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FILE - This undated image from files, provided by Fox Broadcasting from "The Simpsons," shows the popular cartoon family posing in front of their home, from left, Lisa , Marge , Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson.  University students have been studying Homer's "The Odyssey" for centuries. More recently, Homer Simpson's "Odyssey," and a quarter-century of episodes from the animated sitcom have been undergoing similar scrutiny at several college campuses around the country. (AP Photo/Fox Broacasting Co., File) 1998 FOX BROADCASTING

“If the references are important enough to be lampooned by ‘The Simpsons,’ these works must be important cultural milestones,” says Hofstra University adjunct English professor Richard Pioreck, who has been incorporating the denizens of Springfield into his courses for about a decade.

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Michael Keaton, left, and Edward Norton in a scene from "Birdman." Norton was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a drama for his role on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

“Although at times it felt we were flying without a net in this crazy film experiment, this has brought enormous joy to me,” said Inarritu, who stitched together the backstage drama with lengthy, graceful shots.

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows,  Benicio Del Toro, left, as Sauncho Smilax, Esq. and Joaquin Phoenix as Larry "Doc" Sportello in Warner Bros. Pictures' and IAC Films' "Inherent Vice," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The film releases on Dec. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Wilson Webb)

Despite the film’s frustrations, it must be acknowledged that Anderson — a master of the multi-strand, multi-character, multi-meaning plot — is the perfect director to adapt Pynchon, in terms of both craft and spirit.

This photo provided by DelMonico Books - Prestel shows the cover of the book, "Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, edited by Lisa Small. (AP Photo/DelMonico Books- Prestel)

Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions.

FILe - In this April 3, 2014 file photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” waves to the audience in after announcing his retirement during a taping in New York. Letterman will host his final show on May 20. (AP Photo/CBS, Jeffrey R. Staab) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE, FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY

“David Letterman has given to all of us a remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance that will never be forgotten,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. president and CEO. “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but I know we will all cherish the shows leading up to Dave’s final broadcast in May.”

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama kisses his wife Michelle after the third presidential debate at Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Fla. An independent film is currently in development that will dramatize President Obama’s first date with Michelle Obama in 1989. Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, that she and Tracey Bing are producing “Southside With You,” a film about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Producer Stephanie Allain confirmed Monday that she and producer Tracey Bing are developing “Southside With You,” a drama about the first summer afternoon the Obamas spent together.

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