Said Emanuel Macron last week in a speech given in Burkina Faso, “Africa’s patrimony must be celebrated in Paris but also in Dakar, Lagos, and Cotonou. This will be one of my priorities. In the next five years, I want the conditions to be created for the temporary or permanent restitution of African patrimony to Africa.”
With rumors having circulated for so many years, “it will come to the surprise of no one if tiny skeletons come tumbling out of James Levine’s closet like candy from a piñata. At the same time, if any and all of those accusations were to be untrue, no one would stop for a second to consider that an allegation is hardly proof. … And since you can’t prove a negative (or innocence, really), James Levine is now absolutely damned, because it’s just too convenient and all-too-plausible to believe what is being reported.”
The reggaeton-pop tune by Luis Fonsi, featuring Daddy Yankee, was number one in 47 countries.
Some of their “trailer reaction” videos actually boast more views than the trailers they reference, meaning that, mathematically speaking, a significant portion of their audience watch the reaction but not the trailers to which the reaction is, um, reacting.
His “cease and desist” and proceed “at your peril” letters to media outlets and accusers on behalf of clients are legendary. Recently, as The Times prepared stories in which more than 10 women accused Ratner of sexual misconduct, the lawyer sent the paper multiple letters filled with florid language and threats of litigation. The missives, which would not have seemed out of place in the Hollywood novels of Michael Tolkin and Elmore Leonard, were the pummeling prose of a legal pugilist looking for an early knock-out.
The digital commons fosters great communal benefits that go beyond being a publisher in the traditional sense. The fact that YouTube is open and free allows all kinds of creativity to flourish in ways that are not enabled by the entertainment industry. The tragedy is that it also empowers pornographers and propagandists for terror.
TV, the art form, is in its platinum age. But the future present of video packaging and distribution is on-demand and digital. TV the platform simply cannot survive under its current business model. It must evolve.
“The company is an outgrowth from, and a uniquely regressive example of, the 19th-century commercial opera houses that flourished through specialization, activity, and growth. August companies erected massive buildings, mounted expensive shows, packed in audiences, and concentrated prestige in the hands of very few gatekeepers, all of them men. That power structure produced a century and a half of lavishly misogynistic operas in which women are constantly going mad, turning into prostitutes, dying, or all three.”
Three men have now accused the conductor of abusing them when they were teenagers. “I don’t know why it was so traumatic,’ [Christopher] Brown, who is now 66, said in a recent interview at his home in St. Paul, Minn., fighting tears at the memory, which he said he was moved to share as part of the national reckoning over sexual misconduct. ‘I don’t know why I got so depressed. But it has to be because of what happened. And I care deeply for those who were also abused, all the people who were in that situation.'”
Advice from a critic: “You’ve paid a lot of money to attend the theater. Take a nap before you get there, or wait till you get home and fall asleep in front of the TV.”
There are budget problems, and the museum is about to close for seven months for renovations. How will El Museo stay connected and current? New executive director Patrick Charpenel “said he would organize panel discussions and publish books to ‘open a bridge of knowledge’ about the cultural contributions of Latinos and to explore subjects like immigration, exclusion and diversity.”
The absence of the president in the president’s box “is notable for several reasons. The gala is a fundraising event for the national arts center, and having a sitting president in attendance is a significant draw. In addition, the lasting image of the annually televised event features the first couple seated alongside the smiling honorees. This year’s celebration of the performing arts will air at 9 p.m on Dec. 26 on CBS.”
There’s no clear favorite now, with Spielberg’s The Post getting a different award, and both Ladybird and Call Me By Your Name winning multiple awards – and there’s always Get Out or The Florida Project, both of which are accumulating smaller awards as well. (Does that mean it’s a good year? Hm.)
Mundell Lowe, 1922-2017
Guitarist Mundell Lowe died today. He was 95. Lowe’s career began at 13 when he frequently went from his home in Laurel, Mississippi, to work at clubs in New Orleans’ French Quarter. … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2017-12-02
Quad Cinema Hosts Wyler Festival
WNYC’s Sara Fishko has produced a terrific audio piece about William Wyler and two of his best films — “Dodsworth” and “The Best Years of Our Lives” — both of which are playing among the … read more
AJBlog: Straight|UpPublished 2017-12-02
Unsettled at the Met: Breuer Building, Southwest Wing, Director’s Search
With the benefit of hindsight, it seems obvious that the Metropolitan Museum, under Tom Campbell‘s directorship, got way ahead of itself in making ambitious plans to undertake a $600,000 makeover of its Southwest Wing for … read more
AJBlog: CultureGrrlPublished 2017-12-01
Rolling Stone, Music Journalism, and the Baby Boom
A LOT of people I know have just finished — or are still deep into — the biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. Sticky Fingers is more than just the story of one … read more
AJBlog: CultureCrashPublished 2017-12-01
Whoa: “Each battery-powered light, called a ‘Pixie,’ is nestled on a diamond-shaped wooden plaque, and contains a microprocessor that sends signals to other Pixies in the forest. Each microprocessor is equipped with certain ‘behavioral rules’ that tell the Pixies how often and how quickly they should send signals to surrounding Pixies.”