Hollywood Comes Home
The economic depression has proven a serious crisis for major film studios and in its wake Hollywood stars are flocking to Broadway to renew their acting careers.
The economic depression has proven a serious crisis for major film studios and in its wake Hollywood stars are flocking to Broadway to renew their acting careers. "New Yorkers will not need to go to their nearest multiplex cinema to catch the latest performances by stars such as Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson or Christopher Walken. Instead, they will soon be able to see some of Hollywood's A-list in the flesh. A flock of famous movie talent has swapped the sunshine and glamour of making films in Los Angeles for the more artistically rigorous demands of New York's theatre world. Washington is starring in a new revival of Fences, a play by American writer August Wilson, which opens next month. Johansson and Liev Schreiber are already starring in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Walken's performance as a deranged killer in Martin McDonagh's new play, A Behanding in Spokane, is also drawing in big crowds. Other current or recent big names appearing on stage include Laura Linney, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law. Many Hollywood stars claim that appearing on stage represents a purer form of acting than celluloid and boosts their credibility as thespians, not mere film stars."
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The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."
- A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
- In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
- The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.
Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.
Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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