The kiss of Judas is the first thing you see at Frieze. It is striking, this great image of the betrayer of Christ bringing his lips close to his leader’s as their eyes meet in a devastating moment of truth. But this is not exactly new art, having been painted by Giotto about 700 years ago. Have I blundered into Frieze Masters, the art fair’s more historical companion event, by mistake? Has some art dealer prised this famous fresco off the wall of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua? No – on closer inspection, this makes a kind of insane sense. Tired of basing his art on ads or kitsch puppy photos, Jeff Koons has remade one the most eloquent paintings in history. At least Giotto isn’t around to cry plagiarism or complain about the fact that, into the yellow robes of Judas, Koons has inserted a shiny blue mirror ball that reflects everything around it. I’ve always suspected that, under his smiling salesman demeanour, Koons might be a deeply moral artist. Now I … [Read more...] about Frieze 2017 review – Judas, Bourgeois and Mary Beard storm the hyper-capitalist hothouse
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This weekend saw three new wide movie releases in US cinemas, but there was a clear standout, with Ford v Ferrari outperforming expectations and comfortably topping the charts. The dramatization of Ford Motor Company's 1966 quest to build a car capable of beating Ferrari at Le Mans '66, which was directed by James Mangold (Logan) and stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, brought in $31 million over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo.This is well above Box Office Mojo's pre-weekend projection of $22 million, and the film has earned strong reviews and excellent word of mouth, including a rare A+ Cinemascore from attendees. The movie carries a $100 million budget, but this is still a strong start (the film also made $21.4 million internationally), and there's a good chance of the movie performing well over the weeks ahead, especially if it gets award buzz.Charlie's Angels got off to a considerable weaker start. The new movie, directed by Elizabeth Banks and starring Kristen Stewart, … [Read more...] about Ford V Ferrari Races Ahead Of Charlie’s Angels: Weekend Box Office November 15-17
By Cameron Bonomolo - July 15, 2019 08:34 pm EDT Share 6 Comments 6 Warner Bros. and New Line are both “very happy” with the David F. Sandberg-directed Shazam! and want to make a sequel “as soon as possible” because of growing teen stars Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer, says leading man Zachary Levi. “The truth is, I don’t really know anything,” Levi said when asked about the sequel at Germany’s CCXP Cologne convention. “I know that I’m gonna have a conversation with my bosses pretty soon about what the idea is and where we’re going with the new movie, but all I really know is that New Line, our studio, and Warner Brothers, our parent studio, and DC, and our producers and executives and everybody who’s involved in all of the decision making, they’re all very happy with what we did. They want to do even better the second time around, and they are crafting a story right now as we … [Read more...] about Zachary Levi Says Warner Bros. Wants to Make Shazam! 2 “As Soon as Possible”
Star Wars Celebration 2019 is in the books and it marked probably the biggest, most action-packed Celebration yet. It was the first convention to reveal a title for a Star Wars saga movie, the first time anyone saw footage of a live-action Star Wars TV show, and oh so much more. Below, are our 10 Star Wars Celebration Chicago. 1. A Changing of the Tide In a post-Last Jedi world, many Star Wars fans have given the franchise a bad rep. Some have turned not liking a movie into a crusade of hate, which also happened to an extent after the release of The Phantom Menace and the character Jar Jar Binks. Well, in Chicago, the fans said “No more.” Jar Jar The Last Jedi actress left Instagram after toxic fandom attacked her and her character, Rose. At Celebration though, every time she showed up somewhere, the chants of “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly” echoed through the convention center. In championing both Best and Tran, Star Wars fans said in a singular voice, “We want our … [Read more...] about The 10 Best Things That Happened at
MANY of us celebrating Christmas will already be eagerly anticipating the festive food, excessive boozing and dreading being unashamedly skint way before the end of December. But ever wondered what the word "Christmas" actually means, or where it came from? Here's all you need to know... Where does the term Christmas come from and what does it mean? Most of us would assume it originates from the word Christ, as the whole idea of Christmas is to celebrate the birth of Jesus (no, it's not just about the presents). To a point that is the case - the word is a shortened form of "Christ's mass", or "Cristes Maesse" as it was first recorded in 1038. This was followed by the term Cristes-messe in 1131, according to the The Catholic Encyclopedia. The term "Christ" - or Crīst as it originally read - comes from the Greek word Khrīstos, a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah, which means "anointed".The second part of Christmas - maesse - is a version of the Latin word … [Read more...] about Where did the term ‘Christmas’ come from, what does it mean and why is it shortened to Xmas?