WaPo: The many lives of Garry Marshall, ‘Happy Days’ creator, dead at 81.
Heartfelt RIP, man. You brought us a great deal of happiness over the years.
Guardian.UK: Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon: ‘It puts a spell on people’.
When Lyndon was released, it seemed to never leave the theatres it occupied. I swear it felt like for half my youth, I’d walk up to the Hobby Shop past Lyndon movie posters at The Garden theatre in Princeton. A few years ago, I deigned to watch it, and was enchanted. It’s a must-see.
FishbowlNY: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Lively Celebrity Journalism Discussion.
“Jennifer, I wish you had spoken out earlier. I wish you hadn’t given all those interviews over the years where you described your diets and exercise regimen with the implication that we should all follow your lead if we wanted to be beautiful and acceptable.” Biting the hand ... ?
PS Mag: From ‘You’re So Vain’ to ‘I’m So Great’.
Valet.: Life Lessons From Jeff Goldblum.
“The best way to get things moving is to accept where you are. Ride the horse in the direction in which it’s going.” Perhaps not the best advice for me right now, as I train my way out of back pain (great results so far, in riding the opposite direction from where the horse was going).
NPR: First Listen - Jeff Beck, ‘Loud Hailer’.
Guardian.UK: Hillary Clinton email investigation ends in ‘no charges’.
“We’re going to have hearings.” Does Ryan know what an SSL cert is? I’m not sure anyone serving does ...
Mashable: New ‘Hamilton’ cast members announced as Lin-Manuel Miranda departs.
Have faith, fans. The first casts are not always the best. Who remembers Michael Allinson and Margot Moser, the original My Fair Lady cast? Even Wikipedia is wrong - these two opened the Broadway show from ‘56 to ‘61, playing 2,717 times before Rex Harrison nabbed the spotlight in ‘62.
Wikipedia, more and more, seems to be edited by younger folks who’ve never cracked a book in their lives. Trolling the internet itself for answers to give quality reference content is like the ouroboros (snake devouring a snake).
Guardian.UK: Making of Highlander - ‘Connery opened his homemade whisky on the plane.’
One of those films that hasn’t aged particularly well, but you don’t forget because of the compelling story.
OneHeadlightInk: Longmire - Will they or won’t they?
Season 6? Walt and Vic? Gotta wait and see. Speculating immediately after series wrap is of no use at all ...
Telegraph.UK: Why was the new Tarzan trained by the Royal Ballet?
One could posit that this ‘training’ was merely remembering our natural state ...
YT: Sully - Official Trailer [HD].
Looks good. But ... if the technical Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot requirements are shirked, it’ll lose me.
Guardian.UK: Elizabethan theatre, Chateau d’Hardelot review.
Pretentious. The best Shakespeare performances I ever enjoyed, were on a simple curved platform in a wooded park. Esp. good for “Tempest” and “Midsummernight’s Dream”. You could imagine spirits flitting about.
Independent.UK: Jesse Williams gives powerful BET Awards acceptance speech on racism in America.
Ironic that even the Brit Independent can’t parse his speech correctly. See if you can spot it - “critique of our impression”, not “critique of our oppression.” Underlines the problem, IMHO. Noone’s really listening.
ArtDaily: US bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at 89.
Another RIP. Get them all out of the way early in the day ... “O Death” was incredible.
Bloomberg: That $5,000 TV Ad May Run $100,000 Now for Political Conventions.
Ugh. “Just the facts” won’t exist this political season.
Fubiz: The Art of Titles in Movies.
Less compelling than one would expect.
Comment: Can we cease having leads with obvious plastic surgery acting in Austen plays?
I mean, really. Plastic faces render no emotion whatsoever. “If you cannot move your eyebrows up and down, you’re out.” (I don’t care the sex of the act/ress/or.)
ScreenRant: Agent Carter - Hayley Atwell Will Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ For Season 3.
You go, girl. TV’s boring without Peggy.
ProVideo Coalition: How I Learned Composition at 12 Years of Age by Art Adams.
From the greats! Rockford Files, Space: 1999, The Prisoner. Excellent.
Slate: The novels of Anthony Trollope, including Doctor Thorne, reviewed.
Haven’t read that particular story, but I didn’t think the adaptation was so bad. Syrupy and predictable, yes. Some great performances and some really awful ones. A miscast or two. And the start of Episode 3 (there are four episodes on Amazon, as opposed to the British three), there is a pan move that is seriously barf-inducing. Way too fast. The costumes and locations are wonderful, the camera work and editing are not of the calibre of Downton. Feels like production was rushed. Verdict: Like turning Trollope into a period Bridget Jones. Periodically cringe-inducing, but entertaining nonetheless. Many worse ways to waste an evening or three.
Just don’t try to have a drinking game with Louis Scatcherd; the drink-from-the-flask move is horribly overused, and you won’t have enough wit left to shut off the television.
OneHeadlightInk: New Mexico Film Trailer - Fender Bender.
“The premise is pretty genius. What if you accidentally got in a minor fender bender with a complete stranger? The common thing to do would be to share your personal information with them so the insurance company can take care of the damages. But what if that person happens to be a sadistic serial killer that now has your home address?” Oh man ... nightmare.
InTheAirWeSee (Tumblr) ... once you see this ...
Youtube/Netflix: The Little Prince - Main Trailer.
Brings tears to my eyes. Saint-Ex comes to save the world, at just the right time. Only few will listen. Will it make a difference? I hope. Fervently hope.
AV Club: Captain America is apparently a bad guy now.
“This may be the real Cap, but there is absolutely no chance that Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz are going to claim that he has been secretly working for the bad guys for 50 years of comics and 90 years or so of in-universe continuity.”