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In Los Angeles, Small Theatres Are Quietly And Not So Quietly Freaking Out About Equity’s Minimum Wage Proposal

February 23, 2015 - 12:30pm

“By the time the meeting broke up it looked as if a civil war were at hand and that, in an extreme rarity for the U.S. labor movement, a substantial force within a union was mobilizing against a pay hike.”

These Are The Actors Who Make Background Conversation In Every Movie And TV Show

February 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

“In the film Selma, as marchers were beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, audiences saw a crowd of extras mouthing dialogue and shouts — but they were hearing loopers, who recorded the shouts and screams in postproduction.”

What Is Acting, Really?

February 23, 2015 - 11:30am

“Certainly impersonation has long been part of the acting tradition, and the skill required in building a character from the outside in is equal to the skill that builds a character from the inside out. My question instead is why the outside-in version, particularly when it involves miming an extreme ailment or an actual person, has become the default for Oscar voters.”

What’s Up With The State Legislatures Threatening AP History?

February 23, 2015 - 11:00am

“Among the Republican committee’s more specific concerns were that the framework ‘includes little or no discussion of the Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the religious influences on our nation’s history and many other critical topics that have always been part of the APUSH course'”

Who, And What, Won At The 2015 Oscars?

February 23, 2015 - 9:30am

Hint: A lot, but not all, of the Oscars went to a film about a movie star trying to find meaning through theatre.

Indeed, Why *Did* A Certain Movie Win So Many Oscars?

February 23, 2015 - 9:29am

“Above them all, at the Oscars at least, came ‘Birdman,’ which has very little to do with the real world, but everything to do with creative egos and hermetic artistic pursuits. This year, that seemed right and preferable to the Oscar voters. It was a movie that believed in actors, and forgave everyone’s flaws, and knew how to put on a show.”

A New Conducting Award Honors Julius Rudel, Former Music Director Of The New York City Opera

February 23, 2015 - 9:00am

“The program, which is being financed through a bequest from the Rudel estate, will give some Mannes conducting students residencies with the Buffalo Philharmonic, which Mr. Rudel once led.”

The Power Of The #Ballet Hashtag

February 23, 2015 - 8:30am

“Ballet is easily the most photogenic of the sports. An art form that toes the line between performance and feats of athleticism, it’s filled with pirouettes and arabesques that when frozen in a frame appear like paintings or perfectly sculpted statues.”

Second Stage Gets Extra Time To Find Money To Purchase Helen Hayes Theatre

February 23, 2015 - 8:00am

“A roughly $21 million balance exists on the total purchase price of $24.75 million.”

Remember That Time The Terrible Movie Mentioned A ‘First Edition’ Of The Iliad?

February 23, 2015 - 7:30am

Well, reports are in: AbeBooks is reporting that “The Iliad: First Edition” has been the top search term since the Jennifer Lopez vehicle “The Boy Next Door” opened.

Top Posts From AJBlogs For 02.22.15

February 23, 2015 - 1:15am

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The Academy Merely Reflects Hollywood’s Beyond Dismal Record On Women Directors

February 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

“If you’re going to risk millions of dollars, you’re going to put a man in charge of that.”

Los Angeles Mayor Now Begging Studios To Shoot In Hollywood (And Not Georgia)

February 22, 2015 - 3:45pm

“Our entertainment industry is essential to our city’s identity and economy, and this campaign represents the next step in a strategic agenda to ensure Los Angeles remains the entertainment capital of the world.”

More Americans See Actors In Redface On Stage Than Ever See Native Actors

February 22, 2015 - 3:30pm

“My grandma walked straight to the president’s grave. She stood for half a second, then her neck arched back, her body heaved forward, and for the first time in my life, I saw my grandma spit. It wasn’t a casual spit. It was a once in a lifetime spit. I watched as the saliva of our ancestors flowed through her mouth and hit that grave with an echo that turned heads and stopped conversations.”

Grand Budapest Hotel Is The Rarest Of Things: A Thoughtful Comedy About The Holocaust

February 22, 2015 - 3:00pm

“To be sure, the period also needs to continue to be addressed head on. But hundreds of thousands of people who might otherwise shy away saw this movie, and took away its important lessons about tolerance, governance, and the rule of law. That matters.”

Why Do People Relate To Characters Who Aren’t Real?

February 22, 2015 - 2:45pm

“Fiction offers many pleasures – we may enjoy its capacity to make the world anew for us through its descriptions, or to advance our understanding of science or philosophy through its application of ideas to examples of human behaviour, but although it does – on examination – seem so faint as to be numinous, nonetheless it’s our conviction that fictional characters’ hopes, fears and desires matter that allows fictions to become facts on the ground – a ground we sympathetically traverse alongside them.”

Yes, The 3D Printer Will Initiate A Revolution – In Counterfeiting

February 22, 2015 - 2:15pm

“The potential impact of 3D printers for counterfeiting just keeps on growing: A recent report by Gartner Group speculates that intellectual property loss due to 3D printer counterfeiting could total $100 billion by 2018.”

To Become Great, Picasso Needed Paris

February 22, 2015 - 2:00pm

“Great French artists fed Picasso’s changing styles, while the city itself – with its sleaze and bohemianism – inspired his imagination.”

Crowdsourcing A Beloved Bookstore’s Minimum Wage Raise

February 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

“It occurred to Beatts that, to his customers, something like a membership might seem not only like an opportunity to help Borderlands but also like a genuine business transaction: they would be paying for the continued existence of what, to them, was an important gathering place.”

Dear Movie Studios: How About Bundling All Of The Oscar Nominees Into One Streaming Package?

February 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

“It isn’t hard to imagine someone downloading a best picture bundle and plowing through two or three movies a night the week leading up to the Oscars. The proposition has the added bonus of heightening interest in the broadcast, thus driving viewers to it and perhaps sparking their interest in other nominees, creating a theoretical virtuous cycle.”