Amazon Will Open Physical Bookstores

Any time a bookstore opens, I smile. So Amazon’s rumored plan to open hundreds of them is great news. Even if it turns out to be only one, I’m still cheering.

Charlie Puth: “Nine Track Mind”

Pitchfork says: ‘There are 12 tracks on Charlie Puth’s debut album “Nine Track Mind,” which is either three or 12 too many. But no matter; the album is a smoothly executed pitch deck of exactly what will perform on pop radio in 2016, and Puth—pronounced “Pooth,” and the slice through his right eyebrow is from a childhood canine attack, if you’re wondering—will do just fine. The 24-year-old Berklee College of Music graduate and former Read more »

Pee-Wee Movie To Premiere Next Month

Pee-wee’s Big Holidaywill have its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas, next month, ahead of its Netflix debut on 18 March. Paul Reuben revives his role for the family comedy about Pee-wee going on his first-ever vacation. Paul Reubens, who plays Pee-wee, is 63.

The Coens’ “Caesar!”: Droll Or Deadly?

Variety looks atHail, Caesar,” and enthuses: “The Coen brothers deliver a gorgeously crafted romp through vintage Hollywood in this droll and ruminative entertainment.’ But THR insists: ‘As a comedy about early 1950s Hollywood, the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” has trouble achieving lift-off, and even then can barely manage to stay airborne much longer than Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.’ The cast includes George Clooney and Channing Tatum.

Do Art Galleries Still Matter?

Art Basel director Marc Spieler addresses that question. He mentions the kind of in-person discussions that gallery-going stimulates, and says: ‘No matter what else changes in the world and in the art world, that type of conversation, that vibrant talking, will remain the essential part of what it means to be a great gallerist.”

“Hamilton” To Open Grammy Awards

When was the last time the Grammys featured a live performance from another location? Not since Amy Winehouse in 2008. “Hamilton” will be doing something similar, as it will open the Grammy awards broadcast on February 15th. Ticket holders for that day’s matinee needn’t worry about being disappointed like patrons during the blizzard: the number will be performed on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, with the awards taking place in L.A..

“Baahubali” Blockbuster To Be Expanded

The character entertainment company Graphic India to expand its blockbuster “Baahubali: The Beginning” across formats including comic books, novels, animation and gaming. 2015 release “Baahubali: The Beginning”, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, and produced by Arka’s Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, grossed more than $88 million worldwide. A shorter international version cut by Vincent Tabaillon, (“Now You See Me”, “Taken 2”) is set to roll out across 30 international territories. “The market is dominated by Western and Japanese animation. We want to see if Indian animation can work across the world,” one of the project’s backers told Variety.