Javier Bardem by Brigitte Lacombe | Jennifer Connelly by Sebastian Kim | Natalie Portman by Frederic Auerbach | Alfred Hitchcock on the set of NORTH BY NORTHWEST | Keira Knightley by Norman Jean Roy | Anthony Hopkins by Jim McHugh | Drew Barrymore by Ellen von Unwerth | Steve Buscemi by Dan Winters | Olivia Wilde by Markus Klinko & Indrani | Marcello Mastroianni by Pierluigi Praturlon | George Clooney by Emma Summerton | Christina Hendricks by Tony Duran | Angelina Jolie by James White | Danny Trejo by Eric Morales | Angelina Jolie by James White | Laura Harring by Jadran Lazic | Paz Vega by Bujan Marta | Kristen Bell by Randall Slavin | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Charlize Theron by Carter Smith | Sarah Michelle Gellar by Nino Munoz | Rosario Dawson by James White | Nicole Kidman by James White | Gary Oldman by Platon | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Keri Russell by Andrew Eccles | Julianne Moore by Michael Thompson | Christina Hendricks by James White | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Cameron Diaz by Simon Emmett | Leonardo DiCaprio by Yu Tsai | Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton | Diane Kruger by Simon Emmett | Kate Upton by Annie Leibovitz | Rachel Weisz by Lorenzo Agius. | Johnny Depp by Marc Hom | Christina Hendricks by Tony Duran | Grace Kelly by Peter Basch | Goldie Hawn by Robert Erdmann | Mila Kunis by Robert Erdmann | Samuel L Jackson by Scott McDermott | Natalie Portman by Frederic Auerbach | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Brad Pitt by Mario Testino | Scarlett Johansson by Peter Lindbergh | Cary Grant by Robert Coburn | Naomi Watts by Will Davidson | Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra by Phil Stern | Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. By Jake Chessum | Javier Bardem by Nigel Parry | Marilyn Monroe in Las Vegas by Elliot Erwitt | Steve Buscemi by Antoine Le Grand | Keira Knightley by Annie Leibovitz | Daniel Craig by Annie Leibovitz | Penélope Cruz by Annie Leibovitz | Christina Hendricks by Yelena Yemchuk | Eadweard Muybridge greeting Strongman Bill Brandt | Kevin Bacon by Patella Brothers | Scarlett Johansson by Alasdair McLellan | Mary Elizabeth Winstead by Micaela Rossato | Liam Neeson by Paola Kudacki | Kevin Bacon by Patella Brothers | Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh by Milton Greene | Kim Kardashian & Kanye West by Annie Leibovitz | Jane Russell By George Hurrell | Scarlett Johansson by Alasdair McLellan | Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront | Henry Cavill by Zack Snyder | Anne Hathaway by David Slijper | On the set of Titanic | Bruce Campbell & Sam Raimi | Sammy Davis Jr by Burt Glinn | Chiwetel Ejiofor and Don Cheadle by Carlos Serrao | Alfred Hitchcock by Otto Ludwig Bettmann | Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show | Jimmy Stewart and twin daughters | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman | Matthew McConaughey by Williams & Hirakawa | Hugo Weaving by Hugh Stewart | Natalie Portman by Robert Erdmann | Angelina Jolie by Patrick Demarchelier | U.S. NASA, 1960s by JR Eyerman | Scarlett Johansson by Tzema Yeste | Leonardo DiCaprio by Hugh Stewart | Kirsten Dunst by Matthew Brookes | On the set of Inception | Martin Scorsese by Annie Lebovitz | Britney Spears by Michael Thompson | Nicolas Cage by Nancy Ellison | Clint Eastwood by Martin Shoeller | Matthew McConaughey by Jim Wright | Chiwetel Ejiofor by Nadav Kander | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the creator, Carlo Rambaldi | David Lynch by Michael Muller | January Jones by Ben Hassett | Monica Bellucci by Vincent Peters | Elisabeth Moss by Cass Bird | Lizzy Caplan by Autumn de Wilde | Greta Garbo by Clarence Sinclair Bull | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Kate Winslet by Annie Leibovitz | Tim Burton, Vincent Price and Johnny Depp on Edward Scissorhands | Sigourney Weaver by Helmut Newton | Kirsten Dunst by Mario Testino | Amanda