“Most music worldwide has been tuned to A=440 Hz since the International Standards Organization (ISO) promoted it in 1953. However, studies regarding the vibratory nature of the universe indicate that this pitch is disharmonious with the natural resonance of nature and may generate negative effects on human behaviour and consciousness.”
The maestro, who turns 89 next spring, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years.
“One time, the Bunny from the battle scene, danced by a school child, wet herself onstage, and we had to navigate around the yellow snow. The dressers were furious afterward because one of the dancers had to kneel in the puddle.”
“In the last six months, Snowden — like Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs before him — has become the personification of our fears and desires about the awesome power and potential downside of digital technology.”
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In 1942, “the 22-year-old from rural North Carolina saw an ad for dance instructors. Soon she was interviewing for a position at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, the inspiration of a Hungarian immigrant whose franchises were expanding across the country.”
“It’s no surprise that one of the most successful French films of recent years was The Artist and it had no language and was a silent film.”
“The launch of Beyoncé was a pop-culture event in itself, quite apart from the actual music.”
“Mr. Vizzini wrote openly about his struggles with depression and spoke about it with student groups. One of his most celebrated novels, ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ published in 2006, is based on the five days he spent in the psychiatric ward of a Brooklyn hospital in 2004.”
Change isn’t coming quickly: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters (the ones who vote for the Oscars) are still 93 percent white and 76 percent male.
“There was no more compelling trend this year than the dramatic, high-profile death.”
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“For some families, a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ is a Christmas tradition; for others, this ballet, any ballet, is exotic and perhaps intimidating, an art form that speaks an unfamiliar visual language.”
“You’re talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can’t get their movie into a theater!”