Entertainment – Animation Short Films https://animationshortfilms.stream Best Animation Online Portal IContent Media Platform Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:49:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 https://i1.wp.com/animationshortfilms.stream/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-asf-logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Entertainment – Animation Short Films https://animationshortfilms.stream 32 32 140865691 Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89 https://animationshortfilms.stream/harold-bloom-critic-who-championed-western-canon-dies-at-89/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/harold-bloom-critic-who-championed-western-canon-dies-at-89/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 22:49:35 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/harold-bloom-critic-who-championed-western-canon-dies-at-89/

Professor Bloom himself said that “the canonical quality comes out of strangeness, comes out of the idiosyncratic, comes out of originality.” Mr. Begley noted further, “The canon, Bloom believes, answers an unavoidable question: What, in the little time we have, shall we read?”

“You must choose,” Professor Bloom himself wrote in “The Western Canon.” “Either there were aesthetic values or there are only the overdeterminations of race, class and gender.”

Attached to “The Western Canon” is an appendix listing the works of some 850 writers that Professor Bloom thought would endure in posterity. Plato and Shakespeare and Proust are there, of course, but so are lesser-known figures, like Ivo Andric, a Yugoslav who won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, and Taha Hussein, an important Egyptian writer and intellectual.

Many in the literary world delighted in trying to decipher the meanings behind Professor Bloom’s sometimes idiosyncratic choices. Some puzzled over his judgment, for example, that of all John Updike’s considerable body of work, only the novel “The Witches of Eastwick” would last. Professor Bloom’s critics noted that Mr. Updike had once referred to Professor Bloom’s writings as “torturous.” Philip Roth, a friend of Professor Bloom’s, garnered six mentions. Alice Walker was ignored altogether, but the poet J.D. McClatchy and the critics David Bromwich and Barbara Packer, all students of Professor Bloom’s, made the cut.

Later, in “The Anatomy of Influence” — a 2011 book he called, prematurely, his “virtual swan song” — Professor Bloom seemed to soften his canonical stance, conceding that a critic of any heritage is obliged to take seriously other traditions, including non-Western.

The spotlight he commanded as a powerful cultural figure did not always flatter him. In 1990, GQ magazine, in an article titled “Bloom in Love,” portrayed him as having had intimate entanglements with female students. (“A disgusting piece of character assassination,” he was quoted as telling Mr. Begley in The Times Magazine.) And in a 2004 article in New York magazine, the writer Naomi Wolf wrote that he had once put his hand on her inner thigh when she was an undergraduate student. “Beautiful, brilliant students surrounded him,” she wrote. “He was a vortex of power and intellectual charisma.”

Professor Bloom vigorously denied her accusation.

The clarity of his prose was also questioned. “Harold is not a particularly good explainer,” his friend the poet John Hollander once told The Times, adding, “He’ll get hold of a word and allow this to generate a concept for him, but he’s not in a position to say very clearly what he means and what he’s doing.”

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‘Joker’: A Dance Critic Reviews Joaquin Phoenix’s Moves https://animationshortfilms.stream/joker-a-dance-critic-reviews-joaquin-phoenixs-moves/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/joker-a-dance-critic-reviews-joaquin-phoenixs-moves/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:48:10 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/joker-a-dance-critic-reviews-joaquin-phoenixs-moves/

“Hey, what’s your name?”

“Arthur.”

“Hey, Arthur, you’re a really good dancer.”

His arms float overhead to form something like a diamond crown. “I know.”

“You know who’s not? Him.”

He aims his gun and fires at the imaginary him. The bullet hits a wall and in that moment, Arthur is both alarmed and exhilarated: Dance is his path to bravery, something he’s never known. As Arthur recedes and the Joker takes over, the choreography becomes more drawn out. In the transformative bathroom scene, panic morphs into an eerie power. Mr. Phoenix softly crosses one foot over the other and twists, curling his arms overhead and around his torso. His shoulders hike up and his elbows jut out dangerously as his body ripples and swells until, in the final moment, his arms extend to either side. This is the Joker’s power pose.

Sometimes Mr. Phoenix, who lost a great deal of weight for “Joker,” has the look of a ballet dancer on a break from rehearsals. Pale and gaunt with wavy hair pasted to the sides of his face, his appearance, at times, has a touch of Rudolf Nureyev or Sergei Polunin — two Russians with attitude. His skin stretches tautly over muscles and protruding ribs. But it’s not just a cosmetic transformation. Nor is what he does ballet. Mr. Phoenix has the sinewy ability to turn his body — particularly his back — into a Butoh horror show of odd, freakish angles.

But more than Butoh — the postwar Japanese form known, in part, for its dark, slow-motion movement — his dancing embraces vaudeville. That makes sense. Growing up, Mr. Phoenix spent time busking with his brothers and sisters in Los Angeles; vaudeville is in his body’s history, too. And while he told The Associated Press that Ray Bolger’s “The Old Soft Shoe” was an inspiration for the hubris of the Joker, there’s also something of Astaire in his movement, especially in the way he creates lightness and space in his upper body.

Yet Mr. Phoenix’s dancing also feels fueled by sensation, as if he were delving into Gaga, the movement language created by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

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At Hong Kong Protests, Art That Imitates Life https://animationshortfilms.stream/at-hong-kong-protests-art-that-imitates-life/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/at-hong-kong-protests-art-that-imitates-life/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 03:46:54 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/at-hong-kong-protests-art-that-imitates-life/

HONG KONG — Soon after a woman in Hong Kong was hit in the eye at a protest, her likeness began circulating as a meme on internet forums where many demonstrators blamed her injury on the police. Within a couple of weeks, protesters had raised over $25,000 online to build a 13-foot statue of her.

They called it Lady Liberty Hong Kong, a nod to the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Street art and graphic design are defining features of the pro-democracy demonstrations that have roiled the semiautonomous Chinese territory since June. Artists often work quickly and anonymously, and present their oeuvres either in Reddit-like internet forums or public places with heavy foot traffic.

Much of the art channels pop-cultural aesthetics taken from Marvel Comics and Japanese anime. And in a financial hub where legions of young people are glued to Instagram, even the street art seems designed to go viral online.

Some protest artworks depict the movement’s heroes — including Lady Liberty Hong Kong and a demonstrator in a yellow raincoat who fell from a building in June — in somber, reverential terms. Others are whimsical sendups of Chinese officials, including Carrie Lam, the city’s embattled leader.

These pop art-style posters of Mrs. Lam, below, were designed to be stepped on as pedestrians cross a bridge leading to a train station in the city’s Tsing Yi district.

The poster below, on a wall in the Ma On Shan district in northeastern Hong Kong, seems to liken front line protesters to the protagonists of a battle scene in a Renaissance oil painting. In the foreground, a protester wearing a helmet waves a black flag that shows a dead Bauhinia, Hong Kong’s official flower.

The posters in the image below are plastered on the ceiling of a pedestrian underpass in the Kwai Fong district in northern Hong Kong. They depict a protester named Chan Yi-chun, who was arrested last month during clashes with the police.

The center drawing below shows Mrs. Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, wiping away tears while simultaneously aiming a gun resting on her lap. The poster illustrates a popular, if unproven, sentiment in the antigovernment camp: that while Mrs. Lam has presented herself publicly as empathetic, she has privately encouraged police violence against demonstrators.

Many protest artworks, like the one below in the Tai Po district, depict subjects in face masks, which demonstrators use to conceal their identities. When Mrs. Lam invoked emergency powers in early October to ban face coverings during protests, she set off further demonstrations.

The image below shows one of the many so-called Lennon Walls that began springing up across town in June. The walls are named for one in Prague on which young people in the 1980s posted messages airing their grievances against the Communist regime that ruled Czechoslovakia.

The drawing in red below, of the woman who was injured in the eye during a protest in August, was on display during a rally later that month at Hong Kong’s international airport.

One of the largest Lennon Walls in Hong Kong sits near a complex of government buildings that includes the city’s legislature. A small group of hard-core protesters stormed and vandalized the legislative chamber on July 1, the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese control in 1997.

Some critics of the Chinese government have mocked China’s leader, Xi Jinping, by saying that he resembles Winnie the Pooh, the cartoon bear. The street collage below was photographed on Oct. 1, hours after Mr. Xi presided over a military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China.

Protesters have also papered some sidewalks with black-and-white pictures of Mr. Xi himself. The idea was for passers-by to step on his face, symbolically erasing his presence.

Tiffany May contributed reporting.

