November, 2017

 

The Black Madonna, an Activist D.J., Wants to Turn Danc…

ELISABETH VINCENTELLI As a producer herself, Ms. Stamper’s two standout tracks so far, “Exodus” from 2012 and “He Is the Voice I Hear” from 2014, share an inspirational house groove. Now Ms. Stamper is working on her long-awaited debut album, which, she explained, will try to navigate the push-and-pull between clubbing’s opposite impulses. “When you look at dance music’s core canon, there’s always been a tension between two poles,” she said. “One is a kind of utopianism like ‘Promised Land’ by Joe Smooth, and on the other hand there’s theRead More


Bill Nye

CITY NEWS SERVICE A judge ruled Thursday that longtime TV personality Bill Nye will have to shore up his $37 million lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. that alleges the media giant engaged in questionable accounting and cheated him out profits from his show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dalila Corral Lyons agreed with defense attorney Lucia Coyoca that in order to establish a joint venture, Nye must show he would have been willing to share in any losses as well as all profits. Nye’sRead More


Review: In ‘The Disaster Artist,’ How to Fail at Moviem…

MANOHLA DARGIS Photo Dave Franco, left, and James Franco in “The Disaster Artist.” Credit Justina Mintz/A24 An ode to bad taste and dubious intentions, the ha-ha comedy “The Disaster Artist” involves one of the favorite topics of the movies: itself. It’s another story of crushed Hollywood dreams, one that unfolds through the eyes of Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), an aspiring actor who hitched himself to a phenomenon when he met Tommy Wiseau (James Franco, Dave’s brother). A would-be auteur, the real Mr. Wiseau became a minor cult figure after heRead More


Simmons Stepping Down After New Sexual Assault Accusati…

Music mogul Russell Simmons is reportedly stepping down from his various business enterprises following a fresh allegation of sexual assault leveled by screenwriter Jenny Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet. She leveled the allegations in a guest column penned in the Hollywood Reporter.  Lumet, responsible for penning the films “Rachel Getting Married” and “The Mummy,” wrote about an encounter she had with Simmons in 1991 when she was 24 years old. She says Simmons, who she had known for some time at that point, had been pursuing her doggedlyRead More


Review: In ‘The Other Side of Hope,’ an Old-Fashioned H…

A.O. SCOTT Photo From left, Sherwan Haji, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon and Sakari Kuosmanen in “The Other Side of Hope.” Credit Janus Films Khaled, fleeing civil war in Syria, has wound up in Helsinki, where he lives in a dormitory with other refugees. One, Mazdak, who is from Iraq, coaches Khaled (Sherwan Haji) before his asylum hearing. Mazdak (Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon) tells his friend to be cheerful, since the Finns will deport “melancholics.” That’s a deep, subtle joke, one of many in “The Other Side of Hope,” the Finnish director AkiRead More


Jim Nabors, 87, TV’s Gomer Pyle, Is Dead

RICHARD SEVERO In 1964, the character was spun off into his own series, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” in which Gomer, still bumbling but well meaning, joined the Marines and, on a weekly basis, tried the patience of his loudmouthed drill sergeant, Vince Carter (Frank Sutton). Gomer was a recognizable kind of American hero: a good-hearted, gentle, unsophisticated sort (not unlike Forrest Gump of a later era) who encounters a harder, more cynical modern world — in this case embodied by Southern California — and helps redeem it. “Sheldon Leonard and hisRead More


Review: In ‘Sleep,’ a Wakeful Woman Faces Long, Surreal…

ALEXIS SOLOSKI What do you do when you can’t sleep? Do you take deep breaths? Do you take pink capsules? Do you tally worries, count sheep, or do you decide to give up and get up and stay there? That’s the choice made by the woman at the center of “Sleep,” a gorgeous and surreal adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story, directed and devised by Rachel Dickstein and Ripe Time at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. An unnamed woman (Jiehae Park) wakes from a nightmare and finds that she canRead More


The Latest in Graphic Novels

DOUGLAS WOLK All of that fun, though, is in the service of the sucker punch tonal shifts that arrive whenever “4 Kids” seems to be going in a predictable direction. This is a tragedy trying to avoid recognition by wearing a disposable comedy mask. Paige thinks she’s in an I-love-it-when-a-plan-comes-together heist story, but she’s actually in an everything-goes-horribly-wrong heist story. And her friends, having grown up on tales where plucky kids can play detective (or criminal) and save the day, aren’t prepared for what happens when blood starts flowing. ARead More


‘Gomer Pyle’ Star Jim Nabors Dies at 87

Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side. “Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’sRead More


A Partner in the Mad Science of Documentary Making

JOHN ANDERSON Ms. Suleiman, meanwhile, found herself at the center of a project, and a drama, she couldn’t have anticipated. “I was with him from the beginning, so it made sense,” she said modestly. “We did our best.” Photo Ms. Suleiman at work on the film. She learned to shoot on the job. Credit Genevieve Kim Ms. Suleiman, 41, grew up in Tartus, Syria, was educated in Damascus and left her country before the war. “I always wanted to leave Syria,” she said. “I liked to travel, especially to Europe;Read More