Finally, guys and gals, a teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 is out for all to enjoy!
Ryan Gosling joins Harrison Ford in this new chapter of the sci-fi classic, which is set to premiere October 6, 2017 in USA and UK (a day sooner in other countries and in November in Japan).
It was 2015 when Chicago-native DONT FRET and London-based EDWIN, two artists for whom social commentary forms integral part of the human expression we know as Art, established a link between the unheard voices of two countries than would soon go through parallel political and social convulsions. Their collaboration, their bridge, serves both as a reminder and a beacon of hope, in what seems an ever-increasingly divided and isolationist backdrop, that no matter where you are from, where you are, and whatever labels are being forced upon you, humanity is and will always be a shared essence and, as such, a shared cause that will always ring True.
They offer testament of their collaboration at Unit 5 Gallery (London), in an exhibition that runs from the 10th of November until the 2nd of December 2016. WONDERLANCER interviews DONT FRET and EDWIN on this important shared project, their work as individual artists and more.
James Neill dedicated no less than twelve years to the research and documentation of ‘The origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies’ which is considered a ground-breaking and vast account of the socio-cultural history of homosexuality and bisexuality.
The first that integrates into a coherent picture the startling revelations about human sexuality coming from the recent work of sexual researchers, psychologists, anthropologists and historians. The view that emerges, of an ambisexual human species whose complex sexual harmony is being thwarted by the imposition of an artificial understanding of nature, represents a new way of thinking about sex.
If a screenplay writer or any kind of storyteller wants to captivate us for the duration of their story, one of the key elements they must incorporate into their word play is: characters we can relate to and care about.
These characters have to be flawed and in desperate need of change, especially in their relationships with each other. The reader must find these characters interesting and captivating. After that is taken care of, when a film is made, the actors in the film have to take the writer’s words and turn them into natural, real people we can see and believe. The relationships in the film have to be complicated, enthralling and real. The performers must play off of one another seamlessly in order to take us on an emotional roller coaster that will have us coming back for more…
MOJO describes GEMMA RAY as ‘wondrous’, NME says she’s ‘untouchable’, and a host of other publishers and broadcasters have nothing but words of praise and reverie for her songwriting. From experience, we can say that she stole our hearts, and ran away with them on a Motorbike. At least she left us with Milk For Your Motors. Ah, Ray, you wicked songstress, ‘the road’ is long… We’ll see each other again.
In the meantime, may the world know about the words we exchanged.
What is the motivation behind mass digital social networking?
What feeds our digital self?
Are we to expect a decline in this activity and therefore a stagnation of social networking, any time soon, specially due to present privacy concerns and the difficulty faced by our brains to healthily filter such a massive flow of information and interactions, or, on the contrary, is this just the beginning of a complete break from how we have interacted with each other as a species up to this point?
We interviewed one of the most prolific writers in social science of his generation, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, to try and get some answers, or at least, some knowledgeable hypothesis on the subject.
Mary McDonagh Murphy is an independent documentary director and writer whose work has appeared on PBS. She was a producer at CBS News for 20 years where she won 6 Emmy® Awards.
In her documentary-film ‘HEY BOO’ she explores the enduring power of HARPER LEE’s immortal ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.
(In Memory of HARPER LEE * May you fly and rest in peace)
MICHAEL HIRST was headed for an academic life, having achieved his First Class Joint-Honours Degree in English and American Literature by the University of Nottingham, and completed his studies on Henry James at Trinity College, Oxford…
But Nicholas Roeg read some of his short stories and saw what today millions are able to see, too: A writer who blends history, legend and fiction with alchemic intuition, as he mixes the chemistry of our species’ will to survive with our common existential questions, thus threading the complexities of the individual into those of societies, and, ultimately, into what we know humanity is capable of.
Dorothy: “How do you talk if you don’t have a brain?”
Scarecrow: “Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don’t they?”
Atticus Finch: “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
So many apps, so many space and time wasters… Worry not, here’s the list of the very best 10 free apps for iPhone/iPad and the very best 10 free apps for Android, the ones that have also made it to the cream of the cream of 2015, the ones you certainly must download and won’t regret it.
WhatsApp, Skyview, Citymapper, Retrica, TuneIn Radio, Yousician, Chunky Comic Reader, Find My iPhone, Dropbox, Evernote Scannable, WPS Office + PDF, Circle of 6, Periscope, Audible for Android, Pocket, Strava, Hopper, Duolingo and more.
