Entertainment

Obituary: Malcolm Young

Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young’s family said in a statement he had been suffering from dementia for several years.

He was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.

Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his younger brother, fellow guitarist Angus.

Their other brother George Young, a member of The Easybeats and a producer for AC/DC, died in October aged 70.

While Angus Young, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm Young was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for on-stage changes and cut-offs.

AC/DC was consistent for over 40 years with a mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in Back in Black, the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller — via ABC News

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Obituary: George Young

George Young, a pioneer of Australian music as a member of The Easybeats and producer for AC/DC, the band fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70.

Young created a new sound for the Australian music industry, the production company Alberts, where he spent many years producing hits for other acts, said in a statement on its website.

Young co-wrote Friday On My Mind, an enduring hit that charted around the world, with Harry Vanda, who became his long-time song-writing partner.

The pair were inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988, and have a highly regarded song-writing award named for them.

Love Is In The Air, the disco number Young and Vanda penned for John Paul Young, was another chart success, reaching number seven in the US — via George Young, member of The Easybeats and pioneering Australian songwriter, dies – ABC News

Art, Entertainment

Saul Bass Poster Gallery

The man who launched a million minimalist movie posters (try not to hold that against him), graphic designer Saul Bass may have spent most of his career advertising other people’s work, but in doing so he quietly became one of the most iconic pop artists of the 20th century. He didn’t work in the movies very often, but many of the posters and title sequences he created have grown to be as famous as the films for which he created them.  Directors were floored by Bass’ ability to distil a story down to its bare essence — how his thick black lines and bold swatches of colour seduced and focused a viewer’s attention where other posters would simply try to overwhelm it — and legendary auteurs like Otto Preminger would fight the studios to protect Bass’ creative freedom. His style was so striking and influential that it was widely copied in his own time, and many of the posters that are still attributed to Bass were actually created by imitators (e.g West Side Story and It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World) — via IndieWire

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Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all — via The Guardian

Art, Entertainment

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining / Red Wolf

Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Orange/Red ( Redbubble | Spoonflower) and Overlook Hotel Carpet from The Shining: Purple/Green (Redbubble | Spoonflower) originally uploaded by Red Wolf

Entertainment

Martin Scorsese on Framing / Blank on Blank

Sometimes when it all comes together … you become the film you’re making — Martin Scorsese in 1990, as told to TJ English.

In this new episode we have a previously unheard conversation with legendary director, Martin Scorsese, on how he’s framed his movies and his life. The early foray into making a movie as a kid, toying with becoming a priest, and where his parents fit into all this. And wouldn’t you like to see a Scorsese Western? Enjoy! — via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment, Wildlife

Wampa Plush / Choly Knight

May the fourth be with you everyone! As all the nerds know, today is Star Wars Day, so I wanted to celebrate with this super-cute-squishy little Wampa plush. I knew right away that I wanted to make a plush when I saw Star Wars day coming around, and while we’ve seen the classic characters in plush form all the time, I thought a stumpy little chibi Wampa with a bloody little arm was too good to pass up! The arm is even detachable for use in your own lightsabre battles. I made him with some long-pile minky that I had lying around that I thought suit him wonderfully; with just a scrap of red flannel and a sew-in snap, he came together perfectly — via Choly Knight

Entertainment, Politics

Obituary: John Clarke

Celebrated satirist and comedian John Clarke has died suddenly, aged 68. Your favourite Clarke and Dawe sketches

Iconic comedy duo John Clarke and Bryan Dawe entertained audiences with their political satire skits for over 25 years. We’ve collated some of their most loved segments and classic exchanges.

Clarke died from natural causes while bushwalking in Victoria over the weekend.

John died doing one of the things he loved the most in the world, taking photos of birds in beautiful bushland with his wife and friends. He is forever in our hearts, his family said in a statement issued by the ABC.

We are aware of what he has meant to so many for so many years, throughout the world but especially in Australia and New Zealand.

We are very grateful for all expressions of sympathy and love which John would have greatly appreciated — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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Prod Mad Max Vehicles / John Platt

If you’ve ever wondered what the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road would look like all cleaned up, or you want some inspiration for a totally bonkers hot rod creation of your own, check out this photo series by photographer John Platt. Minute details of the vehicles can be seen in shockingly pristine states, as they were just after their creation and prior to the start of filming, giving us a good look at all the custom contraptions welded together into junkyard monsters — via Weburbanist

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Alfred Hitchcock on Dead Bodies / Blank on Blank

If I did a story or a musical about Cinderella, they would be waiting for the body to turn up — Alfred Hitchcock in 1957

Interview by Colin Edwards from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, sat down for a short interview on the set of a film tentatively titled, From Amongst The Dead. The film would be released in early 1958 as Vertigo, the classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. In this interview, we go inside the mind of a master storyteller with a penchant for fear — via Youtube

Entertainment, History

Blue Monday / Orkestra Obsolete

New Order’s Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s — from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano — the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you’ve never heard it before — via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment

Adam Savage Behind the Scenes of Ghost in the Shell / Tested

Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible — via Youtube

Craft, Entertainment

Weta Workshop Sculptor’s Labyrinth Model / Tested

On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube

Design, Entertainment

Sky B Plane / Circu Magical Furniture

Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.

Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.

It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture

Entertainment

The Narrow World / Brent Bonacorso

The Narrow World is the story of a gigantic alien that crashes to Earth and takes up residence in Los Angeles. Contrary to expectations, when the alien is neither hostile towards the tiny humans around it, nor communicative in any way, it falls on the populace to decipher what, exactly, this visitor wants and what it means for them. One man sees more to it- a message, perhaps, that may tell us less about the alien, and more about our deepest inner selves, about the mysteries of the soul — via Vimeo