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Isabella Rossellini Hosts Sky Arts Hub’s Biggest Project: ‘Master of Photography’

1 April 2016 10:04 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sky is known for taking “The X Factor” to the next level in Italy. Now in a bold experiment, it’s launching the first European talent-competition show dedicated to photography, with Isabella Rossellini as host. “Master of Photography,” which will see Rossellini return to work in television after decades, marks the most ambitious production spawned by the Milan-based Sky Arts Hub since it launched a year ago to conceive and commission content available to Sky’s 21 million subscribers across Europe.

“The challenge,” Rossellini says, “is to try and show how a visual artist, in this case a photographer, expresses his art.”

She notes that it’s harder than with singers and dancers. During her career, the actress and model has worked with star photographers such as Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe.

Based on an original format that was adapted from the success of previous photography-themed shows on Sky Arte in Italy, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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A short history of Kanye West's obsession with Stanley Kubrick

17 February 2016 5:27 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thanks to leaked audio posted by Page Six, we learned that Kanye West had something of a meltdown backstage at Saturday Night Live after some of his staging was compromised. He went on to call Taylor Swift "fake-ass" and added that he's "50% more influential" than any living human being, then comparing himself to director Stanley Kubrick more than once. Is he obsessed with the man who brought us 2001: A Space Odyssey? One of Kanye's first mentions of Kubrick came as he described the making of "Flashing Lights," his 2008 music video. Touting the video's production, he said, “Look at it graphically, how it starts. With the car, the orange sky, the color palettes, the blue sky, the car pulling up with the orange headlights. And just the beautiful women, taking the Helmut Newton type photo and bringing it to real life and crashing it against Jim Henson and George Lucas type whimsy and taking, »

- Louis Virtel

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