Find out exactly how they can each help you in a variety of situations, enhance your life and/or boost your creativity.
Most of the world population, whether they are ‘racist’ or ‘anti-racist’, perceive ‘differences in race’ as biologically real, meaning, as being the parameters that decide the classification of humans into genetically separate groups. Nothing could be further from the truth, because, over the years, geneticists, biologists and anthropologists have found compelling evidence that race, as a primary genetic divergence is biologically invalid.
There is no neurological patterning that distinguishes races from one another, nor are there patterns in muscle development and structure, digestive tracts, hand-eye coordination, or any other such measures.
Today, data show that the DNA of any two human beings is 99.9 percent identical, and we all share the same set of genes, scientifically validating the existence of a single biological human race and one origin for all human beings.
We are all very much aware by now of how the frequency and scale of the impact of natural disasters on populated areas has been increasing in recent years.
Thus, and regardless of whether we live in a disaster-prone region or not, it is important that we gain the necessary knowledge to boost our chances of surviving them.
We have prepared a list of survival tips, organised by type of emergency, to help you survive most of them.
Exclusive Interview with Art Director CARLOS ZARAGOZA (Puss in Boots 2, Madagascar 3, Mr. Peabody & Sherman…)
Having worked closely with directors such as Carlos Saura and Guillermo del Toro, amongst many others, designing and assisting in the art direction of Oscar and GOYA-winning (also Bafta nominated) films such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, we can say that CARLOS ZARAGOZA has, without a doubt, plenty of talent, knowledge and experience to inspire the new generations aiming to work in the fields of Art Direction and Visual Development for the film industry.
Awarded in Excellence by the ADG (Art Directors Guild) this outstanding professional, who started his career in Spain and has lived and worked in London and Toronto, is now based in Los Angeles, California, from where he is responding to this interview.
Jeff Nishinaka, had his ‘eureka’ moment whilst experimenting with different media on assigned graphic and illustration projects, whilst studying at the prestigious Art Centre College of Design (USA).
His phenomenal 3D paper art has since been put to the service of high-profile clients such as Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Toyota, Coca Cola, Paramount Pictures, Harvard Medical School, Random House and Mattel, amongst many others.
His masterpieces range from 8in x 8in to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide and popular actor Jackie Chan owns, as a private collector, the largest collection of his work.
LORI NIX is one of those ‘rare birds’ that aren’t just happy with flying the conventional way, because creating entire miniature tabletop worlds, just to be the subjects of photography is an out-of-the-box concept these days when Photoshop and the like reign -producing great creations, too- and, for which artists like Lori, requires heaps of work and dedication to materialise.
Yet, once it does is absolutely spellbinding and well worth the effort. Especially if the talent is applied, like in Lori’s case, to both the creation of the subject and its portrayal, resulting in powerful messages, superb atmospheres and wicked dream-like scenes, a knock-out kind of art.
Some of DOUG JONES’ acting credits include: Crimson Peak, Falling Skies, Hellboy I & II, John Dies at the End, My Name Is Jerry, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pan’s Labyrinth, Men in Black II, Mimic, Hocus Pocus, Batman Returns… amongst many others.
A tall actor and we just don’t mean physically, Doug Jones, or “Dougie”, who is mostly known for his iconic work under prosthetics, but who has also performed as ‘himself’ in highly-rated films, is one of Guillermo Del Toro’s favourite actors.
A spiritual man and a generous professional, Doug, along with his wife Laurie, mentors young people who wish to work in the medium of film and are beginning their careers in the business…
Exclusive Interview with James Bomalick (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible…)
Nothing short of technical resources and awesome imagination is Action Director and Special Effects Master James Bomalick, one of the most prolific and versatile professionals in Hollywood, who’s also made his mark, all the way across the ocean, in Bollywood.
With a staggering filmography of blockbusters, his professional curriculum in Special Effects and Stunt work includes credits from sagas as the Avengers, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones together with other global hits such as Live Free or Die Hard, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Babel, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Supremacy, Starsky & Hutch, Minority Report, Artificial Intelligence: A.I., Swordfish, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Bad Boys II… amongst many others, as well as the episode ‘The Watchers on the Wall’ from the worldwide TV series phenomenon Game of Thrones…
Suicide statistics show that in the UK at least 16 to 25 children kill themselves each year because they are being bullied at school. In the U.S., a recent nationwide survey of high schoolers showed that around 16 percent reported that they considered suicide.
