Does what it says in the URL. This is an attempt to create a Fringe for the Festival, for those of us who haven’t been commissioned to produce work for it.
Inspired by a Craigslist advert for a weathered and detailed model of a Camaro, a contributor gives us the tale of their own efforts with a 1970 Impala, complete with a back story involving low level criminality, drink driving and a bad neighbourhood.
I’ve started to do number 60.
A year ago, my twelve-year-old daughter, Chloe, was acting in my film RV. After a long day, I said, “You know, Chloe, you’re painfully opinionated and you boss everyone around. You should be a director.”
“No offense, Dad, but I’ll stick to being a movie star,” she said. “Directing looks too stressful.”
On the first movie I directed, The Addams Family, I ended up fainting when, after a sleepless night, I thought I could maintain some sense of awareness the next day by drinking nine straight espressos. When the head of Paramount Studios said that it was unreleasable, I spent the night weeping on Sweetie’s (the wife’s) lap. During Men in Black II, I was raced to the hospital with what I thought was a heart attack. After spending the night in the emergency room next to a woman whining, “I need quinine,” I was given an echocardiogram and told that I was simply suffering from stress and that I should get into a program of meditation. (I didn’t tell the doctor that I was meditating when the chest pain started.) On Wild Wild West, I broke my hand in five places when I punched Will Smith’s arm.
So why direct? It’s the closest a guy like me will ever come to being a general. I have a thought, and suddenly manly men are building gigantic sets. Plus, being forced to make thousands of decisions a week on topics that you didn’t know you were ever going to need to have an opinion about (Lara Flynn Boyle’s girdle comes to mind) is exhilarating. I also get to send back cappuccinos because the foam looks too much like a latte and work with people smarter than me, who make me look good. If every couple of years I have a psychological breakdown, well, at least I’ve got a thick head of foam on my cappuccino.
— Barry Sonnenfeld
Education secretary Alan Johnson claimed the eco-schools would help save five million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The scheme, which comes as part of a £110m investment package to be delivered over three years, will also see all secondary schools given a copy of Al Gore’s film ‘An inconvenient truth’.
“As people and businesses try to reduce their carbon emissions, it is only right that the government plays its part,” Johnson said.
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Millimetre size microchipped “particles” could be used in swarms to ride the wind on planets and gather data about them. Scientists believe that miniaturisation is reaching the point where even chemical detectors could be mounted in the particles, which would be able to chane the shape of their polymer coatings to steer.