The Atlantic: Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ Is Anything But.
“Early on, when he [Denzel Washington] raises eyebrows by presenting himself in an all-white saloon as a ‘duly sworn warrant officer,’ it’s hard not to hear echoes of Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.” Worried about that. But only a fool would try to remake Magnificent. That the original eclectic cast (astonishing in their variety) pulled it off, makes it a miracle that could never be re-approached by coherent processes, much less bested. Completely illogical on its face, almost to the point of insanity - yet it captivates.
Good: Alanis Morissette And James Corden Sing An Updated Version of ‘Ironic’.
Couldn’t stand her at the time, but the updated lyrics are funny. I always associated her hits with the Clintons, because allegedly Chelsea got her Dad to become a fan.
NY Mag: Ballerinas Hate This Kendall Jenner Video for Vogue España
“Speaking from experience, ballet is much less about ‘running around’ and ‘just not caring’ and much more about broken toenails, blisters, and the grueling pursuit of perfection.” When you get to be 56, as I am, the great span of years between myself and being 20 makes itself manifest. So there is that filter. The other is, the whole concept of this video is ill-advised. The narrative is 16-year-old fluff, the visual acting 8-year-old mannerisms - not a 20-year-old ‘top model’ narrative. Or at least I hope not. It’s ... uncultured, even. I’d had four different jobs by 20, working to get through school, to make a living. Life gets real. Fast. Hers is unreal, and Vogue’s framed it in disrespectful ways. People should act their age, don’t you think? You don’t buy ballet slippers - you earn them. She’s been terribly ill-served by the director here.
UN Dispatch: Why Angelina Jolie Means So Much to the United Nations.
A reminder for us all to keep out of others’ personal lives, and to stay focused on what’s important.
BBC: How did Disney get Moana so right and Maui so wrong?
I suspect the character-modelers were very taken with Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, whose voice and presence seemed otherworldly and godlike, in spite of his very serious health issues. If they would just admit such, much of the controversy would go away (well, except for that terrible Halloween costume).
Vimeo: Cinesite Captain America: Civil War VFX Showreel.
So much work. And this is only a small fraction of the film.
FishbowlNY: Town & Country Celebrates Rich Ladies.
“Vreeland was also asked why she was a Swan, and well, god bless her lack of self-awareness.” Name check. The husband of Diana Vreeland is descended from Michiel Jansen Vreeland’s first son. I am descended from the third son. Yet if you compare physical features, the browline seems to be a strong genetic component in the male line.
Open Culture: Doonesbury Imagines a Trump Candidacy Back in 1999. And Nails It!
Omigod. Share this around.
Guardian.UK: Hudson river plane crash investigators object to their portrayal.
“Until I read the script, I didn’t know the investigative board was trying to paint the picture that he [Sullenberger] had done the wrong thing.” I’ve not met a single person in the entertainment industry who ever took a script as portraying fact.
OneHeadlightInk: Netflix mini-series “Godless” filming in New Mexico.
I think I’ll just “Mark All Read” and wait for current news to hit. I did note that Gene Wilder passed away while I was gone. I think that was about the only event of real note that mattered. Many great performances, but his interviews after he left the spotlight were often just as memorable (IMHO). A clearsighted, good man. RIP, Gene.
ElectricLit: Have You Ever Gotten Stuck in a Book?
NY Review of Books: ‘Hot’ Sex & Young Girls, by Zoë Heller.
“It would be a salutary thing to have some old-school feminist pugnacity injected back into the culture.” Amen. Though I suspect a bitter backlash when the current generation starts to age and realizes all they gave up.
Vox: Amber Heard did what abuse victims are “supposed” to do.
OneHeadlightInk: “Woman Walks Ahead” Casting Native American Children and Adults.
People: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Reach Settlement In Divorce.
Can’t argue with a video, really. Let’s hope these two get the help they obviously need.
The Coolist: The 30 Best Action Movies for Men of the Modern Age.
Linked so you don’t have to read it: “... The Last of the Mohicans takes a hard stare at the cruelty inherent in the wild west as white settlers pushed native peoples off their homeland.” It’s NEW YORK, you buffoons. “Wild west”, my eye.
Dazed: Kesha pulls back New York lawsuit against Dr. Luke.
Why one doesn’t comment on such cases.
Dazed: Everything you need to know about Werner Herzog.
The Verge: Tronc threatens a nightmare hellscape of video in new warning to employees.
A little old, but holy crap.
Daily Mail.UK: Cast of ‘Are You Being Served?’ in one-off special revealed.
Can’t replace the originals, yet I’m hopeful for a suspension of disbelief.
Wikipedia: Granite Mountain (film).
They were filming part of this over by La Tienda the other day, just 3/4’s of a mile down the road. Haven’t seen any of the stars ... yet.
Guardian.UK: Johnny Depp v Amber Heard: abuse accusations split Hollywood and public.
Depp’s recent dive into obesity points to deeper problems, IMHO. So Ms. Heard isn’t falling on deaf ears here. The Brando model comes to mind.
NY Times/Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Explores the Power of Time.
As long as we don’t have to revisit the Forest of Dean.
NY Mag: Fmr. Fox Booker: Harassed by Ailes for 20 Years.
“He’s a predator” Speechless. Just speechless. You’d see this stuff in NYC in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, and having moved to NM I never really ever saw it again. Seems it hasn’t died, this behavior.