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VIDEO: Jamie Foxx interviews Benicio Del Toro

Locker room-style banter and war stories make up this video interview of Benicio del Toro by Jamie Foxx that went up online recently. In it Del Toro tells Foxx how he quit college to move to New York and pursue a career in acting, only to then end up in Los Angeles and get a scholarship to attend Stella Adler. Del Toro was influenced by "Animal House" and, unsurprisingly, cites "The Usual ... more >

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TONIGHT IN WASHINGTON: “Jaws” to be shown at Wolf Trap while the National Symphony Orchestra plays score live

Conductor Emil de Cou discusses the score of the greatest fish story ever told

One of soundtrack composer John Williams’s great masterstrokes with the Steven Spielberg-directed “Jaws” (1975) was crafting a musical theme with just two notes, E and F. Recognizable the world over, that half-step interval instantly causes tension knowing that the monster great white shark is nearby. In fact, it’s arguably the first thoroughly-modern score, said Emil de Cou, who will conduct ... more >

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One day after release of his latest film, Claude Lanzmann, resilient Holocaust author and filmmaker, dies at 92

"The Patagonian hare," "Shoah," "Tsahal," "Lights and shadows," "The last of the unjust." Claude Lanzmann was France's Holocaust orator, a vital testifier to the horrors and to the exceptionality of humanity's most talked-about tragedy. He died in Paris today. Lanzmann was born in Paris to a Jewish family that had immigrated to France from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during ... more >