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Daisy Ridley Says J.J. Abrams Called Her Acting ‘Wooden’ On The Set Of ‘The Force Awakens’

Turns out it wasn’t all fun and games on the set of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>. Sure, running around with a BB-8 model looks like nothing but a rollicking good time, but Daisy Ridley admits in a recent interview that J.J. Abrams had some semi-harsh words for her early on in the filming process. On …

How I learned to stop writing for old white men

There are few things more revealing than a fervent hobby. If you expose someone's passionate pastime, you somehow learn more about him than the activity alone should reveal. Think Vladimir Nabokov's butterflies, or George W. Bush's portraits. As for me, I've practiced only one activity with …

Literature

Poignant ‘Humans of New York’ Portraits Document the Heartbreaking Stories of Refugees

For the past few months, we’ve seen heartbreaking coverage of what is reportedly the worst refugee crisis since WWII, as hundreds of thousands of terrified and weary people flee their homes in North Africa and the Middle East in the hopes of finding a better life in Europe. Now, Brandon Stanton of …

Humans Of New York Partners With UN To Document Refugees' Stories

'Humans of New York' has partnered with the United Nations Refugee Agency to deliver the personal stories of those fleeing North Africa.<p>Brandon …

Denver Art Museum Announces Major Show of Female Abstract Expressionists

Elaine de Kooning, <i>Bullfight</i>, 1959, oil on canvas.<p>©ELAINE DE KOONING TRUST/COURTESY MARK BORGHI FINE ART, NEW YORK<p>The Denver Art Museum (DAM) …

Interview with Alex Senna

We are really proud to see that Brazil is nowadays one of the top 10 street art countries, we got so many awesome graffiti and street artist out …

Ten Great Punk Songs Inspired by Books

This summer’s release of the new Titus Andronicus record <i>The Most Lamentable Tragedy</i> — described as “a work of fiction” by the punk band’s …

Meet the Artists Who Play With the Rules of Documentary Photography

Valley View School, Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya.<br>James Mollison<p>1 of 20<p>Perched on a vantage point that offers him a sweeping view of the playground, …

Researchers built a robot that can paint as well as Vincent Van Gogh

Researchers from the University of Tubingen have developed an algorithm that allows an artificial neural network of computers to accurately learn how to paint just like famous artists.<p>In June, Google revealed that it had built sophisticated image recognition software that enabled its robots to see …

Deep Learning

The 17 Indie Films You Must See This September: ’99 Homes,’ ‘Goodnight Mommy’ and More

The 17 Indie Films You Must See This September: '99 Homes,' 'Goodnight Mommy' and More<p>“Before We Go” (September 4)<p>(Film Page)<br>Director: Chris …

Ryan Reynolds

A Cover Gallery of the Hundreds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Books Due in September

September looks like a busy month for science fiction, fantasy and horror books. There are hundreds of releases here — nearly 400! — in our latest of …

Books

Graffiti artist Stik's life painting on the streets

He has lived in a homeless hostel and dodged police to put his mark on the city, but now London-based graffiti artist Stik is invited all over the world to paint huge murals of stick figures, many of them offering social comment.<p>They can be seen in New York, Tokyo and London - where he has painted …

Streetwear

'Spongebob Squarepants' Is Now A Broadway Musical

From a pineapple under the sea to the bright lights of the Broadway stage: Spongebob Squarepants is really going places.<p>After making his feature film …

Mad Max: Fury Road voted year's best movie by international film critics

International film critics have voted Mad Max: Fury Road best film of the year, their main federation said on Tuesday.<p>The action movie shot by Australian director George Miller will be awarded the Grand Prix of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) at the San Sebastian film …

Mad Max

Acclaimed Authors Tell It Like It Is

Over the years, I've had the good fortune to interview many acclaimed authors. They answer questions with refreshing candor. Here are some of the most successful writers telling it like it is.<p><b>You left your day job to write full-time. What's surprised you about the writing life?</b><p>It's much easier to …

Six lesser-known wonders of the ancient world

While many historical landmarks attract millions of travellers every year, these ancient sites lie off the typical tourist trail.<p>When it comes to ancient wonders, there’s more to explore than Petra, Angkor Wat and the Coliseum. So to uncover a few structures that aren’t typically on the tourist …

Micronesia

7 movies you have to see at this year's London Film Festival

LONDON — The London Film Festival returns to the capital next month, featuring 238 fiction and documentary features — including 16 world premieres …

10 Free eBooks Every Content Marketer Has to Read

How often do you hear that content marketing is the sure fire way to success?<p>That it will bring you followers, traffic, leads and sales?<p>Quite a lot I …

NYC, Leica M6 and a pocket full of Tri-X By Arda Ozum

Leica M-series

10 Artists Worth Knowing From Banksy's Dismaland

A look at some of the names behind the “festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.”<p>Opening just last weekend to worldwide fanfare was the …

Banksy

28 Art Shows You Need To See This Fall

From Boston to San Francisco and everything in between -- here are the art exhibitions you'll be talking about this fall.<p>As we approach Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the only thing motivating us to open our laptops and begin another day anew is the thought of a new season of art …

This Brazilian Street Artist Is Using Art to Inspire São Paulo

Chances are you have passed by one of Eduardo Kobra's street art murals. His kaleidoscope style images have transformed city walls and sidewalks across the globe into colorful sights that pay homage to some of the world's most influential figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Dalai Lama. But, in …

São Paulo

A guide to South Korea's most charming mural villages

The term 'street art' can often conjure up an image of hooded graffiti-artists stenciling edgy pieces down seedy city laneways in the dark of the night.<p>But in South Korea, there’s a different kind of street art scene going on – formerly underserved neighbourhoods are getting makeovers in the form …

Woodstock, Coachella, Outside Lands, Kaaboo - How Technology Improves the Music Festival Experience

Over the years, advances in technology have subtly changed the experience at music festivals. When the organizers of Woodstock 46 years ago determined that the fences and ticket booths were not equipped to handle the arriving crowds, there was little more than landline telephones and word of mouth …

Painting Of Donald Trump As A Pile Of Poop By Street Artist 'Hanksy' Appears In Manhattan, New York

Elections are heated affairs, and members of the public often turn to graffiti as a way to have their voices heard among the rabble.<p>One artist, who …