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Spielberg’s Dreamworks Splits From Disney

September 3, 2015 - 10:34pm

“A new deal could mean a fresh start for DreamWorks, which has faced struggles from the inception of the Disney relationship. Sources say the DreamWorks team felt something of a strain from the start because its deal was negotiated with Dick Cook, then chairman of the studio, with the understanding that Disney would invest in DreamWorks’ films and invite DreamWorks to participate in some of its projects. But soon after the deal was made, Cook was ousted and Disney CEO Bob Iger set a strategy of fully financing Disney movies.”

Why Dreamworks Is Leaving Disney

September 3, 2015 - 10:31pm

“Although several studios are discussing the possibility of bringing DreamWorks into the fold, insiders say that Universal has the best shot at becoming DreamWorks’ new distribution partner when the previous deal runs its course next August.”

Chailly To Quit Leipzig Gewandhausorchester Four Years Early

September 3, 2015 - 10:28pm

What prompted the change of plan is not clear, though a statement issued by the orchestra implies it didn’t want him to leave. The city’s mayor Burkhard Jung is quoted as saying he ‘has conceded’ to Chailly’s desire to leave ‘in recognition of the exceptional accomplishments of Riccardo Chailly in furthering the artistic and international reputation of the Gewandhausorchester.’

Report: Match Funding Is Ineffective At Spurring Donations

September 3, 2015 - 10:15pm

Match funding schemes, often used by arts organisations to boost income, were tested in several field experiments as part of the survey, which also assessed how effective these were at encouraging donors to give more. The report said that the match funding experiments carried out found the method had “no significant effects… on donation behaviour”.

Hacking Used To Be Cool (Until It Got Hacked)

September 3, 2015 - 11:30am

“Unlike the open uprising of the liberation leader, the hacker impulse expresses itself via a constellation of minor acts of insurrection, often undertaken by individuals, creatively disguised to deprive authorities of the opportunity to retaliate. Once you’re attuned to this, you see hacks everywhere.”

Google’s Robots Have Been Hallucinating In Images. What’s THAT About?

September 3, 2015 - 10:36am

“The computer-made images feature scrolls of color, swirling lines, stretched faces, floating eyeballs, and uneasy waves of shadow and light. The machines seemed to be hallucinating, and in a way that appeared uncannily human.”

We Are The Stories We Tell? Don’t Believe It

September 3, 2015 - 10:26am

“We story ourselves and we are our stories. There’s a remarkably robust consensus about this claim, not only in the humanities but also in psychotherapy. It’s standardly linked with the idea that self-narration is a good thing, necessary for a full human life.” But it isn’t true.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Has Been Focused On Diversity. Here’s How It’s Going…

September 3, 2015 - 9:56am

“Once settled in your seat, I suspect the first thing you’d notice would be the unusual ethnic and racial diversity onstage.”

We Asked Music Critics Who Are The World’s Best Orchestras And Conductors…

September 3, 2015 - 9:15am

Five of the world’s greatest orchestras, as collectively ranked, are German….

Dean Jones, The Go-To Leading Man Of Disney’s Golden Age, Dead At 84

September 3, 2015 - 4:33am

“Precocious and multitalented as a youth, the boyishly handsome Mr. Jones began his career as a teenage radio host and performer in amateur musical revues. He became a stage actor, and he and Jane Fonda made their Broadway debuts together. But it was not until the mid-1960s that he found his niche, as the affable, hapless, clean-cut Everyman in a series of genial family comedies produced by the Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1965 with That Darn Cat!

Carbuncle Cup 2015: The Worst Building Of The Year In Britain Is –

September 3, 2015 - 4:21am

– just awful. “It has singed shopfronts, melted cars and caused great gusts of wind to sweep pedestrians off their feet. … Responsible for a catalogue of catastrophes, it is hard to imagine a building causing more damage if it tried.”

The Kids In Brooklyn Who’ve Really Got Opera Figured Out

September 3, 2015 - 4:20am

James Jorden: “It’s not easy to pin down exactly what makes LoftOpera so unlike the myriad other small opera companies that dot New York, but whatever that disparity might be, it makes all the difference.”

Cooper Union Reaches Settlement With NYS Attorney General And Alumni

September 3, 2015 - 4:19am

The agreement doesn’t provide for the return of free tuition – yet – but it does end the current litigation over that issue and provide for outside financial oversight.

Oliver Sacks’s Final Article

September 3, 2015 - 4:18am

“Walter, previously a moderate eater, developed a ravenous appetite. ‘He started to gain weight,’ his wife later told me, ‘and his pants changed three sizes in six months.’ … He was also prone to getting ‘stuck’ in various activities – playing the piano, for example, for eight or nine hours at a time. Even more disquieting was the development of an insatiable sexual appetite.”

The One Interview Elena Ferrante Gave To An American Outlet

September 3, 2015 - 4:17am

At least it was long and meaty enough to be made into a two-part Q&A.

Wadsworth Atheneum In Hartford Puts Final Touches On A Comeback

September 3, 2015 - 4:17am

“On Sept. 19, after a five-year, relatively humble $33 million renovation, the Wadsworth is finally reopening the Morgan Memorial Building … and its European galleries, which have been mostly closed since 2009. … For the first time in 50 years all the Wadsworth’s galleries will be open at once.”

For Whom Should (Or Shouldn’t) Broadway Dim Its Lights? It’s Less Simple A Question Than Ever

September 3, 2015 - 4:09am

“For at least 50 years, New York has honored the passing of lifelong theater-industry participants by briefly dimming the lights of Broadway marquees. But in the social-media era, the decision over whose legacy merits the tradition is kicking up painful public controversy.”

The Sharpest Comedy On Television Aired On HBO This Summer, And You Probably Never Knew It Was There

September 3, 2015 - 4:08am

Francine Prose: “Offhandedly mocking our inadequate, improvisatory foreign policy in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, The Brink is so funny, so inventive – and so fearless in what it has to say about geopolitics – that watching it would be pure pleasure were the events it depicts not so uncomfortably close to the perilous reality of the world in which we live.”

Julie Kent’s New Jobs At ABT

September 3, 2015 - 4:07am

“Julie Kent, the star ballerina who retired as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater in June, is taking on several new roles with the company, including as the artistic director of its summer intensive programs for young dancers.”

Ambiguity – How Did It Get To Be So Valued In Art?

September 3, 2015 - 4:01am

“Above all, how did it come to take on, at least for some, a cloak of liberal righteousness, to shift from being an aesthetic to a moral virtue, as if the text that wasn’t clear, that didn’t state its preferences clearly, were ethically superior to the text that does. In every other sphere of expression ambiguity is a flaw. Clarity is prized.”