Archive | March, 2012

A&E: Hollywood’s new found love of Fairy Tales March 21

21 Mar


Image from NYTimes Online of Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer in Hollywood’s latest adaption of Snow White, “Mirror Mirror” 

I absolutely LOVE fairytales. Wether it be a book, a movie or a television show, anything relating to fairytales draws me in. As did todays article in the NYTimes entitled, “The Better to Entertain You With, My Dear” with a subhead reading, “Mirror Mirror’, ‘Grimm’ and Hollywood Love For Fairy Tales.” The article is written by Terrence Rafferty and discusses how there seems to be a influx of fairytale related films and television series that are taking over entertainment. Rafferty highlights a few such as ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and NBC’s “Grimm” and two upcoming movies that have readapted Snow White and another called “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunter.” Rafferty does not use any outside sources or quotes from anyone, the article only consists of Rafferty discussing the various subplots, successes and failures of various fairytale related material in entertainment. In the article Rafferty displays some of his own personal feelings when he criticizes how fairytales don’t meant he same thing for todays generation. Because of his personal analysis, this article went from a news worthy piece because of its relevance to the current times and impact in the entertainment industry, to an issue piece. He talks about how technology has altered youth to be skeptical and how fairytales no longer represent life lessons and morals. As a huge fan of fairytales I agree with Rafferty in that fairytales no longer have the same charm and allure as they once did, but I still very much enjoy all these adaptions that bring back my favorite stories


A&E: The return of “Community” March 13

21 Mar

Scene from the NBC comedy, "Community", which was featured in the NYTimes print and online version.

I was excited about reading this A&E piece in the NYTimes when I saw the main art was a scene from the NBC comedy, “Community”. I love the show. It is clever and quirky and all around just hilarious. So Bill Carter’s article, “College’s Winter Break Finally Ends” got me very excited. The article is a news worthy piece because it talks about how NBC had shelved the show for a while in December but it is now officially coming back. Carter talks about the show and its various themes and how it appeals to audiences. Then Carter goes on to discuss how the show was shelved because of ratings and how that has effected the creators and network. He uses valid sources and interviews the shows creator and various members of the cast. He also has indirect quotations from NBC networks executive vice president. Carter takes an unbias angle to this story and is just informing the audience of the reprisal of a fan favorite show. Although the article is essentially news worthy because of its timeliness and impact that it will have on network television, but Carter also turns it into a bit of an issue story by highlighting how fewer people are watching television because they can watch everything online. Carter subtly highlights how this new generation has moved on from television and growing changes in media has made it a lot easier for people to watch things online. This harms the television market because people watch their shows but they don’t get any ratings. Carter also introduces a new solution for this problem. He talks about how the creators of “Community” and NBC have now come into partnership with online sites like HULU plus. Hulu is a popularly used site to watch television shows on, so with this partnership the show will be able to track its ratings. Carter turned his linear story of a shelled show getting a second chance into an issue story of a changing media and how to tackle that issue. My favorite part of the article was the quote by show creator, Dan Harmon, on their most coveted demographic; college students”..These very smart, upwardly mobile, college-age kids just don’t watch TV anymore.”

Weekend Arts edition March 2

14 Mar

image from the website and print edition of the article on Paris Fashion featuring a model wearing Rochas

Since it is friday the New York Times Arts & Entertainment section has a WeekendArts edition. A major article the A&E beat covered is Paris Fashion. The article, entitled “In Paris, Cloaked in Fog and Anticipation is written by a Cathy Horyn and covers five various collections by various designers. The collections reviewed were Ann Demeulemeester, Balacenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, & Rochas. Horyn started her article off by establishing a setting and her surroundings. She cleverly used the thick fog in Paris to transition into analyzing the designers pieces by relating the gray mood to Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Balenciaga. Unlike the last article reviewed about the Red Carpet, Horyn’s article is a lot less opinions based an more of an unbias analysis of the collections. Horyn talks about how Balenciaga is more office wear attire according to the designer. Horyn then goes on to talk about Rick Owen’s collection and dubs it “elegant” she then goes onto Van Noten and uses outside information about his Men’s collection to provide more of an idea of his style. She then talks about designer Marco Zanini’s Rochas collection and sums up her article summarizing Ann Demeulemeester’s collection. Horyn walks a fine line of observing while also adding a bit of her perspective to the article. She uses facts by adding what the designer’s had to say about their collections backstage but she does not use any direct quotations. Overall Horyn gives us a well structured look into the various collections of Paris fashion without being over bearing with her own opinions and analysis. She provides us with a direct look at the various collections and gives us insightful information from the designers to help us understand the themes and inspirations of each collection.

The World of Arts & Entertainment analyzed in the NYTimes

14 Mar

“Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television”–Rita Mae Brown

This Monday morning I picked up a copy of the New York Times and turned to the A&E section. Of course this beat would be a buzz because of sunday night’s Annual Academy Awards ceremony, more commonly known as The Oscars. The two big stories on the front page of the Arts section were highlighting the winners and losers of the night, and the winers and losers on the red carpet. The article entailed, “Tradition (Mostly) Reigns on the Red Carpet was a fashion review of the night. The writer, named Eric Wilson, has a cynical tone through out his analysis of what was worn on the red carpet. He discusses how everything was very traditional and classic- Hollywood but complained about how this was such a boring trend. Wilson added a lot of personality into his piece and I figured that it is because this was a fashion review, not a fact based report. He added a lot of opinions on how actresses channeling the safe route on the red carpet leads to a bland event. Wilson doesn’t use any outside sources, the piece mostly consist of his clever quips and a summary and review of attire worn by the most popular celebrities to walk the carpet. I disagreed with Wilson’s opinion on how a classic “safe” style on the carpet is equivalent to boring but this got me to realizing that this entire piece is simply an opinion, columnist piece rather than a full fledged article, it leaves room debate and disagreement, no hard hitting facts.