David Cassidy, 1970s teen idol, dies aged 67

David Cassidy, whose role in the 1970s show The Partridge Family earned him teen heart-throb status, has died aged 67.
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David Cassidy: Ex-Partridge Family star suffers organ failure

He is reported to require a liver transplant and has kidney problems.
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David Cassidy in hospital after organ failure

Former teen idol David Cassidy is in hospital after reportedly suffering organ failure.
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Karl-Anthony Towns: ‘I agree with David Stern with marijuana’

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Proof David and Brooklyn Beckham Are Fashion Twins

ESC: David Beckham, Brooklyn BeckhamLike father, like son, right?
When you’re referring to the style of David Beckham and his son Brooklyn Beckham, the answer is clearly yes. Camouflage print, beanies, matching…

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Starchitect David Adjaye Walks Us Through His Favorite Living Room

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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Ronan’s Right (Again): Thank You, David Remnick

Ronan Farrow is grateful to David Remnick. He shouldn’t be alone. All who believe that traditional journalism must continue in its role as society’s guardian, holding the powerful accountable, should share Farrow’s gratitude to The New Yorker editor in chief.
This is not to downplay Farrow’s remarkable fortitude, guts and journalistic audacity in sticking to, and finding an outlet for, his brilliantly reported, real-life Harvey Weinstein horror story after it was passed on by NBC. (On Tuesday, Farrow got at least one write-in vote at the polls, for Manhattan district attorney, from yours truly, galled at the notion of Cyrus Vance Jr.’s unopposed candidacy. In his initial piece, Farrow reported that Vance could have charged Weinstein and didn’t, to the chagrin of some NYPD types.)
That Farrow jumped into the story and refused to let it die testifies to his belief in his profession and his own mettle. “To not run this story would be a dereliction of my ethical duties,” he told CNN in one of his many television appearances since his original story broke. That, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, he addressed the reality — that he couldn’t have done it alone — speaks to his professional character.

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The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It’s not surprising that NBC found a way to capitalize on the unexpected popularity of Tom Hanks’ breakout Saturday Night Live character, David S. Pumpkins. The network has a long, not necessarily proud history of taking amusing SNL sketches and stretching them them out into full-fledged movies. We should probably count ourselves lucky “Haunted Elevator” only spawned a half-hour animated special and not a feature-length project. Even so, it’s difficult to understand why anyone at the network thought The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special was something worth greenlighting.

Where the original sketch presented Pumpkins and his skeleton entourage as overzealous performers in a really lousy Tower of Terror-ripoff, this special re-imagines the trio as enchanted do-gooders tasked with saving Halloween through the power of… whatever it is they do. The goal seemed to be to combine the timeless charm of the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials with a dash of The Cat in the Hat and a spooky, self-aware flourish. On paper, that actually sounds like a pretty swell combination. But in order to pull it off, you really need a character with a bit more meat on the bones.

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David Donahue Pops Up at Rothmans

The David Donahue pop-up at Rothmans. 

David Donahue is tired of keeping a low profile.
The men’s wear brand has been around since 1973 and is carried in such high-end retailers as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and more than 200 specialty stores. But siblings Rob and Suzy Donohue, who now run the company started by their father, are hoping to heighten the brand’s visibility.
The company started as a men’s accessories manufacturer but over the years has expanded into all categories including suits, sweaters, jeans and outerwear.
The first move to get its name better known came in 2016 when the brand started dressing the NBC Sports football commentators. That relationship will expand into David Donahue dressing the sportscasters at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year as well, Rob Donohue revealed.
On Thursday night, the brand took another step forward by opening its first pop-up shop inside of the Rothmans men’s store on Union Square in Manhattan.
Rothmans’ president Ken Giddon said this is the first time in the history of the store’s rotating pop-up program that the inventory was sparse before the party. “It started selling since we put it in,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase a

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Who knew? Sanders and David are cousins

It’s a case of life imitating art for Bernie Sanders and Larry David, who have discovered they are related.
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Larry David on Becoming an Emoji: "Lucky Me"

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Shanghai Tang Founder David Tang Dies

HONG KONG — David Tang, founder of Chinese luxury brand Shanghai Tang, has died.
The 63-year-old businessman had been suffering from health problems, which Tang revealed in an advice column he penned regularly for The Financial Times.
Ewan Venters, chief executive officer of Fortnum & Mason, wrote in a tweet that Tang had passed away on Tuesday evening.

I have recently learnt earlier this evening from Lady Tang, the great man, Sir David Tang passed this evening. RIP. pic.twitter.com/eBREGiiSxT
— Ewan Venters (@ewanventers) August 29, 2017

A fixture on the social scene, who counted Kate Moss and Duchess Sarah Ferguson among his friends, Tang shared at the start of August that he had been rushed to a London hospital for an ulcer. The Telegraph also reported that Tang had sent out invitations this month to a party at The Dorchester hotel in London to bid his friends farewell.
Actor Russell Crowe remembered Tang in a post that read: “RIP dear friend, Sir David Tang, the privilege was mine. Witty, charming, intellectual, salacious, hilarious, loving and funny as f***.”

RIP dear friend Sir David Tang, the privilege was mine.Witty, charming, intellectual, salacious , hilarious , loving and funny as f***
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 30, 2017

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David Letterman back from retirement at 70

David Letterman is coming out of retirement with a new talk show, two years after ending his 33-year-long stint at CBS.
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Craig David On His Unstoppable Rise As One Of Britain’s Biggest Black Music Stars

Craig David spoke his career into existence when he titled his debut album “Born To Do It.”

The British-born singer came on the scene in 2000 with a soulful single titled “7 Days,” breaking into the booming R&B era of the early aughts with a song that carried the smooth melodies and sensual lyrics that defined the genre at the time. His second single, “Fill Me In,” which came with a faster tempo, dropped shortly after to much fanfare.  

With the release of several other bangers like “Walking Away” and “Rendezvous,” David’s popularity rapidly grew. Although he was just 18 years old when his first album dropped, he proved that he had the appeal to quickly amass a legion of fans worldwide while selling millions of records.

Within months of the album’s debut, David had become a superstar ― and over the years, he has effectively cemented his status as one of Britain’s biggest black music stars. 

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David’s debut album was a powerful and well-executed project that truly catapulted his career, which has spanned nearly two decades, six studio albums, countless collaborations and endless sold-out shows in cities across the world.

The singer, who was based in the U.K. throughout much of his life, was named the 2017 British Male Solo Artist for the influence of his latest album, “Following My Intuition.” Now, he splits his time between England and Miami, traveling to perform at packed venues and build better connections with audiences around the globe. In light of June being Black Music Month, HuffPost spoke to the star during his recent tour stop in New York about his evolution over the years and just how much of a roller coaster ride his journey to success has been.

“The ride I’ve been on has been amazing because there’s been a lot of character-building,” David told HuffPost in an interview at the New York office for Sony, his record label. “What are you really doing this for and where are you going? You ask those questions and when you answer them honestly, I realize that the only thing I ever really loved is being in the studio and making music and going out and performing and positively impacting people’s lives.”

For David, life is all about the journey and the experiences that build the memories, connections and foundation that help to define who he is ― and, perhaps more importantly, who he wants to become. 

“It used to be about getting from one place to the destination and always looking for the next thing ― which is great, that’s drive and passion for what you do,” he said. “But one thing I’ve learned over the last 16 years is that it’s about the journey. It’s OK to have the goals, but what was fun was leading toward it.” 

David’s journey has indeed been a remarkable one ― but he said his success is simply a result of him learning to listen to his heart and better believe in his abilities to provide unforgettable musical experiences. This new approach led him to title his latest album “Following My Intuition.” The 18-track album was released last September and boasts a repertoire of songs that reflect various styles of music like pop, garage and EDM. There are upbeat singles like “16,” featuring Justin Beiber, which mashes together his classic hit “Fill Me In” with “Where Are Ü Now.” And then there are soothing numbers like “Got It Good” with music star Kaytranada. 

While many of the songs are a departure from the slower-paced R&B ballads he was known for on his first album, David said he enjoys the process of experimenting with and evolving his musical style by exploring new songs with new artists and identifying new ways to express himself. Whatever the case, staying true to himself remains his top priority.

“Authenticity comes up to me as being the key to everything that I’m experiencing now and maybe in the earlier parts of my career, which was a very dynamic moment,” he said. “It’s been a roller coaster ride … but it’s all come down to authenticity. It’s like as soon as I start to follow my intuition ― yes, that is a pun ― that’s when it all started to happen.”

“[Growing up] I was exposed to a lot of R&B, a lot of hip-hop, a lot of dance, I was hearing this mix of music, I was very aware,” he added, going on to explain what makes “Following My Intuition” so special for him: “When I made the album, it connected on such a level that I never expected.”

‪Listening to the album getting prepared for the arena tour next year is getting me way too excited #FMI

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David’s deep love for music also led him to dabble in DJ’ing, which he said has always been a passion of his. In fact, he frequently hosted lavish personal parties at his mansion in Miami, which quickly drew plenty of buzz and helped to establish his early start as a DJ. He has since mastered the skill of DJing to create TS5, a stage name he established for himself in 2013 for all of his live sets and singing performances.  

“TS5 is an experience,” he said. “It’s everything I’ve learned in the last 16 years as a life performer, all encapsulated with what I learned when I was doing vinyl mixing in clubs back before I released ‘Born To Do It.’”

TS5 is now a large component of David’s presence at his concerts. He DJs and sings at the same time, and opts to use a “very simplified situation” in regard to performance equipment. There are no dancers or elaborate stage props ― merely a small DJ booth and a mic ― making for a much more intimate and personal experience.  

“It’s very hands-on and my thing is not to stay behind the booth, but to come out of the booth,” he said. “It’s a performance, a live performance and an open format of what I’m gonna play. I want to keep your attention for every single minute I’m on that stage.”  

“I want to give 110 percent onstage,” he added. “I just feel like I want to give everything on that stage and in the studio. No regrets, no would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, I’ve got to give it everything.” 

I attended his show that evening following the interview, and David delivered on his word. By mixing his own vocals, songs and instrumentals with classic throwback songs from artists like Whitney Houston and TLC, David dominates onstage and does not disappoint. And if selling back-to-back sold-out shows isn’t any indication of his current success as a performer, simply check out a clip from a recent show and note the rousing crowd reaction:

So ready✨Who's coming to my @TS5 shows this summer? ☀️ #TS5

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David said he wouldn’t be the artist he is today if it weren’t for the influences from classic R&B legends including Boyz II Men and R. Kelly. He also credits rappers like Biggie, Big Pun and Tupac for the inspiration they have given him. As for more contemporary artists he admires, David mentioned Drake ― and while he notes that “a lot of people compare me to him,” he said he’s “never seen it like a competition.”

David did admit, however, that he has his sights set on building more traction with American fans and expanding his exposure in cities around the country. This year alone, he has already sold out several shows in the States and is returning in October for more performances.

“I’m coming for you, Miami, I’m coming for you, Madison Square Garden,” he said with confidence ― and if his unstoppable rise so far is any indication, David only has more dreams to accomplish. 

“I know, first hand, that when I do something and I actually have conviction with it and I just go, special things happen,” he said. “It’s a force to be reckoned with when you speak on it, act on it and you keep it going.”

“You’ve got to follow your intuition,” I said, to which he replied with a smile: “You know the drill.”

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James Corden Roasts David Beckham For Matching Outfits With Posh

We’ve all committed a few fashion faux pas we’d rather not recall. But James Corden isn’t letting David Beckham forget his for a second. 

On his show this week, the comedian busted out a throwback photo series of David and his wife Victoria Beckham in coordinating outfits, in anticipation of the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary next month.

Corden was a merciless fashion cop, poking fun at the matching purple ensembles the couple wore on their wedding day in 1999.

He also had choice words for some some revealing pants-and-top combos they sported on the red carpet two years later.

Beckham refused to apologize for the duo’s outfits of yore.

“I’m not saying I regret them because at the time, it felt right,” he told Corden. “Now, I’m not so sure.”

