Losing The X Factor: Make It Stop!

News that James Franco will play Multiple Man in a new film is just the latest attempt to add layers to a cinematic world that’s struggling to take shape. The very existence of a Multiple Man movie also reminds us that the X-Men universe itself is exploding into myriad new forms like a mogwai in a shower who’s just been fed several Big Macs long after midnight. Next year’s big mutant movies are a mixed bunch: X-Men: Dark Phoenix will revisit the famous comic book storyline in which Jean Grey loses her powers, while Josh Boone’s The New Mutants will further push the envelope Read more »

Paris Musical: Fella With The Umbrella

Singin’ in the Rain is the most famous and beloved movie musical ever made,” Robert Carsen says. “And what you don’t want is an audience going into the theatre playing the movie in their head and wondering why the stage version isn’t as good as that.” Carsen is talking about his stage version, a huge hit when it first opened in March 2015 at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. While Châtelet is closed for renovations, the show is being brought to life again November 28 through January 11 at Paris’ famed Grand Palais (presented by Châtelet in English with French surtitles).

Drug Quotation Of The Day

“I don’t understand why the cigarette is so important in French cinema.” That’s France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, who spoke during a new media debate in Paris about why current French films continue to channel Belmondo, Delon, and Brigitte (now-fascist) Bardot (pictured).

G Perico Revs Up The G-Funk

Pitchfork informs us: ‘The L.A. rapper G Perico’s 21st century take on G-funk has all the old-school swagger of Eazy-E and DJ Quik. His voice bears striking similarity to those forebears, sneering and nasally and piercing like he’s always in middle of a taunt or a brag. But his sound is modern—his contemporary sing-song flow and searing political critiques defined his excellent debut record, All Blue. “Affiliated,” the second single from his upcoming album, 2 Tha Left, is a rambunctious hometown anthem.’

Della Reese Died at 86

If you know Della Reese only from the TV sobfest “Touched by an Angel,” you need to check out her early recording career. Nobody belted those standards like Della belted those standards. Damn right.

Pink Astounds With Acrobatic Performance

Pink had a high-flying night at the American Music Awards on Sunday night where she performed her track “Beautiful Trauma” in an acrobatic ballet on the side of the JW Marriott hotel. The performance, in which the singer and her dancers were suspended from ropes, created the gorgeous illusion when viewed from below that they were dancing, weightless, on some sort of futuristic grid.

“Semiramide”: Glorious Grand Opera

Of a new production at Covent Garden, starring Jacquelyn Stucker and Lawrence Brownlee, Rupert Christiansen writes: ‘This is a thrilling occasion: grand opera, grandly sung, played and staged. And I speak as someone who always approaches Rossini’s serious works with trepidation. Like Mosé in Egitto or Maometto Secondo, Semiramide is over-extended and marred by a few passages of rum-ti-tum banality and mere showiness. The genius of David Alden’s production is that it exploits these lapses as an element of black comedy, applied to an apparently earnest classical tale of a murderous queen at war with an old lover and blinded Read more »