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Wednesday, March 3,2010

The not-so-big 10

Many contenders vie for best picture at this year’s Oscars, but not all are worthy

by James Sanford
For the 2010 Academy Awards, the Motion Picture Academy decided to put 10 candidates in the running for best picture.Was it because 2009 brought us so many outstanding films that the usual five slots wouldn’t be enough? Or is this simply a gimmick designed to cater to people who gripe about how “artsy” the Oscars can be?
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Sell-ebrate

Addy Awards honor top ads

by James Sanford
The agencies listed with the American Advertising Federation, which sponsors the awards, are divided up by state into districts: Michigan is in District 6, along with Indiana and Illinois. Within each district are various ad clubs and creative alliances, such as Lansing’s Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance, that host competitions.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

Both sides now

Stroke of bad luck brought epiphany for neuroscientist

by James Sanford
“As soon as I sat up, I had a pulsating feeling behind my left eye,” Taylor said in a brief phone interview minutes before she was scheduled to get on a plane to her home in Bloomington, Ind. “In the next few hours, I watched my mind completely deteriorate through the eyes of a scientist.
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Friday, February 19,2010

Island of lost souls (and lost plots)

Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" is stunningly stylish, but it's tripped up by its own trickery

by James Sanford
“Seen any walking nightmares lately, marshal?” a woman asks deputy marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) late in director Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island." She’s a psychiatrist, although she might as well be a psychic: Daniels has been prowling around the creepy corridors of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and he’s witnessed enough scary sights to fill a month’s worth of bad dreams.
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