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Source: CultureCrash | Published on 2014-01-28

Why No One At All Pays Any Attention To The Canadian Screen Awards


“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.”

Google’s Plan To Build A Brain


“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.”

Fabricator Pleads Guilty To Selling Knockoff Jasper Johns Art


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.

Pete Seeger, 94


“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.

Ballet Gets Its Own Prime-Time Drama Series


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.)

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker For Posting Leaking Script


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.

Great Classic Movies and Their Godawful Trailers


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.

Carlos Acosta Meets Christiane Amanpour


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)