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Double bill of US comedies. 'The Internship' (2013) stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as two former salesmen who, never having managed to come to grips with the digital age, are left high and dry when their employer suddenly decides to call it a day. Staking everything on one last throw of the dice, the pair, defying all the odds, somehow manage to get themselves accepted onto a coveted internship at tech giants Google. But will they be able to keep up the facade once they take up their positions? In 'The Watch' (2012) Ben Stiller, Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play a group of friends who form a neighbourhood watch group. While Evan Trautwig (Stiller), a newcomer to the suburban neighbourhood, may have a legitimate reason for forming a crime watch group following the recent murder of a friend, it is clear that for most of the men ulterior motives are at work. Indeed, Bob Finnerty (Vaughn) seems to spend a lot more time examining the dating habits of his daughter, Chelsea (Erin Moriarty), than he does looking for threats. However, when the men stumble across what appears to be an alien plan to destroy humankind, they understand where their responsibilities lie and set out to counter the threat.
A double-bill of teen films starring Selena Gomez. In 'Monte Carlo' (2011) high school student and part-time waitress Grace (Gomez) has always dreamed of travelling to Paris with her best friend, Emma (Katie Cassidy). Her dream starts to unravel when her uptight stepsister, Meg (Leighton Meester), announces that she will be joining them. Needless to say, their trip turns out to be a big disappointment - until they wander into the lobby of a luxury hotel and Grace is mistaken for a famous British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities, the girls find themselves whisked off on a whirlwind tour to Monte Carlo, where all three find adventure and, of course, love. 'Ramona and Beezus' (2010) follows the misadventures of irrepressible third-grader Ramona (Joey King) and her tomboyish big sister, Beezus (Gomez). Ramona's vivid imagination and boundless energy may drive her family and friends mad at times, but they come in handy when she puts her mind to finding ways to save the family home.
In this stimulating book, a leading authority on the Spanish master Diego Velazquez discusses this enigmatic artist and explores the mysteries presented by his paintings. The essays collected here, written over the course of Jonathan Brown's distinguished career, include some which are published in English for the first time and one which has never before been published. Two themes unite them. The first concerns the changing relationship between Velazquez and his patron Philip IV, which provides a framework for Brown to interpret the painter's career. The centerpiece of this relationship is Velaquez's masterpiece, "Las Meninas," and this painting is the subject of two essays. The second theme is the problem of attributions and the related issue of Velazquez's innovative technique. Since Velazquez was not a prolific painter, questions of authenticity become increasingly contentious. Brown considers this matter in its widest dimensions and participates in the debate about individual attributions.
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about two former salesmen blagging their way onto an internship at Google. Never having managed to come to grips with the digital age, old-school salesmen Billy and Nick (Vaughn and Wilson) are left high and dry when their employer suddenly decides to call it a day. Staking everything on one last throw of the dice, the pair, defying all the odds, somehow manage to get themselves accepted onto a coveted internship at tech giants Google. But just when they think that they've finally cracked it, the cerebrally-challenged duo realise that in order to land the job of their dreams, they're going to have to use every trick in the book to triumph in a winner-takes-all battle against the country's smartest kids.
Marc Lawrence directs this romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. Keith Michaels (Grant) is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter who has past his prime. Since reaching the pinnacle of his career in 1998, his life has taken a downward spiral. Divorced and without work, Keith leaves Hollywood and begins a teaching job at Binghamton University in New York. Initially, he fails to take his position seriously, only allowing attractive females and unattractive males to attend his class, and trying to impress them by claiming to be involved in a project with famous stars. However, when a student, single mother Holly Carpenter (Tomei), catches his eye, Keith finds romance and begins to realise there is great value in teaching. The cast also includes Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott.
In this lucid, witty book, the eminent art historian Jonathan Brown examines links between his personal life and his study of Hispanic art of the Golden Age. His adventures are offered as a model for understanding how art history is shaped by life experiences, and he describes the influence of his parents, Jean and Leonard Brown, noted collectors of documentation of 20th-century avant-garde movements.His turn to research on the Golden Age of Spanish art was motivated by a year in Madrid, 1958-59. Art history in Spain was modeled on the policies of the Franco regime, and Brown sought to find different ways to interpret Spanish painting. His approach is demonstrated by fresh insight into painters, including Velazquez. A new interpretation of Las Meninas is proposed and the perils of attribution are examined. Later in his career, Brown began to study the transformation of Spanish art in the Americas. The book originated as a series of six lectures delivered at the Museo Nacional del Prado in 2012.
Painting in Latin America, 1550-1820: From Conquest to Independence surveys the diverse styles, subjects, and iconography of painting in Latin America between the 16th and 19th centuries. While European art forms were widely disseminated, copied, and adapted throughout Latin America, colonial painting is not a derivative extension of Europe. The ongoing debate over what to call it-mestizo, hybrid, creole, indo-hispanic, tequitqui-testifies to a fundamental yet unresolved question of identity. Comparing and contrasting the Viceroyalties of New Spain, with its center in modern-day Mexico, and Peru, the authors explore the very different ways the two regions responded to the influence of the Europeans and their art. A wide range of art and artists are considered, some for the first time. Rich with new photography and primary research, this book delivers a wealth of new insight into the history of images and the history of art.
A ride on a steam train is a popular family outing. More than 100 heritage railways cater for that demand, capturing the spirit of nostalgia while preserving the engines and equipment of past days of rail travel. Their interests even extend to the modern era of 1960s-70s diesels. Those heritage railways themselves have a long pedigree, back to 1951, when a group of enthusiasts saved the Talyllyn Railway in mid-Wales from closure. They ran this railway as volunteers, out of their love of the little trains and a desire to keep it going. Their example was followed by many more preservation societies who preserved and restored branch lines, country lines and industrial lines for our enjoyment now. Six decades have passed, and we are now beginning to realise what an impressive history the heritage railway movement has. This book traces that history, from the humble beginnings the hopes and ambitions of the pioneers on the different railway projects. There were times of failure and frustration, as some fell by the wayside, but others have made it through times of adversity to become the major heritage businesses of today.
Known primarily as a great painter, Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) was also one of the best draftsmen of the 17th century. Although his devotional paintings seem to have been created effortlessly, they are the result of careful thought and study, a process that comes alive in the preparatory drawings. Murillo used a variety of techniques, favoring pen and ink and brown wash and red-and-black chalk. Like painters schooled in Italian Renaissance practice, the Spaniard developed his paintings in stages, starting with sketches of the full composition and then focusing on details that posed specific problems. Occasionally, Murillo used drawings as a medium for original compositions; these are highly finished pieces, usually enhanced by the use of wash and unmistakably stamped with the artist's personality.
This sumptuous book is a thoroughly revised edition of the 1976 publication "Murillo & His Drawings." Twenty sheets have been added to the catalogue of authentic works, the bibliography has been brought up to date, and the entries have been revised.
In a compelling example of cultural politics, the Spaniard Pablo Picasso has been transformed into a hero of French modernism. Recently, however, there is a growing awareness that Picasso's involvement with his native land was crucial throughout his life. In this book, eminent art historians examine Picasso's dynamic relationship with the country of his birth and its cultural and artistic traditions.
Romantic comedy starring Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy. High school student and part-time waitress Grace (Gomez) has always dreamed of travelling to Paris with her best friend Emma (Cassidy). Her dream starts to unravel when her uptight stepsister Meg (Leighton Meester) announces that she will be joining them. Needless to say, their trip turns out to be a big disappointment - until they wander into the lobby of a luxury hotel and Grace is mistaken for a famous British heiress. Before they get the chance to reveal their true identities, the girls find themselves whisked off on a whirlwind tour to Monte Carlo, where all three find adventure and, of course, love.
Ensemble family comedy with an all-star cast headed by Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes and Topher Grace. Don (De Niro) and Ellie (Keaton) are a long-divorced middle-aged couple who are forced by circumstance to pretend that they are still happily married as they attend their son's wedding. As the ramifications of their elaborate hoax unfold among their family and friends, a poignantly funny story emerges about the comedy and complexity of the tangled ties that bind.
