Catherine Breillat’s Metacinema

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Mubi's retrospective, Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?, is showing April 4 - June 3, 2017 in Germany.Sex Is ComedyThroughout her career, Catherine Breillat has provided viewers with a long-form meta-cinema experience. While metacinema is as old as the medium itself, since her debut feature A Real Young Girl in 1976, Breillat has developed a distinct form of it: one that collapses ‘autobiographical’ material, various artistic sensibilities, and the process of filmmaking itself.Like dozens of other English words—such as ‘aesthetic’ or ‘abject’—the word ‘meta’ has been largely misused or misapplied with regard to the film and literary criticism. Regarding the consumption of fiction, the appropriate use of the term 'metafiction,' 'metafilm,' et cetera, has its basis in the Greek meta, which does not translate directly into English but can be understood as a preposition similar to the English word ‘about’ (‘having to do with,’ or ‘on the subject of’). Metafiction is therefore,
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Jimmy Fallon Remembers Garry Shandling on ‘The Tonight Show’

Jimmy Fallon Remembers Garry Shandling on ‘The Tonight Show’
Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to Garry Shandling on Friday night’s edition of “The Tonight Show,” sharing his memories of the standup and calling him “one of the greatest comedians to ever live.”

Shandling died Thursday of a heart attack. His death was met with an outpouring of praise and condolences from fellow comedians and actors.

Fallon’s tribute consisted of the host’s candid musings about Shandling’s funniest bits; he spoke to his audience casually as though discussing a fallen peer among friends.

“He was just the best,” Fallon said. “I just love him. He was one of the greatest standup comedians ever. If you’re thinking about getting into standup comedy, or if you just like watching it, you can’t go through without seeing Garry Shandling.”

Fallon then shared a clip of Shandling’s first “Tonight Show” appearance with Johnny Carson in 1981.

The late-night host joined
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Rip, Garry Shandling: This Is the Theme to Garry’s Show (Video)

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Rip, Garry Shandling: This Is the Theme to Garry’s Show (Video)
Garry Shandling has reportedly died of a heart attack at 66, leaving behind a comic legacy that includes his 1980s Showtime series “The Garry Shandling Show,” which reimagined the sitcom and broke down the barriers between viewer and star. Just as Shandling’s character spoke directly to the camera, adopting the traditional show-business practice of breaking down the so-called fourth wall, his theme song acknowledged itself in the most nakedly meta way possible. Like the show, it tried to strip away anything artificial and just make you smile. The song, sung by Bill Lynch, explains itself as plainly as it can: “This is.
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Kickstart This: Documentary on Seattle-Based Black Golf Club Established in 1947

Director Rudy Horn says he got inspired to make this documentary after encouragement from Facebook friends. As he says: "It started with a Facebook post of mine from last summer. I posted the photograph [below-left] of two of my favorite golfing buddies, Luscious Dean and Bill Lynch, who are respectively 90 years old and 88 years old. In the post I wrote 'these guys have a rich history, someone should make a documentary about them.' Almost immediately the post got a lot of attention, with messages coming back from all over the country saying, 'Why not you Rudy?' It wasn't until this post that I realized, much to my surprise, for many years I had been preparing myself to make this...
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Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 96-Year-Old Dancer Who Wowed America's Got Talent

Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 96-Year-Old Dancer Who Wowed America's Got Talent
"There is nothing you cannot do," Tao Porchon-Lynch's website reads. And the 96-year-old, who recently competed on America's Got Talent, is living proof of that maxim.

Porchon-Lynch is certified by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest yoga teacher – she teaches at various studios around her home in White Plains, New York. Yoga is her first love; she "only" took up competitive dancing when she was 84. (She's had three hip replacements and has broken several bones, including her wrist, not that you could really tell.) A devout vegetarian, Porchon-Lynch strenuously avoids medication and supplements.

