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This Week in Culture: January 9, 2016

Kanye’s latest track, a Hollywood mogul’s plan to disrupt the business, the rise and demise of boxer Alex Ramos, a roundtable of today’s top directors and Michael Idov’s accidental career as a Russian screenwriter.

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The Recap


A Quick Look Back at the Week


The Mogul of the Middle

The New Yorker reports on Adam Fogelson, chairman of STX Entertainment, Hollywood’s newest studio, and his plan to reinvent the movie business.

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Modern Director Roundtable

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The Hollywood Reporter hosted an hour long roundtable with Quentin Tarantino, Tom Hooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle and David O. Russell.

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My Accidental Career as a Russian Screenwriter

In The New York Times Magazine, Michael Idov tells the story of quitting his job as editor of the Russian GQ and entering the world of Russian filmmaking.

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Shadow Boxer

SB Nation reports on Alex Ramos, at one point the next big thing out of the South Bronx, at another point in handcuffs, as he reckons with his own reflection.

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Noteworthy Reads


Stories from Around the Web


Vox explains what makes a truly great logo and provides a good overview of aspect ratio and film types in light of Tarantino’s newest film, The Hateful Eight. Wired put together their list of the 12 most anticipated films of 2016, as did Mr Porter.

Lois Whitman has attended every CES since 1967. Here’s how Moby starts his day, every day. Esquire lists the 10 novels they’re most looking forward to in 2016. Wired reports on the $2.4 billion plan to water California. And how Tarantino and Iñárritu remade the American West.

Deadwood, the underrated HBO show from years ago, is in development as a film. In an epic undertaking, The New York Times Magazine remembered the artists, innovators and thinkers that passed in 2015. And finally, The New York Times Magazine asks, why do we feed wild animals?


Editor’s Picks


Advice from the Crew


The 25 Best Coffee Shops in America

From Seattle to New Orleans to Hanover, these are the best places to get your caffeine fix in America. Read the Story

Netflix, Now in 190 Countries and 21 Languages

At CES 2016, Netflix announced its global expansion into 190 countries in the world, making it a major player in global entertainment. Read the Story


Listen


Best New Music


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Yesterday, Kanye released new music: “Real Friends” which ends with a snippet of “No More Parties in LA,” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

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Lens


Kamoinge’s Half-Century of African-American Photography


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