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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 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.

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