It's an oversimplification, but I get the sense that when British actors begin to age, they turn to American action films to make tons of money. Think Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren or Alec Guinness. American actors – Paul Newman, Robert Duvall -- go for less money playing lonely old men in low-budget pictures.
That's what Al Pacino seems to be doing in Manglehorn, where he plays an aging locksmith, estranged from family, without friends, puttering around his shop and eating supper alone at a grim cafeteria.
Fort Collins is no stranger to “best of” lists, with national recognition for everything from happiest residents to most entrepreneurial businesses to fittest citizens. The latest feather for the community’s cap comes from the Smithsonian, which dubbed the city a “Place of Invention.
The world's most famous ballets all feature a handsome prince dancing alongside the beautiful ballerinas - think Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and, of course, The Nutcracker. At the training grounds for future dancers, it's more of a challenge these days to find the boys who will someday play those roles.
"Usually they only think of girls as taking ballet, like wearing dresses and stuff," said 8-year-old Finn Miller Vaughan, the only boy in a sea of pink tutus at Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins. "They always think that… that it's weird and it's not that cool."
But the lack of boys interested in ballet has actually made the art form a very cool and a potentially career-making opportunity for those who do.
Safety glasses securely in place, Clint Bickmore is hoisting a large metal plug into the air. His business partner, Nathan Saam helpfully points out that "you might want to step back a little bit." Beneath the affectionately named "spike of doom" sits a primitive-looking G.I. Joe-style helmet, dull black in color.
"So we accelerate this spike to almost 15 miles an hour and we drop it on top of the shell to see if we get penetration in the helmet," Saam said.
The spike plunges down, and with a clunk, hits the top of the shell. Three large cracks spiral out of the plastic, but it's not broken. In fact, it's barely dented. If it was like most helmets, it would have shattered or at least suffered a big indentation with a small fracture pattern, said Saam.
This destruction has a point. Saam and Bickmore are trying to build a better bike helmet.
Changes in public radio have been in the headlines. Garrison Keillor told a newspaper in Massachusetts he would be retiring within the next year. That was followed by the announcement that after more than 12 years of anchoring All Things Considered, Melissa Block will be leaving that seat to become a Special Correspondent for NPR.