We seem to be failing in determining the real root causes for this behaviour when, in essence, it shouldn’t be so hard to realise that children do as they see, and in a world where nasty behaviour is encouraged daily in entertainment and media, whether in our personal romantic relationships or group settings, such as the competitive business arena, what do we think that our children are going to emulate?
Because bullying is not only about physical abuse, but also verbal and emotional abuse and it can start as early as in kindergarten, among both boys and girls. In fact, recent studies show that it is among females that bullying can involve larger groups and last far longer.
Dr. Michelle Anthony, respected developmental psychologist and Dr. Reyna Lindert co-wrote the book ‘Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades’ which has been very welcomed by parents and professionals alike.
We had the pleasure to interview Dr. Michelle Anthony on the issue of bullying and on the guide that her and Dr. Lindert wrote to help us help our little treasures.
Being tanned seems to be synonymous of healthy and beautiful, but, is this new aesthetical fashion, lasting for some decades now, a trend that may cost us not only a good part of our health but even our lives?
Is it sensible to literally spend hours under the sun?
We have the pleasure to interview Dr. ROBYN LUCAS, from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (Australia) on the effects of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation as well as the environmental effects on immune function to find out exactly what ‘prize’ is at the end of this particular beauty contest.
Exclusive Interview with THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD (Gifted guitarist/songwriter of epic metal rock band KAMELOT)
KAMELOT is the Epic/Symphonic metal rock band that nobody, no matter their musical taste, can resist. Formed by the mega-talented Thomas Youngblood and Richard Werner, the latter departing the band in 1997, Kamelot is one of the very few active epic metal bands that have actually managed to keep both fans and specialised media continuously enthralled by their creativity, the quality of their composition and their consistently great live sound.
Kamelot ‘speaks’ of the creation and destruction cycle in their music with a thoughtfulness and a poetry that directly sets them apart from any act that seeks the shock in what is usually a mere posing act. Their authenticity is as heartfelt as their sharp technique and depth of sound are merciless.
We were ecstatic by the chance to interview Master Youngblood on epic adventures, legendary messages and enrapturing riffs.
Exclusive Interview with OLEG DOU (One of the most captivating and copied young artists of our time)
‘I have a younger brother and he has very good drawing skills. As a kid, I suffered a lot thinking he was much more talented than me. I wanted to create as long as I remember but that was the main reason why I wanted to prove to everybody that I could do it.’_Oleg Dou
‘Ah, that guy!’ – This is the thought that usually crosses the mind of the common movie watcher or occasional movie goer, when seeing a film starred or co-starred by Sam Rockwell, or one in which he has a supporting role. Generally underrated by the general public, and often by the industry Awards-givers, the character actor, however, represents all that is genuine in the fake landscape of the movie world.
They are the film lovers turned to storytellers, the cinematic surgeons turned to celluloid-art wizards, the ever curious souls turned to emotion sculptors. They are not concerned with making millions and neither thirst for the idolization of the masses. Their goal and drive is one and one only: Bringing the story to life, so other film lovers, as well as the public at large, can, for an average of 90 min. submerge into a parallel dimension brimming with possibilities, where they can either escape and trivialize their existence or better understand it, as well as be moved, inspired and even challenged by the infinite tapestry of other humans’ existence.
Exclusive Interview with Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes, Ever After…)
FILMOGRAPHY (Artistry: Costume Design):
Mad Max: Fury Road, Sherlock Holmes I & II, The King’s Speech, Defiance, Amazing Grace, The Black Dahlia, Casanova, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, Alexander, Timeline, Possession, Gosford Park, Anna and the King, Tea with Mussolini, Ever After, Lolita, Metroland, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Jefferson in Paris, Black Beauty, The Remains of the Day, Swing Kids, Howards End, The Bridge, Impromptu, White Fang, Mountains of the Moon, The Deceivers, A Summer Story, Maurice, A Room with a View…
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRENT LAMBERT (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Immortals, 300, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Fountain…)
Raised in the small Ottawa Valley town of Eganville, Ontario, and with an education deeply rooted in Architecture, Philosophy and Science, BRENT LAMBERT has fourteen years of experience in the motion picture industry as a top Set Designer. Along with an impressive curriculum comprised of blockbusters, Brent also worked on the visual development and design of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (2010 – 2011)…
Exclusive Interview with RYAN J. WOODWARD (Thor, The Avengers, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2, Where the Wild Things Are…)
With a filmography of over 20 blockbuster and all time classic titles and a reputation for extraordinary conceptual skills and an acute sense of motion and special effects, Ryan J Woodward acts and lives like the down-to-earth fella who breathes and transpires a never-ending passion for art and creation in all its forms. Charismatic, hardworking and a self-described eternal student, despite the fact that he is a master in more than one artistic discipline, Woodward is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets…
On countless occasions we have heard the expression ‘children are the future’ but rarely we have stopped to think about what the meaning of this expression really implies.
