I can't get enough time lapse footage from the ISS. This five-minute video, compiled by Michael Konig from footage taken from the International Space Station between August and October of this year, shows storms, big-city light pollution, and breathtaking views of Earth's Aurora Borealis.
Diane Kruger, Olivia Palermo, and Anna Wintour Show Their Green at Fashion Show and Christie's Auction
Earth took center stage last night at the fashion show and auction Bid to Save the Earth, dedicated to raising money for eco-minded organizations. Diane Kruger came arm in arm with designer Jason Wu, Olivia Palermo went for a mix 'n' match outfit that included a Rachel Roy top, and Anna Wintour paired a Balenciaga dress with her trademark Manolos. The runway show included top looks from a number of designers, but the standouts were the eveningwear, including our favorite white dresses from Alexander McQueen. Bonus: the runway looks will be available for sale on Net-a-Porter, and a portion of the profits will support leading environmental organizations.
If you're a religious horoscope reader, or even a casual one, today there's a whole new reason to think stars are mere dust.
Because the Earth moves, all signs have moved about a month since astrology was created over 2,500 years ago. So if you were born a Gemini, you might actually be a Cancer. I suppose astrologists will tell us to read the sign we were born into and the one after, but that's way too much reading, especially if you follow rising signs.
Still, 25 percent of Americans believe in astrology; if you're one, does this change your outlook?
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the dramas I recommend below, also look out for a couple TV shows on DVD, specifically Brothers and Sisters: Season 3 and Desperate Housewives: Season 5.
State of Play
I was impressed by this tense thriller, which stars Russell Crowe as a seasoned reporter and Ben Affleck as his congressman friend who gets himself in trouble. There's also Rachel McAdams as Crowe's green protégé, who I'm always happy to see on-screen.
Two hours around journalism and politics can sound kind of dry, but this movie's fast-moving plot keeps it engaging and entertaining. Special features on the DVD include deleted scenes and a making-of featurette.
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The Beyonce Knowles thriller Obsessed topped the box office over the weekend earning an estimated $28.5 million—kind of amazing given the critical reaction wasn't pretty. Zac Efron's 17 Again came in at No. 2 followed by Fighting, another movie that debuted much better than expected.
The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx had a somewhat disappointing debut at No. 4. and earned about $9.7 million. According to Variety, "box office observers had expected Soloist to debut in the $10 million-$12 million range. They say the pic could have been dinged by so-so reviews." Interestingly, Disney's Earth rounded out the top five, earning an estimated $8.6 million.
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures
Though I watched the Planet Earth series on TV, I still love to click through the awe-inspiring images captured for that project, and I'm planning on seeing the movie Earth in the theater this weekend.
As further incentive to get people to the theaters, Disney has promised to plant a tree for every ticket bought during the movie's opening week. What do you think of this? Does it make you more willing to fork over the money for this movie ticket? Were you going to go anyway? Or does this promise not motivate you to see the movie at all?
Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
Environmentally speaking, little things can make a difference. A lot of little people doing a lot of big things can make a HUGE difference. Some extreme environmentalists are trying to do just that, in a movement called No Impact. Basically, No Impact Environmentalists attempt to live their lives, in modern America, without making a negative impact on the environment. It is a simple idea with serious consequences to everyday activities. Here is a sketch of the basic concepts:
- Create no trash by composting food scraps, re-using objects, and recycling.
- Create no carbon emissions - say goodbye to cars, buses, airplanes, or any other mode of transportation that uses gas. Say hello to biking and walking for transportation.
- Create no water pollution by using environmentally-friendly soaps, detergents, and cleaners. This also means saying goodbye to your conventional TOILET. Yes that's right - you can also compost your waste with a composting toilet.
- Use no electricity - this creates carbon dioxide emissions, which are linked to Global Warming. This translates into no TV, no lights, no microwave, no oven, no elevators, no air-conditioning, etc. You can use renewable energy to generate electricity with solar panels or windmills.
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- Ginnifer Goodwin joins the cast of indie comedy Laws of Motion, says Hollywood Reporter.
- You know that kidney donor reality show I said was a really bad idea? Thankfully, it was all a big hoax, says the AP.
- In its first commercial licensing deal, Wilco sells lends a number of Sky Blue Sky tracks to a VW campaign, reports Pitchfork.
- Jim Carrey has been cast in a dark comedy about gay prisoners titled I Love You, Phillip Morris, says Variety.
- The man who leaked the episodes of the last season of "24" before they aired has been hunted down by the FBI, Reuters reports.
- An actor who agreed to place his genitals in a mousetrap is suing Johnny Knoxville, Adam Corolla and Jimmy Kimmel for failing to pay him the promised $10 million for the stunt which apparently left him severely injured, reports the AP.
- According to Variety, Patrick Stewart will lend his distinguished voice to narrate the BBC feature documentary Earth.
- NME reports that geography-obsessed Sufjan Steven is composing a piece of music about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Giving flowers has become such a tradition for Valentine's Day, but just because you may be single, doesn't mean you can't take part in the fun.
I always send my best friend flowers on Valentine's Day, because let's face it, your best friend is always there for you and you do love her - isn't that what it's all about?
You can also buy yourself flowers too, but you may want to think about buying organic bouquets. Why buy Organic Flowers?
- Whenever you touch or inhale the scent of your non-organic flowers, you are likely touching or inhaling poisonous chemicals. When you buy organic flowers, you won't have to worry about toxic chemicals on your flower bouquets.
- Through evaporation, toxic pesticides and fertilizers that are sprayed on flower farms end up in the atmosphere. They then travel to other global areas to fall as rain or snow.
- Organic flowers, according to many people, last longer than non-organic ones.