3 Ten minutes into the appealingly titled Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? (BBC Four), nice-guy art historian Dr James Fox found himself gazing at a 1961 work by Italian artist Piero Manzoni. A small sealed tin containing 30 gms of the artist’s own excrement, which sold at Christie’s last year for £182,500. “If you thought conceptual art was crap, here’s your proof,” said Fox, entertainingly. “I suspect Manzoni is making fun of us… part of me feels a bit of an idiot for coming all this way to see what is, essentially, a s--t on a plinth.” Fox was certainly fulfilling his promise to present “an open-minded guide for the perplexed” on the subject of conceptual art. And had he continued in that vein, this could have been a better film. By that stage he had already covered the basic ground: the distinction between art work and object, the notion that ideas can be art as much as anything else, and the … [Read more...] about Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art?: an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the outer limits of art
Merlin Entertainments’ chief executive Nick Varney says he has been vindicated after the Alton Towers owner registered record visitors in 2017 and better-than-expected trading. Mr Varney quipped sarcastically that he would be “crying into my beer for all those short sellers” who pounced on a weak trading update late last year and contributed to a near 20pc one day fall in its shares. The stock shot up 11pc in early trading on Thursday to 381p after Merlin hit a record 66m visitors across its attractions globally. Its UK theme parks, which also include Chessington and Warwick Castle, saw comparable sales rise 4.4pc in in 2017 which helped it shake off the tough trading conditions caused by last year’s spate of UK terror attacks. Mr Varney said the steep share price drop in October had been a “massive overreaction” to some weak numbers caused by the dip in UK tourists last year and poor weather in Europe. “We said at the time the business was … [Read more...] about Merlin Entertainment boss has short-shrift for critics after record visitor numbers
Actress and political activist Jennifer Lawrence opened up about gun violence this week, dismissing the idea that the entertainment industry’s constant use of firearms is partly to blame for America’s gun violence. “I think that, you know, we’re the entertainment industry. At some point there has to be separation between politics and the entertainment industry or we’re going to suffer,” Lawrence said Wednesday during the New York premiere of her new spy thriller Red Sparrow. “This is, it’s an art. And it’s an art to entertain and, as an industry, we will suffer and people need to take that responsibility on themselves.”“The same kind of violence is in different parts of the country that don’t have as many problems as we do,” Lawrence continued, “I think the problems is guns not entertainment industry.” Lawrence, who has starred in several films featuring her character using firearms — … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Problem is Guns, not Entertainment Industry’
Almost three years ago, a little $2 million movie named “God’s Not Dead” opened in theaters. The story of a Christian college student who challenges his atheist philosophy professor’s assertion that “God is dead,” it made back four times its budget in its opening weekend and went on to make a little more than $62.5 million worldwide. The sequel, “God’s Not Dead 2,” about a fictional legal case involving separation of church and state in schools, came out two years later, again in the spring and again on a shoestring budget. It cost $5 million to make and easily earned that back and then some on its opening weekend, going on to earn almost $21 million worldwide. A third movie in the series is in the works.The common factor between the two films (besides plots, budgets and profitable box office receipts) is a production studio: Pure Flix Films. The Scottsdale, Ariz.-headquartered Christian film production and distribution company … [Read more...] about Pure Flix offers entertainment to the faithful
The Sharks are making changes to their in-game entertainment and are evaluating a new goal song as a response to a recent satisfaction survey taken among their season ticket holders. In an email sent out Tuesday to season ticket holders that took the survey, Flavil Hampsten, the executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for Sharks Sports & Entertainment, wrote that in-game changes will begin with games in January. Hampsten wrote that fans will see “more videos, updated creative features, a test of an in-house band concept, a dedicated DJ with an increased investment in the music being played, and the addition of an in-game host, all of which will be implemented for select games.” The goal song. “Let’s Go” by Sixx:A.M. has been used since the start of the season. It replaced “Rock and Roll, Part 2” which was discontinued after singer and songwriter Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted earlier this … [Read more...] about Sharks to change in-game entertainment; new goal song, too?