What’s The Point Of Such A Lengthy Awards Season?

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“People are still talking and arguing about the relative merits of artistically ambitious films such as ’12 Years a Slave’ and Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity,’ both released in October, as well as more recent party-joiners such as David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’”

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Titan of India’s Telugu Cinema Dead at 91

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Over the course of a seven-decade career, Akkineni Nageswara Rao not only appeared in more than 250 films, earning awards and an enormous following, he led the move of Telugu-language filmmaking (now India’s second-largest movie industry) to the capital city where Telugu is actually spoken. (He also, unusually, resisted the urge to enter politics.)

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Human Nature – We JUDGE People When They Dance (Can’t Help It)

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“That’s literally all Living Stars is: 30-plus strangers shaking their stuff to Britney Spears and the Black Eyed Peas. There’s good dancers and bad dancers and a whole lot of mediocre. It makes your body want to move, and then, improbably, it makes your brain start to race.”

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Backstage at Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’

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“Backstage is the best place to sight-see, and we troop respectfully past an inanimate corgi and past a park bench that displays the sign ‘Don’t feed the swans’.” (And those feathered pantaloons the male swans wear? €1,000 a piece.)

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Meet the New Editor of the OED

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Michael Profitt: “My idea about dictionaries is that, in a way, their time has come. People need filters much more than they did in the past. As much as I adhere to the O.E.D.’s public reputation, I want proof that it is of value to people in terms of practical use.”

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