Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 107 “I am Kiwi”

In our Disney Detective, Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi in the Works & A Disney fan complained and the responses are great

Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Anakin is being voiced Again For A New ‘Star Wars’ Animation Project & Ewan McGregor felt ‘humiliated’ by idea of Disney casting someone else for Star Wars series

And for our Entertainment News, New Jersey’s largest arcade planned for Showboat & Some Captain America News

And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….

Show Notes

[INTRO THEME]

[INTRODUCTIONS] (2-3 minutes)
Insights Into Entertainment: Episode 107 “I am Kiwi”
My vibrant and energetic co-host Michelle Whalen

[SHOW SUMMARY] (2-3 minutes)
Today’s Episode:
In our Disney Detective, Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi in the Works & A Disney fan complained and the responses are great
Then in our Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy, Anakin is being voiced Again For A New ‘Star Wars’ Animation Project & Ewan McGregor felt ‘humiliated’ by idea of Disney casting someone else for Star Wars series
And for our Entertainment News, New Jersey’s largest arcade planned for Showboat & Some Captain America News
And then we’ll finish up with our Insightful Picks of the week….

[Show Plugs] (2-3 minutes)
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[TRANSITION]

[SEGMENT 1: Disney Detective] (8-12 minutes)

Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi is a free-walking robot that will make you believe in Groot
https://techcrunch.com/2021/04/23/disney-imagineerings-project-kiwi-is-free-walking-robot-that-will-make-you-believe-in-groot/?fbclid=IwAR1whF6NfTc0RSjEzgOxBAJXYotFhakaGgDcfnDdbxDGbwxC3oFMWLazUTs
https://tcrn.ch/3vtVmgN
The black curtain pulls aside and a character straight out of the movies waves hello. This is not an uncommon occurrence when I’m around Imagineers, but this time is special. The character isn’t a costume, it’s a robot. And, unlike the m​any animatronic figures you’ve seen in the parks, it’s not stuck in one place. No, this character is walking toward me, attached only by a thin cable used for programming.
The gait is smooth, the arms swing in a lifelike manner and the feet plant realistically. The body sways exactly as you’d expect it to. There’s no other way to say it, it’s ambling. This is Project Kiwi, a small-scale, free-roaming robotic actor — the first of its kind for Disney and a real robotics milestone.
The Holy Grail of themed entertainment has been established for decades now: a fully mobile, bipedal character that matches the appearance, personality and scale of the original. Various non-mobile levels of this vision have been achieved at parks around the world, including the incredibly lifelike Na’Vi Shaman, The A1000 figure that powers characters like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s Hondo Ohnaka and the smoothly expressive Belle from Beauty and the Beast at Tokyo Disneyland. There have also been some cool mobile experiments like the self-piloting droid “Jake”.
The pint-sized character has accurately rendered textures on its face, hands and feet. It’s dressed in a distressed red flight suit that you may remember from the films. And its eyes are expressive as it looks at me and waves. This is the moment, the one that Disney Imagineers and park goers alike have been waiting decades to realize. This is a real, walkaround character that is at the proper scale, kid scale.
A couple of weeks ago at Walt Disney Imagineering in Southern California, I saw just how close they finally are to making that dream come true. A bipedal platform, developed completely in house over the past three years by WDI researchers and roboticists — dressed up to look like a roughly two and a half foot tall Groot.
Even though the version of Kiwi that I’m looking at is Groot-flavored, it’s important to stress that this is a platform first and foremost, which means that it could take this form when it gets to the parks, or another form entirely. It’s important while developing a character to have a target character that can tell you whether or not you’re hitting an established mark of believability.
Kiwi also is still very much a work in progress. I wouldn’t expect to see this in the wild soon; there is still a lot of work to be done on the way that Kiwi works and interacts with people, and WDI does not have immediate plans to put it in the parks.
But even at this stage it’s an incredible feat of engineering that genuinely radiates that elusive characteristic that Disney always searches for with its figures: presence.

