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The Oscars End With An Envelope Mix-Up At The Worst Possible Time

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:40:05 +0000

(image) WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED. (What just happened was that La La Land was announced as Best Picture, but ... that was fake news, an envelope mix-up. The real Best Picture winner: Moonlight. See the video of it all here.)

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The Emerging Oscar Powerhouse That Does Nothing Specific, But Also Everything

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:30:50 +0000

(image) FilmNation is behind "Arrival" and a Judd Apatow movie that sold for $12 million at Sundance. "The two movies thrust FilmNation into the limelight and pose a tantalizing question: can a company unaffiliated with any conglomerate become a powerhouse in the challenging climate of the 21st-century entertainment industry?"

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The Archival Battle Of The 175-Year Old Symphonies

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:00:42 +0000

(image) The New York Philharmonic faces off against the Vienna Phil, both turning 175 years old this spring, in a joint exhibition of their archives in Manhattan. Can the NY institution measure up to this? "'Damn and blast it! Confound it! Wake up!' the conductor and composer Otto Nicolai wrote in his impassioned draft of the […]

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Top AJBlogs From The Weekend Of 02.26.17

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:45:37 +0000

WHAT’S GOING ON IN OPERA? The news that Darren Keith Woods was summarily fired after a sixteen-year extraordinarily successful career as General Director of Fort Worth Opera added to some odd news from Vienna a short time ago seems inexplicable. ... read more AJBlog: OperaSleuthPublished 2017-02-23 The stories we weave are incomplete… It’s Black History […]

What's It Like Writing About Soviet Spies In The U.S. While Politicians Are Calling For An Examination Of Russian Influence On The U.S. Election?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:30:50 +0000

(image) Joe Weisberg, writer and showrunner of "The Americans," now in its fifth season: "How is this all happening again? When we started this show, the Soviet Union was gone. We were not in any kind of serious conflict with Russia. And it seemed like a good time to tell a story about those old bygone […]

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OK For Real, Does Ryan Gosling Or Emma Stone Dance Better In 'La La Land'?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:00:14 +0000

(image) According to the choreographer, "They were a funny little complement. Neither is a perfect dancer; they weren’t supposed to be. I liked the way they took on the challenge."

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The Sprawling Costume Shop Outside Of London That Makes Its Customers Oscar Winners

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:30:05 +0000

(image) Aside from outfitting TV - think "The Crown" and "Victoria" - the shop, which has been around since 1840, has worked for 36 movies that have won Oscars for costume design. "If you lined up all of the costumes in Angels’ storage in a row, it would stretch about eight miles."

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The Composer Of 'Fun Home,' Now On Tour, Knows How To Create Cacophony

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:00:26 +0000

(image) Jeanine Tesori, among the most-nominated composers in Tonys history, says music is where science and art meet.

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This Ballet School In Washington Has A 75-Year Commitment To Black Dancers [VIDEO]

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:30:10 +0000

(image) The woman who took over the schools when the founders passed away says that dance isn't just dance, but a metaphor for life. "I like to instill in the children to work with a certain kind of integrity even if you are uncomfortable."

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Actor Bill Paxton, 61, Dies From Complications Following Surgery

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:18:35 +0000

(image) The Emmy award-winning actor, co-star of "Apollo 13" and star of "Big Love," died on Saturday, according to Rolling Stone. Tributes continue to come in from his shocked co-stars and directors.

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At The Independent Spirit Awards, 'Moonlight' Utterly Dominated

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:00:28 +0000

(image) No, Manchester by the Sea didn't even come close: "Moonlight won every single award it was nominated for, including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and the coveted Robert Altman Award, recognizing greatness by an ensemble in independent film. It might have won even more – Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris […]

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We Have A Little Problem With Nostalgia, And It Leads To Things Like Brexit And 'MAGA'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:30:31 +0000

(image) Not to mention ISIS. But humans - especially writers - have a chance to do something about it: "By imagining, we create the potential for what might be. Religions are composed of stories precisely because of this potency. Stories have the power to liberate us from the tyranny of what was and is. We are […]

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Classical Music At The Movies (AKA, The Oscars' Nominated Scores)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:00:04 +0000

(image) Shocker: What should win Best Score and what is going to win Best Score aren't remotely the same.

