Meghan Markle’s long-lost twin, Tiffany Smith, and Charlie Field. Photo: Courtesy of Lifetime Lifetime will not be silent or silenced. In the aftermath of Oprah Winfrey’s enlightening interview with the artists formerly known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Lifetime has green-lit Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, promising to “reveal what ultimately led to the couple’s break from the royal family,” per a release. This is the third film in Lifetime’s chronicle of their love story. It follows 2018’s Harry & Meghan and 2019’s Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal , which each had different actors playing the couple: Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan and Murray Fraser as Harry in 2018, then Meghan Markle doppelgänger Tiffany Smith and Charlie Field in 2019. Casting is currently underway on the third film and production is set for spring, with an eye toward a fall release. Menhaj Huda, director of the first two films, and Scarlett Lacey, who co-wrote the original … [Read more...] about Lifetime to Cover Harry and Meghan’s Royal Exit in a Third Film
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Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images Country-music legend George Jones, best known for his 1980 hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” died today in Nashville, Tennessee, where he’d been hospitalized for the last week, the AP reports. He was 81. Jones, nicknamed the Possum, had his first No. 1 hit in 1959, and he went on to record more than 150 albums over the course of his career, notching thirteen additional No. 1 songs, including “The Grand Tour” and “She Thinks I Still Care.” He was married to Tammy Wynette from 1969 to 1973, but the two continued to perform together and released an album of duets in 1995. Jones was perhaps equally famous for his silky baritone voice — Frank Sinatra once called him “the second best singer in America” — as for his drug-and-alcohol-induced offstage behavior, including a televised police chase through Nashville in 1980. Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2008, and received a Grammy Lifetime … [Read more...] about George Jones, Country-Music Star, Dies at 81
We usually take our tours with a little more arcane historical trivia, but this’ll do. Michelle Obama played White House tour guide for James Corden, joining him for (a very short commute on) Carpool Karaoke. The First Lady, who, thanks to that whole works-from-home gig, rarely gets the chance to bust out tunes while stuck in traffic, made the most of the opportunity. The duo belted some Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé before getting an assist on “Get Your Freak On” from Missy Elliott herself. In summation, it is 2016, and Michelle Obama still knows the “Single Ladies” dance. Bless her. … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama Brings the Beyhive to the White House for Carpool Karaoke
Fragonard at the temporary Frick. Photo: Joseph Coscia Jr./The Frick Collection Masterpiece for masterpiece, the Frick is the best small museum in the United States for western painting before 1900. The institution reopens today in the Whitney Museum’s former flagship on Madison Avenue, where its art will be on view for the next two years while its own building is being renovated. On hand is enough great work to keep you absorbed for a lifetime, including four Piero della Francescas; three Vermeers; two Turners; and works by Goya, Tintoretto, Duccio, Constable, El Greco, Ingres, Titian, Tiepolo, Chardin, Watteau, Boucher, Memling, Manet, and Veronese (who used bodies of female insects, Hungarian copper carbonate, and resinous bug secretions to amp up his voluptuous color), as well as two of the most philosophical paintings in this country, Rembrandt’s late self-portrait and Velazquez’s Phillip II. We stand agog before the hallucinogenic majesty of these pictures as one would … [Read more...] about The Frick on Madison Finally Lets You See Fragonard Up Close
Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?