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Lights. Camera. Prayer. A Mini-Hollywood Grows in Utah. https://animationshortfilms.stream/lights-camera-prayer-a-mini-hollywood-grows-in-utah/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/lights-camera-prayer-a-mini-hollywood-grows-in-utah/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:16:30 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/lights-camera-prayer-a-mini-hollywood-grows-in-utah/

Movies made by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are an important part of a film and TV ecosystem in northern Utah. And there’s not an R-rating in sight.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Gives Julián Castro His Moment https://animationshortfilms.stream/saturday-night-live-gives-julian-castro-his-moment/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/saturday-night-live-gives-julian-castro-his-moment/#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 06:13:14 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/saturday-night-live-gives-julian-castro-his-moment/

Cameos! Cameos! Cameos everywhere! Billy Porter, Woody Harrelson and Lin-Manuel Miranda all showed up in this week’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open, which sent up this week’s CNN town hall on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues featuring Democratic presidential candidates. Porter played an M.C. of sorts who introduced the candidates with his typical energy.

The first to take the stage was Chris Redd, who portrayed Senator Cory Booker, the Democrat from New Jersey, who told the audience, “My girlfriend was in ‘Rent’ so yeah, I get it,” a reference to Booker’s significant other, the actress Rosario Dawson. The forum went quickly, with each candidate getting a moment or two — the rare merging of speed dating, comedy and politics. The next to get lampooned was Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg was again played by Colin Jost, who rarely appears in sketches. In response to an audience member who asked about being “gay in the right way,” Jost said, “There’s no wrong way to be gay. Unless you’re Ellen this week.” This reference was to the daytime television host, Ellen DeGeneres, who recently received flak after being spotted at a football game with the former president George W. Bush.

The highlight of the sketch came when Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat of Massachusetts. She recreated a viral moment from the forum parodying how Warren would handle someone opposed to same-sex marriage. (At the forum, Warren had a snappy answer: “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that. And I’m going to say, then just marry one woman. I’m cool with that. Assuming you can find one.” McKinnon had more comebacks at the ready: “I would say, sir, ‘Tell me your bus stop, because I want to know where you get off.’ What else? ‘If someone doesn’t want to serve gay people at their small business, I bet that’s not the only thing that’s small.’” There was more where that came from.

Miranda showed up to play Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio. (This came after an outcry over a previous “S.N.L.” sketch about the Democratic field, in which Castro was left out.) Miranda, a former “S.N.L.” host, started his cameo with, “Well, first of all, gracias. As a Democrat, I want to apologize for not being gay, but I promise to do better in the future.” The sketch was capped off by Harrelson returning to play the former vice president Joe Biden, as he did when he hosted the season premiere two weeks ago. Harrelson sent up Biden’s, let’s say, questionable recent attempts at recall on the campaign trail in response to an audience member’s inquiry: “I’m glad you asked that question and let me answer by telling you a false memory.”

“S.N.L.” trained its sites on the recent dust up over the new Todd Phillips film, “Joker,” which tells the origin story of Batman’s most famous archnemesis. In this case, the show reimagined Phillips telling the origin story of another beloved misanthrope: Oscar the Grouch, as in, the one from “Sesame Street.”

David Harbour, this week’s host and one of the stars of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” played Oscar, a down-on-his-luck garbage man who just wants to live in a can, man. There were several brilliant details in this digital short: Bowen Yang playing Guy Smiley of “ABCDEFG News.” Mr. Snuffleupagus, portrayed by Kenan Thompson, who apparently runs a prostitution ring on Sesame Street. Bert (Mikey Day) and Ernie (Alex Moffat) being mugged over a rubber duckie. All good stuff.

Jost and Michael Che, the hosts of “Weekend Update,” took their usual aim at President Trump, and particularly focused on the arrests of two associates of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, this week. But they found some time to tee-off on other topics as well.

