Arts & Life

Television
3:42 am
Wed May 14, 2014

How Funny Or Die Makes Room For What Works

Billy Eichner's series Billy on the Street is an example of a project that was developed at Funny or Die and now lives on cable television.
John Durgee AP

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:11 pm

When I showed up at Funny or Die's West Hollywood headquarters earlier this year, staffers weren't hanging out with Will Ferrell or taping a cool new video with the president.

They were kicking around a ball.

"The Internet went out for 10 minutes, so we were playing soccer," said one young staffer, nudging around a ball in a set of offices that looked more like the home base of a Silicon Valley startup than a comedy incubator.

It was just growing pains; at the time, the company was completing its third move in four years.

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Arts & Life
11:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Cultural Life Task Force Nearly Set To Release Recommendations For Arts Funding

A group of community and arts leaders in Charlotte is still working to develop recommendations on how to keep arts-and-cultural organizations afloat in the future.  

The Cultural Life Task Force was originally scheduled to release its report by February, but that’s been postponed until June, Task Force co-chair Valecia McDowell told WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

Listen here to Mark Rumsey's interview of Valecia McDowell, co-chair of the Cultural Life Task Force.

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The Two-Way
8:46 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Oscar-Winning Director Malik Bendjelloul Dies At 36

An Aug. 20, 2012 photo of documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul. Police in Sweden say the director behind the Oscar-awarded music documentary Searching for Sugar Man, died on Tuesday.
Anders Wiklund AP

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, who won an Oscar last year for his 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, has been found dead in Stockholm at age 36, police and family members confirm.

Reuters reports:

"Stockholm police declined to provide any further details about Bendjelloul's death."

"'What I can say is that there are no suspicions any crime was involved,' Stockholm police duty officer Pia Glenvik said.

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Health Care
5:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

'Good Doctor' Puts Past Medical Practices Under An Ethical Microscope

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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 5:49 pm

Dr. Barron Lerner is a doctor and the son of a doctor. He grew up thinking his father was a wonderful, gifted and caring physician, which he was. But after Lerner started studying bioethics, he began questioning some of his father's practices — practices which were typical of many doctors in the '60s.

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Book Reviews
4:05 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Little Stories That Delight Like The Best Sleight Of Hand

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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 pm

Lydia Davis' stories have been called prose poems, case studies, riddles, koans — even gherkins, for being so small and tart and edible. But properly speaking, they are magic tricks. Davis is a performative writer, as subtle and economical in her movements as any magician, and she's out to enchant.

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Monkey See
1:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

A First Glimpse: Sometimes You're The Batmobile, Sometimes You're The Bat

Today, Zack Snyder, the director of Batman vs. Superman, due in 2016, tweeted what he said was the first photo of the Batmobile. Beside it is ... Batman! Or, as Snyder put it, "#Batman." Because that's what we do now instead of using our words.

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Monkey See
12:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Thanks To H.R. Giger, For All The Sleepless Nights

The "chestburster" is one of the many deeply unsettling images of 1979's Alien, probably the best-known work of designer H.R. Giger. Giger's original chestburster design changed substantially as he inched toward this final version with director Ridley Scott and others.
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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 4:14 pm

H.R. Giger was the guy who made me sleep with the lights on for years.

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The Two-Way
12:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Artist H.R. Giger, Creator Of Surreal Biomechanics, Dies

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, seen here at his "Dreams and Visions" exhibition in 2011, died Monday after a fall in Zurich. Giger's work includes designs for the 1979 film Alien.
Robert Jaeger EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:26 pm

You might not know the name, but you probably know the work: H.R. Giger created some of the most powerfully creepy visuals in Hollywood's history, including animals and props that forced some viewers of 1979's sci-fi film Alien to watch the film through their fingers.

Hans Rudolf Giger was 74; he died in Zurich from injuries suffered in a fall, a representative of the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, tells the AP.

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The Record
11:39 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Why Tori Amos Connects

Tori Amos on stage in Glasgow, three days before the release of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines.
Ross Gilmore Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 5:40 pm

When I spent time on tour with Tori Amos a decade ago, collaborating with her on a book, I'd see her invoke the four elements many nights before her band would take the stage.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune

Courtesy of the artist

A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on his site just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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