The Toronto International Film Festival ® today announced the lineup for the 2019 TIFF Industry Conference, offering five days of business, creative development, and networking opportunities to the 5,500-plus international professionals expected in Toronto this September. Taking place September 6–10, this year’s programme will explore the impact of global events and socio-political trends at the forefront of the media industry.Read more
Carolyn Strauss (SHS '81) On Rare Emmy Trifecta, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Finale, Potential ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘Deadwood’ Follow-Ups
There are three top Primetime Emmy categories for dramatic storytelling — Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding TV Movie. In what may be a first, Carolyn Strauss scored a nomination in all three, as executive producer of HBO’s Game Of Thrones (Drama Series), Chernobyl (Limited Series) and Deadwood: The Movie (TV Movie). Combined, GoT, Chernobyl and Deadwoodearned 59 Emmy nominations including a chart-topping 32 for the final season of GoT.Read more
Richard Holbrooke was an almost-great. He desperately wanted to be great, and his life, at any rate, was never boring. Born during World War II to German Jewish refugees who raised him as a humanistic Quaker in Scarsdale, New York, he lived a life that spanned the rise and arguable fall of US global hegemony, the five or so decades that George Packer, in his new biography of Holbrooke, Our Man, calls “the American Century.”Read more
Bob Wilber, a saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader who spearheaded a traditional jazz revival in the face of a postwar modernist boom, and kept the faith well into a new century, died on Aug. 4 in Chipping Campden, England. He was 91.
His death was confirmed by his wife, JoAnne “Pug” Horton, an English jazz and blues singer who was also his close musical collaborator for more than 40 years.Read more
Shares of Chegg (NYSE: CHGG) jumped nearly 9% on Tuesday after the connected learning platform company released its second-quarter results.
Chegg's total net revenue jumped 26% year over year to $93.9 million, besting Wall Street's expectations for revenue of $92 million.
Notably, Chegg Services saw its subscriber count rise by 30%, to 2.2 million, while Chegg Study content views increased by 25%, to 198 million.Read more
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has no time for attitude.
The best-selling author and NYU Ethical Leadership professor is taking a stand against those who wield their outrage like a weapon in a society fuelled by social media.
He's been named as one of the 25 most influential psychologists in the world, and Haidt is not afraid to confront, challenge or offend his audiences.Read more
Today in 1920 Gordon Gould invented the laser (d. 2005)
What gives space such a permanent hold on the American psyche? And what does it mean to have visited an environment so alien and awe-inspiring, knowing you will never return? As PBS celebrates the Summer of Space and the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, WGBH brings you a short documentary featuring Jeff Hoffman, an astronaut and MIT professor, who has made five space flights including the first mission to repair the Hubble Telescope.Read more
Henry David Thoreau, bard of the wild and a man who heard music in everything, wrote about both with rapture. "Music is perpetual," he opined. "We need the tonic of wildness," he observed. Thoreau never set foot at the Luzerne Music Center, having died 118 years before its founding in 1980 — an unfortunate misalignment of history. But to hear Elizabeth Pitcairn talk about the camp she heads is to hear echoes of Thoreauvian wisdom, drawing out an idyllic hub in the woods that stages world-class music with a sylvan backdrop.
On the program are works by Schubert (Impromptu for piano in C minor Op. 90, No. 1), Bach (Double Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra) and Schubert (Piano Quintet in E-flat Major Op. 44). Among the musicians slated to perform are violinist and City Ballet concertmaster Arturo Delmoni, violist Michael Roth and cellist Sarah Hewitt-Roth — joined by pianist Glen Inanga and Pitcairn herself, a globally concertizing soloist who plays the famed Stradivarius also known as the "Red Violin" when she isn't running Luzerne as president and artistic director.Read more
Playwright Eve Ensler (SHS 1971) Is Recruiting Creatives for an ‘Artistic Uprising’ Against Immigrant Detention at the El Paso Border
Next week, many in the US will crowd around backyard BBQs or lay back in lawn chairs lit up by gaudy firework displays—all in the name of celebrating America. At a time when what it means to be an American is being bitterly contested, however, playwright Eve Ensler is planning on marking the 4th of July weekend in a very different way. She is calling on artists of all types to join an “Artistic Uprising” in El Paso in protest of the inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.Read more