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    BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE


    - Official Teaser Trailer
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    Tim Burton and Oscar nominee and star Michael Keaton reunite for Beetlejuice Beetlejuice, the long-awaited sequel to Burton’s award-winning Beetlejuice.

    Keaton returns to his iconic role alongside Oscar nominee Winona Ryder (Stranger Things, Little Women) as Lydia Deetz and two-time Emmy winner Catherine O’Hara (Schitt$ Creek, Corpse Bride) as Delia Deetz, with new cast members Justin Theroux (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, The Leftovers), Monica Bellucci (Spectre, The Matrix films), Arthur Conti (House of the Dragon) in his feature film debut, with Emmy nominee Jenna Ortega (Wednesday, Scream VI) as Lydia’s daughter, Astrid, and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Poor Things, At Eternity’s Gate).

    Beetlejuice is back! After an unexpected family tragedy, three generations of the Deetz family return home to Winter River. Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia's life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic and the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened. With trouble brewing in both realms, it's only a matter of time until someone says Beetlejuice's name three times and the mischievous demon returns to unleash his very own brand of mayhem.

    A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, Beetlejuice Beetlejuice will be released only in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2024 nationwide, and internationally beginning 4 September 2024. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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    Something fishy is going on here ...



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    From The Beginning



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    Quote Originally posted by Gio View Post
    From The Beginning
    I always loved that song! Really Sweet!
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    Neo (Keanu Reeves) chooses between a red pill and a blue pill, reflected in the glasses of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne).

    25 Years Later, We’re All Trapped in ‘The Matrix’

    The 1999 sci-fi classic predicted a world like the one we now live in, where human beings are cut off from one another by technology. But it also reminded us that resistance is possible.


    By Meir Soloveichik

    March 22, 2024


    "It is a cinematic scene familiar to millions: A man named Morpheus sits across from another man named Neo and informs him that his entire notion of reality is a lie. If Neo wishes to know the truth of human existence, Morpheus says, all he has to do is choose one of two pills. “You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

    This scene is the turning point in “The Matrix,” the sci-fi classic that was released 25 years ago this month. Of course, Neo chooses the red pill and learns the terrible truth that the advent of artificial intelligence allowed machines to take over the Earth. He believes it is 1999, but in fact it is 2199, and all human beings are perpetually asleep in vats, exploited by their AI masters as a source of energy. The world they think they experience is actually a virtual reality known as “The Matrix.”


    A scene of virtual reality from ‘The Matrix,’ released 25 years ago this month.

    "Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, has devoted himself to freeing individuals from the Matrix and leading them to a refuge called Zion. He believes that Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, is “the One” destined to liberate humanity.

    Directed by the sibling team the Wachowskis, “The Matrix” was a box office hit in 1999 and spawned two sequels in 2003 and another in 2021. It also became an important cultural influence. The term “red-pilled” is now widely used online to describe someone who has grown skeptical of the way political reality is usually depicted.

    The power of the film lies in the way it adapts one of the oldest allegories in the history of philosophy. In Plato’s “Republic,” the Athenian philosopher Socrates describes prisoners who have spent their entire lives manacled in a cave. A fire behind them casts the shadows of objects on a wall in front of them, and because shadows are all they have ever seen, they assume that what appears before their eyes is reality.

    One prisoner breaks free, however, and makes his way to the surface of the Earth, where he beholds the sun and the real world. Ultimately he returns to the cave, seeking to convince his fellows that reality is out there to be discovered. Plato argues that the philosopher is like this escaped prisoner. It is his job to free humanity from illusion and teach us what is truly real.

    The allegory of the cave is one of the indelible images in the history of Western thought, a metaphor for the capacity of human beings to break free from falsehood. Morpheus and Neo have been widely recognized as Plato’s heirs, philosopher-kings for the digital age.

    But Plato also warns that the prisoners in the cave will resist being freed and that they will hate the philosopher who tries to teach them unfamiliar truths: “If any one tried to loose another and lead him up to the light, let them only catch the offender, and they would put him to death.”


    Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in ‘The Matrix.’

    "In “The Matrix,” this attitude is represented by Cypher, played by Joe Pantoliano, who has been set free from the Matrix but longs to return to it. For Cypher, the true world is too dreary and difficult; he has secretly asked the AI overlords to place him back in the vat, to allow him to enter the dream world again. “I choose the Matrix!” he defiantly exclaims, adding that if his digital experiences are more pleasurable than his current unplugged life, then “the Matrix can be more real than this world.”

    To rewatch “The Matrix” is to be reminded of how primitive our technology was just 25 years ago. We see computers with bulky screens, cellphones with keypads and a once-ubiquitous feature of our society known as “pay phones,” central to the plot of the film.

    But in a strange way, the film has become more relevant today than it was in 1999. With the rise of the smartphone and social media, genuine human interaction has dropped precipitously. Today many people, like Cypher, would rather spend their time in the imaginary realms offered by technology than engage in a genuine relationship with other human beings.

    In the film, one of the representatives of the AI, the villainous Agent Smith, played by Hugo Weaving, tells Morpheus that the false reality of the Matrix is set in 1999 because that year was “the peak of your civilization. I say your civilization, because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization.”

