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Caryn James

Google Street View Goes to the Museum

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  • February 1, 2011 6:18 AM
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You may think Street View is an invasion of privacy, but today Google launches a more more benign use -- in fact it’s a great, fascinating, time-killing site called Art Project, in which major museums around the world have chosen artworks to be photographed so you can zoom in and see any section in extraordinary close-up. For what it’s worth, the technology is gigapixel, with each image containing 7 billion pixels; what that means in real life is that you can see the brushwork, highlights and cracking paint in any tiny section of some amazing works.

On DVD: Never Let Me Go, 2010's Most Underappreciated Film

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  • February 1, 2011 2:00 AM
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Months ago, by sheer coincidence, I saw Never Let Me Go and Black Swan at back-to-back screenings – a lot of intensity for one day. (And between Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman the most anorexic-looking double bill ever, but that’s another story.) I left the screening room thinking it would be a great fall movie season and that both films would be in the mix for awards – so I was only half right.

Oscars: It’s All Over But The Singing

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  • January 31, 2011 4:33 AM
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There could be some surprise winners at the Oscars – that’s why they’re called surprises – but over the weekend the major categories became so boringly predictable that the biggest mystery is whether James Franco and Anne Hathaway can unsettle the stodgy show as hosts. Don’t count on surprises there either.

How The Social Network Lost Its Snark: Watch Zuckerberg's SNL Cameo

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  • January 30, 2011 2:00 AM
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Remember when The Social Network came out and the Mark Zuckerberg character seemed like a possible genius but a definite jerk? The film has an edge, but you wouldn't know it from the bouquets Zuckerberg and the filmmakers have been throwing at each other -- the better for the movie to campaign during awards season and for Zuckerberg to do damage control.
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Watch DeNiro's Funny "30 Rock" Cameo

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  • January 29, 2011 4:15 AM
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The week's big, buzzy cameo was Ricky Gervais crossing paths with Steve Carrell on The Office, as Gervais' David Brent from the original British series met his American counterpart, Michael Scott. But another, funnier cameo snuck in under the radar: Robert DeNiro turned up on 30 Rock playing himself, in a scene funnier than anything in The Little Fockers or his recent SNL appearance.
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Sundance at Home: “The Power of Story” Panel

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  • January 28, 2011 7:30 AM
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This is even more Sundance at home than I expected: my flight from New York was cancelled yesterday, and although the Sundance staff tried hard, there was no way to book another that would have gotten me to Park CIty in time to moderate today's panel on “The Power of Story.” (And I thought it was a joke when someone told me Delta stands for “Don’t Ever Leave the Airport.”) But we can all catch the live-stream.
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The Season Of Depressing Movies: Why Make Yourself Sad?

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  • January 28, 2011 3:30 AM
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Biutiful is eloquent, touching, artistic and – let’s be honest – one of the saddest movies you’ll ever see. You won’t leave the theater dancing. But you won’t be sorry you saw it.

Predicting the SAGs; Is It Time to Retire the Word Actress?

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  • January 28, 2011 3:00 AM
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The Screen Actors Guild Awards often line up with the Oscars because the groups overlap so much: the actors’ branch of the Academy far outnumbers any other. Here are a few things to look for when the SAGs are handed out on Sunday.

Weekend TV: SAG Awards, “Episodes” Marathon

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  • January 28, 2011 2:30 AM
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The weekend’s best TV is full of Oscar buzz and inside-Hollywood comedy.
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Watching Sundance at Home: “Life in a Day” Streams Live Tonight

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  • January 27, 2011 7:20 AM
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Is it a gimmick, a solid doc or both? We’ll see when producer Ridley Scott and director Kevin Macdonald’s web-centric experiment, Life in a Day, premieres tonight at Sundance and also live-streams on YouTube (8 ET).
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