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The Fight for Van Gogh

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Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 masterpiece The Night Cafe is one of the most famous paintings in the world. And now it’s in the middle of a sticky lawsuit that could send shockwaves throughout the entire world of art.   The problem dates back to 1918, when the communist government nationalized personal property–including the Van Gogh in question–in the USSR. Years ... Read More »

Nigeria says “No” to ‘District 9′

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Homesick aliens aren’t the only problem brewing for the South African sci-fi flick ‘District 9.‘ The acclaimed film has been banned in Nigeria, following a private screening for government officials. The problem? Nigerians are upset to see their countrymen portrayed in the film as “criminals, cannibals and prostitutes who sleep with extra-terrestrial animals,” Dora Akunyili, the country’s information told CNN. ... Read More »

Scorsese to LACMA: “I Am Deeply Disturbed”

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Last month, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced it would be cutting its Weekend Films series to “pause for re-thinking” and focus on more “artist-created films” starting this November. Well people are speaking out, including famed director Martin Scorsese, who took his case to the LA Times in an open letter to LACMA director Michael Govan. He asks, if ... Read More »

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