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by Matt Mazur

18 Jul 2011


Oscar Nominees:

Catherine Deneuve ... Indochine
Mary McDonnell ... Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Love Field
Susan Sarandon ... Lorenzo’s Oil
Emma Thompson ... Howard’s End

Mazur Nominees:

Sheila Florance … A Woman’s Tale

by Sarah Zupko

18 Jul 2011


On this day back in 1966, Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four, known for his iconic tune “I Fought the Law”, was found dead in his car in LA at the young age of 23. Leaving this world so young like his idol and fellow Texan, Buddy Holly, Fuller’s death was declared a suicide, but rumors abound as to possible other causes. That aforementioned classic tune was later remade with a harder edge famously by the Clash.

by Imran Khan

18 Jul 2011


Blending electronic beats with some choppy Latin funk, Black Eskimo (a duo comprised of Ingrid Chavez and Marco Valentin) chart their course in some pop-friendly waters. Chavez, noted especially for her spoken word material, opts to ditch the talk and simply sing. Her voice, light and airy, hovers just above the grooves provided by multi-instrumentalist Valentin, who gives the beats some crunchy texture without cluttering up the soundscape unnecessarily. It’s really just a taster of what is to come, as Eskimo are due for a full-length release. But if a sweet and tangier brand of electro-pop is your dish, then this should go down nicely like a chilled lemon posset. Check out their debut single, “Escapology”.

by Jessy Krupa

15 Jul 2011


The first TV commercial.

On July 1st, 1941, viewers seen the world’s first TV commercial, a 20-second spot for Bulova watches. It isn’t on YouTube yet, but you’re not missing much: just a clock superimposed on a US map while an announcer says, “America runs on Bulova time.” Thankfully, commercials got a lot more interesting throughout the years, so here’s a look at some of the most unforgettable.

by Matt Mazur

14 Jul 2011


Oscar Nominees:

Joan Allen ... The Contender
Ellen Burstyn ... Requiem for a Dream
Juliette Binoche ... Chocolat
Laura Linney ... You Can Count on Me
Julia Roberts ... Erin Brockovich

Mazur Nominees:

Gillian Anderson … House of Mirth

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