This year, three different films with "Made in NY" creds are up for the coveted Oscars, according to the New York City Office of Media and Entertainment. And a slew of other New York productions have recently won other awards.
After seeing Beyoncé fumble and falter her way through Mahalia Jackson's classic, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," it can now be argued that artists aren't merely tossing about their faux manes, they're also throwing around their supposed professional clout.
This awards season, forget American Sniper. See the controversial movie Quebec separatists don't want you to see but conservationists can't wait for you to see but botanists forbid you to see but environmentalists say you must see. See Canadian Sniper--or at least its trailer. Go Canucks!
Not only is Sam Smith talented, but he's authentic. He is real in a world that is fake, and true to himself when many others are falling over to conform so they can make it big. I admire Sam Smith's honesty, and I respect his artistry.
Birdman is obviously a work of art, and more than that, it's a comedy, a fact that Keaton, who started his career as a standup comedian in Pittsburgh, couldn't be happier about.
It may be more effective for these actresses coming together to demand more thoughtful red carpet interviews to invest in their social media presence. That way they can take the reins and dictate the terms of public engagement.
Of course, since this is a Wachowski offering, the visuals are frequently stunning in an overwhelming manner, and scene after scene is quite entertaining. There is a problem, though, with the casting.
On Sunday night at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, President Obama took to the stage with a video message inviting the millions of people watching to join a new campaign, #ItsOnUs, to end violence against women and girls.
With the exception of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998, just one year before Napster and the beginning of online piracy, many of today's copyright laws and regulations date back to 1976.
Annie Lennox and Madonna have different paths. BOTH of these remarkable, self-empowered ladies' paths are valid. And we can honor and respect the choices each of the these women have made for themselves.
What film will win the Best Picture Oscar this year? Will it be the one with the greatest production accomplishment? Will it be the one that takes you deep inside a character's subjective world-view and makes you see life from his limited perspective?
Some years were quieter celebrations, but just as ceremonial. Even watching them on my own, I bowed to the sense of occasion. I lined up my time-honored snacks, burrowed under my favorite quilt and glued myself to the proceedings, shouting at the screen the entire time.
I enjoyed Kristen Wiig's surprise appearance as Sia's stand in for "Chandelier," as Sia does not face the audience while singing. BTW, can Kristen Wiig be a stand in for me in all aspects of my life? Please and thank you.
Rock City's new project #WhatDreamsAreMadeOf is an homage to St. Thomas and their struggle. They hope their new project can narrate the stories many have overcome and still face, specifically growing up disadvantaged and in poverty.
Most highly successful people are extremely confident, entitled, and potentially a-holes. There's an extremely thin line between confidence and delusions of grandeur. The reality is if you want that level of success, you may have to flirt with that very same line.
The Oscar-winning 1991 road trip buddy film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri was groundbreaking. Not only did its two empowered female characters strike a worldwide nerve, the movie also helped set the bar higher for female roles.