Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that’s drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America. A proponent of the measure says the industry’s decision to use voluntary efforts to keep the sound down doesn’t work. But a hearing loss expert says movies are not harmful. The Legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing a film or preview that exceeds 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss.
Gaga to speak at SXSW
Lady Gaga is scheduled to give the keynote address on Friday at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. Festival organizers made the announcement Sunday that the singer will follow in the footsteps of past speakers who have included Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, and Dave Grohl. Lady Gaga will also perform at the festival.
WikiLeaks founder talks
Fugitive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his living situation is a bit like prison — with a more lenient visitor policy. Speaking over Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange also hinted that new leaks are coming from WikiLeaks. Assange, who has been confined to the embassy since June 2012, discussed government surveillance, journalism, and the situation in Ukraine on Saturday in a streaming-video interview beamed to an audience of 3,500 attendees of the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas. NSA leaker Edward Snowden will appear remotely Monday, speaking from Moscow, where he’s living in temporary asylum.
Vt. premiere for ‘Address’
Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns will attend the premiere of his documentary about students at a Vermont school learning to memorize the Gettysburg Address. ‘‘The Address’’ follows the 50 boys at the Greenwood School in Putney who have learning disabilities as they learn to recite the words spoken by President Lincoln in 1863. The film will be shown April 2 in Brattleboro, with Burns there.
“Cannot overstate how joyful this experience has been. I have always loved you Saturday Night Live, but now I am IN love with you.” — Lena Dunham, tweeting after hosting “SNL” for the first time.