Vanity Fair: Life and Death at Cirque du Soleil.
“What if Guillot-Guyard had been more experienced in her role? What if she had not ascended so quickly, or had been in a fetal tuck? What if the rigger on the grid hadn’t had trouble hooking into his S.R.L.? What if the wire had not jumped the pulley wheel? What if the wire had been stronger?” Many different weaknesses, all in synchrony. I have to say, seeing “O” at the Bellagio in Vegas, was a religious experience.
TV Line: ‘Longmire’ Season 4 on Netflix — Ally Walker Cast in Mystery Role.
No mystery. Lena Moretti, the mother of ‘Vic the Terror.’ It’s the only answer. IMHO.
The New Yorker: The Cinema Isn’t a Place; It’s An Idea.
“... distributors have been using the Times policy to generate free advertising for themselves. That’s why the policy change is good news: distributors can no longer, in effect, buy themselves coverage.”
Telegraph.UK: Rex Harrison ‘treated colleagues like dirt and phoned his lovers too loudly’.
Mashable: How America has regressed since the ‘Mad Men’ era.
Lest you believe Mad Men is documentary, cue up McMillan & Wife [on Netflix], and check out something filmed in the era. Even the Mad Men folks didn’t dare go to the aesthetic lengths the period embraced. A plaid jacket makes an attempt, but you need to pair it with a striped shirt, paisley tie. Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James wear some particularly cringeworthy gear that will, if you were around during the era, will remind you of what we assaulted each other with daily. I remember wearing red, white and blue vertical stripe bellbottoms with a blue flowered big-lapel shirt, and thinking myself devastatingly handsome (erk). Such were the times. Another of the things they don’t portray (as far as I can tell) - the body odor. Showers became popular about the time of blow dryers; many houses just didn’t have them. A semi-weekly bath was considered clean enough. Greasy hair, damp pits. Even on businessfolk. [Yes, I know I just recently wrote about this. But the stills from Mad Men I’m seeing all over are just not period accurate.]
Regression? Everyone knows many conservatives worship the ‘50’s. I ended up attending a friend’s party, to my surprise a GOP fundraiser. Cigars, pearl necklaces. Brylcream and beehives. A total time capsule. Even more dated than my old man’s poker get-togethers when I was a tiny kid.
In These Times: Actually, Mad Max: Fury Road Isn’t That Feminist; And It Isn’t That Good
Different take on Mad Max; opposing the ‘stealth feminism’ label.
NY Review of Books: The Robots Are Winning!
“In Book 5 of the Iliad we hear that the gates of Olympus swivel on their hinges of their own accord, automatai, to let gods in their chariots in or out, thus anticipating by nearly thirty centuries the automatic garage door.”
KOB: ‘Longmire’ actor arrested in Santa Fe, faces DWI charges.
Sheriff Longmire must be ignoring ‘The Ferg’ again, otherwise he wouldn’t be hitting the sauce? The actor was .09, .08 is legal. He was also not wearing a seatbelt. They were filming yesterday over at the Desert Academy on Old Santa Fe Trail, near a spot where cyclists and teens have been mortally harvested by drunks in past years in particularly heinous ways - I feel law enforcement is just a little stricter in that area. Bartley is a great, friendly personality on social media. A shame, but we have to take DWI seriously here. Too many sad lonely crosses on the roadsides.
Toronto Star.CA: Social media destroying stardom, Catherine Deneuve says at Cannes.
“It doesn’t allow people to dream anymore.” That strikes home. Would we have loved Audrey Hepburn as much, if we followed her daily life through selfies and studio-moderated tweets? I sincerely doubt it. More is not necessarily better.
Comicbook.com: The Muppets Trailer Officially Released By ABC.
The innocence was half the fun. I can’t help but feel this is like a bad dream. Like “New Coke.”
I think I’ve found the perfect cure for insomnia.
Watching reruns of MacMillan and Wife. The shock of the stripes, patchworks, leisure suits and double-breasted bathrobes against plaid furniture wears off after about 30 minutes, and I manage to fall asleep in the third act of each episode. Certainly a time capsule. Today’s “vintage” clothing trends have nothing whatsoever to do with the horrors we really wore ...
“Agent Carter” gets a second season.
I would’ve been totally pissed if they didn’t renew. I would have created some major social media mayhem to blackmail folks into a new season.
