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★★★★☆If the medium of film is to be considered a legitimate art form then this memorable BBC period piece from 1979 is probably as close as you can get to a living painting on screen. Schalcken the Painter, a seldom-seen horror story set in 17th century Holland and newly released by the BFI as part
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Whatever form Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry happens to be working in, you can be sure that he will be drunk with language. Words make him swoon. He loves the way they sound and slide off each other, the singsong rhythms they fall into under his wand, their echo in time.
PLOT: When Walt Disney’s daughters wanted their father to make the film “Mary Poppins” from their favorite books, he made them a promise he would. As a man who keeps his promises, he spent nearly twenty years trying to get the author to sign a deal to make what would end up being a groundbreak...
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider the standard for software patents. The court will review a fractured en banc decision by U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that did not produce agreement on the test to determine patent eligibility, report The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times, SCOTUSblog and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (sub. req.). The en banc court issued six separate opinions, “none of which reflected an approach endorsed by a majority,” according to the cert petition (PDF). At issue: When is software ineligible for a patent because it’s based on an abstract idea? The case concerns the validity of a patent for a computer program that helps foreign-exchange buyers and sellers settle their trades, according to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. CLS Bank International…
Mohammed Fairouz's Symphony No. 3 "Poems and Prayers" is long, brash, overwrought, beatific — and huge. For its West Coast premiere Sunday night by UCLA's Philharmonia, University Chorus and Chorale, along with two vocal soloists and a solo clarinet, more than 300 performers crowded the stage at Royce Hall.