It's going to be huge.
I read this headline on Complex, and had to keep re-reading it, because I knew I had to be wrong: Plantation Where “Django Unchained” Was Filmed Is Now the First Slavery Museum in America. Wait. What? It’s 2015, and this is the first slavery museum in the United States of America? But then I thought about the African American history museums I’d visited, and all the art museums, and that awesome King Tut exhibit, and all the art museums, and the Children’s Museum (my favorite one being in Boston—ohhh the field trips!), and the Salem Witch Trials exhibits, and, well. I’ve been to a lot of museums, and I’ve even been on former plantations in the South, but no—no slavery museums. In AMERICA! But that’s all going to change now, and The New York Times wrote a big story about it. Click inside for more.
The print run has been expanded to 5 million copies
Legions of people lined up for hours at newsstands and stores all around France this morning in an effort to buy this week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo magazine, exactly one week after terrorists launched an attack on the Parisian offices of the satirical magazine. Charlie Hebdo usually goes to print with a weekly run of 60,000 copies but this week’s print run was expanded to 1 million copies, then 3 million copies and now 5 million copies. The issues of Charlie Hebdo that went on sale at newsstands and stores in France today sold out completely in minutes. Click through the gallery presented here to see photos of the people of France snapping up every single copy of Charlie Hebdo that went on sale today. Then, click below to watch video of Renald Luzier, the cartoon artist who drew the cover of this week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo. He is a cartoonist for the magazine who overslept last week and failed to go in to work on the day that the terrorist attack claimed the lives of 12 people. The video is, just, wow. More »
Contract re-negotiations FTW
This is a really interesting story, and I’m very curious to see if we’ll be hearing similar reports for other movies. Before the Sony hack, some of us may have actually believed that the people running things in Hollywood weren’t racist and/or sexist, but those e-mails spoke volumes about the true state of affairs over there. We learned that, even though Jennifer Lawrence was the highest grossing actor of the year, she made less money than some of her male co-stars. And now we’re learning that Academy Award winner Charlize Theron was in a similar boat. However, she just re-negotiated her contract for the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and is now getting an equal salary to Chris Hemsworth. Click inside for more!
Totally terrifying... and pretty cool.
I just read a really cool essay on The New York Times, and I have to share with all of you. We don’t get into too much on the blog (unless our minds are boggled by a particular celebrity relationship), but sometimes the question of love comes up and it’s always interesting to hear what you all think. Mandy Len Catron’s essay on modern love is titled, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” and damn, I just could not resist reading it. While I do consider myself to be romantic, I also believe we choose who we love and I guess I also think that if you put just about any two people together, under the right (or wrong) circumstances, feelings could develop. Apparently, there’s been a whole psychological study devoted to this very idea, and some interesting things have happened. Click inside for more!
Posted under: The New York Times
Double hostage standoffs
Two hostage standoffs took place in France earlier today that resulted in the killing of the men who carried out the terrorist attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France earlier this week. Hours ago, brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi were tracked to a print shop near Charles de Gaulle Airport where they reportedly took a hostage in an effort to fend off police. Elsewhere, a second hostage standoff took place at a kosher deli that was orchestrated by a man named Amedy Coulibaly, an associate of the Kouachi brothers, who is accused of killing a policewoman yesterday and who is now believed to have been a possible third gunman in the Charlie Hebdo attack. Police were able to successfully storm both hostage standoffs and have killed both the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly. All of this took place just moments ago in France and it all unfolded live on TV. Wow. More »
1 suspect has turned himself in, 2 remain at large
The world was horrified yesterday by the shocking news of the terrorist attack on the offices of the French publication Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead. As the day unfolded, lots of information came out of Paris that seemingly told the story of what transpired yesterday when armed gunman stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo in what looks to be a well-planned terrorist assault. Last night, the information got murky when it was initially reported that the gunman had been apprehended (they weren’t) and one of the suspects was killed (he wasn’t). As the reported settled down a bit, actual facts began to emerge. At this point, two of the suspects (the armed gunman who carried out the attack) are still at large and have been identified as brothers Said and Chérif Kouachi. The third suspect (believed to be the getaway driver) is an 18-year old who turned himself in to police. As the search for the murders was carried out by authorities, the brave and resilient people of France gathered together in public spaces to unify in solidarity against the atrocity that was carried out in Paris. People gathered together all over the world last night to stand with France. The world was Charlie Hebdo last night. More »
At least 12 people have been killed, 3 gunman still at large
Earlier today, armed gunman stormed the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in what is very obviously a terrorist attack on the publication. Charlie Hebdo has a storied reputation of publishing scathing and oftentimes offensive satire on religion and political figures, a reputation that has made the magazine the target of threats of violence. The offices of Charlie Hebdo were fire-bombed back in 2011 after the magazine published a cartoon that lambasted Islam. Today’s deadly massacre of a reported 12 people — including the magazine’s editor-in-chief — appears to be a more forceful attack on the publication and what it stands for … freedom of speech. As France reels from this horrific attack, new information about the shooting continues to make its way out of Paris. More »
'What I'm looking for is some kind of leadership...'
The movie Selma is going into wide release in the next couple of days, and I really cannot say enough good things about it. I ranked the movie 2nd on my list of 11 Best Movies from 2014, and I wrote a cover story on it for Paste Magazine last week. It’s an unforgettable story that really does shake up a lot of myths and misunderstandings about the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr. Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper (please look up that name!), and she’s also one of the film’s producers. Because the story has obvious parallels to current events in America, Winfrey was asked about Ferguson and the recent protests. Her response isn’t sitting well with a lot of folks. Click inside for more.
So, did you watch?
From the first time I saw a trailer for The Interview, I just had no interest in the movie. I LOVED Pineapple Express and I think Seth Rogen and James Franco can make a good team, but this one just wasn’t doing it for me. I had no intention to watch it, and that didn’t change, in spite of the controversy. So, I didn’t contribute to the $15 million that this movie made online (or the millions it made in theaters, in limited release), but if you did, I’m very curious to hear your thoughts on the movie. Click inside for more!
Posted under: 'The Interview'
Bringing in the private investigators
I’m not sure if we’ve heard from the last accuser, but it’s been fairly quiet on the Bill Cosby front since Beverly Johnson came forward with her story. Since then Bill Cosby’s wife has come out in defense of her husband, and now it appears that Cosby is taking steps to discredit his accusers. This is the part of rape trials and public accusations that we’ve all been warned about, so I think I know what to expect. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Bill Cosby