Kate Beckinsale: Tom Bennett Is “Just Heaven”

What a please surprise to see this tweet from actor Tom Bennett, who plays Sir James Martin, a somewhat of a daft and nice chap in Whit Stillman’s film Love & Friendship. Bennett does a superb job in the film.

This tweet relates to an interview I did with Kate Beckinsale, where she described Bennett as “just heaven.” Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for creating this animated gif.

Check back for an audio interview with filmmaker Whitman, where he talks at length about how he got Bennett to be part of Love & Friendship.

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VIDEO: VIRGINA MCKENNA ON BORN FREE

British actress and activist Virginia McKenna talks about Born Free, a film based on Jay Adamson’s novel by the same name. Born Free celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

McKenna and her husband Bill Travers acted in the film about bringing up a little orphaned lion cub called Elsa. The picture’s title song Born Free sung by Matt Munro won an Academy Award (1966) for the Best Original Song. Ironically, the song was not included at first and McKenna explains the back story of how it got included later on.

McKenna was in San Francisco as part of this year’s San Francisco Green Film Festival.

And we have a longer interview with McKenna coming up where she talks about the making of the film and how they learnt to work with lions.

KATE BECKINSALE ON LOVE & FRIENDSHIP

Highlights of an upcoming interview with Kate Beckinsale on her film Love and Friendship. This was the opening night film at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. The film is based on a Jane Austen novel. Beckinsale plays the lead role of Lady Susan Vernon. Others in the film include Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel , Stephen Fry, Emma Greenwell, James Fleet, Tom Bennett and Justin Edwards.

Whit Stillman wrote and directed Love & Friendship.

Love & Friendship releases next week – May 20th in SF Bay area.

VIDEO: KARL KRANTZ OF SILICON VALLEY VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual Reality (VR) is the big trend this year in Silicon Valley. This big trend is market by the transition from cardboard VR headsets to fancy headsets like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR and the introduction of 360 cameras and other hardware that help created VR content.

We spoke with Karl Krantz, founder of Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVRR) about VR and unearthed some interesting trends and how it is a social lubricant and not an isolating experience.

We recorded this interview at SVRR 2016 annual event in San Jose in April 2016.

PODCAST: MATT BROWN ON THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

Matt BrownThe Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2016 film about the life of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, who was born in India in 1887 and died at the young age of 32 years old. Within a short period of time Ramanujan established his mathematical brilliance and became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society in England. The film is based on Robert Kanigel’s book by the same name.

Matt Brown wrote and directed The Man Who Knew Infinity that traces Ramanujan’s life and his journey from Madras (Chennai), India to Cambridge University in England to study under Prof. G.H. Hardy. Dev Patel plays the role of Ramanujan and Jeremy Irony as G.H. Hardy.

We spoke to Brown about the making of the film and what drew him to direct a film on an Indian mathematician, whose work is well-known among mathematicians, but not to the general public. What was it about Ramanujan that propelled him to make this film and how was it to work with Patel and Irons? Tune in to find out.

LISTEN: MATT BROWN ON THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY:

The Man Who Knew Infinity was screened at the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival. The film is currently playing in select theatres in San Francisco Bay area.

Related: Podcast: Prof Freeman Dyson on Srinivasa Ramanujan

 

PODCAST: PROF. FREEMAN DYSON ON SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN

FreemanDysonProf. Freeman Dyson of Princeton University worked on  Srinivasa Ramanujan‘s partition of numbers theory while studying at Cambridge University. In this interview Prof. Dyson shares how he first discovered about Ramanujan in ET Bell’s book Men of Mathematics, and later on he went on to work on Ramanujan’s number theory at Cambridge University and developed a tool called Rank.  Ramanujan’s work was well-known in the mathematics circle he points out. Tune in to find out what was the contribution of Ramanujan to mathematics.

Ramanujan was a brilliant, self-taught Indian mathematician, who for a brief time worked with Prof. G.H. Hardy at Cambridge University. And, it so happens that Prof Dyson studied under Prof Hardy at Cambridge.Tragically, Ramanujan died young. He was only 32 years old when he died.

LISTEN: PROF. FREEMAN DYSON ON SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN

We recorded this interview with Prof Freeman  in 2006 at Columbia University in New York.

The film The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) explores Ramanujan’s  life and journey to Cambridge to study under Prof. Hardy.

Photo: Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University