“Giuliani’s two associates are also very successful entrepreneurs. Igor, the handsome one, owns a club in Ukraine that’s called Mafia Rave, which I think counts as a full confession.” — Jost

“First of all, bravo to the casting agency that found these two thumb breakers. They look like they use vodka as cologne. These guys have definitely worn track suits to their daughter’s wedding. I know these are easy jokes but I’m surprised these guys were helping the president and not — I don’t know — helping George Costanza get that Frogger machine across the street.” — Che

“Trump then explained withdrawing troops from northern Syria, saying that we didn’t need to defend our Kurdish allies because ‘They didn’t help us in World War II.’ But with World War II, it’s kind of hard to know who Trump means by ‘us.’” — Jost

“Joe Biden for the first time called for President Trump to be impeached and removed from office after he realized finally that the ‘Joe Biden’ Trump keeps attacking was him.” — Jost

“The owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that he will be a majority investor in a new 24-hour news network aimed at African-American viewers. Unfortunately they’ve named it CNN-Word.” — Che

Gosh, the last sketch of the night had everything: a solid premise — “Dog Court.” A great lead character with Cecily Strong playing a Judge Judy-type, presiding over a courtroom that adjudicates canine cases. Lots of cute dogs. The works. And finally, unexpected bit of live TV mayhem, when at one point, Strong held on unruly pug in her hands that didn’t seem to want to be held.

Somehow Strong stayed in character and did not break. It was some of the most impressive work of the night.

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5 Rappers Dropped From New York Music Festival at Police Request https://animationshortfilms.stream/5-rappers-dropped-from-new-york-music-festival-at-police-request/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/5-rappers-dropped-from-new-york-music-festival-at-police-request/#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2019 19:24:55 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/5-rappers-dropped-from-new-york-music-festival-at-police-request/

Five rappers with New York roots were removed from the local edition of the traveling hip-hop festival Rolling Loud, scheduled for this weekend in Queens, at the behest of the New York Police Department, representatives for the concert said on Saturday.

The move came after Martin Morales, an assistant chief at the Police Department, sent the festival organizers a letter on Wednesday requesting the removal of five artists — 22Gz, Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G and Don Q — citing safety concerns.

The performers, who were among several dozen scheduled to join blockbuster acts like Travis Scott, Wu-Tang Clan and Meek Mill at Citi Field, “have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide,” the department said in its letter. “The New York City Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence.”

Rolling Loud confirmed receipt of the letter and said that the artists had been taken off the lineup. The festival declined to comment further.

Representatives for Casanova, Don Q, Sheff G and Pop Smoke confirmed they had been removed from the bill. 22Gz could not immediately be reached for comment.

Each of the artists cited by the Police Department has had encounters with law enforcement.

Casanova, who served prison time in New York on a robbery charge, was recently named in federal testimony by the rapper 6ix9ine, who described a shooting between the artists’ rival crews and named both groups as members of the Bloods gang. 22Gz was charged with murder in Florida in 2017, but the charges were dropped after police identified another man as the gunman. Sheff G, Don Q and Pop Smoke have each faced weapons charges.

In a statement on Instagram, Don Q blamed “misinformation” from the Police Department. “I love my city and I never been in any gang activities or had issues at any of my previous shows,” he wrote. “I hope the city will wake up and see that canceling me and my fellow NY artists isn’t the solution, we just love what we do and want to perform for our fans.” Casanova added in the comments that the decision “really hurts.”

Tariq Cherif, a founder and owner of Rolling Loud, suggested in a message on Twitter that the festival, which requires city permits, would not be allowed to return to New York City if it did not go along with the police request.

Mr. Cherif also wrote that the canceled artists would be paid their full booking fees and invited to perform at future iterations of the festival.

The police department did not immediately respond to questions about its request to remove the artists.

Rolling Loud events have been connected to arrests and violence in the past. Earlier this year in Miami, shootings during the weekend of the festival left two people dead and four wounded, The Associated Press reported. That included an incident in which the artist YoungBoy Never Broke Again (or NBA Youngboy) and his entourage were targeted in a shooting outside of a hotel that left the rapper’s girlfriend and a 5-year-old bystander wounded. A 43-year-old man was killed by crossfire. The rapper Kodak Black was also arrested at the festival on weapons charges.

Some artists have also balked at the security attached to the festival. Lil Wayne, a scheduled headliner at the Miami event, declined to perform after being subjected to a search. “The Festival Police (not Rolling Loud) made it mandatory that I had to be policed and checked to get on the stadium grounds,” he wrote on Twitter. “I do not and will not ever settle for being policed to do my job.”

Rappers in New York have long complained about being targeted by law enforcement at their concerts and elsewhere. Over the years, extensive New York Police Department dossiers on rap acts have been made public, while the department has acknowledged tracking the local music scene for potential criminal activity. “You really have to listen to the songs because they’re talking about ongoing violence,” one anti-gang officer told The New York Times in 2014.

