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It’s a very international year for the Academy Awards. ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ led the way with 10 Oscar nominations each, including best picture and best director.

This time it really is about the films themselves.

from Film Reviews

For the first time in a long time, a lot of the categories still feel wide open--not least of which is best picture.

Oscars banter with THR awards columnist Scott Feinberg

For the first time in a long time, a lot of the categories still feel wide open--not least of which is best picture.

from The Business

Emma Thompson has left a Skydance project after the company  hired John Lasseter  to head its animation division.

Hollywood news banter

Emma Thompson has left a Skydance project after the company hired John Lasseter to head its animation division.

from The Business

TV writer-producer Gloria Calderón Kellett visited us on The Business before-- in 2017    she told us all about co-creating, with Mike Royce, a re-imagined version of Norman Lear’s…

Pilot season wisdom, via Twitter, from Gloria Calderón Kellett: “This is the gig.”

TV writer-producer Gloria Calderón Kellett visited us on The Business before-- in 2017  she told us all about co-creating, with Mike Royce, a re-imagined version of Norman Lear’s…

from The Business

With ‘One Day at a Time’ having just dropped its third season on Netflix, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett hoped to launch another series this year.

Gloria Calderón Kellett chronicles pilot season, one tweet at a time

With ‘One Day at a Time’ having just dropped its third season on Netflix, showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett hoped to launch another series this year.

from The Business

Snarky Puppy is hard to pin down when it comes down to musical style.

‘It’s a composer’s dream’: Snarky Puppy jams in Santa Barbara

Snarky Puppy is hard to pin down when it comes down to musical style.

from KCRW Features

Tosh Berman, the son of the artist Wallace Berman, describes his childhood surrounded by   the revolutionary artists of the Beat movement.

Growing Up Among the Great American Rebels of the 60s

Tosh Berman, the son of the artist Wallace Berman, describes his childhood surrounded by  the revolutionary artists of the Beat movement.

from Scheer Intelligence

Knitted Libraries at Gavlak Gallery

Lisa Anne Auerbach

Knitted Libraries at Gavlak Gallery

from Art Talk

When former head of Pixar and Disney Animation John Lasseter was forced to leave following allegations of inappropriate behavior, and was then hired by Skydance to run its animation…

Emma Thompson leaves Skydance Animation project following Lasseter hire

When former head of Pixar and Disney Animation John Lasseter was forced to leave following allegations of inappropriate behavior, and was then hired by Skydance to run its animation…

from Hollywood Breakdown

A novel that presents ambiguity as a constant feature of modern life,   Hark   is a book full of tensions, written with Sam Lipsyte’s fine grain strangeness, and absent of easy…

Sam Lipsyte: Hark

A novel that presents ambiguity as a constant feature of modern life,   Hark   is a book full of tensions, written with Sam Lipsyte’s fine grain strangeness, and absent of easy…

from Bookworm

Many successful directors, like George Lucas and Christopher Nolan, began their careers making short films. But shorts are more than just stepping stones to features.

Which documentary shorts are nominated for this year’s Oscars?

Many successful directors, like George Lucas and Christopher Nolan, began their careers making short films. But shorts are more than just stepping stones to features.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Enriqueta Marti was a real-life monster who roamed the streets of 20th Century Barcelona  collecting bones and kidnapping children. Except, of course, she wasn’t.

Vampire of Barcelona

Enriqueta Marti was a real-life monster who roamed the streets of 20th Century Barcelona  collecting bones and kidnapping children. Except, of course, she wasn’t.

from UnFictional

Twin Peaks was never just a TV show: it was an obsession and an apparition. In its 2017 incarnation, the real-life deaths of several cast members hang spectrally over the proceedings.

Death in Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks was never just a TV show: it was an obsession and an apparition. In its 2017 incarnation, the real-life deaths of several cast members hang spectrally over the proceedings.

from The Organist

The annual UCLA study tallies box office numbers and ratings alongside diversity both on and off screen. Today's "increasingly diverse audiences prefer diverse film and television content," it finds.

Hollywood diversity report finds progress, but much left to gain

The annual UCLA study tallies box office numbers and ratings alongside diversity both on and off screen. Today's "increasingly diverse audiences prefer diverse film and television content," it finds.

from NPR

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I listen in on a conversation between a writer and someone giving the writer some very tough feedback on the writer’s latest script, which…

Overheard

This is Rob Long, and on today’s Martini Shot I listen in on a conversation between a writer and someone giving the writer some very tough feedback on the writer’s latest script, which…

from Martini Shot

You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

Why the stalker boyfriend in the TV show ‘You’ is appealing to women

You is a Lifetime production that first aired in September. It became popular after Netflix picked it up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

In ‘Of Fathers and Sons,’ what it’s like living among terrorists

Documentary filmmaker Talal Derki is Syrian, but several years ago, he fled that country and now lives in Berlin. But he wanted to know why his country had descended into chaos.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Edward Goldman talks about recuperating from all the crowded art fairs in LA with quiet visits to exhibitions across town.

Fool Me Once, Fool Me Twice: The Pleasure Is Mine

Edward Goldman talks about recuperating from all the crowded art fairs in LA with quiet visits to exhibitions across town.

from Art Talk

We look at new music: “Albatross” by    Westerman   , a British musician with a show coming up in LA; “Seconds” by    LCD Soundsystem   , who famously broke up in 2011, then got back…

New music by LCD Soundsystem and UK artists

We look at new music: “Albatross” by Westerman , a British musician with a show coming up in LA; “Seconds” by LCD Soundsystem , who famously broke up in 2011, then got back…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand