Films produced by Dede Gardner ’90’s Plan B Entertainment production company made a splash at the 2019 Oscar nominations: Vice was nominated for Best Picture, as well as in the Lead Actor (Christian Bale), Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Director (Adam McKay), Original Screenplay, Film Editing, and Makeup and Hair categories. If Beale Street Could Talk was nominated for Original Score, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Regina King).
Vampire Weekend announced that its fourth album, Father of the Bride, is due this spring, and released two songs from it in early January. Vampire Weekend was formed while members Ezra Koenig ’06, Chris Tomson ’06, Chris Baio ’07 and Rostam Batmanglij ’06 were students. Batmanglij officially left the band in 2016 to forge a solo career, but he returned to collaborate on Father of the Bride.
Aaliyah Triumph CC'19
Riley Burke ’18 and her songwriting partner, Brendan Krovatin, just released a four-song EP with their NYC-based band, The Wild, The Innocent. The pair met as research assistants in the College’s Social and Moral Cognition Lab and started writing music together, exploring topics like intimacy, isolation and connection. Fusing jazz and folk influences, the band makes music that has been described as “big band folk.” Their newest EP was recorded at CU Records in Lerner Hall in fall 2018 with bandmates Nick Loud ’21, Michael Coiro ’21, Guy Dellecave, Keegan Riley and Chris Wright.
Dr. Jennifer Ashton ’91, P&S’00, HN’16 announced the April release of her new book, Life After Suicide: Finding Courage, Comfort, & Community After Unthinkable Loss. Ashton says of the book: “When suicide hit my family, we learned firsthand that no one is immune from what is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.”
Dr. Archie Roberts ’65 and Dr. Henry Buchwald ’54, PS’57 were quoted in The New York Times’ January 17 article “The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge,” which focuses on how, after being required to gain weight for their roles as linemen, many former players struggle to stay fit and healthy. “In retirement, these huge men are often unable to lose the weight they needed to do their jobs. Without the structure of a team and the guidance of coaches for the first time in decades, many of them lose the motivation to stay in shape, or cannot even try, as damage to their feet, knees, backs and shoulders limits their ability to exercise.”