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Why 3D isn’t going anywhere
From January’s release of Underworld: Awakening to next Christmas’s Life of Pi and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012 has more than two dozen planned 3D releases, with more yet to be slated.
Studios and cinemas like the automatic surcharge they make on 3D  films, and audiences seem to have more or less shouldered the change,  just as they did with the half-hour of advertising and trailers that now  precede most screenings.
There have been some glorious triumphs for the format in the last  year, mind you. German filmmakers Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders have  created documentaries that almost demand to be seen in three dimensions.  Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams explores ancient paintings  in France, the camera capturing not just the images but the undulating  rocky surface on which they were drawn.
Wenders’ film Pina just opened at the Bell Lightbox in  Toronto, with more locations to follow. It shows dancers on the stage  and outdoors in Wuppertal, Germany, the camera capturing not just the  movements of individual bodies but they way they fit into each other and  their environment. It feels as though we’re among them.

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Why 3D isn’t going anywhere

From January’s release of Underworld: Awakening to next Christmas’s Life of Pi and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012 has more than two dozen planned 3D releases, with more yet to be slated.

Studios and cinemas like the automatic surcharge they make on 3D films, and audiences seem to have more or less shouldered the change, just as they did with the half-hour of advertising and trailers that now precede most screenings.

There have been some glorious triumphs for the format in the last year, mind you. German filmmakers Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders have created documentaries that almost demand to be seen in three dimensions. Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams explores ancient paintings in France, the camera capturing not just the images but the undulating rocky surface on which they were drawn.

Wenders’ film Pina just opened at the Bell Lightbox in Toronto, with more locations to follow. It shows dancers on the stage and outdoors in Wuppertal, Germany, the camera capturing not just the movements of individual bodies but they way they fit into each other and their environment. It feels as though we’re among them.

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When hip-hop artists cry
This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care,  the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it  had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he  cried.
#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken  directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath  and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his  socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of  2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.” 
But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight  is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very  few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show  little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

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When hip-hop artists cry

This past September, just two months before Drake was set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album Take Care, the Toronto rapper was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately for him, it had nothing to do with his album, and everything to do with why he cried.

#DrakeCriesWhen, which is still piling up tweets, cites reasons taken directly from his lyrics (“#DrakeCriesWhen he runs out of bubble bath and scented candles,” for instance) to the absurd (“#DrakeCriesWhen his socks are too tight”). While it was one of the funnier Twitter memes of 2011, the rapper clearly took offence, telling GQ in November, “People always act like I spend my life crying in a dark room. I don’t, I’m good.” 

But whether or not Drake actually cries when his socks are too tight is not the issue. What made the meme so touchy is that hip hop has very few rules, one of them being that rappers are “hard,” meaning they show little emotion — and they certainly don’t cry.

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Oprah Winfrey may be human after all
As we wait to see what kind of fantastically over-the-top tributes will  be produced in North Korea to mark the passing of the fat little  dictator with the penchant for cognac and Elvis shades, here’s a  suggestion for the minions struggling to come up with something suitably  laudatory: start with Oprah Winfrey’s farewell shows as a framework,  and go from there.

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Oprah Winfrey may be human after all

As we wait to see what kind of fantastically over-the-top tributes will be produced in North Korea to mark the passing of the fat little dictator with the penchant for cognac and Elvis shades, here’s a suggestion for the minions struggling to come up with something suitably laudatory: start with Oprah Winfrey’s farewell shows as a framework, and go from there.

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Cultural Lessons: It’s impossible being green: From Hornet to Lantern, heroes of this hue lost the battle in 2011When people talk about the marvellous modern age we live in, they often say things like, “We put a man on the moon,” or “My phone has no cord and is full of dirty photographs.” But when I think about the wonders of today, my first thought is, “They made a Thor movie. They actually made a Thor movie.”I’m a nerd; a very specific nerd, thank you. Gandalfs don’t Frodo my Sam, Super Marios don’t Koopa my Troopa (though I do happen to understand all of those words). I’m a comic book nerd and I’m living in an entertainment world where Hollywood has torn apart my bedroom of 1989 in order to plan their big-budget movies of 2011. And honestly? It’s pretty fabulous. This year I finally got to see Captain America awaken in the modern era and Thor do battle on the Rainbow Bridge and not have it all be as utterly dumb as it sounds. But for every superhero success, there’s a Shaq-filled Steel lurking or a Dolph Lundgren/Thomas Jane/Ray Stevenson Punisher stinking up the joint, and this year the busts can be summed up with a colour: green.

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Cultural Lessons: It’s impossible being green: From Hornet to Lantern, heroes of this hue lost the battle in 2011
When people talk about the marvellous modern age we live in, they often say things like, “We put a man on the moon,” or “My phone has no cord and is full of dirty photographs.” But when I think about the wonders of today, my first thought is, “They made a Thor movie. They actually made a Thor movie.”

I’m a nerd; a very specific nerd, thank you. Gandalfs don’t Frodo my Sam, Super Marios don’t Koopa my Troopa (though I do happen to understand all of those words). I’m a comic book nerd and I’m living in an entertainment world where Hollywood has torn apart my bedroom of 1989 in order to plan their big-budget movies of 2011. And honestly? It’s pretty fabulous. This year I finally got to see Captain America awaken in the modern era and Thor do battle on the Rainbow Bridge and not have it all be as utterly dumb as it sounds. But for every superhero success, there’s a Shaq-filled Steel lurking or a Dolph Lundgren/Thomas Jane/Ray Stevenson Punisher stinking up the joint, and this year the busts can be summed up with a colour: green.

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The future of music is written by fortysomething artists
Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young  hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip  back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears  of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?

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The future of music is written by fortysomething artists

Imagine grabbing a CD by Lady Gaga or Katy Perry or any other young hitmaker from our Age of Derivative. You hop into your Delorean and zip back to 1991. Would our 2011 sounds truly dazzle and challenge the ears of yesteryear? Would a single feather be ruffled, or a mind blown?