Nick Cave described Anita Lane — the late singer-songwriter who worked extensively with the Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds — as “the smartest and most talented of all of us, by far,” in a tribute shared on his “Red Hand Files” site . Lane’s death was announced Wednesday, April 28th, though a cause and exact date of death have yet to be revealed. “You think you know grief, you think you’ve worked out its mechanics, you think you’ve become grief-savvy — stronger, wiser, more resilient — you think that there is nothing more that can hurt you in this world, and then Anita dies,” Cave wrote. He went on to share several memories of Lane, describing her as “radiating a piercing beauty of such force you stop breathing” and saying, as an artist, “she had a quickness of touch and a clear, light line full of humor,” but was always willing to toss a drawing away and start on the next. He later claimed that Lane “walked into the most prestigious art college in Australia … [Read more...] about Nick Cave Pays Tribute to Anita Lane: ‘The Smartest and Most Talented of All of Us’
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Responding to complaints about Grammy nominations made in secret, the Recording Academy voted today to eliminate the committees in charge of that process to create more transparency. The changes will be in effect starting with the 64th annual Grammy Awards , to be held on Jan. 31, 2022. Those awards cover music released during a 13-month window from Sept. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021. Today’s decision means selection committees will be eliminated for the four top prizes and all genre categories. The committees for 11 craft categories in production, packaging, album notes and historical recordings will remain. The nominees will now be chosen by the general Academy electorate. In conjunction with today’s decision, the board of trustees will also reduce to 10 from 15 the number of genre award categories the academy members may vote on, beyond the top four prizes, and added two awards: best global music performance and best música urbana album, a Latin category. The secret … [Read more...] about Grammy Board Eliminates Secret Nominating Process For Most Categories
SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Refresh for more analysis. Though the numbers aren’t as big as their opening weekends, an interesting tale continues at the weekend box office during the pandemic with New Line’s Mortal Kombat and Funimation/Aniplex’s Demon Slayer bound for a photo-finish of $6.1M in their second weekends. Really, it’s too close to call right now. Mortal Kombat had the slight upper hand last night with $1.85M , -80%, and 8-day total of $29.7M at 3,114 locations (+41 from last weekend). The second weekend for the Simon McQuoid-directed pic will be off a steep 74%. Demon Slayer did $1.81M (we’ll let you know if Funimation updates that) on its way to a second weekend that’s down 71% at 1,925 venues (+320). The manga feature adaptation’s 10-day total by EOD tomorrow looks to $33.9M. Related Story Glenn Close & Mila Kunis Drama 'Four Good Days', 'The Virtuoso', 'Separation' Hits Theaters - Specialty Preview Demon Slayer ended its … [Read more...] about ‘Mortal Kombat’ & ‘Demon Slayer’ Continue To Duke It Out In Second Weekend Of Box Office
Olympia Dukakis , the Oscar-winning actress best known for her roles in Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias , has died at the age of 89. 50 Greatest Romantic Comedies of All Time The actress’ brother Apollo Dukakis announced his sister’s death on Facebook Saturday. No cause of death was revealed. “My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City,” he wrote . “After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis [Zorich, Dukakis’ husband of 55 years who died in January 2018].” Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor and wit to the stage and screen for almost 60 years, including a stellar run of unforgettable roles in ‘Steel Magnolias’ ‘Tales of the City’ and ‘Moonstruck,’ for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar,” the Academy tweeted. “She will be missed.” Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor and wit to the stage and screen for almost 60 years, including a stellar run of unforgettable roles in "Steel … [Read more...] about Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-Winning ‘Moonstruck’ Actress, Dead at 89
At least, we know how low the Oscars can go. 10.4 million viewers. Less by 16.8 percent than Day 1 of the NFL draft . Lower by 61.3 percent than Joe Biden’s first speech to Congress, which was lower by 75 percent than Donald Trump’s. This is really low. It works out to 3.1 percent of the current United States population, down by four-fifths from 15 percent in 2001, which wasn’t even a record year. (That would be 1998, when Titanic took top honors.) Is it rock-bottom? Probably. You could scrape together 10.4 million viewers from Oscar publicists, extended family, and people who forgot to turn the television off when they decided to play Parcheesi or finish the ironing. So, a week after that dismal Academy Awards showing, the question becomes: What now? Related Story Bill Maher Flays The Oscars -"It Was Like, We Dare You To Be Entertained"; Calls Out Elon Musk On Bitcoin Apparently, leaders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are still … [Read more...] about As The Oscars Hit Bottom, Do Something, Anything. Call Bill Maher!