Porchon-Lynch was born in India,
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Barnes & Noble Promotes Digital Executive to CEO

Barnes & Noble has promoted Michael Huseby, the head of its Nook digital division, to CEO, the company announced on Wednesday. The announcement came one day ahead of the retailer reporting its holiday sales. The post had been vacant since William Lynch resigned in July.  Prior to joining B&N in 2012, Huseby was the CFO of Cablevision from 2004 to 2011. He spent most of his career with consultants Arthur Andersen.    "Although a relative newcomer to the retail book business, he has quickly developed a comprehensive understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges the company faces,"

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Barnes & Noble Shares Dip After CEO Shake-Up

The raft of executive changes at Barnes & Noble announced today include a new CEO for its Nook e-reader division after company CEO William Lynch resigned — effective immediately. The board of directors tapped Michael Huseby as CEO of Nook Media LLC and president of Barnes & Noble; Lynch’s title has not been filled, while the Nook CEO post is newly created. Max Roberts, CEO of Barnes & Noble College, will continue to lead the digital education strategy and report to Huseby. Huseby and Mitchell Klipper, CEO of the Barnes & Noble Retail Group, will report to B&N executive chairman Leonard Riggio. The changes come after the retailer reported disappointing financials for the three months that ended in April, along with an $18.3M charge to account for weak sales of its Nook tablets and e-readers. That unit lost $108M, or -34%, during the quarter. The company said during the earnings call that it
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Nook Woes Contribute To Barnes & Noble Fiscal Q3 Loss

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The book retail chain has a bleak story for Wall Street this morning. It reported a net loss of $6.1M for the three months that ended in January, down from a $52M profit a year ago, on revenues of $2.2B, -8.8%. Revenues missed analyst expectations for $2.4B. And with a dividend on preferred shares thrown in, the company generated a net loss of 18 cents a share — a contrast to the 54 cent profit analysts anticipated. The Nook results continued to disappoint. It generated $316M in sales in the quarter, down 25.9% from a year ago, with a cash flow (Ebitda) loss of $190.4M, worse than last year’s $82.8M loss. The results include $21M for returns, and $15M in promotional allowances. As a result, Barnes & Noble took a $59M writedown on its Nook inventory. It says that it is “calibrating its business model and has implemented a cost reduction program that the
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Barnes & Noble closing 20 stores a year over next decade - report

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According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, bookstore chain Barnes & Noble is closing a third of its total stores over the next 10 years. The plan is to close 20 stores a year, bringing the number of 689 current stores to around 450-500 stores nationwide.

The stores plus recently earned $1.2 billion for the nine-week holiday period, which is almost an 11% drop over the previous year. Sales of the Nook have dropped 12.6% over the last year as well, while digital content sales is up 13.1%.

William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of the company, says in a release, "Nook device sales got off to a good start over the Black Friday period, but then fell short of expectations for the balance of holiday. We are examining the root cause of the December shortfall in sales, and will adjust our strategies accordingly going forward."

However, in a statement to NBC News, spokeswoman Mary Ellen
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Barnes & Noble Reports Dreary Holiday Sales Results With No Help From Nook

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So much for the hope that price cuts and favorable reviews would enable Barnes & Noble‘s Nook tablets and e-readers to keep up with comparable products from Apple, Amazon, and Google. The No. 1 book retail chain says that NOOKs underperformed over the nine-week holiday season while revenues at the overall retail business fell 10.9% to $1.2B. “Nook device sales got off to a good start over the Black Friday period, but then fell short of expectations for the balance of holiday,” CEO William Lynch says. “We are examining the root cause of the December shortfall in sales, and will adjust our strategies accordingly going forward.” The one saving grace of the numbers is that investors expected them to be worse. B&N shares are up 1.9% in early trading Thursday, after falling 3.9% yesterday. The company says that core sales — not including Nook products — fell 3.1% over the nine-week holiday period at stores open at least a year.
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Barnes & Noble Stock Rises After CEO Tells Investors It’s Undervalued

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Shares rose 8.3% to $14.96 this afternoon after CEO William Lynch vigorously argued at a Liberty Media investors’ meeting that stock buyers aren’t giving the book retail chain its due. With a market price of about $884M, the company that generated $7.2B in revenues last year “is undervalued,” he says. There’s a “strong, profitable and vibrant business” in its traditional bookstores, especially as rivals including Borders have closed. Lynch also urged investors to take a closer look at its new Nookmedia LLC partnership with Microsoft. The operation was valued at $1.7B this year when the computer giant invested $300M for a 17.6% stake in an operation that includes B&N’s Nook e-readers and tablets, e-Books, and college-targeted software. B&N’s stock price suggests that “investors are getting Nookmedia for free,” Lynch says. That overlooks the opportunities for the company as it builds its eBook sales, digital subscriptions, and eLearning
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Can Barnes & Noble’s Nook Video Compete Against iTunes And Amazon?

