Top Picks: Oscar-nominated shorts, Paul McCartney's new album, and more
A photography series shows the artist behind the famous image, Chip Taylor & the Grandkids create a charming album for all ages, 'American Experience' profiles Clinton, and more top picks.
Behind the camera
Famous photos like the one of the man standing in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square are viewed thousands of times, but the person who took the image is rarely seen. In a series by Tim Mantoani, photographers pose with the pictures that made them famous. The series can be seen in Mantoani's new book Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends, and some images are on mantoani.com.
The best shorts
This year, after a brief theatrical release, Oscar-nominated short films will be released on iTunes on Feb. 21 in the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and throughout the world. The release will also be available via cable's Movies On Demand.
If the word "charming" had a soundtrack, it would be Chip Taylor & the Grandkids' Golden Kids Rules. Songwriter of megahits "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," Taylor teamed up with his grandkids in 2011 to make the family record of the year. The songs are tuneful, clever, and 100 percent guile-free. The album is a pitch-perfect salute to what it means to be a kid. Their Christmas song, "You Can Come Play With Our Toys," could coax tears from a stone, and the hilarious "Daddy Is a Red Sox Fan / Mommy Is a Yankees Fan" will put an indelible smile on your face.
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