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Lost in America – The Criterion Collection

Lost In America

Blu-ray

Criterion

1985 / 1:85 / Street Date July 25, 2017

Starring: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

Cinematography: Eric Saarinen

Film Editor: David Finfer

Written by Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson

Produced by Marty Katz and Herb Nanas

Music: Arthur B. Rubinstein

Directed by Albert Brooks

According to a Newsweek cover story published that same year, 1984 was “The Year of the Yuppie”, referring to those ferociously materialistic young professionals whose numbers blossomed during the Reagan administration. The following year director Albert Brooks and his co-writer Monica Johnson delivered Lost In America, an acerbic road movie detailing what happens when one of those upwardly mobile hot-shots decides to get back to nature and “touch Indians”.

The result is one of the great American comedies, a mile-a-minute talk fest worthy of writer-directors like Billy Wilder, Woody Allen and in particular Preston Sturges, whose The Palm Beach Story told a similar tale about two young-marrieds who find
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Who should receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year?

The recipients for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors will be announced shortly after Labor Day. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields - film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Last year's honorees were: actress/singer Barbara Cook, singer/composer Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, jazz artist Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep.  The all-star event is held each year in the nation's captial over the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. The first ceremony in 1978 celebrated the careers of opera star Marian Anderson, dancer and film star Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubenstein. Recent honorees have included film stars Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford; music artists Paul McCart...
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Anniversaries Composer Frederic Mompou Died 25 Years Ago

Born in Barcelona on April 16, 1893 to a Catalan lawyer and his French wife, Frederic (a.k.a. Federico) Mompou was educated in Paris. Shyness kept him from a career as a pianist, though while at the Paris Conservatory, he studied piano with Isidor Philipp, among whose teachers were Saint-Saëns and Chopin's best student, George Mathias. Though he was initially influenced by Fauré's music, by the time Mompou arrived in Paris, the Impressionists reigned supreme, and that style profoundly shaped his own compositional evolution. (For that matter, Philipp was a friend of Debussy's and often played his piano music.) After a long dry spell as a composer, and the Nazi invasion in 1941, Mompou returned to his native Catalonia (the northeastern-most region of Spain), where he lived for the rest of his long life.

He continued to concentrate on solo piano miniatures, though he also published six song cycles, a couple of choral works,
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Kennedy Center Honors Recipients: From Marian Anderson to Meryl Streep

The Kennedy Center Honors have been handed out since 1978. Recipients hail from various branches of the American performance art world — including film, stage, music, and dance — even though performers more closely associated with British show business have managed to sneak in every now and then, e.g., Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Pete Townshend. Since recipients are supposed to attend the Washington, D.C., ceremony in order to take home their Kennedy awards, Doris Day has remained unhonored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Katharine Hepburn kept putting it off until she finally relented in 1990. (Irene Dunne, see above photo, was one who managed to be honored though absent due to ill health.) Ginger Rogers, for her part, was present at the ceremony, but her films with Fred Astaire weren't — because Astaire's widow, Robyn Astaire, demanded payment for the televised clips. At the time, Kennedy Center Honors
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Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney among Kennedy Center honorees

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Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney among Kennedy Center honorees
The Kennedy Center has announced the five performers to be feted at the upcoming 33rd edition of its honors: daytime TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey; two musical titans -- pop superstar Paul McCartney and country crooner Merle Haggard; and two Broadway talents -- composer-lyricist Jerry Herman and choreographer Bill T. Jones. McCartney accepted the honor in 2002 but when he opted out of attending the ceremony, Paul Simon was named instead.

The quintet will be feted Dec. 5 at the White House before a salute to their achievements in the performing arts at the Kennedy Center. The taped kudoscast will air on CBS on Dec. 28. The longtime holiday programming staple is a six-time Emmy Award-winner for outstanding variety special, including the last two years in a row.

The Kennedy Center Honors began in 1978, seven years after the living memorial to President Kennedy opened on the banks of the Potomac in the nation's capital.
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Nimoy To Lead Historic Space Show

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Nimoy To Lead Historic Space Show
Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy is to narrate the first astronomic orchestral concert on the lawn outside Hollywood landmark the Griffith Observatory.

Film and TV's Mr. Spock will be backed by the 67-piece Symphony in the Glen for the full moon performance of Arthur B. Rubinstein's Observations on 4 October.

It's the first time in the observatory’s 74-year history that a full symphony orchestra has performed there.

The observatory has provided the backdrop for a host of classic movies, including Rebel without a Cause, The Terminator, Bowfinger and Transformers.

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