The Berkeley Beacon

Saturday, August 2, 2014

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The Beacon's 2013 Academy Award Picks

See the films Beacon staff members think should take home Oscars on Sunday night.

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Playing with light & language: experimental filmmaker

The resulting film Odysseus in Ithaca was screened alongside five other shorts on Tuesday night in the Bright Family Screening Room for the event An Evening With Experimental Filmmaker Peter Rose.

The manhunt for Oscar glory

The movie tracks CIA operative Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, as the woman who leads the manhunt for Osama bin Laden.

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Searching for Solace: Emerson students shoot Holocaust film

In the required Film II class, Emerson visual and media arts majors produce their first large-scale film. For each project, students must hire a crew, cast actors, use industry-grade equipment, maintain professional protocol on set, and essentially create a real movie.

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Vic Perillo: how to succeed in show business by really trying

Perillo’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the acting industry comes directly from personal experience. An actor since the age of seven, he said that he had never done anything else. Perillo has worked in theaters and on sets in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Controversial performer talks Disney, drugs, and dissent

Early last year, Mike Daisey was getting a lot of attention. His monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, in part about the working conditions in the Chinese factories that manufactured Apple products, had been adapted for the radio show This American Life. It quickly became the program’s most-downloaded episode. Two months later, Daisey got a different kind of attention, when This American Life issued an episode-long retraction of the segment after it was discovered that he had invented certain stories in the piece

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Bombing in Beirut: Director talks about her film

Fox was only 21 when she traveled to Beirut at the end of 1981. For three years, she and her editor tweaked the script, creating a new cut annually. And then Fox spent years looking for distribution before finally breaking through at the Sundance Film Festival in 1988.

The necessity of music stores

It’s no newsflash that MP3 sales are leaping forward in the race of music purchases. Generations both new and old are falling in love with being able to immediately hear the albums they want.

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From paint to pen: Writer speaks at Emerson

When she was an undergraduate at Yale, spending long days painting in her artist’s studio, Julie Otsuka never expected to be a writer. She thought she would spend her life portraying images and meaning through oil and canvas, not writing longhand at a Hungarian pastry shop in New York City.

Literary idols on Twitter

Caitlín R. Kiernan, a Providence-based writer of Lovecraftian horror and science fiction, blogs regularly on LiveJournal, documenting her progress on various projects and offering her opinions on movies, music, and literature. Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tweets links to helpful writing advice pages and thought-provoking opinion pieces on contemporary works of literature. Horror writer Joe Hill recently tweeted his invigorating experience of finishing Moby Dick.

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Student show AMPED! will cover Boston music scene

Three Emerson students are looking to turn up the volume with a new television show on the Emerson Channel called AMPED!. It aims to be a music series that focuses on new albums, shows around Boston, and live performances.

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George Watsky raps his way to Paradise

Like many other Emerson students, 2010 alum George Watsky has a flair for the dramatic. Just type in “pale kid raps fast” into the YouTube search bar and you’ll see him performing directly in front of the camera, often pausing to acknowledge a cat slinking across the background.

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Ballads and blood: Shakespeare Society’s mash-up

Ballad will be performed on Feb. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m in the Greene Theater of the Tufte Performance Production Center. This original marriage between two texts is the brainchild of senior performing arts major Kelsey Jayne Hogan and junior performing arts major Nicky Maggio.

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Emerson professor is a 2013 Oscar nominee

Life of Pi follows an Indian zookeeper’s son who, after surviving a shipwreck, is forced to spend 227 days on a boat with a newly freed tiger. Magee said projecting this bestseller to a movie-going audience was difficult at times.

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Clubland commemorates Club Kids and carousal

It all started with the TV series American Horror Story.