Commentary: With emotions on the surface during lockdown, a critic gives thanks 8 different ways
The mood swings, needless to say, have been enough to usher in a new swing era.My wife and I are constantly forgetting what day it is. She leans forward, mistaking Thursday for Friday or even Saturday; I lean backward and think if it’s Thursday, it must be Tuesday. We have been writing a lot. The frivolous, distraction-minded stuff feels both right and wrong. The grim, business-related prognoses feel both wrong and right.I’ve been talking to vulnerable, valiant folks in the Chicago film industry: exhibitors, distributors, programmers, projectionists, digital-platform workers scrambling to figu...
Bob Dylan releases his longest song ever, a new single about John Kennedy assassination
Bob Dylan often has things to say in dark times. He threw another surprise late Thursday night in these uncertain days of COVID-19. On Twitter, Dylan dropped a new (old) song, “Murder Most Foul.”It’s the longest song he’s ever recorded —– 16 minutes, 56 seconds (25 seconds longer than 1997’s epic “Highlands,” for you Dylanologists).“It was a dark day in Dallas,” Dylan starts on “Murder Most Foul.” “November ’63. A day that will live on in infamy.”Yes, it’s the story of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the death of the dream and the ideals that he stood for.Backed by impressionis...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Roger Waters postpones tour due to COVID-19: 'If it saves one life, it's worth it'
Roger Waters has postponed the highly anticipated This Is Not a Drill North American tour to 2021.The move was made “due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic,” according to a news release.“The bad news is: I’ve had to postpone my tour until next year,” Waters says. “Bummer, but if it saves one life, it’s worth it.”The news impacts three venues in California — Staples Center in Los Angeles, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento and Chase Center in San Francisco. Waters was originally scheduled to perform Sept. 10-11 at Staples, Sept. 23 at Golden 1 Center and Sept. 25-26 at Chase Center.Those wit...
The Mercury News
Stranded in San Diego, Spanish guitar star Pablo Sainz Villegas keeps playing
SAN DIEGO — Because of the coronavirus, classical guitar star Pablo Sainz Villegas is stranded in San Diego — or, more specifically, La Jolla. That puts him almost 6,000 miles away from his wife, Valeria, at their home in Madrid, which — like all of Spain — is now under a nationwide lockdown.His March concert tour of Germany has been canceled, along with his April tour of Japan. The May recording of his new album in Los Angeles is on hold. So is pretty much everything else on his schedule, although he is currently brainstorming ideas to take his duties as the La Jolla Music Society’s first edu...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hugh Jackman's 1998 London production of 'Oklahoma!' streaming for free this weekend
With Broadway and London’s West End shows cancelled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, theater geeks and musical fans don’t have to miss out on their fix to premium offerings.Especially when it’s free.Starting Friday, BroadwayHD is offering fans a few streaming opportunities to see London’s National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s epic show “Oklahoma!” starring Hugh Jackman.“Oklahoma!,” which wrapped a phenomenal Broadway reimagining helmed by Daniel Fish last year, is considered the quintessential American musical.Set in the Indiana territory (to be known as Oklahoma)...
New York Daily News
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry secretly move to Los Angeles ahead of coronavirus lockdown, reports say
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their move to leave Canada and settle permanently in Los Angeles before the border between Canada and the United States were shut last Friday, according to reports.The Sun first reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took a private flight from British Columbia to the Los Angeles area sometime before Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump closed the border between the two countries. They are now, like other Californians, sheltering in place, The Sun said.People magazine cited a source who said that the couple and their 10-mont...
The Mercury News
Coronavirus tests: Prince Charles and other celebrities still getting them but not Kathy Griffin and most everyone else
Comedian Kathy Griffin offered herself up as evidence that President Donald Trump is “lying” after he recently gloated about the number of coronavirus tests the United States has carried out.Griffin said on Instagram Wednesday that she had been denied a test, even though she’s in “a COVID-19 isolation ward in a major hospital,” suffering from “unbearably painful symptoms.”If Griffin doesn’t get her test, that would make her rare in celebrity world. Just consider Prince Charles, or other rich and famous people including Kris Jenner, Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and Kevin Durant. They reportedly haven’...
The Mercury News
Movie review: Family drama 'Uncorked' fuses hip-hop culture with passion for wine
HBO’s “Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny makes his feature directorial debut with a family drama, “Uncorked.” It’s the story of a young man in Memphis, Elijah (Mamoudou Athie), whose dreams of becoming a master sommelier conflict with his father Louis’ (Courtney B. Vance) hopes that he’ll take over the family barbecue joint.“Uncorked” opens with a scene of Elijah at work in a wine shop, suggesting wines to a comely customer with a variety of hip-hop analogies. The reliable chardonnay is the Jay-Z of wine, while the spicier pinot grigio is the Kanye West, and, the sweeter riesling is of cours...
Tribune News Service
It's the perfect time to binge on screwball comedies. Here are our critic's top 7
Always meant to catch up with movies you missed from the maddeningly prolific Spike Lee? Recently discovered Bong Joon-ho, because of the Oscar love, and curious what he did before “Parasite”? Now’s the perfect time to dive into our best directors and most compelling themes, so we’re presenting a weekly Top 7 to steer you in the right direction — and because my Top 7 in any given category won’t be your Top 7, maybe start an argument, too.Not much good ever came from censorship or the Great Depression, but at least they gave us screwball comedies. The fizzy genre, which had its heyday from the ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Livestreaming surges as a way for artists to connect with fans during pandemic
ST. LOUIS — Concertgoing as we know it is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, but artists are finding creative ways to stay visible.As tours, festivals and concert venues have shut down and gatherings of people are banned, livestreaming has surged to the forefront.“We’re still getting gigs, but they’re online now,” says St. Louis pop/Americana artist Cara Louise. “It’s a completely brand-new wheelhouse.”Bronx native DJ D-Nice had the world grooving Saturday night when he went live with his “Homeschool” Club Quarantine broadcast on Instagram. Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Drake,...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch