Movies: It’s all about “Jason Bourne.” And the adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel “Indignation.” Television: On Friday evening, you can watch the first three episodes of HBO’s “The Night Of.” And on Sunday, HGTV premieres “Mexico Life,” about people buying homes south of the border. Music: “American Idol” winner Fantasia has a new album, “The Definition Of…” Books: Oliver Sacks’ final book, “Gratitude,” is a lovely meditation. Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, “Born to Run,” is available for pre-order. Sports: I know it’s the dog days of summer when I’m watching arena football. Finally: I’m still feeling inspired by Michelle Obama’s speech.
Tony-winning singer-actress Idina Menzel will star in a film remake of the 1988 Garry Marshall movie Beaches, in the role originated by Bette Midler. Deadline.com reported that the cable TV channel Lifetime has greenlighted the project, which will include performances of two Midler classic songs, “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love.” The remake reportedly will include additional songs as well. I suspect some of those new songs might be from the “Beaches” musical written by Iris Rainer Dart and David Austin. The late, beloved Thom Thomas — a good friend of LemonWade — wrote the book (with Dart) for that show.
Mac Miller’s latest LP “GO:OD AM” came out last September. The Pittsburgh rapper has already announced its follow-up: “The Divine Feminine.” It’s out September 16 via Warner Bros. Records. He’s also shared the first single from the record, “Dang!,” which features Anderson .Paak. It premiered today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Speaking with Lowe, Mac revealed that “The Divine Feminine” has contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Cee-Lo, and Robert Glasper.
Artforum reports: ‘Another New York icon bites the dust — or in this case is auctioned-off—as Gotham is made over for the convenience of global capital, entitled frat-type party people, and conspicuous consumers eager for the next buzzy “spot.” I am used to mourning the chic midcentury NY of my fantasies. This one is especially tragic, as even this yard sale is beyond my price-point. Read more »
I stopped reading the Village Voice when my pal Michael Musto was let go. But now he’s back! And interviewing John Waters! About the re-release of the depravity fantasia “Multiple Maniacs.” Says Waters: “In some scenes, it was trainer wheels for Divine, like when she eats that cow heart. I got it from the butcher the day before, and it was rancid.
“Zombies belong to the realm of horror stories that reappear over and over throughout history – from ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day sci-fi – because they raise a more terrifying fear than merely that of a gory death: the threat of eternal life.” So writes David Andrew Stoler here.
On Saturday, there will be a massive celebration of the life and work of Lou Reed. “The Bells” (named after Reed’s 1979 album) is part of the annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors season. Admission is free, and there’s a host of famed artists lined up to interpret Reed’s songs and poems, including David Johansen (New York Dolls), Anohni, Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Jon Spencer, Lenny Kaye and artist Julian Schnabel. (Lincoln Center was the location for the Reed public memorial, held a few weeks after his death in 2013.) The day has been assembled by Reed’s widow, Laurie Anderson, and Grammy-winning producer Hal Willner, who have both been trawling through Reed’s massive archive for the last couple of years. Among Reed’s final work, only a few months before he died, was his remastering of 16 solo albums for a 17-disc box set, which will be released on 7 October.