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That’s hard to say: Even Barnes & Noble can’t articulate why consumers might favor its planned digital video purchase and rental service over its more established rivals. There’s no word on how much movies and TV shows will cost. It’ll be “incredibly competitive,” says B&N General Manager of Emerging Digital Content Jonathan Shar. We don’t know how many movies and TV shows B&N will offer, or how recent most titles will be. We don’t even know whether it will work with all flavors of Apple and Android powered devices. “As one of the world’s largest retailers of physical video discs and digital copyrighted content, our new Nook Video service will give our customers another way to be entertained with a vast and growing digital video collection, as part of our expansive Nook Store,” CEO William Lynch says. Here’s what we do
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Microsoft Invests $300M In Barnes & Noble Subsidiary For The Nook E-Reader

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Barnes & Noble shares are up more than 70% in pre-market trading following the announcement. The computer software giant will own 17.6% of the Nook subsidiary, valuing it at $1.7B, and provide a Nook application in its new Windows 8 operating system, the companies said this morning. Barnes & Noble will own the remaining 82.4% of the venture. The agreement also settles the patent infringement complaint that Barnes & Noble raised against Microsoft last year. The bookseller and its Nook subsidiary “will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its Nook eReader and Tablet products,” the companies said. Barnes & Noble is throwing its College books business into the subsidiary. Its Nook Study software “will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.” Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch says that Microsoft’s investment will help “bring world-class digital reading technologies and content to the
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Barnes & Noble May Spin Off Nook Business, Shares Plummet

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Less than two months after launching a new suite of Nook tablets and e-readers, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said Thursday that the company is exploring a spinoff of its e-book business as it forecasts major losses for the fiscal year. Though Lynch told the Wall Street Journal that the potential deal was an effort to boost its share price, its shares have plummeted 21 percent since the news was revealed. "We see substantial value in what we've built with our Nook business in only two years, and we believe it's
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Is The TV Theme Going Extinct?

What happened to the TV theme? Or the entire opening credits, for that matter?

More and more, television shows are doing away with opening titles in favor of putting credits over first acts and getting right to the action. When Sports Night did that in 1998, I thought it was novel. Now, however, it seems to be the rule and not the exception – and those catchy TV themes that used to stick in my head seem to be falling by the wayside. It bothered me, so it was something I discussed with composer Bear McCreary in our interview, and then I saw the new Law & Order get rid of its iconic theme and wondered, “What’s become of TV themes?”

Allow me to share with you (in no particular order) six of my favorite TV themes. By that, I mean original themes recorded specifically for a TV series. Not pop songs
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In Battle for Barnes & Noble, Len Riggio Trumps Ron Burkle, Innovation

It’s hard to remember, but once upon a time Len Riggio, chairman of troubled Barnes & Noble (whose stock is at $16.20 this morning, down slightly for the day and down 66% from its 2006 high of $48.41), was an innovator. These days he seems an obstructionist, clinging to a fading business model and fighting all kinds of change that might help revive the troubled chain.

His latest blockade has been to thwart billionaire investor Ron Burkle, who has accumulated 19% of B&N’s shares and had hoped to get three new directors on the board. But this morning the existing board voted down the proposal, and so Riggio gets to keep on keeping on.

Riggio faces enormous challenges. Barnes & Noble has over 700 superstores, many of which have long-term leases. The market for physical books is declining steadily. The Nook is a cool device, but it’s not scaring Apple, with its iPad, or Amazon,
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African Films at Cannes

Last week Tambay got all excited at the prospect of there being an African-American film in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Turns out it was an an African, not African-American film, so Tyler Perry won’t be parambulating the Croisette just yet…

A few days later he posted this year’s line-up for the world renown festival, highlighting the African film in question, “Un homme qui crie” (A Screaming Man), by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France, Belgium, Chad), helmer of one of my favourite African films, Abouna, as well as Daratt, among others.

But it was only while browsing the web yesterday that it came to light that there are, in fact, Two African films in competition at Cannes this year! French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb has been mentioned a few times on this site, with films like London River and Little Senegal, and his film “Hors-la-loi” (Outside the Law
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Gov's train of thought

Memo to Bill Lynch: You really shouldn't give Gov. Paterson sensitive advice from your cellphone. On a crowded train. On speakerphone. The gov's key political adviser was overheard talking to his boss aboard the 9 a.m. Acela to DC Sunday morning. After talking strategy-- and making a few disparaging remarks about when Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's "daddy" ran the state -- Lynch flagged the day's most important news. "Have you seen The Post yet?" he asked, and told Paterson to read our exposé on how Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks and state Senate president Malcolm Smith
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