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Historian Watching Movie Spots Long-Lost Painting

'Sleeping Lady with Black Vase' was last seen in 1928, bought for $500

(Newser) - Hungarian art historian Gergely Barki was watching Stuart Little with his young daughter five Christmases ago when he noticed a painting above the mantelpiece in the film—and did a double-take. It looked just like "Sleeping Lady with Black Vase," a painting by Hungarian artist Robert Bereny that... More »

This 72-Minute 'Teaser' Is for a Month-Long Movie

The actual trailer, due in 2 years, is expected to run 7 hours and 20 minutes

(Newser) - Here's a dream come true for couch potatoes: You're not going to have to stop watching this movie for an entire month when it is ultimately released. Ambiancé, by Swedish director Anders Weberg, will be a full 720-hour film to be screened only once, starting on New Year'... More »

Animal Collective's Rise Is Well Deserved

They brilliantly mix 'accessible' and 'avant-garde'

(Newser) - The rise of Animal Collective in 2009 is often attributed to concessions to accessibility, Jonah Weiner writes. “Going by the blurbs alone, you might assume that, in a few years, Animal Collective will complete its career-long metamorphosis into ABBA.” But that’s just not the case. The quirky... More »

DJ Remixes Birth of a Nation for MoMA

This up-and-comer does a little bit of everything

(Newser) - DJ Spooky is not your average turntabilist. The sci-fi-writing, French-lit-and-philosophy-studying 39-year-old has created arguably the greatest remix ever with his trip-hop soundtrack for the controversial 1915 film Birth of a Nation, the Stimulist reports. Next on the list for this soon-to-be household name? Showing his Rebirth of a Nation at... More »

Paul Wants to Release 'Beatles Holy Grail'

Long-lost experimental track was once vetoed by the other three

(Newser) - Paul McCartney says it's time to release an avant-garde Beatles track that features gargles, shouts, and distorted guitar, the Guardian reports. Recorded during Penny Lane sessions in 1967, the 14-minute Carnival of Light was played publicly only once at an electronic music festival. McCartney, who is releasing his third avant-garde... More »

Literary Pioneer, Filmmaker Robbe-Grillet Dead at 85

Developed the French 'new novel' style

(Newser) - French novelist and filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet died today at 85, AFP reports. A pioneer of the “new novel” literary style, he was best known in the US as the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Last Year at Marienbad (1961). "The Academie Francaise today loses one of its most illustrious members,... More »

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