Women Artists Underrepresented at Art Basel 2014

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Micol Hebron had a standout Art Basel. She performed Roll Call , a Carolee Schneemann-inspired performance during which Hebron read aloud the low percentages of women artists represented by art galleries, information written on scroll that she slowly unfurled from her vagina. Anyone familiar with Hebron's work would have hardly been shocked by the performance, Hebron's been spearheading Gallery Talley, a long-term project that counts the male/female breadowns of gallery rosters. According to Gallery Talley's estimation, only 30 percent of the artists represented by commercial galleries are women.

In between her performances, Hebron took the time to apply the metrics of Gallery Talley to Art Basel.

See also: Women-Led "Auto Body" Explores Breadth of Human Emotion Through Film, Performance

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Seth Rogen on The Interview: " I Don't Have a Lot to Offer in the Political Arena"

Categories: Interview

Ryan Orange
Sony assumed North Korea would hate the movie. The question was: What would it do? Pyongyang had just tested its atom bomb and threatened "preemptive nuclear attack." And the Supreme Leader with his finger on the trigger was barely over 30, with less than two years of experience.

But Kim Jong-un didn't care about Olympus Has Fallen, even though the violently anti-North Korean 2013 film showed his people strangling women, murdering unarmed men, kidnapping the U.S. president and even executing their fellow citizens. That wasn't worth a fight.

A year later, North Korea had a bigger enemy: Seth Rogen.

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He Brought Down the Wrong Empire: Seth Rogen's The Interview Won't Show in Theaters

Categories: Film and TV

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Editor's note: Sony has officially canceled the theatrical release of The Interview following terrorist threats against theaters, and the announcement that several major theater chains had opted not to exhibit the film. The following review was written before Sony pulled The Interview -- and stands as a reminder that world-shaking art is not necessarily great art.

The big selling point of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's The Interview is a jaw-dropper: When the producer and the star of a sensationalistic talk show -- played, respectively, by Rogen and James Franco -- get a chance to interview wackbird North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the CIA butts in and persuades them to assassinate him.

Building a comedy around the planned murder of a real-life geopolitical figure is a pretty wild idea, and apparently, the real-life Kim -- he of the cereal-bowl pompadour and Spanky McFarland jawline -- thought so too. In June, after seeing a trailer for the film, North Korean officials called the movie an "act of war" and held the Obama administration responsible for it, threatening a "decisive and merciless countermeasure" if the film were released. In late November, Sony Pictures became the victim of a major computer hack, carried out by a group identifying itself as Guardians of Peace. The North Korean government has denied responsibility, but "Guardians of Peace"? If that doesn't sound like the handiwork of a scary, nuke-happy comic-book regime, I don't know what does.

See also: Our interview with Seth Rogen about The Interview

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The Colbert Report's Greatness Arrived With Its Very First Episode

Categories: Film and TV

Colbert in the opening of the very first Colbert Report
The funniest and most incisive show on television is ending this week -- so let's look back at how it began. On October 17, 2005, a power-suited Stephen Colbert furrowed his eyebrows and showed off highlights of his new set. Red letters above him shouted, "The Colbert Report." The title of his show was silhouetted in back of those letters, so it appeared twice. The host's last name was also proclaimed by a plasma-screen on the front of his desk, and it flashed four times on a ticker that ran below it, and was even spelled out on either side of that desk -- "which," he pointed out, "is itself shaped like a giant C." There were nine "Colbert"s in all, not counting the initial he sat in.

"But this show is not about me," the host insisted. "No, this show is dedicated to you, the heroes. And who are the heroes? The people who watch this show.

Here was Colbert teaching us how to watch him. Fake news usually succeeds by doing things the real news never would. But by aping an essentially absurd TV format -- personal-editorial shows like The O'Reilly Factor, with a little Sean Hannity thrown in -- Colbert could stretch the veneer of believability without shattering it. He could widen the gap between what the host said ("this show is not about me") and what the viewer took from it (the nine "Colbert"s on his set) just enough that most people saw right through it -- and laughed. (I say "most" because I know a few late-middle-aged liberals, fans of Jon Stewart and generally smart people, who never quite got the way jokes work on Colbert, and never found it funny.)

