Porn Creeps Back Into Times Square

A billboard for Pornhub crept onto Times Square this week, reminding people of the good-bad ole days when the area was awash in the flesh trade. The billboard didn’t last long, but another one, featuring the porn star Riley, has.

Favorite Movie Candy By State

I’ve always been an M & Ms guy myself.

What Jessye Norman Told Me

I once sat next to her at a dinner. The USA had just invaded Iraq. I asked her what she thought of George W Bush. She could barely suppress her anger. “He is a small person with a small soul,” she replied. “And I don’t like small people.” In voice and talent and stature and bearing, Miss Norman was not small. RIP.

Ralph Fiennes Saves The World

I’m a huge Ralph Fiennes fan, so I was happy to read this story. “The King’s Man” has released a new high-octane trailer, giving insight into the secret organizations’ beginnings, showing off an ass-kicking villain in Rasputin, and featuring a Black Sabbath soundtrack.
As in the previously released teaser for the “Kingsman” prequel, the trailer features Ralph Fiennes as the Duke of Oxford, who recruits his protege Conrad, a young WWI hero played by Harris Dickinson, into the mysterious British intelligence agency.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Abominable” is Dreamwork’s latest for the kids…The thought of seeing “Judy,” about the final days of Judy Garland, has me reaching for the Xanax. TV/Streaming: Now that country music is over on PBS it’s time for new episodes of “Poldark”…I’ve started “hate-watching” “Succession” and I love hating it. Music: All that country music on PBS has sent Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to the top of the charts. Books: Pico Iyer’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Japan” is a quick, insightful read about a fascinating culture and country. Sports: The final regular-season weekend for baseball: will Pete Alonso reach the rookie record of 53 home runs? Finally: Great weather in the Northeast lately — does that portend a bitter winter?

Worst Movie Of 2019?

That’s the question the Guardian asks of James Franco’s “Zeroville.”

Relief From Bad News: Royal Wedding!

There will be another royal wedding next year: it was announced today that Princess Beatrice, the younger daughter of beleaguered Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is engaged to her boyfriend, property entrepreneur Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Buckingham Palace made the official announcement.