The singer’s fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, 45, posted a cute Instagram photo of him with Jennifer, 51, and her 12-year-old twins, Emme and Maximillian captioning it: "Right where we need to be” before she responded with: "I love you”. … [Read more...] about Jennifer Lopez twins with daughter Emme during family outing in New York
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But his friend Kenny Schachter wrote in New York Magazine that he’d become a “mini-Madoff of the art world,” taking advantage of the lack of transparency of the art market — there is no centralized ownership database, and little regulation, despite the big money at stake. Investors may have difficulty verifying how much their dealers paid for artworks, allowing them to potentially overcharge them and “skim off the top.” And investors don’t really know whether the percentage of shares they bought is, in fact, the percentage of shares they hold. … [Read more...] about The Art World’s ‘Mini Madoff’ Has Been Arrested on an Island in the South Pacific
The Ringer A podcast episode by The Ringer’s founder and CEO, Bill Simmons, has led to staff criticism of diversity at the outlet. On a June 1 episode about protests against systemic racism, Ringer podcaster Ryen Russillo praised Simmons for “the jobs and the opportunities that you’ve given a diverse group.” As The Ringer’s union has noted, six editorial staffers out of 90 total employees are Black. On June 1, the union said that 86% of last year’s Ringer podcast speakers were white and that there were no Black editors or staff writers covering the NBA or NFL for the sports and culture site. (A Black writer, Kaelen Jones, will join to cover the NFL in July.) As employees described a culture of exclusivity around podcasting at The Ringer, Simmons told the Times, “It’s a business. This isn’t Open Mic Night.” Dave Schilling, who previously cohosted The Ringer Wrestling Podcast for free, wrote that he was eventually barred from … [Read more...] about Everything to Know About the Media’s Reckoning With Abuse of Power
A series of top executives came and went. Janice Min, the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, oversaw Daily Essentials but left after reportedly clashing with Katzenberg over direction of content. Executive Tim Connelly, under whose leadership Quibi secured $100 million in advertising commitments, also left abruptly. Two weeks after launch, Quibi announced that its creative-marketing lead, Megan Imbres, would be leaving the company as well. “It’s very Trumpian there,” says a person with firsthand knowledge. “Unless you agree with them, you’re a troublemaker. Meg believes she’s a marketing genius; Jeffrey believes he’s a content genius. So you end up in shitty jobs where you’re there to execute their vision, which no one else there believes in.” Some employees joked darkly that Quibi was another Fyre Fest in the making, but those early months were also full of high purpose and enthusiasm. “People made fun of me,” one … [Read more...] about Is Anyone Watching Quibi?
Gone With the Wind is one of cinema’s most seductive confections. It’s a moving story of a woman’s determination to control her own destiny against the odds of the crumbling world around her, an indelible love story, and one of the most gorgeous films Hollywood has ever produced, thanks to the work of set designer William Cameron Menzies and cinematographer Ernest Haller. In a memo during the preproduction of the 1939 epic, producer David O. Selznick — who shepherded the project through directorial changes and other calamities — referred to the novel it’s based on as “the American Bible.” Selznick was a making a ploy to bypass any objections by film censor Will Hays in order to get “damn” in the now-infamous dialogue at the end of the film. But Selznick’s bit of salesmanship takes on a double meaning today, becoming a prescient description for the film. Nestled in its visual splendor is a slippery sort of racism that is … [Read more...] about What Are We to Do With Cinematic Monuments to the Confederacy?