Emily Belz

Emily reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Literature | A plagiarism incident involving Ann Voskamp shows the new dynamics of Christian publishing in a digital age
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/11/18, 02:33 pm

WORLD has received a bunch of letters asking about popular Christian writer Ann Voskamp, “Is she a serial plagiarist”? The short answer is “No,” but a couple of examples of minor plagiarism should give authors and publishers new determination to take great care in attributing stories and wordings to their creators.

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A ‘town hall’ with a film director

Entertainment | Sitting through a press conference with director Alfonso Cuarón following his lovely film Roma
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/10/18, 05:05 pm

A New York moment: 

Last week I sat in a press conference with Alfonso Cuarón, one of my favorite directors, who discussed his new film Roma (see end of column). These film festival press conferences are always a mixed bag, sort of like a town hall meeting. There are sincere and ridiculous questions—I remember one member of the press last year asked a director what the “takeaway” from his movie was. People also stand up and make statements that are not questions as much as an attempt to impress whichever famous person is in the room.

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Second-rate silver screen

Movie | Seeing a bad movie at the New York Film Festival, and wearing the wrong clothes to a premiere
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/02/18, 05:23 pm

A New York moment: 

I’m covering some of the films at the New York Film Festival, and saw one documentary over the weekend. Titled End of Life, it was supposed to follow five people on the threshold of death. The pitch sounded interesting: a close look at a topic that Americans avoid discussing or thinking about. The screening was packed with young and old. 

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