See some of the pair’s highlights ― or are they lowlights? ― below and in the video above.

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At Work: Retail Architect David Montalba Dresses for Comfort, Client

David Montalba, founder of Montalba Architects in Santa Monica, Calif., believes clothes and buildings should fit like a favorite pair of jeans or T-shirt.
“It’s about creating a comfortable environment, a place where people can be dynamic. Similarly with clothes, you want to wear clothes that make you feel comfortable first and make the people around you feel comfortable, much like the designs we create,” says the award-winning 45-year-old, who has created retail stores in Los Angeles and other cities for Carolina Herrera, The Row, Reformation and Raquel Allegra, to name a few.
Like most people in his profession, Montalba wears either all black or all dark blue every day — not just to the office but in all aspects of his life. When asked whether he spends more on clothes for work or play, he said, “I don’t distinguish between the two.” What about on the weekend when he’s driving his kids to their sports games? “Then I’m just wearing my gym clothes, either a Lululemon shirt or NikeLab,” he says.
Montalba’s style hasn’t strayed much in the last two decades: “I might slowly find myself getting a little more refined and wanting to wear the same things more and more. Now I

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David Beckham and Tudor Watches Just Joined Forces

Beckham is the face of the new “Born to Dare” campaign.

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Nike to Highlight Innovation in New Exhibit, Shoot With Dancer David Hallberg

Innovation has been a hallmark of the Nike brand since Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman teamed up to create a superior running shoe in the mid-1960s. Now a $ 32 billion company, the Oregon-based sporting-goods brand prides itself on creating products that provide athletes with the tools they need to perform at their best.
Tonight, Nike will unveil its latest iteration in “Objects of Desire,” an exhibition that highlights its 20 years of innovation in sports apparel. The brand will showcase images from nearly 20 “brand-defining” campaigns from the past two decades, which are intended to illustrate how style and culture have evolved over the years.
The event at Nike’s brand space at 45 Grand Street, which will be open to the public from June 1 to 10, will also serve to introduce the latest series of images featuring ballet dancer David Hallberg in the NikeLab ACG Poncho.
The exhibition was curated by Paris-born and Yale-educated Dorian Grinspan, the editor and founder of Out of Order magazine. He worked in partnership with contemporary artist and architect James Casebere, who built the set for the exhibition; Niclas Gillis, a Swedish filmmaker who directed the video, and Djib Mo, a new French recording artist who penned an

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David Ross Never Thought He’d Make it to the Dancing With the Stars Finale

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David Beckham Hits Shanghai for Kent & Curwen

SHANGHAI — David Beckham is bringing a touch of British heritage to Shanghai with the global launch of Kent & Curwen’s fall collection as well as a capsule line for Lane Crawford called Shanghai Club.
The British sports superstar and Kent & Curwen creative director Daniel Kearns attended a lavish cocktail event, which was attended by Chinese model Hu Bing along with other Chinese KOLs and held at The Waterhouse at South Bund. They also launched the Shanghai Club capsule collection at a pop-up store in Lane Crawford.
This visit marked Beckham’s first appearance in China on behalf of the men’s wear brand and was part of the extended rollout of the fall collection, with the spring line, the first collaboration between Beckham and Kearns, already available in the country. Beckham is part owner of the British heritage men’s wear brand, which was founded in 1926, after an agreement was made between Seven Global, his joint venture with business partner Simon Fuller, and Global Brands Group Holding Ltd., a spin-off of Li & Fung at the end of 2014.
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David Archuleta Releases New Single ‘Up All Night’: It ‘Came From a Really Rough Month,’ He Says

David Archuleta has new music out!

The American Idol alum, 26, premiered his latest song, “Up All Night,” on Tuesday, one month ahead of the release of his new EP, Orion.

“‘Up All Night’ came from when I was having a really rough month trying to see how I could make a statement and prove myself and was getting nowhere,” Archuleta shares with PEOPLE.

The singer retreated into nature for some songwriting inspiration.

“A family living in rural Tennessee invited me over to go fishing at their pond. None of the kids even had smartphones at the time. They took me in and when I got home I realized I felt whole again,” Archuleta reveals. “I was so confused with what happened that I couldn’t sleep. I had to get out what I was feeling so I went to the keyboard and recorded the verse and chorus with some lyrics that night.”

Archuleta’s retrospective lyrics represent the mix of self-reflection and pop melodies that fans can look forward to hearing on his new EP.

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Orion is the first in a series of EP’s that I have been working on since returning from a two year mission in Chile,” he tells PEOPLE. “I’ve co-written all of the songs, and they they tell the journey of where I have been and where I am heading.”

“Up All Night” follows-up the EP’s lead single, “Numb,” which premiered last November. Earlier this month, Archuleta debuted the artwork for Orion on social media, also sharing that the album would be available on May 19.


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David Letterman’s Pie-Loving Mom, Dorothy Mengering, Dead At 95

Dorothy Mengering, the mother of David Letterman who made occasional appearances during his time hosting “Late Night,” died Tuesday. She was 95.

From her kitchen in Carmel, Indiana, Mengering ― known simply as “Dave’s Mom” ― showed up often via satellite to play a heartwarming pie guessing game, in which her son guessed which types of pie she’d baked. With her sweet temper and charming sincerity, she became an audience favorite.

Letterman also put his mother to work as a foreign correspondent of sorts for the show during the Winter Olympics in 1994, 1998 and 2002. In the first, held in Lillehammer, Norway, she interviewed then–first lady Hillary Clinton, asking a hard-hitting question about the Connecticut speed limit, which nabbed her an invite to the White House. 

“After Lillehammer, I couldn’t believe how it all took off,” Mengering told The New York Times about her role on “Late Night” and taste of fame after releasing her cookbook, Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom, in 1996. (You can find it on Amazon.)

She went on: “I think it’s about the idea of mom and of a family. People are eager for families to be like they used to be. Even though there are lots of working moms and single-parent families now, you can still be a family in spite of the size and form it takes.” 

As Letterman, who turned 70 on Wednesday, prepared to retire from his longtime role as host in 2015, he aired a special Mother’s Day montage honoring Mengering. (Catch the clip, which includes a peek at Dave’s Mom’s beer-stocked fridge, below.)

Late Tuesday, Letterman’s successor, Stephen Colbert, shared a heartfelt note of condolence over Twitter about Mengering, saying he feels “so grateful that Dave shared her with us.”

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Are Naya Rivera and David Spade Dating?

Oh em GleeNaya Rivera and David Spade are reportedly romantically involved, according to several outlets.

Rivera, 30, and Spade, 52, were photographed getting cozy in a pool at the Halekulani Hotel pool in Waikiki, Hawaii, Entertainment Tonight reported — while Sade and comedian pals Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider were in town for a stop on their Here Comes the Funny Tour on Friday.

A source told ET that two shared a kiss but kept it discreet, giggling and hugging occasionally. “The pair went for a short swim, hugged and had lots of body contact in the pool. They kept to one side of the pool where there was the most covering from prying eyes,” the eyewitness told ET. “Outside of the pool, they sat on lounge chairs and talked animatedly. They spent about an hour poolside together.”

“They were very happy,” the onlooker told ET. “They looked pretty comfortable together.”

E! News reported the two have been trying to keep their relationship out of the public eye. A source told E! News that Rivera and Spade have been seeing each other for a couple of weeks.

They were both spotted leaving Catch restaurant in Los Angeles in January after sharing a dinner together.

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Rivera and Spade’s reps did not respond to a request for comment.

In November, Rivera filed for divorce from husband Ryan DorseyThe couple wed in July 2014 just three months after the Glee actress’ engagement to rapper Big Sean was called off.

“After much consideration, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the former couple told PEOPLE in a statement. “Our priority is and always will be our beautiful son that we share together. We will continue to be great co-parenting partners for him. We ask for respect and privacy for our family during this difficult time.”

They share a 1-year-old son together — Josey Hollis.

Spade, of Saturday Night Live fame, has never been married – but had been linked in the past to Lara Flynn Boyle, among others.

He has one child — an 8-year-old daughter named Harper, with 31-year-old Playboy model Jillian Grace.

 


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David Letterman Says Donald Trump ‘Can Lie About Anything’

David Letterman may have left late-night television, but he didn’t retire his opinions.

The former host took on President Donald Trump in an interview with Vulture that was posted Sunday.

Comparing Trump to the head of a family named “Larry,” Letterman said: “If Larry behaved the way Donald behaves, for even a six-week period, the family would get together and say, ‘Jesus, somebody better call the doctor.’ Then they’d ask him to step down. But Trump’s the president and he can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president. I don’t get that.”

The 69-year-old Letterman also called out Democrats. “We don’t need more confirmation that there’s something wrong with Donald Trump,” he said. “Let’s instead find ways to rebuild what is rational. And the Democrats, goddamn it, get a little backbone, get a little spine.” 

Letterman, who stepped down from CBS’ “Late Show” in May 2015, said in the Vulture story that if he still hosted a program, producers would have to pull him off the stage to stop him from talking about Trump. But even in retirement, he has remained vocal.

In an October interview with the New York Times, he said Trump needed to see a psychiatrist. Months earlier, in a segment for NBC, Letterman called him “repugnant to people.”

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Suki Waterhouse, Kendall Jenner, David Gandy Swoop on Milan

ON THE FLY: “We’re on our way back to London now – if Doris lets us fly,” said David Gandy who, along with Suki Waterhouse, made a quick trip to Milan to talk to guests at a British Airways tea party on Corso Como.

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He was referring, of course, to Storm Doris, which pounded the U.K. with rain, snow and winds that hit 95 miles per hour last week.
Gandy, a British model and entrepreneur, has just inked a fresh three-year deal with Marks & Spencer, expanding on his modeling and ambassadorial role to consult on suiting and formal wear.
He was chatting to – and posing for selfies with – guests alongside Waterhouse, who was also jetting back to London so she could then hop a plane to New Orleans to start filming “Assassination Nation.”

David Gandy attends British Airways’ afternoon tea during Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 
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Good thing both are friendly with British Airways.
Waterhouse’s film, written and directed by Sam Levinson, centers on a clutch of suburban teenage girls who become victims of hacking. It also stars Hari Nef and Odessa Young.

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Kendall Jenner also made a stop in Milan to cut the ribbon on the newly re-located La Perla boutique on

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David Bowie has been honoured with two Brit Awards – 13 months after his death at the age of 69.
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Nature Doc Extraordinaire David Attenborough Joins BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ Sequel

Britain’s most revered TV naturalist David Attenborough, 90, is returning to present a sequel to “The Blue Planet” documentary series, 16 years after the original illuminated the depths of the world’s oceans.

“Blue Planet II” will air later this year on the BBC and follows the 2001 series which vividly depicted marine life from across the world and won two Emmys and two BAFTAs for its music and cinematography.

The BBC said the new series will feature phenomena such as methane volcanoes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean’s so-called “boiling sea,” as well as footage from 1,000 meters under the Antarctic Ocean.

“I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known,” Attenborough said.

The series follows his critically acclaimed series “Planet Earth II,” which was broadcast in Britain last year. It was the most watched natural history program for at least 15 years, the BBC said, and premiered in the U.S. on Saturday.

Attenborough is also known for his work on the “Life” series of nine documentaries made over a 30-year period from 1979.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)

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David Oyelowo: How to Deliver an Inspiring Speech

In “A United Kingdom,” Mr. Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, king of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) who found his throne imperiled when he married a white British woman. Here, he discusses the speech meant to change the mind of a nation.
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David Beckham and UNICEF Fight Back Over Alleged Hacked Emails: ‘Let the Facts Speak for Themselves’

David Beckham is responding to reports he allegedly used his UNICEF charity work to campaign for a knighthood.

“This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture,” a spokesperson for Beckham tells PEOPLE in a statement. 

“David and UNICEF have had a powerful partnership in support of children for over 15 years. The David Beckham 7 Fund specifically has raised millions of pounds and helped millions of vulnerable children around the world,” the statement continued.

Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005.

