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Mumbai has long been an entrepot, a cosmos stamped with the influences of communities from within India and around the world. Immigrants have seeped through the city, imprinting their culinary cultures into its kitchens; stalls selling the city’s iconic vada pao sit cheek-by-jowl with rarefied colonial-era clubs, Indian-style Chinese is corralled onto a menu with Chicken a la Kiev, and chicken tikka as popular as pizza. This extremely abbreviated list of restaurants is a personal shoehorn into its past and its future.
For fans of Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), the opening scenes of Taurus are frustrating. We already know we are about to see his portrayal of a rising star rapper struggling with addiction, women, and the never-ending conflation of the two. We are somewhat expecting the feel of a rock biopic, despite the film centering on the fictional Cole Taurus. We are looking for little nods and asides to our MGK-and-associated-acts fan club/movement, known as EST (“Everyone Stands Together”). And we expect to hear music, a lot of it, and at a high volume.
But director/writer Tim Sutton gives us little of that in this tone poem about illness, success, family, and the music industry. Instead, excruciating seconds go by as the film opens on a violent, MGK-free scene that pays off much later in the film, followed by only obscured glimpses of MGK’s famous face. Shaggy blond hair hides his expression, or intoxicated lack thereof, as he bends over a piano, then, the camera follows him from behind at a music festival, walking hand-in-hand with real-life fiancée Megan Fox
. Of note, the latter footage was clearly taken from one of his summer tours (to give you an idea of the probable budget for Taurus, hair and makeup did not attempt to cover any of his extensive and well-known tattoos, even the “MGK” and “EST” ones).
Equally unsettling is the silence. Cole, high, bends over the piano with a singer (Naomi Wild) by his side, and uncertainty hangs in the air. He’s grasping at snippets of a song he needs to finish. Is this what songwriter’s block sounds like? What the slowdown of a galloping creative brain on drugs sounds like?
Year after year, Lifetime
continues to churn out around a bajillion Christmas movies every holiday season. With those festive flicks, the network nabs big names—this year, for example, its roster includes folks like Kelsey Grammer
, Rita Moreno
, and Mario Lopez
. What does the channel do to attract so many big names every time the clock strikes November, and how do they keep these folks around for years to come?
At a recent press event teasing the upcoming Lifetime holiday calendar, stars from six of the channel’s feature slate—Steppin’ Into the Holiday, A Christmas Spark, The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, A New Orleans Noel, A Country Christmas Harmony, and Santa Bootcamp—joined a big Zoom to chat about their experiences.
Country music singer and Dancing With the Starsalum Jana Kramer has starred in a handful of different Lifetime films, including her upcoming yuletide dance movie Steppin’ Into the Holiday alongside Mario Lopez. There’s just something about Lifetime, she explained, that makes her feel at home every time she participates in one of their films.
There are flash-in-the-pan scandals
, and then there are moral panic
pile-ons like the firestorm edgy Spanish fashion house Balenciaga
is currently experiencing; the ones that have the potential to change a brand forever.
Balenciaga is currently weathering intense backlash aimed at a series of recently-released ad campaigns: one features Balenciaga-clad children posed next to teddy bears
dressed in what some have interpreted to be BDSM gear, another shows celebrities with paperwork in the background detailing a 2008 Supreme Court ruling on child pornography laws
while a third image from the Spring 2023 campaign, which just started drawing ire this week, features a book of work by artist Michael Borremans, who has in the past produced images of blood-soaked children
“For a heritage luxury brand, ‘look at me’ edginess is a lame substitute for authentic creativity,” Orit, the founder and CEO of luxury marketing agency O Group, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
Donya Prioleau, who is suing the company for $50 million in damages, alleges the location was negligent in hiring and continuing to employ Bing, despite him having a “mean” and “cruel” reputation as a supervisor to “watch out for.”
According to her lawsuit, Bing kept a “kill list” of potential targets and held personal vendettas against staff. Former employees said that Bing would repeatedly ask them if they had received their active shooter training, then smile and walk away, the lawsuit says.