Art & Culture

Beyblades: A New Spin Puts An Old Toy Back On Top

It's toy season. For boys, one of the hottest items on the market this year builds on an ancient concept: the spinning top.

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in 2011 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Sorting Through Statuettes: A Skeptic's Guide To Surviving Awards Season

Brad Pitt won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his work in Moneyball and in Terrence Malick's Tree Of Life, in which he plays an authoritarian father.

Pujols Has 'Greatest Night' Ever, Cards Lead World Series 2-1

Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hits his third home run of the game — tying a World Series single-game record — Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. His team beat the Texas Rangers 16-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Academy announces winners of 2011 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Jacob Estes (1998) wrote and directed "The Details," which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film of Bragi Schut’s 2003 Nicholl-winning script "Season of the Witch" was released earlier this year. Anthony Jaswinski (1997) wrote “Vanishing on 7th Street,” also released earlier this year.

Pictured here is a scene from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," co-written by 1996 fellow Ehren Kruger. Kruger also penned "Arlington Road," "The Ring" and the forthcoming "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

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The Bippolo Seed And Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

Emperor Kangxi and the Sun King Louis XIV: Sino-Franco Encounters in Arts and Culture.


Lessons From Premiere Week: Comedy Up, NBC Down, Nostalgia Mixed

So we're a week into the meat of the networks' fall season. Premiere ratings only go so far in terms of their instructiveness; as recently as last year, Outsourced did okay on its first outing, and it's dead now. Very dead.

Ty Segall: Campy Irreverence, Sincere Appreciation

Ty Segall's "Goodbye Bread" unfurls into a disarmingly mellow, casually masterful bit of haiku rock 'n' roll existentialism.

'Moneyball': A 'Bad News Bears' For MBAs

Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, in the movie Moneyball.