Ryan Murphy on Bringing His Own Experiences to ‘Pose’ and the Importance of Authenticity

While Ryan Murphy may claim that he has taken a backseat when it comes to showrunning “Pose,” he is not shying away from bringing his own particular experiences to the story of 1980s ballroom culture in the LGBTQ community and the fear surrounding the AIDS epidemic of the time. “I would drive myself to the […]



Nonfiction: A Memoir of Near-Death Experiences

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Charity Auction Offers One-of-a-Kind Gaming Experiences

Video games mega-charity SpecialEffect is holding its One Special Day fundraising event on September 29 – and this year it’s bringing along an eBay auction for the ages.

The auction will include one-of-a-kind experiences and rare merchandise from a bunch of video gaming institutions. All proceeds go to the charity, which hopes to raise £100,000 in the course of the day.

Those experiences include a VIP tour of Rare’s beautiful headquarters, the opportunity to become a generated character in Football Manager 2018, and loads of signed merchandise from developers, celebrities and more.

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Drone-Enabled Deliveries, Mixed Reality Experiences Gaining Interest

WHAT’S NEXT: After Friday morning’s “Mercenary Matters: Technology and the Changing World of Retail” panel discussion, two participants discussed what’s next.
Their discussion was part of the Fashion Law nstitute’s seventh annual symposium “Fashion Revolutions” in New York. Plural NYC founder Daniel Plenge said, “Drones and brands need to have a big Amazon strategy because they’re going to drop the hammer this year. They already have been, and the drone thing might not be as far away as we think.”
With his marketing and digital media clients constantly asking how they might monetize Instagram, Plenge is intrigued by Liketoknow.it even though he personally hasn’t yet used it to buy anything. “One of my challenges now is to bridge the gap between tools like that online and attributing them to sales off-line. So maybe I screenshot the image, I saw it on Taxi TV, on a bus shelter or any of the six touchpoints of digital…when did I actually decide, ‘You know what? It’s payday. I’m going to go get that,’” Plenge said.
Another panelist, Po Yi, an attorney with Venable LLP, said, “I’m not a huge fan of VR. I’m more of a fan of mixed reality or augmented reality so that you

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One-of-a-Kind Experiences in Oakland: A Traveler’s Guide

From its burgeoning creative scene to a retro theme park, Oakland is northern California’s newest (and oldest) boomtown. Five ways to experience the city’s unique charms.
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HIV/AIDS Community Information Services: Experiences in Serving Both At-Risk and HIV-Infected Populations

HIV/AIDS Community Information Services: Experiences in Serving Both At-Risk and HIV-Infected Populations

Information forms the basis for education, and currently education is the only weapon available to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and to foster empathy toward individuals already affected by the disease. HIV/AIDS and Community Information Services provides readers with insight into the information construct within the AIDS arena and how that construct affects the provision of information services to the HIV/AIDS affected population. It will serve as an irreplaceable reference as the number of individuals with AIDS increases, creating a greater demand for information and making that information increasingly difficult to provide. While directories exist to assist with practical approaches to accessing HIV/AIDS-related information, none had served as a comprehensive resource concerning the nature of that information or the provision of information services. HIV/AIDS Community Information Services fills that void. It fosters the enlightenment of the general public concerning the true nature of HIV/AIDS, guides readers in providing information services-both educational and recreational-to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, and encourages the dissemination of instructional materials to those individuals at risk for infection. In doing so, contributors provide readers with information about: the relationship between AIDS and the body of information concerning the disease the complex nature of HIV/AIDS-related information available HIV/AIDS information services information as a means for empowerment suggestions for future programs, potential collaboration efforts, and innovative servicesAn essential guide for information professionals, librarians, health educators, counselors, members of community-based AIDS service organizations, and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Community Information Services foster the creation, accession, collection, organization, dissemination, and sharing of information concerning the HIV/AIDS epidemic and promotes the provision of services

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Love and Other Near Death Experiences

Love and Other Near Death Experiences

New – Rob Garland is getting married in two months. Oddly, however, this is the least of his problems. More vexing than the seating arrangements, the choice of wedding stationery – more even that the savagely obscene expense of everything – is the fact that Rob should be dead: and he knows it. Faced with an ultimatum from his girlfriend to either sort himself out, or call the wedding (and the whole relationship) off, he sets about trying to come to terms with how it is that, somehow, he’s still

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Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film: Shared Concert Experiences in Screen Fiction

Music, Performance, and the Realities of Film: Shared Concert Experiences in Screen Fiction

This book examines the relationship between narrative film and reality, as seen through the lens of on-screen classical concert performance. By investigating these scenes, wherein the performance of music is foregrounded in the narrative, Winters uncovers how concert performance reflexively articulates music’s importance to the ontology of film. The book asserts that narrative film of a variety of aesthetic approaches and traditions is no mere copy of everyday reality, but constitutes its own filmic reality, and that the music heard in a film’s underscore plays an important role in distinguishing film reality from the everyday. As a result, concert scenes are examined as sites for provocative interactions between these two realities, in which real-world musicians appear in fictional narratives, and an audience s suspension of disbelief is problematised. In blurring the musical experiences of onscreen observers and participants, these concert scenes also allegorize music s role in creating a shared subjectivity between film audience and character, and prompt Winters to propose a radically new vision of music s role in narrative cinema wherein musical underscore becomes part of a shared audio-visual space that may be just as accessible to the characters as the music they encounter in scenes of concert performance.

