Wednesday , July 8 2020

Arts

‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ Review: The Life of Walter Mercado, Mystic

The story that is told in the documentary “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” is the familiar myth of a dreamer who finds tremendous fame, only to be pulled from the clouds by the sordid realities of life on the ground. If the film tends toward convention, it …

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Henry Martin, Wry New Yorker Cartoonist, Is Dead at 94

A naked man perched atop a bookcase asks his wife, “Have you noticed, Myrna, that I’m getting more and more neurotic?” An executive sitting behind a massive empty desk buzzes his intercom to tell his secretary, “Miss Tompkins, connect me with somebody.” An angel greets a newly risen man with …

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New List of Unproduced Plays Tallies Those Disrupted by Pandemic

Trying to salvage a spring and summer of shelved and scrapped scripts, the Kilroys, a group of Los Angeles-based female-identified playwrights and producers, is spotlighting new plays and musicals by female, transgender and nonbinary writers that have had their runs disrupted by the pandemic. More than 140 planned productions by …

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Kevin Rafferty, ‘Atomic Cafe’ Co-Director, Dies at 72

Kevin Rafferty, who with two co-directors turned archival material created to ease Americans into the nuclear age into “The Atomic Cafe,” a darkly comic 1982 documentary that both highlighted the absurdity of an earlier generation’s propaganda and suggested the unsettling possibility that we are still being so manipulated, died on …

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Tom Hanks says wearing a mask should be so simple

“The idea of doing one’s part should be so simple,” the 63-year-old actor said on the “TODAY” show Tuesday in his first TV interview since recovering from Covid-19. “Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. That alone means you are contributing to the betterment of your house, your work, …

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Justin Timberlake says all Confederate monuments must come down for the US to 'move forward'

(CNN)Justin Timberlake has become the latest public figure to call for the removal of Confederate monuments across the US. The musician and actor, who is from Tennessee, shared his thoughts regarding the monuments in an Instagram post on Monday. “There are roughly 1,848 confederate statues of in the US,” he …

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Randy Rainbow’s (Upper) West Side Story

The YouTube star Randy Rainbow was 10 when his family relocated to South Florida from Commack, N.Y. For those who are fond of identifying silver linings, the unfortunate move furnished young Randy with a keen sense of purpose: getting back to New York as soon as possible. “All the movies …

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‘Greyhound’ Review: At Sea in World War II, With Tom Hanks in Command

When the United States entered World War II in 1941, a huge challenge for its military was getting to where the fighting was, safely. Troops and equipment had to be moved over the water, even when protection from airborne forces was sporadic. In the Atlantic, this left Allied convoys vulnerable, …

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Review: In ‘Stateless’ on Netflix, Cate Blanchett (and Immigration)

Cate Blanchett was an executive producer as well as the star of Hulu’s “Mrs. America,” but the multi-Oscared actor actually made her debut as a television producer when the mini-series “Stateless” premiered in Australia in March. She also created the six-part drama, with the Australian writers Elise McCredie (a longtime …

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Hoping for a Theater Bailout? Better Head to London.

The last person you’d expect to emerge as the theater’s savior is Boris Johnson. Well, maybe not the very last. On Monday, Johnson, the British prime minister, announced a bailout to keep the arts alive in his country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The package of grants and …

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All signs look good for 'Mucho Mucho Amor,' Netflix's fond look back at Walter Mercado

Raised in Puerto Rico, Mercado started as a dancer and actor in telenovelas before basically stumbling onto his astrological forecasts shtick in 1969, wearing flowing robes and jewelry that made Liberace look positively modest. His gender-nonconforming exuberance proved scant impediment to wild success even amid an era of rampant homophobia, …

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Comedian Rickey Smiley's 19-year-old daughter shot multiple times

“I’m so mad right now, I don’t know what to do,” said Smiley, who hosts the “Rickey Smiley Show Morning Show” and is one of the stars of “DISH Nation.” “The reason I’m on Facebook Live is cause I just want you to see that it’s raw and it’s real. …

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Halle Berry apologizes and is no longer considering a transgender role in upcoming film

Berry apologized after discussing the role over the weekend in an Instagram Live video. “As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am …

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Lin-Manuel Miranda responds to 'Hamilton' slavery criticism

While it boasts a diverse cast including creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda who is of Puerto Rican descent, “Hamilton” has been criticized by those who believe it doesn’t accurately portray the horrors of slavery and glosses over the role in it played by America’s founding fathers. It’s a discussion which …

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