‘The Shape of Water’: The Making of an Emotionally Appealing Fish-Man

The sinewy fish-man at the center of The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s new film, stands stoic and brave as the rain beats down. But when the director yells “cut,” the man inside the fish suit begins to shiver; the set may look like a Baltimore port, but this is Toronto. Two crewmembers rush over, enveloping the 6’ 3”, 140-pound Doug Jones in coats and their own body heat. Throughout the movie’s grueling 45-day shoot, those two men—Legacy Effects co-founder Shane Mahan and monster sculptor Mike Hill, both of whom helped create Jones’ costume—felt they had two separate jobs: tend to the suit and tend to the man inside it.

“When wearing any kind of a costume and makeup that’s this extensive, you become a bit of a nursing home patient,” Jones says, wincing as he remembers his time in Toronto. “I can’t see as well, I can’t hear much, I can’t feel much, and I got these webbed fingers on—I can’t do anything for myself.”

Eliza (Sally Hawkins) falls for the fish-man known as the Asset in The Shape of Water.

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Tasse, le scadenze fiscali di dicembre 2017: cosa si deve pagare

Il 16 dicembre è l'ultimo giorno per il saldo 2017 delle tasse sulla casa. Per motivi di calendario, quest'anno il pagamento di Imu e Tasi scatta lunedì 18 dicembre. I proprietari sono tenuti a pagare l'imposta sui servizi municipali e la tassa sui servizi indivisibili sugli immobili diversi dall'abitazione …
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Uber to settle second lawsuit from India rape victim

The lawsuit argued that Uber obtained the records because it privately doubted the woman’s claims. While Uber executives publicly supported the victim, they reportedly theorized in secret that she had conspired with Uber’s Indian rival Ola to undermine their business. In other words, they were apparently willing to violate the accuser’s privacy in hopes of discrediting her.

This isn’t to say that Uber has refused to settle cases in the past. It settled the victim’s original lawsuit in 2015, and settled multiple American sexual assault cases in 2016. However, this is still somewhat reflective of the strategy under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber wants to make amends for past abuses and improve its reputation, both to keep read more

The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet.

I’m hardly alone in my fear of skiing. The ski and snowboard industry is suffering a generational downturn in the sport, driven by less snow due to climate change as well as an increasingly sedentary population of young athletes more addicted to their smartphones than to the slopes. While several top resorts are growing exceptionally well, many other locations are shrinking and at risk of disappearing.

Cue Sno-Go. The product, the brainchild of Utah-based co-founders Chase Wagstaff and Obed Marrder, is a “snow bike” with three skis and handlebars that allows any person to get back onto the mountains.

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British spy agency tests Bitcoin risks

“We are interested in anything that could affect the country, so Bitcoin is a major thing now,” Mr Ensor said. He said work on the cryptocurrency included assessing how it works as the Treasury considers a crackdown, as well as the potential benefits of blockchain, its underlying technology. Bitcoin's …
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He was a skater boy.
She said, “See ya later, boy.”
He wasn’t good enough for her.
Now he’s a superstar
Slammin’ on his guitar
Does your pretty face see what he’s worth?

He was a skater boy.
She said, “See ya later, boy.”
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This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

If you’re scared of a future America without net neutrality, I want to terrify you. The potential repeal of what should be a civic right should chill you to the bone. No, there is more than one future you should fear, and it isn’t just one that involves the (falsely reported) Portuguese internet where we pay $4.99 for access to streaming video. Don’t get me wrong – it’s totally possible, and not remotely the worst thing that could happen.

After spending twelve years running a company that helps millions of people to break through the barriers of censorship imposed by oppressive governments, I am quite familiar with the ramifications of such repressions. When a country lacks an open internet, the government (and companies friendly with said government) are able to do anything from simply blocking or banning apps entirely (EG: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp for censorship or economic reasons) to more aggressive moves such as Egypt’s effective read more