For years now, all movie trivia arguments ended with IMDB, the Internet Movie Database. But today, Variety launches Flix Tracker, a database that aggregates all types of Hollywood data using the entertainment magazine's resources.
For 31 years, the Industrial Designers Society of America has presented the International Design Excellence Awards, a collection of the year's best design. Today, Co.Design and Fast Company are honored to bring you the latest crop of winners.
Admittedly, it's a long list: 27 designs won the highest award, a Gold Medal. 68 won silver and 96 won bronze. And each of these span across 17 categories, such as environments, packaging, service design, and student design. So to help you along, we've created a handy-dandy visual guide:
The unusually long contract between Apple and AT&T for the sale of the iPhone may prompt the Department of Justice to look into charging large telecom providers with anticompetitive practices. According to the Wall Street Journal, rumors inside the DOJ suggest that investigators will be looking at how large mobile providers like AT&T and Verizon restrict the way devices and services are used on their networks. Justice has yet to make a formal announcement.
The visual effects master Stan Winston died last year while working on his final film, Terminator Salvation. But like the most evolved of creative geniuses, he left behind a succession plan: Rather than appointing a single person to carry out his vision, Winston left an entire team of talented and inspired artists to inherit the spirit and craft of his work.
We live in an age where you can get a replacement hip, a mechanical heart, or drugs that regulate your brain chemistry. Director McG aims to move the Terminator franchise beyond pure movie-making spectacle by asking deeper questions about what makes us human. "The whole film is really an exploration regarding what is it that makes people willing to sacrifice themselves for other people," he says. This is the second video from McG's Fast Company interview with writer Mark Borden.
The Terminator franchise was played-out by the time McG was approached to resuscitate John Connor's adventure. Before taking up the challenge, he went to "kiss the ring" of director James Cameron. Find out what happened next in this video, shot during McG's a wide-ranging talk with writer Mark Borden recently at Fast Company's offices.