Globe and Mail.CA: Movie-fan bloggers the new Hollywood influencers.
“While the fan connection has long been cultivated at conventions such as Comic-Con or Disney’s Star Wars Celebration, young writers such as Jones – whose posts have been read nearly 11 million times – are increasingly being courted at events once reserved for traditional media outlets.” 11 million times! I should just shut up shop and retire to the back of my sock drawer. But that’s a good example of the popularity a niche blog can stumble upon.
The New York Review of Books: ‘Nadja à Paris’ by Nadja Tesich.
Chicago Tribune: Adam Sandler Ridiculous 6 flap - Can Sandler stop being mean?
A style of comedy I don’t admire. I suppose I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen a single one of his movies. A young male relative tried to get me to sit through The Water Boy. I made about ten minutes before I bailed. Booze wouldn’t be enough; you’d have to give me morphine.
SF New Mexican: Adam Sandler film angers Native American actors, who walked off set.
Judging third-hand; so I shouldn’t comment. They were filming just down the way, at the long downhill RR bend to Lamy on 285. I didn’t get to see if they’d shipped in a vintage locomotive ... the site had two sinister-looking State police vehicles in attendance. I figured if I whipped out my DSLR with long black telephoto, I’d get nailed.
Youtube: The OceanMaker.
NY Times: James Spader Prepares for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.
Color me surprised. They don’t even mention Sex, Lies and Videotape. Many young ladies wanted to cure his cinematic impotence in very personal ways.
The New Yorker: Spalding Gray’s Catastrophe.
“One of the special features of Spalding’s monologues was that, onstage at least, he rarely repeated himself; the stories always came out in slightly different ways, with different emphases. He was a gifted inventor of the truth, of whatever seemed true to him at the moment.” I consider myself privileged to have seen him perform live twice, at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Riveting, both times. Both before his accident. RIP, Spalding. RIP.
HuffPo: Samantha Cristoforetti, ISS Astronaut, Wears ‘Star Trek’ Uniform In Space.
Not trying to rain on the parade, but ... doesn’t it cost roughly $10,000 to put 1 pound of stuff into orbit? A pretty expensive selfie.
Variety: ‘The Little Prince’ Trailer Unveiled for Cannes.
I actually love that they linked it to ‘helicopter parenting’. With that one choice, it’s perfection. That will date the movie someday (I hope), but not eliminate its relevance.
Here’s to you, Saint-Ex.
Kitbashed: Silent Running.
Silent Running maintained that awe over the vastness (and loneliness) of space. You walked out of it pensive. I haven’t seen it but that once. I doubt its aged well, other than in message. Thanks, MeFi.
Guardian.UK: Sold 17m albums and you want to pay me nothing? Pat Pope’s row with Garbage.
“Everybody has devalued the photograph over the years. It has become so common for people to see nothing wrong in using images and expecting to pay nothing. I was just highlighting a point and making a stand.” This is, understandably, all over the photography forums.
The new Star Wars trailer dominates the ‘net today.
The first original film caught my imagination while I was graduating high school. My college buds and I, later that year, sat through like twelve consecutive showings. The two followups left me cold; similar to The Matrix trilogy, they never approached the promise of the first film (IMHO). [Going against the prevailing currents - I hear The Empire Strikes Back is now considered the best of the three.] I’ve not seen the second trilogy, nor have I ever heard an abiding reason to do so.
However, for those about ten years my junior, and even younger - wow, man. The level of enthusiasm is incredible for such basic little trailers. More power to you. Harrison Ford always stole the scenes, as far as I’m concerned ... and looks like he’ll be doing so again. Of course I’ll go watch these as they come out. This first one better knock our socks off.
Messy Nessy Chic: The Underground World of Tunnels beneath Disney.
You didn’t know this? Also, there are three Mickeys (and presumably other characters) spaced around the park at any one time. All have headsets and are tracked. Disney feels a child seeing two Mickeys in close proximity could be traumatic. So they do their utmost to keep ‘em apart. Also, the individuals who put on the suits are never to be seen donning the suits except by fellow employees. I and my techs made this mistake once, walking into the wrong room looking for A/V equipment. We were quite surprised by the person skinnying into the suit, and were warned we had threatened our contract with Disney. Sure ‘nuff, it was in the contract, in black and white.