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February 23, 2016

2016 Memo to the Academy

Dear Academy,

For the seventh year, we decided to offer you a little help in deciding some of the biggest Oscar races—free of charge. And never has it been as important that we do so than this year, one of the most competitive races in recent memory with no clear frontrunners in many categories. Take it from us, because we’re kinda good at this.

Your friends at Limité,

Dan Quitério & Drew Stelter

 

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Nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight

Who Should Win:

DanThe Revenant. This is a three-way race between The Revenant, Spotlight, and The Big Short. But The Revenant, with its field-leading 12 nominations, deserves the edge because of its vision, its scope, and its mastery and complexity in both above-the-line (directing, acting, writing) and below-the-line (production design, makeup/hairstyling, visual effects, etc.) categories.

DrewThe Revenant. Following a notoriously troubled shoot full of dueling personalities, unpredictable weather, and last-minute location changes, the fact that this film is even in the discussion is, in itself, a miracle. Its power lies in its story, that of a father and his eternal love for his son, that pulls at the heartstrings of filmgoers. Its reverence, its moral ambiguity, and its spiritual center, accompanied by raw, powerful visuals, offer what no other Best Picture nominee can offer this year: the definition of a cinematic experience. This film is destined to become a classic.

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The Pentagon Releases Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay

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The Pentagon released a long-anticipated plan outlining the steps the Obama administration will take to close the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

The document released Tuesday morning contained few surprises and failed to remedy conflicts between President Barack Obama’s aspirations to shut down Guantanamo during his final year in office and legal restrictions imposed by Republicans in Congress that prevent the president from sending any of the remaining detainees to the U.S. It was released by the Pentagon not because of a breakthrough agreement between the White House and Congress but because of a deadline set by lawmakers for “the details of a comprehensive strategy” on how to detain current and future people captured as part of the broad-reaching war on terror.

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February 22, 2016

Spike Lee and His Agency Just Made This Film About Brooklyn the Brand

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Maybe it was the 2014 Wall Street Journal article about how Parisians refer to everything from men’s hats to Big Macs as “très Brooklyn.” It could have been the subsequent New York Times trend piece about a Dubai-based clothing company that chose to name itself Brooklyn Cotton Company in the interest of authenticity. Perhaps it was the CNBC piece that attributed “a rare form of capitalist magic” to the very word Brooklyn.

At any rate, one thing is clear: New York City’s most populous borough is now an international brand … and a very valuable one at that.

No man has more effectively served as an unofficial spokesperson for the city within a city than director Spike Lee. And so, his ad agency, Spike DDB, which is based in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood, was the perfect shop to work on a project summarizing lessons marketers can draw from the city’s rise.

Brooklyn Made is an effort by the borough’s Chamber of Commerce to certify goods produced in the area, and Spike DDB collaborated with the group on the 10-minute film.

via Ad Freak

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FCC Rules You Can Get Cable Through Apple, Google, Amazon and Android

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This week, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that you can get your cable through devices besides your company’s cable box. The ruling means that instead of having to rent the box from, say, Time Warner or ATT Uverse, you will be able to add that subscription onto your Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV and Roku boxes. You still have to have a cable subscription, but the massive rental fees will be a thing of the past. What does that really mean? Well, it’s going to give cable companies some competition and hopefully reduce the amount of money you have to spend every month. It’s not a done deal yet, but this is the first step in what is likely inevitable as industry standards change and people are cutting the cord in droves. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler tweeted this today:

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February 18, 2016

Apple’s Tim Cook Won’t Help U.S. (or Any) Government Unlock Your iPhone

Written by Mark J. Miller

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Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in December when they went into a public health facility’s holiday party and began shooting. The couple was shortly killed in a gun battle with police.

The pair did what they could to destroy all the evidence FBI investigators would find after the attack. Their personal iPhones were crushed “beyond the FBI’s ability to recover information from them,” Fox News reports. However, among the evidence was Farook’s work iPhone that may or may not give police openings to other arrests or clues to help figure out the pair’s motivation and thereby thwart other terrorist actions.

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December 29, 2015

GoPro’s Best Videos of 2015

Rounding out the year, GoPro has compiled some of its best clips shot on its HERO4 camera over the past 12 months. In classic GoPro style, the five-minute video takes us from deep down in the ocean to high up in the sky and everything in-between. Watch the video above.

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December 23, 2015

New Balance Introduces the Premium Men’s ML2016

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Launching January 1, 2016 from New Balance is the men’s ML2016, a new premium silhouette designed and developed by New Balance’s innovation design studio in Tokyo.

Inspired by the lifestyle of the metropolitan Tokyo consumer, the style offers a premium material package in an understated design and mimimal branding – one of the most understated N-marks ever released on a modern New Balance silhouette. Inspired by a 1600 upper, three styles are done in leather or suede in black, brown and grey.

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December 22, 2015

The Best Restaurants of 2015 (According to TripAdvisor)

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TripAdvisor has analysed the millions of ratings and reviews it receives each year to compile a list of the best restaurants in the world. Spanish restaurant Martin Berasategui took home the top spot, with one customer gushing over the experience, claiming it’s pure “culinary poetry.” The UK restaurant scene fares fairly well too, with Adam’s in Birmingham taking 4th place followed closely by Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham and Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton.

1. Martin Berasategui, Spain
2. Europea, Montreal
3. Maison Lameloise, France
4. Adam’s, UK
5. Restaurant Sat Bains, UK
6. Geranium, Denmark
7. PIC, France
8. NARISAWA, Japan
9. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, UK
10. Epicure, France

Head over to TripAdvisor to read the full list of 25.

 

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Introducing Concepts & New Balance ‘Made in USA’ 998 “Grand Tourer”

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New Balance and Concepts return to join forces for the release of the limited edition their 998 “Grand Tourer.” Launching December 26 at Concepts Cambridge, Concepts New York, www.cncpts.com and a Concepts pop-up shop at Period Correct Atelier in Coasta Mesa, CA.

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Seven Architecture Firms Picked for Obama Presidential Center

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The Barack Obama Foundation has invited seven architecture firms to submit proposals for the ‘Obama Presidential Center’, to be built in Chicago’s South Side. In alphabetical order, the following practices have been asked to present designs:

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