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Movies, Documentaries and Museum Exhibits
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SOURCE: BBC (8-12-09)
James Gorin von Grozny, from Devon, paid £150 for the work which he believes was painted by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1838.
But art experts say Landseer would have had no call to paint the sisters who were not famous at that date.
The only known portrait of the sisters was painted by their brother, Branwell.
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-13-09)
...Cleveland's museum is anything but bush league. A look at the beautifully restored and hung collections in the older buildings renovated under Mr. Viñoly's master plan as well as the 25,000 square feet of new space offers evidence that much of what Cleveland owns is world class. Moreover, the unique vision of Sherman Lee, the museum's seminal director for a quarter century, remains alive, even if what's in the new East Wing galleries shows that his vision has been somewhat enlarged and updated.
Lee came to the...
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (8-13-09)
How many people have read it? It can be said with some certainty that having sold between 20 million and 30 million copies, "The Godfather" is one of the best-selling books of all time. By most yardsticks, it is one of the top 10 best-selling works of American fiction. Four decades later, it's still selling, in a paperback edition from the New American Library...
...Italian-American gangsters were a part of our popular culture long before Puzo's novel. "But it was Puzo's genius to turn them into family men," says Maria Laurino, author of "Old World Daughter, New...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-13-09)
Mr Brumby said the exhibition comprises more than 100 works from the internationally renowned Städel Museum in Germany by artists including Monet, Cézanne and Renoir, and is the first time this collection of works will be displayed outside Europe.
“More than 170,000 people have already visited the current NGV Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire, and we expect the Städel exhibition will further position Victoria as an international centre for the arts and major events,” Mr Brumby said.
“The Städel exhibition is a major coup for the state and we expect it to draw interstate and international tourists alongside other attractions such as the Spring Racing Carnival and...
SOURCE: Art Fag City (8-5-09)
Hedy Lamarr, legally Hedwig Kiesler, was born on November 9, 1914, in Vienna.
In 1933, in the movie Ekstase, she simulated the first orgasm seen onscreen in cinematic history; in another scene, she swims naked in a lake. From 1933-1937, she was married to Austrian munitions factory owner Fritz Mandl. Afterward, she emigrated to the USA....
SOURCE: The Daily Beast (8-12-09)
SOURCE: The Atlantic (8-9-09)
“Holocaust movies always have Jews as victims,” he said, plainly exasperated by Hollywood’s lack of imagination. “We’ve seen that story before. I want to see something different. Let’s see Germans that are scared of Jews. Let’s not have everything build up to a big misery, let’s actually take the fun of action-movie cinema and apply it to this situation.”...
...Munich, though, is a neurotic’s delight in comparison to Tarantino’s preposterous, sporadically brutal, and greatly entertaining new film, Inglourious Basterds. (The misspellings are intentional, for reasons that Tarantino won’t fully explain.) Though he opens the film with the murder of a Jewish family in a French farmhouse, he spends much of the rest...
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (8-12-09)
The twangy music and German-accented lyrics and are down to the Hamburg busker Stefanie Hempel, a self-confessed Fab Four fanatic who has begun taking tourists on a warts-and-all Beatles tour of the city's red light district.
On her late night excursions of the Reeperbahn, she explains that when the lads from Liverpool briefly lived here in the early Sixties, they used to urinate from balconies and pump themselves full of an amphetamine-based slimming pill to cope with their punishing routine of all-night gigs.
Visitors are taken to the site of the former Bambi cinema off the Reeperbahn's main street, where The Beatles slept behind the screen in bunk beds and had to wash in sinks in the...
In the exhibition, historical and contemporary artworks are juxtaposed to examine the subversion of the purpose and intent of the original image, when early religious iconography gave way to new market oriented genres, and commissioned art pieces evolved into mass produced images. This theme has been explored with artworks from the port city of Antwerp – the origins of art commercialisation, where in the 16th century, there was already a prosperous art market lucrative enough to support an industry of mass produced paintings and prints.
The exhibition also offers the opportunity for visitors to see original oil paintings by...
Italy was living at the time a period of great creative ardour in all fields, from cinema to literature, from arts to photography. The country had just come out of the war, and in the developed areas was in the middle of the great work of industrial transformation. The climax of neorealism brought innovative sights on this society in transformation with messages that penetrated deeply in the population thanks to the diffusion of...
SOURCE: http://www.timesfreepress.com (8-8-09)
Staff members from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H., traveled to Dayton, Tenn., in February 2008 to film interviews about the Scopes Trial and take images for their documentary. The project, titled "Theatre On Trial-Inherit the Wind and the 1925 Scopes Trial," compares the award-winning play with the historical record, and includes interviews with scientists, historians and Dayton residents.
