a new title that could be enjoyed by first-time gamers. The result is Kirby’s Dream Land.
“I decided that I wanted to be the person whom he thought I was.” In 2010, Eric’s doctor said he’d be dead in 5 years. He was severely overweight, had high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Then a nutritionist gave him a life-changing advice: get a shelter dog.
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