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Guide to the Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16, 2014

Guide to the Fourth Annual Napa Valley Film Festival, November 12-16, 2014

NAPA, CA, October 26, 2014 – The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is about to kick off its fourth annual festival, with this year’s theme “The Ultimate Film, Food and Wine Experience.” Napa Valley is the perfect setting for this lavish festival.  It is already well known for its wine, food and art; now it

Susanna and the Count.

The Met in HD: An invigorating, updated ‘Marriage of Figaro’

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – Based on a then-controversial 18th century drama by French author, businessman and adventurer Pierre Beaumarchais, Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) is an operatic comedy of errors, a story involving both real and imagined infidelity that ultimately leads to mutual forgiveness and a happy, if somewhat chastened ending.

Scene from Macbeth (Verdi)

Review: The Met’s memorable ‘Macbeth’ at the movies, live in HD

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2014 – The Metropolitan Opera opened its 2014-2015 live broadcast season with a memorable production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth.” Broadcast live to movie theaters across the country from the Lincoln Center this past Saturday, the performance was recorded and will be repeated at most of these same theaters on Wednesday evening, October

The main gate at the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz II .

Book Review: Lucy Beckett’s moving novel, ‘The Leaves Are Falling’

CHICAGO, August 28, 2014 − Lucy Beckett may be a retired English literature professor, but she definitely doesn’t write like one. Fresh off of her success with “Postcard from a Volcano,” Beckett has crafted another work of engaging historical fiction sure to capture the admiration of fans of the genre. What is contained within her

Taxpayer film incentives: North Carolina and California traveling in different directions.

North Carolina cuts Hollywood fat cats down to size

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 – A variety of news sources reported this week the somewhat surprising news that North Carolina is phasing out its once generous tax incentives for movie producers to film in the Tar Heel State. North Carolina’s lavish tax incentives have for years been drawing major productions to abandon the tax hell

2010 public domain photo of Robin Williams entertaining U.S. troops in Iraq.

BREAKING: Robin Williams an apparent suicide at 63

MARIN COUNTY, Calif., August 11, 2012 − Famed actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead earlier today, the result of an apparent suicide attempt. The following official statement from Marin County officials relating to the time of death and probable cause is reprinted here verbatim: On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 a.m, Marin County Communications

Actress Megan Fox confronts the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ score Cowabunga box office

HOLLYWOOD, August 10, 2014 – Cowabunga, dudes! Paramount’s just-released “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” action film looks to be on track for an estimated $28.7 million opening box office weekend. That’s not going to knock off the legendary takes of earlier summer blockbusters like Marvel-Disney’s second “Captain America” installment. But it’s impressive enough that Paramount has already announced

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