Before 1968's Planet Of The Apes took the shape we know today, Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling scripted it as a more ambitious take on Pierre Boulle’s original novel. He wanted our human star to stumble into an advanced ape society, one living in a city and parodying modern life, but that interpretation was deemed too intricate and expensive, and screenwriter Michael Wilson was brought in to rewrite Serling’s script to take place in a more primitive ape village. That original vision has been lost ever since, but thanks to comics publisher Boom! Studios, it’ll soon take shape as a graphic novel written by comedian and apparent Apes superfan Dana Gould. “As someone who knows the original films by heart, I’m honored to present Rod Serling’s original vision to the public,” Gould told The Hollywood Reporter in an article announcing the book. “It’s the world you know, yet it’s also very different—very political, very … [Read more...] about Rod Serling’s original
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A mountain lion named P-22 is making headlines today for being discovered inside—and eventually escaping from —a Los Angeles basement. In this excerpt from his new book about the urban wilderness, Tristan Donovan gives us the origin story of P-22. The discovery of P-22, the mountain lion that lives in Griffith Park, was pure fluke. The park is part of the Santa Monica Mountains, but thanks to the Los Angeles sprawl it is cut off from the rest of the range by the Hollywood Freeway and urban development. Advertisement Griffith Park’s unusual status as an island of natural habitat in an ocean of development had long piqued the interest of biologists. Among them Miguel Ordeñana of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He was keen to find out if animals were traveling in and out of the park when the only safe routes to and fro were a few bridges and underpasses crossing the busy Hollywood Freeway. To shed some light on this, Miguel put … [Read more...] about How P-22 Became Hollywood’s Most Famous Mountain Lion
Source Interlink, which owns Motor Trend and Hot Rod magazines, has shuttered Modified magazine, fired its editor, and is rumored to have let go of as many as 100 people from other publications according to sources. Modified, which is part of the "Tuner Group" of Source Interlink magazines, focuses mostly on modified cars as the name suggests. Particularly, there was a strong focus on Euro and JDM tuner vehicles — especially the Nissan GT-R. Advertisement Its editor, Peter Tarach, was allegedly let go yesterday and told the magazine was closing. We're also told that dozens of employees from other magazines — including Truck Trend and Hot Rod — were also cut, although there's no confirmation on that as of yet. The rumor is that advertisers aren't renewing contracts, circulation is dwindling, and splits within the company are making it difficult to operate. We've also heard that the expectations that Motor Trend's YouTube channel would be self-supporting weren't … [Read more...] about Modified
Oh. My. God. We always thought the purple Diablos were sorta lame. Then again, it was the mid '90s, and many a Saturn was painted a similar shade. But how does one take it over the cusp of lameness and into pure, retina-searing, vomit-inducing bad taste? How 'bout by having dolphins painted all over the damn thing? We shot the eBay link over to our pal Dana for review and she commented thusly: "If I had a million dollars I'd buy that car and blow it up. No, I'd first run the seller over and then blow it up. EXCELLENT SELLER! WOULD RUN OVER AGAIN! A++++" [Thanks to Jeff for the tip.] 1994 Lamborghini SE [eBay] Related:Hayabusa-Powered Isetta Update: It's En Fuego! Advertisement … [Read more...] about Abomination of the Day: Dolphins Diablo
Russia's postwar GAZ-M20 was the symbol of Soviet postwar prosperity (a potato in every pot, and all that). According to Wikipedia it was dubbed Pobeda, or "victory," and is best remembered as the first car in the USSR with turn signals, electric wipers (not the mechanical kind connected to the drivetrain, as was used formerly), an electric heater and an AM radio. Now among the classics, M20s — like this one — are often customized by people like Chip Fooski and Boydchik Codding . [Thanks to Mark for the tip.] New Old Car Remake: Pobeda [English Russia] Related:'This is a Tough Car for a Tough Guy.' Russian BRDM Gets Blinged [internal] Advertisement … [Read more...] about In Soviet Russia, Pobeda Customizes You!