Jessica Chastain attends the “Miss Julie” premiere during the 2014 TIFF (09/07/14)
collections that are raw as fuck ➝ gardem s/s 2014
what did i just watch
At first I thought it was guys trying to make pattycake sound like a demonic summoning ritual. Fortunately I kept listening.
THIS IS LITERALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE VIDEOS OF ALL TIME THO I HAVEN’T SEEN THIS IN YEARS OMG
Gregory Peck on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962.
AHAHAHA NOT QUITE, OP, NOT QUITE
FUCKING NAILED IT
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.
The Great Green Wall, to resist the encroachment of the Sahara. Fascinating.
An interview with Tom from Yahoo. About dogs. :)
In this weekend’s The Drop, Tom Hardy stars as Bob Saginowski, a low-key Brooklyn bartender in a high-crime neighborhood. When his bar is held up at gunpoint, Bob and his boss — a washed-up tough played by James Gandolfini, in his final big-screen turn — find themselves at the center of an ever-unfolding crime story that draws together a seedy scammer (Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts), his damaged ex-girlfriend (Noomi Rapace), and one adorable Pit bull puppy. Yahoo Movies caught up with Hardy at the Toronto International Film Festival, where, in between hits on two lightsaber-sized nicotine inhalers, he talked about Gandolfini, good accents, and why you can totally let your kid hang around Pit bulls.
You filmed The Drop in some of the tougher areas in Brooklyn. Did you get to see the city at all?
We went all over the place. We met some police officers and played poker with them. And we had a homicide detective on the set who said, “Any time you want to come out and ride in the car, you’re more than welcome. Here’s my card.” It was one of those cards you’d use when you get pulled over, so you can say, “Hey, this guy’s my buddy!”
We had lots of people over there to show us around the city. And we had Jimmy. We didn’t go out for an evening with him or anything like that, but as soon as Jimmy walked onto the set, the film came to life — New York’s in the house! He was our stamp of authenticity.
As an actor, Gandolfini was known for being hard on himself. Did you see any of that during filming?
Yeah. He knew he could give more, so he wanted to reach that. All great actors have a standard they wanna hit, and then push through the ceiling of that. So if he wasn’t pushing through the ceiling, you fuckin’ knew it. When he’d hit a wall, he’d have a little shout and crack his knuckles. And then he’d say, “Sorry. Let’s go again.” Then he’d dig it out, and get it.
He was a superbly generous actor, and full of heart. He was tough on himself because he knew he could do better, and that’s a rare and admirable trait for any man to have — to say, “I can do much fuckin’ better than this, and I’m not giving you enough.”
How did you develop your Brooklyn accent?
It’s like trying to wrangle a cat. There are so many cultures and different ethnicities, so it was more confusing than anything — this collage of Biggie Smalls, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino. I’d be listening to rap music, and someone would say, “No, that’s not [the accent] for Polish Brooklyn.” Then you go to Polish Brooklyn, and there’s all these different accents there!
During filming, a picture of you holding one of the film’s Pit bull puppies became an Internet mini-sensation. Were you aware of that at all?
No, not really. But I love that dog. There were three of them [on the set], actually. They sent me a photograph [of one of them] the other day, and he is big — a big, big boy. They’re not puppies anymore; they’re big-ass dogs. But Pit bulls are a much-maligned breed.
You rarely read nice things about them. Any time they’re in the news, it’s because they bit some kid.
It’s so sad, because — and I know it sounds silly — but sausage dogs bite more people than Pit bulls do. Labradors bite more people. There’s always a dog that’s getting the bad deal, like: “He’s the bastard! That’s a bad dog.” But in the right hands, that dog could be a very different dog.
Did you know that the Pit bull’s the highest decorated military dog? It’s true, because of their loyalty, and its sensitivity. They would run through artillery fire and bring ammo. And they used to be called the nanny dog, as well, and it was the favorite American dog for many, many years. They’d leave the baby on the porch with the dog. Go online and look it up! You’ll see all these Pit bulls with babies! [Ed. Note: He’s right!] You’d leave your kid with that dog, because they were safe. And if anyone had gone near the baby, they would have gone f—kin’ mental.