By Laura Kane The Canadian Press Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 VANCOUVER—Animating Ralph Breaks the Internet not only entailed summoning bold imagination to bring the World Wide Web to life — it also meant tapping into fond memories to recreate beloved Disney characters. The film includes a hilarious sequence featuring classic princesses, and Vancouver-born animator Benson Shum got to meet the actress who voices Mulan in order to draw his favourite cartoon warrior. “There was a lot of pressure to make that character come to life,” said Shum, but he added meeting Ming-Na Wen helped. “My supervisor asked if I wanted to go down to the recording booth to watch her record the lines I was going to animate. I was like, ‘Yes.’ I bolted downstairs to the recording room. ... She was just so kind.” The movie, a sequel to 2012 hit Wreck-It Ralph, follows the title character voiced by John C. Reilly as he and his best friend Vanellope von … [Read more...] about Vancouver-born animator brings the web to life in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
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By Geoffrey Mohan Los Angeles Times Wed., May 30, 2018 The first food poisoning cases came to light in late March — eight patrons of fast-food restaurants in New Jersey suffered bloody diarrhea and cramps that sent them rushing to hospitals. More than two months later, one person is dead in California, 75 others have been hospitalized and federal authorities still don’t know where a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria latched onto romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. Their struggle to trace dozens of supply lines across 32 states, on a paper trail that often may actually be on paper, demonstrates the limits of tracing food by methods rooted in another century. Food safety advocates and industry insiders say it may be time to borrow the encrypted accounting platform that drives cryptocurrency: blockchain. “I often describe that as food traceability at the speed of thought — as quickly as you can think it, we can know it,” said Frank Yiannas, … [Read more...] about Could blockchain be key to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak mystery?
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Tues., May 15, 2018 The camera moves in for a close-up of a shackled ankle. As if the orange jail jumpsuit hasn’t already set the dateline. Then back to the woman’s face. A pretty face, though scrubbed now of the gaudy makeup — scarlet lips and thick eyeliner — as seen on selfies that Jacqueline Ades posted on Instagram. A tour through her social media portfolio also shows Ades sitting on an ornate chair, wearing a push-up corset, long naked legs and stiletto-heeled f-k-me pumps. The commentary babble speaks of her obsession with the number “3” — the age of Jesus Christ at crucifixion (believed to be roughly 33), the year Hitler came to power (1933), the geographic co-ordinates of Atlantis and a Walt Disney club apparently called “33.” Some of this we’ll have to take on faith. Article Continued Below But the jailhouse video is deeply disturbing. Because it must … [Read more...] about What does it mean to love someone too much? How about 65,000 text messages
Walt Disney World created the town of Celebration, Florida in the mid-1990s, and its retro movie theater is the downtown’s crown jewel (Disney sold the town to Lexin Capital in 2004). At one time, the theater doubled as a church and high-school graduation site while the town was still developing. But the theater, leased by AMC, has been closed since 2010, and the community is frustrated. Numerous groups from the town have tried to take it over. It’s a warm November evening in Celebration, Florida, and the town’s charming downtown is mostly quiet outside of a couple busy restaurants and a crowded ice cream shop. The quaint rows of storefronts bring a nostalgic feel of 1940s Anywhere, USA – and everything has a Floridian teal color. Its vibe feels like a carbon copy of Main St. at Walt Disney World, and there’s a good reason for that: The town was created by the … [Read more...] about The mystery behind why a beautiful movie theater in the town created by Disney World has been closed for almost a decade
PARIS: Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, has died at 91. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Bocuse's death on Saturday on his official Twitter feed."Paul Bocuse is dead. ... The pope of gastronomy has left us," said Collomb, a former mayor of Bocuse's home city of Lyon. "Monsieur Paul was France. Simplicity and generosity. Excellence and art de vivre."Bocuse was an early exponent of "nouvelle cuisine", which reinterpreted traditional French cooking using less butter and cream and focusing on fresh ingredients and stylish presentation.Bocuse's temple to French gastronomy, L'Auberge du Pont de Collonges, outside Lyon in southeastern France, has held three stars -- without interruption -- since 1965 in the Michelin guide, the bible of gastronomes. He also parlayed his business and cooking skills into a globe-spanning gastronomic empire.Bocuse, who underwent a triple heart bypass in 2005, … [Read more...] about Legendary chef Paul Bocuse dies