Weekend Reading List: Film Makeup, Office Etiquette, ‘Alien: Isolation,’ and More

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We take the weekends off from posting to FullSailBlog.com, so in our absence, we’re leaving you with a few other great reads to check out on Saturday and Sunday. Below are the picks we each came across this week. If you’ve got your own favorite story, share it in the comments section below.

That Was Who? 13 Actors Rendered Unrecognizable by Makeup
I was already impressed last year when Makeup for Motion Pictures Lab Specialist Jared Williams led a YouTube tutorial on how to create prosthetic makeup, so this A.V. Club list of amazing special effects makeup blew my mind. Some of these are pretty creepy, too. – Amy

The Open-Office Trap
Whether you’re working now and studying online or you’re looking forward to joining an office crew after graduation, you’ll probably find that some iteration of the ‘open office’ layout is the norm these days. Some companies say it fosters community, and other people contend that it’s distracting (as in this New Yorker article). If you’re in the second camp, be sure to bring your headphones! – Christine

Alien: Isolation brings the spirit of Ridley Scott’s original film to gamers
A lot of gaming news dropped this week thanks to to 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, but the most exciting for me was this preview of Sega’s latest title based on the Alien film series. Players will slip into the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter, which is exciting enough for fans, but the look of the game also suggests a tight connection to director Ridley Scott’s original film. My favorite of the franchise, it had a quiet tension lacking in the later action-oriented entries and is ripe for a survival-horror game. – James

R.I.P. kung fu film legend Run Run Shaw
Obituaries may not make for the best weekend reading, but the New York Times had a fantastic summation of the fantastic life of Run Run Shaw, who died last week at the age of 106, Shaw established kung fu movies as a viable genre (along with his brother, the two operated the prolific Shaw Brothers studio), discovered Bruce Lee, was a billionaire who lived in a super-tacky castle, and was basically a caricature movie tycoon. – Jason

If You Ask Siri About “Her,” She Throws Some Serious Shade
Have an iPhone? Ask Siri what she thinks about the new movie Her. – Liz