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New York Film Festival 2014 Movie List
The New York Film Festival announced the titles for its 2014 event. Selections were made by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The roster includes world premieres and works by some of the biggest names in the industry. The 17-day festival will display 30 films, some of which are early contenders for an Oscar.
Kent Jones, chair of the film selection committee, is managing the 2014 event. Other committee members include FSLC director of programming Dennis Lim, FSLC senior programming advisor Marian Masone, Film Comment and Sight & Sound contributing editor Amy Taubin and Film Comment editor-in-chief Gavin Smith.
The 52nd New York Film Festival takes place Sep. 26 to Oct. 12.
The following films will make an appearance:
Opening Night Gala Selection
Director: David Fincher
Centerpiece Gala Selection
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Closing Night Gala Selection
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern)
Director: Dominik Graf
The Blue Room (La chambre bleue)
Director: Mathieu Amalric
Clouds of Sils Maria
Director: Olivier Assayas
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Director: Bennett Miller
Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Heaven Knows What
Directors: Josh & Benny Safdie
Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok)
Director: Hong Sang-soo
HORSE MONEY (Cavalo…Continue
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Microsoft Acquires ‘Minecraft’ Maker for $2.5 Billion
The 2014 calendar year is shaping up to be one of the most successful for Microsoft in terms of the company’s acquisition. After making several major deals to increase its position in the market for hardware units, software and mobile technology, Microsoft is now engaging in another move that could increase sales for many of its products and services.
The company announced a plan to acquire the producers of the popular Minecraft franchise, Mojang studios, for $2.5 billion. Microsoft believes the studio will help provide a wide range of new software titles for the Xbox and mobile platforms.
Microsoft plans to finalize the deal by the end of the year.
“Minecraft is more than a great game franchise,” released Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a statement. “It is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”
Since its launch in 2009, Minecraft has become one of the most popular games to ever be released for PCs. The game centers on an open-world where players travel through and interact with a seemingly infinite environment.
Not only has the game been successful in a market where fewer consumers are purchasing computer games, Minecraft has also topped the 100 million downloads mark with many of them coming from Apple products over the last few years.
“The Minecraft players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations,” claimed Mojang…Continue
Charleston Prepares for Second Annual Art-a-Palooza
Charleston is hosting the Tamarack Artisan Foundation’s second annual Art-a-Pooloza next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations-the East End Bazaar (1428 Washington St. E.) and Capital Market (800 Smith Street).
Over 30 artists will make appearances between the two locations for live demonstrations and to promote available works for sale.
The event has activities for people of all ages. There will be a special children’s section with art-related activities at the East End Bazaar during the entire festival. Both locations will have a variety of food vendors and live musical performances.
The event is sponsored by Tamarack Artisan Foundation, a non-profit that funds opportunities for artists and artisans in West Virginia.
“Last year was our first year of Art-a-Palooza. Our intent was to introduce to the community artists they may not have met before, so people could see there are creative people living around them and the surrounding communities. This year, we opened it up statewide. The result was we have artists from other areas too. For example, we have Gretchen VanNostrand and Suzan Morgan. They are fiber and textile artists from Buckhannon, said Judy Belcher, chief financial officer and program director.
Works from the following artists are set for display: Bernice Deakins (B’Dabble), Angela Johnson (Frame of Faith Photography), Brenda Pinnell (Hepcatz Design), Lois Pettry (The Mad Tatter), Sharon McMillion (Brookstone Soaps), Suzanne Williams (Silk Work Pins & Paper), Ruby Griffith (Simply Hickory), Lee Hubbard (Pampered Paws Bakery), Charly Jupiter Hamilton (Jupiter33), Kevin Stitzinger (Stitzinger Stonecraft), Andy Sheetz…Continue
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“Saturday Night Live” Celebrates 40th Anniversary Season
The 40th season of “Saturday Night Live” will broadcast live from New York on Sept. 27. “Parks and Recreation” actor Chris Pratt is set to host the first show with musical guest Ariana Grande.
NBC also confirmed Sarah Silverman will return to the show to host on Oct. 4 with musical guest Maroon 5.
The network will celebrate the 40th anniversary with a three-hour special scheduled for Feb. 15.…Continue
Buy Art with Bitcoin on Cointemporary
Painters Valentin Ruhry and Andy Boot launched Cointemporary in May, an online marketplace for purchasing creations using Bitcoin. The company features a new piece of art each week, and once it’s sold the artist has the option of receiving pay through traditional currency or Bitcoin. However, since the company wants to push the trend of digital currency, it gives the artists a larger percentage of the sale if they select Bitcoin as their payment option.
Purchased art gets shipped to buyers through Viennese company Kunsttrans-which also accepts Bitcoin.
The digital currency is starting to appear in a variety of styles in art. For example, the popular works of San Francisco-based artist Tom Loughlin and New York’s Jenna Lash often include Bitcoin as a creative theme. French artist Youl recently sold a painting entitled “The Last Bitcoin Supper” on eBay for $2,900.