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All Of The Academy Award-Nominated Foreign Film Directors Get Together And Make A Political Statement

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:30:33 +0000

(image) In opposition to the U.S. president's anticipated revised travel ban and many other things he's said since he was inaugurated, the six issued a joint statement. "No matter who wins the Oscar, they said, the statuette would be dedicated to activists, journalists, artists and others 'working to foster unity and understanding, and who uphold freedom […]

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We Call Celebrities 'Stars,' But Why?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:00:56 +0000

(image) It all started with Chaucer, and it makes sense. Calling a celebrity a star "emphasizes the role of the celebrity as a body both distant and accessible, gleaming and sparkling and yet reassuringly omnipresent. Stars have long suggested a kind of order—and orientation—within chaotic human lives. They have long hinted that there is something bigger, […]

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If They Gave Oscars To Books, Well, LitHub Would Have Beaten Them To It

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:30:31 +0000

(image) The LitHub crew, perhaps day drinking long before the Oscars: "What would the categories look like if they applied to books and not films? Sure, best picture makes an easy parallel, but what about sound editing? Hairstyling? Cinematography?"

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The U.S. Denies Entrance To 21-Year-Old Syrian Documentary Maker And Oscar Nominee

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:00:22 +0000

(image) The young cameraman said earlier in the year, "If we win this award, it will show people across Syria that people around the world support them. It will give courage to every volunteer who wakes up every morning to run towards bombs. ... If I cannot enter the US, I will not give up: we […]

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TV Stations And Networks Have To Pay For The Red Carpet This Year

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:30:53 +0000

(image) Wait, isn't this supposed to be a mutually beneficial relationship? Not anymore: "For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is charging a license fee to TV stations and networks that broadcast live shows with interviews of movie stars on the red carpet before Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards telecast."

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This French Artist Has Entombed Himself In A Rock For Art

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:00:44 +0000

(image) He's supposed to be in it for a week, with just enough room to sit up. "People seem to be very touched. They come and talk into the crack, read poetry to me, or tell me about their nightmares or their dreams," he said.

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How Little Golden Books Revolutionized Children's Literature

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:30:53 +0000

(image) As Little Golden Books like The Poky Little Puppy turn 75, it's clear that they did exactly what their creators intended: "The printers, publishers, writers and artists who brought Golden Books to the market had a lofty goal — they wanted to 'democratize children's books,' making them both affordable and accessible. To that end, they […]

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The Arts Might Be Great In Canada, But The Ecosystem Of Art Will Fall Without Government Support

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:00:38 +0000

(image) The problem is that globalization is pulverizing local content. Everything is like Netflix, and "everyone watches the same 50 titles on Netflix. Does anyone seriously believe that the other several hundred titles are truly inferior?"

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The Secrets Of An Oscar Engraver

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:30:39 +0000

(image) Wait, what? "We wouldn’t have time to engrave each Oscar on the spot, so we pre-engrave the name of every nominee on to plaques beforehand."

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Oxford Dictionary Adds New Words (And Boy Are They Ugly)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:41:17 +0000

(image) "Additions including “clicktivism” (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), “haterade” (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), “otherize” (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and “herd mentality” (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group […]

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Claim: The Oscars Are More Important Than Ever This Year

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:22:06 +0000

(image) "Ever since 2015, when the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag called out the industry’s woeful inclusivity, the show has been transformed—possibly against its will—from a sporadically #woke statuette dispensary to something bigger. The entire show is now political: The nominees, the winners, and the things they say (or don’t say) on stage. And at time when everyone’s mad as hell, and […]

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Toronto International Film Festival Downsizes

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:36:01 +0000

(image) "The Toronto International Film Festival is reducing the overall number of films it will screen for this year's edition by 20 per cent and getting rid of two programs."

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Mayor Of London: Cutting Arts Education Is False Savings

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:52:07 +0000

(image) "When you speak to successful people in science or tech, they say one of the things that leads to lateral thinking is people doing arts. Not only does it lead to future artists, people in the cultural and creative sectors, but it helps people in different sectors."

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