Blake Heathcote

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The Girls Next Door

Life in the centerfold.<p>Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of <i>Playboy</i>, always said that his ideal for the magazine’s famous Playmate of the Month, the woman in the centerfold photo, was “the girl next door with her clothes off.” In other words, he was trying to take his readers back to a …

10 commandments of logo design

It’s frustrating. You’ve spent hours, days, weeks on your logo design, and yet still it isn’t working. But you’re so close to the project personally …

Monitor Roundup: The best external displays to use with your Mac

Mac users looking for an external display have a variety of options ranging from budget-friendly TN panels to high-end HDR displays. We're rounding …

Why Tom Kelley of IDEO is the ultimate disciple of ‘design thinking’

In our 16th episode, we talk with Tom Kelly, a partner at IDEO, about the definition of innovation, how to take back your creative confidence, and the habits that can shape not only your current design team, but the up-and-coming design leaders of the world.<p>The word “innovation” has gotten …

Design

This handy tool makes discovering beautiful Google fonts simple

An often overlooked Google product is Google Fonts. Not only do these look great and speed up the Internet, but they’re also completely free. The only downside is picking one to use in your next project.<p>Better Google Font Finder, by San Francisco-based product designer Mattthew, aims to make that …

The 50 Best 1980’s Movie Posters

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Posters

Become a Better Visual Storyteller by Following These 10 Rules for Better Composition (VIDEO)

Most great photographers are also accomplished visual storytellers who understand how to draw viewers into their scene and direct their eyes to the …

Photography Tutorials

These 7 Outdoor Pavilions Allow You to Connect With the Outdoors Comfortably

Step into these outdoor enclosures that provide picturesque views from all sides.<p>Ranging from a 1,000-square-foot stand-alone structure built for post-Katrina relief at the New Orleans Botanical Garden, to a 128-square-foot "tree house" designed by a family of architects, these pavilions highlight …

Architecture

Cinema Aphrodiso

Whether judged by hankies used, sighs heaved, or pulses quickened, a truly fine romantic movie can burn its way into generations of hearts. From the star-crossed (Casablanca, Roman Holiday, Brokeback Mountain) to the triumphant (It Happened One Night, Say Anything . . . , Working Girl), Laura …

The Trophy-Wife Boutique

In 1966, just before he’d produce a legendary streak of hit films in Hollywood—Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Serpico, Harold and Maude—Robert Evans visited his old pal, the French actor Alain Delon, in Paris. Thrilled that a fellow actor could make the transition to studio exec, Delon threw a …

The Making of Ghostbusters: How Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and “The Murricane” Built “The Perfect Comedy”

From a potential lead who died of a drug overdose to a marshmallow man suit that went up in flames, Ghostbusters looked like anything but a slam-dunk when Columbia Pictures made it. How Dan Aykroyd’s big idea led to an all-time comedy classic.<p>For the record, <b>Dan Aykroyd</b> really does believe in …

40 Years of Improv Comedy: An Oral History of the Groundlings

It’s the theatre where Pee-wee Herman was born; where Saturday Night Live found Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and many of its stars; and the venue where Melissa McCarthy met her husband and comedy collaborator, Ben Falcone. As the iconic improv theatre turns 40, all hail The Groundlings.<p><i>“O, it</i> …

The Little-Known Story of How The Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films of All Time

A dud at the box office when it opened 20 years ago this week, The Shawshank Redemption now perennially tops IMDb’s favorite-movies list—the ultimate in “guy cry” cinema. A story of studio maneuvering, big paychecks deferred, and well-earned roof suds.<p>The odds of a successful jailbreak are never …

Innocents on Broadway

When On the Town received its rapturous welcome on Broadway seven decades ago, it brought the phrase “New York, New York, a helluva town” into the lexicon, heralded a sea change in American musical theater, and launched a bunch of young upstarts: Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, and the writing …

Larry David Woefully “Regrets” His Broadway Debut in Fish in the Dark

While Larry David is unquestionably a comic genius—co-creator and writer of one of the greatest television shows of all time, Seinfeld, and creator and star of the equally original and influential Curb Your Enthusiasm—he’s hardly conventional heartthrob material. But with the March opening of Fish …

Vanity Fair Picks the Top 10 Greatest Movies About Manhattan Ever Made

From Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Taxi Driver, Vanity Fair editors choose the most iconic films about the megalomaniacal muse of the city our magazine calls home.<p>‘If I can make it there, / I’ll make it anywhere, / It’s up to you, New York, New York.”<p>With lyrics by Fred Ebb and a melody by John Kander, …

Judy Garland’s Former Manager Opens Up About the Legend’s Final, Troubled Years

Stevie Phillips worked with Judy Garland for four years, beginning in 1961 as the manager of her comeback tour, and went on to represent her daughter, Liza Minnelli, until 1975. Below is an adaptation from Phillips’s memoir, Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, which will be published …

Inside the Family Battle for the Newman’s Own Brand Name

When Paul Newman died, in 2008, he left his Newman’s Own food empire, and the charitable foundation it supports, in the hands of his adviser Robert Forrester. But, his eldest daughter says the family believes their father’s principles are being betrayed.<p>The first clue something was wrong was the …

Mike Nichols’s Life and Career: The Definitive Oral History

A glittering cast of Nichols’s friends share with Sam Kashner and Charles Maslow-Freen their stories of a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who lived his own inimitable version of the American Dream. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, and more remember the comic genius, a groundbreaking director …

Google’s New Viz Tool Makes Snappy GIFs Out Of Your Data

The project is part of a shift in data visualization today.<p>Since 2015, the Google News Lab team has been working on making Google’s massive trove of Search data accessible to newsrooms—with a data viz storytelling series, for example, or their excellent Year In Search recap. Today, the team …

The Best TV Sound Bars You Can Buy Right Now

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Saul Goodman Isn’t Going to Break Bad

This is how one man’s well-meaning attempt at self-improvement ends: not with a bang, but with a sketchy commercial on a late-night <i>Murder, She Wrote</i> …

TV

‘Better Call Saul’ Review: Rough Times for Jimmy Are Bad News For Everyone Else

Season 3 Episode 7, "Expenses," reveals that we've only just begun to understand the meaning of consequences.<p><b>[Editor’s note: The following contains</b> …

TV

Adam Sandler shines in Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories, a quintessential Noah Baumbach comedy

Really!<p>Noah Baumbach may be American cinema's greatest chronicler of family dysfunction — and his newest film, <i>The Meyerowitz Stor</i><i>i</i><i>es (New and Selected)</i>,may be one of his finest entries in the genre.<p>While Baumbach’s excellent recent movies (like 2012’s <i>Frances Ha</i>, 2014’s <i>While We're Young</i>, and</i> …

Entertainment

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending May 21, 2017:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Logan2. The LEGO Batman Movie3. Fifty Shades Darker4. xXx: Return …

iTunes

Bose’s Solo 5 is the easiest way to get killer sound out of any TV

In our quest to find the best products at the best prices for our readers, we’ve focused plenty of attention on the sound bar category. The logic is …

BenQ CH100

<b>Pros</b><p>1080p resolution. Sharp text. Portable. Long-lasting LED light source.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Significant rainbow effect in video. Low brightness for a 1080p …