On Friday, British newspaper The Sun published reportedly leaked emails between Beckham and his publicist from 2013 where they discussed the soccer star working on securing a knighthood in 2013. (Beckham was awarded an OBE, or Order of the British Empire, in 2003.) After Beckham allegedly complained that British singer Katherine Jenkins was awarded an OBE and calling it “a f—— joke,” Beckham’s rep urged him to focus his energy on his charitable efforts.

Beckham also allegedly railed against the committee who decides who get the honors, calling them “a bunch of c—-” and saying he “expected nothing less.”

“It’s a disgrace to be honest and if I was American I would of got something like this ten years ago,” Beckham allegedly said.

In February 2015, Beckham launched the 7 Fund to raise funds and awareness for vulnerable children by focusing on seven different countries and seven different initiatives.

“David has given significant time and energy and has made personal financial donations to the 7 Fund and this commitment will continue long term,” the statement added. “Before establishing the 7 Fund, David had supported UNICEF and a number of other charities over many years, including donating his entire earnings from PSG during his time playing there.”

Concluding, “David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”

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On Friday, UNICEF released a statement, defending their partnership with Beckham.

“Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon,” the statement read. “David Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, and as well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for children, David has given significant funds personally.”

The organization also noted Beckham’s last UNICEF trip in June 2016 when he traveled to Africa to visit children living with HIV, who are receiving support from his charity 7 and UNICEF.

In addition to his reported complaints about not getting a knighthood, the alleged emails also included Beckham’s supposed reluctance to donate his own money to charity and his rep urging the soccer star not to post a photo of his gold-plated laptop on social media so as not to ruin his “man of the people” reputation.


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David Tennant Lists 6 Key Things That’ll (Hopefully) Make Everything OK

Trust him, he’s a (former) Doctor Who.

Scottish actor David Tennant is reassuring everyone that “it’s all gonna be OK.”

“But, it’s up to us to make it OK,” he said on Friday’s broadcast of British topical comedy show “The Last Leg.”

The “Jessica Jones” star, who is no stranger to criticizing President Donald Trump, called on people to be “positively rebellious and rebelliously positive.”

He then issued a set of six guiding principles to make the world a better place.

“As long as we stand up for what we believe in, don’t give in to anger or violence, look out for the little guy, keep an eye on the big guys, refuse to keep our mouths shut, and just generally try not to be dicks,” he said, then “every little thing is gonna be alright.”

Here’s hoping.

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David Yurman Hosts First Men’s Collection Exhibition in Milan

One could hardly miss David Yurman’s first men’s presentation in Milan — a stunning crystal structure placed in front of the Baroque San Paolo Converso deconsecrated church promised more to come inside the location.

Artist Anthony James’ installation outside David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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Fourteen crystal cases in different shapes formed a circle inside the frescoed building and displayed chief design director Evan Yurman’s gold skull rings, amulet necklaces and cuffs.
Yurman tapped British artist Anthony James, known for his works called “kalos thanotos,” which in Greek means “beautiful death,” to create the unique installation, held during Men’s Fashion Week. “The structures are reminiscent of a diamond,” said James, who developed them over six months. “When you look into them, there’s a sense of infinity.” Two-way mirrors contributed to the effect. In steel and titanium, the cases were lit up from within.

Artist Anthony James’ installations at David Yurman’s presentation in Milan. 
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James said he and Yurman had been talking about working together for the last two years, but that it took them that long to devise an idea — and for James to perfect the techniques used in the installation. The structures played off the octahedral shapes of raw diamonds, he explained,

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David Bowie tipped for posthumous Brits

David Bowie has been nominated for best British male solo artist and best British album at the 2017 Brit Awards – a year after his death.
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David Bowie Didn’t Know Cancer Was Terminal Until Three Months Before Death

Days before the one-year anniversary of David Bowie’s death, a new documentary is shedding light on the singer’s final years before he lost an 18-month battle to liver cancer.  

Directed by Francis Whately, “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” airing on BBC Two Saturday, follows the rock icon on his 2003 A Reality Tour, as well as throughout the production of his last studio album, “Blackstar.”

According to Johan Renck, the director for the music video of the album’s final single, “Lazarus,” the 69-year-old rock icon discovered his cancer was terminal only three months before his death, while he was still working on the video. 

According to the BBC, Renck explains in the documentary that he wasn’t made aware of Bowie’s diagnosis until after filming the video for “Lazarus,” which heavily features death and rebirth symbolism.

“I found out later that the week we were shooting is when he found out that it is over,” Renck said.

Despite the imagery that suggests Bowie was contemplating his own mortality through his music ― the video begins with the singer in a hospital bed with gauze covering his eyes ― the director denies that the music video had anything to do with his illness. The Guardian reports that Renck created the vision for “Lazarus” a week before learning of Bowie’s diagnosis. 

“David said: ‘I just want to make it a simple performance video,’” Renck recalled. “I immediately said, ‘The song is called Lazarus, you should be in the bed.’ … To me it had to do with the biblical aspect of it … it had nothing to do with him being ill.”

Bowie kept his illness a secret from almost everyone around him in an effort to protect his family and continue work on his final album. According to the Guardian, the singer was making a sequel to “Lazarus” just weeks before his death. 

“I don’t find it strange he kept his illness so private,” the documentary’s director, Francis Whately, told the Guardian. “He’d had his life picked over for 40 years and he thought he had said everything he wanted to say, there was nothing more.”

Watch a trailer for “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” below: 

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David Sacks Stepping Down as Zenefits CEO

He confirmed he is stepping down as chief executive of Zenefits, less than a year after taking over the troubled health-benefits broker.
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David O. Russell Explains Why It’s the Perfect Time for His New Prada Film

The star-studded Past Forward feels like a post-election fever dream.

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Drake And Dave Chappelle Reacting To David Blaine’s Frog Trick Is Art

If you have yet to make yourself familiar with the magic that is David Blaine’s new frog trick, you need to get on that. 

The trick involves the magician appearing to heave a frog out of his mouth and then swallow it back down. He performed a widely shared version of it on “The Tonight Show” last week, which caused host Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and the author of this post to literally gasp when we all watched it. 

Well, Blaine performed a slightly altered version of the trick for his one-hour primetime special on Tuesday night, and he did it with none other than Stephen Curry, Dave Chappelle, Drake and the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler surrounding him. In the bit, which you can view below, Blaine asks Chappelle to draw a small creature, and for whatever reason, Chappelle draws a frog.

Blaine proceeds to spit up not one, not two, but three freaking frogs, into champagne flutes, one of which he hands to Drake, one to Chappelle, and one to Curry. Check out Curry’s reaction here:

The clip, I have to say, is spectacular. Watching very famous people lose their minds over something so visceral is almost mesmerizing. Plus, they made some really funny faces, the best of which I’ve provided below for your pleasure.

It’s good to laugh.

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David Bowie art collection worth over $41mn at auction

David Bowie's art collection included over 130 works of modern and contemporary British artA London auction of music legend David Bowie's art collection has ended with sales totalling almost £33 million ($ 41.5 million), after exhibits of the works drew record crowds, Sotheby's said Saturday. Every item in the collection, which included over 130 works of modern and contemporary British art, was sold in a series of sales as buyers' enthusiasm for the late musician's collection exceeded expectations. "David Bowie’s personal art collection captured the imagination of the tens of thousands who visited our exhibitions and the thousands who took part in the sales," said Oliver Barker, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe.



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Bling Jewelry Star Of David Jewish Pendant Necklace Sterling Silver 18in

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A great piece for the holidays, this Star of David pendant is a simple and lovely piece of religious jewelry. Two triangles layer together to create this religious symbol used to identify Judaism. This sterling silver necklace features a .5 by .5 inch Jewish star of David on a 18 inch cuban curb chain with 2 inch extender. Delicate in size and finished with a small spring ring clasp, you can also add other religious pendants to this piece such as Hamas or Chai symbols. A great Passover gift or Hanukkah gift, this silver pendant is a great piece of every day jewelry that will look great on any beloved member of your synagogue. Gift it during a Jewish holiday or present it to a young adult for their Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. A quality piece of sterling silver jewelry is always appropriate and will last forever.

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A Joosr Guide to… David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants

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Victoria and David Beckham Wore Matching Black Tuxedos at British Fashion Awards 2015

While Victoria and David Beckham haven’t always had success with matching outfits (the matching leather duds the duo wore at the 1999 Gucci show aren’t remembered fondly), the couple gave it another go at last night’s British Fashion Awards. Victoria, nominated for the womenswear designer award, wore a tux jacket from her own label. While we would have loved to see that sharp look strut across the stage, sadly she didn’t get to take home a statuette; the honor went to J.W. Anderson.

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Even if we expect to see Victoria looking posh and pretty perfect all the time, it’s a different story in her home life. We melted over the fact that she greeted a recent interviewer in sweatpants, and David’s copped to preferring his wife casual (ideally in jeans and Adidas sneakers).

Beyond the whole looks-good-in-a-tux thing, come see why David Beckham so rightly deserved People‘s sexiest man label this year.



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David Collins Studio Looks Back, and Ahead With Exhibition

PART OF THE FURNITURE: David Collins Studio marked 30 years in the interiors business with a flash exhibition at Phillips in London that looked backward — and forward in time. The 24-hour show, “Past Present Future,” addressed those themes, with highlights including a martini cart swiped from The Connaught Hotel’s bar — whose decor is a contemporary riff on Edwardian splendor — and endless images of the restaurants, hotels and private homes that glow with that distinctive Collins halo.
Interiors are filled with rich color palettes, textured surfaces, offbeat details — such as the little gold Champagne buzzers at Bob Bob Ricard in Soho — and, most importantly, flattering lighting able to make even sleep-deprived individuals glow.
The exhibition featured images, sketches, Post-it notes from Collins, swatches and even an example of the delicate molding — with a feathery wing pattern — that Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director, created with the studio for the store interiors. There were images of the Graff estate in South Africa — where the terrace follows the curve of the mountainside — and examples of the painted silk and hand-stitched panels of Hyde Park at The London hotel in Manhattan. The interiors of Collins own apartment

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Larry David Was Pretty, Pretty Good As Bernie Sanders, But This Comedian Is Even Better

The Internet agreed that “Seinfeld” co-creator and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Larry David did a pretty, pretty good impression of Democratic presidential candidate (and fellow Brooklyn native) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on “Saturday Night Live.” Even Sanders himself loved it, joking that he’ll invite David to his campaign rallies because “he does better than I do.”

But here’s one that rivals David’s portrayal, from comedian James Adomian, who performed his own Sanders impression last week at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.

Watch Adomian as Sanders in the clip above, participating in a “debate” with Donald Trump, played by comedian Anthony Atamanuik.

And here’s David again, in case you missed it.

 

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Donald Trump Discusses Ties With David Herzka at Campaign Event

ONLY IN AMERICA: Opportunistic designer David Herzka really tied one on with Donald Trump Sunday morning, but not in the colloquial sense. During a rise-and-shine breakfast at the Long Branch, N.J., home of his daughter Ivanka’s in-laws Seryl and Charles Kushner, Trump mingled with 100 or so of their inner circle. “It was pretty low-key. But he’s very serious and believes in what he’s doing,” Herzka said. “Everyone felt he’s really a potential contender.”
The Kushners’ enterprising son, Jared, made the rounds with Ivanka, but another power couple — his venture capitalist-skilled brother Joshua and Karlie Kloss — were not on the scene. Trump’s son-in-law no doubt has his reserve of potential campaign supporters as owner of Kushner Properties and the New York Observer.
Herzka, who started his direct-to-consumer online neckwear line David Fin earlier this year, showed his own moxie by having a word with The Donald and giving him a tie in what he thought would be the candidate’s favorite colors — red, white and blue. Herzka told Trump about the Battery Park-based start-up that makes all of its ties in the U.S. and donates $ 5 of each $ 85 sale to Hiring Our Heroes, a nonprofit that helps veterans find

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David Beckham, Harvey Keitel Featured in Belstaff Short Film

OH, DOWN IN MEXICO: David Beckham is teaming with Belstaff once again on a short film set to be released on Sept. 22, following the brand’s show at London Fashion Week.
Beckham appears with Harvey Keitel, Katherine Waterston, Cathy Moriarty in “Outlaws,” which was filmed on location in Mexico, with Liv Tyler as the executive producer.
“I always love to challenge myself,” said Beckham. “Filming ‘Outlaws’ in the Mexican desert with Belstaff and the Legs team — not to mention working alongside Harvey, Cathy, and Katherine — was an adventure I will never forget.”
Written and directed by Geremy Jasper, the film has a surreal atmosphere and was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs, a division of Milk Media.
The film follows a mysterious drifter and motorcycle stuntman who is haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist — and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge.
The trailer will be released on Monday on the Belstaff brand site, while a wrap party will take place during New York Fashion Week on September 17. The global premiere and party will take place following Belstaff’s show on Monday, Sept. 21.
The brand has an ongoing relationship with Beckham who has appeared in its ad campaigns, and who has

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Obama Golfs With Larry David

President Barack Obama chose a pretty, pretty good golf companion for his first golf outing on Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday: “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David.

