Dre Gets Rights For Marvin Gaye Pic


The rapper and business mogul Dr Dre is working on a movie about the Motown legend Marvin Gaye, who died in 1984 after being shot by his father. Dr Dre, founder of Beats Electronics and one of the four original members of the rap group NWA, served as a producer for the Oscar-nominated film Straight Outta Compton, which told NWA’s origin story in southern California. According to Variety, he’s secured the rights to Gaye’s musical catalogue, which includes hits such as What’s Going On and Sexual Healing, and the approval of the Gaye family estate.

New Gallery: Contested Asante Trophy

The largest surviving gold work of art from Sub-Saharan Africa is to be highlighted in an exhibition at London’s Wallace Collection this month. Until now, the mysterious Asante trophy head from Ghana has been displayed in what may seem an unexpected location, the museum’s Oriental Armoury, where it attracts relatively little attention. The golden head—nearly life-size and weighing three pounds—was seized by British troops during the Anglo-Asante (or Ashanti) war in 1874 and eventually became the subject of restitution claims. It is in a similar category to the Maqdala treasures and Benin bronzes in UK collections, which are claimed by the governments of Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Song From The “Pretty Woman” Musical


The rocker Bryan Adams has done the songs for the musical “Pretty Woman” with his longtime collaborator Jim Vallance. The adaptation of the beloved 1990s romantic comedy opened in Chicago earlier this spring and begins performances on Broadway July 20th, with an official opening set for August 16th. On May 31st, Adams interrupted his sold-out concert at London’s O2 Arena – where he’s promoting Get Up, his 2015 Jeff Lynne-produced album – to introduce his fans to Samantha Barks, who stars in the musical. Adams and Barks performed “I Can’t Go Back,” the empowerment anthem from the new musical for the audience of 20,000. Here’s an exclusive look at the video from that concert.

TV: Sunday-Night Scorecard

The Handmaid’s Tale (pictured): The usual laff riot. The show has so steadily tracked Serena Joy’s journey this season that only in its eighth episode, “Women’s Work,” does it become clear how far, how quietly radical, she’s come. Grade: B. Billions: The season finale proved that Axe vs. Chuck — the heart of the first two seasons — could only last for so long. The supporting cast became the show’s greatest strength, as the likes of Wags, Ari Spyros, Dollar Bill, and new addition Taylor Mason. Grade B+.

Beyonce, Jay-Z And Western Art


Rolling Stone tells us: ‘In the video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Apeshit,” the first visual from the pair’s surprise joint album Everything Is Love, the two stars romp through the Louvre in Paris, seizing center stage in a high-culture palace that – like most Western art museums – historically made little room for non-white artists.’

Curtis Mayfield: “Super Fly”


Each week, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in its archives is eligible. The site explores the political soul of Curtis Mayfield’s 1972 album Super Fly.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: If “Incredibles 2” isn’t incredible it is, according to the reviews, awfully close. John Travolta stars as mob boss John J. Gotti in “Gotti.” TV/Streaming: Interesting that the Met is choosing to broadcast its new production of “Tosca” on PBS this Friday with Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, not the bigger star Anna Netrebko, who did the part later in the run. Music: Crossover star Post Malone has a big hit with his new album, “Beerbongs & Bentleys.” I never tire of Dawn Upshaw’s American Songbook album, “I Wish It So.” Books: It’s wonderful that Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon” is a best-seller — 87 years after it was written then rejected by publishers. Sports: I’m in pretty heavy World Cup model right now. No USA or Italy teams, my usual favorites. So I’m rooting for Belgium. Finally: “I love New York in June” — ain’t it the truth?!?