The shortlists for prestigious book prizes usually include writers with a long career and rich writing experience. However, this year’s edition of Orange Prize for Fiction has among its nominees three first-time novelists, including former Sesame Street scriptwriter Kathleen Winter.
American film director Sidney Lumet, famous for classic productions like “12 Angry Men,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Fail-Safe,” passed away on Saturday at the age of 86, announced his Hollywood talent agency.
Recent cuts effected in the domain of Arts has motivated several British leading actors to initiate a protest against the decision. Sir Patrick Stewart, Penelope Wilton and Samuel West are included among the stars who take part in the counteracting action, which involved the signing and delivery of a petition which demanded a “coherent” arts policy to Downing Street.
British artist Russell Brand is apparently enjoying a peak of success due to his roles in champ “Hop” and the newly released “Arthur” remake, which occupy the first two positions in the weekend box office in North America.
The Grammy Awards will undergo some significant changes starting next year, this representing the most major facelift in the 53-year history of the event.
Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the English rock band The Police, and Monty Python star Terry Jones have taken a new career turn, becoming the pair in an operatic double which will debut in London on Friday.
French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin created a real “commotion” in the artistic world when his works were first released. More than one hundred years later, his creations still elicit intense reactions from the public, but not necessarily positive. Such was the case of a woman who attacked Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” hanging in the National Gallery in Washington DC on Friday.
Despite an unlucky kick-off of his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option” 20-city variety show tour in Detroit, where he had his share of snubs from the public, Charlie Sheen proved he was not a quitter and defeat was indeed not an option, making his second show in Chicago a success.
Some musicians succeed in having a strong impact on society and its culture, creating a “legacy” that lasts even after their death or after their “retirement” from the active scene of entertainment. So it is the case of Bob Dylan, whose songs will represent the topic of discussion for US academics within “Bob Dylan and the Law,” a conference presented by Fordham University’s law and ethics center and Touro Law School on Monday.
The highly acclaimed television series “Mad Men” will return on screen in 2012, for its final three seasons. Matt Weiner, the creator of the show, announced on Thursday that the tense contract negotiations had been resolved and the series would continue.