David joined Obama along with former UBS chairman of the Americas Robert Wolf and Cyrus Walker, a cousin of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

David, who has golfed with Obama before, was spotted crying out in a sand trap, possibly because of a poor shot.

Obama arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on Friday for a 17-day vacation.

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Victoria And David Beckham Celebrate 16th Wedding Anniversary On Instagram

While Americans were celebrating the Fourth of July, the U.K.’s favorite celebrity couple was honoring another milestone.

Victoria and David Beckham took to social media on Saturday to celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary. The current Vogue Australia cover star, 41, posted a photo of her family with the caption, “Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x.” The fashion designer posed in the photo alongside her husband and their children, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, daughter Harper, 3, and Brooklyn, 16.

Happy anniversary, I love u so much x I’m so proud of our beautiful family x

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The soccer star, 40, also took to Instagram to celebrate his marriage. He posted a throwback photo of himself and his wife with the caption, “16 years ago today was our special day… 16 years on we have our beautiful children… Thank you for giving me our amazing little ones …. Happy anniversary ❤️.”


The couple’s oldest son, Brooklyn, celebrated his parents with a throwback photo from their wedding day. The couple got married on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, where the 4-month-old Brooklyn was the ring bearer.

Happy anniversary. Love u

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DC Super Heroes: Busy Bodies By David Bar Katz (Board book)

DC Super Heroes: Busy Bodies By David Bar Katz (Board book)


Overview The fourth title in the best-selling DC Super Heroes concept board books series (in addition to ABC 123, COLORS & SHAPES, and OPPOSITES), this cool and colorful book teaches budding super hero fans about their bodies, actions, and clothing using DC’s beloved characters and classic art. From Superman’s eyes (with their awesome X-ray vision) to the Flash’s fastest-in-the-world feet, this unique concept board book helps little ones to identify all of their powerful body parts. They will also learn about actions (Aquaman swims; Batman swings; Wonder Woman jumps) and items of clothing illustrated by DC’s popular super heroes. Product details Isbn-13: 9781935703808, 978-1935703808 Author: David Bar Katz Publisher: Downtown Bookworks Publication date: 2014-09-16 About Wordery Wordery is one of the UK’s largest online booksellers. With millions of satisfied customers who enjoy low prices on a huge range of books, we offer a reliable and trusted service and consistently receive excellent feedback. We offer a huge range of over 8 million books; bestsellers, children’s books, cheap paperbacks, baby books, special edition hardbacks and textbooks. All our books are dispatched from the UK. Wordery offers Free Delivery on all UK orders, and competitively priced international delivery. #HappyReading

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David Duchovny Discusses The Difficulty Of Playing A Violent Cop On ‘Aquarius’

In “Aquarius,” David Duchovny plays a cop who isn’t afraid to use violence to get the job done — a tricky line to walk in a time when police brutality has become such a controversial topic. In the video above, Duchovny chats with “The HuffPost Show” host Roy Sekoff about playing a character with a moral code that is “personalized” rather than “dogmatized.”

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David Copperfield, Volume 1

David Copperfield, Volume 1


The story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. David was born in Blunderstone, Suffolk, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in 1820, six months after the death of his father. David spends his early years with his mother and their housekeeper, Peggotty. When he is seven years old his mother marries Edward Murdstone. David is given good reason to dislike his stepfather and has similar feelings for Murdstone’s sister Jane, who moves into the house soon afterwards. Murdstone attempts to thrash David for falling behind in his studies. David bites him and soon afterwards is sent away to a boarding school, Salem House, with a ruthless headmaster, Mr. Creakle. There he befriends James Steerforth and Tommy Traddles. David returns home for the holidays to learn that his mother has given birth to a baby boy. Shortly after David returns to Salem House, his mother and her baby die, and David returns home immediately. Peggotty marries a man named Mr Barkis. Murdstone sends David to work for a wine merchant in London – a business of which Murdstone is a joint owner. Copperfield’s landlord, Wilkins Micawber, is sent to debtors’ prison (the King’s Bench Prison) and remains there for several months before being released and moving to Plymouth. No one remains to care for David in London, so he decides to run away. He walks from London to Dover, where he finds his only relative, his unmarried, eccentric aunt Betsey Trotwood. She agrees to raise him, despite Murdstone’s attempt to regain custody of David. David’s aunt renames him “Trotwood Copperfield” and addresses him as “Trot”, and it becomes one of several names to which David answers in the course of the novel. As David grows to adulthood, a variety of characters enter, leave, and re-enter his life. These include Peggotty and her family, including her orphaned niece “Little Em’ly”, who moves in with them and charms the young David. David’s romantic but self-serving school friend, Steerforth, seduces a

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David Koechner’s Hilarious Pitch For The Next Viagra Commercial

With all the talk this week about the new drug being called the “female Viagra,” libido was on the brain during Friday’s episode of “The HuffPost Show.” To that end, comedian David Koechner, who is set to appear at the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend charity event kicking off June 19, shared his pitch for the perfect commercials to woo men and women alike to the sexual-performance drug market.

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An Open Letter to David Chipperfield

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The Museo delle Culture by David Chipperfield

Dear David:

I know you really care about floors. I know because I’ve been to your Neues Museum in Berlin and your Saint Louis Art Museum extension, and both have exceptional floors.

And I know you were unhappy with the floors at your new Museum in Milan, the Museo delle Culture (Mudec). So unhappy that, after working behind the scenes to get the floors fixed, unsuccessfully, you chose to go public: first disowning the building, then releasing a letter in which you complained about some 60,000 square feet of sub-standard lavastone. In the letter, you said that the hundreds of slabs of volcanic rock displayed “a substantial lack of homogeneity”; that individual pieces had gaps, chips and cracks; and that the installation introduced bad joints and other defects.

But could the floors really be that bad? I was curious, so I made my way to the museum. And here’s what I think:

The floors are horrible, They are streaky and uneven and unworthy of a David Chipperfield building.

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The Floors

But you should embrace the building anyway. Because it’s wonderful. So wonderful that no one will be looking down.

You were given a courtyard to work with — a courtyard in the formerly industrial Zona Tortona. A quadrangle of four-story buildings wraps around your site, hiding your building from the street.

What you created in that courtyard looks entirely utilitarian. Walking the perimeter of your museum, I saw nothing but galvanized metal and glass. The only “decoration” is the museum’s logo, made of thin, white neon tubes that are practically invisible unless you’re looking for them. Your restraint is impressive.

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The Exterior

The most amazing thing you did was make the roof appear to meet the walls without any kind or overhang or parapet. It’s an entirely flat, entirely uniform surface — a gift to the people who live or work in the surrounding buildings. Your strategy was to cover what’s on the actual roof with metal grates. The grates have enough depth that, unless you’re looking straight down from a helicopter, all you see if a continuous gray surface. A spectacular detail.

In fact, it must be infuriating that the roof, which few people will see, is more perfect than the floor, which lots of people will be walking on.

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The Roof

But don’t worry, because you’ve created an interior that draws eyes upward. At street level, the museum is strictly functional –a large lobby opens onto a bookstore, a cafe, a children’s learning area, coat room and rest rooms. Everything is super-spare — except for the coffered concrete ceiling, which is beautiful and had me looking up.

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The Lobby

But the piece de resistance is the stairway. It’s an elegant single flight that leads straight up to an amoeba-shaped lightwell.

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The stairway

The lightwell, or the agora, as you call it, recalls other googly rooms, like the Hall of Science, by Wallace K Harrison, in Flushing Meadows Park. Harrison used concrete studded with dark blue glass. You’ve used light green glass set into aluminum mullions, creating a form that’s a perfect balance of a doodle and a grid.

Pinwheeling around the atrium are windowless galleries. The two current shows are beautifully installed. The curators know what they’re doing, and that’s to draw visitors’ attention to the objects on display.

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Entrance to galleries

I’m not saying floors aren’t important. I once had a contractor rip up a just-installed kitchen floor and start over because the tiles weren’t lined up properly. So I feel your pain.

And that was just my kitchen. Yours is a very public, $ 70 million, 180,000-square-foot building. But Zona Tortona is all about imperfection — the buildings surrounding your museum are covered in graffiti. This is a gritty urban neighborhood, not the Acropolis.

And you’ve succeeded in creating a fabulous museum in this tricky location. Your building has so much going for it that even bad floors can’t spoil it. You should put your name back on it.

Sincerely,

Fred Bernstein

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The Atrium
(all photos by Fred Bernstein)

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The Best Moments From The Late Show With David Letterman’s Finale

In terms of late-night shake-ups, this is an earthquake: David Letterman has just hosted his last episode of The Late Show. And after his more than 33 years on the air (11 on NBC, 22…




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See Your Favorite Supermodels in Their First Late Show With David Letterman Appearances

Entertainment stars bid farewell to David Letterman on his final show last night—and so did fashion stars, like Christy Turlington Burns, who posted this gem on Instagram:


My 2nd appearance on The Late Show at age 24 talking about @calvinklein #ThanksDave

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The legendary funnyman was known for interviewing many models early on in their careers. Among those who have passed through the hallowed halls of the Ed Sullivan Theatre: Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer. These clips from the early ’80s and ’90s prove that in addition to being drop dead gorgeous, these supermodels are whip-smart, offering tart retorts to Letterman’s friendly jabs.

Turlington hit the show right after shooting an underwear commercial for Calvin Klein. The then-24-year-old told Letterman that she’d like to go back to school and become a writer someday when she retires from modeling. She went back to school indeed, but Turlington is still in hot demand today in fashion.
Naomi Campbell had a laugh with Letterman in 1995 when he noted that no one helped the supermodel up after a royal tumble on the runway in mile-high platform shoes.
A shy Cindy Crawford hit Letterman right after she famously signed on with Revlon. She told the host she went to college to become a chemical engineer, to which he responded, “Chemical engineers tend to be good looking?”
A 22-year-old Claudia Schiffer was full of zingers. When Letterman asked if Prince Albert of Monaco had proposed marriage, she played coy and teased that she had heard gossip that Letterman had an affair with Princess Diana.




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Dick Cavett Explains How David Letterman’s ‘Mask Of Innocence’ Helped Him Get Away With Anything

Late-night TV legend Dick Cavett joined HuffPost Live on Wednesday to look back on the legacy of David Letterman and say goodbye to the subversive comedy icon, who officially begins his retirement after his final “Late Show” episode airs tonight.

Cavett, a longtime fan of and former guest on Letterman’s show, told host Josh Zepps that the key to Letterman’s incredible interview style was his ability to hilariously insult his guests even as they sat right next to him, creating a unique “sense of danger” on his show. Cavett said Letterman was able to sneak by his biting barbs thanks to “that hayseed, rustic, Midwestern, innocent, clownish face.”

In order to do “those things that he was criticized for and the dummies didn’t get,” Cavett explained Letterman often hid his cutting wit “behind a wonderful mask of innocence, and I think that’s what made it effective for those who dug it, among whom I was one.”

Cavett added that often guests had no idea they’d been hilariously ripped apart by Letterman until after the interview was over.

