November 12, 2018

Hollywood

"Hasan Minhaj has achieved something few, if any, many have expected: “The Daily Show” alumnus has evolved the current events talk variety format beyond the structure set in place by “The Daily Show” as it was realized by Jon Stewart."

"Celebrities must take care that the messages they craft are informed and nuanced. Often, that is difficult to accomplish due to the platforms that celebrities utilize to reach their audience: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter."

"If one of the three Netflix films debuting in theaters does win an Oscar (Cuarón and Bullock already have one each), the prestige is Netflix’s to share—validation, perhaps, for a service that has been shunned by the film world before."

"This is comedy. And comedy is supposed to push the envelope. It’s supposed to find the humor in things that are otherwise serious. There’s good comedy and there’s bad comedy. But here’s the thing: Comedy will forever be subjective."

"Grande has been explicit that the song is not intended to be a “diss track,” and she even let a few of the exes mentioned listen to it before its release, though it’s unclear whether or not Davidson was afforded that privilege."

“Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.’s feud has everything: a physical altercation in couture gowns; the alleged leaking of private phone numbers on the internet; a 10-part Instagram saga; an odd call for a truce. The only thing missing from this clash of rap titans is an actual rap song, but that’s hardly necessary in our current era of social media-driven feuds.

The latest chapter in the now year-old squabble began on October 28 when news broke that Cardi’s sister, Hennessy Carolina, had accused Nicki of leaking Cardi’s phone number to fan clubs devoted to Nicki, leading members of those fan clubs to harass Cardi.

Nicki denied the accusation.

“You [Cardi] can’t control your sister, but you want me to control millions of fans,” she said on the 10th episode of her radio show on Apple’s Beats 1, Queen Radio, released this past week. “I’ve never leaked a number in my life … y’all continue to lie on me to make me look like a bad person.”

It seems fair to say that Nicki’s comments struck a nerve. In response, Cardi posted 10 different Instagram videos addressing Nicki and covering such topics as what kind of narrative Nicki is constructing; whether Nicki’s role in their feud is that of a victim, an aggressor, or the Street Fighter character Chun Li (a reference to Nicki’s latest album); how Cardi has turned down advertising deals that Nicki subsequently picked up (she specifically mentioned the denim brand Diesel); and how jealous Nicki is of Cardi’s success.”

"There’s probably some rock star out there whose life could only result in a boring biopic. But it takes a certain degree of, um, talent to make a crashingly dull movie about Freddie Mercury, one of the least drab humans who ever lived."

"One year after the #MeToo movement took off, new NPR-Ipsos polls show the nation deeply divided on sexual assault and harassment, with fissures running more along party lines than gender."

"Their comments partake of a long tradition. Trotting out the proverbial black friend as evidence of one’s open-mindedness or innocence in the face of controversy is hardly new."

"Horror movies give more screen time to strong female characters and attract a large female audience. But few female filmmakers get to work on them."

"Taylor Swift is telling her followers that she is voting and wants people to vote in elections, as well. In an Instagram post, she said, “…you need to register…Go to vote.org.”"

"On a visit to the U.K. this September I found a nation gripped by a BBC series called Bodyguard. But I had to fly back to New York, livid and thwarted, before the final episode aired. Thankfully, the show has now hit Netflix in the U.S."

"In providing some context about her friend Louis C.K., is she making a useful reintroduction into the public realm of a forgotten version of femininity?"

"... the film is a thrill that deserves an audience far wider than the usual horror heads. Jews are likely to find Halloween particularly poignant, as the story it tells is, in many ways, our own."

"In Luca Guadagnino’s lavish remake of the giallo classic, genre formula is upended for something far more audacious. It’s the latest ‘art-horror’ to confuse audiences."

“What responsibility do you think young, famous women have today to be activists?” I asked Bateman. “Are you tempted to leverage your fame for political reasons?”

"A Star Is Born isn't sexist or 'rockist' – it's a cutting insight into so-called 'authenticity.' Dig a little deeper than the backlash and Bradley Cooper’s film exposes a truth about the cost of old-school rock’n’roll masculinity."

"C.K. reportedly told the audience that it's been a 'weird year' where he's 'been to Hell and back' and at one point joked that he 'lost $35 million in an hour.'"

"The Conners is the Roseanne revival we should save had. Instead of making hay of culture war flashpoints, the spinoff stays focused on the family’s bleakly circumscribed reality."

“Consumers don’t want ads and don’t want to pay up for TV.”

“Writers from the sitcom’s original run weigh in: ‘You’re not telling a story about a strong matriarch anymore. It’s something else.’”

“Neil Armstrong was a quiet, sensible, level-headed guy, which makes him perfect for flying a spacecraft but not a particularly enthralling movie protagonist.”

“What is the 13th Amendment? A Kanye-inspired history lesson.”

“Taylor Swift, if you're going to talk politics, dig deeper.”

“The show's third season illuminates the hard work of living a better life.”

“How the architect of the Final Solution, an otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, became a star character for film.”

“Each iteration of the classic film draws audiences in with an allure that transcends generations.”

“Hollywood still hasn’t gotten over the Bush administration. It’s an ugly obsession.”

If you want television that truly reflects the human condition, look to cartoons.

“We associate a lack of makeup with authenticity, but that’s not the whole story.”

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"Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0. More than 30 years in the making, this new version of Mrs. Clinton, when she runs for president in 2020, will come full circle—back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994."

"The plan is based around a simple idea: Establish an Israeli desalination plant, built on Israeli land, funded by Saudi Arabia, the Europeans and others, that provides clean water to Gaza."

"Hasan Minhaj has achieved something few, if any, many have expected: “The Daily Show” alumnus has evolved the current events talk variety format beyond the structure set in place by “The Daily Show” as it was realized by Jon Stewart."

"Divided government means Trump will be in confrontational reelection mode while House Democrats and Senate Republicans fight and the deficit soars."

"Accepting the protesters' demand that Google eliminate mandatory arbitration in harassment and discrimination cases would force others to follow."

"The unconscious can perform astonishing feats of memory, but it can also play a remarkable role in creativity: sudden insights, solutions and life-enhancing ideas sometimes surface unbidden when the mind is adrift in unconscious reverie."

"For children of all ages, books about such charged topics are, in the words of one publishing executive, coming to be seen as more “retail-friendly.”"

"Whatever you do for your children, no matter how hard you push or how much you spend or how many advantages you give them, it won’t make a difference."

"Nutrition research is deeply biased by food companies.... The food industry has borrowed from the tobacco industry when it comes to distorting science."

"“I’m taking my exams and then I remember I’m not wearing pants.” These nightmares come years after I’ve left school, but they pop up when I’m worried about something else, like a looming deadline. "

"A myth linking Armistice and Kristallnacht - one that began with falsifying the war record of the 100,000 German Jews who fought for the Fatherland during World War I – still exists today."