    Indeed, not long after “The Matrix” premiered, humanity hooked itself up to a matrix of its own. There is no denying that our lives have become better in many ways thanks to the internet and smartphones. But the epidemic of loneliness and depression that has swept society reveals that many of us are now walled off from one another in vats of our own making.

    In his 2013 book “The Cave and the Light,” historian Arthur Herman notes that a real cave inspired Plato’s most famous metaphor. It served as the mouth of a temple on the Greek island of Eleusis, where worshipers descended in darkness into an illuminated “inner sanctuary.” For the ancient Greeks this was a cultic ritual, but the allegory of the cave transforms it into a metaphor of human empowerment. “For Plato,” Herman reflects, “the answer to the cave’s uncertainties lies not with esoteric rituals or magic spells but within ourselves, thanks to our reason.”

    For today’s dwellers in the digital cave, the path back into the light doesn’t involve taking a pill, as in “The Matrix,” or being rescued by a philosopher. We ourselves have the power to resist the extremes of the digital world, even as we remain linked to it. You can find hints of an unplugged “Zion” in the Sabbath tables of observant Jews, where electronic devices are forbidden, and in university seminars where laptops are banned so that students can engage with a text and each other.

    Twenty-five years ago, “The Matrix” offered us a modern twist on Plato’s cave. Today we are once again asking what it will take to find our way out of the lonely darkness, into the brilliance of other human souls in the real world."

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    Quote Originally posted by Gio View Post
    The Matrix
    A revolutionary film, it still stands out both as an action movie and as scifi. I've seen it countless times.

    The question is, did it too predict the future with AI? It has certainly many intereresting allegories.


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    15 legendary London locations for Music history

    David Bennett Piano


    Check out and freeze the video frame - when the video show/displays all the classic album covers which were recorded at the Trident Studios ...
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    Mar 17, 2024
    0:00 Abbey Road
    1:04 Battersea Power Station (Pink Floyd)
    2:01 Oasis album cover (Berwick St.)
    2:15 Trident Studios
    2:50 Ziggy Stardust album cover
    3:04 3 Saville Row (Beatles rooftop performance)
    3:46 Bee Gees (Brook St.)
    4:03 Handel & Hendrix
    5:25 public pianos & HDpiano
    6:17 Denmark St.
    6:51 2i's Coffee Bar
    7:13 Ronnie Scott's
    7:49 Mozart
    8:32 Dylan's subterranean homesick alley
    9:04 Ringo's flat (34 Montagu Sq.)
    9:39 Apple Boutique (Baker St.)
    10:05 Marc Bolan's shrine
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    A Sci-Fi Short Film



    "NEVEN"


    Peter lost everything he loved at young age. In a world devastated by war, there is little hope left for him. In all this darkness, Peter finds a long-forgotten sense of happiness in form of an unexpected friendship with robot named Neven.

    "NEVEN" by Adrián Adamec

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    #USO
    (Unidentified Submerged Object)


    TRANSMEDIUM: USOs Around the World
    • “Objects that transition between space and the atmosphere,
      or between the atmosphere and bodies of water.”


    | Richard Dolan Show



    Mar 26, 2024
    Richard interviews filmmaker Darcy Weir and guest Andy Marcial for a discussion of Darcy's latest documentary, "Transmedium: Fast Movers and USOs." They delve into the leaked UFO videos that were eventually confirmed as credible by CBP and DHS. Andy shares his experience of receiving and verifying a video clip of an anomalous object, which was analyzed by the Scientific Coalition of Ufology. The conversation also touches on the importance of USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) cases, including the famous Aguadilla video from 2013. The interview highlights the challenges of obtaining evidence of USOs and the cover-up of information by government agencies.
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    #WontgiveuptillImthrough ...


    Gimme All Your Lovin'

    The beautiful and sexy Elizabeth Montgomery, Ann-Margret, Joey Heatherton, Jill St. John and Raquel Welch dance to by ZZ Top ...
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    #Play/Rewind ...

    The story of a rodent's unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment ...

    Happiness

    Directed By Steve Cutts
    Made In UK 2017



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    Joe Walsh joins Daryl Hall on
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    Rocky Mountain Way

    8:24 min.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPiz7vPEKPQ


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    It should be noted after a lengthy restoring process the above Daryl's house, which hosted and facilitated for many great years of collaborated recorded music performances - Was sold in 2013, But is apparently once again on the market!

    But also note, Daryl who is 77 years old, is recording new episodes of Daryl's House and will also be out touring with Elvis Costello this summer
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    Joe Walsh (James Gang) played in my hometown in 1970ish (He's from Wichita, KS). A couple of my hippie friends and I went to his concert in a venue that seated about 3,000. Talk about getting blasted out...my ears are still ringing

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    Joe Walsh joins Daryl Hall on
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    Rocky Mountain Way

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    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPiz7vPEKPQ


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    It should be noted after a lengthy restoring process the above Daryl's house, which hosted and facilitated for many great years of collaborated recorded music performances - Was sold in 2013, But is apparently once again on the market!

    But also note, Daryl who is 77 years old, is recording new episodes of Daryl's House and will also be out touring with Elvis Costello this summer
    My brother watched his show religiously...it was good and dat's for sure.
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    'She will give you the happiest of all endings' ...

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    The Tragic magic of Micheal Jackson w/ Sheryl Crow

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