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Persona Non Grata: When Compassion Supercedes Personal Gain

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“I just did what human beings should do. You do the right thing… not for gain. Not for recognition. The refugees needed my help. I could give it to them. It was the right thing to do. That’s all.” Chiune Sempo Sugihara In his new feature film, Persona Non Grata, director, Cellin Gluck sheds light on a little-known hero of WWII: Japanese diplomat, …

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What Happens When the Most Creative Minds In Art and Science Brainstorm? The Brain Project, of Course!

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Phosphorescent mica particles  produce an eerie glow from each hemisphere; bronze fingers entwine themselves around a human brain like roots of a living tree while networks of neural transmitters resemble an intricate spider’s web. This is no mad scientist’s laboratory or scenes from a 50s sci-fi flick. Rather, they’re sculptural interpretations of the brain as re-imagined by 100 artists, designers …

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Mystique’s Sexy Blue Reptile Skin & Wolverine’s Retractable Metal Claws Brought To Life By Gordon FX Smith

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He has stood among the dead, even perpetrated the atrocities of war, but never fought the battle. He has performed open heart surgery, dissected John F. Kennedy’s brain and transplanted metal claws into Hugh Jackman’s hands, all done with no medical qualifications. Gordon “FX” Smith was always a benign Dr. Frankenstein. He’s a graying special effects prosthetics wizard who preferred leather to lab coat …

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“Zimbelism” – A Documentary on Remarkable Tales from the Dark Room of Photographer, George S. Zimbel

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Don’t let his grandfatherly demeanor under a lustrous thick head of white hair fool you. At age 86 and one of the last bastions of North American street photographers known as “humanists”, George S. Zimbel is one tough cookie. A champion of the Everyman (and woman,) his lens has captured burlesque queens, truckers and presidents, movie stars and kids just …

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Justin Freer Beams Up To The Podium To Conduct Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour

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Growing up in Orange County, California in the 80s, music prodigy, Justin Freer never imagined he’d one day become Maestro Freer conducting for a 100-city North American tour of Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour. It’s presented by CineConcerts, CBS Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures. Too young to watch the original Star Trek series, but a fan …

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Jennifer Teege – My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past

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Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. So much has been written about the victims of the Nazi regime. But what if you discovered that you were related to one of its most notorious perpetrators? That was the case for author, Jennifer Teege, as she so poignantly strives to extricate her own identity from that of a monster through a series of …

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Bringing Van Gogh To The Masses: The Shopping Center As Art Gallery

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“I think the Van Gogh Museum was quite shocked when I first proposed the idea of touring shopping malls with the Van Gogh Museum Edition Relievos,” laughs Diedrick van Eck, CEO of Tribute International that is distributing the high-quality replicas of nine Van Gogh paintings. After all, in an 1882 letter to his brother Theo, post-Impressionist painter, Vincent wrote about …

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Diane Nelson Brings the Art of Decorative Concrete To Life

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Roy Rogers horse, Trigger left a hoof print. Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe left an imprint of his eyeglasses and B.C.’s Sarah McLachlan, a star surrounded by maple leaves. From the iconic celebrity signatures in Hollywood’s former Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’s sidewalks to Canada’s Walk of Fame, concrete has left a legacy of many indelible impressions. Diane Nelson of Brandon-Johnson Art and Design has taken the humble medium and raised the bar to …

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Irrevocably Bound Together In Star Trek History, William Shatner’s Tribute To Leonard Nimoy Explores Friendship and Regret

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When Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, February 27th 2015, at age 83, he had inspired countless actors, politicians, astronauts and ordinary people.  The outpouring of tributes to the man, who truly inhabited the iconic character of Spock on Star Trek, was universal. But none more poignant than that from William Shatner in the form of his new book, Leonard – …

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A Photograph of An Israeli Soldier Becomes Part of Jeep’s Super Bowl Commercial

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The NFL’s (National Football League) Super Bowl Sunday is the most important single-day event in the advertising industry. At the first Super Bowl in 1967, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial cost about $40,000. In 2016, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial costs $5 million plus. This year, in celebration of their 75th year and the 50th Super Bowl, Jeep aired one of the …