Movies: “Life” on a space station? Or Scarlett Johansson in another cyborg sci-fi (“Ghost in the Shell“)? Television/Streaming: Why do I keep trying to watch “Feud” on Sunday nights? It’s no fun…Unlike “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which is fun. Trashy, but fun. Music: Chuck Berry’s resurgence on the charts is proof once again that death is the best career move…I’m enjoying Drake’s “More Life” more than I expected. Books: Best new title: “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck.” Even though there’s nothing subtle about not giving a fuck. Sports: The only time I watch college basketball is in March — and then I get obsessed. Ridiculous! Finally: If we tire of most things in life we can change the channel. But not an option with Trump. Make it stop!
Kendrick Lamar’s last studio album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” saw him perturbed by survivor’s guilt, and with new standalone track ‘The Heart Part 4’ he takes us back home, the song following up the barely-released Parts 1, 2 and 3 which hail from his humble mixtape days.
The State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace remains closed, more than 16 months after damage was discovered in a timber beam that helps hold up the ornately gilded ceiling. Initially a palace spokesperson had played down reports that the room would need to be closed for official functions and visitors for up to six months. Subsequent investigations revealed a serious problem, requiring emergency stabilisation and a crash-deck scaffold. The room had been lined with full-length portraits from the royal collection, which had to be removed. A new steel support for the plaster ceiling has been added. With structural repairs nearing completion, a collection spokeswoman told The Art Newspaper that the room should be ready for the opening of Buckingham Palace to visitors on 22 July. Read more »
A new interview with Bob Dylan by rock journalist/MTV executive Bill Flanagan has appeared on the songwriter’s official website to promote his upcoming standards three-disc set Triplicate. It’s the first extensive interview with Dylan since he spoke to AARP a little over two years ago. Given the interview was posted on his own website, he appears to have had more control over the editorial process. Still, the extensive Q&A provides numerous fascinating nuggets to glean from the singer-songwriter. Here are nine things Rolling Stone learned from the long article.
HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” directed by Barry Levinson, pops on Saturday, 5.20 — right in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival. Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer is wife Ruth, who of course knew everything. Based on the same-titled book, it costars my old pal Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Darrow as Madoff’s sons, Mark and Andrew plus Lily Rabe, Kristen Connolly and Hank Azaria.
“Get Out,” “Life” and “Alien: Covenant” are gruesome reminders that being taken over by something is as terrifying as ever. Why the fascination with bodies being taken over? One explanation.
I forgot to wish Stephen Sondheim a happy 87th birthday yesterday so I’m doing it now. To celebrate, here’s a fascinating match of the score from his “Follies” with black-and-white footage from the Roxy.