Arts & Culture

Joanna Newsom’s High Dive

“Wikipedia is amazing,” exclaims Joanna Newsom. The harpist and songwriter likely won’t read the entry about herself, but she frequently dives down Wikipedia rabbit holes. “Reading something on Wikipedia will often send me off in a new direction,” she says. While living in New York’s Greenwich Village several years ago, for instance, Newsom found herself

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Russia Adds Crimean Cultural Sites to its Official Monuments List

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a decree to include more than 220 sites on the annexed Crimean peninsula on the list of monuments of cultural and historical significance to Russia. According to the document published on Tuesday on the Russian Cabinet Minister’s officialwebsite the Prime Minister has tasked the Ministry of Culture with

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How the World is Celebrating ‘Back to the Future’ Day

It’s Back to the Future Day and the world is very excited about it. October 21, 2015 is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to in the sci-fi adventure film Back to the Future Part II, released in 1989. Celebrations have kicked off across the world and it’s not just avid movie fans

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Adele Confirms Highly-Anticipated Album ’25

British singer Adele confirmed that her highly-anticipated album will be called 25, in a statement published on her social media platforms on Wednesday. The singer, whose last album 21 sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, says 25 is about her transition into adulthood. “My last record was a break-up record,” Adele wrote in the message

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Comedian Chris Rock to Host Oscars Ceremony for Second Time

Comedian Chris Rock will host the 2016 Oscars ceremony in February, producers said on Wednesday, in his second stint at the helm of Hollywood’s biggest night. “Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” David Hill and Reginald Hudlin, who will produce the live telecast, said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer,

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Beyond ‘Back to the Future’: 10 Fictional Futures We Haven’t Reached Yet

It’s Back to the Future Day: October 21, 2015. The second installment in the popular franchise was released in 1989, but its bright vision of the future endures. One reason: there’s not much to fear about it. There’s no ISIS or mass shootings. No climate change or economic uncertainty. Just self-drying jackets and arcade games you can play without

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BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ Christmas Special to be Shown in Chinese Cinemas

The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced yesterday that the SherlockChristmas special, which stars British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will be aired in cinema theaters as part of a “global cinema event.” Details about other countries taking part in the event is yet to be released, according to theRadio Times magazine. It was also

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Swiss Couple Top ArtReview Power List

Swiss couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth have topped ArtReview magazine’s 2015 “Power 100″—an annual list of the most influential people in the contemporary art world—becoming the second commercial gallerists to do so since the list was first established in 2002. The British magazine’s list, which was published on Thursday, is dominated by dealers and collectors

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7 Things We Learned from Bill Murray’s Reddit AMA

On Wednesday, Bill Murray participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session to promote his latest film, Rock the Casbah, which opens nationwide on Friday. AMAs are hit-or-miss as far as providing any real insight into the lives of celebrities. But as Murray has proved in the past, he’s not afraid to exercise a little candor when

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