Cuban Ballet Star Is Dead

Alicia Alonso, who overcame near-blindness to become a charismatic ballerina of unusual range and power, and who helped found what became, with Fidel Castro’s support, the National Ballet of Cuba, died on Thursday in Havana. She was 98. Read the Times obit here.

“Billions” Creators Doing Uber Series

Brian Koppelman and David Levien are developing a limited series about ridesharing company Uber for Showtime.
The “Billions” creators and — you know, that show that stars Damian Lewis, pictured — will serve as writers and executive producers on the series, which will be based on Mike Isaac’s book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber.” Isaac will serve as co-executive producer on the project, which will be produced by Showtime.

MOMA Opens After $450 Million Renovation

It has the world’s finest modern art collection. But now the revered museum is rebalancing its walls – massively boosting work by women and artists of color, including the work above, by Faith Ringgold.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” Musical Heads For B’way

It hasn’t even opened out-of-town (that’s next month, in Seattle) and the musical version of “Mrs. Doubtfire” has announced a Broadway engagement for next spring. Why move so fast? Real estate? (A theater became available.) The strength of the property? (The movie appeals to families.) Jerry Zaks is busy the second half of 2020? (With “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman.) Who knows.

Why Elizabeth Warren Loves “Ballers”

The candidate explains to EW why she’s a fan of HBO’s comedy.

Downey As (Dr.) Doolittle

Mark Harris, whose marvelous book “Pictures at a Revolution” dealt in part with the Rex Harrison “Dr. Doolittle,” watched this new trailer and said: ‘Nothing like selling a $175 million children’s movie with a cover of a song that says, “My pathetic claim that this world is full of joy and wonder is actually a hollow and despairing sigh into the abyss. Goodbye forever.’

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: “Gemini Man” hasn’t charmed the critics — will it charm the audiences? “Parasite” looks terrific — can’t say the same about the new “Addams Family.” TV/Streaming: Maybe this will be the weekend when I catch up with “The Great British Baking Show” and even lower myself to watch “Poldark.” Music: Why do I find myself listening once again to the song stylings of Miss Julie Wilson? Books: I applaud the investigative doggedness of Ronan Farrow but I have no desire to read an entire book by him. Do you? Sports: I’ve been weakening and watching baseball when I should be watching Premier League: I am not perfect. Finally: Candy corn is bad for the teeth — but that doesn’t stop people from stuffing their faces with it.