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Gravesite RIP

When famous people (and even fictional characters) die, how do you respond?

When singer Whitney Houston died in February 2012, the immediate response was expressions of grief on Facebook, Twitter, and many forums. Similar results occurred with the 2012 deaths of Amy Winehouse, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys), Dick Clark, and others.

The odd thing is, the widespread shared expressions of mourning were for people most of the mourners had never met. The common responses to celebrity deaths demonstrate important realities about how people build relationships with the media they consume.

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Scenic Kanab, Utah

Location of hundreds of movies and TV shows, this small town with big scenery has earned the titles Little Hollywood and Dog Town.

Kanab, Utah is a beautiful region 6 miles north of the Arizona border. Known for dramatic red-rock bluffs, deep canyons and beautiful rivers, it's easy to see why Hollywood showed up in 1924, and hasn't left.

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NCIS mobile truck prop

Hollywood locations of NCIS, CSI, 24, The Mentalist, Star Trek, The Unit, and more... 

Hollywood movies and TV shows are almost never filmed in the real Hollywood, a neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles. Some studios used to be there, but many years ago most production companies moved to other parts of the greater "LA" area. This is why tourists who go to the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St. rarely see anything interesting. But I do, because I know where to look.

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The 39 Steps - title shot of classic movie

New films feel new, old films feel old. But why? There's a scientific explanation.

It's more than black-and-white vs. color, standard screen vs. widescreen, classical music vs. rock soundtrack. There's something else that makes films of yesteryear feel very different than modern films -- something about the rhythm and texture. But what?

New research suggests that modern movies are more engrossing — we get "lost" in them more readily — because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind. Really.

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Julie Christie

Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

"Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

"The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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AnnMarie Garcia and Edward James Olmos

The Vital Aging Conference provided valuable resources for Boomers and Seniors, and brought a visitor to inspire us.

Actor Edward James Olmos is a vitally aging Boomer, so I enjoyed his inspiring keynote at "Vital Aging Conference: Caring for Yourself and Others" held in San Diego in 2007. The event featured information on important health concerns for older adults and family caregivers on topics, such as diabetes, nutrition, fitness, legal issues, and stress management.

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Hairy Tale Film Crew sign

A movie production crew takes over my street.

Ahh, the glamor of Hollywood, the excitement of film-making... Unless the movie crew has filled up your street and you just want to get home! It happened in my neighborhood (again). Here's a report. San Diego might not be known as a hotbed of film production, but one day the one block street leading to my house once again filled with movie-making trucks, equipment, people and even actors who aren't people.
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