Seyfried by Craig McDean | Jack Nicholson by Andre Rau | Peter Jackson on the set of Braindead by Michael Coote | Anna Kendrick by Chris Pizzello | Annie Leibovitz by Annie Leibovitz | Shirley Temple and Cary Grant on the set of "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" | Salma Hayek by Pamela Hanson | Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr and Jack Lemmon on the lot of Goldwyn Studios by Phil Stern, 1959 | Monica Bellucci by Matthew Rolston | Mary Pickford - 2nd Academy Awards - Best Actress in Coquette. Character: Norma Besant | Kirsten Dunst by David Armstrong | Rooney Mara by Mikael Jansson | Diane Kruger by Rankin | Christina Hendricks by Miles Aldridge | Stanley Kubrick and Sue Lyon on the set of Lolita | Margot Robbie by Kai Z Feng | Martin Scorsese behind the scenes of his first feature Who’s That Knocking At My Door | Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Akira Kurosawa, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard by Roger Ressmeyer, 1980 | Matthew McConaughey by Eric Ogden | Ralph Fiennes by Matthew Brookes | Helena Bonham Carter by Jillian Edelstein | Jack Nicholson by Alex Majoli | Ursula Andress by Philippe Halsman | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Bruce Davidson | Sylvester Stallone by Michel Comte | Angelina Jolie, Shiloh & Pax By Brad Pitt | Quentin Tarantino on the set of Jackie Brown | Joseph Gordon-Levitt by Sam Jones | Leonardo DiCaprio by Kurt Iswarienko | Continuity polaroids of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on the set of The X-Files. | Monica Bellucci by Ellen von Unwerth | Mila Kunis by Tom Munro | Lupita Nyong'o by Tom Munro | Cate Blanchett by Annie Leibovitz | Alfred Hitchcock in his wine cellar, by Phil Stern | Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman | Tony Curtis in makeup on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1959 | Lupita Nyong’o by David Slijper | Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune on the set of Sanjuro (1962) | Kristen Stewart by Norman Jean Roy | Ben Affleck by Kurt Iswarienko | Julianne Moore by Kurt Iswarienko | Gary Oldman by Lorenzo Agius | Brad Pitt by Nadav Kander | Tim Burton by Nicolas Guerin | John Goodman by Nathan Congleton | Paul Newman by Roddy McDowall | Buster Keaton as Hamlet by Clarence Sinclair Bull | Jon Hamm by Mark Seliger | Kat Dennings by Isaac Sterling | Kevin Spacey by Andrew Eccles | Cobie Smulders by Kayt Jones | Brad Pitt by Mark Seliger | Jennifer Connelly by Ben Hassett | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Clara Bow on the set of The Lawful Cheater, 1925 | Federico Fellini filming 8 1/2, 1963 | Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong by Phil Stern | James Dean by Roy Schatt | Bill Murray by Peggy Sirota | Nicole Kidman by Peggy Sirota | Kirsten Dunst by David Lachapelle | Rachel Weisz by Platon Antoniou | Mark Hamill on the set of Return of the Jedi | Hollywood Heavyweigths: 1972 | Javier Bardem by Marc Hom | Alison Brie by Andrew MacPherson | Ethan Hawke by Michael Friberg | Liv Tyler by Signe Vilstrup | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello | Rooney Mara by Mikael Jansson | Natalie Portman by Paolo Roversi | Mel Brooks and Zero Mostel on the set of The Producers | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Marlene Dietrich by Milton Greene | Fredric March, Claudette Colbert and Cecil B. De Mille in Coca Cola ad by Nickolas Muray on the set of "Anthony and Cleopatra" (1935) | Bradley Cooper by Nino Muñoz | Kristen Stewart by Norman Jean Roy | Cate Blanchett by Patrick Demarchelier | Alfred Hitchcock at the Cannes Film Festival, 1963 by Francois Gragnon | Shirley MacLaine by Bert Stern | Emma Stone by Matthias Vriens-McGrath | Jack Nicholson by Annie Leibovitz | Jared Leto by Kurt Iswarienko | Julie Andrews with daughter Emma on the set of Mary Poppins. | Cate Blanchett by Steven Chee | Gary Oldman by Jack English | Christian Bale by Christian Witkin | Ellen Page by Emily Shur | Marion Cotillard