“For about a decade, the United States has implanted ‘beacons,’ which can map a computer network, along with surveillance software and occasionally even destructive malware in the computer systems of foreign adversaries.”
“Reports by an independent panel of assessors suggest that the Abbey is struggling to meet its aim of being a world-class theatre. The assessors, appointed jointly by the Arts Council and the Abbey Theatre itself, gave just four of 12 productions marks that would rank them as very good.”
The first Indian actress to win an international award, she was a major star in Bengali film, and one of her Bollywood roles led to a major political controversy.
“We can actually learn a lot about a culture’s values based on how mannequins reflect or distort the human body. Let’s take a look at some of the recent stories from around the world.”
Two researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have looked into “Oscar baiting,” making films that are reliable picks for Oscar nods. Along the way, Gabriel Rossman and Oliver Schilke came up with a formula to predict Oscar success.
No fewer than six of the nine films nominated for the best picture Academy Award are based on true events — possibly the biggest proportion ever vying for Hollywood’s highest honor.
“Just about all of the ‘compromises’ that Braff says he’d have been forced to make [without the Kickstarter] would have made Wish I Was Here a better film.”
“Priced out, writers move out of the boho enclaves and the corporate crowd moves in. The city – in not supporting artists – becomes a more homogenous less diverse place.”
“Megan Ellison is Hollywood’s newest darling. She has been touted as the ‘new Harvey Weinstein’ for a couple of years now, but this week her status was confirmed: films she produced and financed were nominated for a staggering 17 Academy Awards.”
Bring on the multiplexes.
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Source: Slipped Disc | Published on 2014-01-19
“Brighton Philharmonic said general manager Judith Clarke had had left, five months after the orchestra came within two weeks of closure” and Clarke raised £70,000 from fans.
“People have become intoxicated — maybe they’re carried away by the shows they’ve watched, I don’t know, but they’re acting crazy. The shares have gotten way, way ahead of themselves. I don’t know if it’s ever going to be worth what the market says it’s worth now.”
“Greenblatt was optimistic that the network could produce a second live production ‘more efficiently’ than Sound of Music, which took 18 months to get on the air.”
If you’re betting on the Oscars, now’s the time to put your money where the awards are piling up.
“The few remaining people who have close links to one of Britain’s least likely heroes fear that the true story of an unjustly overlooked champion of cultural history has been edited out in order to make good adventure cinema.”
“It turns out the wired folk — they recognized like three times as many of their neighbors when asked.”
“Jason Robert Brown’s moment could very well be 2014: His Bridges of Madison County opens on Broadway next month; his Honeymoon in Vegas is up next; and a film of his show The Last Five Years is being made.”
“The maker era might not be upon us yet, but the maker movement has arrived. Just who are these people? Like the Arts and Crafts movement—a mélange of back-to-the-land simplifiers, socialists, anarchists, and tweedy art connoisseurs—the makers are a diverse bunch.”