The Wizard Of Movie Sound


“To an exclusive circle of independent filmmakers who know how much his collages of sound and musical refinement added to their movies from the late seventies to the early nineties, his name is still invoked with an affection verging on awe.”

Could ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ Become Reality?


“Now, with 20% of 2.3 million war veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the US, the engineering of traumatic memories now is more than a philosophical curiosity [or conceit of a film], but a medical priority. A definitive study published early this year has now claimed memory adjustment from the domain of fiction: Researchers were able to modify the distant recollections of fear in mice, opening way to novel PTSD therapeutics in the future.”

Syrian Refugee, Once A Movie Star, Gets Hollywood Ending

Jay Abdo

After a 30-year career in Arabic film, TV and theater, Jihad Abdo could barely go out in public in Syria without being followed by fans. Then, as civil war broke out, he fell afoul of the Assad regime and fled. He wound up as yet another out-of-work actor in L.A. – until he happened to meet (of all people) Werner Herzog.

Jane Campion: Film Industry Is Inherently Sexist


“It’s not that I resent the male filmmakers – I love all of them – but there’s something that women are doing that we don’t get to know enough about. It’s always a surprise when a woman filmmaker does come out and we get a feminine vision.”

Competition Heats Up In America’s Spanish Language Media


“For years, the two established Spanish-language media companies — Univision Communications and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo — have dominated the space. But with more than $2.5 billion in annual advertising revenue up for grabs, Latino media has become one of the hottest and most competitive corners of the industry.”

Hawthorne: LA Motion Picture Museum Needs A Rethink


Christopher Hawthorne: “By refusing to budge on its construction timeline, the academy is doubling down on the least-promising elements of the design. Sure, some refinements might smooth out some of its more obvious wrinkles. What they won’t do is salvage the design as a whole.”

How China’s Art World Is Changing (Quickly)


Artists becoming more faithful to their galleries, dealers more committed to nurturing and developing artists’ careers, collectors better at respecting the rules, and China’s museum boom have combined to dramatically change the art landscape in the past few years.

What Live Theatre Can Learn From The Movies


“Cinema has no trouble evoking a world that exists beyond the borders of the film frame. Tom Sutcliffe, in his book Watching, describes the moment when the vast spacecraft whooshes into view during the opening shot of Star Wars as the revelation of the “unseen off-screen”. Most theatre struggles in my experience to conjure an equivalent sense of expanse.”

Vandalized Rothko Back On View At Tate Modern

Black on Maroon 1958 by Mark Rothko 1903-1970

“It has been a deliberately slow, painstaking process, but 18 months after Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon was vandalised with quick drying and theoretically indelible graffiti ink, Tate Modern has revealed the successful results of one of its most difficult restoration projects.”

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Paris’s Picasso Controversies


“One centers on the Paris Picasso Museum, where renovations have dragged for five years amid accusations of mismanagement, labor problems and clashes between the artist’s family and the French government. The other is about the fate of a Left Bank studio where Picasso lived and worked for 19 years, and painted his famed anti-war opus “Guernica” in 1937.”

Anonymous 4: We’re Breaking Up For Real This Time


Their 2004 break-up announcement “was sort of half-hearted”, says Marsha Genensky of medieval music’s superstar girl group. “Really what we were doing was going from over-frenetic to reasonable.” But after another decade – and what will total 30 years together when they disband for good in 2016 – the four women are ready for other things. (includes preview of new album)

The Death Of Entrepreneurship?


It is “the age of the start-up,” and “American entrepreneurship is plummeting.” We are witnessing the Cambrian Explosion of apps and the mass extinction of apps. These are the glory days of risk, and we are taking fewer risks than ever.

A New Multimedia Anne Frank Play – Could It Become A Cash Cow?

anne frank play

“With its copyright on the diaries of Anne Frank approaching expiration in many countries by 2016, the [Anne Frank Foundation] commissioned what it hopes will be a permanent production that can travel to other countries.” Controversy has ensued, of course – including rivalry between the Swiss-based Foundation and the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam, where the play has premiered.