We live in a globalized world. It’s no longer ‘my children’ and ‘their children’. It’s OUR children. A child is the vessel of our teachings, the key to the perpetuation of our species, the only extension of our mortality and our only chance for EVOLUTION.
Therefore, what kind of future are we imprinting into our children?
Having to cope with long raging wars and other physical and psychological abuse our seed grows into adults that, just like us, will continue to engage in war and abuse of their social and organic environment in a continuous cycle which, unlike the geometrical figure or the natural flow, does have an ending, and it is not a happy one.
The world is at war with our children, for it seems that there’s no power in the planet that can stop killing the very spirit that is worth preserving: the joy of living, pure innocence. And violence, as we know, only engenders more violence.
We have the privilege to interview, on the subject of the psychological development of our children, Dr. Muthanna Samara, whose varied research has been cited by our colleagues at the BBC, Guardian, Times, Telegraph, amongst others, as well as specialised medical websites.
Exclusive Interview with Michael F. Blake (Mob City, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: First Class, Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3…)
FILMOGRAPHY & TV WORK (Special Make-Up Effects): Mob City, Thor: The Dark World, The Lone Ranger, Max Rose, Lincoln, X-Men: First Class, Thor, Drag Me to Hell, Yes Man, Spider-Man 3, Domino, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Last Samurai, Seabiscuit, Ali, Independence Day, Sister Act I & II, Star Treck: Deep Space Nine, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Police Academy II, Magnum P.I., Buffalo Bill, Bonanza, The Addams Family, Bewitched…
Donna Todd’s visual and written work has traveled the world due to its human depth, unconventional beauty and powerful narrative. A multiple award winner, with over 80 major awards to her credit, this photographic chronicler’s main aim is to offer a true portrait of the souls of those who are suffering extreme poverty, and thus act as a catalyst to remind us that we can, must, and need to do something about it.
Her outstanding skill lies in her ability to capture the real as surreal and the surreal as real, all within the same picture. Her magic, however, is reflected in her capacity to portray the beauty and pride of the being, hidden under a pile of crude reality, so we can all see how alike we all are.
For as long as humanity has dreamt, we have felt a justified curiosity and fascination about the nature of our dreams: why we have them, what they mean or if even they mean anything at all, what they tells us about the nature of our own existence, whether we can control them… etc. This fascination has naturally fuelled many literary and film works, a famous one being Inception (2010) which directed our attention to some aspects of the science involved in attaining the understanding we long for.
Professor DEIRDRE L. BARRETT, author and teacher at Harvard Medical School, is widely known for her clinical work on dreams and her contributions to creativity and objective problem solving. She has interviewed many modern artists and scientists in the use of their dreams, and has documented stories that happened to subsidized Nobel laureates and MacArthur geniuses whose ideas originated in dreams. In her clinical research, she also confirms that we can learn new skills in our dreams, and find solutions to our problems, as well as through hypnosis.
Formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby, SANANDA MAITREYA is a creator of atemporal soulful music, some of which has been included in several movie and television soundtracks, as well as numerous commercials, starting with worldwide hits such as ‘If You Let Me Stay’, ‘Wishing Well’, ‘Dance Little Sister’, ‘Sign Your Name’, ‘Rain’, ‘Seven More Days’, ‘Right Thing, Wrong Way’… as well as incredible renditions of other authors’ songs, such as ‘Who’s Lovin’ You’.
He now refers to his own kind of musical creation as POST MILLENNIUM ROCK.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ANDY KINDLER (Bob’s Burgers, Everybody Loves Raymond, Raising Dad, Misery Loves Comedy, Last Comic Standing -Judge-…)
Generally considered to be the founding father of what we call Alternative Comedy, ANDY KINDLER is an exceptional stand-up comedian and an actor that frequently appears in well-known American sitcoms and comedy series such as Bob’s Burgers (Voice to Mort), Maron, Tosh.0, Wizards of Waverly Place, Everybody Loves Raymond, Raising Dad, and many comedy-related and variety shows for US national television…
Exclusive Interview with Prof. Frans de Waal (Renowned primatologist & ethologist; The Age of Empathy)
Author of numerous well-known books including Chimpanzee Politics, Our Inner Ape, the Age of Empathy and his most recent The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates.