A Disney fan complained that ‘wokeness is ruining’ the Magic Kingdom and the responses are great
https://www.upworthy.com/disney-fan-complained-that-wokeness-is-ruining-the-magic-kingdom-and-the-responses-are-great
https://bit.ly/2RbGbu0
Self-proclaimed Disney fan Jonathan Vanboskerck has caused a stir on social media after an op-ed he wrote was published by the Orlando Sentinel entitled, “I love Disney World, but wokeness is ruining the experience.”
He believes that Disney’s decision to bow to political correctness and the “Twitter Mob” has sucked some of the magic from his experience at Disney World.
Disney’s unique ability to create magic comes from immersing people in fantastic settings, allowing them to momentarily suspend disbelief and be transported to another world. It’s an incredible trick and nobody does it better than Disney.
Vanboskerck argues that the company has made changes to its parks to project its liberal values and that takes him out of the experience.
“When I stand in Galaxy’s Edge or Fantasyland, I know I am in a theme park but through immersion and my willingness to set the real world aside, something magical happens,” he writes.
“That spell is broken when the immersive experience is shattered by the real world. And boy, has Disney been breaking the immersion,” he continues.
He doesn’t like the new Disney policies that allow cast members to have “inclusive” haircuts and tattoos. Now, he has a point here, if Tinkerbell has a sleeve tattoo it kinda kills the experience.
However, he should be a bit more clear about what he means by “inclusive” hairstyles. Does he have a problem with people having braids? An androgynous hairstyle? A die job?
“More broadly, like many corporations, Disney has been politicizing its business,” Vanboskerck continues. “Full disclosure: I am a Christian and a conservative Republican, so the people who run Disney and I do not see eye to eye.”
He then goes on to say that it’s acceptable for corporations to express their political belief if it’s for profit. He’s also fine with corporations getting political to express values, as long as they align with his.
“Regardless, corporations have always made politically motivated decisions. Usually, it is due to the desire to make a profit, but sometimes it is due to the values of the people in the corporation,” he writes. “Walt Disney used his corporation to express his patriotism during World War II and his pro-capitalism beliefs afterward. The difference today is that the people who run Disney use social media to scream to the whole world that a decision has been made for political reasons.”
Vanboskerck is upset that Disney removed Trader Sam from the Jungle Boat Cruise because he might “offend some people.”
According to the Disney fandom wiki, Trader Sam is a South American indigenous shrunken head dealer who comes from a “cannibalistic” family. If there’s anything that perpetuates the colonialist idea that indigenous people are savages this would be it.
If Vanboskerck’s concern is immersion, then he should consider the fact that, for many, seeing an indigenous person portrayed as a savage also really ruins the immersive experience.
He also says that Disney’s decision to change “Splash Mountain” because of its association with “Song of the South” is to “appease a certain political point of view.”
“Song of the South” is a film that paints a rose-colored picture of life on a plantation for Black people in the South at a nebulous time somewhere around the Civil War and Reconstruction. The idea that “Song of the South” is troublesome only to left-wing people is setting the bar very low for conservatives.
Every time Vanboskerck looks at Splash Mountain he says he’s “thinking about politics.” But, again, what about people who don’t want to be reminded of slavery when they’re on a theme park ride? Their opinion matters as well.
So political.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where it seems that everything has become political. That’s a shame because at the heart of politics is a battle between groups to force their will upon one another. However, we all have the choice to decide how we interpret reality and whether we judge everything as political.
Creating an environment that’s considerate of people with different backgrounds isn’t, at its heart, political. The Magic Kingdom is a place that welcomes people from all over the world. Disney would be really killing the magic if it decided to only present a world of fantasy that appeals to a limited group of people.
Vanboskerck shows his hand when he writes that “every time I look at the ride I am thinking about politics.” The problem could be he’s conditioned himself to see everything around him as political. That’s a problem that even the geniuses at Disney Imagineering can’t solve.
The piece inspired a lot of passionate, and funny responses on Twitter.
Thom Bird
@ThomboyD
‘I prefer to think of the cast members not as individual humans who are there bc they need to put food on their tables but bc they desire to serve as living props in my arrested-development fantasy lifestyle.”
This guy doesn’t want Disney World; he wants Westworld.

Anne Wheaton
@AnneWheaton
“As a white guy living life on the lowest difficulty setting, I’d like my theme park experience to stay exactly the same. Sure, that means some rides and shows are a bit insensitive to others, but it doesn’t affect me, and you’re here to accommodate ME.

Patricia Arquette
@PattyArquette
This guy is taking the Christ right out of Christian. If he doesn’t understand why racist imagery is not acceptable.
Rachel Classic Bougie Ratchet
@Rachels_Ratchet
Replying to
@PattyArquette
and
@orlandosentinel
Well I’m Mexican and I grew up in LA. My dad took me to Disneyland as a child and I didn’t see myself in the faces of ANYONE.

Personally I love the new KINDA “woke” Disney, I finally feel like I belong at the park.