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Guillermo del Toro Unveils Comic-Con ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Crimson Peak’ Fan Experiences

Guillermo del Toro is in the world-building business. The director of Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and the upcoming gothic tale Crimson Peak is known for signature visuals, and an ability to craft rich universes on the movie screen.

And beginning tonight at San Diego Comic-Con, he and film production company Legendary Pictures are bringing those universes to life with a new initiative that allows attendees the chance to immerse themselves in the movies through “experiential exhibits.”

Before it was unveiled at “Preview Night” of the pop-culture mega-event, which officially opens tomorrow, Huffington Post received an early walkthrough with del Toro of the Legendary booth, which centers around a virtual reality Pacific Rim experience and a “gothic gallery” for next year’s Crimson Peak.

“We are giving them a taste of the set, a physical representation of how elaborate the set can be,” said del Toro of the custom environments. “For a moment, they will be in the world of the movie, even if it’s a brief visit.”

That visit includes the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot “Drift With the Rift” Experience. Based on last year’s blockbuster about giant monsters vs. giant robots (or kaiju vs. jaeger), the combat simulator utilizes Oculus Rift’s virtual reality tech and original film assets from Industrial Light & Magic. After strapping on the Oculus Rift headset, users will enter a 250-story fighting machine and go head-to-head against a kaiju.

Much like within the film, a pilot links with a co-pilot and “drifts” into an alternate state of being, where it feels like you’re really operating at dizzying heights. As you turn your head, so does your VR character take a look around within the world. It is necessary to do so as well, since the kaiju Knifehead shows up to make wreak havoc. After getting lost within the Oculus VR world, users receive a personalized Jaeger Pilot badge for going through the adventure.

The exhibit, said del Toro, will allow visitors to immerse themselves and feel what it’s like to be a jaeger pilot, and since he was involved in each step of the development, he “knows exactly the experience fans are going to get.”

Even though the film came out last year, the Pacific Rim space at the Legendary booth exists because it is a universe del Toro and Legendary want to keep alive.

“So this is one stone in the building of a continuous bridge by expanding the experience and mythology,” he said. “We create a world and we’re keeping it alive.”

Whereas the Pacific Rim presence is designed to promote an expanding brand that includes a comic, a 2017 sequel and planned animated series, the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery is dedicated to welcoming fans into the world of the October 2015 film. A handcrafted tiny hallway set from del Toro, the gallery is like a cabinet of curiosities that includes props and costumes. It feels alive, and for a few moments, it is as if one is exploring a haunted house – but one that has so many more mysteries beyond ghosts. Accompanied by a soundscape designed by Academy Award winner Randy Thom, the brief tour allows one to touch rotted, peeling wallpaper; examine the portrait of character within the film; look through the simulated destroyed roof into a snowy sky and peer down a hallway where specters occasionally appear. It is intimate and personal, and serves to tease clues from the Crimson Peak tale. Everything attendees see is part of a larger story within the movie — including a lot of butterflies, an obvious symbology del Toro will play with in the plot.

“It functions as a mini haunted attraction in a way, and has an eerie beauty that the movie has,” said the director. “You’re given a mini mini version of the set, and the atmosphere of what the film Crimson Peak is going to be.”

“We wanted the atmosphere of the house to eke into you, to touch you,” said Emily Castel, Chief Marketing Officer, Legendary Entertainment. “It is very layered like the film so you become have a vested interest in the journey [del Toro] is taking you on.”

In fact, the two spaces at comic con this year sum up Castel’s mission. A principal of the 533 Marketing Agency, a leading experiential marketing agency bought by Legendary two years ago, she is charged with crafting unique ways for fans to connect to movies.

“The best way is to immerse them into that and create natural extension to the world,” she said. Moreover, she said del Toro is an ideal filmmaker to do just that.

“He’s versed in worlds you want to live in and be in, and both these films are so rich and so ripe for this type of marketing experience”

For del Toro, these installments serve as the next step for a storyteller.

“The purpose is to share part of that storytelling in a very tangible way. It is more than a story or series of images but part of a memory to hold; it really is a beautiful effort to curate and build for their enjoyment.”

“I’m a very big fan of attractions, rides and exhibits,” he added. “They are by no means a whole attraction but it’s a taste of the spirit of it.”

Although Legendary is evangelizing its mission that they are more than movie trailers and old-school marketing via del Toro’s projects, it’s not the first time the company has activated a large-scale experience.

It went with a monster-sized installment at last year’s con with the Godzilla Experience. An enormous warehouse-sized environment, the attraction involved walking through Tokyo streets before a Gojira rampage. Attendees went from a busy marketplace into a simulated underground bunker to a Tokyo skyscraper, and were treated to glimpses of the creature. It was a highlight in San Diego in 2013 and was part of a goodwill campaign to reinsure fans that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla wouldn’t be a repeat of the 1998 film disaster.

