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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
 
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.


But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

 
As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR



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RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 12:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
I watch movies... but mainly only enjoy films with good writing, which, sadly, are quite limited in circulation these days. I basically ignore all special-effects-fest films. Nothing can beat exquisitely written dialogue speckled with fantastic personalities, intriguing plot and rich depth to a story.

If I want action... I go watch Rambo or something similar. :) I can't handle modern special effects movies. The computer graphics and sketchy camera-work make the film a migraine-inducing blur that my eyes can't process.

Take that stupid movie Hunger Games--the idiotic twitch-cam helped me to turn off the movie only a few minutes into it. It was seizure inducing with less attention than a typical four-year old with undiagnosed ADHD sucking on a sugar-creme bar after snorting three pixie sticks and downing a bag full of jellybellys. Battle Royale was far superior--but alas, I wouldn't even consider that an intellectual tour-de-force.


RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 12:25:08 PM , Rating: 2
Agree. Action for the sake of action rules the day.

Some of my favorite movies are action fests, but they were self aware. Or were "camp" if you prefer. But today EVERY movie tries to be The Dark Knight. Super serious action, guys!! We're too cynical to have fun!

Frankly I enjoyed "All is Lost" more than Gravity. Because you can identify with the protagonist and Robert Redford is obviously light years ahead of Bolluck in conveying genuine emotion to the viewer. And he didn't need to flap his pie hole the entire movie to do it. Survival>talking.

The Hunger Games sequel.. ugh. I love paying money for a movie with no story or ending.


RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 2:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
Thankfully I didn't pay for Hunger Games. It was on Netflix. My Brother and I both nearly vomited a couple of minutes in and I asked him, "Hey, ever seen Battle Royale? It is way better."

He thanked me afterwards.

Lately it seems I can go months or years before I see something I consider a masterpiece. Thankfully Tarrantino churns one out every few. His dialogue is always incredible. I normally only see his films once so I don't spoil the original experience but about a week ago I caught part of Basterds on television again (which I rarely watch) and it reminded me how superior his writing is to practically anyone else.

R.I.P. Kubrick and all the other greats. With Bradbury and Hitchcock gone, as well as Clarke, we desperately need someone to fill their void.


RE: One of the best moment
By JediJeb on 3/3/2014 3:40:05 PM , Rating: 2
The state of science fiction movies truly is in decline lately. Even the SyFy channel has turned into the Zombie, Werewolf, Vampire channel lately along with a smattering of Mega Shark vs Giga Piranha movies. What happened to science fiction that it no longer talks about space? Scifi and Horror are two different genres to me.


RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:51:22 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps when I get published it will help change that? Who knows. :) I humbly submit that it'll take a lot of big changes in the science fiction genre to set it back on course--more than a single author can do alone.


RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 5:07:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sad that the last good Sci-Fi movie that, you know, took place in actual SPACE was Serenity.

God...has it been that long??


RE: One of the best moment
By Solandri on 3/3/2014 3:28:42 PM , Rating: 2
I have a theory that the shaky camera technique was invented by movie directors whose parents shot lots of poorly handheld video of them as a kid, and forced them to watch. They thus grew immune to the nausea-inducing effects of the technique, and came to associate it with a more "realistic" presentation.

For those of us who didn't have home videos or whose parents used a tripod or had a steady hand when we were a kid, we can't stand these movies. Unfortunately I think we're becoming the minority as shaky cell phone camera videos have proliferated.

You saw a similar thing when HDTVs came out with frame interpolation to smooth the motion on 24 fps movies. People were used to "movies" being 24 fps, and "TV shows" 60 fps. They instantly hated it when the effect blurred the lines on their favorite movies, labeling it the soap opera effect.


RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Quite possibly you are right. I can't handle the shaky-cam, though. My eyes and brain process visual stimuli slower than the average person so I compensate with my hearing. When it gets shaky... it gets too blurry for me to follow.

I haven't noticed this on our new HDTV, though--but I haven't watched a lot of older movies on it yet as well, with a four year old, the majority of films I enjoy aren't suitable for a child of that age.


RE: One of the best moment
By thurston2 on 3/3/2014 9:15:49 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine that your brain processes slower than the average human.


RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 4:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
They use shaky cam because it's cheaper and easier to do than setting up a solid shot with camera gurneys and booms etc etc.

Cheap and easy, take no risks. The slogan of modern-day Hollywood.


RE: One of the best moment
By bsd228 on 3/3/2014 3:41:37 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Take that stupid movie Hunger Games--the idiotic twitch-cam helped me to turn off the movie only a few minutes into it. It was seizure inducing with less attention than a typical four-year old with undiagnosed ADHD sucking on a sugar-creme bar after snorting three pixie sticks and downing a bag full of jellybellys. Battle Royale was far superior--but alas, I wouldn't even consider that an intellectual tour-de-force.


I don't think Hunger Games was ever sold as an intellectual tour-de-force. And if you actually read portions of the books themselves, it really doesn't have much more depth. Just like the bulk of the Star Wars novels were barely deeper than the shallow screen play.

But...if you turned it off after just a few minutes, you're hardly qualified to review it in any meaningful way. You just sound like Abe Simpson shaking his fist on the lawn.

Odds are you're middle aged and you've seen all the basic movie concepts by now, so it takes a more impressive/unique movie to make an impression on you. But the teenagers that swarm to movies like HG haven't seen it before. It's new to them. How do you think Adam Sandler makes a living?


RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:58:06 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Odds are you're middle aged and you've seen all the basic movie concepts by now, so it takes a more impressive/unique movie to make an impression on you.


Bingo! I'm 38. :)

I turned it off because it was hurting my brain. It can't handle poor camera-work like that.

Now, give me something thoughtful like say Bringing out the Dead or Adaptation (only a coincidence Cage was in both)--or brilliantly written like Inglourious Basterds... or perhaps a little bit of both with fantastic cinematography like 2001, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove--aw hell, anything Kubrick and now we're talking.

Adaptation in particular is one film I enjoyed immensely. I have only seen it one time as that was enough--it is so layered and deep the average person might need to see it several times to even begin to grasp where it went and what it was getting at.


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