P.S. If they were really “woke” they would drop their prices.

Adrienne
@MorazonInc
Won’t someone please consider the delicate sensitivities of a middle aged white man when designing children’s theme parks?

[AD 1: SSE]

[SEGMENT 2: Tales from the Edge of the Galaxy] (8-12 minutes)
Matt Lanter Confirms He Is Voicing Anakin Again For A New ‘Star Wars’ Animation Project
https://www.starwarsnewsnet.com/2021/04/matt-lanter-anakin-skywalker-future-star-wars-animation.html
https://bit.ly/2QKJfx4
Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, has confirmed that we have not seen the last of animated Anakin Skywalker – and he has done work on a project that Lucasfilm has yet to announce.
While talking to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming show, Netflix’s adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy, Matt Lanter explained that continuing to voice Anakin Skywalker is very much in his future after completing The Clone Wars last year.
There’s some new Lucasfilm Animation going on. I’ve been a part of some things I can’t talk about yet. You’ll see Anakin again. I never quite put Anakin down, whether I’m doing a video game or something new for Lucasfilm Animation.”
Lucasfilm Animation is currently developing Star Wars: The Bad Batch, which will begin airing on Disney Plus on May 4, 2021, along with Visions – the first ever Star Wars anime series – at some point later in this year. They are also working on A Droid Story alongside ILM’s animators for an unspecified release date. Rumors indicate that the long-buried Star Wars Detours – a non-canon comedy series overseen by George Lucas – may finally see the light of day in the near future. None of these appear to require Anakin Skywalker, or Matt Lanter’s voice, so it sounds like whatever he’s alluding to is something different. Perhaps some unmade episodes of The Clone Wars could be redeveloped in a different format for Disney Plus, or there is an entirely new animated project involving Anakin.
Beyond Rebels and The Clone Wars, Matt Lanter has also voiced Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, Star Wars Battlefront II, and The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special. He also provided additional voices in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and voiced Boushh in Forces of Destiny, and had a live-action cameo as Davan in the sixth episode of The Mandalorian. He has been a part of Star Wars for a long time now, and it is great to hear that he will continue to lend his voice to a galaxy far, far away.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Ewan McGregor felt ‘humiliated’ by idea of Disney casting someone else for Star Wars series
https://metro.co.uk/2021/04/29/obi-wan-kenobi-ewan-mcgregor-humiliated-by-disney-casting-theory-14493385/?ito=smart-news
https://bit.ly/3gOlNKf
Ewan McGregor has admitted that he felt ‘humiliated’ by the idea that Disney would consider casting someone else to play the titular role in the upcoming Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi. At the 2019 D23 expo, it was announced that a series starring Obi-Wan Kenobi was officially in the works for Disney Plus, with Ewan returning to reprise his role from the prequel films. Hayden Christensen is also set to return as Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known as Darth Vader, having played the young version of the character opposite Ewan in the second and third films in the trilogy.
Before the Obi-Wan Kenobi series was confirmed, rumours swirled around the fandom as to whether Ewan, 50, would come back to play the character, or if he would be replaced by another actor.
During a recent interview, the Birds of Prey actor addressed how he felt about the social media speculation. ‘I’d see stuff on social media like, “They better cast Ewan as Obi-Wan,” and I wasn’t able to say anything,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter, having been sworn to secrecy before his involvement was made public.
‘But it was pretty humiliating to think that [Disney] might be thinking about casting someone else,’ he added. While Star Wars fans are clamouring to see Ewan pick up his lightsaber once more as the fan-favourite Jedi Master, there were some who were not particularly fond of the prequel trilogy, which were released between 1999 and 2005. Ewan said that it ‘was hard that they didn’t get well received’, admitting: ‘They were universally not very much liked.’ Earlier this month, fans went wild when they spotted the Scottish actor sporting Obi-Wan’s signature bushy beard, a sign that he could be preparing to don his Jedi robes for filming in the near future.

