Doug Levy

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An Inside Look at ‘Monkey: Journey to the West’ With Jamie Hewlett

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Gorillaz masterminds Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett are no strangers to ambitious work. Together, the pair created a cartoon band that not only got taken extremely seriously, but also sold millions of albums worldwide. In fact, the world of Gorillaz became so fully developed that the virtual band members began to feel as real as the actual musicians (led by Blur frontman Albarn) who brought their music to life. So, while many might balk at the idea of taking a hugely influential 16th-century Chinese novel and turning it into a modern-day acrobatic opera, Hewlett and Albarn jumped at the idea.
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Behind the Scenes of ‘Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812′

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Located in a custom-built venue on the West Side of Manhattan that doubles as an ornate Russian-style supper club, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 is reinventing the musical — and Tolstoy — for the 21st century. Based on an excerpt from War and Peace, the show is an elaborate production that surrounds its audience in a fully immersive environment, complete with a tasty meal.
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‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ and Other Films About Breaking the Law With Good Intentions

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Ryan Gosling’s latest big-screen foray is far from traditional Hollywood fare. The Place Beyond the Pines — also starring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta — re-teams the A-list actor with director Derek Cianfrance, the man behind the brilliantly devastating Blue Valentine. As we’ve hinted at before, revealing exactly what makes this film so different would spoil part of the (bleak) fun, but what has been made clear is the basic setup: Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a tatted-up stunt biker who discovers he has a previously unknown son. To try to support his newly found progeny, he turns to a life of crime, robbing banks to bankroll his child’s care.
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Finding ‘Hidden’ Culture Around the Country with Sony

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We dedicate ourselves daily to discovering the best cultural gems in our area, but alas, there are only so many of us. That’s why we love The Hidden, a cool project from our friends at Sony that put NEX-5R cameras in the hands of local influencers around the country so they could share their unique views of their local treasures.

Cultural representatives were chosen in 15 different area codes, and given free reign to capture images of whatever “hidden” finds they wanted to share. Their personal experience ranged from food to fashion to music, so the results were just as varied. Each influencer’s photos are now on display at their local Sony store, where they can be viewed until February 17.
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