May 23, 2019

Hollywood

"The Favourite, was a movie I truly wanted to love. Even now, sitting down to write about it a week later, I’m trying in retrospect to make myself love it."

"Cam has the brilliant audacity to argue that the internet isn’t about connecting people. Netflix’s slick, saucy new horror noir understands the existential terror of losing your carefully curated fictional internet persona."

"Post Malone’s music is dead-eyed and ignorant, astonishingly dull in its materialism, an abandoned lot of creativity with absolutely no evidence of traffic in his cerebral cortex — and there’s also a negative side..."

"Nicholas Parisi's new biography, 'Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,' fails to present a complete picture of the legendary screenwriter who did his best work outside the TV show that made him famous."

"After 35 years as the host of Jeopardy! it’s hard to imagine that the 78-year-old Trebek, who caused fans’ hearts to skip a beat earlier this year when he suggested he might retire in 2020..."

"All this means that for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson. And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona."

"Lee isn’t just responsible for the super hero movies of Marvel and DC, but his influence can be felt in Star Wars, Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and dozens of blockbuster franchises."

"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.”

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

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