[AD 2: TEENS]

[SEGMENT 3: Entertainment News] (8-12 minutes)

New Jersey’s largest arcade planned for Showboat
https://pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/new-jerseys-largest-arcade-planned-for-showboat/article_9d4a303c-69a2-5b4c-9718-444b38576698.html
https://bit.ly/3eI53kV
Gone are the roulette tables and slot machines that were once at the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel. In their place is a sea of arcade games stretching across more than 100,000 square feet.
During a press event Thursday afternoon, Bart Blatstein, CEO of Tower Investments Inc. and owner of the Showboat, donned an albino Burmese python, named Banana Peel, around his shoulders to introduce the first completed stage of his family-friendly entertainment venue: The Lucky Snake at Showboat.
“The name of the arcade and sports bar is The Lucky Snake, and friendly snake, why is he looking at me like that?” Blatstein said while Banana Peel got closer to his face.
The venue, slated to open May 15, will include an arcade — the largest in the state — a sports bar, performance stages, a speakeasy and improved meeting spaces.
“Atlantic City was always America’s playground,” Blatstein said. “What better way to kick off the family-friendly resort, the Showboat, than to open up the largest arcade and sports bar in New Jersey?”
The venue, which is expected to create 100 jobs, will also complement Showboat’s proposed 103,000-square-foot, $97 million indoor water park. Blatstein said he hopes to break ground on the project by the end of next month.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” Blatstein said. “Atlantic City is deserving of it (the venue), and we’re thrilled to be here.”
Blatstein has been a developer for more than 43 years and has overseen large-scale projects across Philadelphia.
In Atlantic City, however, Blatstein hasn’t always had the best luck. His venture to transform The Pier Shops at Caesars into an entertainment-and-shopping facility failed, resulting in him eventually selling the property back to Caesars.
Asked to compare his experience developing in Philadelphia versus Atlantic City, Blatstein said it’s similar.
“It’s similar. Everybody wants progress,” Blatstein said. “Everybody wants good development.”
Blatstein invested $7 million into The Lucky Snake.
“These are the types of development opportunities that we always talk about,” Mayor Marty Small Sr. said. “When we talk about diversifying the great city of Atlantic City, this is a complete and total game changer.”
Small described the new venue as “Dave & Busters and more, on steroids.”
“I’m thrilled that we’ll have this family attraction here,” Small said. “When you talk about families and diversifying the economy, once again this is it.”
The arcade will feature games including a large crane, classics from the 1980s, virtual reality, basketball, pinball and skee ball. Prizes will range from candy to designer purses, jewelry, cars, motorcycles and all-inclusive vacations, officials said.
The arcade’s reward program will be comparable to the most advanced and favored customer loyalty programs in the casino industry, they said. Packages offering guests unlimited game play or game play with food and beverage also will be available.
The 25,000-square-foot sports bar will include an esports gaming area and a boxing ring.
Live entertainment will be programmed seven days a week at the indoor entertainment venues, which will have host areas for music performances and street performers.
In addition to the water park and Lucky Snake, Blatstein plans to build a domed outdoor concert hall next to the hotel along with a beer garden and a sun deck.
Blatstein said those projects should be open by summer 2022.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier season 2 release date: Will there be another series?
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1426951/falcon-and-the-winter-soldier-season-2-release-date-another-series-disney-plus?fbclid=IwAR2u_6TDGloGESe4kNnBwcD5ysMG6pReyN3hAi3yfHWlCUjgpYsU1J4vdW0
https://bit.ly/32Xjv3a
Falcon and the Winter Soldier was released on Disney Plus back in March 2021 and it went down a huge hit with Marvel fans. The miniseries, which has been airing weekly, is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and it saw Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) continue Captain America’s legacy. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the prospect of a second season.
Although the first season has already come to an end, there are strong hints that season two is on the way.
The show is described as a miniseries, which has led most fans to believe the story has been wrapped up.
Indiewire spoke to executive producer Nate Moore, who said there is plenty of scope for a second season.
Moore said: “Falcon and Winter Soldier is really about dealing with, to me, the legacy of what a superhero is, through the lens of Captain America and his shield, but ultimately through the lens of all these different characters.
“And that’s a story I think you can revisit in subsequent seasons because it’s an evergreen story. It’s a conversation.”
If the six-episode series is renewed for another season, fans may have to wait a while for it to come to fruition.
A March 2022 release date may be a little optimistic considering the restrictions posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Express.co.uk will be monitoring the situation and will update this story when more information comes to light.
Hopefully, a second season will be landing on Disney Plus before the end of 2022, but nothing has been confirmed.
Some fans believe the second season will be renamed Captain America and the White Wolf, due to the events of season one.
If a second season is given the green light, the White Wolf or Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is likely to return.
Mackie should also reprise his role as Sam Wilson, as the new Captain America.
Fans went wild for the new character John Walker (Wyatt Russell) who should make an appearance.
Hopefully, a second season will introduce some new characters to act as obstacles for the main protagonists.

