arts & entertainment
Schoolhouse Rock, the 1970s and 80s animated shorts that taught a generation of school kids about how a bill becomes a law and just what function a conjunction has, inspired Alex Timbers to blend history and music in his musicals. The young director is out with his latest mashup, Here Lies Love, looking at Imelda Marcos.
Star Wars is set in North Africa. Not in the movie sense, of course, but the sets were filmed there. And, in many cases, once filming had wrapped, the sets stayed. And stayed. And they're still there. One photographer recently captured the well-preserved relics in North African deserts.
Dominique Pinto's new album is everything her stage name represents, delicate, very simple acoustic songs that could almost be lullabies. And they come with history. Pinto was born in Brazil, but at a young age moved to Argentina by herself, before making her way to France, where her political career really took off.
Network TV, as a group and as individual networks, had a rough year, losing big chunks of audience. But in terms of shear size and revenue totals, tehy're still the biggest game in town. And one magazine editor says this is the networks to take chances to regain their cultural relevance.
Motherhood is celebrated this weekend with Mother's Day. Isabella Rossellini, the acclaimed actress and director, is out with her own new look at motherhood in a sometimes-disturbing series set to debut on the Sundance Channel.
Brooklyn Babylon is one of the most anticipated compilations of jazz music this year — but with roots as a score for a multimedia epic, composer Darcy James Argue spent a long while debating with himself on whether he should even release it to the public separate from the multimedia.
Americans got used to seeing the "I am a Mormon" ads during the last presidential campaign. But now, Brits are being introduced them as well, as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints responds to the British debut of the hit play, The Book of Mormon.
When it comes to accents, they paint a picture in people's mind. And they can make or break the character. That's born out in real life and on the silver screen. Renée Zellweger was widely praised for her English accent in Bridget Jones’s Diary -- and Radovan Karadžić managed to evade authorities for years, in part through a fake accent.
The Testament of Mary is all about Mary. In fact, it has no other characters. Fiona Shaw plays the singular role in the new Broadway show, out this week. In it, she struggles with whether she did a good job of raising Jesus Christ.
Jessie Ware has been a popular singer in the United Kingdom, coming out of the same community that produced Adele and Florence Welch. Ware's bringing her newest album to the United States finally, with a debut this week.