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.
Guardian.UK: Tim Kaine to Republicans: ‘We have a home for you in the Democratic party.’
Even more ‘yuk-yuk’ than Biden. I sincerely hope this isn’t an upcoming fashion for VPs. I really liked Biden. This won’t come hard, but it’ll be a tax on my patience.
CNN: Trump urges viewers to skip Clinton speech as Democrats rack up ratings wins.
“Overnight Nielsen ratings indicate that Wednesday night’s DNC viewership was about 15% higher than last Wednesday night’s coverage of the RNC.” Next weeks polls become even more interesting.
Whiteker: Suicide Squad debut on track to shatter Box Office record for August.
Of course it will. First, the whole premise is fun, not weighted down with backstory (except perhaps Leto’s Joker). And every young hormonal male in America wants to see Margot Robbie play Harley Quinn. The tragedy of her circumstances is lost on them - they’ll probably even get their girlfriends to come, to “larn sometin’”.
BBC: Dances with Wolves actor Chief David Bald Eagle dies at 97.
RIP, good sir. We’ll continue to wear our “7” patches upside down.
LA Times: Clinton might have more all-star wattage behind her than any nominee ever has.
Well, Hollywood stars are not generally people I take political opinions from. Apparently I’m a minority. Experienced politicians I admire, yes. Stars, no. Seems like she’s leaning towards the former, thank goodness.
Guardian.UK: Harrison Ford could have died in Star Wars set incident, court hears.
Han Solo’s tough. Plane/helicopter crashes, having the Millenium Falcon door dropped on him, he prevails.
Youtube: BEN-HUR (2016) - New Trailer.
Um. “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, replacing Costner and Rickman with horses and chariots.
This is exactly what you would expect a studio to do with “Ben-Hur”, in the midst of superhero movies. Not even a smidge of interest, IMHO. Stick with Heston.
During yesterday’s visit to the gym, I’m working on the ellipticals behind all the other rows of equipment. I don’t watch television as I work out, but I can see what others are watching. As various people are watching RNC reruns, and and others intently gazing at media wonks placing bets on Wasserman-Schultz’ departure, the music on the overhead loudspeakers changes from the usual bump-thump to something strangely familiar. I realize I recognize it, through the haze of sweat ... and I nearly fall off the trainer laughing. “Sheep”, by Pink Floyd. Followed by ... “Reason to Believe”, by Springsteen. And, as people will do, they all start to step/pedal/ellipticalize to the songs’ rhythms. Then it all went back to current bump-thump music.
Just for a moment, it seems Clear Channel (or whatever service the gym uses) had an individual with a perspicacious sense of humor.
A moment I’ll treasure, courtesy a spin of life’s dice.
Repost from Facebook today.
Time: Why Brie Larson Will Make the Perfect Captain Marvel.
Disagree. Should have been Katie Sackhoff. Ageism?
YT: Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Late Show Desk.
Everyone will link it, but you have to watch it at least once. It does reveal how lacking his replacements are.
And you question exactly what our newspaper editorialists are actually doing.