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.
Hulu on Friday released images from the upcoming series "The Handmaid's Tale," giving fans their first glimpse of the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel.
The series, like the book, will examine life within Gilead, a society operating in what was once the United States. But now it's overseen by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as chattel in the face of environmental disaster and plummeting birth rates.
Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") stars as Offred, a fertile woman working against her will as a handmaiden, whose sole purpose is to help repopulate a dying world. Offred works in the home of the Commander, played by Joseph Fiennes ("Shakespeare in Love").
- Jessica Chastain stars in "Miss Sloane," a political thriller "packed with the sort of dazzlingly acerbic flights of verbiage that bring Paddy Chayefsky and Aaron Sorkin to mind."
- The problem "Lion" has to deal with is that, despite stars as strong as Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, it's impossible to get people into theaters without acknowledging the story's irresistible specifics.
- Despite some strong moments and an ace supporting cast, "The Comedian"never kills and Robert De Niro is never quite convincing in the lead role.
Rapper J. Cole on Thursday night released a new documentary about the making of his upcoming fourth album, and 12 hours later the Internet is convinced that one of the album’s songs is a shot at Kanye West, who spent a portion of last month in the hospital following what’s been described as a nervous breakdown.
Eager to know every step and every song from "Hairspray Live"? Now you can get a head start. The official soundtrack to NBC's upcoming live production of the hit Broadway musical, which was adapted from the John Waters film, has been released.
Maddie Baillio's rendition of Tracy Turnblad's opening number, "Good Morning, Baltimore," kicks off the 19-track cast recording, which also features a duet between Ariana Grande as Tracy's best friend, Penny Pingleton, and Jennifer Hudson's Motormouth Maybelle.
The live musical's powerhouse ensemble also includes Harvey Fierstein, who is reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad; Kristin Chenoweth as Velma von Tussle; Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad and Derek Hough as Corny Collins.
When Jessica Chastain first read Jonathan Perera’s script for “Miss Sloane,” a number of things immediately popped to her. There was the screenplay’s impressive “Sorkin-esque” dialogue. There was the opportunity to work with director John Madden, with whom she first collaborated on 2010’s “The Debt.” And, there was Elizabeth Sloane herself, a top Washington, D.C., lobbyist whose hunger to win drives her to sometimes jaw-dropping extremes.
“You can be addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, whatever it is. Elizabeth is addicted to the win,” Chastain says. “Everything about her is about ‘the win.’ It’s the unwinnable that gets her higher, and she goes after that.”