Madoff Movie Stars DeNiro & Pfeiffer

HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies,” directed by Barry Levinson, pops on Saturday, 5.20 — right in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival. Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff and Michelle Pfeiffer is wife Ruth, who of course knew everything. Based on the same-titled book, it costars my old pal Alessandro Nivola and Nathan Darrow as Madoff’s sons, Mark and Andrew plus Lily Rabe, Kristen Connolly and Hank Azaria.

Invade & Conquer: Film’s Return To Horror

“Get Out,” “Life” and “Alien: Covenant” are gruesome reminders that being taken over by something is as terrifying as ever. Why the fascination with bodies being taken over? One explanation.

Sondheim B-day Tribute: “Follies”

I forgot to wish Stephen Sondheim a happy 87th birthday yesterday so I’m doing it now. To celebrate, here’s a fascinating match of the score from his “Follies” with black-and-white footage from the Roxy.

Inside Kamasi’s Ode To Unity

Rolling Stone reports: ‘Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, whose “Harmony of Difference,” a multimedia piece featured in the just-opened 2017 Whitney Biennial (on view through June 11th), is Washington’s first new work since “The Epic,” his acclaimed 2015 triple-CD debut.

Sophie Calle Haunts The Cemetery

Have something to get off your chest? In April, the French artist Sophie Calle’s interactive installation Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery—a marble obelisk with slots for visitors to share their secrets on slips of paper—will début at the historic Brooklyn burial ground and remain on view for 25 years. The piece, presented by the New York-based arts non-profit Creative Time, is the first US iteration of a similar 20-year work installed last year in a Geneva cemetery. The work provides an “opportunity for people to unburden themselves in [a] moment of catharsis, and also a communal sharing of secrets”, says Katie Hollander, Creative Time’s director, who says the project resonated with the organisation as “reflective in terms of our current political as well as emotional state.”

WW II Docu Getting Great Reviews

From Pete Hammond’s review of “Five Came Back,” streaming March 31 on Netflix and based on Mark Harris‘s excellent book of the same title: ‘The five iconic helmers, Oscar winners all (before and/or after), were William Wyler, John Huston, George Stevens, Frank Capra and John Ford. What is remarkable is that they gave up their livelihood and stellar careers, put on a uniform and served their country in a way only they really could. Can you imagine the government (especially our current one) ever teaming with Hollywood to create movies under the auspices of the military or vice versa? The series details these five very different personalities who became guns for hire in the war effort and made very different kinds of films than they ever had before.

Will Halle FINALLY Play Angela Davis?

It’s no secret that Halle Berry has always wanted to play activist Angela Davis onscreen. Now, with Forest Whitaker boarding the Angela movie project as executive producer, Halle’s dream may happen. You thought Halle rocking big hair at the Oscars was merely a style choice?