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Florence and the Machine
Foster the People
Number of albums Rihanna has released since then: 5
Artists that came and went in that time frame: Joss Stone, The Jonas Brothers, T-Pain, Kat DeLuna, Sean Kingston, Owl City, Willow Smith, Swedish House Mafia
Is JT ready to take on the brave new world of pop?
American Idiots: It’s almost laughable the social pseudo-trends that make it on the U.S. covers of TIME and Newsweek while the rest of the world spins madly into chaos. For a long time I used to think that media conglomerates had a responsibility to report news — regardless how alarming — and raise overall public awareness of “real issues.” However while interning at Newsweek, I learned that these covers undergo focus groups to gauge mass market appeal. And surprise! No one wants to pick up a magazine with a photo of a gauntly foreigner strained with despair while waiting to purchase diet soda and Corn Flakes at Safeway. I still think someone’s ought to force us though.
Pixar Goes Dark: This week the animation studio responsible for ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Finding Nemo’ announced a slate of new flicks. I was intrigued by two in particular. The first is the untitled mind-bending exploration of dreams, memories and the subconscious. The second is the project inspired by Dia de los Muertos (the Mexican equivalent of Halloween).
The dream movie sounds promising, but only if it sticks close to the science of how the brain actually works. The human mind is already magical enough. It can be refreshingly educational, maybe even tap into the pseudo-psychology of dreamwork and how we form memories. Ideally, it would be written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. If Pixar adds cute and cuddly dream creatures trolling about in our synapses, I will scream.
The Dia de los Muertos film is already being billed as “darker fare.” But I just wish the word “dark” meant more than just a synonym for “Tim Burton-esque.” Don’t get me wrong, I loved ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’ is one of my favorite movies of all time, but those films have already been done (and have already even been rehashed). Can’t Pixar strive to create a different “dark” aesthetic, perhaps one rooted more closely in the Mexican tradition their film draws its inspiration?
All in all, I hate how long we’re going to have to wait to find out more about the stylistic directions of both these films. 2015? Too long considering I’m already not that thrilled with that ‘Brave’ movie coming this year.
Sheryl Sandberg on Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders
On International Women’s Day I wanted to share this insightful TED Talk by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (one of the West Coast’s most prominent Obama supporters). Here she describes the challenges of being a female executive and what women can do to rise to the top without being neither feared or intimidated. Key points:
- Men attribute their success to themselves (“I’m awesome!”) while women attribute it to external factors (luck, hard work, got help from peers, etc).
- Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.
- We have to make it as important a job for both genders to work in the home and raise children. Truly egalitarian couples have more sex and half the divorce rate.