The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle means many things to many people, but, while loyalists are bagging their picnic spots and unpacking the union-jack party plates, some hard-pressed arts organisations will be taking a longer view. Once the party is is over, reality strikes: a royal wedding means the admittance of a new member into “the firm” – and for them, a lifetime of public patronage. It has already been announced that Markle will become a partner in the Royal Foundation, set up by Princes William and Harry in 2009 as an umbrella for a clutch of charities. Besides youth work, the foundation’s portfolio is dominated by the princes’ preoccupations with the armed forces and conservation, while the charities that will be picked for Markle’s individual support will – in Palace parlance – “reflect Miss Markle’s own interests”. The National Portrait Gallery and the art therapy organisation, Art Room, were among … [Read more...] about What have the royals ever done for the arts?
Hamptons international film festival
By Elsa Court Since 1993, the Hamptons International Film Festival has brought independent cinema to Long Island’s sophisticated seaside enclave. Locals can enjoy the festival’s year-round screenings and workshops, as well as a cluster of historic cinema venues, including the Sag Harbor Cinema, which was saved from fire in 2016 and has since won a $1.4m grant for its reconstruction. Plans include a new Cinema Arts Center with two theatres and a screening room, while maintaining the existing building’s original facade. Each October the festival culminates in a five-day screening event, attracting some 18,000 attendees to East Hampton. Kilkare, Wainscott, NY Built in 1877 by ship carpenters, this restored oceanfront villa overlooking the Georgica Pond featured in Michel Gondry’s 2004 sci-fi drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Built on a 3.4 acre plot, the three-storey house has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, wraparound porches, and a private walkway … [Read more...] about A home for film in The Hamptons, Long Island
The Duffer Brothers have responded to a plagiarism lawsuit filed on Tuesday by filmmaker Charlie Kessler saying his claims are "completely meritless." The lawsuit filed against the Duffer Brothers claimed that the Stranger Things creators allegedly stole the concept for the Netflix show, which they have denied. "Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless," said the Duffer Brothers' attorney Alex Kohner. Read more Stranger Things creators want to see series become 'like Harry Potter' Kohner continued saying that Kessler "had no connection to the creation or development of ‘Stranger Things.’" He added, "The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work." Kohner's statement comes after Tuesday's lawsuit from Kessler - the director of the short film Montauk which premiered at the 2012 Hamptons International Film … [Read more...] about Stranger Things: Duffer Brothers say plagiarism charge is ‘completely meritless’
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Kessler’s lawsuit alleges that the Duffer brothers breached an implied contract with him after he pitched them a similar sci-fi story set near a secret military base two years before Stranger Things was released. Kessler had produced a short film called Montauk in 2012 based around secret government experiments, which won an award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The Lawsuit In the wake of Montauk’s success, Kessler approached the Duffer brothers in 2014 at the Tribeca Film Festival with an extended idea called The Montauk Project,which could be adapted for a feature film or a full-length series. His lawsuit claims that the Duffer brothers turned him down but stole his ideas, accusing them of “misappropriation, unauthorized use and exploitation of Plaintiff’s protected work, ideas, and concepts”. The complaint highlights … [Read more...] about Stranger Things Creators Sued for ‘Stealing’ Concepts for the Show