The Aereo Case Will Determine The Future Of Television

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“Aereo would give so-called cord cutters the means to assemble a more affordable package of online streaming options like Amazon Prime, Apple TV or Netflix, and still spend a Sunday afternoon watching the N.F.L. and ’60 Minutes’ immediately afterward. As antenna-driven viewing has dropped and digital consumption has surged, Aereo is a way to put old wine in a new bottle.”

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As The Folk Museum Falls, Critics Emerge For MoMA And Its Director

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“Critics warn that MoMA’s second expansion in a decade — which will create an ‘art bay’ open to West 53rd Street where ‘spontaneous events’ could be accommodated; free admission for the entire first floor; and a new combination gallery-and-performance space — will move the museum only further in a crowd-pleasing direction, eroding the seriousness and critical distance from popular culture that built its reputation.”

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The Vatican Is Digitizing All Of Its Documents, And Here’s How

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“If it takes four years for every 3,000 manuscripts, the the entire library may not be online for over 109 years. The documents are expected to consume 43 quadrillion bytes of storage space, and will be backed up in case files are corrupted or accidentally deleted.”

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The P.T. Barnum Of The Small Screen

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George Schlatter “was buds with the Rat Pack. He made stars out of unknowns Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and was fired from ‘The Judy Garland Show’ after five episodes because he and CBS disagreed about his vision for the variety series.”

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Women Are Re-Reinventing The New Wave Of French Cinema

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“The French Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée says the country’s film industry is undergoing a feminine renaissance. According to its research, 23% of feature-length films were directed by women last year, up from 18.4% in 2008.”

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Doris Pilkington Garimara, Author Of Rabbit-Proof Fence, Dies At 76

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“Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, which helped awaken Australians to the plight of the Aborigines, was translated into 11 languages. The Australian Film Institute named the movie version the year’s best film, and it won prizes at a dozen film festivals around the world.”

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The Code, And The Movies Worth Watching Before It Came Down On The Heads Of Hollywood

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The Code “explains why so many lovers in classic films kiss like nobody else on earth, namely by grabbing one another tightly, smashing their lips together, and then not moving in the least for at least 4-5 seconds (I call it the ol’ seize-and-freeze).”

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If The Arts Could Just Commit To Professional Development (Wait! Don’t Yawn!)

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“We have to build a culture in our sector that recognizes and embraces the idea that continuing skills training and opportunities to gain more knowledge is critical to our survival and must be available to everyone at all levels of their careers – throughout their careers.”

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What Happens When Four Annoyed Siblings Accidentally End Up At A Play

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“Something magical began to happen in us. The yawns turned into smiles of interest. The slumps in the chair turned into leans of anticipation. And by the end of act two, the eye rolls were not directed at me but at certain characters in the play.”

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The Battle For Ballet At The Bolshoi Rages On (And On)

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“Why does the Bolshoi matter outside Moscow? Many seasoned balletgoers ultimately prefer the styles of certain Western companies or that of the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg. Yet your knowledge of ballet is incomplete until you’ve witnessed how the Bolshoi can seem the most red-blooded, exuberant and viscerally stirring of ballet companies.”

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How Did Gaming Suddenly Get Great Narratives? (And Where Can It Get Some Respect?)

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“Video games are inherently playful, which means many non-players still believe they are also frivolous and childish. There has been an increasing effort by some game-makers to address more substantial topics and themes.”

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Why Don’t People Like Google Glass?

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Basically, it makes them look “stupid.” — “I don’t think our society’s rejection of Glass is necessarily rooted in stated concerns about privacy, exclusivity, class dynamics, disconnection from the world, or many of the other arguments that have been put forth. These are well-established, modern problems that Glass makes only marginally worse. Instead I believe the resistance to Glass is about our fear of assistive technology”

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Alastair MacLeod, 77, Who Wrote One Of Canada’s ‘Greatest Books Of All Time’

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“There is something terribly ironic about writing about Alistair MacLeod on a deadline. I bet he’d find it funny. I would too if I wasn’t in tears.”

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Advertisers Force Pixelated Posters Of Prince Charles On Tube Users

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“The decision was made by our advertising contractor without reference to us and does look to have been a little over enthusiastic. We will speak to them about it.”

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Finding An Artist’s Original Color, Behind The Frames

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“It’s so weird. You think you know an artist, and then science tells something different about him and you’re like, ‘Oh, well that doesn’t fit my idea of what this artist is.’”

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Poetry, Sex, And Agatha Christie

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“All through childhood I wrote verses and mysteries. There is, for me, one connection: structure. My poetry is metrical, rhyming. My crime novels are highly structured. I never start out with a dead body. I start with an impossible scenario. Opening questions should be mysterious, weird, intriguing and contain the seeds of the solution.”

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Spain Bans Aerial Drones – And Deeply Wounds Its Film Industry

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“Cromática 45 says it has had four orders cancelled since last week; Camfly has seen 15 orders disappear, ‘all the work until October’; and the Andalusia Film Commission has even had to stop a project for the Andalusian regional government. ‘Today the answer [to clients] is that it’s not possible. We’ll see about tomorrow,’ says Querol.”

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Is There *Any* Way To Make The Comcast/Time Warner Merger OK?

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Maybe? “There is no better example of the existence of our Second Gilded Age than Comcast. Government has made it possible for the company to exert economic power unheard of a generation ago. If this deal is to go through, Comcast should be required to pay dearly for the privilege of exerting market domination.”

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The Fired Creator of ‘Vampire Diaries’ Bites Back With Fan Fiction

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“In one of the stranger comebacks in literary history, Ms. Smith is independently resurrecting her stories about the adolescent undead. She’s publishing her own version of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ digitally on Amazon, as fan fiction, creating a parallel fictional universe that many hard-core fans regard as more legitimate than the official canon.”

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Falling In Love Over And Over, With Bookstores

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“My favorite day at that store was when the power went out for a few hours but we didn’t close. We experienced booksellers manned the computer-less information desk, answering questions using only our amassed knowledge of books in print. It was like bookseller thunderdome, and I have to say that I killed it.”

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Remembering The Architecture (And Everything Else) Of The 1964 World’s Fair

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“An adult puppet show, ‘Les Poupees de Paris,’ that included figures of Elvis and Frank Sinatra, became the area’s biggest hit.”

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Dancers Have iPads, Not Discipline, Says Choreographer

The 88-year-old Gillian Lynne “claimed teachers were tougher when she was starting out, adding that venues such as the London Palladium were ‘run with a rod of iron.’”

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That Time Josephine Baker Adopted 12 Children And Bought A Castle In France

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“She installed what she called her ‘Rainbow Tribe’ in a 15th-century chateau in the South of France and charged admission to tourists who came to hear them sing, to tour their home, or to watch them play leapfrog in their garden.”

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The Surveillance Society Hurts – Literally

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People “who had any type of contact with the criminal justice system were 31 percent more likely than those who had no contact to not obtain medical care when they needed it. Even people who were merely stopped by police were 33 percent more likely to not seek medical care.”

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When A Studio Fire Destroys Everything

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Artist Julian Bell: “At first, the blow seeming so clean and entire, I glimpsed a neat image for it. A rectangle had been punched straight through me and I was an empty frame, the picture gone. And I was struck by the way my fuzzy life had suddenly acquired definition, even if only in negative mode. Now I start to sense the rip is more ragged.”

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