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by Sarah Zupko

22 Feb 2010


Kathryn Bigelo is the first female director to win best film and best director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Her superb film The Hurt Locker scored six awards out of eight nominations, shutting Avatar out of the big awards. Avatar won the biggies at the Golden Globes, but the Brits seemed to prefer the more serious fare on offer in the Iraq Qar themed film. We certainly concur with the BAFTA choices as seen in our Best Films of 2009 feature.

In this clip Bigelo reflects on her historic win…

The film also snagged best screenplay and Mark Boal talks here about that win…

And yes, Jeff Bridges was great in Crazy Heart and is standing now as the Oscar favorite for Best Actor. However, the BAFTAs got it right, awarding Colin Firth with the title for his role in the heartbreaking A Single Man, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel. Here Firth discusses his win and his role in the film…

by PopMatters Staff

18 Feb 2010


Dinosaur Jr. will be playing a special free show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles this upcoming Tuesday (23 February) as part of a T-Mobile event. The doors open at 8.00pm with the show starting at 9.00pm. It’s a first come, first serve deal, so you’ll need to line up early to get in. PopMatters will be there covering the event, so watch for photos and a review shortly thereafter.

Just to reiterate the salient points here…

- Dinosaur Jr.
- Free
- 23 February @ Troubadour in LA
- Doors 8pm/show 9pm

You gotta love those first two items, right?

by PopMatters Staff

17 Feb 2010


Lots of great highlights from the Brit Awards last night in UK, which was a truly star-studded affair with the likes of Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, plus some actual Brits like Lily Allen, Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, and Robbie Williams.

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Dizzee Rascal

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lily Allen

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
JLS

BRITISH GROUP
Kasabian

BRITISH ALBUM
Florence And The Machine, Lungs

BRITISH SINGLE
JLS, “Beat Again”

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Jay-Z

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Lady Gaga

INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH ACT
Lady Gaga

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM
Lady Gaga, The Fame

CRITICS CHOICE
Ellie Goulding

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
Robbie Williams

BRITS HITS 30
Spice Girls, “Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are”

BRITS ALBUM OF 30 YEARS
Oasis, What’s The Story (Morning Glory)

Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal

Lily Allen

Robbie Williams

Jay-Z

Lady Gaga

by Sarah Zupko

15 Feb 2010


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, a space known for great art exhibitions and for being a work of art itself, the iconic structure having been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s also popularly used as a movie set. To mark the historic occasion, the museum commissioned some 200 artists to create speculative reinventions of the building’s interior space, treating the vast inside expanse as a brand new canvas. The exhibit, fittingly titled “Contemplating the Void”, began this past Friday and runs through 28 April. You can view an online version of the exhibition here and the few samples below give you the idea of what to expect from this intriguing project.

by Crispin Kott

13 Feb 2010


During last night’s interminably long opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, the b-list remake of a song that wasn’t terribly good 25 years ago received its official premiere. For those of us who ordinarily derive pleasure from being sarcastic and pseudo-witty about popular culture, the group assembled to perform this song is almost too good to be true. But when the cause is so seemingly worthy, is it still okay to chortle when Celine Dion hyper-emotes? Is it wrong for me to titter when even Jamie Foxx doesn’t look like he can believe how earnest he’s trying to appear in his introduction? Does Justin Bieber really sound like that? Vince Vaughn? Seriously? Haven’t the people of Haiti suffered enough?

This is no knock on the cause, which has seen an outpouring of support for a country that even before being leveled by a massive earthquake last month was in dire conditions. But haven’t everyday people like you and me already made up our minds about donating money/goods/time by this point? Does the ghost of Michael Jackson really have any pull in this matter?

Is it gauche to criticize the song itself for being underwritten and overstuffed given its intended purpose both then and now was to garner humanitarian support? Can we still blame Bob Geldof for any of this?

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