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8 Lighting Tricks Interior Designers Use to Create Atmosphere

It's all about layering.<p>When thinking about the flow of space, ambience and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most fundamental elements. Brighter lights can make you feel alert and awake, where as dimmer, softer lights can be relaxing and sleep-inducing.<p>Wayfair's Resident Style …

Marcia Clark Is Making a Semi-autobiographical TV Series

The year of Marcia Clark continues.<p><b>Marcia Clark</b> has made quite the pop-culture resurgence this year, thanks to <b>Sarah Paulson’s</b> superb portrayal of her in <i>American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson</i>—which earned the actress an Emmy nomination and the real-life figure belated sympathy. Clark also …

American Crime Story

In search of Christine Chubbuck: The mystery of TV’s first on-air suicide

Documentary meets thriller in a fascinating inquiry into the Sarasota newswoman who shot herself on air in 1974<p>At its most basic level, “Kate Plays Christine” is a film about an actress who is struggling to develop a character. It’s a documentary, in the sense that for most of the film actress Kate …

Stereotypes

The first piece of a Danish cold case trilogy, 'The Keeper of Lost Causes' is a well-made thriller

The first in a trio of Scandinavian crime films based on a series of novels by bestselling author Jussi Adler-Olsen that are making their U.S. debut this month, "Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes" is a darkly compelling, skillfully crafted cold case thriller.<p>Originally released overseas in …

Box Office

Second entry in crime trilogy, 'The Absent One' is equal to the task

Closely adhering to the classy template established the previous year with "The Keeper of Lost Causes," 2014's "Department Q: The Absent One" is an equally smart crime thriller that takes another unsavory journey into contemporary Denmark's seamier underbelly.<p>Experiencing a cold snap after their …

Los Angeles

'A Conspiracy of Faith' marks darkest entry in Department Q trio

The third and most recent arrival in the Department Q series of crime thrillers, "A Conspiracy of Faith" marks the darkest and most gripping screen adaptation of the Jussi Adler-Olsen novels to date.<p>Returning from a too-brief sick leave after his previous cold case investigations took a toll on his …

Jutland

Expert Advice: Architects’ Top Tricks for Creating a European-Inspired Interior

We know—Europe is big, and a European “look” doesn’t mean one thing at all. Still, romantic notions of European decor continue to inspire.<p>Short of …

Guillermo del Toro Shares His Top 5 Horror Films and How Films Change with Age

Don’t Worry, Hodor and Bran Are Still Best Friends

They even shared a door-shaped cake.<p>Apparently, there are no hard feelings in Westeros—even when your young master’s magical time-traveling powers inadvertently lead you to be devoured by a ravenous horde of ice zombies. You know, typical Sunday.<p>It’ll take more than a heartbreaking death to tear …

TV Series

Game of Thrones: Why That Hodor Reveal Is Even Sadder than You Think

Is this the most heartbreaking death since the Red Wedding?<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> viewers were rocked Sunday night by the tragic sacrifice of the gentle giant Hodor. But over the last few days, we’ve uncovered quite a few reasons to be even more devastated by the loss. Hold the door—and your loved ones: …

TV Series

'Game of Thrones' Stars Reveal Deleted Brienne-Tormund Scenes

How dare "Game of Thrones" defy the laws of gods and men and cut Tormienne footage? Put every minute on the Season 6 DVD or someone will be flayed!<p>As we approach Season 6, Episode 6, Brienne appears to be on her way to Riverrun, dispatched by Sansa to meet with Brynden Tully, aka the Blackfish. So …

TV Series

Here are President Obama's favorite movies, songs, books, and TV shows

Barack Obama is not only one of our youngest presidents, having been elected at 47, but he is also one of our coolest.<p>He's not just a fixture in politics, but in pop culture as well, and he isn't afraid to respond to mean tweets or parry with Zach Galifianakis between two ferns. He even dissed …

Books

New Photo from ALIEN: COVENANT Features Katherine Waterston as Daniels

The Most Daring Thing About Katharine Hepburn? Her Pants

On the icon’s 109th birthday, a look back at her gender-bending fashion choices that set the path for one of the most unique careers in Hollywood history.<p>“I put on pants 50 years ago and declared a sort of middle road,” Katharine Hepburn told <b>Barbara Walters</b> in a 1981 interview. One hundred and nine …

The Arts

Cracking the shell of Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster'

Yorgos Lanthimos makes enigmatic films that exist in universes all their own. His latest, "The Lobster," is at once cerebral and emotional, an abstracted allegory on power, love and the power of love. His films can also be so cryptic and inscrutable that they remain mysterious even to their maker. …

Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or-winning 'Dheepan' spins a gritty immigrant saga

The films of the French director Jacques Audiard roil with tension of every kind: political, ethnic, dramatic, aesthetic. He is a master of screen violence, someone who knows how to orchestrate action and mayhem for maximum stylistic flair and visceral impact. He is also a sharp and sensitive …

Framing

Easy IKEA Hack: Wood Wrapped Kallax Cube Shelf

Hello! It’s me, Corinna from A Designer At Home. As always, it’s a joy to be here today to share an easy Do-It-Yourself project. I’m not a furniture …

Die Hard

10,000 Stacked Photos Create Insanely Detailed Insect Portraits

Photographer Levon Biss magnifies tiny insects into hugely detailed and stunning prints for new exhibition 'Microsculptures.'<p><i>Levon Biss. Orchid cuckoo bee. Image courtesy of Levon Biss</i><p>British photographer Levon Biss' macrophotography turns 10mm insects into massive 10' prints in new exhibition,</i> …

Nature Photography

I was wrong about millennials: I’m so sorry I believed the lazy — and wrong — media stereotypes

We’ve been maligning a hard-working and passionate group of people for too long. I’ve done it too, but never again<p>Just want to say a quick sorry. Seriously, a real apology, to all the millennials whose feelings I might have hurt by making the villain of my recent novel, "The Knockoff," a caricature …

University of Pennsylvania

Dheepan

Sri Lankan immigrants deal with culture clashes — and drug dealers — in this French revenge thriller<p>There's an indication early on in French director …

Asylum Seekers

All The DEADPOOL Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow Should Have Stayed Dead

How did the most surprising show on television become so safe?<p>On Sunday night, <i>Game of Thrones</i> hero Jon Snow opened his eyes, took a deep shuddering breath, and did exactly what so many viewers and book readers expected him to do: he came back from the dead. In doing so he made Westeros just a …

TV Series

Francis Ford Coppola to be honored with footprint ceremony and screening of 'The Conversation'

Is there any doubt that<p>Francis Ford Coppolais the greatest American filmmaker of the 1970s?<p>"The Godfather." "The Conversation." "The Godfather: Part II." "Apocalypse Now." Any two of those movies would put him in the running with<p>Woody Allen, Robert Altman,Stanley Kubrick,Sidney Lumet,Martin …

American Crime Story

Yes, Beyoncé is a “real artist”: Stop challenging the authenticity of her work

Multiple credits aren’t a sign of weakness—ask the Beastie Boys—and there’s no doubt whose vision drives “Lemonade”<p>It's clear that from now on, a new Beyoncé album is going to be a capital-E Event rather than a simple release. Over the weekend, her sixth studio album, "Lemonade," premiered on HBO …

Songwriting

Watch This Beautifully Made Montage Shows 100 Years of Film History in 100 Shots

Awesome Han Solo and Leia Senior Cosplay

Darren Aronofsky's Mysterious Home-Invasion Thriller Casts 2015's Biggest New Star

A handful of actors have entered talks to join the cast, which already includes Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence.<p><b>Darren Aronofsky</b> may have hit something of a rough patch as of late, with critics turning a lukewarm-to-cold shoulder on his 2014 religious epic <i>Noah</i> and his output flagging since …

Construction

Why HBO’s Confirmation and The People v. O.J. Simpson Are Perfect Stories for 2016

Director Rick Famuyiwa says it makes sense that two of the most prominent scandals of the 90s have been re-enacted on television this spring.<p>“Media has become a way that we think about our history. And the media moments are, for better or worse, how we contextualize our history.”<p>That’s director <b>Rick</b> …

Senate Committees

Jodie Foster Recalls Working with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver as a Kid

Foster was 12 when she was cast as an underage prostitute in the drama.<p>Since she’s turned to directing, <b>Jodie Foster</b> does even less interviews these days than she did as an actress. But in honor of <i>Taxi Driver</i>’s 40th anniversary, the press-shy actress turned filmmaker has spoken candidly about her …

Tribeca Film Festival

Will John Travolta Play Himself in American Crime Story Season 2?

The actor makes a compelling case for his return.<p><b>John Travolta</b> is no stranger to the fluctuations of Hollywood fame. The actor who pulled off one of the most famous comebacks in movie history with 1994’s <i>Pulp Fiction</i> is squarely back in the limelight again thanks to the enormous popularity of FX’s</i> …

American Crime Story