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Dear Readers —
2011 has been a remarkable year for Trove and for the Trove Editors’ Blog. But with great invention often comes great reinvention, and in order to make this blog the best it can be, we’re doing a little tweaking.
In the next few weeks, the Trove Editors’ Blog will become the WaPo Labs Blog, focusing on news, digital innovation, and the products and musings of WaPo Labs — the Washington Post Company digital development team behind Trove and Washington Post Social Reader.
Our goal is to offer an inside look at WaPo Labs projects and give you a chance to communicate directly with members of our team, from editorial to engineering to design and more.
Keep an eye on this space to learn when the official kickoff happens. Until then, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns. You can also connect with us on social media by using the links below.
Until then —
Your Trove Editors
When you ponder the storied rivalries in professional sports, the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Texas Rangers doesn’t even register. Well, that’s all going to change as the Cardinals take on the Rangers in the 2011 World Series.
While there is a lot being inked about the matchups on the field, what about the cities themselves? Here are some curious facts:
Arlington is the largest American city without a public transportation system.
St. Louis appears to beat Arlington on the food front - if only by a smidgen. While Arlington can claim right to inventing the frozen margarita machine, St. Louis has brought us not only Budweiser, but also toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, pork steaks, brain sandwich, and, perhaps not coincidentally, Tums.
In the days of single digital downloads, the first question you might ask of Anthony Gonzalez’s latest album is why a double album? Gonzalez, who records as M83, dares us to dive in and listen to the sprawling canvas that is “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.”
“Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” has critics gushing. Patric Fallon at XLR8R calls the album “utterly remarkable” and notes that it’s trajectory is “a complete roller coaster ride, one fraught with the highs of both driving anthems and neon pop hits and the lows of somber balladry and choral hymns, not to mention a few inexplicable interludes that provide some much needed breathing room between each rise and fall.”
Pitchfork’s Ian Cohen call the album “the best M83 album yet.”
What do you think? Give “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” a listen.
Normally, we here at Trove dedicate our Thursday blog post to what’s new in the world of TV – upcoming premieres, season finales, awards show, and the like.
But, to be perfectly honest, this week in TV leaves something to be desired. (“Hairy Bikers”? “Invitation Only: Martina McBride”?) so we thought we’d focus on something new and different in the world of television:
That’s right – the iconic 1989 film about a tight-knit group of friends who live in rural Louisiana and spend an inordinate amount of time at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor is undergoing a makeover of its own.
The made-for-TV-movie is set to be directed by Kenny Leon, who recently worked on “Fences” and “The Mountaintop” on Broadway, which starred Viola Davis and Angela Bassett, respectively.
So who can fill the high heels of the famous roles played by Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis?
Some of our guesses are below.
What do you think?
Images by Getty.
If you’re more interested in golden statuettes than gallant superheroes, you can come out of hiding and back into the movie theaters – the season of summer blockbusters is over.
This weekend, a whole slew of highly anticipated films are premiering:
* “The Ides of March”: An “impeccably acted and grippingly paced” political thriller that revolves around a young campaign press secretary’s involvement in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
* “Intruders”: The parallel stories about two families whose lives have been upended by disturbing apparitions is a psychological thriller that’s “creepy and atmospheric… well written and stylishly directed.”
If politics, robots, and ghosts aren’t what you’re looking for this weekend, don’t worry: “Dirty Girl,” “The Way,” “The Human Centipede II,” “Toast,” “Blackthorn,” and even more movies are popping up on screens nationwide.
Say goodbye to crime-fighting spandex – Oscar season is just around the corner.
All images from films’ official sites.
At haunted house Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, a hidden camera captures the reactions of visitors as they encounter a seemingly terrifying spectacle.
A few of the best photos are below. Visit Buzzfeed to see dozens more.
Are you ready to face the ghouls and goblins? Check out Trove’s Halloween channel for all the tricks and treats you need.