["For Springsteen, and for his fans, that chain has gone through periods of both strength and weakness. It was years into his recording career before the singer began to be perceived as a political songwriter. When that shift occurred, with the global success of 1984's Born in the USA album, and Ronald Reagan's opportunistic kidnapping of the title track, the experience so shook Springsteen that he has shied away from explicit statements ever since. (A rare exception was his endorsement of John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.) For the most part, he has let his songs do the talking. Even now, with his most political album in years about to hit the racks, Springsteen avoids full-on explication of Magic's songs, and edges warily towards the subject."]
2. "Turner classics." The National Gallery of Arts is offering the most comprehensive American exhibition yet on J.M.W. Turner.
["Virtuoso and visionary painter Joseph Mallord William Turner has long been presented as a prophet of the modern age. His swirling, atmospheric late landscapes have tempted many to categorize him as the first father of impressionism. The last major show of Turner's work in this country, held in 1966 at New York's Museum of Modern Art, cast him as an advance man for abstraction, more interested in loose brushwork than grand narratives."]
["Biel was earlier reported to be in talks to star in the film, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the deal has broken down, reports Moviehole. Movie bosses at Warner Bros. are still looking to fill [roles for] ... that of Superman, Batman, the Flash and Aquaman. George Miller is already on board as director, with the script being penned by Kieran and Michele Mulroney."]
["Let's face it: The re-release of the film in this new form has been occasioned by a desire for closure - Scott finally completes his masterpiece - but also money," writes Michael Joshua Rowin in Stop Smiling...]
["Aditya Assarat made short films that took your breath away. There was a classical beauty to his composition, and a poetic melancholy in a character's longing gaze that one more readily associates with tragic novels. His genteel taste and talent have aroused much expectation for his first feature-length movie and, after a few years of fund-hunting, Aditya is finally putting the finishing touches to it prior to the film's premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival on October 8."]
Quote of the Day:
"Love—is anterior to Life— Posterior—to Death— Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth—" Emily Dickinson
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): Joseph Mallord William Turner's Disaster at Sea (1833-5)
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