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Staged raid in Toronto

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dixon raidsMore local mini media events here in Toronto: a staged raid, and the details of the raid are filled with magic numbers and confirmation of what I am convinced is a fake photo.

Dixon Road raids help complete infamous Rob Ford photo | Toronto Star.

The raid was clearly police “theater”. I am all for law and order, but this raid was more for show than for stopping crime. Why and how they’ve decided to weave Rob Ford into the story and the fake video and photo is odd.

Another point: how is that in only a few hours they had all the counts: guns, suspects, and the cash counts. How did they manage to count all those 20s and 100 dollar bills (the most likely currency of retail drug users) so quickly? Answer: the numbers are fabricated.

I actually met (in person) someone who is associated with one of the broken into apartments. His story is completely different from what the media has told us. Perhaps he will join us on a future radio.abirato.info broadcast.


Head on body fakery in Liberace movie

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Could they have used a similar technique in the alleged Rob Ford video? Of course. I doubt there is a Rob Ford video, but if there is, Hollywood could easily have created it.

In the digital age of fakery, they can take anybody’s image and put it anywhere, anytime, in any situation. There’s no way you can prove it’s not you, either!

It took a lot of makeup — and some movie magic — to bring Liberace back to life for HBO’s Behind the Candelabra.

Michael Douglas plays the legendary Las Vegas entertainer in Steven Soderbergh‘s film, which shows the actor (as Liberace) tickling the ivories as only a skilled piano player could.

It probably won’t come as a surprise that Douglas wasn’t actually playing. But how did the movie make it look so real?

According to the Las Vegas Sun, special effects were used to digitally graft the actor’s head onto the body of Philip Fortenberry, a Juilliard-trained Liberace virtuoso who was the in-house entertainer at the (now closed) Liberace Museum in Las Vegas for years.

“This is a very high honor,” Fortenberry told the Sun. “To have studied Liberace’s repertoire, and played a lot of the same music and had the type of training I’ve had, it is just an honor to be chosen to do this.”

So how did Fortenberry get involved in the project? Former Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular music director Jack Gaughan heard that Soderbergh was looking for someone who could play the piano like Liberace, and he thought of Fortenberry.

“He explained to me that they were looking for a hand double for Michael Douglas and asked me to literally take pictures of my hands, and then take video of my hands at the piano, because Michael Douglas doesn’t play the piano,” Fortenberry told the Sun, adding that Soderbergh also needed someone who could fit into the costumes worn by Douglas.

During filming, “I would be seated at the piano, then they would film Michael Douglas doing a number, then me,” Fortenberry said. “We would do a couple of different takes so they could take my head off my body and put his on. It was all sort of eerie, actually.”

via ‘Behind the Candelabra’: The Secret of Michael Douglas’ Piano Skills Revealed.

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