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“Papa came to Cuba under a U.S. Treasury Department license exempting it from most embargo restrictions. … For licensing purposes the movie qualified as a documentary, since it depicts a firsthand account of real events that took place here. So it’s unlikely just any Hollywood blockbuster would get the same permission in the future.”
“[With] television, the world of criticism and the world of viewership aren’t merely askew; they’re mostly on different planets. No self-respecting TV critic writes about NCIS: Los Angeles, ever – ever – even though the all-time most-popular episode of Game of Thrones (which is, itself, the all-time most-popular HBO show) got fewer viewers than an NCIS: LA rerun.”
“With funding from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage,” the city’s William Way LGBT Community Center “coordinated at least five venues to host dozens of musicians from around the country to take part in OutBeat,” scheduled for mid-September.
“The Palm Springs Follies is an old-fashioned musical revue designed for an audience who remembers when this sort of entertainment wasn’t old fashioned. But it’s not only for older people – it’s by older people. The dancers range in age from 55 to 84.”
“After more than 14 years of discussions and stumbling blocks, work to turn screen legend Charlie Chaplin’s Swiss home into a museum has finally begun, with the opening planned in early 2016.”
“The American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents solo singers, chorus singers and stage management personnel at the opera, filed the claim with the National Labor Relations Board on March 26, accusing the opera company of failing to honor year-long contracts with 35 singers.” The union now promises to work with the new board to put up a 2015 season.
“[Weiner] doesn’t need the New York Times; she doesn’t respect its literary standards; her readers don’t care about it; and yet she craves its validation. … An obsession with prestige and exclusion haunts her characters and her fictional universe, but as much as they (and Weiner herself) resent all the people they imagine to be looking down on them, they can be dismayingly ready to turn the tables and partake of the same arrogance themselves.”
“Rowling sued the [British tabloid] newspaper for libel in January over the piece which suggested she had told a false ‘sob story’ about being stigmatised by churchgoers” because she was a single mother at the time. The Mail has published an apology and retraction and paid “substantial damages”.
For years, researchers have reported that humans cannot truly multitask and that performance suffers when they try. Yet there seems to be “a tiny but persistent subset of the population – about two per cent – whose performance does not deteriorate, and can even improve, when multiple demands are placed on their attention.”
Co-adapter and -director Robert Icke: “[Orwell] thought that we would be reporting on ourselves, which is now obviously very true with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the fact that our phones now know exactly where we are … We are all completely self-reporting, which prompted us to switch round the words ‘Big Brother is watching you’ into ‘Big Brother is you watching’, which we’ve incorporated into our script.”
Adrian Searle surveys “a Turner shortlist that’s intent on being more serious – or at least more difficult and demanding than usual. Apart from the work of Phillips, there are few concessions here to visual pleasure or the easy headlines the prize often attracts.”
Critics have suggested that, with three or four documentaries on the case already out there, Devil’s Knot didn’t need to be made. Says Egoyan, “Journalists forget people haven’t seen the documentaries and don’t need the documentaries. … For people who don’t know the case, it’s a powerful experience. And it’s a huge risk dramatically, using a huge number of genres to tell the story – murder mystery, courtroom drama, procedural … It’s all over the map.”
“Directors tend to kind of let me do what I want to do. As a matter of fact, when I was doing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit … the director came up and he gave me a direction. … But as he walked away, he said, ‘You don’t mind me saying that to you, do you?’ And I said, ‘Mind? It’s the first piece of direction I’ve gotten in ten years! I love it!'”
Ingrid Brugge spent a two-season residency with the Royal Danish Ballet creating collages and manipulated images. “These have been collected within Bugge’s print book The Essence of Ballet. But they’ve been given an alternative life in a complementary interactive ibook in which Bugge both records and re-enacts aspects of her working process.”
The Bern Art Museum’s director says he’s thrilled but mystified by the gift, since Gurlitt, a reclusive Munich resident, had no connection at all to the museum or city. The collection, estimated to be worth roughly $1 billion, includes many works thought to have been looted from Jewish owners during World War II, so sorting out ownership issues will be long and messy.
“An Oscar-winning screenwriter, a billionaire film financier and a well-known magazine editor have come together to form a movie and television company built on a journalism foundation.”
“Now 88 years old, sharp as a tack and still the motivating force behind Opera San Jose, which she founded 30 years ago, [Irene] Dalis … is retiring. On June 30, she will let go of ‘my baby,’ … ceding her position as general director to Larry Hancock, her hand-groomed successor.”
“People who attend plays have a level of wellbeing equivalent to the amount of happiness derived from a £1,000 annual income increase, new research on the social impacts of culture has found.”
“Michael Blakemore, aged 85, is directing Angela Lansbury in … Blithe Spirit in the West End. Meanwhile the director Blanche McIntyre, 33, is staging Coward’s Tonight at 8.30, a series of nine one-act plays, on tour. Here, they swap ideas about his plays and his politics.”
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“Mowat, author of dozens of works including Lost in the Barrens and Never Cry Wolf, introduced Canada to readers around the world and shared everything from his time abroad during the Second World War, to his travels in the North and his concern for the deteriorating environment. More than 17 million copies of his books … have been sold worldwide.”
“Having assumed responsibility for Glyndebourne while still in his twenties (several years before his father’s death in 1962), Christie transformed it from an exclusive summer pursuit into a year-round business and a force on the international opera scene. And he did so, without a penny of taxpayers’ money for the festival.”
Columbia University’s Cloud Lab and a company called NeuroSky have been fitting out volunteers with brain-scanner headsets and having them walk around Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood; the headsets record second-by-second brain scans of the wearers’ responses to the cityscape. Is this science? (For now, they’re claiming it’s art.)
A piece commissioned from Miami-based R & R Studios, meant for the front of the main branch of the city’s public library, consists entirely of the word Y E S ! in bright red capital letters. “But this week, facing an onslaught of criticism, City Manager Jane Brautigam said the wheels of Boulder’s bureaucracy had spun a little too quickly.”
“Darm mit Charme (‘Charming Bowels’) – which has sat atop the German paperback charts for the last eight weeks and shifted more than 200,000 copies in the process – may deal with defecation, constipation and other bowel movements, but its message is far from flippant: our gastrointestinal tract is not only the body’s most under-appreciated organ, but ‘the brain’s most important adviser’.”
The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance is bringing on internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe to join the faculty as a professor in fall 2015 – just in time to greet the new school’s first batch of BFA dance majors.
“In some ways, it did suck. The dialogue was awful, the acting was mediocre at best …, and there are some glaring plot holes. We can debate whether its ultimate influence was positive or malign, but even with its weaknesses, the film’s success, and its persistence, were no accident.”
“Since Eurovision adopted its current voting system, where dozens of countries assign between one and 12 points to the competition’s entries via telephone voting, only 14 songs out of thousands have received the most dreaded rating of all: ‘Nul points’. … Its rarity is partly because of the competition’s scale: with so many countries voting, and so many geographical allegiances at play, your song has to be truly putrid to fail to collect one point from anyone.” (includes video hall of shame)
“We don’t tell people what to write or how to write or even what style to write in. But we do teach and talk a lot about how musicals are put together.”