Source: diacritical | Published on 2014-01-28
Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-28
“The etching, which had previously been catalogued as a copy of the portrait, is now thought to be by far the most valuable after detective work by an expert at the Edinburgh gallery.”
“At a glance, there are about 4,000 nominations. Little wonder it takes about a week of events to hand them all out (the gala event happens in March, during March Break, naturally, when a bunch of people have fled the country) and it takes loads of time to read and assess them. As a result, days later, broadcasters begin issuing press releases announcing that they have garnered hundreds of nominations. Nobody reads these releases because, you know, life is short.”
“The draft does not make any major new promises from Scotland’s non-departmental public body for the arts, but seeks to set out its core priorities in a more accessible language than previously.”
Vadim Muntagirov is the ENB’s lead principal, a 23-year-old Russian whose talents have earned him comparisons with a young Nureyev. The defection is a huge coup for the Royal Ballet, still smarting from the loss of its leading female principals Tamara Rojo and Alina Cojocaru to the ENB.
“More than 200 nominations of companies, choreographers and performers were received from the dance critics and the 40 short-listed for the awards came from a wide spectrum, both geographically and by genre, including the breakthrough of three nominees from flamenco.”
“Actors shared personal stories about life on tour and financial challenges, but there were no formal proposals or negotiating strategies offered that might lead to higher salaries, according to the three members at the meeting.”
“When the first Oculus prototype popped up in summer of 2102, everyone raved about how it would revolutionize the way we play videogames. But it’s got all the components to change the way we watch films, or create an entirely new kind of visual experience.”
“Basically, the idea is to mimic the biological structure of the human brain with software so that it can build machines that learn “organically” — that is, without human involvement.”
“That would be a slight increase over last year’s 28.4 million viewers and the second-biggest Grammy audience since 1993.”
A former New York foundry owner once popular with artists pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he tried to sell phony knockoffs of a sculpture of Jasper Johns’ classic 1960 “Flag” painting and the sculptures of two other artists, ending a weeklong trial that featured testimony by Johns.
“India’s Jaipur Literature Festival can claim to be one of the biggest in the world – and certainly the most fun. Vijai Maheshwari reports on the big speakers, controversies, and hits from this year.”
“For more than 50 years, Mr. Seeger roamed America, singing on street corners and in saloons, migrant labor camps, hobo jungles, union halls, schools, churches and concert auditoriums. He helped write, arrange or revive” some of the best-known folk and protest songs in modern American history.
Kate DiCamillo’s Flora and Ulysses, the story of a young girl’s friendship with a magic squirrel, and Brian Floca’s Locomotive, about the beginnings of the transcontinental railroad, have won this year’s John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medals, America’s highest honors for children’s literature.
It’s called Flesh and Bone, it will center on an ambitious and disturbed young ballerina (wonder where they got that idea), and it features some serious ballet talent in front of and behind the camera. Leading the project is a longtime producer for Quentin Tarantino. (Make of that what you will.)
Last week Tarantino called off his project The Hateful Eight after copies of the screenplay were leaked an began circulating around Hollywood. Within two days, Gawker Media’s site Defamer revealed plot points and posted links to the complete script. So the furious director is taking Gawker to court.
John Cook lays out a five-point response to Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit over the public leak of his screenplay to The Hateful Eight, arguing that the filmmaker made the affair into a news story himself.
Peter Schjeldahl gives us the high points, low points, and odd points (he pulled a Van Gogh with his first boyfriend, was a practicing Scientologist for several years, and always made sure his home had an orgone accumulator).
“‘The best lack all conviction,’ wrote the poet W. B. Yeats, ‘while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’ Turns out he wasn’t just describing Europe after World War I. He was describing any given Wednesday.”
Rear Window, The Graduate, Pulp Fiction – they may hold up through the years, but their trailers most definitely do not. Could this be why there’s now a fad to remix them, like The Sound of Music as a horror flick and The Shining as a rom-com? Adrienne LaFrance explains.
The CNN superstar interviews the Royal Ballet superstar as he begins to wind down his ballet career. (He says he may do classical dance for only one more season.) (video)
Stunt coordinator Richard Ryan, currently working on the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, walks us through the process.