by Craig McDean | Charlie Chaplin directing actress Sophia Loren in a scene from the movie "A Countess From Hong Kong" | Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh | Salma Hayek by Ruven Afanador | Chiwetel Ejiofor by Alexia Silvagni | David Lynch by Patrick Fraser | Lily Tomlin by Kenn Duncan | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander-Huseby | Kate Upton by Karl Lagerfeld | Kirsten Dunst by Matthew Brookes | Candice Swanepoel by Matt Jones | Amber Heard by John Russo | Natalie Wood by Peter Basch | Helena Bonham Carter by Lorenzo Agius | Jack Nicholson on the set of "The Fortune" by Julian Wasser (1975) | Matt Damon by Mat Szwajkos | Martin Scorsese and Akira Kurosawa | Miles Davis by Dennis Stock | Jim Henson "Self Portrait" | Tom Hanks & Paul Newman by Nigel Parry | Steve Martin by Jamie Kingham | Jena Malone by Elias Tahan | Sidney Poitier by Brian Duffy | Steven Spielberg with Drew Barrymore and Heather O’Rourke between filming "E.T." and "Poltergeist" ~ 1982 | Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh | Anne Hathaway by Gilles Bensimon | Mads Mikkelson by Nicolas Guérin | Robert De Niro by Robbie Fimmano | Ewan McGregor by Alexi Lubomirski | Alfred Hitchcock and Vera Miles by Elliott Erwitt, | Diane Kruger by Matteo Montanari | Natalie Portman by Tim Walker | Peter Dinklage by Tom Munro | Lea Seydoux by Marcel Hartmann | Kristen Wiig by Clay Enos | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Leonard Cohen by Platon | Isla Fisher by Norman Jean Roy | Leonard Bernstein by Ruth Orkin | Olivia Wilde by Marc Hom | James Dean by Roy Schatt | Marion Cotillard by Mark Seliger | Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon | Paz Vega by Sandra Fourqui | Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Coppola | Monica Bellucci by Fabrizio Ferri | Zooey Deschanel by Sebastian Kim | Kate Mara by Mark Abrahams | Morgan Freeman by Mark Abrahams | Eva Green by Ellen Von Unwerth | Peter Dinklage by Tom Munro | Matt Damon by Platon Antoniou | Natalie Portman by Robert Maxwell | Jeff Bridges by Mark Seliger | Natalie Portman by Inez and Vinoodh | Scarlett Johansson by Vincent Peters | Alfred Hitchcock on the set of "Strangers On A Train" (1951). | George Clooney by Antonin Kratochvil | Jaques Tati by Yale Joel | Leonardo DiCaprio by Yu Tsai | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Chris Buck | Ben Kingsley by Guzman | Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene | James Earl Jones by Carl Van Vechten (1961) | Lupita Nyong'o by David Slijper | George Clooney by Marco Grob | Scarlett Johansson by Michelangelo Di Battista | Hugh Jackman by Ben Watts | Joaquin Phoenix by Stephen Dalenian | Jamie Foxx by Warwick Saint | Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw | On the set of Dr. Strangelove | Erroll Flynn by George Hurrell | Charlie Chaplin posing for a film poster, Paris, 1949 | Harvey Keitel by Kurt Iswarienko | Spike Jonze by Cody York | Samuel L. Jackson by Jeff Vespa | Martin Scorsese by Liz O. Baylen | Chris Hemsworth by Ridhwan Velaryon | Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz On the set of "Django Unchained" | Djimon Hounsou by Herb Ritts | Jessica Chastain by Joey Lawrence | Christopher Walken by Peter Yang | John Malkovich by Mark Seliger | Matt Damon by Mark Abrahams | Philip Seymour Hoffman Tintype by Victoria Will | Nicole Kidman by Steven Meisel | Quentin Tarantino on the set of Death Proof | Anna Kendrick by Marc Hom | Mike Nichols directs Ann Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" | Emma Watson by Christian Oita | Jodie Foster by Inez and Vinoodh | Martin Scorsese, Albert Brooks and Cybill Shepherd on-set of Taxi Driver (1976) | Ansel Adams Self Portrait | Charlotte Gainsbourg by Hedi Slimane | Danny Devito on the set of Batman Returns | Vanity Fair 2014 Hollywood Cover by Annie Leibovitz | Keri Russell by Ellen von Unwerth | Ryan Gosling by Mario Testino | Morgan Freeman by Jim Herrington | Gillian Anderson by John Rankin | Laurence