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“Trade characters” like Aunt Jemima and the Quaker Oats man used to be much more common in American commerce than they are today, writes logo expert James I. Bowie in Marker. They were so common, in fact, that the US Patent and Trademark Office assigned six-digit codes to trademark applications to “capture personal characteristics, including race and gender, as they were perceived in American culture many decades ago”: There are codes for Native Americans and Asian Pacific people, but not fo...
Tags: Art, Design, Instagram, Film, Washington Post, Punctuation, Government, White House, Cars, US, Domains, German, New York Times, Linguistics, Contests, Interior Department


'That is our job in theatre – I'm gonna make you love me!' Noma Dumezweni meets Harriet Walter

The stars of stage and screen chat about playing witches, seeing ghosts and stepping into another legend’s shoesThey have enjoyed huge success on TV with The Undoing and Killing Eve, respectively, but Noma Dumezweni and Harriet Walter started out on stage. They met in 1999, when Dumezweni played a witch and understudied Walter as Lady Macbeth for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The pair caught up to discuss Dumezweni’s role as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, theatre ghosts ...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Harry Potter, Royal Shakespeare Company, Black Lives Matter, Walter, Noma Dumezweni, Hermione Granger, Noma, Lady Macbeth, Harriet Walter, Dumezweni


‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdownThere have been many notable nightclubs in film history. The Blue Angel in the Marlene Dietrich movie; the Copacabana in Goodfellas, accessible to privileged wiseguys via the kitchen; the Slow Club in Blue Velvet, with the emotionally damaged star turn Isabella Rossellini singing the song of the same name. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Games, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Theatre, Dance, Culture, Stage, Dance music, Electronic Music, Clubbing, Goodfellas, Carol Ann Duffy, Isabella Rossellini


Ruth E Carter: 'Nothing is set in stone until the camera starts rolling'

The Oscar-winning costume designer of Black Panther talks her illustrious career as well as her future, including what to expect from the Marvel sequelThere were a number of historic breakthroughs as a result of Marvel’s blockbusting adventure Black Panther: the highest-grossing film from a black director, the highest-grossing film with a black lead and the first ever black winner for the best costume design Oscar.The winner was Ruth E Carter, whose major moment of recognition came after a caree...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Film, Atlanta, Culture, Art and design, Black Panther, Ruth E Carter, Scad Fash Museum of Fashion Film


Tights! Spatulas! Action! The madcap world of chain reaction videos

Need your hair cut? Cake served? No problem! Lockdown has led millions to discover the work of Joseph Herscher and friends, whose absurdly complicated ‘labour-saving’ machines reveal the potential for magic in the everyday“It’s one thing to maim myself,” says Joseph Herscher. “But maiming someone else? I’m not sure I could live with that. At least I’d have it on tape, but it’d still suck to be killed by one of my machines.”Herscher, 36, is a chain reaction artist who works out of his bedroom in ...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Science, Technology, Film, Youtube, Culture, Brooklyn, Engineering, Art and design, Television & radio, Sculpture, Installation, Children's Tv, Rube Goldberg, Short Films


Kim Novak on Hitchcock, Sinatra and why she turned her back on Hollywood to paint

Kim Novak starred in Vertigo – voted the best film ever made – but knew she was too fragile for fame. She talks about her tough childhood, the sensitive side of Sinatra and starting again in her fortiesKim Novak apologises for the mess. And, to be fair, the studio at her Oregon home is fabulously messy. Behind her are a couple of canvases she has been working on; to the left and right, all sorts of all sorts. At the back of the room, her rescue dog, Patches, lies on a sofa, half snoozing, half l...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Film, Oregon, Culture, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Sinatra, Novak, Kim Novak, Hitchcock, Hitchcock Sinatra, Sadie Ann


In the Absence of Light: celebrating the history of black artists in America

In a compelling new HBO documentary, film-maker Sam Pollard speaks to prominent creatives to tell the struggle and success of African American art“I get up at 7.30 in the morning and then I’m at my computer working, thinking about new ideas, pushing along the projects that I’m involved in,” 70-year-old Sam Pollard explains. The documentary film-maker, as an editor, frequently collaborated with Spike Lee on films such as Mo’ Better Blues, 4 Little Girls and Bamboozled. His storied directing caree...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Film, America, Culture, Art and design, Spike Lee, Little Girls, Sam Pollard, Documentary films, Trains Runnin


Miranda Richardson's teenage obsessions: 'I rescued a kestrel and became fascinated by birds of prey'

With the release of her new film Rams, the actor remembers her love of westerns and John Wayne, playing male parts at her all girls’ school and the thrill of frightening humourI grew up in Southport, Lancashire, with a cinema about 50 yards from my house. So Saturday mornings were spent with The ABC Minors: the Saturday cinema club with the theme song set to the tune of Blaze Away by Abe Holzmann, a red ball bouncing over the lyrics so you could sing along. Continue reading...
Tags: Film, Abc, Theatre, Culture, Stage, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, Miranda Richardson, Southport Lancashire, Abe Holzmann


