Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: Pierce Brosnan stars in “The November Man.” “Love is Strange” continues it climb as the indie movie of the late summer. Television: “American Masters” profiles photographer Dorothea Lange on Friday. And there’s a “Saturday Night Live” marathon on TV Land. Music: A rerelease of Dylan’s “Basement Tapes” is already selling well, even though it’s not coming out until November. How about some Woody Guthrie for Labor Day? Books: David Mitchell’s new novel, “The Bone Clocks,” is the first must-read of the fall season. Sports: College football is underway, but I’ll be watching tennis for the next week. Finally: Ferguson and Gaza dominate the news, but climate change is by far the biggest story of our daily lives — and our lives.

“Cosmopolitans”: Young Americans In Paris


The third wave of Amazon‘s partly crowdsourced pilot development slate kicked off on Thursday with five new options for people who are also looking for vacuums and watches. One of the three, which is part of the trailer above, is “The Cosmopolitans.” Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan,” “Barcelona,” “The Last Days Of Disco“) has a penchant for the esoteric and the studied, and this new one doesn’t disappoint along those lines. It’s as dryly first world in its problems and scenarios as Stillman’s previous efforts, focusing this time on group of young American expatriates trying to find themselves in Paris. (The Cosmo trailer starts at around the 1:58 mark in the clip above.) The series stars Adam Brody, Carrie MacLemore, Chloe Sevigny, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Asblom, Jordan Roundtree Read more »

“Downton” Dan The Gun-Toting Man

What has actor Dan Stevens been doing since he left “Downton Abbey”? Beating up high school kids! That, at least, is what the actor formerly known as Matthew Crawley is doing in a new clip from his film “The Guest,” which arrives in movie theatres September 17. This twisty action-thriller-cum-black comedy from the You’re Next creative team of director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett stars Stevens as a war vet who worms his way into the good graces of a bereaved family and tries to solve their problems with extreme prejudice.

Dakota Stars As Errol’s Target


I’ve been hearing pretty good things about this movie, so I am surprised to read a rather dismissive NY Times review: “The Last of Robin Hood” ‘takes place during the final two years of Errol Flynn’s life, when his stardom had waned, but his ardor for girls had not. As played by Kevin Kline with an almost disconcerting low-key openness, Flynn trades on his name recognition with an earnest, self-deprecating manner, though that is itself a form of entitlement. A go-between reaches out first to 15-year-old Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), who is invited to a play audition in a country house borrowed for the purpose, which is not to audition. (In 1943 Flynn was acquitted of statutory rape.)’

James Murphy and IBM Transforming U.S. Open Tennis Data Into 400 Hours of Music

Between his score for Noah Baumbach‘s forthcoming movie “While We’re Young,” his musical renovations for the New York City MTA, and his signature coffee, James Murphy has been keeping pretty busy lately. Now, the LCD Soundsystem mastermind has announced another project, this time in partnership with IBM and the U.S. Open, which is happening now. Murphy and the tech giant plan to use the raw data from tennis matches to generate an algorithm that will transform each match into a unique song. By the time the tournament ends, they estimate that they’ll have amassed have almost 400 hours of music. IBM has shared a trailer for the project; check it out here.

Brad Weds Angie: Also Breaks Promise

Of course I’m happy for them. And yet: Three years ago, Brad Pitt said that he wouldn’t get married until “every adult” could get married to the partner of their choice “everywhere” in the United States. Until the Supreme Court (perhaps next year) decides otherwise, “every adult” still can’t married to the partner of their choice “everywhere” in the United States. He couldn’t wait? Or is this why he and Angie got hitched in France?

Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage”: Ferguson Edition


Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage (Sketch),” recorded live in her living room, wasn’t written with Missouri in mind (she’s been performing it live since at least 2012), but it has acquired urgency in light of the events in Ferguson. “Black Rage” takes its melody from Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s “My Favorite Things,” a song that originally appeared in “The Sound of Music” but has multiple connotations within black music — John Coltrane played the tune on his 1961 album of the same title.