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Hollywood Utterly Relies On Franchises - And Some Of Them Aren't Doing So Well

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:01:29 +0000

(image) A number of series, including 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' have practically collapsed on arrival in the past few months. Can Hollywood survive? (And which franchises will help?)franchise-scorecard


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The Actor Who Gave Up Acting For Massage, And Then Got Pulled Back In, Only To Win Glory At Cannes

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:04:01 +0000

(image) Arnaud Valois didn't expect much from the new film "120 Beats Per Minute." Indeed, "after shooting the film last year, he returned to the Montorgueil area, his sophrology and his clients. (They all went on hiatus during filming, he said, and they all returned when he came back.) His practice 'helped me to not have […]26ARNAUD-web2-master768


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Trolls Piled On This Independent Bookstore In Australia, But Australia's Literary World Fought Back

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:07:21 +0000

(image) Men's rights "swamp monsters" hastened to chastise the store for one of its Facebook posts, giving it a ton of one-star reviews overnight. Then customers, and a flood of others, overwhelmed the one-star reviews with five-star reviews. The bookstore has a special ethos: "'We are first and foremost a community space with a strong set […]4256 (1)


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Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Dissident And Nobel Laureate, Is Released From Prison Because Of Late-Stage Cancer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:33:15 +0000

(image) The Chinese government has kept the writer imprisoned for much of his adult life. "At 61 years old, Liu is perhaps known best for his role in the 1989 student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed while demanding democratic reform in China. In addition to delivering passionate speeches, Liu and […]lead_large


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The Journalist Who Reshaped Media In The 20th Century - And Has Since Been Forgotten

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:01:33 +0000

(image) Lowell Thomas, the first newscaster voice most Americans (and British people) heard on their first radios, "helped pioneer a more sober style of journalism. Lowell quickly realized that there were people among his hundreds of thousands and then millions of listeners who would write letters and complain to his network if he got things wrong. […]lowell_thomas_magic_dials_1


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A Pakistani Filmmaker Tells Some Very Personal Stories Of Partition - And Worries That She'll Be Shut Down

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:35:19 +0000

(image) Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's latest work, an art exhibit for the Manchester international festival, brings the 1947 partition of India to full and painful life. She knows it's intense: "This is personal. It’s an ode to my grandparents’ generation. How did it feel that, when you left your home, it not only stopped being your home, but […]4839


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How Do You Get Someone To Change Their Mind?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:01:55 +0000

(image) The key, based on academic research into adult learning, is cognitive dissonance. Suzanne Cope explains.how do you get people to change their minds


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You Don't Need Religion To Find Transcendance

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:33:52 +0000

(image) You don't need drugs, either, according to research - though both religion and drugs can help. "Much of our personality is made up of attitudes that are usually subconscious. We drag around buried trauma, guilt, feelings of low self-worth. In moments of ecstasy, the threshold of consciousness is lowered, people encounter these subconscious attitudes, and […]header_essay-final-84387964


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Us Vs. Them: Why Our Brains Instinctively Dislike Other People (And How To Get Them To Stop)

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:02:33 +0000

(image) Primatologist Robert Sapolsky: "Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. And it's not a pretty picture. We do so with remarkable speed and neurobiological efficiency; have complex taxonomies and classifications of ways in which we denigrate Thems; do so with a versatility […]us vs them


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The Neuroscientist Who Makes Beautiful Brain Art To Inspire Better Scientific Work

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:38:54 +0000

Watch the oddly compelling video of neural circuitries made by neuroscientist Greg Dunn, his colleagues, and some computer algorithms that tossed in randomization. "As LEDs scan across the surface, they reflect off the varying depths and angles of the gold leaf grooves to make each neurological pathway shimmer like it is truly alive with electrical […]



The Strange Story Of The New American Writers Museum

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:03:58 +0000

(image) "An Irish former trade association head, a German lawyer and a native-born business executive, all residents of Washington and not an author among them, decide to create a museum dedicated to American writers. In Chicago, where two of them have never lived. ... The American Writers Museum lacks a resident curator. And a permanent collection […]American Writers Museum


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Herman Hesse's Novel Demian Is Unbelievably Popular In Korea

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:30:58 +0000

(image) The 1919 novel about a young German man rebelling and trying to find himself - and then going to war - resonates strongly. "In Korea it has attained such cultural importance that critic Lee Dong-jin, host of the Red Book Room podcast, can make this pronouncement: 'There are two kinds of people: those who read […]kb-demian-1


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Star Of Central Park 'Julius Caesar' Tells What It Was Like

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:04:17 +0000

(image) Corey Stoll, who played Brutus: "It felt as if we were acting in two plays simultaneously - the one we had rehearsed and the one thrust upon us. The protesters never shut us down, but we had to fight each night to make sure they did not distort the story we were telling. At that […]julius caesar-corey-stoll


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20 Years Ago This Week, The U.S. Supreme Court Made Rule 34 Possible

