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Gone with the Wind, 75 years later

Posted by elegant On August - 26 - 2014

It has been 75 years since the screening of “Gone with the Wind.” The 1939 American romance adopted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Produced by David Selznick and his company and directed by Victor Fleming portrays an epic romance with a married man in the American South during the American Civil War. It is classic tale of Scarlett O’Hara’s battle to save Tara and to find love during the Civil War.

Some say the movie glorifies the slavery. But many believe that it changes the way African Americans were treated at the time.

Filming of the movie was delayed by interviews of more than 1,400 women for the part of Scarlett and many other personal changes. The first preview of the film took place in Riverside, California on September 9, 1939 with the Selznick, his wife, investor John Whitney, and the film editor. Finally it was released on December 15, 1939. 12th Academy Awards held in 1940, the movie nominated for 13 awards and won ten Academy Awards. Movie has been rereleased many times over and considered to be a staple in the popular culture. In 1989 the National Film Registry selected the movie to be preserved.

Private art sales are becoming more popular

Posted by elegant On August - 21 - 2014

The art auction house Sotheby’s made news recently for wrong reasons. Activist investor Daniel Loeb and two other allies were appointed to the Sotheby’s Board of Directors after months of wrangling about the company. The activist’s main claims were Sotheby’s slowness to embrace technology and private art sales.

Private art sales or otherwise known as “private treaty sales” are where the buyer and the seller negotiate and agree on the sale price for an art. This is good news for collectors hoping to dispose of works of art. On the other hand, the commission on the sale also negotiable and it makes the sale more advantageous to the seller and the buyer not the auction house. Private sales are kept under wrap for the most part to the liking of the buyer and the seller. Long-time clients of auction house prefer this type of sales and the method creates fastest sales for the auction house in the process and cutting down on expenses for holding auctions. Christie’s estimate more than 500 items are sold yearly through private art sales. Sotheby’s on the other hand generated more than $800 million over the last year from private treaty sales.

Lights dimmed for Lauren Bacall

Posted by elegant On August - 18 - 2014

Legendary movie star Lauren Bacall died of a stroke in Ney York City at the age of 89 on August 12, 2014. Once married to actor Humphrey Bogart who was more than twice her age at the time of marriage and after his death in 1957 she later married Jason Robards Jr. She has two children from her marriage to Bogart and another son with her second husband. She left behind many grandchildren too. She was active in film and stage until her recent death.

Born Betty Joan Perske she is well known as an actress due to her looks and husky voice. Her voice also helped her to achieve success in theater that she later preferred the most. She appeared in many Humphrey Bogart’s productions including “To Have and Have Not”,” The Big Sleep”, “Dark Passage”, and “Key Largo” from 1944 to 1948. Her Broadway musical “Applause” brought her a Tony Award and another for her work in “Women of the Year.” She received a Golden Globe for her role in the movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces.” The Academy of Arts and Sciences recognized her contributions to the industry with an Academy Honorary Award in 2009.

It is red carpet awards season again

Posted by elegant On August - 14 - 2014

Two award ceremonies dominate the month of August this year. They are to be followed by many others in coming months.

The MTV’s 2014 Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This is the 31st annual awards ceremony for the MTV. Many artists including Beyoncé with Jay Z are scheduled to perform at the show. It will select a Video of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Male, Best Female, and the best in many other categories. Beyoncé and Australian artist Iggy Azalea leads the field of artists with eight nominations each followed by Eminem with seven nominations.

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in Downtown, Los Angeles on Monday, August 25, 2014. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors the best in primetime television programming covering the period from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014. This year’s event is held a month earlier than usual and on a Monday due to NBC’s other contractual obligations. Former Saturday Night Live star and current TV host of Late Night on NBC, Seth Meyers will be the host of the ceremony.