A short NPR piece about the NHK Symphony, Japan’s largest, touring the US this week. For fans of Evangelion, Bach’s Air On a G String already conjures up images of a devastated Japan. This time of course, it’s real, and the music is all the more poignant. Enjoy. (About the article title.)
Thousands of theater fans peacefully took to the streets of New York on Tuesday to demand the ouster of embattled director Julie Taymor from her position as creative principal of the world’s most expensive theatrical production, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. News reports indicated that her resignation could be imminent despite her struggle to maintain control over the troubled venture which has claimed the lives of hundreds of performers and committed unspeakable horrors in the name of popular entertainment.
On this Election Day (LA residents, go vote ya dumbasses), I must direct everyone to this piece in today’s DailyKos. Apparently, Republicans in my home state are pushing to require photo IDs and eliminate same-day voter registrations at the polls, a blatant attempt to restrict the voting rights of the students who attend many of the local colleges.
We’re about to witness an incredible feat of obfuscation and misdirection. The Republican party is a few months into a massive, nationwide campaign to discredit the very people who they hope to court for the Senate and White House in 2012: the American people. It’s fascinating that not only do they think this is a winning strategy, but that it might actually work, and that so many people will be once again battered into voting against their own self interest.
I knew it from the moment Back to the Future, a movie that holds a special place in the hearts of every child of the 80’s, made its way into the long intro to this year’s Academy Awards: they’re aiming this Oscars at me.
We’ve all been inundated by reports surrounding the release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables by the whistle-blower site WikiLeaks. And while there is a fun and fierce debate going on about the value and/or criminality of this kind of forced-transparency, I’d like to talk about something else: What the fuck?
Apparently, Disney is fed up with the Academy and their blatant overlook of mainstream entertainment and has decided to make their own awards – and then give them to themselves. Already nominated, of course, are the not even-released-yet Tangled and Tron: Legacy. Also in the running are Toy Story 3 (which could actually win a real award, from what I hear), Tim Burton‘s embarrassing Alice in Wonderland, and Secretariat. Maybe it’s normal practice for a business as big as Disney to internally reward their staff by saying which person did the best job. What would be hilarious is if the award was granted by stockholders, with the Best Supporting Actress statuette going to the actress who’s billing generates the best aggregate box office tallies. Maybe then we can finally inject some market economics into the creative process and finally complete Walt Disney’s magical dream.