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:36:37 +0000

(image) "Twenty years ago [Monday] the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision and unanimously overturned congressional legislation that made it unlawful to transmit 'indecent' material on the Internet if that content could be viewed by minors. The justices ruled that the same censorship standards being applied to broadcast radio and television could not be applied to […]20 years ago


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Why Is Yo-Yo Ma Devoting So Much Time To Outreach In Chicago?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:05:44 +0000

(image) "I love the city. There's a lot of depth, a lot of pride in the way the city operates, and the institutions here are fabulous. ... I am particularly interested in this third of the country because I think that third has a deep soul, and the soul of the country in many ways stems […]yo-yo ma


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Andrew Wyeth, Chronicler Of Black Life (Yes, Really)

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:34:29 +0000

(image) Stephan Salisbury looks at a little-known part of Wyeth's work: portraits of the historic African-American community (dating to before the Civil War) just down the hill from his home in Chadds Ford, Pa.andrew wyeth


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Pay-To-Be-Reviewed Website For Edinburgh Fringe Backs Off Plan, Says It Was 'A Fishing Trip'

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:18:21 +0000

(image) "The edfringereviews.com site proposed to charge companies £50 for a review during the fringe under the slogan 'It is not about the reviewer it is about your show'. The site, which does not have any reviews on display, now says that the concept is 'more complicated than we thought', and that it will introduce the […]Ed-Fringe-pic


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Salvador Dalí Was My Father, Claims Tarot Card Reader - So His Body Will Be Dug Up For DNA Test

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:03:27 +0000

(image) "Pilar Abel, a Tarot card reader, wants to be recognized as Dalí's daughter, born as a result of what she has called a 'clandestine love affair' that her mother had with the painter in the late 1950s in Port Lligat, the fishing village where Dalí and his Russian-born wife, Gala, built a waterfront house."dali daughter maybe 200


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Ballerina Fired For Speaking Out About Anorexia Talks About Her First Year Back On The Job

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:47:26 +0000

(image) In 2011, Mariafrancesca Garritano (pen name Mary Garret) spoke out and eventually wrote about the anorexia she developed after being fat-shamed by instructors at La Scala's ballet school - and the company fired her and charged her with libel. Last year Italy's highest court ruled that she had been unfairly dismissed and should get her […]ballerina scala


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Pro Theater Workers In U.S. Still Disproportionately White And Male, Says Actors' Equity Study

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:32:18 +0000

(image) "Women and minority actors and stage managers are getting fewer jobs and often wind up in lower-paying shows than white male theater artists, according to a new study ... based on an examination of employment data for shows that opened between 2013 and 2015.theater jobs white and male


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Luxury-Brand Mogul To Build Art Museum In Paris's Old Stock Exchange

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:16:59 +0000

(image) "For years [François] Pinault, a self-made man whose luxury group had acquired a string of the world’s most famous fashion brands, from Yves Saint Laurent to Gucci, has been searching for a Paris home for his €1.25bn art collection of more than 3,500 works, including pieces by Mark Rothko to Damien Hirst. ... Now Pinault […]bourse


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English National Opera Is Finally Off Funding Probation

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:01:22 +0000

(image) The company was removed from Arts Council England's national portfolio (i.e., the list of major arts organizations guaranteed funding from year to year) in 2015 after several troubled years, with a threat that government funding could be removed altogether if it didn't get its act together. Now the Arts Council seems satisfied that ENO has.eno


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Slumdog Debonair: Teenage Boy From Mumbai Shantytown Makes It To ABT's School

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:45:36 +0000

(image) Amiruddin Shah, 15, was spotted by a visiting ballet instructor who saw him doing backflips and cartwheels and found that his feet have "perfect arches." Now, after less than three years of study, Shah is headed to American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.slumdog debonair


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Hans Breder, Who Created First-Ever Interdisciplinary Arts Program, Dead At 81

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:30:57 +0000

(image) "[His] minimalist sculptures were starting to attract attention in New York when his friend Ulfert Wilke, the director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, recommended him for a faculty position at the university. Mr. Breder accepted, and began teaching an experimental drawing course in 1966. Friends threw up their hands, warning him that […]hans breder


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Top Posts From AJBlogs 06.26.17

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:24:59 +0000

Art for ____________'s sake. What would you fill in? A few weeks back I was in NYC and had the opportunity to attend a Public Forum event featuring the brilliant Jeremy McCarter ... Toward the end of the evening McCarter turned to the rather large panel of activists and artists he had assembled and asked them to […]



Director of Marketing & Communications, TheatreSquared

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:59:50 +0000

(image) TheatreSquared seeks a strategic, imaginative Director of Marketing & Communications to lead the company’s audience and outreach expansion as the company transitions to its new $32 million home. anpf


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A New App Sends Notes On The Music To Your Phone While The Orchestra Plays

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:02:01 +0000

(image) Yes, really: The idea is to look at your phone, with the app open, during the concert. "The app, Octava, is intended to 'assist the participant through a musical journey,' with Chris Evans, director of press and marketing at RPO, saying its tone is 'specifically aimed towards new and potentially younger audiences.'"Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 09.34.07


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