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Arts Issue: Letter from the editor

Arts Issue: Letter from the editor

By Clio McConnell

April 10, 2014


Filed under Arts

With the rise of hipster culture, ever-present in New York in general and at NYU in particular, it has become fashionable to dislike something for being mainstream. Kids have always spurned their parents’ favorite bands, actors and writers, but nowadays we are even skeptical of the stars in our own...

Arts Issue: Big-name stars collaborate to make songs buzzworthy

Arts Issue: Big-name stars collaborate to make songs buzzworthy

April 10, 2014


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The music world has recently been buzzing with news of interesting and dynamic forthcoming collaborations. For instance, Cloud Nothings will be releasing a joint album with lo-fi surf rock band Wavves, and the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” soundtrack includes an opera written by Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. ...

Arts Issue: Stacked casts distract from plotline

Arts Issue: Stacked casts distract from plotline

April 10, 2014


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What do you get when you cast a bunch of the world’s greatest actors in a single movie? Some previous results include unrealistic explosions, choppy editing, badly made action films, Taylor Swift as a terrible cheerleader, confusion and Cameron Diaz getting a little too friendly with a Ferrari. Holl...

Arts Issue: Minds behind music to thank for hits

Arts Issue: Minds behind music to thank for hits

April 10, 2014


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Celebrity music producers are the reason for today’s greatest hits. While vocal talent is important, it is often the background elements that truly make a track or element stand out. Perhaps the best example in recent memory is courtesy of the two producers who helped reinvent Miley Cyrus’ musica...

Arts Issue: Hollywood ‘It Girls’ win audiences over with charm

Arts Issue: Hollywood ‘It Girls’ win audiences over with charm

April 10, 2014


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With her subtle femininity, sheer beauty and sincere persona, the “It Girl” — any up-and-coming performer who charms her way to fame — is idolized by Hollywood and its adoring audience. This archetype has evolved from a periodical phrase to a legitimate distinction in the entertainment industry. ...

Arts Issue: Celebrities on Broadway overpower productions

Arts Issue: Celebrities on Broadway overpower productions

April 10, 2014


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Orlando Bloom, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Bryan Cranston and Carly Rae Jepsen are all celebrities who are making or have made their Broadway debuts this season. For all audiences know, Miley Cyrus could be next. In today’s theater age, almost every show has a big name on the billboard — attachi...

Arts Issue: Off Broadway shows need to balance stars, craft

Arts Issue: Off Broadway shows need to balance stars, craft

April 10, 2014


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The presence of celebrities in Off Broadway shows is few and far between. While their Broadway counterparts are taking part in the trend of casting celebrities — and obnoxiously advertising it — Off Broadway generally steers clear of this pattern. In 2011, Zachary Quinto starred in an Off Broadway r...

Arts Issue: TV shows suffer from ensemble casting

Arts Issue: TV shows suffer from ensemble casting

April 10, 2014


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With shows like “Game of Thrones” and “Community” winning the hearts of fans and critics alike, it seems like the ensemble cast is all the rage on the small screen these days. Taking full advantage of the current fascination with celebrity culture, these shows cram as many A-listers in one story as pos...

Arts Issue: Modest projects recognized thanks to star backers

Arts Issue: Modest projects recognized thanks to star backers

April 10, 2014


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Today’s independent film directors have difficulty speaking up because of their movies’ limited commercial breadth. Over the past few years, famous actors have been publicly promoting films that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, or perhaps would not even have been made. Such beneficial celebrity infl...

Arts Issue: Established actors draw multi-generational audiences

Arts Issue: Established actors draw multi-generational audiences

April 10, 2014


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Household-name actors are usually celebrities who have had careers spanning several decades. These performers bridge generational gaps between parents and children, and their performances are recognized by diverse demographics. This widespread popularity draws huge crowds to the box office and mo...

Arts Issue: Producers make creative leap from film to television

Arts Issue: Producers make creative leap from film to television

April 10, 2014


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Many A-list directors and producers have recently shifted their attention from the big screen to television. In 2010, Martin Scorsese became an executive producer of the show “Boardwalk Empire.” Now, Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón, who directed “Gravity,” has helped create the newly premiered series ...

Arts Issue: Celebrities make for better theater-going experience

Arts Issue: Celebrities make for better theater-going experience

April 10, 2014


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Broadway bombards audiences with display after display of Hollywood celebrities taking on theater’s most prestigious roles. There is an easy case in favor of casting celebrities in Broadway shows rather than traditional stage actors — multiple facets justify the increasing popularity of celebrity-le...

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