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Things to Recall About Total Recall

The Total Recall reboot comes out today, if you didn’t already know. In honor of the remake, here are some fascinating facts about the original movie and the short story that inspired it all. WARNING: While I tried to minimize the number of spoilers here, there are a few spoilers from the story both movies were [...]

How Steven Spielberg’s Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business

Before Steven Spielberg became Hollywood royalty, he was just another young director with a giant shark problem. It was July 1974, and 27-year-old Steven Spielberg was sure his career was over. He’d been on location in Martha’s Vineyard for three months, waiting for the overdue star of his new movie Jaws. And now, as he watched [...]

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

In the late 1990s, Apple rebranded itself with a dramatic ad campaign combining images of iconic scientists, artists, explorers, and activists with the Apple logo, plus the famously grammatically questionable tagline “Think Different.” The capstone of the campaign was a TV commercial known to fans as “Here’s to the Crazy Ones.” Here’s what [...]

Richard Dreyfuss Performs a Dramatic Reading of the iTunes User Agreement

It is very important to read those long, tedious license agreements — especially from Apple. But that doesn’t have to be a boring activity. For a podcast, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss read the iTunes user agreement in several different, dramatic voices. You can listen to excerpts at the link. My favorite is ‘irritable German [...]