Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issues new protocols to prevent future Oscar flubs

LOS ANGELES — PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing …

PEOPLE: Book says Jolie drug-tested before filming "Tomb Raider"; skating champ Michelle Kwan, husband going separate ways; LeBron James cries like a baby in TV ad

Book says Jolie drug-tested for 'Raider'To help shed her early reputation, Angelina Jolie agreed to be drug tested during production of 2001's "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," according to a new book.The Hollywood Reporter has released an excerpt from an …

Hollywood director/producer finds a whole new world on Broadway

NEW YORK — Seeking a break from green screens and lightsabers while shooting "The Force Awakens" outside London, J.J. Abrams decided to catch a play."I had a free night and looked to see what was playing," Abrams recalled in a recent interview …

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Past is prologue in ‘An Iliad’

ALBANY, N.Y. — David Barlow is reluctant to call "The Iliad" an old story, even though the epic poem was written by Homer almost 3,000 years ago. "I prefer timeless," he says. "It's a compelling piece of literature that takes a hard, communal …

Mahaiwe adds three headliners to season schedule

GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerts by two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, song stylist Michael Feinstein and the world music band Pink Martini have been added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's lineup.. The venue also will collaborate with …

Readings track flip side of love at Shakespeare & Company

LENOX — Hot on the heels of Valentine's Day, Shakespeare & Company aims to take a heated look at the flip side of romantic bliss.In "Lovers' Spat — Shakespeare's Famous Couples Encounters," some of the Bard's most iconic characters …

Arts
'It's all about keeping music education alive'

PITTFIELD — For one night, the band members of the Pittsfield High School Band will get to play backup to the tunes of Led Zeppelin.On Friday night. the band will hold its fourth annual benefit concert alongside Led Zeppelin tribute band, …

Banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny makes a statement

GREAT BARRINGTON — Getting into the studio and creating a solo record was not a new experience for banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny, but this time around, he admitted that it did require some adjustment. Chicago native Pikelny, 36, will be opening …

Choreographer Trisha Brown had deep ties to Jacob's Pillow

BECKET — There's no question that Trisha Brown was an "icon of postmodern dance" as proclaimed in a Berkshire Eagle headline on Wednesday. The beautiful accompanying photo of Trisha with her company on their last visit to the Pillow in 2011 …

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Film Clips / March 31-April 7

A DOG'S PURPOSE (PG)Over the course of five decades, a lovable dog who is reincarnated as multiple canines develops an unbreakable bond with a young boy and keeps reentering his life as he matures. 2 hours. CTBEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG)Director Bill …

"The Zookeeper's Wife" is a powerful story told without dressing up

In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by giving them shelter and refuge on the zoo grounds. …

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High Mud Comedy fest, live music on tap for the Berkshires this weekend

Whatever the weather, there's still plenty to do and see in the Berkshires this weekend. Whether you're into music or dance, art or comedy, there's surely something fun for everyone. Here's just a taste of what's on tap:ONGOING- The Barn at The …

The Mutineers to perform at Dream Away Lodge on Friday

BECKET — Life has been a musical journey for singer-guitarist-songwriter Brian Mathusek, but not necessarily the one he expected. As leader of The Mutineers, Mathusek has taken the lessons of time, travel and tragedy to heart as he's forged a …

Try something new - skip the booze at your next party

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It's not really about the meal at the monthly Conscious Family Dinner, although there is plenty of vegan Indian food. You can spend time in a cuddling sanctuary, sit down with a tarot reader, chat career goals with a …

Trivia night, music, dancing heat up the Berkshires

Spring, by the calendar's account, has sprung, but Mother Nature's a lot like an NCAA basketball tournament bracket, wildly unpredictable, yet plenty entertaining. Whether you're planning to hit the slopes this weekend for an extended winter ride, …

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