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Star of Film 'Downfall' and Widespread 'Hitler Finds Out...' Meme, Dead At 77

The Guardian reports: Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who played Adolf Hitler in the film Downfall, has died in Zurich at the age of 77, his agent announced. The actor became internationally renowned for his 2004 portrayal of the German dictator's final days inside his Berlin bunker. In a Guardian review of Downfall Rob Mackie described Ganz as "the most convincing screen Hitler yet: an old, bent, sick dictator with the shaking hands of someone with Parkinson's, alternating between rage and despair in his last days in the bunker...." It is widely believed to be the cinematic footage most often shared online, as well as the cause of one of the world's most productive internet memes. They're referring to "One climactic scene featuring a Ganz tour de force" that was "relentlessly parodied in widespread 'Hitler Finds Out...' videos, featuring anachronistic subtitles depicting his rage and fury over topical, mundane, or banal events and trivial gossip," explains long-time Slashdot reader Freshly Exhumed: The spread of the meme was aided inestimably by the Streisand Effect caused when the production company, Constantin Films began sending DMCA takedown notices to YouTube. Eventually the company relented as the parodies constituted strong fair use cases. When the director of the film was asked about the parodies, he admitted that "I think I've seen about 145 of them! Of course, I have to put the sound down when I watch. Many times the lines are so funny, I laugh out loud, and I'm laughing about the scene that I staged myself! You couldn't get a better compliment as a director." Read more of this story at Slashdot.
2019-02-16 18:45:01
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Welcome to the cyber world: The real-world tech behind Alita: Battle Angel

Producer James Cameron wanted his fictional tech to be grounded in the real world.
2019-02-16 15:15:01
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Starz‘ Counterpart has been canceled—which is bad, because the show is good

JK Simmons' spy skills haven't saved Counterpart yet, but the second half of Season 2 should.
2019-02-16 10:45:01
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Sci-Fi Author Robert Heinlein Was Basically MacGyver

Gregory Benford's new book portrays the writer as a man of action and improvised traps.
2019-02-16 09:15:01
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A natural selection: Evolution evolves from board game to digital app

Years in development, this is a terrific app adaption of the board game.
2019-02-16 08:30:01