In 1980, a trio of gentlemen from Wisconsin – Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker – took a cast of predominantly non-comedic actors, put a parodic spin on the disaster-film genre, and created a film which not only made moviegoers howl with laughter but also earned critical acclaim. Airplane! celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and if you happen to be in Nashville this weekend, you’ll have a chance to catch the film flying high on the big screen once again: The Wild West Comedy Festival will be holding a screening at The Belcourt on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., after which special guests David and Jerry Zucker will participate in a Q&A.
In an effort to increase awareness of the screening as well as apply salve to the wound of those who aren’t able to attend, we spoke with as many people involved in Airplane! as we possibly could—including the Zuckers, Jim Abrahams, and cast members Robert Hays, Frank Ashmore, Al White, Lee Bryant, Ross Harris, Jill Whelan, Maureen McGovern, David Leisure, Gregory Itzin, Marcy Goldman, and Jimmie Walker—and asked them to reflect on their experiences while making the film as well as their astonishment that audiences still love Airplane! Sadly, Otto declined to go on the record with his reminiscences, but those who were willing to open up had quite a story to tell, which you can read straight through or use the section guide on the right to flip around.
When I was asked to live blog a Borussia Dortmund press conference I thought it would be a normal task. Then a problem became apparent: I didn’t speak German…
And the year is still young…
On a beautiful summer’s day, two English tourists were driving through Wales. At Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, they stopped for lunch, and one of the tourists asked the waitress “Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us”. Can you pronounce where we are, very, very, very slowly?” The girl leaned over and said “Burrr-Gurrr-King”
Porn production companies are currently engaged in a scorched earth copyright infringement campaign against torrenting sites with URLs containing specific keywords—say, “thrust” or “glob-watcher.” GitHub, a popular site for coders that allows professionals and hobbyists to create open source software together, is getting caught in the crossfire.
Several Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints filed to Google by companies representing various porn companies in the last month alone have resulted in dozens of legitimate GitHub URLs being removed from the search engine’s results, TorrentFreak first reported.
Among the offending URLs were GitHub support pages, entire code repositories, and user profile pages. Tomasz Janczuk, a former Microsoft employee, had part of his GitHub repository removed from Google’s search results after a December 20th, 2014 DMCA complaint by Takedown Piracy LLC, a company representing Adam & Eve, a porn production company.
According to Janczuk, removing GitHub pages from Google’s search results could harm the open source software community by reducing its visibility online.
“Removal of GitHub content or reduction of its visibility would have a substantial impact on companies or individuals participating in the open source model,” Janczuk sad in an email, “since high visibility of [open source software] content is frequently part of a marketing strategy.”
Janczuk’s URL, “https://github.com/tjanczuk/edge,” was apparently too close to The Edge, a 2001 movie made by Adam & Eve, for the company’s liking.
Porn companies aren’t alone in this practice, though a perusal of Google’s transparency report reveals that the vast majority of DMCA complaints against GitHub in the last six months were filed by Takedown Piracy on behalf of a range of porn companies.
Just before Christmas I was shopping at a toy store in the city. I glanced to my left and caught sight of a queue at the doll counter. They were waiting for the shelves to be restocked with Mattel dolls. As I looked I realised that in the queue was a good friend of mine.
Knowing Lennie well I was sure that he had no daughters nor did he have any nieces so I wondered why he should want to buy a doll at Christmas time.
“Hey, Lennie” I cried “I hadn’t realised you collected dolls”. “I don’t” he replied laughing. “Really?” I queried “Then you must be buying a Christmas present then?”
“No, not at all, my friend” responded Lennie, his eyes twinkling merrily.
“If you don’t mind my asking then Lennie” I said “Why exactly are you standing in this particular queue?”
“Oh that” he giggled. “It’s like this, my mate” he mused “I’ve never been able to resist a Barbie queue”.
Scotland Yard has said claims by a witness that a “VIP” sex abuse ring murdered three boys are “credible and true”.
The allegations made by the witness, known by the pseudonym Nick, have triggered a murder investigation.
Police said the alleged abuse by a Westminster-based paedophile ring lasted a decade at locations across London and the Home Counties, including military premises.
Det Supt Kenny McDonald, who is leading the homicide inquiry, told a press conference on Thursday that detectives believed the witness’s claims.