Just when you thought he couldn’t get any more popular, Pope Francis ups the ante. The 77-year-old pontiff, rounding the corner to his one-year-anniversary at the helm of the Catholic church, is now the subject of a supermarket aisle fanzine called Il Mio Papa or “My Pope” complete with a smiley centerfold pin-up style photo of the pope clad in windswept vestments. The 66-page color magazine is the brainchild of Silvio Berlusconi’s Mondadori publishing arm, which has a string of gossip rags dedicated to Italian starlets and glitterati. But all you people who are gushing about the pontiff: he’s still all talk, not reformist action. He still excommunicates Read more »
Wall Street Journal: ‘When Jared Leto expressed his support for the “dreamers” who are resisting Venezuela’s government during the Academy Award ceremony this week, he became the latest actor to dive into the country’s bitter political divide. Leto’s declaration to millions of viewers set off a skirmish, with Venezuela’s communications minister retweeting, “Whoever had doubts that the U.S. had its nose inside Venezuela, there is no doubt now.” From pop culture to high culture, Venezuela’s conflict is leading actors, artists, athletes and fashion designers to voice their support for the antigovernment protesters, with a minority backing President Nicolás Maduro. This battle over Venezuelans’ hearts and minds is playing out as hundreds of thousands Read more »
The trailer assures that Will Gluck, Jay-Z and Will Smith‘s “Annie” (Sony, 12.19) is a spunky musical-comedy by way of Manhattan wealth porn. Not as hip-hop cool as I would have expected, but could be a hit. If “Annie” turns out to be half-decent then Quvenzhane Wallis could be Best Actress-nominated.
Kim Novak and Goldie Hawn took a beat-down from Oscar watchers the other night, their attempts to look younger through enhancement only making them look neither young nor old: just odd. But it isn’t only senior actresses who are binging on filler and “procedures” to make their cheeks look chipmunk-y, as you can see from this very recent photo of Lindsay Lohan. Sheesh.
Calling all New Yorkers: hie thee to the Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street. There, through Saturday, is running “Fred McDarrah: Save the Village,” an exhibition of McDarrah’s photographs. James Wolcott has seen and approved: ‘Iconic is an overused word (sometimes it seems as if every word today is overused), but McDarrah’s shots of Allen Ginsberg as Uncle Sam, Bob Dylan snapping a salute, Andy Warhol’s superstar menagerie, Robert F. Kennedy in the shadow of martyrdom, Susan Sontag looking like a German silent-film star, and Jack Kerouac making like a lumberjack messiah are inescapable images of a dirtier, mangier, more creatively churning time that is receding into legend. The photo that delivered the most unexpected kick was that of a gutty Tennessee Williams (pictured), looking like a rogue right out of “American Hustle.”‘
Big Boi, Wale, Common, and Daddy Yankee are all contributing to the HBO-sponsored mixtape, which drops Friday and will be exactly what you’d hope: rap songs about “Game of Thrones.” Big Boi (left) in particular is very excited about this project: “I’m really happy. I get to be part of the process of one of my favorite shows.” Also, he’s reading the books now, so he can find out what happens. Get in touch with Big Boi for all your “Game of Thrones” spoiler needs.