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Pi In The City

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today is Pi Day, in that it’s March 14th, or 3.14. It’s the one day a year we pause to reflect on that beautiful symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

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A First Look At Quvenzhané Wallis In The New 'Annie'

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis plays the singing and dancing moppet opposite Jamie Foxx in a new version of Annie. In the trailer, she assures us that the sun will still come out tomorrow.

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Eat Plants And Prosper: For Longevity, Go Easy On The Meat, Study Says

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A new study cautions that eating a diet rich in animal proteins could be as harmful to health as smoking. Not quite, other researchers say, but it's still a good idea to go heavy on the greens.

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Oscars 2014: Low On Laughs, But A Great Speech Or Two

Monday, March 03, 2014

Sunday night's Oscar ceremony was overlong and underfunny — though it did pick up here and there, with heartfelt acceptances and a few notable flubs.

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Full List of 2014 Oscar Winners

Monday, March 03, 2014

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"

Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

Foreign Language Film: "The Great Beauty," Italy

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her"

Animated Feature Film: "Frozen"

Production Design: "The Great Gatsby"

Cinematography: "Gravity"

Sound Mixing: "Gravity"

Sound Editing: "Gravity"

Original Score: "Gravity," Steven Price

Original Song: "Let It Go" from "Frozen"

Costume: "The Great Gatsby"

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Animated Short Film: "Mr. Hublot"

Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom"

Documentary (short subject): "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

Film Editing: "Gravity"

Live Action Short Film: "Helium"

Visual Effects: "Gravity"

Honorary Oscars:

  • Peter W. Anderson
  • Film-processing labs over past century
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Steve Martin
  • Piero Tosi

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I Watched Almost All the Oscar-Nominated Movies So You Don't Have To

Friday, February 28, 2014

And I learned a few things along the way. Like that it's possible to cry in a Jackass movie and caveman cartoons are overrated.

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A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains

Monday, February 24, 2014

In a spirited book of cleaning and housekeeping advice, Jolie Kerr solves cleaning problems big as cars and small as tweezers; ordinary as grime and embarrassing as stains can get.

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Russian Star Plushenko Withdraws From Men's Skating

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Evgeni Plushenko wanted to compete one more time in a bid to win an individual gold before his home fans. But recurring back problems appear to have forced him to pull out of the competition. Plushenko, 31, won a gold medal in 2006 and helped his team win a gold this week.

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Photos: It's Snow Nasty Out There

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wildly falling snow plus a forecast for 10 inches of accumulation and freezing rain — all that wasn’t enough to warrant a snow day for New York City schools on Thursday. Take a look at the havoc the wintry weather is wreaking on New York City’s streets today.

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The Sky’s the Limit: Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

“She just exudes the essence, the terrier essence.  She was just on, and she showed beautifully.  She had a wonderful expression, and I enjoyed her very much.”

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Good-Looking, With a Great Nose: Nathan the Bloodhound Poised for Victory at Westminster

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Good-looking, and with a great nose.  A man-trailing Bloodhound wins the Hound Group at Westminster.

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The Best Olympic Moments So Far

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dancing bobsledders, skaters throwing shade and all the hats you can stomach. Here's a list to catch you up on all the most important things you've missed so far.

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At Westminster Agility Meet, All Dogs Welcome

Sunday, February 09, 2014

For the first time at Westminsters, mixed-breed dogs competed alongside purebreds in the kennel club's inaugural Master Agility Championship.

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This Week on Instagram

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Some of our favorites photos of New York City posted on Instagram this week.

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What Do You Want To Know About The Sochi Olympics?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Are people excited about the Winter Olympics? Don't figure skaters get dizzy? What kind of place is Sochi?

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Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Apparently, just imagining what's happening on the written page isn't enough. A new wearable device uses temperature controls and lighting to mimic the experiences of a story's protagonist.

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B.J. Novak Has Some Stories (and More Stories)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

You may know comedian, TV writer, and actor B.J. Novak as Ryan on TV's The Office. But he's also behind a new collection of funny, and surprisingly dark short stories called One More Thing: Stories and More Stories.

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A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Brothers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky originally published their sci-fi classic Definitely Maybe in 1974. Now, a new translation restores cuts made by Soviet censors to this subversive tale of scientists exploring a reluctant universe. Reviewer Juan Vidal says "you'll laugh, you'll look around suspiciously, you'll throw the text across the room."

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New Yorkers Share Memories of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Monday, February 03, 2014

These stories are just small glimpses of his life, but they add a nice touch to the way we will remember a man who was not only an award-winning actor, but a neighbor.

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Convicted Murderer to Award-Winning Novelist

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Novice crime fiction novelist Alaric Hunt has became an improbable literary success with his debut novel, Cuts Through Bone. His quick ascent is particularly impressive considering his work space: Hunt is serving a life sentence in South Carolina, and has been in prison since he was 19 years old. ugh-bone" target="_blank">originally appeared on the CBC Program Q with Jian Ghomeshi.

 

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