If you’re a jerk, it’s useful to have a midlife crisis; it gives your irresponsible behavior an existential sheen. Almost certainly, the term is overused.
Del Toro took the top honor for The Shape of Water while Peele won best first-time director for Get Out. Peele said it was the best year of his life, and added, “For everyone in this room, what we do is important, what we do is powerful. … Keep doing the only thing we know how to. Keep using your voice. It’s the most powerful weapon we have against evil.”
The process is intense – and lengthy. “Sue is making way for a replica skeleton of a new dinosaur, the largest-ever-found Patagotitan mayorum, to take occupancy of the central hall. Over the course of February, the tyrannosaur will be deconstructed, spirited upstairs to its new home in the museum’s former 3-D theater on the second floor and then remounted in place for an unveiling in early 2019.”
The truth may finally come to light. “Accounts from the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, who has maintained he witnessed an explosive, alcohol-fueled fight between Ms. Wood and [Robert] Wagner immediately before her disappearance, have long stoked speculation of foul play. Investigators said they have two new witnesses who support Mr. Davern’s account.”
About 40 percent of the adult population is literate, and wars both international and civil still rock the country. But, says one bookseller, “In a turbulent, troubled society, curling up with a book has become the best tonic around.”
As generations of parents giving daughters journals and blank books might suspect, it was a diary – but not simply the mechanical act of writing down her day or recording her thoughts. Instead, the break between who she was in person and who she was in her diary became too strong. “I had to stop writing my diary and channel the desire to tell the truth – my most unutterable truths – into an invented story.”
Antony Beever, the historian whose 20-year-old book was suddenly banned in Ukraine (and who has seen his books banned in Russia as well), writes, “It was an astonishing own goal by the Ukrainian committee of experts when the country wants to be seen as more democratic and western than Vladimir Putin’s Russia to their north.”
The opera hasn’t had a costume sale for nine years, and people snapped up tickets quickly. Not everything is on sale, of course: “Pieces of the Dutch National Opera’s recent history — the sweat, drama and flecks of fake blood — may end up at other opera houses or in the closets of avant-garde dressers. The house plans to keep its prized pieces for its archives.”
Actor Lupita Nyong’o appears in the Marvel superhero movie. Her father, a politician in Kenya, writes about why he believes the film will be more than a superhero movie to the continent of Africa: “Just imagine an African nation that was never colonised, had its own civilisation and decided to develop on her own steam by empowering her people without leaving the women behind. What would such a nation be capable of doing, especially when it discovers that it has some precious minerals that it can sell to the outside world and use the wealth to modernise society without destroying her own culture and way of life?”
Quentin Tarantino doesn’t come off very well, either. Thurman says, “I went from being a creative contributor and performer to being like a broken tool.”
“Roeper was one several prominent journalists, sports stars, politicians and celebrities who had paid to increase their Twitter followers with fake accounts, according to a New York Times report published over the weekend. Roeper’s Twitter following currently numbers over 225,000, but it was not specified by the Times report how many of those followers were fake.”
Weiss did not respond to a request for comment, but she told friends she was notified weeks ago that her position was being eliminated. Weiss had been covering theater and dance for the Sun-Times since 1984 (which actually makes it 34 years).