A.V. Club have a feature called "Random Roles," in which they "talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers." Today they're talking to Elijah Wood, and one of the films they ask about is Eternal Sunshine.

The opportunity to work with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman was an absolute dream. It’s literally a movie that I would’ve wanted to do anything to be a part of any aspect of it. [Laughs.] I’ve always loved Kaufman’s writing, and I’ve been a major fan of Michel’s work in music videos as well as the movie he first collaborated with Charlie on, Human Nature.

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I can remember specifically that there’s a sequence in the movie where Jim [Carrey] is moving from memory to memory, and he leaves a house, walks down a hall, walks into a doctor’s office, sees himself talking to the doctor, and then runs out of the office. Well, that was all one shot, and we did it—I think we did maybe 16 takes, which is actually not bad considering how complicated that was. And it was one of those moments that was a real uniter of the crew and everyone, this sense of, “We can literally watch a playback and see it all happen in camera,” and it was so extraordinary. I remember the sort of celebratory feel of everybody at having accomplished that, and also, I think, a realization of the kind of movie we were making and a really obvious realization of Michel’s vision. It was really special. It was awesome. (Source)

Such a great movie.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is TEN YEARS OLD. Before we erase that realisation from our minds and curl up into an aging ball of dismay, let's take a wander over to Row 3, where their Friday One Sheet column in March was dedicated to Eternal Sunshine and a bunch of cool, inspired posters. Such as this one:

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You can find more here!

Thanks to Julie.

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Come January 1st, a slew of films will be on Netflix's chopping block. Eternal Sunshine and Being John Malkovich are among them.

Says Gizmodo's Brian Barrett:

Here's a list of the very best of the movies that'll be gone in 2014.

While Netflix has made it much harder to find out when movies expire, some Reddit sleuths have picked out an extensive crop of chopping-block titles. You can see the date the license is up yourself by adding them to your queue. Remember that just because they're going now doesn't mean they're never coming back. But with nearly a week of daylight between now and when they're gone, why take that chance?

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A more complete list is on Reddit.

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Eternal is Daniel Fish's new installation at the Incubator Arts Project in New York. It consists of two actors performing Eternal Sunshine's final scene, on a loop, for two hours. (The scene in the original film goes for around 4 minutes.) From the Incubator's website:

In August, Fish assembled a film crew to shoot [Thomas Jay] Ryan and [Christina] Rouner performing the final scene of the 2004 film ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND in a continuous loop for two hours — the only constraint: that they must keep going, no matter what happens. The unedited two channel video of their performance will be projected on adjacent screens. (Source)

Says the New York Times' Claudia La Rocco:

 Each performer occupies an individual screen in this elegantly spare two-channel video. As the two repeat and repeat and repeat (a total of 23 times), they remain faithful to the lines but shift everything else. Pacing, tone, body language, timing — it’s all up for grabs; one of the many cumulative pleasures of “Eternal” lies in seeing two actors improvise within the strict confines of Mr. Fish’s structure. They follow his rules while playing off each other (in one delightful go, they dissolve into hard laughter), finding freedom at unpredictable junctures. (Source)

You can find links and info and stuff here. Neat bit of trivia: Thomas Jay Ryan appeared in Eternal Sunshine, as Frank. Here's a trailer for Fish's Eternal:

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's a cool video by Buzz Image, a VFX firm, showing off some of their work on Eternal Sunshine. The video has been online for a couple of years, but Filmmaker IQ featured it on their site a few days ago: (Apparently Buzz is no longer around.)

The hallmark of good CGI is the same as good editing – if it’s done right, you shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind had good CGI (Source)

 

 

 

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Sticking with the theme of the previous update, today's "TED Talk" is delivered by MIT neuroscientists Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu, who "located a specific memory in a mouse’s brain and designed a system to activate and deactivate it at will."

“We began touching on these ideas mainly because all of us are huge fans of movies like Inception … For me personally, looking to Hollywood is a great source of questions.”

There's an accompanying post on the TED blog, about classic films that inspired real-life neuroscience. You-know-who gets the first mention.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Writer Charlie Kaufman and director Michel Gondry dreamed up this 2004 indie classic, in which a man (Jim Carey) and woman (Kate Winslet) attempt to erase the memory of their relationship. Ramirez mentions this movie in his Fast Company interview, pointing out a scientific flaw in it. “One thing Eternal Sunshine got wrong was localizing memories. There’s a scene with Elijah Wood, where they’re going into the brain, and [saying] ‘There’s a memory right here, it’s at point A in the brain’, and boom, they delete it. But in reality, memories are distributed throughout the brain,” he says. “There’s the memory of Kate Winslet, and then there’s the awful underlying, visceral feelings that Jim Carey has when he recalls Kate Winslet: the emotional undertones that color in that memory. The emotional undertones and the memory of Kate Winslet itself are largely mediated by separate brain systems. So you can imagine going into the brain, finding the brain cells that represent that dark feeling of a break-up, and inactivating only those.” (Source)

Here's the Talk itself.

 

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This news is about a fortnight old. I apologise -- I've been busy with stuffs. Via io9:

In a study published in the latest issue of Science, a team of researchers led by MIT neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Susumu Tonegawa demonstrates its ability to isolate and activate engrams in a mouse's memory-rich hippocampus. The researchers go on to implant false memories in the mouse's mind, causing it to recall experiences that have never actually occurred. (Source)

The mice soon began receiving tiny packages from Kirsten Dunst and are currently converging on Montauk.

 

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