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Win Passes to See The Met: Live in HD on the Big Screen

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Enter here for your chance to win two passes to all of the 2016 performances in the Metro Detroit area that are part of the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning Live in HD series of cinema presentations, including Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Roberto Devereux, and Elektra.

Go behind the scenes with the Met’s stars! During intermission, interviews with cast, crew, and production teams give a revealing look at what goes into the staging of an opera. Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to all of the performances listed below, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page (we’ll ask what city you live in so we know what might be the closest theater to you).

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' leads Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominations

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' leads Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominations
This is the second year for the Makeup and Hairstylists Guild joining the awards game, and they've been a welcome addition to the circuit. They spread their nods thin across a number of categories, but it's a good window into what this branch digs, for sure. This year, the only two films on the Academy's bake-off list of finalists that didn't garner any recognition were "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Noah." Meaning "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Maleficent" and "The Theory of Everything" were each represented in one form or another. Meanwhile, "Guardians of the Galaxy" led with the most mentions at three, while "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Interstellar" and "Into the Woods" each got a pair. As previously announced, Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker and Emmy-nominated hair stylist Kathryn Blondell will receive the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Awards. Check out the full list of nominees below,
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Into the Woods’ Lead Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Into the Woods’ Lead Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations
Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Into the Woods” have taken three nominations each for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.

“Guardians” received nominations in the contemporary make-up and special make-up effects categories along with contemporary hairstyling. “Into the Woods” received recognition in the categories of period/character make-up, special make-up category for Meryl Streep’s witch prosthetics, and period/character hairstyling.

Nominations were announced Thursday in 19 feature film, television and live theater categories.

Winners will be revealed during the Annual Muahs Guild Awards ceremony to be held Feb. 14 at Paramount Studios. The event will include the presentation of previously announced lifetime achievement awards to Rick Baker and hairstylist Kathryn Blondell.

The entire nominees list:

Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films)

Best Contemporary Make-up

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Make-Up Artists: Allan Apone, Nicole Sortillon and Lisa Rocco (Petition)

Gone Girl

Make-Up Artists: Kate Biscoe and Gigi Williams

Guardians of the Galaxy
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Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Mockingjay’, ‘Unbroken’ Among The Nominees

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Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Mockingjay’, ‘Unbroken’ Among The Nominees
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Into The Woods are among the feature nominees announced today for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. There is a tie in the Television and New Media Series Best Contemporary Make-Up Category resulting in six nominees. The awards will be presented during a ceremony February 14 at Paramount Studios. Here’s the complete list:

Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films)

Best Contemporary Make-up

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Make-Up Artists: Allan Apone, Nicole Sortillon and Lisa Rocco (Petition)

Gone Girl

Make-Up Artists: Kate Biscoe and Gigi Williams

Guardians of the Galaxy

Make-Up Artist: Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou

Interstellar

Make-Up Artists: Luisa Abel and Jay Wejebe

Nightcrawler

Make-Up Artists: Donald Mowat and Malanie Romero

Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films)

Best Period And/Or Character Make-up

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Make-Up Artists: Ve Neill, Nikoletta Skarlatos and Conor McCullagh (Petition)

Into the Woods
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Doctor Who Companion Profile: Dr. Grace Holloway

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Dr. Grace Holloway

Portrayed by: Daphne Ashbrook

Doctor(s): Eighth Doctor

Tenure: 1 story, Doctor Who: the Movie (referred to by some as “The Enemy Within”)

Background: Dr. Grace Holloway is a cardiovascular surgeon in San Francisco. She has a strained relationship with her live-in boyfriend, due to her constantly being constantly either at work or on call. When she has to leave Madama Butterfly during the start of the second act, this is the last straw; he’s moved out by the time she gets home, with the newly regenerated Doctor in tow (he’s the patient she’s called in to do surgery on).

Family/Friends: We know very little about Grace, aside from her profession and her romantic status, and nothing about her family.

