Digital Digest: 06/09/2010

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Following the success of The Hangover, director Todd Phillips has teamed up again with the film’s breakout star Zach Galifianakis for the upcoming Due Date. Co-starring Robert Downey Jr as an uptight businessman trying to get home for the birth of his child, the unlikely duo decides to cross the country together. Watch the trailer here:


Revered film critic Roger Ebert may have been unable to eat or speak since he lost his jaw to cancer four years ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from publishing a cookbook based entirely on meals to be made from a rice-cooker. Here, an interview with Ebert explains what he misses most about food – mainly, the camaraderie of eating.


The Dap-Kings are one of a growing number of acts that draw from the music of the Sixties and Seventies, and sometimes from one performer in particular, with great accuracy. But when does re-imagining become mimicry? In this article Sasha Frere-Jones investigates the delicate art of the musical revival.


US Vogue editor Anna Wintour was on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last week, giving a flash of her famous icy side when talking about Lady Gaga. “She was praying in the back, waiting for God to tell her it was all right to go onstage,” Wintour recalls. “Fortunately, he gave her the message after 45 minutes.” Ouch!


The Idea Generation Gallery in East London has some of the quirkier exhibitions around. Recent events have included a Nat Finkelstein retrospective and Ray Lowery: London Calling. Their Flickr not only had pictures from the exhibits, but behind-the-scenes snaps of their opening parties.


You know what they say: the early bird catches the worm. And Chicago dentist William DeJean is a very early bird. He has created TV adverts promoting Hilary Clinton for a 2012 Presidential bid. They can currently be seen on televisions across New Orleans – and on Youtube, of course.


Two Canadian safety organizations have put together a $15,000 device that creates a hologram of a girl chasing a pink ball down a street and onto a road. Why? It’s all part of a new campaign warning drivers to “expect the unexpected”. Critics claim it will simply create accidents. Read the debate here: