Vinyl revival: is there an environmental cost to record sales?

Many records selling at their highest rate for decades are PVC, which is to be banned in the EU For an event dedicated to the vinyl revival, the setting couldnt be more appropriate. In the mid-70s David Bowie sat in the same wood panelled room of Berlins Meistersaal, recording Low and Heroes. Hed look out on to the nearby GDR watchtower and the joke was that the border guards would be listening in on the recordings, Eduard Meyer, Bowies sound engineer recalls. A little over 40 years on, the big hall by the wall, as Bowie nicknamed it, is full of mostly greying men in suits discussing how to make vinyl great again. There are sessions on everything from the …

Kevin Smith: how we made Clerks

We shot it after hours in the store where I worked, filming from 11pm to 6am with the shutters closed. Everyone assumed we were making a porno Kevin Smith, director I worked in six convenience stores in New Jersey from 1989 to 1993, which is where Clerks came from. It was an appealing, easy job, like being a bartender: it puts you nominally in charge and people have to socialise with you. Seeing Bob Hawk, who worked with the selection committee at Sundance. He only went to see it because it had a crappy picture in the catalogue and he felt sorry for us. But he thought it was fantastic, and recommended we submit it to Sundance in 1994, where …

Jared Harris: My wife can’t believe how I keep getting bumped off!

From Mad Men to The Crown, the actor is used to big exits. As new disaster drama Chernobyl launches, he talks about cover-ups, climate change shame and his hellraising dad Richard Jared Harris says that if only he had played Lane Pryce as he was meant to, he would have probably lasted the duration of The Crown was inevitably done for by a coronary thrombosis. In his latest TV drama, The Terror, about the Royal Navys treacherous 19th-century trip into the unknown, are three of the great contemporary TV dramas. And Chernobyl looks like its going to be another. A tense, beautifully written five-parter about Greta Thunberg has addressed EU politicians in Brussels. Its awful that its being left to …

The Intruder review Dennis Quaid goes gonzo in fun, silly thriller

A couple find themselves the target of a madman in a familiar retread of early 90s psycho-from-hell thrillers that squeezes enjoyment from tired cliches After its peak in the early 90s, the psycho-from-hell thriller, typified by films such as Fatal Attraction, Single White Female and Pacific Heights, died a villains death at the box office, only rearing its head infrequently in the years since. In the late 00s, Sonys genre label Screen Gems spotted a gap in the market and started pumping out variations on a cookie-cutter formula but with one key difference. Films such as Obsessed, The Perfect Guy and When the Bough Breaks have been almost universally populated by actors of colour in strict opposition to the all-white …

‘Punk never dies’: celebrating the revolutionary art of an era

In a new exhibition, the integral work of designers within punk music is placed on centre stage, from badges to posters to album covers When you think of the most memorable figures of punk music, rarely do graphic designers come to mind. Now, the unsung design heroes who defined a raw music movement with cut-and-paste posters are on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. told Rolling Stone that he has no idea what they view as punk art, and so why not? Most collectors collect based on rock music history, but this collection is more sensitive to the graphic design behind it all, said Blauvelt. I wanted to make an exhibit of graphic design, there …

Bananarama: In Stereo review pop duo shimmy into the modern age

Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward update their sound with club bangers and electropop, while not forgetting the gleeful singalong choruses Its been a long time, announce Bananarama at the start of their first album in 10 years, which declares its arrival with a banger. Originally recorded by former Sugababes second departure and with longtime collaborator Ian Masterson co-writing and producing, Bananaramas 11th album doesnt try to recreate their 80s smashes but polishes the sound for todays pop market, swerving between club tracks and electropop a la Kylie. Back in Time does both, their chorus La la la dance music mingling with a vocoder out of Kraftwerks toolbox. The slick, processed pop production means things can get a bit identikit at …

Disney Plus: new streaming service launched with Marvel and Star Wars spin-offs

Entertainment giant to take on Netflix with Disney+ platform, which will also stream The Simpsons in US Disney has launched its own streaming service with the announcement of new productions, including a Marvel TV series starring Tom Hiddleston as Loki, a new Star Wars series with actors from Rogue One and US streaming rights to The Simpsons. The entertainment behemoth has been it bought 20th Century Fox last month. Disney already owned Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. The company intends to make any new film releases exclusive to its platform, and has already begun the process of pulling its content from other services like Netflix. Disney Plus will launch in the US on 12 November, at a cost of US$6.99 a …

