Will It Be As Good As The Vuitton Museum?

Bernard Arnault, the owner of the Louis Vuitton luxury goods group LVMH, built a Paris museum for his own art collection three years ago, in a vast and stunning 11,000 sq metre building designed by Frank Gehry. Now, Francois Pinault, Arnault’s luxury-goods rival, is making his long-anticipated renewed bid to create a museum by renovating and restoring the former Paris stock exchange (pictured), the 19th century Bourse de commerce – one of Paris’s most historically important but least known buildings. The project, in which the Japanese architect Tadao Ando will install a giant concrete cylinder in the middle of the unique circular building, is so ambitious that Ando promised it would blast away the political malaise of the moment and soothe the wounds of Brexit. Really? We shall see.

Drake Parodies Steph Curry & “Get Out”


During Monday night’s first-ever NBA Awards, host Drake made fun of the perfect-couple image of Steph Curry and his wife, Ayesha. Drake cast her as the brainwashing psychologist-villain of Get Out (played in the film by Catherine Keener). In the parody sketch, which was broadcast on TNT, the rapper plays the central role of Steph Curry—assuming the guise of Jordan Peele’s protagonist, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya). He is drawn to the study by his wife, Ayesha (not the real Ayesha, of course), after receiving a FaceTime call from his Golden State Warriors’ teammate Draymond Green (as the film’s TSA agent/pal), begging him to come party with the fellas. Things go considerably south from there.

Why Fosse Was So Influential

Of Bob Fosse, who would have just turned 90 were he still around, Lisa Rosman writes: ‘Every major icon of the last forty years owes much to Bobby, as his friends called him – from Michael Jackson to Liza Minnelli to Madonna to Britney Spears to Lady Gaga and even Beyoncé. Fashion would not be fashion without his exposed garter belts and fishnet stockings – more of his backstage-as-front-stage ethos – and it took the world decades to catch up with his matter-of-fact mingling of races and sexualities. His integrations didn’t seem intellectually derived so much as a no-muss, no-fuss privileging of talent and originality wherever it could be found.’

Romania: On The Border Of The Real


Adam Thirlwell writes: ‘Cristian Mungiu’s latest movie, Graduation—for which he won Best Director at Cannes last year—opens with an establishing shot of a dusty European square surrounded by small apartment blocks, then quickly cuts to an interior: a neat living room, with lamps and sofa and table. And there the camera lingers. You might think it a photograph, if net curtains weren’t moving slightly at the picture’s edge. There are a few lulling seconds of noise from the off-screen square: cars, children playing. Then abruptly a rock is thrown through the window—and the curtains flare out wildly.’

14 Biggest Harry Potter Scandals

Rags-to-riches billionaire author J.K. Rowling is nothing if not protective of her life’s work. Since the release of the first novel in the Harry Potter series 20 years ago, Rowling and her corporate sidekicks Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Warner Bros. have gone after everyone from the U.S. Army, adolescent girls and sweet old librarians – and Rowling herself was accused of stealing her entire storyline from a penniless writer who wrote an 18-page book before he died. In the meantime, the teenage stars of the Harry Potter films found time to do a little damage as well: They got high, lost their virginity to a cougar and flashed their undies to the world. Here are the 14 most shocking Harry Potter scandals of all time.

TV: Sunday-Night Scorecard

Veep: In the season finale, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, pictured) finally got the one thing that she wanted: another chance at the presidency. Grade: B+. Silicon Valley: The fourth season ended with some good news for Pied Piper and some bad news for Ehrlich. Grade: B. Twin Peaks: The eighth chapter of David Lynch’s increasingly experimental revival can most be described with two words: nightmare fuel. The episode was so surreal I’m going to have to watch it again to know what happened. Grade: A.

Angela Lansbury To Join “Little Women”

She may have retired from life upon the wicked stage, but Angela Lansbury, 91, isn’t slowing down much. She is in talks to join the cast of “Little Women,” a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. No, she won’t be playing Jo or Meg or Beth or Amy. She will be Aunt March. Lansbury is also in the upcoming movie “Mary Poppins Returns.”