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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-8-08)
And my God what an eclectic bunch it is. Among the twelve nominees we have a Spanish horror thriller about a TV report going terribly wrong, a German drama about sweet kids turning into a bunch of fascists and a French comedy about a Provençal postman moving to northern France. Flying the flag for Britain are, in two very different genres, Atonement and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
First up are historical epics. The most high-profile one is Mongol, which chronicles the early years of Genghis Khan. Shot entirely in Mongolian, it is considered a European movie since it's a German-Russian-Kazakh co-production. If Israel can sing...
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (10-6-08)
SOURCE: http://www.ky3.com (10-3-08)
Bush also came bearing good news. She designated the site was an official project of the Save America's Treasures, which makes it eligible for a preservation grant.
A quiet walk through the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum is something that the first lady says she has looked forward to doing for years.
“I loved her books. My mother read them to me when I was little, before I could read,” she said.
Bush says she felt a close relationship with the young girl in those stories, when she was a child.
SOURCE: Press Release (10-6-08)
Each new episode of When Weather Changed History will premiere Sundays at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. ET, with a number of repeats throughout the following week. The series is produced by Towers Productions, and season two will provide insights to weather’s effect on momentous historic events such as D-Day, the Titanic and the Hindenburg as well as in-depth exposition about well-known American experiences like the Dust Bowl, the Great Chicago Fire, and the Galveston hurricane. Encore presentations will be presented Monday through Saturday at 9 p.m. and 12 a.m. ET.
A Spanish author has claimed that the actor had secretly met with General Franco to convey a message to the fascist dictator in a bid to prevent him from joining forces with Hitler and Mussolini.
José Rey-Ximena claims that Howard used a former lover to get close to the dictator after being given the special mission by Winston Churchill.
"Thanks to him, at least in theory, Spain was persuaded to stay out of the war," Mr Rey-Ximena claimed of the actor famous for his portrayal of Ashley Wilkes, in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (10-7-08)
Yesterday, Saatchi revealed a new collection of YCAs, or Young Chinese Artists, after unveiling the world's largest free-entry contemporary art gallery in private hands.
A giant faeces sculpture called Indigestion II, replicas of London buildings made from dog chews, and models of elderly men resembling leading statesmen playing "dodgems" in wheelchairs were some of the artworks occupying the 70,000 sq ft, four-storey gallery on London's King's Road for its inaugural exhibition, The Revolution Continues: New Art from China.
Speaking to The Independent about his initial hesitations about the collection, Saatchi said: "First I hated it. Then I liked it. Now that I've hung it, I'm mad about it." In 2005, the...
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-4-08)
The power of their pictures and those of other photojournalists grew until the 1960s when the Vietnam War became the most photographed war in history and one in which certain iconic pictures influenced American public opinion heavily.
Today all that has changed. Photojournalists are no longer the only ones taking photographs on the front line. Soldiers, insurgents, civilians and refugees all take photographs with their own cameras or mobile phones and can transmit them within minutes to their families or to the internet and news media. Brett Rogers,...
SOURCE: Tehran Times (10-6-08)
“It will be kept at the place in its existing shape; perhaps it will be restored at some point in the future,” he added.
According to former curator Habibollah Sadeqi, TMCA planned to restore the statue in order to reinstall the artwork at the yard of TMCA by the end of the Iranian calendar year -- March 20, 2009.
The 4-meter high statue was created by the prominent Iranian sculptor Bahman Mohasses in 1975 by order of the City Theater Complex director and was installed in front of the complex.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it was removed from the site because it was deemed as contrary to the revolution’s criteria due to its unique shape...
SOURCE: Tehran Times (10-6-08)
The tomb was constructed on an octagon plane with a rotary dome representing the architectural style of Attar’s mausoleum in Neyshabur, Khorasan Razavi Province.
The dome covering an area of 100 square meters will be covered with turquoise-colored tiles in the planetarium style.
Born in the village of Rudak (Panjrud) in Khorasan, now located in present-day Tajikistan, Rudaki was the first great literary genius of the modern Persian language who composed poetry in “New Persian,” which is written in the Perso-Arabic alphabet script...
SOURCE: Observer (UK) (10-5-08)
Until now, Sheen has been defined by his brace of performances as Blair. The Deal recreated the charm offensive of the PM-in-waiting, and the leadership pact made by Blair and Gordon Brown, while The Queen unpicked the part played by Blair in the redemption of the Windsors after the fall-out from Princess Diana's death.
That considerable achievement will shortly be overshadowed by his latest role, as David Frost in Frost/Nixon, which kicks off the London Film Festival on 15 October and opens nationwide in January. Like Peter Morgan's 2006 play, Ron Howard's film takes as its focus...