Anthony Mackie Complains His New Action Figure Looks Too Much Like This Oscar Winner
https://www.eonline.com/news/1263162/anthony-mackie-complains-his-new-action-figure-looks-too-much-like-this-celebrity
https://eonli.ne/3t0XXND
Anthony Mackie’s reaction to seeing his new action figure for the first time was captured on TV, but he appeared to have some constructive criticism.
The 42-year-old Falcon and the Winter Soldier star was a guest on The Late Show on Monday, April 26, where host Stephen Colbert surprised the actor with something he hadn’t yet laid eyes upon. The toy unveiling came after Anthony was revealed as the new Captain America during the Disney+ series’ season finale last week.
“I’ve got something that I have been told you have not seen yet, but it’s pretty awesome,” Stephen said as he pulled out the boxed plaything. “This is your action figure.”
A stunned Anthony replied, “No, shut up!” He added, “Where did you get that?”
This led Stephen to quip, “I don’t know, I work in TV. They give me things.” He went on to demonstrate the toy’s features by explaining, “The wings are foldable, like this.”
Anthony’s initial reaction was, “That’s dope.” However, after getting a better look, it didn’t seem like he was too blown away by the craftsmanship.
“Let me see,” he continued. “From this distance, he looks more like Jamie Foxx than me.” After a long pause, the actor laughed before ultimately concluding about the figure, “That’s dope.”
Stephen also asked the Marvel star if he had any enhancement to his muscular physique on the show.
“I will say, there’s no muscle suit under my suit,” Anthony replied. “That’s my pride. Seven movies in, I’m like, I don’t want a muscle suit under my suit. So I had to work out every day, all day.”
When the host said he assumed Anthony had to exercise even harder for this show to get the triangular shape he has to his body, the Hurt Locker star agreed. “I had to get the Dorito,” he exclaimed. “That’s what it’s called—shoulders to waist.”

[TRANSITION]

[SEGMENT 4: Insightful Picks of the Week] (8-12 minutes)

