["Sex and the City's superficial fans couldn't give a shit, but I still have to ask: Is a demeaning representation better than no representation at all? When Jennifer Hudson appears on screen in Sex and the City, the only sane way to respond to the Oscar-winning actress's performance is with a Homer Simpson-esque shudder, not because Hudson can't act—most people could tell you that from watching Dreamgirls, in which Hudson's "soulful" singing was meant to distract (some might say successfully) from reality—but because the American Idol also-ran allows herself to be typecast as a modern-day mammy to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw. The way Michael Patrick King tells it, you wouldn't think much has changed since the Civil War-era plantation, as Hudson's Louise is exactly to Carrie what Butterfly McQueen's Prissy was to Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. "]
["Let's not leave Johannes Bock dangling alone in the wind (or rather, the Tagesspiegel) with his congrats to Agnès Varda on her 80th today. We don't have to reach far back to find appreciations in English; in January, Criterion released its collection, 4 by Agnés Varda, and I collected reviews and interviews here."]
["Comic actor Harvey Korman has died at 81, according to the UCLA Medical Center. Korman died at the center four months after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm."]
["Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday. The report, released online by the journal Nature, is the most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology."]
["Clay Aiken is reportedly going to be a dad. The former "American Idol" alum, 29, will be the father of Jaymes Foster's baby, the sister of record mogul David Foster. Celebrity Web site TMZ.com reports that multiple sources have confirmed the news to the gossip site. Foster, 50, who was reportedly artificially inseminated, is due in August. The two live together in Los Angeles. The singer will have an active role in raising the child, reports TMZ."]
Quote of the Day: Giorgio Armani
"I'll tell you something: Luxury disgusts me."
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): One of the images from a BBC story about uncontacted indigenous tribes. (Hattip: Ali Arikan)
Clip of the Day: Video of the monkey soon to be our master.
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