1. “Classicist says quote of Virgil’s inscribed on 9/11 Memorial is ’shockingly inappropriate.’” The inscription, from Virgil’s The Aeneid, is more than just grim.
“As the New York Times’ David W. Dunlap points out, Virgil’s ’you’ actually refers to the characters, Nisus and Euryalus, two warrior-lovers who ’have just slaughtered the enemy in an orgy of violence, skewering soldiers whom [they] ambushed in their sleep.’ And for this massacre, Nisus and Euryalus are killed, their heads impaled on spears. Of the inscription at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Helen Morales, a classicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told the Times, ’If we take into account its original context, the quotation is more applicable to the aggressors in the 9/11 tragedy than those honored by the memorial…So my first reaction is that the quotation is shockingly inappropriate for the U.S. victims of the 9/11 attack.’”
2. “Billboard Music Awards: Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake Lead 2014 Finalists.” Katy Perry, Rihanna and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also will contend in several major categories on May 18 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Arena.
“Lorde and Imagine Dragons lead the finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which will air live May 18 beginning at 8 p.m. EST on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The two acts appear in twelve categories each with the former up for its first Billboard Music Award this year. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions album spawned the hit single ’Radioactive,’ which broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.”
3. “The Death of Sarah Jones.” Safety Concerns Raised Over ’Midnight Rider’ Crew’s Previous Film In Georgia.
“Local, state, and federal investigations are underway to determine who from the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider is responsible for the February 20 train collision on location in rural Georgia that left 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones dead and seven others injured. As the production community rallies around the tragedy and calls for stronger guidelines to ensure that similar accidents never happen again, a Deadline investigation that included interviews with people on the ground in and around Savannah has revealed several troubling factors preceding the afternoon when the crew of the movie, directed and produced by Randall Miller through his Unclaimed Freight Productions banner, placed a metal hospital bed on the live train tracks overlooking Southern Georgia’s Altamaha River. Was the ’whatever it takes’ spirit that’s fueled filmmaking for decades partly to blame for such an avoidable on-set tragedy?”
4. “Worst film ever: the legend of ’Eldorado.’” Eldorado, a low-budget British horror film with a cast including Peter O’Toole, Daryl Hannah and Sylvester McCoy, was beyond bad. But why did it land its director in jail?
“The film’s financiers, meanwhile, were starting to panic. Keith Howell, director of Breakdown Films Ltd (who owned the sole distribution rights), desperately tried to track down Driscoll to obtain the master tapes. But by then Driscoll had put Higher Nanpean Farm on the market, and had disappeared. Howell would pass away before Driscoll’s fraud case came to trial. But his emails at the time reveal his anger: ’Richard Driscoll is withholding the film material to either blackmail us or to try to illegally release the film for gain,’ he wrote. ’...Whilst I have no involvement in these releases it just indictifies [sic] Richard Driscoll as the sharliton [sic] that he is ... the man has an ego the size of an elephant with the ability of a mouse.’”
5. “Private Birthday Party.” Rare Photos From Kansas City’s 1960s Drag Scene.
“Two years later, [artist Robert] Heishman’s longtime friend Michael Boles was helping a friend move into a new house in Kansas City—which, as he describes it, was right around the corner from the drag clubs that were vibrant in the ’50s and ’60s. He came across a shoebox of slides that turned out to be quite similar to the ones Heishman had found at the scrapyard. ’When we got them together and paired them up, it was kind of amazing,’ Boles reflects. ’Some of them are even from the same parties.’ The resulting collection—titled ’Private Birthday Party,’ after the signs that used to appear on club doors when drag balls were taking place—includes over 200 images and provides a vivid glimpse of Kansas City’s early drag-ball culture. Heishman and Boles have since brought on Emily Henson to help with background research; together, the three believe they’re close to identifying the photographer.”
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