Fishburne by Sam Taylor-Wood | Monica Bellucci by Paul Empson | Daniel Craig by Sam Taylor-Wood | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Christopher Wahl | Helena Bonham Carter by Jillian Edelstein | Leonardo DiCaprio by David LaChapelle | Carey Mulligan by Michael Thompson | Kirsten Dunst by Mario Sorrenti | Jennifer Lopez by Mert & Marcus | Madonna by David LaChapelle | John C. Reilly by Michael Muller | Louis Armstrong and Paul Newman on the set of "Somebody Up There Likes Me" | Paul Walker by Brooke Dellistar | Dustin Hoffman by Richard Dumas | Bradley Cooper by Richard Burbridge | Katy Perry by Peggy Sirota | Drew Barrymore by Jan Welters | Cate Blanchett by Andy Gotts | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return" -1954 | Morgan Freeman on his Broadway Debut of "Hello Dolly" with Cab Calloway, 1967 | Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews | Vanessa Hudgens by Andrew MacPherson | Krysten Ritter by Robert Wright | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Jennifer Lawrence by Kirk McKoy | Chloe Sevigny by Glen Luchford | Norman Reedus by Michael Muller | Jean-Luc Godard by Renaud Monfourny | Drew Barrymore by Carter Smith | Robin Williams by Nigel Perry | Amanda Seyfried by Michel Comte | Frank Capra by George Hoyningen-Huene | Isabella Rossellini by Michel Comte | Clint Eastwood in London | Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw | Angelina Jolie by Steven Klein | Deborah Kerr by Yul Brynner | Gary Oldman by Sarah Dunn | Amy Adams by Michael Lewis | Woody Allen by Renaud Monfourny | Behind the scenes of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" | William H. Macy Tintype by Victoria Will | Isabella Rossellini by Robert Mapplethorpe | Scarlett Johansson by Patrick Demarchelier | Batman by Herb Ritts | Monica Bellucci by Philippe Cometti | Liv Tyler by Ellen von Unwerth | Keira Knightley by Alexi Lubomirski | Sidney Poitier by Andy Gotts | Scarlett Johansson by Andy Gotts | Kristen Stewart Tintype by Victoria Will | Michael Fassbender by Craig McDean | Elle Fanning by Austin Hargrave | Claire Forlani by Edland Man | Mads Mikkelsen by Denis Rouvre | Marion Cotillard by Craig McDean | Ed Harris by Anton Corbijn | Emma Watson by Mariano Vivanco | On the set of Metropolis (1927) | Steven Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Special effects director John Fulton with Model of a sailing ship, 1956. Photo by Allan Grant | Marilyn Monroe by Ed Clark | Photomatic machine Chicago 1948 by Esther Bubley | Susan Sarandon by Gary Heery | Chloe Sevigny by Glen Luchford | Madonna by Steven Meisel | Sandra Bullock by Andrew Eccles | Monica Bellucci by Signe Vilstrup | Ewan McGreggor by Bruce Weber | Jonah Hill by Bruce Weber | Emma Stone by Mario Testino | Robert De Niro in Cape Fear | Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaròn for Cine Premiere Magazine | Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews | Miles Davis by Michael Ochs | Tim Burton by Marc Hom | Monica Bellucci by Ellen von Unwerth | Emmy Rossum by Tony Kelly | Marilyn Monroe by John Florea | Marlon Brando by Cecil Beaton | Steve Martin by Norman Seeff | Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief | Penélope Cruz by Mert & Marcus | Jared Leto by Kurt Iswarienko | Fritz Lang & Brigitte Helm behind the scenes from Metropolis | Carey Mulligan by Erik Madigan | Christina Ricci by Patrick Hoelck | Michael Fassbender by Emma Hardy | Dennis Hopper by Richard C. Miller | Claire Danes by Andrew MacPherson | Quentin Tarantino and Juliet Lewis by Albert Watson | Omar Sharif by Claudio Porcarelli | Joel and Ethan Coen behind the scenes of Inside Llewyn Davis | Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin, The Naked Gun | Scarlett Johansson by Eva Sakellarides | Gene Kelly in between scenes of An American in Paris | Kirsten Dunst by Annie Leibovitz | Audrey Hepburn by Richard Quine | Sean Connery on the set of "You Only Live Twice" | Amanda Seyfried by Victoria Will | Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt | Ryan Gosling By Fabrice Dall’anese | Ellen Page by Collier Schorr | Elton John by Terry O'Neill | Marion Cotillard by Mario Testino | Alfred Hitchcock on location shooting Shadow of a Doubt | Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling by Mark Seliger | Charlize Theron by Alexi Lubomirski | Felicity Jones by Eliot Lee Hazel | Leonardo Dicaprio by Michael Muller | Ben Stiller by Platon | Jessica Chastain by Annie Leibovitz | Ewan McGregor By Alexi Lubomirski | Katy Perry by Ryan McGinley | Peter Sellers on the set of "Dr. Strangelove" | Marilyn Monroe by David Cicero | Julie Andrews on the set of Mary Poppins | Acting Class by Nina Leen (1948) | Tom Hiddleston by Max Vadukul | Uma Thurman and her stunt double Zoë Bell on the set of "Kill Bill" | Drew Barrymore by Matthew Rolston | Cameron Diaz by Patrick Demarchelier | Steven Spielberg on the set of E.T. | Anne Hathaway by Neal Preston | Tom Hiddleston by Max Vadukul | Natalie Portman by Murray Mitchell | Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin | Chris Pine by Martin Schoeller | Jennifer Lawrence by Georg Rulffes | Angelina Jolie by Mauro Mongiello | Charlie Chaplin playing with Children | Rachel Weisz by Marcus Mam | Ellen Page by Collier Schorr | Bradley Cooper, David O Russel and Amy Adams on the set of American Hustle. | Robert De Niro by Steve McCurry | Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling on the set of Drive | Salma Hayek by Patrick Demarchelier | Alfred Hitchcock, wife Alma Reville, daughter Patricia Hitchcock, and dog at home in California 1941 | Buster Keaton on the Phone | Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino | Tom Hiddleston by Jason Hetherington | Robert Redford by Ken Reagan | Monica Bellucci by Bruce Weber | Viggo Mortensen by Julian Broad | Joaquin Phoenix by Sam Jones | Richard Gere by Patrick Fraser | Greta Gerwig by Janusz Kaminski | Spike Jonze by Lance Acord | Nicole Kidman by Patrick Demarchelier | Robert Redford by Roe Ethridge | Jessica Chastain by Annie Leibovitz | Oscar Isaac by Brian Bowen Smith | David O. Russell by Aldo Rossi | Salma Hayek by Ellen Von Unwerth | Orson Welles by Louise Dahl-Wolfe | David Schwimmer by Andrew Eccles | Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern | Mads Mikkelsen by Jérome Bonnet | Marion Cotillard by Bruce Weber | Tommy Lee Jones by Nigel Parry | Laetitia Casta by Mario Testino | Dizzy Gillespie in the French Riviera | Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein (1974) | Maron Cotillard by Ben Hassett | Kristen Stewart by Ben Watts | Tom Waits by Kirk West | Robert De Niro with Martin Scorsese's mom, Catherine | Amy Adams by Lorenzo Agius | Walt Disney by Alfred Eisenstaedt 1938 | Marion Cotillard by Ben Hassett | Angelina Jolie by Mario Testino. | Orson Welles by John Engstead | Kirsten Dunst by James White | John Waters by Roxanne Lowit | Janet Leigh - New Years 1955 | Dianna Agron by Ellen Von Unwerth | Shirley Temple - Happy New Year 1937 | Jayne Mansfield - New Year’s 1950s | Marilyn Monroe performing for troops stationed in Korea - February 1954 | Carey Mulligan by Rankin | Emmy Rossum by Brian Bowen Smith | Scarlett Johansson by Danielle Levitt | Monica Bellucci by Signe Vilstrup | Al Pacino on the set of "The Godfather" | Benedict Cumberbatch by Platon | Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby | Helen Mirren by Robert Taylor | Johnny Depp by Patrick Swirc | Marilyn Monroe by Earl Moran | William Hurt by Herb Ritts | Robert Downey Jr by Michael Muller | Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock on the set of "Notorious" | Clint Eastwood by Neil Wilder | Christina Applegate by Andrew MacPherson | Diane Keaton by Norman Seeff | Javier Bardem by Brigitte Lacombe | Amy Adams by Norman Jean Roy | Steve Martin by Chris Buck | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Liam Neeson by Nigel Parry | Madonna by Mario Testino | Madonna by Herb Ritts 1989 | Javier Bardem by Brigitte Lacombe