“We treated this icon with the demonstrative reverence worthy of the icon, and made him relevant to a whole new audience,” said Castel. “We set the tone, then that tone was maintained.”

While she admits it is difficult to measure marketing like the Godzilla or the Jaeger Pilot experiences, but said she believes it does correlate to box office receipts.

“These stay with you, it touches you. You feel something and therefore will react differently than if you’re a passive recipient of a marketing message, such as a trailer.”

As such, Castel said fans can expect more from Legendary, and even hopes to take the exhibits beyond the con. She said the plan is to work early and directly with filmmakers on future releases to become a “more immediate conduit between their vision and the experience of a consumer.”

“It allows you to actually have a sensory experience within worlds that come to mean a huge amount to fans; the minute you can live it and experience it, you have a rapport with it, and live with it on a different level.”

“For me, it’s creating conversation,” said del Toro. “There is no tangible, quantifiable upside that you can prove with the research and numbers — but comic con is about celebrating the things we love.”
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Worlds Worst Travel Destinations: 50 travel experiences you will want to miss…

Worlds Worst Travel Destinations: 50 travel experiences you will want to miss…

From the dirty to the depraved, the barren to the downright boring, going off the beaten track isn''t always all it''s cracked up to be. This humorous guide, packed with bizarre facts, turns the travel genre on its head and uncovers some of the most unusual places the world has to offer. With weird and wonderful destinations from across the globe, discover the Kingdom of Dwarves theme park in China, an attraction where no-one measures above 5 feet tall. Or there''s Kazantip in the Crimea, where every year a mix of 150,000 ravers and Russian Mafia bosses with their teen brides in tow go to listen to electronic music on rotation for six weeks. A summer break to the city of Cherrapunji, India may be a mistake with an average 29 days of rain in July and 26 in August. Meanwhile the health-conscious among you should probably avoid Evansville, Indiana, recently declared America''s fattest city. So unpack your bags, put away your passport, and save yourself some money by reading this guide. Then feel grateful that you''ll never make the mistake of visiting these places yourself.
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Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective's Guide to Hidden Deals, Unadvertised Bargains, and Great Experiences

Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective's Guide to Hidden Deals, Unadvertised Bargains, and Great Experiences

Get the best travel deals during the worst of financial times With airlines cutting service, hotel rates soaring, and one of the most unstable economies this country has seen, the thought of taking a trip might seem out of reach. But in Tough Times, Great Travels, the Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg, lets you in on money-saving secrets like: -the best day to purchase airline tickets -car rental companies almost willing to pay you to rent their cars -the best hour on the best day to book a hotel room -free activities in 30 cities -cruise ships that discount cabins on the day of the cruise -how to redeem airline miles for flights that are supposedly full -avoiding luggage check-in fees -places where kids can eat & stay for free Traveling during an economic meltdown shouldn''t result in a personal one for you. With Greenberg''s help, you can get packing while the market is crashing.
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Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children

Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children

Enter the world of creativity where children’s imaginations soar with this broad spectrum of over 240 open-ended art activities and ideas. These projects allow each child to participate in an individual and unique art experience using common household items and ordinary art supplies.

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You’re So Skinny!: Advice, Personal Life Experiences, and Over 50 Weight Management Tips on Maintaining a Slim Figure

You’re So Skinny!: Advice, Personal Life Experiences, and Over 50 Weight Management Tips on Maintaining a Slim Figure

Why not have a fabulous figure? Wouldn’t you rather look more attractive, get noticed by others and have greater self-esteem? This book is your complete guide for fitness, weight management, and controlling what favorite foods you eat. You will develop a positive body image and obtain helpful hints for a more enjoyable, healthy and active lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight or want to maintain your existing weight, you will want to go over this book continuously. You will find out how simple it is to: * Maintain your weight with self-control rather than just lose a few pounds. * Learn to outfit your body to look more stylish and slimmer. * Build your self-esteem by loving and embracing your body; building a strong body image and by accepting its flaws. * Obtain more energy by participating in physical activities, and maximize your daily production. * Bypass the expensive fitness centers and learn how to create your own affordable home gym by choosing the right exercise methods and equipment. * Balance your own food intake to minimize calories and curb your appetite. Deninne Jackson is the author of "You’re So Skinny " (Advice, Personal Life Experiences, and Over 50 Weight Management Tips on Maintaining a Slim Figure). This best selling guide on weight management will show millions of people simple tips on enjoying a more active lifestyle. What are you waiting for?
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Training for Store Service, the Vocational Experiences and Training of Juvenile Employees of Retail Department, Dry Goods and Clothing Stores

Training for Store Service, the Vocational Experiences and Training of Juvenile Employees of Retail Department, Dry Goods and Clothing Stores

Used – Title: Training for Store Service, the Vocational Experiences and Training of Juvenile Employees of Retail Department, Dry Goods and Clothing Stores in Boston, Report of Investigations Made in the Research Department of the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union Publisher: Boston, Badger Subjects: Stores Selling Boston (Mass.) Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you

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