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Gay man files complaint after Catholic school reneges on job offer

Gay man files complaint after Catholic school reneges on job offer

A reveller waves a rainbow flag during the Gay Pride Parade in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on June 30, 2013.; Credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images Matthew Barrett was elated when offered a job last year as food services director of Massachusetts Catholic school, Fontbonne Academy. As reported on NPR, Barrett started to prepare new-hire forms including […]

‘Gravity’ production designer Andy Nicholson on taking audiences to space

‘Gravity’ production designer Andy Nicholson on taking audiences to space

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in “Gravity.”; Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Alfonso Cuarón’s stunning sci-fi drama ‘Gravity’ earned 10 Oscar nominations this year. Among them, a nod for the film’s production design—which includes a meticulously-crafted Space Shuttle and striking simulation of the zero-gravity environment beyond earth’s atmosphere. Transporting audiences so convincingly to a far-off place […]

The psychology of the #selfie

The psychology of the #selfie

Photographers take selfies from the top of the US Capitol dome during a tour of the dome December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images From the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year to the Selfie Olympics, it’s clear that smart-phone  and digital camera self-portraits—or ‘selfies’—are something of a cultural touchstone. We’ve […]

Will Michael Sam be the NFL’s first gay player?

Will Michael Sam be the NFL’s first gay player?

Michael Sam #52 of the Missouri Tigers celebrates with fans after the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. Missouri won 48-17. ; Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri and a N.F.L. draft prospect, has come out as […]

From slasher movies to slavery: Creating the look of ’12 Years a Slave’

From slasher movies to slavery: Creating the look of ’12 Years a Slave’

A production still from Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave.”; Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures With nine Oscar nominations, “12 Years a Slave” is looking to top a fruitful awards season with the much coveted Best Picture award next month.  “12 Years a Slave” tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate […]

Filmweek: The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie, A Field in England and more

Filmweek: The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie, A Field in England and more

Actors Bob Balaban, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Matt Damon pose at a photo call for Sony Picture’s “The Monuments Men” at the Four Seasons Hotel on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Wade Major, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon review […]

Oscar-nominated designer on crafting the grifter’s world in ‘American Hustle’

Oscar-nominated designer on crafting the grifter’s world in ‘American Hustle’

Production Designer Judy Becker attends the 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards For Excellence In Production Design at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. ; Credit: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” has received critical acclaim, garnering a number of Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The […]

Irvine will subpoena contractors in probe of OC Great Park waste and abuse

Irvine will subpoena contractors in probe of OC Great Park waste and abuse

The view of the former El Toro Marine Corp. Air Station from the Irvine Great Park balloon ride. A dozen years after Orange County voters first approved a plan to turn an old military base into a massive park on par with San Diego’s Balboa or New York’s Central, only a fraction of Irvine’s Great […]

Will work for gifts: How one web designer walked away from being paid

Will work for gifts: How one web designer walked away from being paid

A bank employee displays US dollar notes in Manila on August 3, 2011.; Credit: TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay – but should your wages always come in monetary form? Two years ago, web designer, Adrian Hoppel stepped away from corporate America and decided to be paid in ‘gifts’; no […]

The range and depth of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman

The range and depth of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman attends “The Ides of March” photocall during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on October 19, 2011 in London, England. ; Credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images For The BFI by Hillel Italie, Associated Press He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as […]