“David’s attitude — it wasn’t so much ever what he said — but his attitude and his looks were priceless, and I’m sure some of [the guests] were stunned when they got home, saw themselves with David and saw what he had done to them,” Cavett said.

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7 David Letterman Quotes That Prove He’s Even MORE Awesome Than You Thought

Wit and witticisms from the man himself.

On Wednesday, David Letterman will step down as host of “The Late Show” after 22 years, on top of the 11 seasons he spent at NBC on “Late Night With David Letterman.” He’s a one-of-a-kind talent whose void in the late-night landscape will undoubtedly be felt.

But let’s not get all weepy and teary-eyed just yet. Instead, here are a few of Dave’s best quotes. Some are funny. Some are poignant. And the rest fall somewhere in between, where David Letterman was truly a master.

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A Goodbye After 20 Years of Directing Late Show With David Letterman

In the early evening of May 20 the words “used to be” will be grafted to the end of my name. Around 5:30, I will ask CBS Technical Director Tim Kennedy to “please fade to black.” Later I will remove the few remaining personal items from my sunny office with the four windows and set out to civilian life. When my feet touch 53rd street I will take my place among “ex” ball players, “former” Congressmen and “used to be” ship captains. I will be referred to as “the former director” of Late Show with David Letterman. Along with the name change, comes the surrender of an all-access pass to New York City.

Consider the sound of six hands clapping. In March of 2012, the cast of the Broadway show Once was booked on Late Show. On the Friday before the appearance, I walked eight blocks south to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater with a Late Show producer and my assistant. We sat in the darkened house as Cristin Milioti, Steve Kazee and the entire cast treated us to a very private performance of “Falling Slowly.” We were invited onstage where these big-time performers warmly introduced themselves and asked if “we would like to see it again?” “Ah, thank you. We’d love to see it again.”

Show business is filled with effusive strivers who realize their dream and can’t stop telling you about it. Sorry, but yes, there was a younger version of me from the north shore of Staten Island desperate for a one-way ferry ride. Manhattan scared me — it was loud, uncomfortable and uncaring, and, for reasons thousands of smarter people have tried to explain, absolutely magnetic. I had no choice. I needed to step off on the New York side and stay there.

One arctic January night, I rode the ferry again but this time I “owned” it. Late Show needed a new opening montage and I was given the resources and creative freedom to light up a boat named “The American Legion”. After crossing the harbor with the ferry’s captain, I grabbed a taxi to the West 30th street heliport where a pilot and camera crew harnessed me to the floor of a helicopter that was missing its doors. We did multiple passes across the bow of the ferry that was following a route and speed I requested. Later we buzzed the icons. I got a close look at the rivets dotting the roof of the Chrysler building and dangled my feet over the spiky crown of the Statue of Liberty. “Big deal” you say, “directors get to do that stuff all the time.” True, but on what scale and how often? I was in show business every day for 20 years or 1040 Sundays if Billy Crystal is counting. I had a blast. If things didn’t go well on Tuesday (they often didn’t), I had the rest of the week to get it right (I often didn’t.)

When my time at Late Show ends I will have directed over 3700 broadcasts, three openings and dozens of single camera shorts. I was treated to a private tour of the Empire State Building. I rode in blimps, police cars and the back seat of a taxi with Buzz Aldrin, who listened politely as I explained how to hold a pen in zero G. I had free run of Yankee Stadium and was part of a group that convinced George Steinbrenner to berate our Stage Manager, Biff Henderson. Mr. Steinbrenner turned out to be a great guy but the people around him seemed very nervous.

I put in hundreds of miles wandering the city streets with writers and camera crews in search of “found comedy”. On one of the many days when the funny refused to reveal itself, a call was put in to City Hall. Forty five minutes later, we were standing on the porch of Gracie Mansion as Rudy Giuliani lectured us about the waters of the Long Island Sound, the Harlem River and Upper New York Bay converging off his front yard to form the currents of Hell Gate. He reminded me of a know-it-all uncle.

If Joaquin Phoenix can romance an operating system, can I love a building? In 1992 I was invited to abandon my comfortable union gig in the art deco halls of NBC and travel a few blocks west to a smelly, broken down theater that saw its glory days in the 1960s. There was no guarantee of long-term employment, but there was the opportunity to help refurbish of one of the world’s most famous stages. Money blew down Broadway as the corporate might of CBS dragged a neglected ocean liner out of mothballs and made it seaworthy again. It was intoxicating. A dazzling broadcast facility was dropped into a swirl of fresh plaster, deep pile carpeting and velour seats. Everything was new; everything was possible.

I roamed the grand old building unchallenged, no one told me to leave (actually there was one time in 2003, long story). Instead stagehands and security people acknowledged me with snarky, absurd salutations that can only be traded among people who’ve shared changes of seasons and cycles of life. I’ve crawled through every accessible inch of The Ed Sullivan Theater. I’ve examined the pumping system that tames the stream running beneath the building and I’ve spied the plump rats who shared the stage with Letterman. I’ve climbed the sketchy iron ladder to the roof and stepped out a restaurant window onto the iconic marquee where Paul McCartney marked his return with a summertime street concert. I’ve pondered my good fortune in front of the René Bouché pencil drawing of Ed that hangs in the inner lobby and I’ve seen the looks of reverence from the many people I’ve taken through the place.

In October of 2002 Warren Zevon showed up for rehearsal; he was dying from mesothelioma. This was his last Late Show appearance and final public performance. He would be dead in less than a year.

Warren was a Late Show regular and covered for Paul Shaffer during the rare times Paul was unavailable. He was one of those guys you never saw coming. He didn’t enter a room — he appeared. On this day a rolling silence announced Warren’s arrival. He took in our frightened, sad faces for a few perfectly timed beats and said, “I think it’s the flu.” Later, Warren and Letterman had a compelling and surprisingly amusing conversation during which Warren shared that he may have “made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” With the time he had left, Warren told us he intended to “enjoy every sandwich.” He performed three songs, focusing every witness to a deep look at the abyss.

Each day, Late Show started with a blank page that demanded to be filled. There were plenty of smart ideas, but we often resorted to spectacle. We broke windows, blew up pumpkins and spilled thousands of marbles from seven floors up. We hosted presidential candidates, presidents and former presidents. (There’s that “former” word again.) We re-enacted the Civil War and marched Marines under our marquee and through the aisles of the theater. We watched Philippe Petit take a wire walk 14 stories above an airbag that the city demanded, but he assured me would do nothing to save his life.

And then there are the folks, the humans who kept the assembly line moving. Late Show is populated by smart, stylish people with wicked senses of humor and impossibly fast minds. They gorge on popular culture and carry generous supplies of intuition and insight. Somehow they soldier on through jealousy, rage, dysfunction, cancelled guests, evolving technology, relentless scrutiny, tardy rock stars, fierce competition, 4 am calls, failed comedy ideas and a very demanding boss. They are clever, resilient and, at their core, among the most decent people you could ever hope to meet.

And then there’s Letterman — someone who relentlessly drove himself and the rest of us to the outer envelope of effort and clear thinking. In a random close encounter you’re likely to be charmed — what a great guy, so well-informed and so interested in what I have to say.

I grew up around funny people. Sarcasm and irony was my native language, finesse was an alien concept. Humming just beneath the surface of banter and insults was a bond allowing us to endure life’s cruelties with silliness. Funny people are strong. They counter fear and the indignities of living by surfacing the ironic, the ridiculous and the unexplainable. If tragedy is never taken seriously, then nothing can be tragic, fear is eliminated. To be in the presence of funny people is effortless and exhilarating, to be around people trying to be funny requires you to pay attention — it’s work.

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When Dave was still at NBC hosting his 12:30 show, there were lavish Christmas parties. He’d buy out the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink and staff and crew would eat, drink and skate together. It was magical. Imagine sliding around on that famous ice minus the crowds, while envious tourists studied us from the plaza above.

As the evening wore on, small support clusters gathered to strategize about the best moment to approach Dave. We all wanted a little face time to register gratitude and maybe say something clever. People agonized over when to make the move and what to say. It was like lining up to visit Santa Claus, except Santa was a moving target, easily irritated and there would be no sitting on his lap.

It didn’t feel right to bother him while he was skating; you weren’t going to interrupt him while he was eating and there was never an easy way to join a conversation he was having with someone else. I was new to this world and couldn’t reconcile the degree of angst hovering over the room. Smart people were struggling to measure the conditions of saying “thank you” to their boss at the company Christmas party. It seemed way too difficult but, like everyone else, I was thrilled to be included and desperately wanted to be invited to the next party and beyond.

As I silently raged against my diffidence and fear of celebrities, I was steadily reminded by more experienced partygoers that “you have to go up there.” Time was running short. When I spied a gap around his table, I jumped. It was like stepping off the wing of a shrieking airplane. Beyond the pressure of coming up with something smart to say was the added burden of being evaluated by a gaggle of eavesdroppers who would overhear my remarks and report to the rest of the party. There would be judgment.

Before I was frightened off by the intense, narrow eyes that screamed “Oh God, here’s another one,” I stuck out my arm and said “Well Dave, it’s time for the annual hand shake.” I was sure that lampooning the absurdity of it all was something he’d appreciate. Turns out I was very wrong. Professional funny people don’t like wise guys. My stab at neighborhood humor was met with soul-searing silence. “Thanks for everything,” I stammered as he reflexively gripped my hand. “No Jerry, thank you,” came the kind-of-loud reply. I slithered away reduced. I spent two agonizing hours trying to get it right and he dropped me with four words and a scowl. I wanted to stick my head in a bucket.

Spread over 25 years my Letterman encounters, occasionally direct sometimes by proxy, were dominated by similar miscues, garbled intentions and remorse. I never seemed to say the right thing, but the stakes got higher — I was the director, perfectly positioned to screw things up and I often did. Despite an earnest desire to please, I never left work thinking I got it right.

Among Dave’s many gifts is the uncanny ability to turn the simplest task into something unwieldy. Watch him dial a phone or attempt a tweet. He’s also someone who can stare down the barrel of a single camera and distill the most complex human frailties with sideways insights that are hysterical and ultimately reassuring. The maddening part is the impossibility of predicting which version you’re going to get.

Long before Paris Hilton, the obnoxious Housewives or the family Kardashian was Dave, antagonizing Bryant Gumbel with a bull horn or taunting General Electric’s upper management with a gift basket. Dave pioneered reality television. If he was happy, you knew it and there was no escaping the times he was pissed. Search the night he announced the birth of his son or the time someone accused him of being a “non-voting Republican.”

Brilliant writers showered him with scripts, concepts and set ups. Most pitches were rejected and the rare ones to make it through were drastically altered. Even the best ideas were a threat to his effort to spill his thoughts out in real time. The memorable nights were when he was on a rant or a roll and the vitriol or joy flowed fresh from his uniquely wired brain. While he filleted himself in pursuit of perfection, David Letterman harbored a deep disdain for anything suggesting rehearsal. The observations, the comedy, the biting conclusions had to be conjured in the moment. This was not a teleprompter guy, if it was being read, it wasn’t a conversation, and if it wasn’t a conversation you’re not a broadcaster.

Dave is painfully self-aware. He lives in a state of perpetual examination and is incredulous that others don’t make the same effort. If they did, the world wouldn’t be populated by so many fools. He is easily the fastest knife in any fight and lights, microphones, cameras and direction only interfered. He was impossible to please, and if you stumbled into doing something right, he was convinced it would lessen your next effort. Was it simply some noble, Midwestern work ethic? I may never know.

Dave possessed a fierce drive to honor his opportunity. He threw everything he had at the show and left nothing on the table. Defying an earlier generation of generic NBC executives, David Letterman did become the uncontested heir to Johnny Carson. He walks off with his dream fully realized. He also gave me and many others a shot at their own professional dreams. The entertainment business is deep with people who passed through Dave’s world and have gone on to considerable success.

Now it’s time to hand the keys to a new owner. One day you’re a big shot with fat budgets and vast resources and the next day you’re not. Like the high school we leave behind or the vacated summer rental, someone kind of like you will occupy the space that was once yours and create memories of their own.