Companies Art4Bit, BitPremier, and Silicon Valley Contemporary also use Bitcoin as a payment method. Paddle8 is considering using it as an option as well.
Cointemporary’s goal is to provide a “broader global visual context free from the hegemonic monetary system in which contemporary art is embedded.” The platform offers a “new form of autonomy in the global monetary system.”…Continue
Katie Holmes Makes Directorial Debut
Katie Holmes is set to make her directorial debut with the upcoming film adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s book “All We Had.”
Holmes will also make an acting appearance in the movie as a poverty-stricken mother who starts a new life with her daughter in small town America.
Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh (vice president of production and development at Tribeca productions) have signed on as producers for the project. Josh Boone (who recently directed “The Fault in Our Stars”) is the film’s screenwriter.
“Katie has such a clear vision for the book’s irreverent, original mother-daughter relationship,” Rosenthal released in a statement. “Her passion for the material, along with Josh Boone’s ability to tell stories grounded in the comedy and drama of everyday, will truly bring these characters to life.”
Holmes added, “I am very excited and honored to be collaborating with Jane and Josh on this project and look so forward to brining Annie’s incredible characters to the screen.”
2014 Art Basel Miami Beach
Event organizers have released the exhibitor list for Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. The festival will showcase 267 galleries including Survey a new section focusing on historical art projects. Submissions come from artist around the world. An astounding 90 galleries are from New York this year.
2014 Art Basel Miami Beach Galleries:
303 Gallery, New York
A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro
Miguel Abreu Gallery,, New York
Acquavella Galleries, Inc., New York
Alexander and Bonin, New York
Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York
The Approach London,
Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo
Art : Concept, Paris
Alfonso Artiaco, Naples
Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
galería elba benítez, Madrid
Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte, Buenos Aires
John Berggruen Gallery,, San Francisco
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Bortolami, New York…Continue
Eva Fidjeland's "Metamorphosis"
A new trend in visual art is emerging due to artist Eva Fidjeland’s implementation of an innovative, creative approach to the process of manufacturing art. The artist is known internationally for creating in a variety of mediums, from the traditional canvas to digital, and is currently presenting her work in a new style of collaborative art. The artist is displaying her creative expertise within the various mediums and is also transforming her physical expression and character for introduction within her creations. Fidjeland is seamlessly incorporating aspects of digital technology with visual and performing art, creating unique works that tell stories through intricate details.
Eva Fidjeland's "Dragon"
Fidjeland’s extensive collection of digital photography captures the aesthetic details of her subjects, including still, animal and plant life. In a digital work entitled “Dragon”, Fidjeland presents a close perspective upon her subject, highlighting multiple intricate aesthetic details. Notice how the detail of the wings is of a different aesthetic quality than the legs and other areas of art. In the midst of these details, emerges the dragon fly’s expression, providing the observer with a neighboring view of its moment in time. …Continue
Visa Teams with Apple on Iphone Wallet
Apple’s new iPhone will have a mobile wallet feature that gives users access to payment networks, as well as banks and retailers. Company representatives will unveil details of a partnership with Visa, MasterCard and American Express on Sept. 9.
While Google and several other companies already develop popular methods for securing online payments for mobile, many U.S. retails have yet to connect the technology with consumers.
Seeking to replicate Google’s success for its users, Apple’s mobile wallet is another way of providing a great service to users within its ecosystem.
“It’s about retention, solving and adding features that keep your base engaged and keeping them loyal,” said Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies.
The new plan will also generate higher revenues from current accounts like iTunes by providing payment flexibility to over 800 million users.
Edward Ofosu's art depicts beautiful images of people as they are in the world, emphasizes their expressions, and gives audiences the opportunity to experience the emotions and desires in the hearts and minds of the figures themselves. Edward Ofosu's art encourages one to embrace the figures for who they are as human beings, and through observation of the eyes, facial expressions, physical positioning, as well as through a juxtaposition of mixed media and abstract art, audiences come to see the world as it should be. It is through the audience's understanding of the figure's world experiences that the artist successfully encourages observers to reflect the change they want to see in the world.
Portraits that Live, Breathe and Move
Throughout the scope of art history, the visual creative concept of a portrait has been used as a vehicle for expression in many cultures. Historically, portraits rely solely on human or animal expressions to tell its story. Edward Ofosu's art, however, masterfully takes observers on a journey through a visual and intellectual movement. Each figure created by the artist is on a journey for enlightenment. Through expressionism the audience comes to understand how the figure is feeling on their personal path. Expressionism juxtaposed against physical positioning, abstract art and breathtaking color schemes creates the visual illusion that the portraits breath and moves. Edward Ofosu's art should be observed and appreciated for how it effortlessly creates movement through the portrait device.
It is through the unconventional manipulation…Continue
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