The Columbia Chronicle

Three Chicagoans vie to be Oscar gown champion

By Matt Watson

February 21, 2011

Red and gold lights burst onto the runway at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., marking the start of the Oscar Designer Challenge 2011. Backstage, designers rushed to make last-minute adjustments to their models’ gowns and hair as they prepared to have their work judged by international fashion icons.The Oscar Designer Challenge is an annual fashion showcase featuring nine up-and-co...

Aronofsky returns with fantastic effort

By Drew Hunt

November 29, 2010

The art of dance has often been explored in films of varying success. The most sterling example remains Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s lavish masterpiece “The Red Shoes,” a film in which vibrant energy and vivid cinematography belie a sinister tone unbecoming the gracefulness of ballet.In his latest film, “Black Swan,” director Darren Aronofsky treads similar ground. In equal turn, he examines the physica...

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