April 7, 2008

Film legend dead at 84

Well known actor and 2nd Amendment activist Charlton Heston died Saturday. The cause of his death has not been released.
Heston was known for memorable roles in films such as 'The Ten Commandments', 'Ben Hur', 'Soylent Green', and the 'Planet of the Apes' series.

He is also remembered as an outspoken activist for gun rights, and the Chairman of the National Rifle Association.

March 31, 2008

A Bernstein Flop?

A musical written by the master of the American musical is getting revisited for his 90th birthday.

Composer Leonard Bernstein wrote a play in 1976 called "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue". The play did not do well at all and was pulled very shortly after its opening.

This year, the New York Time reports an adaptation of the work will be given a second chance.

Perhaps everyone is so sick of hearing "West Side Story", that they're picking a flop just so everyone won't be bored.

Maybe when Spielberg turns 90, they'll re-screen 1941.

February 28, 2008

The Science of Jazz

Popular Science reported on a new study regarding a study released by Johns Hopkins University. Researchers mapped the brains of a hand full of jazz pianists to see what effects improvising have on the mind. Scientists found that the section of the brain that deals with inhibitions "shut down" while the parts that control expressiveness light up. They had to create a special piano that they could use in an MRI machine. Johns Hopkins also has a longer report available.