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I was watching one of those baking baker shows on one of the food channels and I began to wonder...why food and baking and cooking shows? You can't eat or smell the food that you're watching being made, so what's the incentive to watch?

Television is a audio/visual medium, so why aren't there shows about painting, sculpting or drawing? We've got singing and dancing, but why no other shows about artistic visual expression?

Am I thinking about this too much? Is food just more fun to see? Is art too boring for TV?

Maybe I just relax and go watch the Three Stooges. Now that's art!

Be Well,
Steve


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Music titan Leon Russell dead at 74
Music icon Leon Russell died in his sleep Sunday at the age of 74, his wife Jan Bridges confirmed for a posting on his official website.

No cause of death was given for Russell, who was a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Tulsa-born, musician and songwriter performed his "gospel-infused, southern-boogie piano rock, blues, and country music" for more than half a century, his website noted.

His songwriting credits include "A Song For You," "Delta Lady," "Hummingbird," "Lady Blue," "Back to the Island," "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade," and he famously shared the stage with Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Elton John.


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"I think we handled it very consciously and with a lot of love, but marriage is sacred and marriage is not for everyone. Marriage is work, marriage is really hard and everyone's like, 'Well are you going to get married again?' I'm like, 'I don't know.'"
--Hilary Duff, on her marriage stance following her divorce from ex-husband Mike Comrie, to The Love Bomb


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Which actress said that her 'Twilight' years were 'uncomfortable'?



Robert Redford announces retirement: 'I'm getting tired of acting'
Longtime film star Robert Redford is planning his retirement.

The 80-year-old actor revealed in an interview with grandson Dylan Redford for the Walker Art Center blog Crosscuts that he will retire after two final movies and focus on directing.

"[I've been thinking about returning to painting] a lot lately because I'm getting tired of acting," Redford admitted. "I'm an impatient person, so it's hard for me to sit around and do take after take after take. At this point in my life, at age 80, it'd give me more satisfaction because I'm not dependent on anybody."

"I'm thinking of moving in that direction and not acting so much," he said. "I've got two acting projects in the works: Our Souls at Night ... [and Old Man with a Gun]. Once they're done then I'm going to say, 'Okay, that's goodbye to all that,' and then just focus on directing."

Redford is known for starring in such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men. He also directed Ordinary People and The Legend of Bagger Vance, and founded the Sundance Film Festival in 1978.

"I think you keep going. I've always been that way, always moving forward, trying new things," the star said of his future to Geeks of Doom in August. "I wanted to always try new things because it was exciting and kept you excited and alive."

Redford will star with Jane Fonda in Our Souls at Night, which Netflix is adapting from the Kent Haruf novel of the same name. The Old Man and the Gun co-stars Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.


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Which actress said that her 'Twilight' years were 'uncomfortable'?

Kristen Stewart says her Twilight years happened at an awkward stage of her life.

The 26-year-old actress, who played Bella Swan in the 2008 movie and its sequels, reflected on her younger self and the film series' success on Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"I look at [photos from back then] and I feel like I'm looking at a college yearbook," Stewart said. "It was just after my high school experience would have been, so it feels like just after. I don't jump right back into those memories, but as soon as you see a picture, you're like, 'Oh, God, it was yesterday.'"

"It was something I really invested in and mattered to so many people," she shared. "It was something personal that became not the most personal thing, which is awesome because to share that is great, but then at the same time [it isn't]."

"I was 17 or 18 when it all kind of went down, and that's the most uncomfortable, terrible, weird [time]," the star said. "At the same time, it's good. It kind of forced me to stand attention in this way, which, I didn't have that."

Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson were 18 and 22, respectively, when Twilight opened in theaters. The movies were a smash success and earned over $3.3 billion at the box office, but Stewart told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 she's not focused on the past.

"Actresses go crazy when they feel like they want to hold on to what used to be, or whatever," she said. "I'm so satisfied and happy and absolutely looking forward to what's to come."

"As time goes on, who knows what my ambitions and objectives will be? Who knows how I'm gonna feel about what I do and what that's gonna turn into? I have a feeling that I'm gonna do this for a while -- at least, being involved in this industry," the star added.

Stewart has appeared in such films as Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice and Café Society since Twilight. She will next star in Ang Lee's war drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which opens in theaters Friday.

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