His research focuses on primate social behaviour, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing
Exclusive Interview with Robin Hanbury-Tenison (Great Explorer of the XX Century & President of Survival International)
ROBIN HANBURY-TENISON is the Founder and President of Survival International, the world’s leading organisation supporting tribal peoples. To ensure freedom of action, Survival accepts no government funding.
Named as ‘one of the greatest explorers’ and hailed as one of the 1,000 ‘makers of the XX Century’, he has been on over 30 expeditions, including, as leader of the Royal Geographical Society’s largest expedition, taking 115 scientists to study the rainforests of Sarawak.
This research and his book, Mulu: the Rainforest, started the international concern for tropical rainforests.
ENGINEERING LIFE: An Exclusive Interview with Distinguished Prof. George J. Annas (Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights)
We are on the highway of genetic manipulation, cloning and molecular biotechnology, to the final destination of the engineering of all life.
Today, genetically modified seeds are being promoted to farmers, we have already cloned animals and are, in fact, in the early stages of manipulating human embryos in order to design our progeny.
It would be profoundly unfair to say that all our medical, scientific and technical advancements in this area are being pursued for the sake of power, notoriety and financial gain. The fact is that most of our doctors, scientists and engineers chose their specialties and poured their lives into their particular research because they genuinely wanted to prevent and end human suffering such as disease, physical pain, thirst, hunger, devastation, impediments, desolation, etc.
Still, there are a strong few who love turning these advancements into profit-making schemes, thus tilting the balance dangerously toward destructive tendencies that, ultimately, affect us all. We are all everyday witnesses of how easily and rapidly these destructive tendencies spread…
As we, as an evolving species, have concluded another year of creation, another trend of new beginnings has come, from around the bend, to take its place – another new cycle of potentialities and possibilities. But as every year we wish to gather an abundance of goodness, love, prosperity and opportunity, on the other hand, attachments, in the form of fear, anxiety, anger, and worry, can often take us to an unrelenting state of stagnation.
Colin Teague, the only one to have directed various episodes of Doctor Who and both its spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, is also famous for his brilliant work in Holby City, the very popular and Bafta nominated Being Human, for which he directed several of the most exciting episodes of the first, second & third seasons, and, most recently, the also very popular The White Queen, which earned three Golden Globe nominations. Right now Colin is filming a new series…
Their video for A Million Ways, released in 2005, which featured the band in their back yard performing a dance choreographed by lead singer Kulash’s sister, Trish Sie, became the most downloaded music video ever with over 9 million downloads by August 2006. With Here It Goes Again, released in 2006, they reached over 50 million views in YouTube. It’s been up since then in terms of their musical career, but, then again, it’s not surprising, since musically, visually and technologically, OK Go LIVE IN TODAY’S WORLD and guess what, they also care for others, including the four-legged furry types.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DR RICHARD MASSEY (FIRST TO PROVIDE A 3D MAP OF THE LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION OF DARK MATTER)
DR. RICHARD MASSEY is a physicist currently working as Royal Society Research Fellow in the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University. Previously, he was a senior research fellow in astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology and STFC Advanced Fellow at the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Edinburgh. He is renowned for his studies of dark matter, including the first 3D map of its large-scale distribution and its behaviour during collisions. He was awarded the 2011 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
MIKE CICCOTELLO is a NJ-based fine artist and a member of the artist collective, Albus Cavus. He has worked in a variety of media from three-dimensional animated motion graphics to large-scale outdoor murals. He worked in broadcast motion graphics from 1999 to 2012 and in 2007 received the LA Press Club Award for Best Editorial Comic for his illustration work on ‘Schmooze or Lose’. He was also the featured artist at the 2012 International Interior Design Association’s ‘Fashion Meets Finish’ Gala at Keane University.
Ciccotello has always combined his work for television networks, companies, private commissions and exhibitions, with his work for charitable causes, making of him a reference as an artist who pursues his career with as much passion as he cares for others.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN HOBB (Best-selling epic-fantasy author: The Soldier Son Trilogy, The Tawny Man Trilogy, Farseer Trilogy…)
Robin Hobb is the second pen name of novelist Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, born in California. Under her first pen name, Megan Lindholm, this popular author has produced plenty of best-selling works of contemporary fantasy, as well as science fiction. Her work is, in the words of the also widely famous author George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones): “fantasy as it ought to be written”.