When Warren Zevon was leaving the theater that early autumn evening the impossible silence returned. The stage was dim and the theater’s ghost light was in place. As Warren gingerly lowered himself into the backseat of a town car, Stagehand Kenny Sheehan attempted a goodbye — “We’ll see you around, Warren.” A weary grin came to Warren’s face as he reached for the door. “Yea, I’ll see you somewhere.”

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Thanks to David Letterman, I Have a Wife, Job and Best Friend

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Five words. Just five words: Revolutionary. Hilarious. Mischievous. Subversive. Anarchical.

At age 14, I would have had no idea what four of those words meant, but looking back, that is surely why David Letterman’s short lived 1980 morning show enthralled me. It’s why I have been watching Late Night and Late Show for what? More than 30 years.

Also, at age 14, there’s no way I could have known that the guy giving a canned ham to a monkey washing a cat would be 51 percent responsible for my happy marriage, my career in TV comedy and my cherished friends. Yes. 51 percent. Trust me. I did the math.

I became a Page (think Kenneth from “30 Rock”) at NBC in Rockefeller Center in 1989 for one reason: to get as close as I could to the epicenter of revolutionary mischievous hilarity.

  • I was mesmerized by the absurdity: tossing things off a tall building, just to see them explode.
  • I was mesmerized by the insanity: putting a camera on a monkey’s back just to see the world from a different perspective.
  • I was mesmerized by the anarchy: the total disregard for his employer, GE’s authority. The “GE Handshake” makes me laugh still today.
  • I was mesmerized by the absurd indulgence: Getting Henry Mancini to write the musical introduction to “Viewer Mail.”

As part of my Page duties, during the day, I’d give tours of empty Studio 6A where Late Night was taped. I also sat in Dave’s chair, despite being admonished by my page bosses not to. I threw pencils through the “glass” behind the desk. I sat on the desk, too. In the afternoon, I wandered the halls outside Studio 6A just to get a glimpse of Dave as he headed to and from rehearsal. At the time, he carried a football and obsessively tossed it to himself and others. On a few occasions, I even manned the Studio 6A desk — situated in the hall outside the 6A studio — and handed Dave his dressing room key. On many evenings during my 18 months as a Page at NBC, I also sat the audiences for Late Night.

Just before the show started, Dave would appear to say hello to the audience. He’d crack a few jokes and answer a question or two. Dave had one joke in particular that got a laugh every time he told it. Before someone asked a question, he’d ask “Where are you from?” And regardless of their answer, he’d say: “Oh! By the laundromat.”

Just being around was pretty damn great. But for me, the best part was watching the show. There were a few chairs and some standing room behind the last row of audience chairs. That’s where the Pages sat during the show’s taping. It’s where, by osmosis, I learned the business of revolutionary, hilarious, mischievous, subversive, anarchical comedy.

And, there were a few days when watching the show got trumped by actually being on the show. Now and again, the show would feature one of the NBC Pages in some in-studio comedy segment. And for reasons I don’t know, I got asked a few times. One time, Dave came back from commercial break and on the TV monitors in the studio, instead of Dave sitting at the desk, the channel changed to various celebrities sitting in Dave’s chair — as if someone was changing the channel. Bruce Willis, then Connie Chung, then Fred Savage, among others. Dave shouted that he knew what was wrong and asked the Page to take care of it. The camera turned to the audience and revealed a guy pointing an oversized remote control. My job was to grab the guy and roughly escort him from the studio.

In the blurry screen grab, I was “guarding” one water fountain marked “Dave.” Beside it, another fountain marked “Staff.” While Dave was sitting at the desk, Chris Elliot suddenly appeared and announced his plan to do something no one has ever done… and that it was about time someone did. Chris pushed me out of the way, and drank from the fountain marked “Dave.” When Chris’ applause died down, Dave dismissed him and demanded he take the fake fountains with him.

OK, so it seems clear how Dave influenced my career. Although I was unsuccessful getting hired on Late Night, thankfully Bill Maher was starting up Politically Incorrect, where I spent five years. Now, what about my wife and friend? Well, a few days after I started my job as a Page, another guy started, too. He and I have been fighting about the best way to lose weight three times a week for 25 years. And, about a year after I started as a Page, a pretty girl showed up to start her first day as a Page. The first time I saw her, I knew I would marry her. And I did.

So, thanks Dave for 30 years of revolutionary, hilarious, mischievous, subversive, anarchical comedy. Oh, yeah. And that other junk, too.

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David Oyelowo, 38, stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film Selma. Born in England and raised in his parents’ native Nigeria, David earned a scholarship to the distinguished London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and went on to become the first black actor to play an English king at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Still, David says his father wasn’t totally supportive when he first told him he wanted to be an actor after “sneakily applying for drama school.”

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God Told David Oyelowo He Would Play Martin Luther King, But He Didn’t Stop There

David Oyelowo hasn’t been shy about discussing how God spoke to him in 2007 and said the actor would eventually play Martin Luther King Jr. in what would become “Selma.”

“The reason I’m talking about that is because I’m as shocked as anyone else may be that this British guy is playing Martin Luther King,” Oyelowo, who was born in England, said during a recent interview. “Certainly back then, in 2007, I had done none of the movies people have now seen me do now.”

At the time, Oyelowo — who has since starred in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Jack Reacher,” “The Help” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” — was a relative unknown. But it was another obstacle separating him from King that proved more difficult to overcome: Stephen Frears. Back then, the director was attached to “Selma” and didn’t think Oyelowo was right for the part. In the ensuing seven years, however, Frears left and multiple directors nearly stepped into his place (including Spike Lee and Paul Haggis). In 2010, Lee Daniels came onboard and, after working with Oyelowo on”Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” cast the actor as King. The tumultuous development process didn’t end there: Daniels dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. That’s when Oyelowo suggested another former collaborator: Ava DuVernay, with whom Oyelowo had made the 2012 indie film “Middle of Nowhere.”

“There was so much faith that had to be employed that this thing was going to happen,” Oyelowo said. “Virtually every day between that moment [when God spoke] to me and now, I did everything I could to make this thing happen.”

Now that it has, Oyelowo has received the best reviews of his career for playing King. The performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, and it has Oyelowo in the middle of a crowded group of contenders vying for an Oscar nomination. “Selma,” meanwhile, stands as one of the year’s best films, a timely and insightful drama that says as much about Martin Luther King’s struggle to get equal voting rights in 1965 as it does about the Millions March in 2014.

Oyelowo spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about “Selma,” working with DuVernay and what it was like to meet King’s children.

You’ve talked about hearing a higher calling to play this role all the way back in 2007. Does that kind of connection with God extend through the production as well?
What I couldn’t have anticipated is how much I needed, to be perfectly frank, God’s help in the playing of it. Not least because this was a man of God. This was someone, if you’ve seen him giving those speeches, there is something flowing through him other than himself. He is flowing in his anointing. I needed that. I like to think of myself as a good actor, but Martin Luther King, I ain’t! If you’re going to go and shoot in Atlanta, in a historical church, with 500 people who are from Atlanta, you need a little help from above. So I definitely felt I had that.

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During that seven year period from when you first read the script and now, was playing Dr. King something you thought about every day, or is that impossible?
The first thing I can say to you is that it’s very possible to think about playing Martin Luther King every single day for seven years. I’m living evidence of that. There is never going to be a time in your life as an actor where you’re going to go, “Oh yeah, I’m ready to play Dr. King now.” But between doing the work in quiet and then, the films that presented themselves to me, I prepared. Playing a Union solider in “Lincoln,” playing a preacher in “The Help,” playing a black fighter pilot in “Red Tails,” playing the son of a butler in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” who is in the Freedom Riders and becomes a Black Panther: these were all films in which I had to go study the history. Inevitably they were part of what informed playing Dr. King. Now, were they opportunities that were divinely presented to me or was I just continually drawn to that material because of what was going on in my head? That I can’t really say. But I do know that so many different aspects of my life went into what you see in the film. Plus, I was now the age Dr. King was when these things happened in his life. When I first read the script, I had two kids; when we shot it, I had four kids, like he did. There were so many things I matured into by the time I played the role.

Dr. King is, relatively speaking, a young man during the events of “Selma,” but he looks 10-15 years older than his actual age. How did you manage the physical transformation this role required?
Again, we’re back to the spiritual side of things. People like to talk about the weight gain and the voice, but that’s what we do as actors; that’s the first rung of what you need to do if you’re going to play someone like this. But it was the emotional and spiritual weight of what this man did and had to go through that was tough. At that stage in his life, to have spent 10 years under threat — and not only his life, but his kids’ lives, his wife’s life. Having all these people depend on him. Being a voice for the voiceless. Being someone who has seen people die because of this cause. And not just because racist people have killed them, but because he went to places where he tried to have racists act out in front of the cameras, and then people get hurt. In Selma, people died. That weighs on you. If you’re mentally placing yourself in that space, it does something to you physically. When I watch him, you can see there is a burden. You can see that he looks and feels older than he was. He was 36 at this stage. That is crazy. That had to be one of the things I tried to bring to it.

You recommended Ava to direct this film. Having worked with her on “Middle of Nowhere,” what surprised you about her transition to this kind of bigger material?
When we worked together on “Middle Of Nowhere” I saw her talent is undeniable. One of the privileges I’ve had in doing some of those films I mentioned is working with Steven Spielberg and other incredible directors. I was on the set with Ava, and she is just as good. I think the unique thing about her — and what she brought to “Selma” that was so incredible — was the ease with which she went into a film that was 100 times the budget of the last thing she had done. There were so many more people, so many more elements, it was much bigger in size, but she never panicked. She never shouted. She never threw a chair. She never compromised her vision. That went through the post-production side of things as well. To be a visionary, you have to be single minded. She has that without being, to be perfectly honest, an unpleasant person. That’s very rare! Often being single-minded is combined with being a bit of a nightmare to be around. She’s just not that.

It’s impossible to discuss “Selma” without mentioning how timely it is in its scenes of protest and police brutality. How do you think “Selma” fits in with the events that have occurred over the last month?
Well, we’re back to the divide, aren’t we? If you were ever going to have a moment in time when this film should come out in the 50 years since these events happened, it would be now. Not only would it be now, it would be now now. It would be this month. We would be having this conversation today. You can’t tell me between everything we’ve discussed already to when the film is being released to the fact that it’s a black woman who has made this — just in terms of where we are in history and how beautiful a thing that is — that it’s not divine timing. Whether you believe in that stuff or not, I truly believe the reason why this film is so pertinent for right now is that it shows this isn’t the first time. It shows that we are not a new generation for this and also how it was successfully dealt with. Peaceful protest. Strategy. Using the power of the image to bring the world together. That’s what happened in a sense.

Ferguson, I feel, was deemed a “black problem.” Eric Garner became an American problem. That’s the power of the image. Seeing him murdered onscreen has been the thing that has brought America and the world together to protest. Seeing Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge is what brought the nation together, black and white, in 1965. The difference is that was about voting rights, and this is about police reform. There had to be federal intervention with voting rights; the federal government is stalling on intervening on this, to bring in independent bodies to police the police. It’s just clear that’s what is needed. No matter what they say about how difficult that is because it’s states’ rights. It was states’ rights with voting. It’s crazy how similar it is.

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“Selma” cast wears “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts to protest the death of Eric Garner at the New York Public Library on Dec. 14, 2014

Did you get to meet anyone close to Dr. King in preparation for the role?
I met every one of his children and spoke with them. I actually became quite friendly with Dexter Scott King, his second son. I met Martin Luther King III. I actually didn’t meet Bernice King until the Friday before we were going to start shooting. I bumped into her at the King Center, if you would believe it — again, the divine! I was with a group of the actors who were going to be in the film, and she went up to everyone, deliberately leaving me to last. “So, who you playing?” she said. I was like, “Oh. My. Lord.” Dr. King’s voice is pretty deep, but I was like, in a high-pitched voice, “I’m going to be playing your daddy.” It was as bad as it could be. But by the time we finished our conversation, she ended up praying with me and giving me her blessing to play her dad. She and her elder brother saw the film recently and were very complimentary about it. She said mine is the best interpretation of her dad she’s seen. I will take it.