Box set containing two popular family comedies. In 'Cheaper By the Dozen' (2003), Tom (Steve Martin) and Kate (Bonnie Hunt) are hardworking parents trying to juggle careers and a household amid the chaos of raising twelve kids. When Tom gets a job in Chicago, he moves the entire family but Kate then has her memoirs published and she has to go on a book tour. This creates many problems for the children of the Baker family, who react in various ways. In 'Cheaper By the Dozen 2' (2005), Tom and Kate, hoping to bring their family together for a memorable summer vacation, take their twelve offspring to rustic Lake Winnetka, Wisconsin - their longtime family vacation home. But their retreat soon turns cutthroat when they enter into a competition with the over-achieving members of a large family headed by Tom's longtime rival, Jimmy Murtaugh (Eugene Levy).
A close look at Goya's final years and his brilliant culminating work Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) spent the last four years of his life living in Bordeaux with other political emigres from Spain and South America. In those years he created small-scale, intimate pieces, including uncommissioned portraits of friends and family, miniature paintings on ivory plaques, and numerous drawings and lithographs. These works attest to the artist's continuing vitality in his old age and also offer insight into his life in Bordeaux. This beautiful book presents fifty-one key works from Goya's late period along with two essays that illuminate his works of that time. Jonathan Brown retells the story of Goya's difficult years in exile when he nevertheless continued to make art, experimenting with the new medium of lithography, inventing a technique of miniature painting on ivory, and painting remarkable portraits of friends and supporters. Susan Grace Galassi describes the rich historical and cultural milieu of Bordeaux and establishes a biographical context and sense of place that underscore the triumph of Goya's final achievement.
The first comprehensive account in English of Renaissance Spain's preeminent sculptor Alonso Berruguete (c. 1488-1561) revolutionized the arts of Renaissance Spain with a dramatic style of sculpture that reflected the decade or more he had spent in Italy while young. Trained as a painter, he traveled to Italy around 1506, where he interacted with Michelangelo and other leading artists. In 1518, he returned to Spain and was appointed court painter to the new king, Charles I. Eventually, he made his way to Valladolid, where he shifted his focus to sculpture, opening a large workshop that produced breathtaking multistory altarpieces (retablos) decorated with sculptures in painted wood. This handsomely illustrated catalogue is the first in English to treat Berruguete's art and career comprehensively. It follows his career from his beginnings in Castile to his final years in Toledo, where he produced his last great work, the marble tomb of Cardinal Juan de Tavera. Enriching the chronological narrative are discussions of important aspects of Berruguete's life and practice: his complicated relationship with social status and wealth; his activity as a draftsman and use of prints; how he worked with his many assistants to create his wood sculptures; and his legacy as an artist.
The Tour de France Grand Depart of 2014 shone a light on Yorkshire as a world class cycling destination. But the triumph that was Le Tour was in many ways the latest encounter in a unique long distance love affair between the White Rose and the most challenging race on the planet. From the culture shock that working class Yorkshiremen experienced cycling alongside the continental greats of the 1950s and 60s to the golden triumphs of post-Millennial Olympic success, Cycle Yorkshire tells the region's cycling story through the eyes of the riders themselves. It delves into how the pit villages, steelworks, glorious landscapes and riding routes of Yorkshire have played their part in pioneering and sustaining British cycling at home and abroad. And it explores the stories of bravery, passion and heartbreak behind legends like Brian Robinson, Barry Hoban, Tom Simpson and Beryl Burton and the successes of modern day greats like Malcolm Elliott, Ed Clancy and Lizzie Deignan, while looking at what the future might hold for the sport in God's Own Country with its first Road World Championships on the horizon in 2019. There are exclusive interviews, first person musings from the centre of the action and informed guides on the region's best cycling climbs and top training routes along the way. It's the ultimate account of Yorkshire's cycling story.
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