Movies: From the reviews, I’d say that “Hail, Caesar!” is more for diehard Coen brothers’ fans than for the general audience. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies“: Oh, my! Television: What to watch instead of the Super Bowl on Sunday: “Downton Abbey,” “Family Guy” on Fox, “Hoarders” on A & E, or a Judy Garland marathon on TCM. Music: Elton has a new album, but let’s face it: he makes more of his money off touring — and “The Lion King — than off new-record sales. Books: “When Breath Becomes Air” is a brief, moving memoir by a young physician about his last days after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Sports: All the NBA games Sunday are in the afternoon: nobody dares compete with Denver vs. Carolina. Finally: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Bernie Sanders once appeared on screen as a baseball-mad rabbi, so what starring role should each 2016 presidential hopeful have played? Do Hillary’s likability issues make her ideal to have played Sarah Jessica Parker‘s part in “The Family Stone?”
Adam Thirlwell writes: ‘Miguel Gomes’s majestic new movie “Arabian Nights” begins not, as the original Nights do, in the time of “the ancient kings of Persia, who extended their empire into the Indies, over all the islands thereunto belonging, a great way beyond the Ganges and as far as China,” but in the soon to be disused shipyards of Viana do Castelo, in the depressed north of modern Portugal.’
Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died. Pitchfork reports that White died in his sleep Thursday morning following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 74. Born in Tennessee, White moved to Chicago in his teens and got his start drumming for the Ramsey Lewis Trio (he appeared on nine of the band’s records). In 1969, he founded the Salty Peppers with Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead. They subsequently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, signed to Warner Bros., and changed their name to Earth, Wind & Fire. They released their self-titled debut in 1971.
It is not given as the official reason, but I can’t help but think that the real reason Beyoncé fired her longtime manager is Adele. Beyoncé looks at the continuing juggernaut that is Adele’s record sales and simply cannot stand it! So: off with their heads! Managers! Underlings! No one but Blue Ivy is safe!
I’ve lost friendships owing to people liking Pina Bausch. But I try from time to time to present appreciations by some of those with opposing viewpoints. Judith Mackrell praises Frau Pina’s last work, “Como el Musguito” (pictured), and tosses in a few words about Merce Cunningham‘s final work as well.
Diddy’s always been a thug, so it wouldn’t be a surprise. (When PBS recently used him to promote “Downton Abbey,” I thought: who’s next? Whitey Bulger?) Anyway, ex-cop Greg Kading has made the claim that Diddy (pictured with Tupac, left, and Biggie Smalls, right; at far left, Tupac is with Jada Pinkett Smith) was responsible for hiring a killer to shoot 25-year-old Tupac in a drive-by in 1996.