'I document America's strange beauty': the photography of My Name is Earl's Jason Lee

He played a redemption-seeking redneck on TV, but lately the actor has found solace off-screen, travelling with his camera. He talks about slackers, the Mallrats sequel and breezing into one-horse townsJason Lee knew he was in trouble when he stepped on the set. The year was 1992, Sonic Youth were at their peak and he was starring as a doomed skateboarder in their latest video. As a music obsessed, pro skateboarder with acting aspirations, he felt he had a point to prove. To add more pressure, i...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Celebrity, Film, Religion, America, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Robert De Niro, Scientology, Spike Jonze, Kevin Smith


Billie Piper: ‘I know about dysfunctional relationships – what it costs to be a woman’

After 25 years in the limelight, the actor says she is finally finding her voice as an actor, writer and now director. Does life imitate art?The first thing Billie Piper says to me is, “It’s in your lined paper book, Eugene, I already sent it to them,” because she’s trying to home school her children while also roaming around her house to escape them and find a better phone signal. We’re already on to our third kind of tech in an attempt to video chat. “I’m just so strung out,” she says, sitting...
Tags: Family, Music, Television, Film, Women, Doctor Who, Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Parents and parenting, Chris Evans, Piper, Tallulah, Eugene


After Audition: Takashi Miike's rehearsal-room shocker Over Your Dead Body

Continuing our series on the best films about theatre, a 200-year-old Japanese ghost story takes centre stage in a movie merging reality and fantasyThe prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is best known for his 1999 horror film Audition, in which a widower advertises a role in a fake movie production, intending to choose a wife from those who apply. The backdrop of the screen industry suggests that his casual misogyny is symptomatic of a wider social disease. Fifteen years later, Miike relea...
Tags: Japan, Film, Theatre, World news, Dance, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Takashi Miike, Horror Films, Miike, Kosuke, Miyuki, Oiwa, Yotsuya Kaidan


Anthony Head’s teenage obsessions: ‘The Rocky Horror Show ignited something in my core’

The Buffy and Gold Blend actor, who stars in the new film School’s Out Forever, on his love for Judi Dench, Lord of the Flies – and playing Dr Frank-N-FurterMy parents were desperate for me to like classical music, but I just couldn’t buy into the length of the pieces. Then they played me Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber and it was so beautiful, I cried. My school music teacher, Mr Vassal, asked for our favourite composers; I said Samuel Barber and he laughed at me. But eventually everyone ca...
Tags: Music, Musicals, Film, Theatre, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Judi Dench, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Acting, Buffy, Paul Newman, Samuel Barber, Anthony Head, Frank N FurterMy


Brâncuși Captures His Sculpture & Life on Film: Watch Rare Footage Shot Between 1923-1939

Here in the early 21st century, even the non-artists among us carry digital video cameras in our pockets. Back in the early 20th century, the ability to film your own life and work, or that of your coterie, wasn’t so close at hand — unless, of course, you ran with the avant-garde. Constantin Brâncu?i did, having been brought into the artistic and intellectual scene of the Paris of the 1910s, to which he’d made his way from his native Romania. He eventually counted among his friends the like...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Film, College, Paris, Romania, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, LEDA, Auguste Rodin, Man Ray, Brancusi, Colin Marshall, Ubuweb, Ernest Hemingway Ezra Pound Marcel Duchamp


Jeremy Bulloch obituary

Stage and screen actor who played the bounty hunter Boba Fett in the Star Wars filmsJeremy Bulloch, who has died aged 75, was a busy character actor who staked a claim for cinematic immortality by playing the inscrutable Boba Fett in the Star Wars films. A masked, enigmatic bounty hunter with a jet pack and distinctive costume design, Boba Fett debuted in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), capturing and carbon-freezing Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in order to convey him to the slug-like paymaster Jabba...
Tags: Star Wars, Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Soap opera, Boba Fett, Colton, Jason Wingreen, Bulloch, Jeremy Bulloch, Daniel Logan, Han Solo Harrison Ford


'They are willing to sacrifice everything': Ai Weiwei pays tribute to the Hong Kong protesters

The artist’s documentary, Cockroach, tells the inside story of the 2019 demonstrations against mainland China’s brutal clampdown – a tough task when he’s not allowed to returnWhen Ai Weiwei was growing up in China, it was customary for people from the mainland to look down their noses at Hong Kongers. “We thought they had no serious culture. We thought they were colonial subjects only interested in making money and martial arts films. They weren’t political,” the exiled 63-year-old artist recall...
Tags: Art, Hong Kong, Activism, Protest, Film, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Ai, Ai Weiwei, Lisbon, Hong Kongers, Documentary films


Get Inside the Head of a New York City Christmas Tree: A Gonzo Short Film from Artist Nina Katchadourian

For every year this Christmas tree Brings to us such joy and glee O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Such pleasure do you bring me… All over New York City, tree stands are springing up like mushrooms. Unlike the fanciful windows lining 5th avenue, the Union Square holiday market, or Rockefeller Center’s tree and skating rink, this seasonal pleasure requires no special trip, no threat of crowds. You could battle traffic, and lose half a day, dragging the kids to a cut-your-own farm on Long I...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Film, College, Life, New York City, Canada, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Vermont, Long Island, Rockefeller Center, Andrew, Facebook Twitter, Union Square


The Art of Movie Posters: View Online 40,000+ Movie Posters & Learn How They’re Made

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEbW2fXSShc If you can’t judge a movie by its poster, it’s not for the poster designer’s lack of trying. Nearly as venerable as cinema itself, the art of the movie poster has evolved to attract the attention and interest of generation after generation of filmgoers — and, safe to say, developed a few best practices along the way. Some examples go beyond effective advertisement to become icons in and of themselves: take for example, the poster for Quentin Ta...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, New York, Film, College, Poland, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Seoul, Vanity Fair, Ghana, Martin Scorsese, Facebook Twitter, Czechoslovakia, John Hughes


Babs Windsor: the daring, giggling pearly queen of the screen

Between the bubbly blonde of the Carry Ons and EastEnders’ matriarch, the actor built up a significant body of work in film, theatre and TVWhen Barbara Deeks, a 16-year-old actor from east London, was encouraged to choose a stage name in 1953, it might seem arrogant that she borrowed from the newly crowned Queen of the United Kingdom. Related: Barbara Windsor: a life in pictures Continue reading...
Tags: London, Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, United Kingdom, Eastenders, Barbara Windsor, Babs Windsor, Barbara Deeks


Watch “Jackson Pollock 51,” a Historic Short Film That Captures Pollock Creating Abstract Expressionist Art on a Sheet of Glass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cgBvpjwOGo Jackson Pollock was described as an “action painter,” a label that surely wouldn’t have stuck if the public never had the chance to see him in action. In that sense, only the era of photography could have produced an artist like him: not just because that technology pushed painting toward abstraction, but because it could disseminate images of the artist himself far and wide. One photographer did more for this cause than any other: the German-b...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Film, College, New York Times, Cia, Seoul, Boxer, Jackson Pollock, Moma, Facebook Twitter, Pollock, Colin Marshall, Clement Greenberg, Hans Namuth


Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift: 'I went back to where being pretty didn't matter'

He was ‘the first black punk in Hull’ and was named one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people. But the singer turned his back on pop stardom. He reveals why he’s returning with a gritty musical about a band called The BlacksThere are no film posters up in Roland Gift’s house in Holloway, London, and the platinum discs are all packed away. It’s a home that gives few clues to the remarkable life story the 59-year-old is about to recount: how the “first black punk in Hull” went on to become an in...
Tags: Music, Film, Theatre, Gift, Culture, Atlantic, Stage, Cannibal Roland Gift, Roland Gift, Holloway London


The Prom review – is Ryan Murphy's musical the first film of the Biden era?

Taste the treacle as Nicole Kidman’s Broadway liberals rebuke a rural high school – and learn a few things about themselvesLike High School Musical on some sort of absinthe/Xanax cocktail, The Prom is an outrageous work of steroidal show tune madness, directed by the dark master himself, Ryan “Glee” Murphy, who is to jazz-hands musical theatre what Nancy Meyers is to upscale romcom or Friedrich Nietzsche to classical philology.Meryl Streep and James Corden play Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, ...
Tags: Musicals, Kerry Washington, Film, Theatre, Indiana, Culture, Nicole Kidman, Television & radio, Meryl Streep, Stage, Broadway, Biden, James Corden, Barry, Ryan Murphy, Elisabeth Moss


Lou Reed Concert Film Berlin Streaming Free Online for the Next Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SzuZfOZnp4 Last laughs can be sweet, and according to music journalist, Anthony DeCurtis, his friend, the late Lou Reed, “reveled” in the critical drubbing that greeted his 3rd solo album, 1973’s Berlin. Not immediately, however. Berlin, which followed hard on the heels of Reed’s widely adored Transformer, had a painful, protracted delivery. This was due in part due to RCA execs getting cold feet about releasing Reed’s grim concept record as a double albu...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Brooklyn, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Rolling Stone, ANN, Lou Reed, Nancy, Cornell University, Lola


Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events

From art exhibitions to film festivals, we’ve got your entertainment covered this weekend to the next The post Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Events, Friday, Film Festivals, Goodman Gallery, Gender-based Violence, Moffie, African Cypher, Aluta Amada, Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising, Cassi Namoda, Creative Uprising, Don’t Miss, Inkaba Yami


John Waters Gives Art Collection to The Baltimore Museum Of Art in Exchange for Getting Its Bathrooms Named After Him

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzk7FG2X-c0 It’s not unusual for an institution to recognize a major benefactor’s generosity by naming something in their honor – a wing, an atrium, a library, a gymnasium, a concert hall… But bathrooms? It’s a fitting tribute for the Pope of Trash, filmmaker John Waters. So fitting that he himself suggested it when donating 372 prints, paintings, and photographs from his personal collection to the Baltimore Museum Of Art. With Harvard, the University of P...
Tags: Google, Art, Film, College, Museums, The New York Times, Baltimore, Cbc, University Of Colorado, Bma, John Waters, Joan Miró, Facebook Twitter, Dixon, Christopher Bedford, New Museum of Contemporary Art


Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu to allow theatres to reopen with restrictions: Reports

Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu will both allow film theatres to reopen after months of being shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the states announced separately, per reports in The Hindu and Mint. Theatres in Maharashtra can open starting Wednesday and in Tamil Nadu starting from November 10. Bollywood and Kollywood are some of India’s largest film industries, and theatres reopening in their home turf is a significant development, as COVID-19 cases in both states remain high, and dozens of daily deat...
Tags: Travel, News, Film, India, Theatre, Cinema, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Times of India, Kollywood, Maharashtra Tamil Nadu


Margaret Nolan - actor, artist and Goldfinger title sequence star - dies aged 76

Actor who began as a glamour model went on to appear in the James Bond film before taking numerous roles in 1960s and 70s TVMargaret Nolan, the actor best known for appearing in the title sequence for Goldfinger and for a string of appearances in TV shows in the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 76. Film-maker Edgar Wright, who directed Nolan in her final film role, in the forthcoming Last Night in Soho, reported the news on social media.Nolan, who was born in 1943 in Somerset, first appeared on film...
Tags: Art, Comedy, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, James Bond, Nolan, Goldfinger, Somerset, Edgar Wright, Soho, TV Comedy, Margaret Nolan


How Storyboarding Works: A Brief Introduction to How Ridley Scott, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson & Other Directors Storyboard Their Films

When you're making a film with complex shots or sequences of shots, it doesn't hurt to have storyboards. Though professional storyboard artists do exist, they don't come cheap, and in any case they constitute one more player in the game of telephone between those who've envisioned the final cinematic product and the collaborators essential to realizing it. It thus greatly behooves aspiring directors to develop their drawing skills, though you hardly need to be a full-fledged draftsman li...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Star Wars, Christopher Nolan, Film, College, Akira Kurosawa, Ridley Scott, Seoul, Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Facebook Twitter, Bong Joon, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


Alex Winter: 'I had extreme PTSD for many, many years. That will wreak havoc'

He is starring in a new Bill & Ted movie and releasing a documentary about child actors. The film-maker discusses the abuse he experienced as a young performer, his close friendship with Keanu Reeves – and why he quit actingBy the age of 12, Alex Winter knew both the highs and horrors of life as a child actor. Three years into his career, he was sharing a Broadway stage with Yul Brynner in The King and I. “But at the same time,” he says, “I was dealing with really intense and prolonged abuse.“Th...
Tags: Children, Film, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Sexual Harassment, Keanu Reeves, Yul Brynner, Bill Ted, Alex Winter, MeToo Movement


Good Movies as Old Books: 100 Films Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers

At one time paperback books were thought of as trash, a term that described their perceived artistic and cultural level, production value, and utter disposability. This changed in the mid-20th century, when certain paperback publishers (Doubleday Anchor, for example, who hired Edward Gorey to design their covers in the 1950s) made a push for respectability. It worked so well that the signature aesthetics they developed still, nearly a lifetime later, pique our interest more readily than those o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Design, Film, College, Wes Anderson, Ridley Scott, Philip K Dick, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, David Fincher, Stephen Frears, Agatha Christie, Steven Spielberg, Rian Johnson


Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross: Episode One Hundred Sixty-Four

Radio City With Jon Grayson & Rob Ross:  Episode One Hundred Sixty Four Of course, as soon as one week ends, the next blends right in as we continue to ride out the pandemic.  Jon and Rob get right to it with the latest happenings in Rob’s home base of New York with the mishandling of everything by New York City’s mayor; Tropical Storm Isaias leaves a wake of fast destruction in its wake and legendary columnist Pete Hamill dies.  UConn cancels its football season; Big 10 football is also nixed...
Tags: Food, Art, Books, Podcast, Music, Politics, New York, Film, New York City, Sports, Current Events, Rob, NHL, UConn, New York Rangers, Popdose



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