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Whiplash Wins, Jazz Loses

Brian Ross | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

How does jazz survive with a shrinking fan base, and J.K. Simmons' now infamous "Rushing or Dragging" scene being the only understanding of this music that the popular culture knows?

Feb.1 -- Finnish Indie-Virtuosos Award -- Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, David Oyelowo -- Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sally Fay | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

On Sunday, February 1st, I was in "the first audience to see" the World Premiere of an independent film from Finland called "Eila, Rampe and Baby Girl...

The Sound of Whiplash (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

Despite the hype, the praise and critical acclaim, as part of the crew, you may dream of it, but you don't really think 'this one is going to win an Oscar.'

The Whiplash Effect: Lessons in Business Coaching From Terrence Fletcher

JD Gershbein | Posted 02.23.2015 | Business
JD Gershbein

I went to theater knowing that I was going to be experiencing something very special. As the final credits rolled, I contemplated my own coaching approach, and to what extent a personality like Simmons's character, Terrence Fletcher, would be taken seriously in business.

The Oscars at Almost 4 Hours: Even So, Neil Patrick Harris Did the Trick

Michael Russnow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The Academy Awards for me was a surprise, notably in that I mostly enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris' performance.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: So Far From Fletcher, Coming Full Circle With Whiplash Oscar Favorite J.K. Simmons

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Growing up a fat kid in Yonkers, NY (that'd be the title of my autobiography by the way), my number one way to escape the middle school jerks and the growing waistline was going to the movies. I would see two each weekend.

How To Sound Like You Know A Lot About This Year's Oscar Movies

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.19.2015 | Entertainment

With less than a week until the Oscars, chances are you've caught most of the movies you'll manage to see before Sunday's ceremony. Even if awards fat...

Day 4 -- Oscar Nominated Writers and Producers (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)

Sally Fay | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment
Sally Fay

On Saturday, January 31st, at 11:00, I tucked into the Lobero Theatre for the sold-out Writer's Panel featuring Oscar nominees, Graham Moore ("The ...

Are You Rushing or Are You Dragging?

Heather Choate Davis | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Heather Choate Davis

If you watch the film with "the mind of Christ," you might see in the two father figures both the essential discipline and the infinite mercy of Law & Gospel theology.

Five on the Floor: Simplicity, Drums & Whiplash

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

There's groove, and drums that range from Bozzio big to DeJohnette diminutive, but let's check out some simple playing. Here are five of my favorite drum fills, elements which fit outside of the song's beat and are not orchestrated with other instruments.

J.K. Simmons Channels 'Whiplash,' Yells At 'SNL' Cast In Drum-Off

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 02.01.2015 | Entertainment

Oscar nominee J.K. Simmons has played a variety of characters, from the Farmers Insurance guy to the voice of the yellow M&M (Shocked? Us too). But it...

My Conversation With Damien Chazelle

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.29.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Damien Chazelle. The barely 30-year-old filmmaker has taken Hollywood by storm with his critically acclaimed film Whiplash, which has garnered a total of five Oscar nods, including Best Picture.

The Role of Biomechanics in Motor Vehicle Accident Litigation

Rami Hashish, PhD, DPT | Posted 01.27.2015 | Science
Rami Hashish, PhD, DPT

Biomechanists use all pertinent information to determine injury mechanisms, such as in the event of a car accident. Utilizing previous clinical research, the expected recovery time -- and thus, medical expense estimates -- can be determined.

2015 Oscar Nominations: What the Math Says

Ben Zauzmer | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Ben Zauzmer

We've now had months of delightful Oscar speculation: Who's in? Who's out? Who will have the honor of walking the Red Carpet next month, and who will have to watch the Oscars from home?

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Earns Surprise WGA Nomination

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America has unveiled the nominees for its 2015 prizes. Most of the finalists were expected, but box-office behemoth "Guardians of...

What 'Whiplash' Can Teach Us About Pushing A 'Great' Too Far

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?

New York Film Critics Circle at Tao Downtown: First Awards in the New Year

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The New York Film Critics Circle announce their film honors early, so you know just who you are going to see at their annual awards dinner: with Boyho...

An Education Myth

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Bullying tactics from a teacher produce fear, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and other long-term psychologically scarring effects.

Erin Whitney

Two Of This Year's Best Film Scores Won't Win Oscars

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Whitney | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment

With this year's abundance of fantastic films also came a surplus of mesmerizing and poignant film scores. From Hans Zimmer’s epic “Interstellar...

2014: My Favorite Films of the Year

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If I were going to make a 10-best list, it would probably include films like Boyhood, The Imitation Game and Selma, among others that will be on everyone's list. But, as good as those films are, none of them are on my list of favorites.

Erin Whitney

These Were The Best Movie Moments Of The Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Whitney | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment

If going to the movies had an instant-replay feature, Matthew McConaughey sobbing in "Interstellar," Rosamund Pike delivering the iconic Cool Girl spe...

The Year in Film, 2014: 22 Easy Pieces

Jon Eig | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Say whatever else you want to about 2014, here's one thing I know for sure. It had 365 days. And since new movies opened on screens across the USA on a great many of those days, I feel compelled to consider the year in films.

Watch 330 Movies From 2014 In One Supercut

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment

With 2015 on the horizon, Hollywood is set to close the book on 2014. If we haven't already been bombarded by year-end lists and video retrospectives,...

Whiplash -- "Svengali Porn" -- An Essay

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

I remain, a week following the experience of Whiplash (the picture can't just be watched), flummoxed. Awash in critical praise, Whiplash has definitely hit a chord with many people, but I ask what the director, Damien Chazelle, was actually going for in his "masterwork."

The Best Films of 2014: MOMA-Style

Brandon Judell | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

What does an angst-ridden comedienne tackling abortion onstage and in her personal life, a closeted heir to a vast fortune with a yen for Olympic-bound wrestlers, and a concierge bedding septuagenarians have in common? They are all characters in films selected by the curators of the Museum of Modern Art.