Meek Mill: From Thousands To Pennies

It looks like Meek Mill is on his “best behavior,” as he seems to be gaining some pretty decent prison perks. According to a rep for the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute – Chester, where Meek is currently serving his 2-4 year sentence, the rapper is a part of the general labor crew and working multiple prison jobs for 19 cents an hour. While this is a far cry from raking in thousands of dollars for an appearance, what’s most significant about Meek’s temporary career change is not the tremendous wage difference, but rather the requirements needed to gain one of these jobs.

At Least It’s Going To A Louvre

Salvator Mundi – the painting depicting Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci recently auctioned for a record $450m – is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the new museum. A Saudi prince has been revealed as the mystery buyer of the work at auction last month. at an auction last month. Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, who is not known to be an art collector, was the highest bidder. Bader is close with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who has been leading an anti-corruption purge in the country. The Louvre branch in Abu Dhabi will house the painting, the museum said.

Quotation Of The Day

“A bad musical stinks to high heaven, but when a musical works, there’s nothing like it. It’s everyone coming together and opening their heart.” The speaker is Hugh Jackman, whose new musical movie, “The Greatest Showman,” I found occasionally entertaining but nothing more. Jackman wants to return to Broadway, in something new. Good for him.

JB Ghuman Jr’s New Work Is Beautiful

Best known for his award-winning musical comedy, “Spork,” my soul buddy and former housemate JB Ghuman Jr. has directed music videos for EDM musicians including Luciana and Cazwell, and the Double Duchess “Good Girl Freak Out” video that starred his close personal friend, Kelly Osborne. Ghuman Jr.’s latest, titled “kEEp scrEEming,” is a 30-minute film that took nearly five years to create. It draws inspiration from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and as he explains it, it is not intended to teach or lecture, but rather to activate minds and hearts. The music is a mash-up of pop and contemporary influences. If you’re not into those sounds then watch with the audio off. The visuals are worth it!

ICA Miami Finds First Permanent Home

After an unconventional launch in 2014, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Miami has opened its first permanent home—a new 37,500 sq. ft building in the city’s Design District. The privately-funded institution began operating in temporary quarters nearby in December 2014, shortly after it was founded by the former board of the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MoCA NoMi) following a legal battle with the city. The new venue, designed by the Madrid-based firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, was funded by Read more »

Blondie Does “Doom” With Joan Jett

Debbie Harry and Joan Jett co-host an apocalyptic news broadcast in Blondie’s bleak yet hilarious “Doom or Destiny” video. The rock legends tease a series of foreboding headlines, referencing global warming, Russian election meddling, nuclear war and President Trump’s “grab ’em by the pussy” comment from the leaked Access Hollywood tape.

Oh, No! Travolta’s Gotti Pic Is Shelved

Lionsgate’s “Gotti” mob drama is sleeping with the fishes. The production company has pulled the John Travolta biopic about the infamous mobster from its schedule and sold it back to Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films just 10 days before its planned release. The movie was planned to be released Dec. 15. “Gotti” also stars Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston as Victoria Gotti and Stacy Keach as Gotti’s mentor. “Gotti” was the only so-bad-it’s-good flick I was looking forward to seeing this holiday season.