Click here to read the full article. Bob Iger officially returned to his post as CEO of The Walt Disney Company on Monday — sealing it with a Tweet and addressing a rapt audience of employees at a companywide meeting. “Filled with gratitude and excitement to be back,” Iger wrote on his personal Twitter account, attaching a photo of the studio lot’s Disney Legends Plaza, a building on which the 7 dwarves from “Snow White” serve as pillars. More from Variety Disney's 'Strange World' to Lose $100 Million in Theatrical Run Disney Exec and Bob Chapek Confidante Arthur Bochner Next to Exit Box Office: Disney's 'Strange World' Grosses Disappointing $800,000 in Previews It’s been just over a week since Disney’s board of directors shocked Hollywood and global markets with news that Iger would replace Bob Chapek as chief executive. Iger’s first town hall before in-person and virtual employees saw him touch on several hot topics: a planned hiring freeze … [Read more...] about Bob Iger Talks Hiring Freeze, Streaming Spending and ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in First Town Hall Back as CEO
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If chintz could speak, I’m sure it would sound like Georgia Engel, whose girlish purr must be the most comforting voice possessed by man or woman. The comparison springs to mind because Ms. Engel is presiding over a virtual museum of chintz — and cute tchotchkes, and stuffed animals, and dainty figurines — in the new Annie Baker play, “John,” which opened on Tuesday night at the Signature Center. Ms. Engel plays Mertis, the proprietor of a bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pa., in Ms. Baker’s haunting and haunted meditation on topics she has made so singularly her own: the omnipresence of loneliness in human life, and the troubled search for love and lasting connection. But in “John,” Ms. Baker, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Flick” (currently in sublime revival at the Barrow Street Theater), stretches her talents in intriguing if sometimes baffling new directions. Not incidentally is the play set near the site of a bloody battle in the Civil War. The membrane … [Read more...] about Review: In ‘John,’ Pondering Life’s Mysteries From Gettysburg
Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images The first stage of any collapse is confusion, maybe even Schadenfreude. It was no different during the wild week when Sam Bankman-Fried, the supposed crypto wunderkind and founder of FTX, tried and failed to sell his imploding empire only to find himself totally broke, his companies bankrupt, and his polycule perhaps no longer in the mood. ( Read about all that here .) The stage after that, though, is fear — and that is precisely where we are right now. The sum of Bankman-Fried may have added up to less than his parts, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was deeply interconnected with the worlds of politics and finance beyond the relatively small world of digital currencies. Since his bankruptcy filing, the crypto empire Bankman-Fried presided over has been subject to even more embarrassing and damning revelations, and he is the target of multiple investigations . It is still too early to say that he’s headed for … [Read more...] about 13 More Disturbing Revelations About Sam Bankman-Fried
In Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematic love-in “Inherent Vice,” Joaquin Phoenix plays Doc Sportello, a Los Angeles shamus in Jesus sandals trucking through the sunshine and noir like a stoner Philip Marlowe. Based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, the film is set in 1970, the year after Charles Manson freaked the city out and its good vibrations faded into an endless summer bummer. That’s the gospel according to Joan Didion , at any rate, who in “The White Album” writes that many people she knew believed the 1960s ended Aug. 9, 1969, the day the Manson Family began its Helter Skelter frenzy. Somehow Doc, a hippie crowned in a halo of pot smoke, never got the message. Mr. Anderson, a Los Angeles son and its reigning cinema laureate, knows California’s plagues and pleasures well. His films are filled with its light and malevolent forces, its faith healers and dream peddlers. Bodies writhe like Cecil B. DeMille extras in “Boogie Nights,” in which a pornutopia is found and lost, while a … [Read more...] about Noir Days of Sun, Los Angeles Smog and Marijuana Haze
A man who was arrested over a Facebook parody aimed at his local police department is trying to take his case to the Supreme Court. He has sought help from an unlikely source, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday. “Americans can be put in jail for poking fun at the government?” the brief asked. “This was a surprise to America’s Finest News Source and an uncomfortable learning experience for its editorial team.” The source is, of course, The Onion. Or, as the satirical website described itself in the brief, “the single most powerful and influential organization in human history.” The Parma, Ohio, area man in question, Anthony Novak, spent four days in jail over a Facebook page he created in 2016 that mocked his local police department. He was charged with using a computer to disrupt police functions, but a jury found him not guilty. Mr. Novak says his civil rights were violated, and he is trying to sue the city for damages. A federal judge dismissed the … [Read more...] about Area Man Is Arrested for Parody. The Onion Files a Supreme Court Brief.