Ever since he was sidelined by illness from his role as Cuba’s leader in 2006, Fidel Castro loomed like a historical shadow.... But last week's death of El barbudo (the bearded one), as he was known, nonetheless marks a titanic turning point for Cubans. Among them: The country’s artists. For nearly six decades, culture has been tightly controlled by the government, both through patronage and censorship. And even though Castro’s death may not bring immediate liberties to artists in search of free expression, it does mark a tremendous psychological milestone....
“[Castro] was the most potent living symbol of the revolutionary period of the 20th century — and not just for Cubans,” says curator Dan Cameron. “For many Latin Americans, for people around the world, including people who were born many decades after the revolution happened, he is a really important symbol of defiance.” ...
There has been a resistance to change...But with [Castro's] death, it’s hard to imagine that things will stay the same.
Dan Cameron, curator
None of this means that freedom of expression is going to blossom in Cuba overnight.
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day... but the sexiest? That’s new.
At least, that’s what Oprah Winfrey said during her Tuesday appearance on “The Late Show” with host Stephen Colbert. The mighty O was promoting her first cookbook, “Food, Health and Happiness,” and went step by step through her “sexy breakfast” recipe.
“What makes breakfast sexy?” Colbert asked. For this particular recipe, jalapeños added a kick.
Michelle Obama will make her final talk show appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Jan. 11, arriving on the heels of President Obama's farewell address in Chicago.
FLOTUS first appeared on "The Tonight Show" in 2014, as a guest on the recurring "Ew!" sketch with Fallon and Will Ferrell. A year later, she returned to bust out her best dance moves for an "Evolution of Mom Dancing" sketch, in honor of her "Let's Move" campaign.
Obama has been making the television rounds as her time in the White House comes to a close. She recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a special interview in which she reflected on the topic of hope.
Theater loves metaphor, so let’s call John Perrin Flynn, the artistic director of the Rogue Machine theater company in L.A., our Ghost of Christmas Future as we face the big question for 2017: As controversial new wage rules kick in for the city’s small theaters, will the local scene thrive or decline?
It’s a question that has hovered since April 2015, when Actors’ Equity Assn. passed the 99-Seat Agreement for local companies performing in Los Angeles County theaters with fewer than 100 seats. The change prompts small companies to increase actor pay from a tiered stipend system (often $7 to $25 per performance) to a minimum hourly wage for all work, including rehearsals as well as time spent on set for performances.
Reynolds, of course, was known for her breakout role opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain," as well as her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
For fans hoping to catch Reynolds on the silver screen, TCM Big Screen Classics and Fathom Events will be hosting nationwide showings of "Singin' in the Rain" on Jan. 15 and 18 (ticket are available online).
"Since 'the announcement,' I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony," wrote Chamberlin. "I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul."
HBO describes the film, which had showings at several film festivals including Cannes and Telluride, as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.” It chronicles the complex relationship between the dynamic duo, who lived next door to each other in the same Beverly Hills compound.
From the coverage of the big ball dropping above an overcrowded Times Square to the N.Y.E.L.A. celebration scheduled for Grand Park downtown, there are plenty of festive means to see off 2016.
But for all your end-of-year plans that may not involve forced toasts and funny hats, television has you covered with a variety of programming marathons to keep your spirits up. Follow the link below for a rundown of some ways to wait out — or avoid entirely — the start of any party plans you may have to greet 2017.
Friends and fans alike took to social media to mourn Carrie Fisher’s death on Tuesday, including Steve Martin, who shared a message over Twitter. But Martin deleted his tweet soon after accusations that it was sexist.
“When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well,” Martin wrote.