Toronto Sun: Online petition calls for Blockbuster museum in Ontario. “Is it time to rewind and turn an abandoned Blockbuster store into a museum? Scoff all you want, but an online petition that began this summer is asking for it to actually happen in Ontario for the former video rental business.”
Democrat & Chronicle: Saturday Night Live’s COVID-19 plan? $150 checks for audience members to meet restrictions. “The venerable NBC sketch comedy show opened its 46th season live from Studio 8H in New York’s Rockefeller Center on Saturday, welcoming a live audience in a state that has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 rules in the country. New York’s coronavirus restrictions for media productions such as SNL make clear media productions can only have a live studio audience if it consists entirely of paid cast, crew or employees. That’s where the check came in.”
Brick Fanatics: New LEGO Star Wars fan website launches. “There’s a new website for LEGO Star Wars fans, with The Holo-Brick Archive now online and fully functional. Driven by fans for fans, it promises regular news and a product database packed with sets, books and all manner of branded merchandise.” That database? Has over A THOUSAND sets in it.
GBH: Chat Plays GBH Brings Popular Public Media Programs To New Social Media Audiences with Multiplatform Interactive Live Streaming Event. “GBH will bring the experience of some of its iconic public media programs to new audiences during Chat Plays GBH, a five-hour interactive live streaming variety show produced across Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. Throughout the live stream, GBH will bring together content from a series of nationally-recognized GBH productions, including NOVA, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, Arthur and Joyce Chen Cooks.” Those are all mashing up in my head and I’m kind of here for it.
Vulture: SNL Live Studio Audiences Will Get COVID Tests and Temperature Checks. “As first revealed to Vulture by Lorne Michaels on September 16, season 46 of Saturday Night Live will, in fact, have a live, in-studio audience when it returns on October 3, pandemic be damned.”
Variety: ‘South Park’ Sets Hour-Long Pandemic Special (Watch). “In terms of the plot, viewers will see Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”
The York Press: New Filmed in Yorkshire website enables you to ‘visit’ Yorkshire film and TV locations online. “The new Filmed in Yorkshire website takes you to an interactive map. Magnifying glass icons show where major film and TV productions – including All Creatures, but also Gentleman Jack, Victoria and Peaky Blinders – were filmed. Click again and you can see locations shots and get more information about what scenes were filmed where.”
Times of India: Police depts tap pop culture for mask messages on social media. “Dancing, singing, wearing corona hats – police departments across the country have used their in-house talent to create corona anthems and plays to educate people about staying safe in the pandemic. Viral memes like ‘rasoda’ and ‘Binod’ and campaign hashtags like Bask in the Mask and MaskUp have repeatedly driven home the message about wearing a mask in public.”
Supercluster: The Space Age Museum. “Peter Kleeman is the founder and curator of Space Age Museum, a vast archive of pop culture ephemera that showcases ‘how everyday people participated in the adventure of space exploration during the 20th Century.’ Supercluster’s Robin Seemangal and Jamie Carreiro interviewed Peter Kleeman for the Supercluster Podcast. Below, Peter shared more insight on his mission to preserve this unique moment in space history.”
Apollo Magazine: The late Robert Freeman was the Beatles’ favourite photographer – and now his entire archive has been stolen. “The archive stretched back to Freeman’s work in the early 1960s for the Sunday Times, where he made his name shooting portraits – from Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev to jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. His moody monochrome shots of the saxophonist – bebop was rather more to Freeman’s musical taste than pop music – subsequently brought him to the attention of Brian Epstein, manager of a Liverpudlian four-piece who were at that time storming the ‘hit parade’. In short order, Freeman became the Beatles’ most trusted photographer; he travelled with them on tour, discussing music and sharing a room with John Lennon, and was the go-to man for their album-cover portraits.”
SYFY Wire: Comixology Releases over 200 issues of Black Panther comics for free. “The world is still celebrating the life of Chadwick Boseman, who died last Friday at the age of 43. Comixology is paying tribute to Boseman by releasing over 200 issues of Black Panther comic books for free on their site.”
Make Tech Easier: TuneFind and Other Ways to Identify Songs from Movies and TV Shows. “With many shows boasting high production values, everything including the soundtrack is impressive. For many people, while watching your favorite show, your ears perk up thanks to the soundtrack. Great music-identifier apps like TuneFind and Shazam do the job better than ever, but you can now identify your favorite songs without even requiring a third-party app!”
Bloomberg CityLab: Get Lost in 70 Years of Old IKEA Catalogs. “As millions of people around the world become intimately familiar with their home decor, the Swedish furniture giant IKEA is offering an online resource to fuel your redecoration reveries: In honor of the the 70th anniversary of the company’s first catalog, IKEA just dropped digital versions of every catalog on its museum website. If your idea of a good time is wandering the labyrinth of your local IKEA showroom, trying out sectionals in a pretend living room, this digital trove of modular furniture makes an excellent and Covid-safe alternative distraction — and a fascinating time capsule of Scandinavian design trends.”
ZDNet: Twitter takes down ‘Dracula’ botnet pushing pro-Chinese propaganda. “Social media research group Graphika said today it identified a Twitter botnet of around 3,000 bots that pushed pro-Chinese political spam, echoing official messaging released through state propaganda accounts. Graphika said it was able to identify the botnet due to a quirk shared by the vast majority of bot accounts, most of which used quotes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula book for the profile description and the first two tweets.” Dracula?
JaGurl: Tyler Perry Joins BET+ To Open ‘The Virtual Madea Museum’. “Tyler Perry is retiring the beloved matriarch and his alter ego, Mabel ‘Madea’ Earlene Simmons, after 20 years. With the help of BET+, the media mogul has created The Virtual Madea Museum to honor and celebrate Madea in style.”