See also: Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll

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The Best Holiday Events in Miami

Categories: Around Town

Patricia Laine

If you're reading this, it's likely you're staying in town for the holidays. Whether you couldn't afford a plane ticket home or you're allergic to Uggs, the 305 isn't the worst place to make merry.

For those of us who'll be wearing tacky Christmas tank tops instead of sweaters (too stifling), here are the best holiday events happening around town.

See also: The Ten Most Festive Spots in South Florida

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Salvador Dalí Most Searched For Artist in Florida in 2014

Categories: Art

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According to auction website eBay, Floridians really dig Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí. The company crunched numbers from "the top 50 most searched artists on eBay, compared with industry trends and search engine date to determine which artists were the most searched in each state."

For once in its history, Florida fared better than the rest of America: Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee all embarrassingly searched for "painter of light" schlock hawker, Thomas Kinkade. Congrats, guys.

See also: Florida Kids Take Center Stage Monday Night on HBO's Saving My Tomorrow Environmental Awareness Series

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The Ten Best TV Shows of 2014

Categories: Film and TV

"My Dream Breakup" on Inside Amy Schumer

TV continued to unmoor from its origins and transform into something else this year. No longer tethered to a specific appliance, a particular kind of storytelling, or even commercial concerns, "television" now feels like an increasingly obsolete word.

But that's a discussion for another time, for we've come to celebrate TV, not mourn it. Among the bajillions of hours of programming that's constantly available, here are the 10 shows, miniseries, and films that really stood out:

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Today is Santeria's Holiest Day. Is That Why the Historic Cuba Deal Was Reached?

Categories: News

Photo by Jorge Royan via Wikipedia Commons
Is it possible that the historic deal on Cuba struck today between Barack Obama and Raul Castro -- with the Pope's help -- came about because it is one of Santeria's holiest days of the year?

December 17 is the birthday of Babalu Aye, who is the Santeria god of healing. Today, Wednesday, is also his day of the week.

For untold worshipers in Cuba, and the exile community here in Miami, Babalu Aye is one of the most venerated deities in the Santeria pantheon. His African name translates to "Father, lord of the Earth," and he is associated with infectious disease and healing.

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Marion Cotillard Wins -- Twice -- in Our 2014 Film Critics' Poll

Categories: Film and TV

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Marion Cotillard, was voted best actress in this year's film critic's poll.
What kind of circle is time again? A year after blowing the doors off our annual critics’ poll, golden boy Matthew McConaughey won just a single vote for his turn in the loudest movie of the year, Christopher Nolan’s tears-in-space effort Interstellar, which has tied with the unprescient Transcendence as 2014’s worst film. (Transcendence dreamed that Johnny Depp’s character would take over every screen in the world — that didn’t happen.) But his margin of victory lives on, this year in the form of Marion Cotillard, who wins best actress twice: first for the Dardenne brothers’ vote-gathering drama Two Days, One Night, then besting second-place Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) with her turn in James Gray’s glorious melodrama The Immigrant, available now on Netflix streaming because Harvey Weinstein doesn’t believe Oscar voters will bite.

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"You are completely winded, and then you take a swig of rum:" Jonathan David Kane On Papa Machete

Categories: Film Festivals

Alfred Avril in "Papa Machete"
You don't have to look too deeply into the short film Papa Machete to see the ethos of the Miami-based film collective Borscht. The short is both poetic and absurd; observant and human.

For a short film no longer than nine minutes long, it offers a layered view of a fascinating aspect of Haitian culture. It's a beautiful tribute to one of the island nation's last remaining masters of tire machèt, a Haitian farmer named Alfred Avril, who passed away only a few weeks ago. Tire machèt or "Machete Fencing" has a fascinating history, the art grew out of the slave revolt that led to Haiti's independence in 1804.

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