Dishing The Dirt On Ballet Stars

Sir Peter Wright, the leading producer-choreographer, now aged 90 and still working, is publishing a memoir that will reveal the extreme tensions and rivalries between some of the most brilliant but often highly strung artists.” For instance, he remembers Rudolf Nureyev being “unbearably rude” to Margot Fonteyn, who “would just shrug her shoulders.”

Tribute: Portishead Covers Abba’s “SOS”


Jo Cox, the British politician who was tragically killed last week, would have been 42 today. In honor of her tireless campaigning in support of refugees, iconic Bristol trip-hop band Portishead have released a video to go alongside their cover of Abba’s “SOS.”

Bill Simmons’s New Show Has Potential


THR pronounces: ‘People are likely to discuss the premiere of “Any Given Wednesday” with Bill Simmons, the launch of the centerpiece of the ESPN veteran’s lucrative new deal with HBO. They’re likely to pass around clips from the initial 30-minute episode, or at least they’re likely to pass around one clip from the episode, specifically Ben Affleck‘s five-plus minute…rant about the NFL’s mistreatment of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.’

Daniel Radcliffe On Kissing Paul Dano


In “Swiss Army Man” (out June 24), Daniel Radcliffe plays a dead guy opposite Paul Dano, the latest in what has become a series of unexpected roles for the former Harry Potter star. “My very quick pitch is that it’s a buddy comedy/adventure movie in which one of the buddies is dead,” Radcliffe said. “That would be me. I am the dead buddy. He’s really sweet. I think it’s a movie about accepting our own weirdness and being kinder to each other. Identifying in someone else is an incredibly powerful thing…even if that guy is dead.”

Moholy-Nagy Show At Goog: Superb

The Art Newspaper says: ‘The Hungarian artist and Bauhaus pioneer László Moholy-Nagy is a dream candidate for Guggenheim treatment. The artist’s first US retrospective in more than 50 years, “Future Present” (until 7 September) brings together more than 300 works in every imaginable medium to show how a law student and aspiring poet became one of the most experimental artists and influential teachers of the 20th century.’

HBO Cancels “Vinyl”

My friend Rich Cohen was one of the creators, but I can’t say that I’m sorry or surprised that HBO cancelled “Vinyl” after only one season. Its depiction of the rock ‘n’ roll scene in the 1970s never rang fully true to me (not that I was there) and the series was expensive to produce.

Bey And J Enjoy Lemonade Vacation

I’ve neglected to post anything on LemonWade about “Lemonade,” feeling that Beyonce was diluting the brand of this website with the release of her recent media project. But I’m happy to post a photo taken from her and her husband, Jay Z, on holiday in Hawaii with their darling little bundle of zillion-dollar-attired joy, Blue Ivy (pictured). Some little girls dream about mermaids. Blue Ivy wears a designer mermaid outfit.