Movies: Keanu gets back into the action game with “John Wick.” Edward Snowden is the subject of the acclaimed documentary “Citizenfour.” Television: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform their recent album Friday on “Great Performances.” On Sunday, “Boardwalk Empire,” which never quite became must-see TV, has its series finale. Music: I can’t wait to listen to Annie Lennox’s new album, “Nostalgia.” I’ve been listening again to the 1990 album “Trio,” from Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt. Books: Get your John Grisham fix with his new novel, “Gray Mountain.” Get your Marilynne Robinson fix with “Lila.” Sports: The New York Times “discovers” that football is way more popular than baseball. Finally: Will Ebola Hazmat suits be the number-one Halloween costume this year?
Wired reports on the massive labor force (mostly low-paid Filipinos) that handles “content moderation” — the removal of offensive material — for US social-networking sites. As social media connects more people more intimately than ever before, companies have been confronted with the Grandma Problem: Now that grandparents routinely use services like Facebook to connect with their kids and grandkids, they are potentially exposed to the Internet’s panoply of jerks, racists, creeps, criminals, and bullies. They won’t continue to log on if they find their family photos sandwiched between a gruesome Russian highway accident and a hardcore porn video.
Am I really No. 2, Daniel Radcliffe (pictured) playfully queried, after Britain’s Heat magazine placed him after the boy band One Direction (at No. 1) in its richest celebrities under 30 list. “There’s five of them! That doesn’t count! Not that I care but I am definitely first!” Radcliffe said, at the London premiere of “Horns.” And he is right, however much it was said with a smile. One Direction finds itself at No. 1 with a $124.99 million fortune, with Radcliffe at No. 2 with $102.48 million. If you split the value of One Direction five ways, it comes to $24.998 million each, which means that each member of One Direction (although presumably you’d probably lob a little extra cash Harry Styles’ way) would be at No. 10 on the list. You can read the rest of the list here. If you’re looking for Prince Harry, don’t. He just turned 30 and is no longer young and eligible — though he is certainly young and eligible to all his fans.
It’s official: a case of Ebola was diagnosed in New York City on Thursday, sending Hollywood’s best tweeters into hilarious hysterics. THR: ‘After Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for the virus and was quarantined at Bellevue Hospital, New York mayor Bill de Blasio and governor Andrew Cuomo noted Spencer’s recent whereabouts during a press conference that evening: visiting the High Line, taking the subway, riding an Uber and going bowling in Williamsburg. Though the two emphasized that it was unlikely that even those who came in contact with the doctor would be affected by the virus, his activity over the past few days — and how the public is outrageously reacting to the news — made for effective Twitter punch lines from the likes of Mia Farrow (pictured: and what’s with those lips?), Jenny Slate and Billy Eichner, while others had a more serious reaction online.’
Ayad Akhtar‘s Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, “Disgraced,” has arrived on Broadway, after an acclaimed production at Lincoln Center Theater. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times says the work is a “terrific, turbulent drama.” Further: “In the years since it was first produced here, the play’s exploration of the conflicts between modern culture and Islamic faith, as embodied by the complicated man at its center — a Pakistani-born, thoroughly assimilated New Yorker — have become ever more pertinent. The rise of the so-called Islamic State, and the news that radicalized Muslims from Europe and the United States have joined the conflict raging in Syria and Iraq, brings an even keener edge to Mr. Akhtar’s engrossing drama.” Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, Josh Radnor, and Hari Dhillon make up the cast.
Even today, says The Guardian, no one is sure if Fred Herko (pictured on the roof of New York’s Opulent Tower) intended to kill himself when he jumped out of the window of his friend Johnny Dodd’s Greenwich Village apartment in 1964. The 28-year-old dancer and performer – one of the central figures of New York’s 60s avant-garde and a star of Andy Warhol’s first movies – was high on speed, and possibly LSD. He was a founder member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater and co-founder of the New York Poets Theater, both famed for their unconventional “happenings” and productions, and the manner of Herko’s strange death – leaping naked from a fifth floor window, Mozart on full blast – merely added to his mythology, which will be explored in a series of commemorative events in New York to mark the 50th anniversary of his death, curated by his biographer Gerard Forde.