Weekend Links: Staring at the Sun

Conventional wisdom warns sky-watchers not to look directly at an eclipse. Czech photographer Miloslav Druckmüller, in partnership with the Brno University of Technology, has done all the work for you in capturing shots of the solar corona during a total eclipse of the sun.

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Grandmothers are the same the world around: they all want you to eat something. Gabriele Galimberti’s photo series of the various cuisines global Grandmas are trying to feed their loved ones is both heartwarming and mouthwatering.

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Documentary filmmaker Willie Witte has a refreshing response to modern digital trickery: his experimental video, “SCREENGRAB,” features no more manipulation than some crafty camera angles and impressive sleight of hand, but you’ll likely want to watch it more than once to be sure.

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On the far opposite end of the filmmaking spectrum, the world’s smallest movie, entitled “A Boy and His Atom,” was made by manipulating individual atoms and compiling images from a scanning tunneling microscope into a stop-motion short film.

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Newly released photos of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn’s time in Rome show the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star in all her classic elegance.

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The MAVEN spacecraft is holding a contest: submit a message in the form of a haiku poem, and they could send your name and three-line missive on a DVD to Mars. There’s no word yet on whether any extraterrestrials will be around to read it.

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A German opera house was forced to close down its Nazi-themed production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser for, well, fairly obvious reasons. The work was so offensive that some audience members sought medical treatment for their distress. Maybe no one in Düsseldorf got the memo that The Producers was a comedy?

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 It’s nearly swimming season! These vintage beach photos should help you get excited to don your choice of bathing costume and dive into the water.

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See What a Trailer for The Empire Strikes Back Might Look Like in 2020

Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
Do or do not watch this trailer. There is no 'try.'
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Special effects, cinematography trends, and acting styles may have changed over the last 40 years, but Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) remains one of the most beloved film sequels—even among younger generations of Star Wars fans—to this day.

The trailer, on the other hand, seems pretty outdated, mainly due to the voiceover narration that expels lofty phrases like “an epic of romance, of heroes and villains,” and “a galactic odyssey against oppression.” To see what The Empire Strikes Back would look like with today’s trailer standards, YouTube user AD_edits created a new one, which relies on dialogue from the film itself to set the stage for the galactic odyssey against oppression.

As Nerdist points out, AD_edits’s trailer also manages to hint at important plot points without giving too much away, like mentioning that Luke must find a great Jedi master without revealing Yoda’s identity. The original, meanwhile, contains a couple outright spoilers—it shows, for example, Darth Vader sitting at the head of the table in Cloud City, waiting to ambush Han Solo and Princess Leia. Viewers might not have realized the significance when they saw the split-second clip in the trailer, but it would probably ruin the surprise when they watched the actual film.

Of course, there was always the possibility certain parts of the trailer could’ve ended up on the cutting room floor before the movie hit theaters, which has definitely happened before. The Cloud City scene made the final cut, but some storylines from earlier in the filmmaking process weren’t so lucky—in fact, most of the first draft for The Empire Strikes Back was completely scrapped. Find out about Darth Vader’s gargoyle-filled castle, Han Solo’s stepfather, and other axed ideas here.

[h/t Nerdist]