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7 items from 2014


Vijay Iyer and Prashant Bhargava’s Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi to be showcased at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Bowery Poetry

12 December 2014 6:02 PM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, a music and film collaboration by celebrated composer pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava will be performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Wave Festival December 18-20th —featuring actress Anna George, and a live score performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Steven Schick. Preceding the performance, Bowery Arts+Science presents an exclusive Conversation with the Filmmakers of Radhe Radhe at Bowery Poetry 6:30pm on Monday, December 15th, moderated by Janet Elber, Artistic Director of Martha Graham Dance Company.

Inspired by the Holi festival, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi is one of the most exciting commemorations of last year’s 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Celebrated filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and composer Vijay Iyer have sculpted an original performance of live music and film upon the fundamental structure referenced by the famed Russian composer—but in an entirely new cultural framework. »

- Stacey Yount

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How Robin Williams Inspired a Generation to Seize the Day

12 August 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was “Dead Poets Society” that did it. That was the movie that pushed me over the edge from casual moviegoer to full-blown film junkie, the one that sent me back to the video store night after night looking for my next fix, desperate to discover other movies that could make me feel the same way.

There, in the role that earned Robin Williams his second Oscar nomination, was the full range of the actor’s incredible talent: He could have you laughing hysterically one minute and crying the next, often within the span of a single film.

At the moment movies mattered most in my life, Robin Williams was my favorite actor. Let me assure you, Oscar nomination or not, this was not a popular position at the time — nor is it now. Here was a high-energy actor who had gotten his start playing a spastic alien on “Mork and Mindy, »

- Peter Debruge

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Maya Angelou Dead at 86

28 May 2014 7:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist, has died at the age of 86, Variety has confirmed.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines told the local Fox affiliate that Angelou was found unresponsive by her caretaker on Wednesday morning. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a hearse with a police escort pulled away from Angelou’s home around 9 a.m. local time.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace,” Angelou’s family said in a statement. “The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Angelou was best known for her coming-of-age autobiography “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” The 1969 book provided an unflinching look at racism, teenage pregnancy and sexual abuse and was nominated for a National Book Award. It »

- Variety Staff

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That Was Gay: ‘The Birdcage’

20 April 2014 9:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage was released in 1996, it made $185 million worldwide, a truly astonishing fact. There are so many reasons why The Birdcage would never ever be made today, let alone make so much money. We’re talking about an R-rated comedy with no gross-out or potty humor.  It isn’t a buddy comedy or an action comedy or even a particularly romantic comedy. Its four main characters are quite a bit over the age of 40. Dianne Wiest has an above-the-title credit, for God’s sakes. This is a film geared towards just about every audience but the young straight men Hollywood targets with its comedies today.

Of course The Birdcage is a gay movie. Its leading couple is gay, the plot hinges on a gay secret, and there’s lots of drag and swishing and short shorts.  There’s no actual sex, or even too many sexual allusions, »

- Bryan Rucker

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SXSW: Lena Dunham on Hollywood Sexism, Ratings and the Tweet She Regrets

10 March 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Austin – “Something has to change and I’m trying” — that’s the message “Girls” creator Lena Dunham delivered with her keynote at SXSW on Monday, addressing the differences in opportunities for male and female actors in Hollywood as well as her distaste for Republicans.

Adam Driver, a co-star of her HBO series, has been offered parts playing “villains, Lotharios and nerds all in one year,” she said of Hollywood’s gender imbalance, whereas “Girls” stars Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams have yet to see parts that offer them a chance “to stretch their legs,” Dunham said.

Dunham added that she does not care for ratings (though she admits HBO wishes she did), Deadline Hollywood and Republicans (“I’m sure there are some good ones. I just haven’t met them yet”).

Her 45-minute keynote largely ran though her life, growing up in New York with two artist parents (a painter »

- Alexandra Cheney

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SXSW: Lena Dunham on Hollywood Sexism, Ratings and the Tweet She Regrets

10 March 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Austin – “Something has to change and I’m trying” — that’s the message “Girls” creator Lena Dunham delivered with her keynote at SXSW on Monday, addressing the differences in opportunities for male and female actors in Hollywood as well as her distaste for Republicans.

Adam Driver, a co-star of her HBO series, has been offered parts playing “villains, Lotharios and nerds all in one year,” she said of Hollywood’s gender imbalance, whereas “Girls” stars Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams have yet to see parts that offer them a chance “to stretch their legs,” Dunham said.

Dunham added that she does not care for ratings (though she admits HBO wishes she did), Deadline Hollywood and Republicans (“I’m sure there are some good ones. I just haven’t met them yet”).

Her 45-minute keynote largely ran though her life, growing up in New York with two artist parents (a painter »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Clive Barnes Awards Winners Announced

6 January 2014 3:11 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year’s fourth annual Clive Barnes Award winners were announced at the Walter Reade Theatre Jan. 6. The prizes were given to Jonny Orsini for his work as the sweet but naive character Ned in “The Nance” (pictured), and the Martha Graham dancer Lloyd Mayor, who performed the role of Achilles in “The Show (Achilles Heels).” Both recipients also received $5,000. Founded by his wife in 2009 to commemorate the life of New York Times theater critic, the Clive Barnes Awards provide nods and cash to two outstanding artists each year. Barnes was known for his knack for discovering young talent—which included Mikhail Baryshnikov and David Mamet—early in their careers, and this award is meant to carry on his legacy. This year’s theater nominees were a vast and talented bunch that included Amber Iman, who played Nina Simone in “Soul Doctor,” Aaron Clifton Moten (“The Flick”), and Phillipa Soo (“Natasha, »

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