Michele Siegel

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Homemade Hunger Games

Friday, March 23, 2012

This weekend, The Hunger Games opens, and it’s likely to be one of the year’s most successful movies. The film is based on the trilogy of dystopian young adult novels by Suzanne Collins first published in 2008. Some enthralled readers didn’t wait for Hollywood to put the book on screen ...

Video: The Hunger Games fan films

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Will Ferrell en Español

Friday, March 09, 2012

Will Ferrell can make just about anything funny: playing the flute, negotiating with a toddler, just standing around in his underpants. For his latest movie, he joined a cast of Mexican actors for a role performed entirely in Spanish. Casa de Mi Padre is the big-screen version of ...

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Father & Son: Rival Scholars

Friday, March 09, 2012

Footnote, a new film by Israeli director Joseph Cedar, has received a lot of international attention, including the best screenplay prize at Cannes in 2011 and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It opens across the United States this weekend. Set ...


Pico Iyer's Fascination with Graham Greene

Friday, March 02, 2012

Graham Greene wrote more than two dozen novels between the 1920s and the 1980s — downbeat bestsellers set in sketchy places. Writer Pico Iyer has felt an almost mystical connection to Greene, whom he never met. He chronicles that obsession in The Man Within My Head ...

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360 Field Trip: Postcard From the Edge

Monday, February 06, 2012

This month, light and space is oddly, magically graspable at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, New York. Doug Wheeler's SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 is an experience that is near-impossible to describe without using the terms "defies comprehension" and "mind-blowing," so we figured we'd get that out of the way now ...

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Eve Beglarian's Huck Finn Adventure

Friday, February 03, 2012

In 2009 the composer Eve Beglarian spent four months traveling down the Mississippi River. The sounds and stories she gathered from the trip inspired her new collection of compositions, BRIM: Songs from the RiverProject. She performs songs from the album live in the studio ...

Video: "It Happens Like This"

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How Well Do You Know The Boss?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bruce Springsteen's album Wrecking Ball comes out March 6. A recent press announcement supplied a track list of eleven hardscrabble-titled songs. We've come up with our own list of ten real song titles mixed up with ten ringers.  Can you pick the titles that Bruce wrote?

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Teacher Redesign Revealed

Friday, January 20, 2012

Last fall, Kate Ahearn from Haverhill, Massachusetts, wrote in begging us to redesign the image of teachers. "I have been teaching for 15-plus years and have enough of what I deem 'apple crapple' to last me a lifetime." So we recruited the New York design firm Hyperakt to give teachers a ...

Video: Inside the design process

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Redesigning Teachers: Inside the Design Studio

Friday, January 13, 2012

To rebrand educators for the 21st century, Studio 360 selected Hyperakt, a New York design firm that’s done projects for UNICEF and GOOD magazine, among others. At a recent brainstorming session, former public school teacher Jenna Shapiro summed up the concern of her colleagues ...

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Big in 2012: Our Predictions

Friday, January 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen notes that we're in an age of flux and paralysis at the same time. In entertainment, we yearn for authenticity — but ten million of us watch the Kardashians every week. Where do we go from here? Playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick and Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams help ...

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Teachers: No More Apple Crapple

Friday, December 09, 2011

For our next redesign project, Studio 360 is giving schoolteachers a makeover. Turns out a lot of teachers hate the treacly, old-fashioned visual imagery that gets dumped on them (ABCs, 123s, chalkboards, rulers, apples). One teacher told us she calls this iconography "apple crapple." ...

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Newt Gingrich: The Candidate as Novelist

Friday, December 09, 2011

It seems like every Republican presidential campaign right now is doubling as a book tour (Michele Bachmann’s Core of Conviction: My Story, Ron Paul’s Liberty Defined, Rick Perry’s Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington). But this double duty is nothing new for candidate Newt Gingrich ...

Bonus Track: An Historian’s Analysis

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Kate Winslet

Friday, December 09, 2011

Kate Winslet was just 21 when she starred in the mega-blockbuster Titanic (1997). In high demand ever since, Winslet brings depth to her roles, from a former Nazi prison guard (The Reader, 2008) to a bored but complicated housewife (Little Children, 2006). The strains of marriage and ...

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2011: Dud Year for Movies?

Friday, December 02, 2011

This year saw a record number of sequels, reboots, and spin-offs: of the ten highest grossing movies, only one, Bridesmaids, was entirely original. Kurt Andersen talks with Sharon Waxman, editor of Hollywood business site The Wrap, about why 2011 ended up being a mediocre year for films ...

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Taming the Internet's Wild West

Friday, November 18, 2011

For as long as there's been a World Wide Web, there's been a giant unresolved issue with what’s on it: those millions of songs, videos, TV and movie clips we enjoy for free — somebody owns each one. Now Congress is trying to tame the internet's wild west. This week the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on ...

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lily is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit. But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance. In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny ...

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A Great Moment for 20th Century Photography

Monday, November 07, 2011

Right now 20th century photography geeks are experiencing something of a perfect storm. From a new coffee table book, to a major museum exhibition, to images just made available on Wikimedia Commons ...

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Private Space Gone Public at Wall Street

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kurt Andersen and Michael Kimmelman head to Lower Manhattan to check out the transformation of Zuccotti Park, the plaza at the center of the Occupy Wall Street protest. Kimmelman is the architecture critic for the New York Times. The protesters haven’t built permanent structures, but Kimmelman believes they are creating ...

Slideshow: On Location at Zuccotti Park

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About Face

Friday, October 07, 2011

There are thousands of closed–circuit surveillance cameras in New York City. One of them belongs to the artist Wafaa Bilal. Last year, Bilal had a tiny camera surgically embedded in the back of his head. And since then, his camera has automatically snapped pictures of whatever is behind him — once per minute ...

Bonus Track: Name That Plant

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Finding the Future in a 2,000 Year Old Poem

Friday, September 30, 2011

An epic poem written more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman named Lucretius may be one of Western culture's most profound examples of art anticipating scientific discovery and modern thought. The poem is called "On the Nature of Things", and it presents all kinds of radical ...