Jon Caramanica contributed reporting.

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Robert Goelet, New York Grandee and Naturalist, Dies at 96 https://animationshortfilms.stream/robert-goelet-new-york-grandee-and-naturalist-dies-at-96/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/robert-goelet-new-york-grandee-and-naturalist-dies-at-96/#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2019 13:12:43 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/robert-goelet-new-york-grandee-and-naturalist-dies-at-96/

Robert G. Goelet, a civic leader, naturalist and philanthropist whose marriage merged two families that date to 17th-century New Amsterdam and made the couple stewards of Gardiners Island, a storied sanctuary off the tip of Long Island, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

His death was confirmed by his son, Robert Gardiner Goelet.

The scion of a real estate dynasty, Mr. Goelet (pronounced guh-LET) was 52 when he married Alexandra Gardiner Creel in 1976. Under a trust from her aunt, she held Gardiners Island jointly with her idiosyncratic uncle Robert David Lion Gardiner, and when Mr. Gardiner died in 2004, the Goelets took full possession of it — all 3,300 acres, four times the size of Central Park, complete with 27 miles of coastline, lush white pine and oak forests, colonial buildings, a 200-year-old windmill, a family cemetery and considerably more ospreys than people.

The couple went on to maintain the island as a bird sanctuary while restoring its colonial buildings and natural habitat. Mr. Goelet also established a large penguin reserve in Patagonia and collected some 20,000 bees and wasps, which he donated to the Museum of Natural History. A genus of bee found in Peru, Goeletapis, was named after him.

Independently wealthy, Mr. Goelet devoted much of his time to civic causes. By late 1975, when he was named president of the American Museum of Natural History, he had served in the same role at the New-York Historical Society and the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society). He was later the museum’s chairman, until 1989, when he retired from the post.

“He was really good at coming in when there was an emergency and pulling things together,” William G. Conway, a former president of the conservation society, said in a phone interview. “He got down and dirty.”

Robert Guestier Goelet, known as Bobby, was born on Sept. 28, 1923, in Amblainville, France, in a chateau nestled amid 10,000 acres owned by the family of his mother, Anne Marie (Guestier) Goelet. The Guestiers were partners in the wine merchants Barton & Guestier. His father, Robert Walton Goelet, managed his inherited real estate, railways, hotels and other holdings from homes in New York, France and Newport, R.I. In “Who’s Who in New York,” he listed himself as a “capitalist.”

The Goelets were originally French Huguenots. The first to arrive in America was 10-year-old Jacobus, who was brought from Amsterdam in 1676 by his widowed father. Jacobus’s grandson Peter, an ironmonger during the Revolutionary War, went on to invest in real estate — so successfully that by the end of the 19th century the family was said to own about 55 acres on Manhattan’s East Side, from Union Square to 48th Street.

The Gardiners also prospered from the beginning.

“We have always married into wealth,” the British newspaper The Daily Mail quoted Robert Gardiner as saying in 2003. “We covered all our bets. We were on both sides of the Revolution, and both sides of the Civil War. The Gardiner family always came out on top.”

The privateer Captain Kidd buried treasure on Gardiners Island. Julia Gardiner Tyler, the future wife of John Tyler, the 10th president, was born there.

Like the first immigrant Gardiner, Robert Goelet moved to New York before he was a teenager, arriving when he was 12. One result of his European upbringing, he told The New Yorker in 1976, was that he had never seen a baseball game, nor did he care to.

He graduated from the Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. During his sophomore year at Harvard, he enlisted in the Navy and was trained as a Helldiver bomber pilot, but he did not see combat. He graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1945.

Mr. Goelet was introduced to Ms. Creel, a graduate student in forestry and environmental studies, on a snowshoe hike in Harriman State Park, the vast tract straddling Rockland and Orange Counties in New York. They married on Gardiners Island.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Alexandra Gardiner Goelet. The two children, who run the family investment office, say the island will be preserved through trusts as the family home and as a wildlife sanctuary in perpetuity.

Robert Gardiner, an old money blueblood to whom virtually everyone across the water in the Hamptons was nouveau riche, had anointed himself the “16th Lord of the Manor” of Gardiners Island, which his ancestors had bought from the Mantaukett Indians in 1639 for a large dog, a gun, some ammunition, rum and a handful of blankets.

