Monday, November 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The Interpipes Are Leaking of the Day: Author, military historian, and two-time Jeopardy! champion James Erwin has just sold his first screenplay to Warner Bros. — a war epic developed from comments he left in response to a question on the social news site Reddit.
The Des Moines native’s reply to a hypothetical scenario involving time-traveling marines battling Augustus in ancient Rome proved so popular that it shot up to the top of the comment thread (spoilers), where it was eventually noticed by Adam Kolbrenner of Madhouse Entertainment.
Kolbrenner, who worked with Erwin to polish the idea, pitched it to Warner Bros. exec Chris Gary, who convinced the studio to buy it.
The project will be overseen by John Ridley and produced by Kolbrenner and Gianni Nunnari (Immortals). No word yet on a director, or if the working title “Rome, Sweet Rome” will become the film’s official name.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Are you Roman tonight? Statue of 'Elvis' chiselled 1800 years before his birth goes under the hammer
By NIALL FIRTH
Last updated at 1:18 PM on 22nd July 2008
With his dashing chiselled features, swept back hair and perky bouffant the resemblance is unmistakable.
But incredibly this carving of Elvis Presley was created around 1800 years before the King of Rock and Roll first warbled his first note.
The amazing likeness has come to light as part of a sale of ancient antiques by the auction house Bonhams.
Classic Elvis: The statue bears an unmistakeable resemblance to the real King
The Roman Elvis is in fact a genuine marble acroterion - a kind of architectural ornament often found for decoration on the corners of a sarcophagus, a stone tomb or burial chamber.
The real thing: Elvis in concert in 1968
It forms part of a collection owned by Melbourne-based Graham Geddes - one of the world's most foremost collectors - which is estimated to sell for more than £1m when it goes on sale in October.
Even the Geddes himself has nicknamed the astounding lookalike ‘Elvis’.
Antiquities specialist Georgiana Aitken added: 'It bears an uncanny likeness to Elvis Presley. It's the quiff that does it.
You do some weird and wacky things at the corners of sarcophagi.
'I don't know what purpose they served and the quiff was not a hairstyle of the day as far as I know.'
The 'Elvis’ sculpture is 2nd Century AD and is estimated to make £25,000 to £30,000.
A spokesman for Bonhams said: "It is perhaps the strangest item in the sale, certainly to modern eyes.
"Fans of the King of Rock 'n Roll, seeing this face from the distant past will be forgiven for thinking that their idol may well have lived a previous life in Rome!
"Looking at this face with its Elvis-like quiff, strong jaw and nose, one is inevitably led to the thought that the human face for all is diversity and subtlety has after all an ability to repeat itself."
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1037205/Are-Roman-tonight-Statue-Elvis-chiselled-1800-years-birth-goes-hammer.html#ixzz1XTCwCi2L
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano updated the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa with this sculpture. It’s a bit harsh. I mean, Ronald McDonald never turned anyone into stone.
Artist’s Website (some NSFW images) -via Kurositas | Photo by Flickr user mamasaurus rex used under Creative Commons license
UPDATE: In the comments, Sylvian proposes that this sculpture is actually a take on Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath. I think he’s right.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
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Sisyphus by Interesni Kazki in Ekaterinburg, Russia
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Matt W. More and aarn teamed up to create these 'numerically controlled' posters made by fitting a Sharpie to a 3D CNC machine that then executed spirograpesque patterns. They come signed and numbered, with the Sharpie used to generate them.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Time lapse video by Elias Politis, uppermost, and single image composite of same, immediately above. It’s NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day for June 25. Not sure I can get 100% behind “Acropoclipse,” but otherwise: Magnificent. [via adafruit]
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