Movies: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” for the masses, and the new Carey Mulligan pic for those who want to go “Far From the Madding Crowd.” Television: A lot of people find “Wolf Hall” a crashing bore, but somehow I keep watching. As for HBO’s Sunday-night comedies, “Veep” may win the awards, but “Silicon Valley” is funnier. Music: I’m still enjoying Rhiannon Giddens debut, “Tomorrow Is My Turn.” And I’m listening to Joni Mitchell in thanks that she’s not in a coma. Books: Langdon Hammer, the chair of Yale’s English department, has written “James Merrill: Life and Art,” about the late great American poet. I’ve just started, but so far: fascinating! Sports: Tomorrow’s big fight: a domestic batterer versus a homophobe. Finally: “It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May!”
If Eddie Redmayne‘s “Danish Girl” performance as the transgender Lili Elbe is locked for a Best Actor nom, will the Academy give another stunt-performance nom for Best Actor to Tom Hardy for his dual performance as London mobsters Ron and Reg Kray in Brian Helgeland‘s “Legend”? The Krays ruled London during the ’50s and ’60s (armed robberies, arson, assaults and the murders of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell). On top of which Ronnie was openly bisexual and probably killed his wife of eight weeks, Frances Shea, in a jealous rage. The brothers were sentenced to life terms in 1969 for two murders.
And just what is this Toronto marvel, on sale for $23 million? The modernist manse—dubbed “one of the most important private houses built in North America” by Glenn Lowry, the director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art—is as famous today, perhaps, as its now-dead master, Dr. James Stewart. It is house as autobiography, a catalogue of dreams commissioned and milked. Read more »
In two exclusive videos, David Lagercrantz, the Swedish author of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the fourth installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series, dives into Lisbeth Salander’s psyche. “I’ve heard people call Lisbeth Salander a psychopath,” Lagercrantz says in the video above. “But that’s so terribly wrong.” Stieg Larsson’s estate, as fans of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its sequels will note, specifically chose Lagercrantz to continue the internationally best-selling novels. Due to the overwhelming popularity Read more »
Let it be said: If Cher would star in a revival of the musical “Mame,” I could die happy. (You think I’m kidding? I’m not.) While awaiting that unlikely prospect (like Streisand and Josh Groban, Cher is mightily disinclined to do 8 shows a week for Broadway peanuts instead of Las Vegas millions), I follow Cher’s Twitter feed, which is analyzed brilliantly by Monica Heisey: ‘Cher just lets it all hang out. Reading her daily missives is like getting rosé drunk with your favorite aunt.’
Though I’m pleased that the Whitney Museum has opened a home more spacious than its previous digs on the Upper East Side, I can’t say that I’m thrilled by the building either inside or out. But I was pleased by what First Lady Michelle Obama said in her speech yesterday at the Whitney’s inauguration of its downtown building: ‘“There are so many kids in this country who look at museums and concert halls and think to themselves: ‘That’s not a place for me,’” she said. The first lady added that as a young girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago, she felt the same way. Read more »
But why do I smell a potential “Sex and the City 2” stinker? Hasn’t the moment passed for passed-out, drug-addled, champagne-swilling has-beensters? Jennifer Saunders, the Ab Fab co-star and creator, said she was titling the movie “Edina and Patsy” and that she had finally finished the first draft of the script. That draft is apparently in pretty good shape now. “There is a plot [for the movie] and that’s the miracle,” Saunders said in an interview Wednesday. “It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series, all those characters and we’re in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France.”