May 17, 2013 |
John Green, bestselling and prize-winning author of young adult novels including "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Looking for Alaska," gave the commencement address at Butler University on May 11. It's witty, smart, thoughtful, and going viral; if you start hearing people in your life saying "happy birthday, sir," you can thank him. There's a YouTube video of the entire graudation ceremony -- Green begins speaking about an hour in -- and he's...
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May 15, 2013 |
Hip-hop star Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are scheduled to announce Wednesday a $70-million donation to USC for a new academy that they say will give students new facilities and the tools they need to break into the rapidly changing music industry. “I feel like this is the biggest, most exciting and probably the most important thing that I've done in my career,” Dre, whose given name is Andre Young, told the New York Times . The donation will establish the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
May 11, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani government ordered the Islamabad bureau chief for the New York Times to leave the country on the eve of landmark parliamentary elections, according to the newspaper's website. Declan Walsh, 39, was told early Thursday morning that his visa was being canceled and that he had to leave the country within 72 hours, the paper's website reported. A group of police delivered Walsh a letter from the Interior Ministry telling him that his visa was being revoked “in view of your undesirable activities.” Pakistan's parliamentary and provincial assembly elections on Saturday mark the first democratic transition of one civilian government to another in a country with a long history of military coups and political ousters.
May 9, 2013 |
The annual Alpert Awards in the Arts give a $75,000 boost to midcareer artists who often aren't well known but have earned respect in their fields. Among the higher-profile winners of this year's awards, funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts, is the married theater directing team of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, whose Nature Theater of Oklahoma is in fact based in New York City. Their latest work, the musical “Life and Times: Episodes 1-4,” recently was featured in the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival.
May 6, 2013 |
Call it the Great Gats-lash. In the lead-up to the arrival of Baz Luhrmann's kinetic reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's “The Great Gatsby,” in theaters Friday, most critical thumbs are pointing either sideways or downward. Mixed reviews are a common enough occurrence for an intended summer blockbuster - none of the “Fast & Furious” movies racked up gigantic box-office grosses based on their critical bona fides, after all - but it's a strange predicament for a film with such a pedigree.
May 2, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before trying to find a hardware store. The Skinny: It was a tough choice but I decided to go with the season finale of FX's "The Americans" last night instead of ABC's "Nashville," which I recorded for later. Let this be a lesson to you, ABC. If you put reruns on for a few weeks in a row, you lose momentum and viewers go elsewhere. Thursday's headlines include the opening of "Iron Man 3" in China and some big executive shifts. Also, will a new gun law in New York make shooting movies and TV shows there a challenge?
April 25, 2013 |
Recalling an age of highly crafted public personas, the new Broadway play “I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers” reflects on a Hollywood era when movie deals were made over dinner parties instead of smartphones. Bette Midler stars as the rough-talking, pot-smoking superagent Sue Mengers in a much-anticipated production that opened Wednesday at the Booth Theatre. Mengers, the mother of a male-dominated business, repped some of the top stars in the '70s, including Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds and Nick Nolte.
April 24, 2013 |
The Dodgers are in New York for a three-game series, so you know what that means. National and New York media have arrived en masse. The Dodgers have given them plenty to write about with their busy off-season, slow start and wealth of injuries. Here's a look at what's out there on the Web: -- Stan Kasten tells CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that it is not the team's intention to remain atop of baseball's payroll pyramid, that it will gradually come down as the farm system begins paying dividends.
April 21, 2013 |
It's been just over 50 years since a new dance craze called the Twist swept the nation. Though tame as near-beer by today's standards, the dance so upset the guardians of public morality that Dick Clark ordered the cameras turned away when teens on "American Bandstand" started swiveling their hips. And when adults such as Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedys took up the craze, the New York Times fumed that "instead of youth growing up, adults are sliding down. " In the Twist, one could see the seeds of everything that became the '60s - sexual liberation, civil rights, even the women's movement got a boost by allowing girls to operate as free agents on the dance floor instead of being attached to shambling males.
April 21, 2013 |
When you write a book that is titled "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History," you probably expect a question something like this: What on Earth was the impetus for the work ... and the title? Florence Williams, the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, proved to be ready for the query. During a video chat at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, she explained that she had been nursing her second child and wondered about toxins in her breast milk.