Mr. Gardiner was married but had no heirs, touching off a splenetic three-decade legal imbroglio with his niece over maintenance costs and visitation rights on Gardiners Island. He accused Mr. Goelet of various incivilities, among them trying to run him over with a truck. Given the island’s demography and interpersonal discomposure, New York magazine described it in 1989 as a “wasps’ nest.”

Among his various civic activities, Mr. Goelet was the board president of the French Institute/Alliance Française and a board member of the National Audubon Society, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Phipps Houses, and Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase), which was founded by an ancestor, Peter Goelet, in 1824.

In 1957 he became a director of Air America, the private air charter company that was covertly financed by the Central Intelligence Agency and other United States government authorities.

While Mr. Goelet was an ardent conservationist, his real estate holdings and his fiduciary role on the boards of cultural institutions sometimes clashed with his preservationist instincts.

He was poised to sell Lever House, the celebrated glass-box skyscraper on Park Avenue, to a developer, but the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission spared it from demolition.

The commission also blocked the New-York Historical Society from building an apartment tower over its Central Park West headquarters; the tower had been Mr. Goelet’s solution when the society, its endowment eroded, was poised for bankruptcy.

When he was named president of the natural history museum, he expressed a boyish glee that went back to his days at the Brooks School. All those years ago, barred from participating in sports because of rheumatism, he had, as an alternative, taken to climbing trees to inspect birds’ nests.

“I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing,” he told The New York Times after his appointment by the museum. “I have a personal weakness for fish and birds. I’m nuts for fossils, and I have a healthy respect for poisonous snakes.”

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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ https://animationshortfilms.stream/whats-on-tv-saturday-the-mighty-boosh-and-meeting-gorbachev/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/whats-on-tv-saturday-the-mighty-boosh-and-meeting-gorbachev/#respond Sat, 12 Oct 2019 05:00:06 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/whats-on-tv-saturday-the-mighty-boosh-and-meeting-gorbachev/

THE MIGHTY BOOSH Stream on Hulu and Amazon. Before Noel Fielding was serving up baking banter and an impressive array of kitschy shirts on “The Great British Baking Show,” he was one half of the outlandish comedy duo behind The Mighty Boosh. Fielding and his counterpart Julian Barratt created a colorful roster of characters and original skits and songs that became the basis for this BBC Three television series named after the troupe. The show, which aired for three seasons in the early 2000s, follows the misadventures of Vince Noir (Fielding) and Howard Moon (Barratt) as they investigate mutant science experiments at a zoo’s secret lab, save the world from a demonic little old lady and explore another planet for the Fountain of Youth. Along the way, they stumble across new friends and foes, like a beast made of sandpaper, a terrifying green-skinned cockney man with a mint over his eye and a Baileys-drinking, lovelorn merman known as Old Gregg.

MEETING GORBACHEV 6 p.m. on History. Over the course of three in-depth interviews, Werner Herzog sat with Mikhail S. Gorbachev to talk about the Russian leader’s diplomacy that helped bring an end to the Cold War. The dialogue between the German filmmaker and the former politician (now 88 years old) serves as this documentary’s backbone, in which Herzog examines Gorbachev’s legacy. In his New York Times review of the film, Ben Kenigsberg wrote that Herzog “seems less in his element as an interviewer than he is when parsing historical footage,” but still manages to shape “the film into a study in how world events often come down to quirks of character and circumstance.”

THE DNA OF MURDER WITH PAUL HOLES 7 p.m. on Oxygen. After spending more than two decades trying to catch the Golden State Killer, Paul Holes, an investigator with the Contra Costa County district attorney’s office, finally got a break in the case when he thought to combine DNA collected at the crime scenes with genealogy websites. The innovative scheme, which involved creating an undercover profile on GEDmatch under a pseudonym, led to the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo. Holes has since retired, but he’s gone on to use his expertise to help with existing cold cases as a co-host on the podcast “The Murder Squad,” and now with his own TV show. On “The DNA of Murder,” Holes gives true crime fans a behind-the-scenes look at how he approaches cases, aiding law enforcement agencies with unsolved crimes. On the series premiere, he’ll look into a bludgeoning murder at an Iowa Holiday Inn from 1980.

THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL 8 p.m. on Lifetime. This made-for-TV movie takes a dramatized look at the college admissions scandal that swept up famous actresses and business leaders earlier this year. It follows two wealthy mothers, played by Penelope Ann Miller and Mia Kirshner, willing to do whatever it takes to get their kids into prestigious universities, with a little help from a charismatic admissions consultant named Rick Singer (Michael Shanks).

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Carlos Celdran, 46, Philippine Activist and Performance Artist, Dies https://animationshortfilms.stream/carlos-celdran-46-philippine-activist-and-performance-artist-dies/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/carlos-celdran-46-philippine-activist-and-performance-artist-dies/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 22:35:21 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/carlos-celdran-46-philippine-activist-and-performance-artist-dies/

Mr. Celdran was born on Nov. 10, 1972, and grew up in Dasmariñas Village, in the Philippine city of Makati. He began his art career as a cartoonist for a newspaper in Manila when he was 14. In 1991 he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design, where he began doing performance art.

He later lived in New York City, where he witnessed the effects of the H.I.V. epidemic and began thinking about reproductive health and the importance of access to contraception.

Back in Manila in 2000, he found work as an assistant director for the Heritage Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve historical sites. In 2002 he started a walking-tour company, Walk This Way, and in 2005 he became the creative director of an art exhibition space in Manila, the Living Room.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

Mr. Celdras had a charm that appealed as much to people in Manila’s glitzy hotels as to people in the slums, where his friends included cigarette vendors and drivers of the horse-drawn carts that plied the tourist neighborhoods.

“When he talked to me about Manila, the Manila I see through his eyes is one of the 1930s — pristine, quaint and full of lively, beautiful people,” Inky Santiago Nakpil, a close friend, said.

Mr. Celdran adapted some of his walking tours into stage performances.

He said his most popular work was “If These Walls Could Talk,” a one-man show that he presented onstage in Manila for more than 17 years.

A tour that focused on Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, became a solo Off Broadway show called “Livin’ la Vida Imelda” in 2014. Reviewing his performance, Anita Gates wrote in The New York Times: “Mr. Celdran’s one-act presentation is more like a gleefully gossipy study guide. If you examine it closely, you’ll see that it’s mostly just a lecture with black-and-white slides, but Mr. Celdran’s charm and showmanship turn it into genuine theater.”

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Will Smith vs. Will Smith vs. Ang Lee https://animationshortfilms.stream/will-smith-vs-will-smith-vs-ang-lee/ https://animationshortfilms.stream/will-smith-vs-will-smith-vs-ang-lee/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:45:13 +0000 https://animationshortfilms.stream/will-smith-vs-will-smith-vs-ang-lee/

And his decision to play Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena, in the forthcoming biopic “King Richard”? “I have a 19-year-old daughter who is trying to make her way in the world, so I feel like my life has totally prepared me for this role,” he said.

The project represents the first time the actor has worked with a black director (Reinaldo Marcus Green) and, counting this film with Lee, the second time in two years he’s worked with a director of color. He said he was drawn to the story because of the tennis coach’s unshakable confidence. While he may not have raised his own kids with the level of confidence that Williams did — “he never doubted that he was creating the No. 1 and No. 2 tennis players of all time,” Smith said — he takes pride in the effort he and Jada have put in. “There was a lot of work that went into orchestrating their childhood,” he said.

Talk turned to another sports-related biopic, the 2001 “Ali,” which Smith said was one of his favorite films, as well as “the most difficult performance I’ve ever given.” There was the obvious physical requirement of learning not just how to box, but how to box like Ali, all while playing one of the most recognizable humans who ever lived (a task not so different from what the special-effects folks on “Gemini Man” had to contend with in creating a young Will Smith).

Smith connected to Ali’s swagger, although perhaps not for the reasons one might expect. “I felt like I could relate to when Ali would say, ‘I am the greatest,’ that he was saying it because he really felt like he wasn’t. That you have to keep saying it to yourself because you’re trying to prove it to yourself.”

As for Lee, he has a soft spot for “Six Degrees of Separation,” the 1993 adaptation of the play that Smith, then 25, starred in alongside Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Ian McKellen. Though Smith was criticized for avoiding a kiss his gay character delivers in the stage version, Lee took a wider view.

“He didn’t have that persona yet, of Will Smith being Will Smith, carrying big movies,” Lee said. “But there’s something quite precious about how he is in that movie. It’s a dramatic piece, with many great actors around him, and he shines.”

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