Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “The Lego Movie 2”: how can you resist? “What Men Want” interests me solely because of the appealing Taraji P. Henson. TV/Streaming: When I cruise through the Netflix offerings I’m starting to feel the way I do when I cruise through the cable-TV guide: 500 things and nothing I want to watch. In other words: it’s time to re-watch “The Wire.” Music: Nothing soothes my savage breast more than listening to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing Handel. And nothing feels more joyful than listening to The Staples Singers. Books: Janet Malcolm has a (new) collection of (old) essays: “Nobody’s Looking at You.” Sports: The NBA All-Star game takes place this weekend in Charlotte — and I’ll be watching! Finally: It’s that time of winter when I’m suddenly, hopefully aware that the days are getting longer.

R.I.P., Albert Finney!

“Gypsy” Movie Back On: No Barbra

“Gypsy” is coming back togetherNew Regency has come aboard to finance, and negotiating to direct is Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is coming off winning four Emmy Awards for writing, creating, exec producing and directing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Joel Silver is producing. And, no, Streisand won’t be playing Mama Rose. No one has been cast yet.

Quotation Of The Day

“Imagine if people turned on the Super Bowl and were told that instead of a football game, we’re going to have a televised debate about kneeling during the national anthem. That’s what the Oscars have become, what Hollywood is becoming.” —  Richard Rushfield.

Beck, Robyn: Lego Movie Song

Beck has shared a new song featuring Robyn and the Lonely Island. It’s called “Super Cool” and it appears on the soundtrack for The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part. Check it out here. The full soundtrack is out today. It also features contributions from Matt and Kim, Dillon Francis, T-Pain, and others

Joni Tribute CD: Great Line-up!

Joni Mitchell tribute album, celebrating her 75th birthday, will feature live renditions of the singer’s songs by Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and many others. The record, Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, will come out on March 8th. It contains a recording of a tribute concert that was held in her honor in Los Angeles last November.


Ever since the 2004 re-opening, I’ve found New York’s Museum of Modern Art fairly unpleasant to navigate: no flow, as many have said. The work being done during this year’s closing may make sense curatorially, but it won’t address — and isn’t intended to address — my architectural beef with the institution.