David Greig's witty translation brings contemporary irony to a play that offers an original perspective on ancient history, while anticipating the extremes of 20th-century dictatorships. Both aspects are evoked in Conor Hanratty's strikingly austere production. Tilly Grimes' costumes have a formality that dispels any toga-and-sandals cliches.
The shining black surfaces of Deirdre Dwyer's abstract set suggest a series of mirrors, framing the pool in which Caligula gazes, unable to see beyond his own reflected image. Will O'Connell convincingly swings from cold rationality...
As part of an advertising campaign this year, Dylan was asked to name the lyric or verse that had the greatest impact on his life. Rather than quoting his idol Woody Guthrie or poet Dylan Thomas, from whom it is thought that Robert Zimmerman took his name, Dylan selected A Red, Red Rose, written by Robert Burns in 1794.
"O, my luve's like a red, red rose," the poem begins, "That's newly sprung in June. / O, my luve's like the melodie, / That's sweetly play'd in tune."
The selection was made as part of HMV's My Inspiration campaign. The adverts were launched two years ago with a spot by David Bowie, who chose lyrics written by Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd....
Dacre Stoker delved into his ancestor's handwritten notes on the original Dracula novel to pen his sequel, Dracula: The Un-Dead - the original name for Dracula before an editor changed the title. The novel, out next October, draws on excised characters, existing character back-stories and plot threads that were cut from Stoker's original novel, first published 111 years ago.
The new book is set in London in 1912, a quarter of a century after the Count apparently "crumbled into dust". Vampire-hunter Van Helsing's protégé Dr Seward is now a disgraced morphine addict, and Quincey, the son of Stoker's hero Jonathan, has become involved in a troubled theatre production of Dracula, directed and produced by Bram Stoker...
The drawings and paintings were not signed and were meant to be used for strategic purposes and not as works of art. Hardy gave it to Reverend Dr Alexander Scott, who was Nelson's private secretary and who rubbed the naval hero's chest on his deathbed.
The 10" by 12" painting has been handed down from generation to generation through Dr Scott's family and has never before been on public display.
A private collector paid £3,850 for it after it was put up for sale at an auction. Hardy used water colour paint and pencil on paper for the painting of the unidentified 40 gun ship shortly before he joined HMS Victory...
That little story tells us two things. One is that the artist-superstar, companion of the rich and powerful, is not a modern phenomenon. It dates back at least five centuries. The other point is the importance that portraiture had at the height of the Renaissance. Even a king seized the opportunity to be drawn by a great artist.
Portraiture mattered then, and pictures of people from that era are...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (4-10-08)
Adjusting to hard physical work in wild weather was not the only challenge for the team of two archaeologists and a historian who retreated to deepest Shropshire to live for a year as Victorian farmers.
"Braces were a revelation," says Langlands, one of the archaeologists. "They used to wear their trousers much higher in those days, Simon Cowell-style.
At first we were using belts - seriously uncomfortable. The switch was a godsend."
It was the urge to get out of the library and find out more about the gritty details of the "forgotten voices" of rural life 150 years ago that led the group to conduct the experiment as a follow-up to a television series shown in 2005.
Tales From The Green Valley featured the same enthusiastic trio...
SOURCE: http://www.tcpalm.com/news (10-2-08)
Set in contemporary Moscow and the frozen northern town of Archangel, Craig stars as Fluke Kelso in this three-hour mystery-thriller that revisits the stark landscape of Communist Russia.
His fateful meeting with a former Stalinist bodyguard leads to the uncovering of one of the world’s most dangerous and best-kept secrets. He’s led through murder and intrigue across Moscow and up to northern Russia toward his own holy grail — Joseph Stalin’s secret legacy, a legacy that could change the face of Russian history forever.
SOURCE: http://www.theroot.com (10-3-08)
Way down those small roads, and through those tiny close-knit communities of easy chatter and lazy porch nights, way back past trees where dark bodies hung like broken branches, is a black history raw and infected, oozing with secrets at once calloused and quaking to the touch.
On Sunday, Oct. 5, TV One will air the documentary, "Murder in Black and White, Moore's Ford" narrated by Rev. Al Sharpton. The story chronicles the brutal beating and mutilation of two...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-4-08)
The photographs, believed lost for more than 40 years, are among a series featuring the star of Some Like it Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in a series of erotic poses wearing not much more than a set of pearls and a sultry pout.
They were taken by New York photographer Bert Stern, now 78, during a now legendary three day session with the star at Los Angeles' Bel Air Hotel in July 1962, just six weeks before she died from an overdose of barbiturates.
The shots from the famed "Last Session" were recreated by Mr Stern in a photo session with the actress Lindsay Lohan.
According to papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Mr Stern gave a selection of the pictures, which were originally shot for Vogue magazine, to the long...
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (10-4-08)