Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Reveal New Details About Their Upcoming Slate At D23 Expo | SEAT42F

John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, teamed up with the stars and filmmakers from both studios to present new details, footage, behind-the-scenes looks and images from a host of upcoming films today at D23 Expo 2017 in Anaheim, California.

“I’m so excited about our upcoming movies; they are all hilarious, emotional, beautiful and make you think,” said Lasseter, who serves as executive producer on all animated titles.  “It’s a great mix of incredibly creative and surprising new worlds and characters and stories we love returning to. Our filmmakers are putting so much heart into these films – I can’t wait for people to see them.”

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Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie, while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a live-stream of the proceedings from his home in the UK.

David Slater could not afford the air fare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken camera equipment, or pay the attorney who has been defending him since the crested black macaque sued him in 2015, and is exploring other ways to earn an income.

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Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu

Underemployed artists during the Italian Renaissance took to the streets, typically outside of Cathedrals, to showcase their talents using two materials: chalk and the pavement.

For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.

During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.

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D23 Expo: Disney, Pixar preview upcoming films

On Friday afternoon, Hall D23 became the place to be to learn about what’s next for Disney animation. Pixar CCO John Lasseter hosted a nearly two-hour panel of sneak peeks, teases and guest appearances to showcase upcoming movies from Disney Animation, Pixar and Disneytoon Studios.

A sizzle reels started the presentation, with footage from “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cars 3,” “The Jungle Book, “ and new titles such as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Black Panther,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

”Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn then took the stage to highlight the morning’s Disney Legends Award Ceremony, and, of course, to talk animation. “None of this would exist without story animation,” he said, speaking of the company’s foundation. Lasseter then took the stage to discuss the Disney’s newest animated movies.

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A-list female stars flock to TV for better roles | GulfNews.com

Forget playing “the girlfriend” or “the mum.” Television is proving an embarrassment of riches for women thanks to complex, original characters and female-centric plots that are attracting Oscar-calibre movie stars to the small screen.

Once regarded as the step child to Hollywood movies, A-list actors like Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Susan Sarandon are flocking to TV series, and jostling for this year’s Emmy awards.

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How printed books entered a new chapter of fortune

Earlier this year, Simon Key rummaged around the tills at his bookshop in North London and came up worryingly short. “Basically, we had six days to raise £10,000,” he says. “That is quite a lot when you are taking about £300 a day through the till.”

Instead of panicking, he sent a tweet. “I’m off to bed,” it read. “From 9am tomorrow you really need to start buying some books off us. We’re seriously skint. Six days to pay bills.

”When he woke the next morning, Key had hundreds of emails from people looking to buy his books, and the Big Green Bookshop was trending in London. “It was phenomenal,” he says. “It felt like everywhere in the world was buying books from us.”

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Billy Corgan Selling More Than 150 Pieces of Music Equipment

Billy Corgan has taken a cue from Bill Ward and is selling off more than 150 pieces of musical equipment he’s used over the years with Smashing Pumpkins via Reverb, the online music gear marketplace.

“Of all the artist-owned gear we’ve been fortunate to sell on Reverb, this collection of gear from Billy Corgan has arguably the most historic prominence,” Reverb’s Jim Tuerk says in a statement. “You can feel it when you pick up any one piece. These are the tools that not only defined one of the all-time greats, but an entire generation of music.”

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This Hotel in Iceland Is Bubble Where You Can See the Northern Lights – Thrillist

Have you ever fantasized about being the one INSIDE the snow globe?  Now may be your chance….

If you’re looking for a hotel that is far more than a toilet and place to rest your head, the kind of place that is an experience in itself, you might want to try sleeping in a bubble. Really. Iceland’s The 5 Million Star Hotel puts you in a bubble in the middle of nature with nothing between you and the stars (and hopefully, the northern lights) but your room’s clear walls.

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America’s most amazing hotel pools – CNN.com | CNN Travel

I could NOT swim in this pool!!  Like EVER …  Be sure to click the link below to view the other nine hotels pools featured.

The neo-Gothic Joule has one of the world’s most striking infinity pools.Pushing design to its literal edge, this 1927 historic hotel has one ultra-modern feature: a window-walled rooftop infinity pool that sticks out almost 2.5 meters from the building’s exterior.

Non-acrophobics can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.

The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 752201; +1 214 748 1300

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