Realer Than Reality: The New Hidden-Camera Movies

Matt Singer traces the roots of the “Hidden Camera” genre from its “Candid Camera” days to most recent experiments like Under the Skin featuring Scarlett Johansson.

Hidden Camera

Through most of Under The Skin’s first half, Johansson’s unnamed character repeats this ritual over and over, collecting victims—almost all played by non-actors—and luring them back to her lair. To make these sequences possible, director Jonathan Glazer built a new camera system, hidden in the dashboard of Johansson’s van, and filmed Johansson’s unscripted interactions with the men. More than a simple marketing hook, this clever formal trick adds innumerable dimensions to the film’s story of a stranger in a strange land, and marks Under The Skin as the pinnacle of a recent wave of hidden-camera cinema.

Glazer is far from the first director to surreptitiously turn a camera on unsuspecting victims and share the results with the world. Allen Funt’sCandid Camera was a popular television mainstay for more than 50 years after its introduction in 1948. Funt even took the concept to theaters with two adult-themed Candid Camera movies in the 1970s:What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? and Money Talks. As the franchise continued, imitators appeared. NBC and ABC had Dick Clark’s TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes. One of the Fox network’s earliest hits wasTotally Hidden Video; when it debuted in 1989, it scored the highest ratings of any show on the channel to date. And Ashton Kutcher cemented his own celebrity by pranking other movie and TV stars on MTV’s Punk’d

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Evidence of Facebook Fraud

Veritasium digs into Facebook’s advertising model looking at how click farms generate page likes and popularity on the bohemeth social network.

Evidence Facebook’s revenue is based on fake likes.

My first vid on the problem with Facebook:

I know first-hand that Facebook’s advertising model is deeply flawed. When I paid to promote my page I gained 80,000 followers in developing countries who didn’t care about Veritasium (but I wasn’t aware of this at the time). They drove my reach and engagement numbers down, basically rendering the page useless. I am not the only one who has experienced this. Rory Cellan-Jones had the same luck with Virtual Bagel:…

The US Department of State spent $630,000 to acquire 2 million page likes and then realized only 2% were engaged.

I thought I would demonstrate that the same thing is still happening now by creating Virtual Cat ( I was surprised to discover something worse – false likes are coming from everywhere, including Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia. So even those carefully targeting their campaigns are likely being duped into spending real money on fake followers. Then when they try to reach their followers they have to pay again.

And it’s possible to be a victim of fake likes without even advertising. Pages that end up on Facebook’s “International Suggested Pages” are also easy targets for click-farms seeking to diversify their likes.

Thanks to Henry, Grey, and Nessy for feedback on earlier drafts of this video.

Facebook Fraud

Tips For Working With Feedback On Your Script

Scott Meyers answers a reader question about dealing with feedback on your script.


This is a really good question because as you suggest, Alejandro, if a writer follows the advice of someone whose feedback is wrong, that can only hurt the story. On the other hand, what if a writer receives solid suggestions that can improve the story, but the writer refuses to incorporate them, resulting in an inferior script. Different sides of the same coin. Let’s work our way through this.

First and foremost, everything depends upon the quality of the feedback. So if you choos to solicit reactions to a draft, you need to seek out professional quality advice. That does not necessarily mean the reader is a professional writer, however they have to be informed enough about the craft or at the very least Story so their observations come from a high level of understanding. On the other hand, while one could assume that most professional writers have a solid grasp on the craft, there are some who just aren’t all that good at assessing other peoples’ material. But whatever you do, you should focus on sourcing and vetting the people you use to read your material so that you have a high degree of trust and confidence that the feedback you receive represents solid insight and ideas.

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In bed with Bollywood: sex and censorship in Indian cinema

Bollywood may be the blushing ballerina to Hollywood’s brazen pole-dancing stripper, but, as the history of film censorship in India reveals, its screen stars are no stranger to the lip lock


With India being the world’s biggest producer of films (around 1000 last year, twice that of America) its censor board, aka the Central Board of Film Certification, has its work cut out. It watches and certifies every film, both Indian and non-Indian, before they can be shown to the country’s masses.

There is the popular misconception that Bollywood films do not show scenes of a sexual nature: they do. However, when comparing the screen time or manner in which kissing (or more “bedroomly” activity) is portrayed in Bollywood versus Hollywood, Bollywood is a blushing ballerina, whereas Hollywood is as brazen as a pole-dancing stripper.

Today, Bollywood’s most successful actor (in terms of earning and award-nominations) is Shah Rukh Khan. His first movie appearance was in 1992 and he has since starred in more than 80 productions, earning the title “King of Romance”. But for the first 20 years of his film career, he didn’t kiss a single one of his co-stars. He had a rule: no kissing the heroine and no riding a horse. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As Long as I Live), in 2012, was when his resolve faltered (on the kissing front at least). Whether to please director Yash Chopra, or simply taking the chance of getting closer to Katrina Kaif, we shall never know, but kiss Katrina he did – three times …

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