Saturday, November 17

Italian and comparative literature professor Massimo Ciavolella inspired a character in Umberto Eco's book. The 1986 movie adaptation of the book will be screened at UCLA. (Courtesy of Brett Landenberger)

Q&A: UCLA professor talks inspiring a character in a 1980 Italian novel

Italian professor Massimo Ciavolella and the late Italian author Umberto Eco were good acquaintances. Ciavolella invited Eco to lecture during the professor’s classes at UCLA. Eco made Ciavolella a character in his book “Il nome della rosa,” or “The Name of the Rose.” The novel details a series of murders that take place at a Benedictine monastery in 1327. Read more...

Photo: Italian and comparative literature professor Massimo Ciavolella inspired a character in Umberto Eco's book. The 1986 movie adaptation of the book will be screened at UCLA. (Courtesy of Brett Landenberger)

Italian and comparative literature professor Massimo Ciavolella inspired a character in Umberto Eco's book. The 1986 movie adaptation of the book will be screened at UCLA. (Courtesy of Brett Landenberger)


Tamara Hunter worked on the casting of Golden Globe-nominated film "Hidden Figures," a story about three mathematicians who defied race and gender boundaries. (Courtesy of Tamara Hunter)

Q&A: Alum, casting director Tamara Hunter discusses work on ‘Hidden Figures’

Tamara Hunter casts characters who are capable of extraordinary feats. She’s worked in the casting department on such films as “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” But for “Hidden Figures” she assembled a cast to play the mathematicians behind the task that was once considered impossible – sending a man into space. Read more...

Photo: Tamara Hunter worked on the casting of Golden Globe-nominated film "Hidden Figures," a story about three mathematicians who defied race and gender boundaries. (Courtesy of Tamara Hunter)

Tamara Hunter worked on the casting of Golden Globe-nominated film "Hidden Figures," a story about three mathematicians who defied race and gender boundaries. (Courtesy of Tamara Hunter)


(Courtesy of Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox)

Movie Review: ‘Hidden Figures’

“Hidden Figures” may lack CGI explosions and action-packed fight scenes, but make no mistake – it’s a superhero film. The film relies on the conventional biopic formula – hardship and triumph, based on a true story – but manages to refresh the genre with its powerful narrative, complex performances, comprehensive understanding of discrimination and bold cinematography. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox)

(Courtesy of Hopper Stone/20th Century Fox)

The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

Press Pass: A&E writers’ favorite experiences of 2016

For the new year, Daily Bruin A&E writers share what made their reporting experiences in 2016 so memorable. “Alum panelists discuss Asian-American representation in popular media” Olivia Mazzucato I arrived to cover the “Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment” panel, hosted by Lapu, the Coyote that Cares Theatre Company. Read more...

Photo: The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

The "Asian-Americans in Hollywood & Entertainment" panel in October featured actor Leonard Wu, ABC programming manager Stan Pham and YouTuber Chris Dinh. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)

Missed reviews of 2016: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Moana,’ ‘Joanne’

Daily Bruin A&E spent the year reviewing films and albums to help students decide which art is worth their time and money. By the end of 2016, A&E had foregone opportunities to share thoughts on some of the year’s most popular and promising projects. Read more...

Photo: The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)

The Netflix original "Stranger Things" became one of the best television shows of 2016, blending science fiction with a story of friendship. (Netflix)


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