Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and model-actor Jerry Hall are calling it quits, reportedly filing for divorce after six years of marriage. The New York Times first reported the split Wednesday, citing “two people with knowledge of the decision.” The divorce would mark the fourth for Murdoch, the 91-year-old NewsCorp. executive chairman. Representatives for Murdoch did not respond to The Times’ request for comment. Company Town Rupert Murdoch, scrappy Fox mogul who transformed media, begins his Hollywood goodbye Thirty-four years ago, Rupert Murdoch showed up in Hollywood with $250 million, buying a stake in the 20th Century Fox film studio — even though he had little interest in making movies. Murdoch and Hall, 65, married in 2016. The six-year union, which was the Murdoch’s shortest marriage, coincided with major milestones for the tycoon’s decades-long professional career, including Disney’s eventual $71.3-billion acquisition of Murdoch’s 21st … [Read more...] about Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall reportedly splitting after six years of marriage
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PARIS — “I’m in shock,” a teenage boy sitting near me declared when the lights went up on a recent performance of Molière’s “The Forced Marriage” at the Comédie-Française, France’s oldest theater company. “It was really sexual,” one of his schoolmates told her friends on the way out. “It’s not the kind of stuff you should show.” Does Molière, the 17th-century comedy master and doyen of French playwrights, really still have the power to surprise? As France celebrates the 400th anniversary of his birth, a flurry of new productions suggests that he can — and, equally, that his work can easily feel old-fashioned. In both cases, the guilty party isn’t Molière. Wildly different takes on his work have been on show in the Paris region: While the Comédie-Française, whose 2022 program is entirely devoted to Molière, has invested in dark, offbeat productions, “Molière Month,” a yearly theater event run by the city of Versailles, has delivered traditional gowns and breeches, to slightly dull … [Read more...] about Molière, Turning 400, Can Still Surprise
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case is both smaller and larger than it might first appear. Smaller Than It Seems It’s smaller in the sense that in and of itself the decision bans precisely zero abortions. To be sure, you might not know that to hear President Biden, who said on June 24: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States expressly took away a constitutional right from the American people that it already recognized. They didn’t limit it. They simply took it away. That’s never been done . . . but they did it. Yet despite all the hyperventilating from Democrats, the left-wing media, and outrage-mongers, Dobbs merely returns the question of abortion to the states, leaving it for them to decide. So when Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said that Americans should “defy” the Dobbs ruling, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) responded coolly that there’s nothing to defy . That’s the genius of federalism , also known as states’ rights. Federalism—the … [Read more...] about Pinkerton: The Supreme Court Confirmed That the Constitution’s Solution for Abortion Is Federalism
Sign up to get this weekly column as a newsletter. We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN) In one of his "Federalist" essays urging New Yorkers to support the newly drafted Constitution, Alexander Hamilton called the judiciary the "weakest" part of the government and wrote that it "will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them." In the last few days, though, the US Supreme Court has looked like the most powerful part of the government as its conservative majority threw out the national right to abortion that existed for nearly 50 years and invalidated New York's more-than-a-century-old law regulating the right to carry guns. With lifetime jobs, and no higher court to look over their shoulder, the justices reign supreme --but not above controversy. Both of last week's landmark decisions … [Read more...] about Opinion: Alexander Hamilton, what happened?
Elizabeth Rose Moroney met Jeremy Carl Blaustein on her first day of work at Formaggio Kitchen, a cheese shop in Cambridge, Mass. Both were cashiers behind the bread counter. Mr. Blaustein had started as a seasonal helper at the shop, which counts the cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a regular, in December 2014. But he was soon rising through its ranks, and had become a part-time supervisor by the time she was hired in May 2016. Not long after, Ms. Moroney, who has a culinary arts certificate from Boston University, was fast-tracked to become a supervisor. Neither was in the market for romance when they started piecing together that they had a lot in common, including the fact that both were then in long-term relationships. “Early on, it was clear that we shared a passion for food, cooking, travel and the outdoors,” Mr. Blaustein said. Both are also Harvard graduates. Ms. Moroney, 32, received a bachelor’s degree from the university before enrolling in culinary school. Mr. … [Read more...] about A Cheesy Romance From the Start
Broadway’s handsomely renovated Hudson Theatre is that rare performing space where a glass of champagne comes in a glass flute. No plastic sippy cups here. It’s the perfect accessory, indeed a pleasant echo, of what is presently on stage— Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in a beguilingly sparkling revival of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite (to June 26) . Directed by John Benjamin Hickey, it finally opens tonight after a long, long COVID-related delay. At a recent performance this critic attended, the two stars did not receive the first round of applause. That was reserved for the reveal of the 1960s-plush, luxe, beautifully lit (by Brian MacDevitt) suite of the Plaza Hotel itself. Before us, designed by John Lee Beatty, is the infamous suite 719, site of the three playlets that make up the show, with glimpses of the New York skyline behind the windows. The furnishings are mostly, suitably, champagne in color. The sparkle is also down to the two leads—famous New … [Read more...] about Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick Sparkle in ‘Plaza Suite’ on Broadway