And let's consider the technology behind movie-making. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not made its Oscar nominations yet, but it has already announced some awards in the technical category.
DAVID GREENE, BYLINE: And one of the Oscars goes to Cooke Optics Limited. The Academy says the British company gets an award of merit because it helped define the look of motion pictures over the last century. Its innovations over the years have included zoom lenses for movie cameras and lenses that don't require bright light.
The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' <em>What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.</em>
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Music journalist Laina Dawes is a contributing editor at <a href="http://www.blogher.com/">BlogHer</a>. She has also written for <a href="http://exclaim.ca/">Exclaim! Canada</a> and <a href="http://www.hellbound.ca/">Hellbound</a>.
A Greek Orthodox priest is blocked by riot police as he takes part in a protest outside an Athens theater in October. The play, <em>Corpus Christi,</em> portrays Jesus and his apostles as gay men living in modern-day Texas. The director and the cast have been charged under Greece's blasphemy laws.
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Laertis Vassiliou, the director of the play <em>Corpus Christi</em>, has been charged with blasphemy.
The bill that prevented the nation from plunging over the fiscal cliff did more than just stop income tax increases and delay across-the-board spending cuts. It also included several provisions that tweaked Medicare and brought bigger changes to other health care programs.