Sean, Sarah, Kevin and Bryan discuss the merits of ravenous undead hordes. Brains?
Les Misérables has been drenched in the saliva of so much internet gossip for the past year that it was easily one of the most anticipated movies of 2012, especially for us musical theatre geeks. I spent quite a significant amount of time pouring over articles, getting casting information (anyone else remember Taylor Swift being offered the role of Éponine?), and feeling anxious when I learned that Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) would have the actors sing live. It almost became a bit more hype than I wanted, and I had to scale back on how much I read beforehand, or how many pictures I wanted to see of Anne Hathaway without hair. It turns out this sort of publicity is rather traditional for the story; Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel, from which the 1980s stage musical is derived, was advertised in papers and discussed up to two years prior to publishing. Old habits die hard, I suppose.
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Assuming that you’re a fan of our podcasts, then you might be aware of a fun game that we play on Nerd’s on Film from time to time (by that I mean twice) where we connect two actors by way of their movie appearances. This game is essentially known as Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, though we don’t use Kevin Bacon. But we can’t deny where we got the game, and that it is ridiculously fun for us movie nerds to play in our off time and on road trips.
With Pope Benedict XVI’s historical resignation only a few days away, Eric, Bryan, and Nerds on Film co-host Sarah Ashley discuss all things Catholic, and especially Papal. Enjoy!
So what’s big, rocky, round and sits between Mars and Jupiter? If you’re scratching your head right now, don’t worry. Your 7th grade science teacher didn’t teach you about it because it wasn’t deemed worthy, but there is something out there.
On January 1, 1801, the Mathematician, Astronomer, and Catholic priest of the Theatine order, Father Giuseppe Piazzi, made a startling discovery. An object first thought to be a star (one of 7,646 that he cataloged in his career) was observed moving against a field of its fixed cosmic kin. To verify his findings Piazzi spent 3 more days making observations. What had he found? Well according to him it must have been a comet – a large ball of dust and ice, traveling through the solar system like a cosmic drifter. Only that’s what he felt comfortable telling the public. His instincts told a different story, as we can tell from a letter sent to his friend, Barnaba Oriani: