Art Garfunkel: Paul Simon Has Become a "Monster"

Art Garfunkel is still bitter about the way Simon Garfunkel split in 1971, describing his erstwhile partner Paul Simon as an “idiot” and a “jerk” for ending the group and lamenting that Simon had become a “monster.” In a lengthy and revealing interview with the Telegraph, Garfunkel describes how he found it “strange” that they went their […]

This Is What the Cast Wears in Beach Boys Biopic ‘Love & Mercy’

Most people associate surfers with wet suits, but on June 5, Bill Pohlad’s Love Mercy biopic about The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson reveals an unlikely fixture in California surf culture: plaid. “The Beach Boys wore shirts by Pendleton,” explains Los Angeles-based costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up in the Air), who outfitted the actors in […]

Pussy Riot Members Sue Russian Authorities Over Alleged Failure to Investigate Whipping Incident

Pussy Riot’s members have sued Russian authorities for allegedly failing to properly investigate a whipping incident that took place during the filming of a video last year. The Russian daily Vedomosti quoted Alexander Popkov, a lawyer for Pussy Riot, as saying that the suit had been filed to the European Court of Human Rights. The […]

Morrissey Offers His Congratulations to Ireland…With Conditions

Morrissey has offered his congratulations to Ireland on its historic referendum result. But there’s a “must do more” caveat. The “Irish Blood, English Heart” singer shared a message on Sunday under the headline, “Congratulations to Ireland.” He wrote on the True to You blog after Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage: “The people, […]

Anonymous Threats Prompt Four Plane Searches at NYC-Area Airports

Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare on Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey. Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on three of the jets as a precaution. In one instance Monday morning, […]

2 of B.B. King’s Daughters Allege Aides Poisoned Him

Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s care in his final days are accusing King’s two closest aides of poisoning him. Las Vegas police homicide detectives are investigating, Lt. Ray Steiber said Monday. He declined to provide details. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege that family members were prevented from visiting while King’s business manager, LaVerne Toney, […]

Cannes: Hungarian Film Fund CEO Praises ‘Son of Saul’ Grand Prix Win

Hungary’s Grand Prix win at Cannes for Laszlo Nemes’ haunting Holocaust film Son of Saul vindicates the approach of the Hungarian Film Fund, which underwent fundamental reform four years ago, the organization’s CEO said Monday. Agnes Havas told The Hollywood Reporter that fears that the fund, headed by Budapest-born Hollywood producer Andy Vajna, would fail […]

Japan Box Office: ‘Cinderella’ Spends Fifth Weekend on Top

Cinderella spent its fifth weekend on top at the Japanese box office, adding another $2 million (¥246 million) to take its total in the country to $37.5 million (¥45.4 billion) and continue Disney’s winning run in the market. Like Frozen last year, the success of Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella has been boosted by a strong local […]

Box Office: ‘Tomorrowland’ Faces Bleak Future After Soft $41.7M Debut

Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland suffered one of the worst Memorial Day starts in recent memory for an all-audience tentpole, marking a rare miss for an otherwise empowered Disney. The big-budget fantasy adventure, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, debuted to $41.7 million in North America over the four-day weekend, the lowest opening for a big-budget tentpole since […]

Italy Box Office: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ Crushes Competition

While the Coen brothers-led jury showed no love for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth in Cannes, the new film swept the box office in his home country Italy. Sorrentino fans flocked to theaters to see the latest English-language feature from The Great Beauty Oscar-winning director.  The film, playing only in a dubbed Italian version, stars Michael Caine, […]

Rolling Stones Sucking in Their Seventies? Hardly: Concert Review

Three decades or so after the Rolling Stones were first hit by a wave of jokes questioning whether they were too long in the tooth to keep rocking, a funny thing has happened: It’s the old jokes that got old. We now take it for granted that Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will be […]

‘Arabian Nights — Volume 3: The Enchanted One’ (‘As mil e uma noites — Volume 3, o encantado’): Cannes Review

The third and last volume of Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes’s Arabian Nights, his gargantuan compilation of tales of austerity and oppression, is called The Enchanted One, no-doubt because it contains the one tale in which enchantress and narrator Scheherazade, played by Crista Alfaiate, actually takes center stage. This again ambitious work is the most prominently […]