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Moonlight (2016)

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Cinematography by James Laxton

Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) from the Poland Booth available during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.


Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Muhammed Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. He is the Associated Press chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Muheisen joined the Associated Press in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s chief photographer for that country. Muheisen documented the Yemeni revolution and the Syrian civil war as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, New York, Serbia, Greece, and South Africa, including the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela. Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.

His work has received numerous international awards, including: Two-time Breaking News Pulitzer Prize winner, in 2005 and 2013, for covering the war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria; Picture of the Year for 2007; Time Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2013; and the 2014 Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism.

Muheisen also won multiple prizes in: the APME News Photos Award, the John L. Dougherty Award, Asia Media Awards, National Headliner Awards, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Festival Du Scoop, China International Press Photo Contest, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Xposure International Photography Festival Award and the MCF Engaged Journalist Award. He participated in the 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class, and served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class and the 2013 Visa d’or award in that year’s Visa pour l’Image exhibition.

Muheisen is a member of the advisory committee for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, which is run by the International Women’s Media Foundation, and he’s on the nominating committee selecting the participants for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class. In addition, he’s the founder of the Everyday Refugees project on Twitter.

Among other exhibitions, in 2013 a collection from a decade of Muheisen’s work about life in war was exhibited in the French photo festival Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France. In 2014 his work about refugees was exhibited at the Festival des Libertés in Brussels, and work of his covering displaced people was shown in the outdoor photographic exhibition the Fence in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston. Most recently a selection of his work was exhibited at the 2016 Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE. (AP)

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Conceived in 1917 or thereabouts, Bertie really belongs to an epoch earlier than that. […] The kind of life that Wodehouse writes about by preference, the life of the ‘clubman’ or 'man about town’, the elegant young man who lounges all the morning in Piccadilly with a cane under his arm and a carnation in his button-hole, barely survived into the nineteen-twenties. […] A humorous writer is not obliged to keep up to date, and having struck one or two good veins, Wodehouse continued to exploit them with a regularity that was no doubt all the easier because he did not set foot in England during the sixteen years that preceded his internment. His picture of English society had been formed before 1914, and it was a naïve, traditional and, at bottom, admiring picture.
[…] In his radio interview with Flannery, Wodehouse wondered whether 'the kind of people and the kind of England I write about will live after the war’, not realizing that they were ghosts already. 'He was still living in the period about which he wrote,’ says Flannery, meaning, probably, the nineteen-twenties. But the period was really the Edwardian age, and Bertie Wooster, if he ever existed, was killed round about 1915.
—  “In Defence of P.G. Wodehouse” (1946) by George Orwell.

Ophelia Epiayu, 57 years old, belongs to the Wayúu community Tocorama and poses at the entrance of the rancheria of her clan, La Guajira, Colombia, 2014 © Delphine Blast I hanslucas

Located in the northern area of South America, at the border of Colombia and Venezuela, The Wayúu community is today one of the last matriarcal communities in the world. That Native american people is among one of the few who has not been conquered by the Spanish. They have maintained a certain independence since and have the dual citizenship between the two countries. 

This picture is part of a documentary work that has been chosen by the KOLGA Award International Festival among the best pictures of the year 2015. It will be exposed on May, 1st at TBILISI festival, Georgia. 


[ENG] 160118「SMTOWN THE STAGE―JAPAN ORIGINAL EDITION―」Bonus DISC:Unreleased Interview Digest【SHINee Edition】
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Over the years I have become less of a fan of the so-called awards season since on occasion Hollywood politics has a way of infiltration the system. However, I can not understand how a movie like “12 years of a Slave” which has cause it’s viewers to respond with overt visceral reactions has not received a significant award for the 2014 Golden Globes. An example is Lupita Nyong'o not attaining a Golden Globe award for her first international motion picture “12 years of a Slave” and acclaimed movie director Steve McQueen. Jennifer Lawrence is a talented actress, however  Lupita Nyong'o impacted her audience in such a way that people were moved to tears. Some viewers were left distraught, yet Lupita Nyong'o was not awarded a Golden Globe for 2014 for her performance. Director Steve McQueen was also not recognized. I shall let others provide their insight on why these talented individuals was not given an award which was justly deserved.