Michelle
My Love: Six Stories of True Love
Netflix
https://www.netflix.com/title/81001959
https://bit.ly/3vzimv5
Six longtime couples in different parts of the world share their decades-long love in these tender portraits filmed over the course of one year.
After four decades, can a romantic relationship still be alive, fulfilling, and dynamic? If so, what would that even look like? That’s the question Netflix takes on in its new docuseries My Love: Six Stories of True Love.
Inspired by the 2013 hit Korean documentary My Love, Don’t Cross That River by director Jin Mo-young, the tearjerker of a series, premiering April 13, follows six elderly couples from all over the globe for a year to showcase what their partnership looks like as they enter into their final chapter together.
For one husband and wife, it’s getting their affairs in order so they don’t burden their children. A same-sex couple hopes to escape their cramped home and retire out in the countryside, while others come to terms with health issues. But no matter what obstacles they face, all act out of compassion, patience, and fondness, oftentimes with a laugh.
It was no easy feat finding these examples of pure, everlasting love, the docuseries’ showrunner Xan Aranda tells The Daily Beast. It wasn’t enough for the partners to have been together for more than 40 years—their relationships needed to be vibrant and the love between them tangible after all that time.
“Nothing of this scale has ever been done before,” Aranda, who was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Transparent: This Is Me, says. “Netflix is a bold mofo for taking it on and so is [production company] Boardwalk.”
“It’s one thing for a relationship to be decades old, but is it alive now?” Aranda says of the criteria. “Does it have glory in its telling, but how is it lived in the present? To do a year in the life you have to look at a lot of really particular factors beyond their personalities.”
It was a tall order, but they eventually found six thriving relationships in Ginger and David, from Vermont; Nati and Augusto, from Spain; Kinuko and Haruhei, from Japan; Saengja and Yeongsam, from South Korea; Nicinha and Jurema, from Brazil; and Satyabhama and Satva, from India.
“None of them would have sought this out,” Aranda maintains. “If we put out a casting call for this long list of desires, none of these people who we found, who I think were perfect for the series, none of them would have responded. Every single one was like, ‘Who, us? Why?’”
Beyond the careful consideration of the couples, the choosing of each episode’s director to tell these stories was just as intentional. “It was also so incredibly important to Netflix, the Korean team, myself and Boardwalk that we hire directors in their own country to tell a story from their own country,” Aranda explains. “We were really mindful of the responsibility that we had in telling one story from one country, especially for massive countries.”
The result is a powerful look into these couple’s lives, and viewers can’t help but fall in love with their stories. Each relationship operates uniquely—their love manifesting in different ways, depending on personalities and cultural differences. The audience is brought into their homes, shares in their celebrations, and feels their heartbreaks right along with them.
A particularly moving moment comes from pragmatic Ginger as she explains why she’ll have her ashes spread where her parents are buried, while David chose for his to be spread back at their family farm. “When the north wind blows, David’s ashes will come up where he can visit me,” she says. “When the wind blows the opposite way, then I’ll come down and see him.”
In another heart-wrenching moment, Augusto is unable to get his license renewed due to his failing eyesight and reflexes, but by the next scene it’s nearly forgotten as he flirts with and jibes Nati after securing a ride back to their rural village.
“Every month, I would receive footage from six countries and inevitably something would make me sob, whether or not it made it,” Aranda says. “But any moment of tenderness we live for. Two people who’ve been together for so long and still offer each other tenderness is massive.
For Aranda, an especially poignant scene is when Yeongsam realizes just how serious of a condition Saengja’s physical state is in after decades of hard labor. “He is such a confident dude, has such a hearty voice, booming voice,” she says. “There’s that moment of crushing tenderness when he learns scientifically how much his wife has been bearing down and working and that she cannot hear. I think that really shook him.”
Another important element was illustrating how intricate these relationships could be. Satyabhama and Satva are in an arranged marriage but are as in love as any of the other twosomes. Same-sex couple Nicinha and Jurema explain how their large, loving family was born out of small arguments, with Nicinha going out to blow off some steam only to later realize she was pregnant.
“We left arguments in all of the films, squabbles, friction, whatever,” offers Aranda. “I like that part of the history of how Nicinha and Jurema’s love endured over time, they kept coming back to each other, even after they would have their outbursts. Now they’re just together. I think it’s encouraging to anyone looking for or struggling with love to know that you don’t have to fall into a perfect relationship for it to last for so long. You just have to keep trying, and keep listening, and keep loving each other.”
At the end of each couple’s story, there’s no update provided about how they are doing. In a way, there’s no need since the story of their love has already been told. No matter what happens, it will remain constant.
“We wanted it to be a snapshot in time,” Aranda explains. “We wanted it to have a timeless quality to it in some ways. A lot of people say that it’s one thing to eat, it’s another thing to be sated. I was very okay with people having to Google stuff later. To be in the moment with them, I think it’s a really rare and delicious thing. We wanted you to be sated by what we thought was good nutrition because it’s really tasty, tasty love and a delicious cry.”
Filming wrapped at the start of 2020, just months before the world was gripped by a pandemic. For the team, Aranda says they wanted to make sure everyone was healthy, and thankfully all the couples managed to survive the year. But still, some of the couples believe that 2019 could be the last normal year they ever have, as many lost loved ones.
It makes the docuseries extra special to Aranda, who describes it as “an honor of a lifetime.”
“I think there was a lot of acrimony in the world, a lot of fear and a lot of pain,” she says. “I truly believed it would be good for the planet when it came out and I think it’s never been more true, that it’s good for the planet. On a very general, basic level, I think there’s nothing better in this world than to love and be loved.”

Joe
The Secrets of Quantum Physics (2014)
Amazon Prime
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Quantum-Physics-Season/dp/B017ORTYOE
https://amzn.to/3t1ykwk
Professor Jim Al-Khalili reveals how Einstein thought he’d found a fatal flaw in quantum physics that implies that subatomic particles can communicate faster than light. He discusses how robins navigate using quantum entanglement, how our sense of smell is touched by ethereal quantum vibrations, and even how physics might play a role in evolution.
Episode I traces the path from the 1800’s through the jazz age to the hippy era. Highlighting the insights into light which illuminated the true nature of reality, the conflicts with the ideas of Albert Einstein and recreating the test to resolve this conflict devised by John Bell in the 1960’s. The episode is illustrated with vaudevillian analogies, including playing cards with the Devil, demonstrating the thematic relations to Lewis Carroll
Episode II ponders the possibility that quantum physics explains some biological mysteries. Including the use of quantum entanglement for navigation by the European robin, the use of quantum vibrations for small by humans, and the part played by the Uncertainty Principle in evolution.
Through all of the incredibly in depth analysis and details Professor Al-Khalili makes use of simple and easy to understand analogies to help even the most scientifically uninitiated understand what are some of the most complex and poorly understood aspects of our universe.

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