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On this week's episode of Showbiz Sandbox:
The Academy announced it will now be allowing members to vote in all 24 Oscar categories, including Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film. Anne Thompson, Indiewire’s editor-at-large, explains what the old voting rules were and how these new ones will affect the Oscars moving forward.On this week's episode of Showbiz Sandbox: The Academy announced it will now... more
"Life of Pi" is a beautiful and distant film (Review)
Less than 24-hours after “Argo” won the Academy Award for Best Picture and shortly after returning from the Governor’s Ball, IndieWire's Anne Thompson recaps a whirlwind weekend that had her hobnobbing at the Spirit Awards awards on Saturday then walking the red carpet at Sunday’s Oscars. Rough life, to be sure. Thompson beat out most other award season experts by correctly predicting 19 out of 24 winners at this year’s Academy Awards.Less than 24-hours after “Argo” won the Academy Award for Best Picture and... more
Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a groundbreaking movie event about a young man who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship's only other survivor -- a fearsome Bengal tiger.Director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates a... more
The Houston Film Critics Society will be holding their 6th annual year end awards on Saturday, January 5th 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston. Here's a look at the nominees.The Houston Film Critics Society will be holding their 6th annual year end awards on... more
Ang Lee's latest film "Life of Pi" portraying the story of a boy named Pi (Suraj Sharma) lost at sea with a Bengal tiger known as Richard Parker is now playing in theaters. Splurge a bit and see this in 3D. You won't be disappointed.Ang Lee's latest film "Life of Pi" portraying the story of a boy named... more
Yann Martel, author of the bestselling book, Life of Pi, and winner of the Man Booker prize in 2002, has recently sold the rights to his third book. It was bought up at auction last month by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, the world’s largest publisher of consumer books.
So what's got people talking? In a nutshell,
"Like 'Life of Pi,' the new book is an allegory — this time, about the Holocaust — involving animals. It relates the story of an encounter between a famous writer and a taxidermist who is writing a play that features dialog between a donkey and a monkey imprinted on a shirt."
This complicated structure, combined with the high sticker price, is said to be the reason only three publishers bid on the novel. Yet even with its unorthodox structure, the currently untitled book (to be released sometime next year) is not without precedent.
"'I’ve noticed over the years of reading books on the Holocaust and seeing movies that it’s always represented in the same way, which is historical or social realism,' Mr. Martel, 46, said in a telephone interview from his home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 'I was thinking that it was interesting that you don’t have many imaginative takes on it, like George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ and its take on Stalinism.' Mr. Martel said that although there had been a few works like “Life is Beautiful” in film or the “Maus” books by Art Spiegelman that had been more metaphorical, artists were generally “fearful of letting the imagination loose on the Holocaust.”
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Booked Wants to Know:
Many believe that the domain of the artist, or the writer, is without boundaries. Nothing can escape art, and nothing is off-limits to the one who creates it, even the most painful or controversial components of human existence and human history. Books have the power to change the way people think, and can consequently be used as positive tools or weapons with deadly consequences.
That said, are the real world outcomes of a book the responsibility of the author? If an author writes a book that inspires world peace, do we praise her/him? If an author writes a book that inspires World War III, do we condemn her/him? At what juncture, if there is one, does a book cease to be the offspring of one author and become instead the offspring of humanity?
Book it, and tell us what You think.Yann Martel, author of the bestselling book, Life of Pi, and winner of the Man Booker... more