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Alumna adapts memoir for film

Alumna adapts memoir for film

By Zach Martin, Staff Writer

April 22, 2015


Filed under Arts, Film

NYU alumna Pamela Romanowsky, director of the Tribeca Film Festival film "The Adderall Diaries," spoke with WSN to reflect on her time spent at NYU and how it helped her form pivotal relationships and collaborations.

Tribeca: ‘Palo Alto’ reveals high school’s harsh reality

Tribeca: ‘Palo Alto’ reveals high school’s harsh reality

April 30, 2014


Filed under Arts

Gia Coppola makes her directorial debut with “Palo Alto,” a teenage movie for the ages that captures the romantic drama, heightened emotions and complex affairs of adolescence. Based on James Franco’s short story collection “Palo Alto Stories,” which narrates the lives of high school st...

Arts Issue: Broadway sees familiar faces take center stage

Arts Issue: Broadway sees familiar faces take center stage

April 10, 2014


Filed under Arts

WSN presents this year’s Broadway stars in an exciting season filled with talent both old and new. Longtime Broadway favorite Idina Menzel shines in “If/Then.” Menzel, an acclaimed singer, actress and songwriter, recently starred in the Disney-hit “Frozen.” She also won a Tony Award for her...

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: A-list actors step behind camera

Arts Issue: A-list actors step behind camera

April 10, 2014


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There comes a point when an A-list celebrity may ask him or herself, “Who is the best director I can work with?” Sometimes the answer is, “I am.” Projects by actor-directors throughout film history have yielded mixed results, ranging from Oscar wins and financial successes to self-indulgent va...

“Maladies” lacks vitality to hold audience attention

“Maladies” lacks vitality to hold audience attention

March 25, 2014


Filed under Arts

In “Maladies,” James Franco plays James, a 1960s soap opera star who moves into his friend’s beachside house with his mentally disabled sister Patricia, played by Fallon Goodson. After retiring from acting, James is riddled with hypersensitivities and voices in his head that narrate his act...

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Spring Breakers’ rolls experimental film with party culture

ARTS ISSUE: ‘Spring Breakers’ rolls experimental film with party culture

December 5, 2013


Filed under Arts

The gold-toothed and Southern-accented Alien (James Franco) epitomizes Harmony Korine’s uncompromisingly extravagant work, “Spring Breakers.” He’s gross, unrelentingly immoral and stupid. But there is something more to his character. To call “ Breakers” a simple morality tale would be a disservice to its more...

Statham gives impressive performance in ‘Homefront’

Statham gives impressive performance in ‘Homefront’

November 26, 2013


Filed under Arts

“Homefront” pays homage to old-school action films that tug at heartstrings thanks to characters with actual depth. Directed by Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, “Homefront” combines action with an artistic perspective on the human condition. “Homefront" tells the story of fo...

EXCLUSIVE: Oscars format changes to ‘Saw’-esque fight for survival

EXCLUSIVE: Oscars format changes to ‘Saw’-esque fight for survival

October 31, 2013


Filed under Arts

If you think the Oscars couldn’t sink lower than having Seth MacFarlane host last year, think again. Next year, as an attempt to bolster struggling ratings, the 86th Academy Awards will have its nominees in all categories — including acting, directing, writing and the visual categories — particip...

On the Wire: Your biweekly NYU news update (August 9, 2013)

On the Wire: Your biweekly NYU news update (August 9, 2013)

August 9, 2013


Filed under News

This week's updates for you below. University news bites: Top talent: NYU-Poly student Flavia Tauro received a $10,000 research grant to continue her studies of hydrology. More top talent: The business two NYU alumni founded to help companies hire translators 20 years ago in a dorm room has grown to a network of...

James Franco’s finalizes Celebrity School of Riches and Fame plans

April 1, 2013


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Ever wonder why you hardly see NYU students like Emma Watson or Dakota Fanning walking around campus in between classes? The reason may be the exclusive classes that only allow celebrity students. As part of the university’s latest growth projects, NYU plans to launch an entire school reserved for...

‘Spring Breakers’ has shallow humor, lacks depth

‘Spring Breakers’ has shallow humor, lacks depth

March 13, 2013


Filed under Arts

  Harmony Korine has spent so much time building up his image as a troublemaker that he hasn’t bothered to make any films worth the trouble of seeing. “Gummo” and “Julien Donkey-Boy” are both collections of intentionally shocking sketches, but despite spor-adically arresting im...

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