Following news that a Tennessee school board unanimously voted to ban the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus — a memoir about the Holocaust — the book’s author Art Spiegelman appeared on CNN to express his disappointment and “bafflement” about the situation. “I moved past total bafflement to trying to be tolerant of people who may possibly not be Nazis, maybe,” Spiegelman said, adding that — upon reading the minutes of the McMinn County Board of Education meeting — he was surprised Maus was banned more for language than for its content. “Dammit I can’t believe the word ‘Damn’ would get the book jettisoned out of schools on its own, but that’s really where the genuine focus seemed to be.” The legendary cartoonist added, “I think they’re so myopic in their focus and they’re so afraid of what’s implied and having to defend the decision to teach Maus as part of the curriculum that it led to this daffily myopic response.” “It has the breath of autocracy and … [Read more...] about Art Spiegelman Calls School Board Banning ‘Maus’ ‘Daffily Myopic’
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“I’m done.” So said Charlton Heston , the stoic but exhausted hero of the 1973 futurist thriller Soylent Green . The movie’s message: Society will self-destruct in the year 2022 even as rigid rules and secret efficiencies are imposed to cope with disease and food shortages. As we launch into Year 3 of the pandemic, there are fears that 2022 might eerily turn out to be the doomsday year forecast by that movie, with Omicron and its subsequent variants stirring anger and confusion. I’ve reached out to a mix of denizens of the entertainment community this week and found that the words “I’m done” comprise a frequent theme. Even Bill Maher, ever irascible at 66, has now joined the dissidents who reject what he calls the “mask paranoia.” He endorses the view of guest Bari Weiss that the U.S. has created “a pandemic of bureaucracy,” while Europe, by contrast, has learned to live with Covid -19. The public, meanwhile, seems baffled by the mixed signals. Government … [Read more...] about Peter Bart: A Chorus Of “I’m Done” Rings Through Hollywood As Year 3 Of Pandemic Opens
At one point in his four-part documentary We Need To Talk About Cosby , W. Kamau Bell hands an iPad to his interview subjects and invites each of them to watch the iconic scene from The Cosby Show where Cliff Huxtable’s family lip syncs to Ray Charles’ “Night Time is the Right Time” as an anniversary present for Cliff’s parents: One by one, you see many of Bell’s guests beaming despite themselves. And why shouldn’t they? The Cosby scene is a master class in pleasing its viewers — its Black viewers most of all. In voiceover, Bell notes that the Huxtable kids are not performing to the television audience, but to their adoring grandparents, making the famous moment “about Black love on full display.” The smiles are often tinged with sadness, though, because this particular piece of Black love — Bill Cosby ’s entire legacy, in fact — is tainted by the knowledge that Cosby was convicted of being a serial sexual predator who operated in plain sight of his adoring fans. (That … [Read more...] about ‘We Need to Talk About Cosby’ Explores the Sickening Double Life of ‘America’s Dad’
In one of Syrian-born artist Mohamad Hafez’s stunning 3D pieces, a figurine of the Virgin Mary stands before an ornate portal, her hands joined in prayer. The building around her, rendered in plaster, paint, rusted metal and found objects, is blasted to ruins. The artwork is titled “Why Have You Forsaken Us?” Hafez created the piece in 2017, in the midst of the civil war that has devastated the country of his birth, and reduced architectural treasures to smoking rubble. He constructed the work in Connecticut, where he lives, far from his native Damascus – a place that, for him and for so many others forced from their homeland, exists only in memory. The Oscar-shortlisted short documentary A Broken House , directed by Jimmy Goldblum , reveals the artist at work, carefully building and decorating his miniatures. And then damaging them. “Mohamad’s art is staggering when you see it in person,” Goldblum tells Deadline. “He creates a perfect sculptural rendition of … [Read more...] about “Staggering”: Oscar-Shortlisted Doc ‘A Broken House’ Enters A Syrian Artist’s Work, With A Snorkel Lens
Amazon Prime Video today unveiled the trailer of the upcoming Kannada comedy-drama, One Cut Two Cut . Starring Danish Sait in the lead role, this comedy adventure will stream on the service on February 03, 2022, in more than 240 countries and territories. The satirical comedy revolves around an art and crafts teacher Gopi, played by Danish Sait, whose first day at work becomes a task of saving the school which has been taken hostage by four radical social media activists. Directed by Vamsidhar Bhogaraju, and produced by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar and Gurudatha Talwar under the PRK banner, the film also stars Prakash Belawadi, Samyukta Hornad, Vineeth 'Beep' Kumar, and Sampath Maitreya, in pivotal roles. "We've had a long-standing association with PRK productions and to honour the creative prowess of Late Puneeth Raj Kumar, we recently announced a slate of three films, of which One Cut Two Cut is the first film to première on the service. We are thrilled to bring … [Read more...] about One Cut Two Cut Trailer Featuring Danish Sait Is High On Comedy And Adventure!
Back in March after being handed a loss on appeal , Olivia de Havilland ’s lawyer said the two-time Oscar winner’s battle with FX over the depiction of her in Feud : Bette and Joan was “ destined for a higher court.” Well, today destiny came calling for the cabler and the Ryan Murphy co-created limited series as the nearly 102-year old filed a petition with the California Supreme Court to keep the legal feud alive. “This Court should grant this petition, review and reverse the published Opinion, correct the legal standards applicable here, and reinstate the Ruling of the trial court, said the 38-page filing against the way the state’s anti-SLAPP laws and First Amendment protects were extended around Feud by California Court of Appeals 2nd Appellate District on March 26 ( read it here ). If accepted by the Golden State’s highest court, today’s petition aims to see that matter return to the state of affairs set in motion by LA Superior Court Judge … [Read more...] about Olivia De Havilland Takes ‘Feud’ Feud With FX & Ryan Murphy To CA Supreme Court