Douglas Rain, Voice Of HAL In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ Dies

His death was announced in a news release from the Stratford Festival, a repertory theater festival in Canada. Rain was one of the founders of the festival. Rain had not been Kubrick’s first choice for HAL, The New York Times said in March. Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam had recorded the part with the full range of human emotions, even crying at one point. Rain met none of the other actors on the film, recording his part in a studio at …

Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who’s been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. “Though it was expensive,” Li, a 23-year-old who grew up in a rural village in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, told me. Cheaper smartphone options in China often don’t have …

Is Anne Hathaway Still Annoying? An Investigation Betches

Just a few years ago, Anne Hathaway was one of my least favorite celebrities. Sure, she had acting talent, but everything about her persona as an actress was so over the top, and she often came across as a total try-hard. The other day I was watching The Princess Diaries, and I had an important realization: I think I like Anne Hathaway again. What has changed? Is it me? Is it her? To find out, let’s go back to the …

What Would Happen If A Werewolf Landed On The Moon?

Some of the best questions are ones you never knew you wanted to ask. Like: what would happen if we swapped Mars and Venus? Do octopuses enjoy taking ecstasy? And, most importantly of all, what would have happened if Neil Armstrong was a werewolf? In earlier, more unenlightened times, this question might have fallen prey to superstitious and unscientific reasoning about unlikely syzygies or some cosmic grisly rite of passage. But we live in the 21st century, and we don’t …

Keira Knightley Was Hiding A HUGE Zit In This ‘Love Actually’ Scene – Perez Hilton

Keira Knightley is doing her best impression of puberty because she’s out to ruin your most nostalgic memories with acne. Sitting down with BBC Radio One‘s Movies That Made Me, the Nutcracker star talked about a little film called Love Actually. Video: Keira Won’t Let Her Daughter Watch Cinderella Or The Little Mermaid! The interviewer asked if she regrets the fashion choice that was that hat. She instead offered a surprisingly human reveal: “Do you know why the hat was there? I had a massive spot …

Veterans Day: By the time I saw my VA doctor, he said it was too late

Those words hit me like a ton of bricks. I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. Had I been seen by a doctor sooner, my cancer could have been detected before it had progressed so far. Now it was too late. My cancer was so advanced the VA wouldn’t even offer me a treatment option. I had joined the U.S. Army in 1989 as a young, ambitious kid. I honorably served my country for 18 years in the infantry …