In the beginning it was called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and/or Sciences. While its ostensible purpose was management-approved mediation, its implicit goal was to pre-empt actors, writers and directors from organizing, as carpenters, musicians and electricians had done in 1926. Statuettes were an afterthought. Is it cynical to ask whether the Academy Awards have outlived their relevance?
Actress Kim Novak took the trouble of taking out a full-page ad in Variety on Monday to accuse one of the most buzzed-about movies of 2011, "The Artist," of violating her "body of work" by borrowing music from Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" to set a retro mood.
Basically, I love movies about moviemaking And basically, Hollywood loves making these movies They have been a well-established genre since Chaplin was a pup And a pretty good genre it is—there’s nothing like self-regard to bring out the feverish in people Basically, I love movies about moviemaking .
A visitor at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art made her mark, unexpectedly, on Pablo Picasso's turn-of-the-last-century painting "The Actor" by accidentally falling into it Friday and adding a 6-inch rip not intended by the artist to the lower right corner of the canvas. Big oops!