Aretha: Put My Story On Broadway!

Apparently not content that her life story is heading for the movies and perhaps starring Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin wants her life story on Broadway, too. Franklin, 73, told Billboard, “I would like to see it be a dramatic musical. I loved The Motown Musical [Motown]; it was so great. I think the timing is very good now, especially behind Jersey Boys, Carole King [Beautiful]. Gloria Estefan has come to Broadway now [On Your Feet] and why not Aretha?” Several ideas for Franklin musicals have been discussed Read more »

Female Baroque Artist You Should Know

Joseph Nechvatal writes: ‘Even as she was the subject of the exhibition “The Sacred and the Profane” in 1997 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, I had never heard of the Counter-Reformation Baroque (and Bodegón) painter Josefa de Óbidos (1630–1684) before a trip to Lisbon. But apparently she has had something of an inferior reputation there that this exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga seeks to correct: the idea that she is an unusual and interesting oddity, but ultimately a provincial painter of trite and lugubrious spirituality.’ Pictured is de Obidos’s “Child Jesus Salvator Mundi.”

Ricky Martin Smokes Trump In Op-Ed

Add Ricky Martin to the list of celebrities who have spoken out against Donald Trump. On Wednesday, the singer published an op-ed to Univision (in Spanish; read here if you can) that blasted Trump over his treatment of Latinos. “The fact that a guy like Donald Trump, candidate for president of the United States for the Republican Party, has the guts to continue harassing […] the Latino community makes my blood boil,” Martin wrote (translation via Google). “At what point did this character assume that he can make racist, absurd comments – and especially incoherent and ignorant Read more »

An Oscar For “Labyrinth Of Lies”?

I’ve been hearing very good things about this movie, which is released in the U.S. on September 30, and now Germany has chosen it as its official entry in Oscar’s foreign-language-film sweepstakes. Let’s refrain from cynically pointing out that Holocaust-themed movies tend to do well with Academy voters.

Ingrid Sischy On Cindy Sherman

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my friend Ingrid Sischy, who died this summer. So I was happy to run across this recent video interview with Ingrid about Cindy Sherman’s 1975 work “Untitled.” Watch here. Ingrid deconstructs the work and the artist beautifully.

Lisbeth Salander — She’s Baa-aack!

The launch featured all the intrigue, secrecy, paranoia and family infighting readers have come to expect from a Stieg Larsson novel – before a single page has even been turned. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the latest novel featuring punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, is being released just after midnight tonight, more than a decade after the man who created the outcast heroine died. Publishers have promised a dramatic new adventure for Salander, who will take on an updated enemy in the form of America’s spy agency, the National Security Agency, as well as familiar adversaries from the dark underbelly of Swedish society. Not everyone is happy to see Salander resurrected so long after a heart Read more »

Selma: I Longed For True Love

Selma Hayek worried she’d never find true love — and then she found a billionaire! So says Selma in a new interview with Allure, a feature in which she also poses topless to expose her famously ample tatas. (Achieved without surgical enhancement.) Selma also confesses that fame is a heavy burden — heavy is the operative word in this magazine package.