Personality: Grace is hardworking, determined, and focused. She has a love of culture and whimsy, quickly being swept into the Doctor’s struggle against the Master,
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Galina Vishnevskaya obituary

Striking Russian opera singer and wife of Mstislav Rostropovich, she was made an 'unperson' during the Soviet era

The soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, who has died aged 86, coloured her performances of opera, and especially of Russian song, so beautifully that full comprehension was not essential for enjoyment. Of course, once you did understand the words, you realised how much meaning she brought to them.

Possessed of a striking physical presence with lustrous dark hair, she was such a natural actor that she became the star of her generation at the Bolshoi opera company in Moscow, forging artistic relationships with the stage director Boris Pokrovsky and the conductor Alexander Melik-Pashaev. And – appropriately for a performer who sang with all the skill of an instrumentalist – for more than half a century she was married to Mstislav Rostropovich, not just a great cellist, but also a considerable conductor and pianist.

Their marriage – her third
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Lisa Della Casa obituary

Swiss soprano renowned for her beauty and singing of Strauss

When the Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa, who has died aged 93, made her Covent Garden debut in the title role of Richard Strauss's Arabella on the Bavarian State Opera's visit to London in 1953, she won all hearts with the beauty of her singing and of her appearance. This role became her trademark, and when the Royal Opera decided to stage its own production of the work in 1965, Della Casa was, of course, the Arabella, with Georg Solti in the pit.

The producer was Rudolf Hartmann, who had done much to launch Della Casa's career on an international level. That career had begun in 1941 in the Swiss town of Solothurn-Biel, where she made her debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly. She joined the Zurich Opera House in 1943, appearing as the First Boy in The Magic Flute, later ascending
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Spielberg @ 65

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Where to begin. Perhaps with the first sentence of the Wikipedia entry: "Steven Allan Spielberg Kbe (Hons.) (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur." And this year, as he turns 65, he's Father Christmas, too — at least at the box office. After a mightily successful run in Europe, The Adventures of Tintin opens in the Us on Wednesday, followed by War Horse on Christmas Day.

"Every time a new Steven Spielberg film opens, a divisive critical discourse emerges," wrote Michael Koresky and Jeff Reichert in 2003, introducing a symposium at Reverse Shot. "Are Saving Private Ryan and Amistad heavily critical of American history, or are they glowing tributes to democracy? Is The Color Purple a progressive portrayal of a region mostly ignored by Hollywood, or a sugarcoated bastardization of Alice Walker's far grittier novel? Is A.I. sentimentalized Kubrick or cynical Spielberg? Does Schindler's List
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Readers' cultural review of 2011: What, no Katy B?

Last week our critics picked their highlights of 2011. Did they get it right? Readers respond with their own highs (and lows)

MattB75

One Man, Two Guvnors was the most fun I've had in a theatre for years – easily the best play of 2011, and James Corden best performer. The National theatre largely misfired for me: A Woman Killed with Kindness, Cherry Orchard, 13, The Kitchen, Frankenstein and Greenland were all largely disappointing.

The RSC's Homecoming was the best revival. Rupert Goold's Merchant of Venice was great fun, even if the inconsistency in Portia's characterisation (from ditzy blond Glee fan to brilliant prosecutor, hm) took the edge off it.

Tom Brooke was my favourite actor of the year – in The Kitchen, and I Am the Wind.

oogin

Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are still two of my least-admired starchitects. However, credit where it's due. I had the pleasure of wandering Toronto's Ago
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Readers' cultural review of 2011: What, no Katy B?

Last week our critics picked their highlights of 2011. Did they get it right? Readers respond with their own highs (and lows)

MattB75

One Man, Two Guvnors was the most fun I've had in a theatre for years – easily the best play of 2011, and James Corden best performer. The National theatre largely misfired for me: A Woman Killed with Kindness, Cherry Orchard, 13, The Kitchen, Frankenstein and Greenland were all largely disappointing.

The RSC's Homecoming was the best revival. Rupert Goold's Merchant of Venice was great fun, even if the inconsistency in Portia's characterisation (from ditzy blond Glee fan to brilliant prosecutor, hm) took the edge off it.

Tom Brooke was my favourite actor of the year – in The Kitchen, and I Am the Wind.

oogin

Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are still two of my least-admired starchitects. However, credit where it's due. I had the pleasure of wandering Toronto's Ago
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

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