The Award of Merit recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve and interpret state and local history, according to the AASLH. The association honored 59 individuals and organizations with Awards of Merit.
Four WOW Awards were presented. It is an additional recognition for an Award...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-11-09)
Beginning in 1933, government-sponsored art programs provided work relief for artists, employing them as muralists, painters, sculptors, art educators and researchers. New Deal programs, such as the Civil Works Administration’s Public Works of Art Program, the Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture and the Works...
SOURCE: Artdaily.org (8-11-09)
Curated by Anna-Louise Kratzsch, critic and director of the Leipzig International Art Programme (LIA), the exhibition is also a testament to this former East German city, which survived both the Nazi and Communist regimes. With a past and present that revolve artistically around the storied Leipzig School – including Wolfgang Mattheuer, Bernard Heisig, Werner Tübke, and more recently Neo Rauch – Leipzig today is both a rising international center for art and a symbol of creative urban renewal. A sprawling, formerly derelict cotton mill, the...
SOURCE: The New Republic (8-10-09)
And then the establishment, this time in the form of FBI, finally did--...
SOURCE: Daniel Bruno Sanz at the Huffington Post (8-5-09)
A specter is haunting the United States: the specter of nuclear attack without nuclear war. Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran, Pakistan and North Korea, capable state and shadowy non-state actors contemplate flattening an American city with a device smuggled into the United States at one hundred possible ports of entry. It would have no return address. The scenarios of holocaust are many and multiply with the advance of technology and the Information Age. What will this lead to?
1939 was an exciting year in both physics and science fiction. Uranium fission was discovered, fantastic novels and films by Orson Welles and H.G.Wells were popular and academic journals, newspapers and magazines openly discussed atomic energy. However, most American physicists were skeptical that atomic energy could actually be harnessed and there was no atomic research outside of obscure university laboratories. But Budapest born physicist Leo Szilard, a protégé of Einstein and recent arrival...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (8-6-09)
Bradford-born actor Andrew-Lee Potts is also cast together with relative newcomer Caterina Scorsone, who will play Alice.
It comes as a new Alice in Wonderland film from Tim Burton which stars Johnny Depp, who will play the Mad Hatter, is due to be released in March 2010.
In Willing's version, the main character Alice Hamilton is an independent 20-something in an outlandish city of twisted towers and casinos run by a Queen of Hearts played by Kathy Bates.
Carroll's flamingos are then turned into a cross between motorbikes and biplanes.
At the show's launch in Los Angeles, Willing said his version would be "much racier, tougher and sexier".
"Our show is very different from faithful adaptations of 'Alice in Wonderland'," he said...
SOURCE: Times (UK) (8-7-09)
Portrait of Pastor Swalmius has been verified as a Rembrandt after samples of its canvas were found to match the material used for two other masterpieces by the 17th-century Dutch painter.
Curators of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp were overjoyed at the discovery — not because the painting’s estimated value has increased overnight from €1 million (£850,000) to €20 million, but because it has evened the score of one Rembrandt each with its rival Royal Museum in Brussels.
“This museum bought the painting in 1886 and was assured at the time that it was a genuine Rembrandt but after some time the varnish became very dark and connoisseurs were no longer sure that it was genuine,” Véronique van Passel, a spokeswoman for the museum, said.
The painting was...
SOURCE: Kansiscity.com (8-4-09)
“This,” Damon tells his shrink, “will knock you on your ass.”
That line turned out to be one part product placement, one part prophecy.
Damon grew up next to Zinn, who taught at Boston University, and the young actor-to-be read “People’s History” when it was published in 1980.
“It had a huge impact on my life,” said Damon, who co-wrote the “Good Will” screenplay with Ben Affleck.
Zinn’s book was American history from the bottom up, telling our story not from the POV of the country’s great men, but the ordinary men and women who led popular movements to organize labor, fight for equal rights, end slavery and the Vietnam War and other causes.
Damon had no intention of limiting his enthusiasm for Zinn’s book to a shout-out from Will Hunting. As soon as he...
SOURCE: Newsreal (8-5-09)
Though the identity of the Photoshop artist is unknown to anyone, the Christian Science Monitor concludes, disapprovingly, that "a conservative graffiti artist" is the culprit. Adds the Monitor: "Now, digitized copies of the portraits have gone viral, spiraling across Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. Predictably, the right-wing blogosphere is bursting at the seams with glee."
Even more predictably, leftists have begun to complain that the portrait...