Bauhaus: 100 years old but still ubiquitous in our homes today

How a revolutionary idea became our go-to way of living Spending a night at the hallowed Bauhaus school in Dessau, in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, was my teenage dream come true. The walls of my childhood bedroom were plastered not with posters of pop stars, but with the furniture manufacturer Vitras chart of iconic 0th-century chairs. As a design geek, growing up in a house bedecked with Laura Ashley, I found the idea of the Bauhaus thrilling: each chair was a mini manifesto, embodying the world of stripped-back modern design that I might one day inhabit (Im still waiting). Yet, almost 20 years later, readily available from Habitat for 95, but these were in fact Albers original version, designed …

Plagiarism, book-stuffing, clickfarms … the rotten side of self-publishing

Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn day of reckoning is coming NSerruyas alleged plagiarism was first exposed by US author Courtney Milan, who found passages from her book The Duchess War in Serruyas novel Royal Love. After Milan went public and after highlighted by authors and readers Serruya pulled her books from sale, blaming the overlaps on a ghostwriter she said shed hired from freelance marketplace Fiverr. A former law professor, Milan was a dreadful choice to lift from as was Roberts, who has never been sanguine about plagiarism, taking her fellow novelist and former friend Janet Dailey to court in 1997. But Serruya is just one …

Disney tops Hollywood hierarchy closing 21st Century Fox deal

Disneys deal is a fightback against tech industry, Netflix and Amazon. Six changes to expect Disney closed its while also dominating globally. Overnight this has jumped to 36% after the Fox takeover. By comparison, its closest competitor, Warner Brothers, had a 16% share last year. Expect fewer X-Men as the Marvel team comes together When Disneys deal to buy Fox was first announced Marvel fans rejoiced at the prospect of (most of) the Marvel universe being brought back together for the first time in almost three decades. Chunks of rights to franchises, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, had been sold off to different studios when Marvel hit hard times in the 1990s. The Disney deal has brought them back …

‘I feel like a pariah’ how art dealer Mary Boone fell from grace

One of New Yorks most renowned art dealers and gallerists is heading to prison for filing false tax returns, closing her gallery simultaneously During New Yorks Armory week, the citys foremost art fair, most of the art openings were a celebration but there was one that was bittersweet. The Mary Boone Gallery poured free wine for one of the final times before closing next month. Its famed gallerist will soon be sent to federal prison for two and a half years after the New York Times, as her gallery is slated to close on 27 April. At her last opening reception, more than $3m in taxes and has already paid back over $6m in arrears and restitution to the IRS. …

Philip Roths apartment is on the market but his privacy shouldnt be

With all his belongings still in place, the late authors New York home is open to the public. His former neighbour reflects on the invasiveness of literary tourism If you want to see Philip Roths toothbrush, get in line. The Pulitzer prize-winning authors $3.2m New York apartment hit the market a couple of weeks ago, less than a year after his death. local news. going back to 1867, when Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Bryan Singer reportedly fired from Red Sonja remake

Avi Lerner is said to have dropped the director because he was unable to secure a domestic distributor Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer has reportedly been fired from a proposed remake of 80s action film Red Sonja, in the wake of multiple allegations of underage sex. Red Sonja producer Avi Lerner fired from the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017. However Singer denied as a homophobic smear. Actor Rami Malek, who won the best actor Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody, said in February that working with Singer on the film was not pleasant, not at all. The actor went on to say: For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, he said, Bryan Singer …

Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in years the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Miley Cyrus, among others. Christine and the Queens returns for her second Glastonbury, having provided a flash of European optimism with her debut at the 2016 festival, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Quick guide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? Show Hide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? The first “Glastonbury festival” was staged by the then 34-year-old Photograph: Guy …

Have podcasts sold out?

They used to be the Wild West, DIY and free for all, but now the big boys have arrived and theyre pushing us to pay. Heres how podcasts went from punk to mega bucks All you need to make it in podcasting is an idea, a laptop and a microphone. At least, thats been the received wisdom since the medium began its current boom six or seven years ago: its an inherently amateur, democratised means of communication, with the vast majority available for free. But is all that changing? Last week saw the launch of Luminary, a podcast platform with $100m of venture capital funding behind it, and deals already signed with Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan …

Why are New Yorks bookstores disappearing?

The city that produced so many authors is losing its bookshops to pressure from Amazon, changing reading habits and skyrocketing rents Like payphones, typewriter repair shops and middle-class housing, bookstores are a vanishing presence in New York City. In 1950, Manhattan had 386 bookstores, Book Row, a stretch of Fourth Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place that no longer afford its rent, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the play Hamilton, likely close when its lease expired. In response, loyal customers flooded the shop with orders, and someone organised a it was cause for panic, not celebration. Owner Nancy Bass Wyden is lobbying against the proposal because she says it will make maintenance costs prohibitively expensive. I just want the city …