It's Official: Elon Musk's Future Industries Converge

As I’ve been writing for years, it was just a matter of time before Elon Musk’s electrified Tesla Motors and solarized SolarCity eventually synergized. And that day has come:

“Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. And in March 2015, we launched Tesla Energy, which through the Powerwall and Powerpack allow homeowners, business owners and utilities to benefit from renewable energy storage.

It’s now time to complete the picture. Tesla customers can drive clean cars and they can use our battery packs to help consume energy more efficiently, but they still need access to the most sustainable energy source that’s available: the sun…”

Check out more of Morphizm extensive coverage of Elon Musk’s future industries, and get your Greenvesting game in order. The Anthropocene beckons.

Ron Howard Geeks The Beatles

The director of Cocoon blossoms into a Fab Four aficionado:

Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is set for global theatrical release on September 16th, 2016. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film will explore the band’s inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. It will focus on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Following an all-star world premiere in London on September 15th the film will be shown theatrically around the world and will stream exclusively in the US on HULU.

Check out (much) more of Morphizm’s continuing series, Geek The Beatles.

Happy Birthday, Sir Paul McCartney!

Still rocking at 74, still taking a sad song and making it better.

Check out my wide-ranging interview with Sir Paul and (much) more in Morphizm’s continuing series, Geek The Beatles.

Phantom Boy Takes Flight

From the phenomenal GKIDS and makers of A Cat in Paris another animated investigation, Phantom Boy:

“Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.”

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Cli-Fi Stunner The Breadwinner Wins GKIDS, Cartoon Saloon, Angelina

Great news for cli-fi that matters! GKIDS has teamed up with Song of the Sea‘s Cartoon Saloon, and Angelina Jolie, to bring Afghanistan’s terrorized tale of the Anthropocene to our kids.

“We’ve been long-standing friends with everyone at Cartoon Saloon since those heady days when we celebrated our first Oscar nomination together for THE SECRET OF KELLS, and again five years later for SONG OF THE SEA,” said GKIDS’ Beckman and Jested. “We knew we needed to be involved with THE BREADWINNER once we learned Nora would be bringing Deborah Ellis’ beautiful and compelling story to the big screen. We’re thrilled that this film marks our first foray into the creative process and we look forward to supporting Nora and the team in bringing their vision to audiences everywhere.”

Check out my previous work on all of the aforementioned parties at MorphToons.

PJ Harvey Portals to Afghanistan

At last, PJ Harvey has returned to save us. Directed by photojournalist Seamus Murphy, Polly Jean’s “The Orange Monkey” is back from a tour in Afghanistan.

Murphy: With the films I make for Polly Harvey’s music I try to reflect the song’s tune and mood, which means tapping into emotion. I find emotion a truer compass than intellect when it comes to finding images and creating sequences for music. The Orange Monkey has warm, earthen colours with a pleasant, unrushed feel to it. There’s an underlying melancholy, which is leavened by the strength and energy of the Afghan people. We know there is tragedy but what we see is resilience.

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Are We Finished With Elon Musk Being Finished?

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Stop Running Away From Global Warming, Fort McMurray

[This wake-up call has been syndicated @HuffPo.]

A boomtown pops up out of nowhere to become one of the largest, dirtiest oil projects in the world, much less its Canadian home. It quickly rips open the Earth, devastates its once-pristine natural environment, and, in an epoch of exponential global warming and fast money, balloons from a city of thousands to one of hundreds of thousands in a cosmological eyeblink.

Within that eyeblink, Fort McMurray is also predictably swallowed by a sprawling inferno that threatens to become, employing insurer-speak, one of the largest, costliest “natural disasters” in human history.

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Prince Handles Helen, Obama, Chuck D, Animaniacs

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I Will Stand 4 Prince. So Should You.