After seven years of having this role in your life, did you feel any letdown or hangover after you moved on to the next job?
There was no letdown. I was very happy to let this guy go. I wouldn’t say it was a burden, because I felt so privileged to do it, but there were moments where it was a real crossover. I stayed in character for the three months we were doing this. I, for one second, wouldn’t say I was him for that time, but I felt a little bit of what it may have been like. Just because you have to take it on. He lived through 13 years of that. I was very happy to walk away. I tell you that much.

This interview has been edited and condensed.
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According to Newsday, Bill Cosby’s Nov. 19 appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” has been canceled. No reason was given for the schedule change, but Regis Philbin will replace Cosby on the broadcast.

A representative for CBS declined to comment when contacted by The Huffington Post (the network does not publicly discuss its booking process). Cosby’s representatives did not return repeated requests for comment; this post will be updated if and when a response is received.

This marks Cosby’s second canceled booking in the last two weeks, as he dropped out of “The Queen Latifah Show” on Oct. 30. That move came a week after stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby “a rapist” on stage in a bit that soon went viral. A spokesperson for “The Queen Latifah Show” told The Hollywood Reporter, “Mr. Cosby’s scheduled appearance on The Queen Latifah Show was postponed at his request and was in no way related to any of our recent or upcoming scheduled guests.”

This week, the Internet turned its attention back to Cosby after his team posted a meme generator on his website. The widget was taken down after users uploaded messages that highlighted allegations of rape and sexual abuse brought against the comedian over the last decade.

In addition, Barbara Bowman, one of the women who has alleged Cosby sexually assaulted her, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post on Thursday recounting encounters with the now 77-year-old comic. She told HuffPost Live in a separate interview that her experiences with Cosby were “sexual encounters that were not consensual on any level.”

Cosby was never criminally charged in Bowman’s case or any other. In 2006, he settled a civil suit with one of the women.
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First Nighter: David Auburn’s Lost Lake Not Fully Found

Logan (John Hawkes) and Veronica (Tracie Thoms) don’t exactly meet cute. They meet awkward. They meet uncertain. They meet at cross-purposes. And they stay that way and don’t stay that way in David Auburn’s not entirely absorbing Lost Lake at Manhattan Theatre Club’s City Center Stage 1.

Where they meet is in the lakeside cabin (J. Michael Griggs designed it well) that Veronica, a nurse with a career setback, is evaluating as the ideal place for a short getaway she can plan for her and her children. Logan owns the cabin — occasionally occupying it himself and making necessary repairs — and it’s his to rent when and if he so desires.

In the two-hander’s intermissionless 90 minutes, Logan and Veronica get to know each other. And Auburn’s best achievement here is that he keeps the audience guessing whether they’re going to become romantically involved. If they do won’t be vouchsafed here, although it’s fair to say that one of the play’s funniest lines — “You’re kidding, right?” — may or may not be a clue to that outcome.

Mostly, Lost Lake is about the many getting-to-know-you exchanges that take place between them. As the chatter ambles along, the information includes more about how Veronica got into her trouble and what Logan has done to put him in hot water with, among others, a brother.

The time covered extends from Veronica’s first sighting of the cabin through her occupancy (the children never seen, of course) to a visit she makes the following winter because she’s received a large sum of money in the mail from Logan and not only wishes to return it but is also concerned about his well-being.

Incidentally, that drop-in is preceded by a coup de theatre that could be the comedy-drama’s most exciting occurrence. It won’t be described, other than to say anyone who’s dozed off during the many Veronica-Logan conversations will be jolted from their reverie when the whatever-is-not-being -described takes place.

Auburn — whose Proof, which debuted at MTC, won the Tony, the Pulitzer and the New York Drama Critics Circle awards — tips this work’s intent in his title. The protagonists are two lost souls looking for ways out of their situations and needing assistance to make recoveries.

So this is one of those plays in which the metaphorically blind lead the other metaphorically blind to some higher, safer ground. Perhaps they don’t lead each other to the highest, safest ground, but at least progress is achieved. As such, it’s not the best example of the genre, nor is it the worst.

Also, as such, it’s probably not going to put Auburn in the running again for any of the citations mentioned above. Considered with Proof and his last Broadway outing, The Columnist (being Joseph Alsop), it’s a noticeable change of pace. Somehow, those works promise more from him than this mild offering delivers.

Daniel Sullivan, who’s formed a meaningful and rewarding partnership with Auburn much like those he’s forged with other contemporary playwrights, does well with the material he’s been handed. He gets the right performances from Hawkes and Thoms. They’re both expert at showing the way in which being tentative is often a primary personality trait. They make Logan and Veronica appealing to spectators even as the characters may not think as much of themselves or each other.
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Walkabout: David Garrick and Unexpected Harmony in the Library

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I don’t get around much anymore; not like I used to. Age, children and, yes, a diminishing cityscape are all factors. With once-ample opportunities for aesthetic nourishment in steep decline around town (in direct proportion, seemingly, to the ever-encroaching ascendance of sky-high co-op sales), I tend to stick close to home.

This past Saturday, however, I was reminded of what I’ve been missing. My brother Mark, bless him, invited me to a staged reading he was participating in of Catherine and Petruchio, a rarely (like, never) performed 18th Century adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew by the dimly remembered titan of that distant age in British theater, actor-manager-playwright David Garrick (that’s him up there gamboling with “The Muses”). Presented by an entity that calls itself “New York’s Piney Fork Press Theatre,” the reading took place at a New York Public Library branch I’d also never heard of: the George Bruce branch on West 125th Street.
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It was a nice autumn day. I took my kids, Lea and Sara, ages eleven and nine. Our first pleasant surprise was the library building itself, a gorgeous red brick and sandstone edifice designed in 1915 by Carrere and Hastings, I later learned – storied architects of the Main Branch on 42nd and Fifth. Down a flight of stairs, the girls and I found ourselves in the most charming little jewel box of an auditorium (our library system, I long ago discovered, has many) with a vaulted mini-proscenium painted a delicious cherry red.

Things only got better. Johnny Culver, the afternoon’s impresario, introduced an opening act: “The Firth Sisters.” Two unassuming young ladies slipped onstage bearing a guitar and a ukulele, respectively, and proceeded to sing three cunningly disparate songs — “All of Me,” by John Legend; Elvis’s “Love Me Tender;” and “On the Street Where You Live,” from My Fair Lady — in exquisite gusts of intricate, effortless harmony; as organic as it was ethereal. The alchemy of setting, sound and sweet, offhand virtuosity was intoxicating. I mean, they were good! I’m hoping to learn more about The Firth Sisters; I literally had to halt them slipping out the door on the heels of their offstage exit to ask for a business card. Both seemed shocked by my request.

Next up: the main event. I don’t believe I’ve ever attended a performance of anything actually written by David Garrick. The play proved a dead ringer for The Taming of the Shrew but shorter — which was clearly Garrick’s goal; apparently Catherine and Petruchio was so successful in its day that it supplanted Shakespeare’s original for almost a century in England and for even longer in the U.S. I did find myself wishing at times that someone onstage would break into a song from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate — and then Mark suddenly did, tossing out a measure or two from “I’ve Come to Wive It Wealthily in Padua.”

I thought Mark was great. Who knew he could handle iambic Shakespeare-ish pentameter with such élan? His commanding Petruchio was downright scary, in a good way. Mark’s colleagues were a delightful complement. I’m going to name them all because I can, and they deserve it: Kyle Minishew, Rob Lanchester, Yvette Bedsgood, Terri Matassov, Lauren Wiley, Lex Larson and Gary Martins. The director was Deloss Brown.

The library supplied an extra front row of cushy leather beanbag chairs that my daughters doted on. Not nearly enough of the remaining seats were filled. (Sigh.) Maybe next time.

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3 Pieces Of Marriage Advice From ‘Marry Me’s’ Casey Wilson And David Caspe

Actress Casey Wilson and her writer-producer husband David Caspe don’t adhere to any kind of “no romance in the workplace” policy. The pair first met in 2010 when Wilson auditioned for (and landed) a role on Caspe’s sitcom “Happy Endings.”

The lovebirds tied the knot in Ojai, California in May 2014. Now they’re working together once again on the new comedy “Marry Me” — created and produced by Caspe and starring Wilson — which is loosely based on their relationship.

In an interview with Glamour, the couple shared some of their best marriage advice so far (like avoid hanger at all costs).

“My dad always said that 90 percent of marital problems could be solved by getting your blood sugar up, and he’s right!” Wilson told Glamour. “So I would say pick a partner who’s forgiving when you have low blood sugar and threaten to drive your car through your shared home.”

Even though they’ve been together for years, it’s clear that Wilson and Caspe are still figuring each other out.

“David’s a doer—he wants to give advice or fix things,” she said. “My girlfriends [let me] turn over every emotional detail for hours. I see them at least twice a week.”

“I’ve had to realize that if she shares a problem, I’m not supposed to fix it,” Caspe added.

And the cutest takeaway from Caspe? If you pick the right person, you can have a BFF and a romantic partner in one super awesome package.

“As a kid, you weirdly picture a girlfriend as separate than a friend,” he said. “But being with Casey, I realized a wife is the ultimate friend, and you also get to make sweet, sweet love together.”

Head over to Glamour to read the rest of the adorable interview.

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Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s Killer, Sorry For Being ‘An Idiot’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — John Lennon’s imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago.

“I am sorry for causing that type of pain,” Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. “I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory.” It was Chapman’s eighth appearance before a parole board. In again denying his release, the three-member panel said it would “so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakota apartment house where Lennon lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, striking the ex-Beatle four times. After pleading guilty to second-degree murder, Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life in prison.

Last week, he told the parole board members that he would understand if they denied him release based solely on the number of people he hurt.

“Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting,” Chapman, 59, said. “I get letters so that’s a major factor. It’s not a regular crime.”

Chapman, who is at the Wende Correctional Facility, east of Buffalo, can try again for release in two years.
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First Nighter: David Grimm’s “Tales From Red Vienna”

Nowhere in the program for Tales From Red Vienna, at Manhattan Theater Club’s City Center Stage I, is there any indication that it’s timed in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the June 28, 1914 outbreak of World War I–or that playwright David Grimm wrote it with that in mind. According to a MTC spokesperson, neither is the case.

Yet, the rather histrionic work, which takes place in the Vienna of 1920, has everything to do with the direct effect of the so-called Great War–“the war to end all wars”–on three of its six pivotal characters. It has only a slightly less direct effect on its other three figures. (Perhaps only coincidentally, Peter Gill’s Versailles, currently at London’s Donmar Warehouse, which takes place in 1919, is deliberately programmed in remembrance of the First World War these 100 years on.)

When first viewed through the veil-like curtain designer John Lee Beatty places before his set, the also veiled Heléna Altman (Nina Arianda), is entering a home that appears to be hers. She’s followed by a bearded man, who looks about her age and who, the audience later learns, is socialist journalist Béla Hoyos (Michael Esper). Béla puts what looks like cash down on one tabletop and takes Heléna on another.

Then both veils are removed, and the play proper begins. Heléna, served by outspoken retainer Edda Schmidt (Kathleen Chalfant) and adored by Jewish delivery boy Rudy Zuckermaier (Michael Goldsmith), is a war widow trying to make ends meet as a goodtime girl. It’s a living held against her by Béla, who’s so determined to redeem her that he forces what he considers his best attentions on her in a subsequent scene where she’s visiting her husband’s tombstone.

Béla’s persistence is so effective that he wins her over, whereupon they both alienate the sympathies of “Mutzi” von Fessendorf (Tina Benko), the gossipy friend who introduced the lovers. While Edda hovers with the aim of keeping Heléna on as straight and narrow a path as possible and with Rudy dancing attendance as he endures a mugging that foreshadows worsening Viennese anti-Semitism, things slowly begin to look as if they’ll come up aces for Heléna and Béla.

