1. “Ann B. Davis R.I.P.” The actress, best known for playing Alice on The Brady Bunch, dies at 88.
“Actress Ann B. Davis, an American television legend who held The Brady Bunch together in her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson, died Sunday. She was 88. Bishop William Frey, a close friend of Davis, told CNN the actress died at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, where she was treated after hitting her head in a fall. The actress suffered a subdural hematoma, he said, and never regained consciousness. Appearing in her trademark light blue maid’s uniform with a white apron, Alice anchored The Brady Bunch with her cheerful attitude and witty one-liners. As the sitcom’s famous theme song played, showing each member of the Brady family’s face in a grid, the devoted housekeeper was always smiling in the center.”
2. “Karlheinz Böhm R.I.P.” Actor, known for the Sissi trilogy and Peeping Tom, dies at 86.”
“Karlheinz Böhm, an actor who was best known for his portrayal of Emperor Franz Joseph in a gauzy 1950s film series about the Austrian court, and then stunned audiences with his disarming portrayal of a psychopathic killer in the now-classic thriller Peeping Tom, died May 29 at his home near Salzburg, Austria. He was 86. His death was announced by Menschen für Menschen, or ’People for People,’ an Ethiopian aid and development organization that Mr. Böhm founded and led for decades after retiring from acting. German media reported he had Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Böhm was the only son of the acclaimed Austrian conductor Karl Böhm and the German soprano Thea Linhard. He began his acting career on stage and became widely popular in postwar Europe when he was cast as the Austrian emperor in movies featuring Romy Schneider as Empress Elisabeth, or ’Sissi.’”
3. “A Cinema of Discontent: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.” Ela Bittencourt on Polish film of the 1970s and 80s
“Nights and Days is often likened to Gone with the Wind (1939), a comparison that seems apt given the films’ tortured relationships and the lush, shimmering cinematography that renders its protagonists’ lives arduous yet bucolic. But for all the gentility of a bygone era, and the specter of opulence shown in sober decay—Barbara and Bogumil fret incessantly over financial matters and face bankruptcy—Antczak’s cool treatment of Barbara’s infatuations and self-inflicted solitude strikes a tone more akin to Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Just as Emma falls prey to the spirited romances that set her at odds with reality, so too does Barbara’s constant replay of the few moments spent with her paramour, and her idealization of him, frame her as a victim of her feverish, somewhat childish, imagination. It is one of Antczak’s great achievements that while he locks us in Barbara’s point of view, privileging her emotions, he also reserves much sympathy for Bogumil, whose moral zeal, attachment to the land, and valorous demeanor toward farmers comes across as an idealistic but nevertheless moving portrait of a man whose spirit is only gradually broken.”
4. “King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates.” King Juan Carlos said his son Prince Felipe would “open a new era of hope” for Spain.
“King Juan Carlos of Spain has announced his intention to abdicate, after nearly 40 years on the throne. ’A new generation must be at the forefront…younger people with new energies,’ the 76-year-old king said in a televised address. His son, Crown Prince Felipe, 45, will take over the throne. For much of his reign, Juan Carlos was seen as one of the world’s most popular monarchs, but recently many Spaniards have lost confidence in him. His reputation has been tarnished by a long-running corruption investigation into the business dealings of his daughter and her husband. King Juan Carlos, 76, has had health problems in recent years. Support for the king fell further when it was discovered he had been on a lavish elephant hunting trip to Botswana in April 2012, in the middle of Spain’s financial crisis.”
5. “Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson Are Out to Conquer Hollywood—and Fix It.” Lynn Hirschberg on the actresses’ rising stars.
“This free-spiritedness does not come without opinions. Both Woodley and Larson have been acting professionally since they were tiny children, and they are keenly aware of how Hollywood works and they aim to challenge conventional notions of emerging stardom, especially female stardom. They are outspoken about their goals and philosophy, part of a New Age continuum, on everything from what parts they want to play to what they want to eat. On the healthy-living front, both are particularly passionate: Larson is an avid locavore (as well as a vegan), and Woodley has seriously considered becoming an herbalist. When she’s feeling ill, she makes tea out of pine needles (apparently a great source of vitamin C); she brushes her teeth with clay and whitens them by swishing sesame oil in her mouth for 20 minutes. She staves off yeast infections by giving ’my vagina a little vitamin D’ sunlight.”
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