Drake has spoken. Again. On early Wednesday morning, around 5:00 a.m. in Toronto, the chart-topping rapper formerly known as Aubrey Graham released the track “Back to Back Freestyle” to his SoundCloud. And the song, coming on the heels of his Meek Mill diss track “Charged Up,” is Round 2 against Meek—only far more barbed than the first go around. For those who’ve been too wrapped up in Trump’s elaborate coif or Tom Brady’s deflategate suspension, last week Meek Mill, a 28-year-old Philly rapper whose greatest Read more »
The Duchess of Cambridge (pictured) was happy to let a few of her glossy chestnut locks go grey while she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte, but hairdresser to the stars Nicky Clarke has urged the future queen never to do so again. Clarke, who tended the tresses of Princess Diana and the Duchess of York, among many others, says women should never let their hair lose its color, although different rules apply for men. ‘Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair — it’s not a good look,’ he says. ‘She does have amazing things done to her hair and it can look great, but unfortunately it’s the case for women — all women — that until you’re really old, you can’t be seen to have any grey hairs.’ In other words: grey hair is bad grooming.
Anne Heche (pictured) has given some terrific performances, but may be best known for her relationship with Ellen and, in 2000, for being discovered wandering around Fresno, California in nothing but a bra and shorts after reportedly knocking on a stranger’s door to ask about a gateway to outer space. But Heche is now partnering with Cindy Crawford on an NBC series about the supermodel wars of the 1980s.
The longlist for the Man Booker prize was released Wednesday morning, marking the second year since the prize was expanded to include all novelists who write in English (Americans were previously excluded). Perhaps the most notable inclusion is debut novelist Bill Clegg (pictured), better known as a U.S. literary agent and memoirist. As The Guardian notes, Clegg is famous for “his ruthless negotiating and memoirs recounting his struggles with crack-cocaine and alcohol.” He is nominated this year for “Did You Ever Have A Family,” which has not yet been published (though this nomination will surely add to the book’s buzz). Other authors on this year’s longlist include Anne Enright, the only author on the list who has previously won the prize, nominated for The Green Road; Marilynne Robinson, nominated for Lila; Anne Tyler, nominated for A Spool of Blue Thread; and Marlon James, the first Jamaican author to be nominated, for A Brief History of Seven Killings. The rest of the list is here.
With the possible exception of “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the Bourne movies are those in which Matt Damon has given his fullest interpretation of a character. It’s wonderful to report that Damon will star in the next Bourne movie, with Paul Greengrass back in the director’s chair and Tommy Lee Jones also in the cast. Plot details are being kept hazy as Bourne’s memory (the former secret agent will be on the run) but it is known that the script calls for an established actor in an authoritative bureaucratic role.
Despite his towering public profile, Marlon Brando was a deeply private man. Yet in the documentary “Listen to Me Marlon”, the actor lowers his defences to reveal his innermost thoughts. Director Steven Riley’s film is a fascinating collage which profoundly probes its subject’s psyche. Given his reluctance to talk to the press in his later years, it’s unlikely that Brando, who died in 2004 aged 80, would have relished the results of Riley’s labors. Yet Riley’s film is no tabloid feeding frenzy: it was commissioned by Brando’s own Read more »
Jack Gleeson was one of the world’s hottest young actors when he left the HBO juggernaut “Game of Thrones” last year, but he turned his back on Hollywood and returned to Dublin to write and produce a family stage show with his friends from college. He is currently squeezed onto a sofa with three of those friends, his arms periodically coming to rest on their shoulders, as he excitedly describes “Bears in Space,” which will open in London next month before a planned transfer to the U.S. in 2016. The allegorical puppet show, aimed at audiences aged “9 to 90,” is about the enduring power of friendship. “I wouldn’t associate it with what I do on Game of Thrones at all,” said Gleeson. “It’s just a completely different thing.”