But then they threaten not to.

(Spoiler alert: it’s impossible to discuss the play and its purpose without disclosing even discreetly the following plot info. Anyone adamant about not learning of script twists or surprises had better read no farther.)

Since the body of Heléna’s husband was supposedly destroyed at the front, the above-mentioned tombstone stands near no buried corpse. So when a man called Karl Hupka (Lucas Hall) arrives only a brief instant or two after Heléna and Béla commit to one another, their happiness is thrown into a WWI cocked hat.

Obviously. Grimm is looking at the damage the war did and not only to the soldiers fighting it but also to those keeping home fires burning, particularly the women–with Heléna standing in for all of them. What was called shellshock then, battle fatigue in World War II and is now considered post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t limited to veterans, Grimm posits. This is, of course, an observation that applies today as well as back in that day.

To make his point, though, Grimm has drawn on familiar conceits. For instance, there’s the old fantasy of the insistent Lothario redeeming the fallen woman, perhaps most famously employed in the 1990 hit film Pretty Woman. And how about the one where a long-missing spouse returns at the crucial moment? That one was widely popularized, for one example, in My Favorite Wife, the 1940 flick starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne?

Even excusing these sorts of appropriations, Grimm’s tale (forgive me, I was going to say Grimm’s fairy tale), is inconsistent in the telling. It’s also unfair. Making the case for the fate women endured during the Great War–and, by implication, in every war–he scants the physiological and psychological wounds men suffered.

He asks understanding for the childless Heléna’s solutions to poverty. She receives the dramatist’s forgiveness, while Karl doesn’t. His failings–as opposed to Heléna’s admitted mistakes–aren’t excused. While he limps as a show of his affliction, he’s introduced as a deserter and depicted as violent. The balance is tipped against him through behavior that is nowhere as fully traced to his harrowing experiences as Heléna’s is to hers.

Also, Béla’s stalking Heléna dwindles to a good socialist’s only slightly misguided intentions, although his socialism remains a superficial character trait. The prologue, in which he has his crude way with her, surfaces later as no more than a swain’s too fervent attention. Béla’s refusal to accept repeated resistance from her devolves into a seduction of the ultimately willing, all of it adjacent to her presumed dead husband’s tombstone. If patrons flash on Richard III interrupting Lady Anne when she’s following her murdered husband’s corpse, they can be forgiven.

As directed by Kate Whoriskey, the cast does an admirable job. Arianda–after her glittering Venus in Fur breakout performance and the Born Yesterday follow-up–has another demanding assignment, but a more subdued one. Initially stunning in black as seen through Beatty’s curtain veil (Anita Yavich’s costumes), she plays the battered-heart prostitute with as much subtlety as the role allows.

Esper is more than acceptable as Béla. He certainly can’t help it if the man he’s playing too often shows signs of becoming a character in a farce. The always-reliable Chalfant helps matters whenever Edda arrives with tea on a tray or something of that nature. (Isn’t it just a few weeks ago that she was playing the NAACP’s Mary Ovington in the New Federal Theatre’s Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington?) Benko, Goldsmith and Hall serve their roles well.

Incidentally, though with his title Grimm suggests a political bent to his play as well as through several mentions of approaching Communism, he doesn’t substantiate the reference to any extent. Instead, he presents a domestic drama in which death and rebirth are themes–with flowers and a closed window serving as increasingly prominent symbols. But it’s not an especially persuasive domestic drama, at that.
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Russia Today: A Short Interview with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812’s David Abeles

It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to witness Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in person. You’re sort of crashing the party just by turning up on their set. Don’t expect anything you’ve ever seen before. The satirical opera — as if that’s a thing — is chock full of jokes but also emotional and inspiring moments. Put plainly, It isn’t your traditional dinner theater. I sought to get some additional insights from David Abeles, who stars as Pierre:

What a wild and wonderful experience. Show doesn’t really do it justice. What drew you to it initially?

Abeles: I think my first experience was similar to most of our audience members’. I knew almost nothing going in and was just swept away. I’d never seen anything like it. Dave Malloy’s score and libretto is so rich, complex and truthful, and Rachel Chavkin’s direction and staging is engaging and playful, I was transported. Also, I just love the depth and humanity of Pierre, so the chance to dive into this gift of a role was obviously a big draw.

For the role of Pierre, you largely lurk in the shadows and come into your own in the latter portion of the play. Why’s that so effective?

Abeles: Well, without giving too much away…Pierre is very much in the throes of a powerful existential crisis throughout much of our show, and it’s not really until the latter portion of the play that events beyond his control basically propel him into action and into taking account of the things he finds important and meaningful. I would hope the most affecting thing about this long arc is seeing Pierre go through such a whirlwind of inner turmoil – and finally surprise himself with a newfound outlook and a newfound humanity.

You demonstrate a rare talent for both theatrics and music, playing several different instruments along with the band during the show. Is it hard to stay in character and do it all at once?

Abeles: Actually, I think it’s the opposite – I find it easier to stay in character while playing the instruments. And I think this is especially true with the accordion, which I did have to learn for the show. I think Dave’s writing for the accordion is just right for Pierre and feels so fitting – it just feels like an instrument Pierre might play. Since I’ve played music from a young age, and have been in several actor/musician productions, I’m gratefully pretty comfortable behind an instrument and I love discovering the extra layers it can provide to exploring the character and the storytelling.

The choreography and staging takes up so much space I’d argue that the audience is really sitting on the stage. How does that make your job harder, and what’s the effect for the show overall?

Abeles: I think it’s one of the most brilliant and, equally, challenging aspects of the piece. It’s a strange dichotomy because although the scope and the emotions are very heightened, the audience is all around you and close enough to touch at all times. So, the playing of the material has to have the urgency of life and death stakes, along with the nuance of playing moments naturalistically. For me, it’s absolutely thrilling to have an audience so close that they are literally a part of the scene being played – we get to truly share the experience and it’s hugely rewarding.

This show is set 200 years ago in Moscow. Are there any universal lessons you hope the audience takes away?

Abeles: There are many – and I hope each person is able to glean something personally meaningful from the show. I do, however, love a Tolstoy quotation that I believe is still posted outside of our tent: “We are asleep until we fall in love!”
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British Floods Blamed On Gay Marriage Law By UKIP Councillor David Silvester

A local councillor for the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) has blamed recent storms and floods across Britain on the government’s decision to legalise gay marriage, it emerged on Saturday.

David Silvester, who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party in protest at the move to allow same-sex couples to marry, made the claim in a letter to his local newspaper.

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill,” wrote Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London.

He added: “It is his (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.

“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it, for everything a nation does is weighed on the scale of divine approval or disapproval.”

The Conservative member of parliament for Henley, John Howell, said the comments were “not the sort of thing that he should have written in today’s age” and said Silvester needed to “consider his position”.

A UKIP spokeswoman said Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief” but said he was entitled to state his opinions.

Cameron pushed through the gay marriage law last year against fierce opposition within his Conservative party, and the first weddings are expected to take place in March.

In a concession to opposition from the established Churches of England and Wales, however, those institutions are banned from conducting ceremonies.

UKIP prides itself on not bowing to what it terms “political correctness” on social issues and is steadily building support with its anti-immigration and anti-EU message.

It has no MPs but is the third largest party in the opinion polls, with about 12 percent of support, and is expected to do well in May’s European Parliament elections.


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David Cassidy On Danny Bonaduce: ‘He Finally Grew Up’

When “The Partridge Family,” debuted in 1970, viewers fell in love with the wholesome family musical act and its cast of kids rose to instant fame. While lead vocalist David Cassidy had already appeared on television and Broadway, his younger, freckle-faced co-star Danny Bonaduce was experiencing the limelight for the first time.

“Child actors in those days, it was very difficult for them to move on,” Cassidy says in the above clip from “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” “And once they weren’t cute kids anymore, Hollywood rejected them. The television and film business has never really been kind or compassionate, in general.”

After the “The Partridge Family” ended in 1974, 15-year-old Bonaduce soon found himself using drugs and living on the streets of Hollywood. “He went through a very, very difficult period, I mean for many years,” Cassidy says.

Today, Cassidy says he and Bonaduce are still friends. “Danny and I have seen one another, we saw each other a lot until last year when he moved to Seattle with his wife,” he shares. “His wife is a beautiful person — just straightened his butt out big time. He’s now, ‘Yes, dear.’ He finally grew up and we’ve been friends. I love him. He’s a really good human being. He’s extremely talented.”

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. Programming note: In 2014, “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs on a new day and time. Catch up with past “Oprah Show” guests, newsmakers and celebrities on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning Jan. 3.

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TV TONIGHT: ‘Day Of The Doctor’ Reunites Three Time Lords – Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt In 50th Birthday Special

When is a TV show more than a TV show?

When it’s the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, being shown on cinema screens around the world, amid plot hints and red herrings by writers, storyline clues pounced upon and debated by eager fans,

Because Steven Moffat and his team have been successfully secretive about the events around tonight’s festivities, we only know some bare bones.

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Three Timelords unite for the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’

Special guests at tonight’s party include Daleks, Zygons and Elizabeth I. Current companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) is joined by a familiar face in Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), during three unfolding plots set in different times, destined to unite in one almighty battle.

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One of the familiar faces in ‘The Day of the Doctor’

Ingrid Oliver, Jemma Redgrave and Joanna Page are also on board, but the real birthday boys are Matt Smith and David Tennant, a combination enough to keep any more recent fans happy, plus the tantalising reappearance of John Hurt to explain away all those elliptical statements we’ve received thus far.

Who’d have thought a grouchy, grandfatherly figure would have stepped into a police telephone box in 1963 and, fifty years later, still keep us guessing?


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Watch Artist Michael David Set His Painting on Fire (VIDEO)

New York artist Michael David pioneered his edgy encaustic painting technique in the 1970s when he was an enfant terrible of the downtown art scene and bass player with seminal punk rockers including members of the Dead Boys, Ramones, New York Dolls and Plasmatics. Three decades later, he’s still using hot wax (and found objects) to create powerfully physical paintings that explore spiritual metaphors.

“I discovered encaustic (the ancient Egyptian method incorporating pigment mixed with hot wax) in 1975 when I was at Parsons,” David says. “I loved the immediacy of the process, the physicality, and how I was able to embed objects and create narrative in abstraction. I felt it was a perfect actualization of myself through painting.”

Although gases released in the process with which David has experimented over the years have caused neuropathy in his legs, he continues to push his technique to the limits, as evidenced in his latest painting, “Cluster of Blessings.” The 300-pound work includes barbed wire, foliage, and even shreds of his work clothes. To create its rough-hewn, apocalyptic layers, David took the painting to a remote field and set it on fire.


“The painting was created over a period of six years. I wanted to do something as dramatic and violent as nature itself,” he says.

The title, ‘Cluster of Blessings’ is a Buddhist term for the Gohonzon, a mandala people chant to in order to attain enlightenment. It contains all states of life, from complete happiness to abject suffering. I am moved by that, and wanted to represent that in the painting. I felt that burning was a natural process to unify the painting’s multiple layers and immense size and echo the narrative of this work.

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“Cluster of Blessings” by Michael David. Photo by Mike Jensen. Courtesy of Bill Lowe Gallery.

In 1983, David was the youngest recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He first exhibited at New York’s historic Sidney Janis Gallery in 1981 and M. Knoedler represented him for 20 years. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, among others. David currently runs Life on Mars Gallery in the Bushwick arts district of Brooklyn, New York. He also lives part-time in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches and mentors artists in his Fine Arts Workshop and Fine Arts Atelier.

One of the Atelier’s breakout painters, Karen Schwartz, says of David: “Michael is all about having NO FEAR. Go for it! The other principles he preaches — integrity and freedom, come from the ‘no fear, kill the cat’ approach to making art. Also remarkable about Michael is that he tells you to go with who you are. If you are messy and imprecise, then, go with that and don’t try to control what’s natural for you. ‘Own it’, and make it a strength of your work.”

Michael David’s upcoming one-man show at Atlanta’s Bill Lowe Gallery opens on November 15th.

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