About 200 protesters gathered outside E! headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard Thursday at 11:30 to support striking writers on the network’s talk show “Fashion Police.” The hour-long rally was boisterous and featured speeches by about half a dozen writers from the show and elsewhere. Chanting “Joan Rivers, can we talk?” and “What do we want? Contract! When do we want it? Now!” the protestors are asking for both increased wages and benefits. The rally was organized by the WGA. Read more »
Are you listening, you wealthy LW readers? I’m talking about “Pablo Picasso,” or as art world denizens call it, “the Zervos,” the most prominent catalogue raisonné of Picasso’s paintings and drawings. Comprising 33 volumes and more than 16,000 images, it was the result of an intense four-decade collaboration between the artist and Christian Zervos. Now, it’s being reissued. The pre-order price will be $15,000 for the set; upon the work’s release in November, it will climb to $20,000. While the price tags may startle, in its reissuing publisher’s view they are “irrelevant” to his target audience: “You can’t buy anything original by Picasso for less than $500,000, or maybe a couple hundred thousand dollars, that’s any good,” the reissuer said.
Dogs, cats, horses — even a donkey. They’ve all been lost and found in the days after a tornado hit Moore. Here’s info on the animal rescues — and one woman’s quest for her parrot. Don’t you feel like a sucker for how much time you spend watching such stories? I know I do, but like everyone else I can’t help it.
“Nebraska,” the movie by Alexander Payne, has been screened at Cannes. THR responds: “A bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally economically parched homeland.” Hollywood-Elsewhere is less impressed: “Much of it is about capturing the banality of sedentary midwestern lifestyles, and the whole thing just feels overly measured and mid-range and almost resigned.”
Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” seems to be rising, while Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is still unbudged from the top. Can’t believe how many crap artists are on the list this year: Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne.
Shazam, the content-recognition app developer, has finally added a critical feature that media companies and advertisers have been seeking for years — the ability to ID songs, TV shows and ads without having to be told. Until now, every time users wanted to “Shazam” a song or TV show to get more info, they have needed to initiate the audio-based content-recognition sequence. The new iPad app eliminates that step, by constantly listening for media and pulling up the associated tags in a carousel at the top of the screen.
Raised in devastated Beirut, electro popster Yasmine Hamdan has become the modern face of Arabic music. Over the course of five albums, she has established a distinctive sound focused around her deliciously smoky voice, mingling old Arabic song with her own compositions, and embracing unexpected musical experimentation – notably working with producers Read more »