[ENG] 151227「SMTOWN THE STAGE―JAPAN ORIGINAL EDITION―」Bonus DISC:Artists Backstage【SHINee Edition】
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DOUGLAS WICK, p.g.a. (Producer) is an award-winning motion picture producer whose movies have earned more than $2 billion at the box office as well as 22 Oscar® nominations and seven Oscar® wins. Along with his partner Lucy Fisher, he is co-head of Red Wagon Entertainment. Wick and Red Wagon’s most recent production was the international blockbuster Divergent, which launched the Divergent series based on Veronica Roth’s New York Times bestselling books. Divergent starred a cast of stellar newcomers including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort as well as Oscar® winner Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn. In 2013, Fisher and Wick produced The Great Gatsby, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann, starred Leonardo DiCaprio, and won 2 Academy Awards®.

Wick also produced Gladiator, the Ridley Scott directed epic that won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and became a worldwide cinematic phenomenon, winning two Golden Globes®, four BAFTA awards, the Producers Guild of America’s Motion Picture of the Year Award, the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie, and the AFI’s Movie of the Year. Wick also garnered a bevy of Academy Award® nominations and a Golden Globe® Best Comedy win for his first solo producing effort Working Girl, directed by Mike Nichols. Wick’s Girl Interrupted won Angelina Jolie both an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe® for her breakthrough performance.

Wick’s prior films also include the family hit Stuart Little starring the first CGI leading man; Wolf, also directed by Nichols, starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer; The Craft; Spy Games, which paired Robert Redford and Brad Pitt under director Tony Scott; and Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man.

In 2001, Wick expanded his Red Wagon Entertainment to bring in Lucy Fisher, former Vice Chairman of Sony’s Columbia Tri-Star Motion Picture Group as co-head. The first picture in their new partnership was Stuart Little 2, the sequel to the Wick produced Stuart Little. Wick and Fisher went on to produce a wide range of motion pictures together including Jarhead, Peter Pan, Lawless, and Memoirs Of A Geisha, which was nominated for six Academy Awards® and won three Oscars®.

After graduating cum laude from Yale, Wick began his career as a production assistant for filmmaker Alan Pakula. He earned his first credit as associate producer on Starting Over.

Wick is the co-founder of CuresNow, an organization that promotes regenerative medicine and stem cell research. In addition, he has been a co-chair of Prop 71, the successful Stem Cell initiative in California, which now awards $3 billion for stem cell research in the State of California. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles and the Board of Directors for the Producers Guild of America.

His many awards include the NATO ShoWest Producer of the Year award, the Producers Guild of America’s David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, The Hollywood Film Festival Producer of the Year Award, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Producer of the Year, the Motion Picture Club’s Producer of the Year, The Saturn Award, the Los Angeles Father of the Year Award, and Friends of Cancer Research Advocacy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Cameron Spencer named POYi Sports Photographer of the Year

Getty Images staff photographer Cameron Spencer has been named Sports Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYI). From the mountains of Sochi to the football pitches of Brazil, his First Place portfolio includes powerful and unique images that span the global sport landscape. Spencer’s immense talent continues to be matched by the unbridled passion he has for his craft and a constant desire to get that next amazing shot.

Runners up in this prestigious category were all Getty Images staff photographers: Al Bello (Second Place) , Patrick Smith (Third Place) and Ezra Shaw (Award of Excellence)

About Cameron Spencer: Based in Sydney, Australia, Cameron started working at Getty Images as a Picture Desk editor and then as an Assignments Editor. In 2004, the self-confessed sports fanatic became a staff photographer. In the past eleven years, Spencer has covered the biggest sporting events across the globe, including the summer and winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and Cricket World Cup.

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