What Color is the Universe?

When you stare up at the night sky, you might think that the universe is really black, but that’s just because our eyes aren’t sensitive enough to see the billions and billions of multicolored stars out there. Ever wonder why certain stars are certain colors? And what color is our sun, really? If we looked at enough stars, could we figure out the average color of the universe?


David Fincher’s Misdirections: The Movies Inside His Movies

Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan explore some of the hidden alternative films inside David Fincher’s filmography.


Inside every David Fincher work, there are dozens of little dalliances — illicit affairs, taking place just out of plain sight. The elevator pitches are tight — aging backward, founding Facebook, Zodiac killer, Swedish banking crime, seven deadly sins, don’t talk about Fight Club — and most of them will leave you wanting to jump right back down that elevator shaft. But look closely, and you will find the wonderful movements that make up Fincher’s various filmmaking symphonies — the buddy comedy inside Zodiac, the musical inside The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the campus comedy inside The Social Network, the slapstick farce inside Panic Room.

This all began after Fight Club, his scathing satire marketed as a bro bible. Or maybe it was a bro bible marketed as a satire. Maybe it started because Fincher never wanted his audiences to be confused again, but also didn’t want to sacrifice the little joys of filmmaking. So he began hiding those joys.

Fincher is renowned for his sumptuous compositions, his superhuman eye for detail, and his reputation for putting actors through endless, rigorous takes to strip them of earnestness and capture exactly the performance he seeks; his films can, at first glance, seem almost didactic, joyless, and severe. This is, after all, the man who sees Star Wars as “the story of two slaves.”

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‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman: Hold On To Your Rights!

Beyond details about his new series “Outcast” and the upcoming “Walking Dead” companion series (which is NOT a prequel, turns out), Robert Kirkman’s time on stage at SXSW revealed how one man’s love of comics, and savvy business practices, built a media empire.

Walking Dead

One thing Robert Kirkman wanted SXSW attendees to know right up front: He really loves comics. The creator of many cross-platform franchises, most notably pop culture juggernaut “The Walking Dead,” began originally as a guy who wanted to make his own comics: First, self-publishing them, then working with Image Comics — a publisher that lets creators retain the rights to their own work. “I started doing comics. hat’s how I got into comics,” was his way of summarizing his origin story.

And retaining the rights to his comics is what’s helped Kirkman create the company Skybound Entertainment, which develops ancillary materials around not just Kirkman’s many brands, but other creator-owned properties. It was the focus of the conversation at a panel this Saturday at SXSW, which also covered the ways Kirkman has taken the stories he wants to tell, and spread them across not just comics, but television, film and video games.

What it came down to, for him? “Waiting for the right deal.” That’s how Kirkman described the process of bringing “The Walking Dead” from the page to the screen, because when Hollywood originally came calling, they wanted a whole lot for very little.

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