From: Boing Boing - Jonathan Demme, director of “Silence of the Lambs” and “Stop Making Sense,” RIP

Jonathan Demme, the talented director of Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Something Wild, Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, and numerous other great films, has died at 73. His death was caused by esophageal cancer. From the New York Times:

A personable man with the curiosity gene and the what-comes-next instinct of someone who likes to both hear and tell stories, Mr. Demme had a good one of his own, a Mr. Deeds kind of tale in which he wandered into good fortune and took advantage of it. A former movie publicist, he had an apprenticeship in low-budget B-movies with the producer Roger Corman before turning director…

Mr. Demme’s other films include documentaries about the folk-rock singer and songwriter Neil Young; concert films featuring the country singer Kenny Chesney and the pop star Justin Timberlake; and “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987), Spalding Gray’s monologue ruminating about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge and his experience appearing in the film “The Killing Fields.”

Mr. Demme was a member of the alternative arts scene of Lower Manhattan, which included Mr. Gray, who died in 2004, as well as Mr. Byrne and the composer and performer Laurie Anderson, who scored “Swimming to Cambodia.”

From: GeekWire - Twitter stock soars 10% after beating expectations for revenue and user growth

Shares of Twitter were up 10 percent on Wednesday after the company beat expectations for both revenue and user growth for its first quarter of 2017. Twitter posted earnings per share of $0.11 and revenue of $548 million for Q1 2017; analysts expected EPS of $0.01 and revenue of $511 million. The company’s revenue was down 8 percent year-over-year, but beating the Q1 estimate is likely one reason for the stock jump today. The company also added nine million users, its largest quarterly growth since Q1 2015. Twitter now has 328 million monthly active users; analysts expected around 321 million. Twitter saw daily active usage… Read More