1. “Casey Kasem, American Top 40 Icon, Dies at 82.” He served as the upbeat host of the countdown radio show for almost four decades and provided the voice for Scooby-Doo’s Shaggy. His final years were marked by intense feuding between the children from his first marriage and his second wife, Jean.
“Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died on Father’s Day, his final weeks poisoned by an intense family feud. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died Sunday of complications from dementia at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. Danny Deraney, the publicist for daughter Kerri Kasem, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the radio host died at 3:23 a.m. Kerri posted a note on Facebook about the news. ’Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends,’ she wrote. ’Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie.’”
2. “Ultra Violet R.I.P.” The Warhol superstar dies at 78.
“Isabelle Collin Dufresne, the French-born artist, actress and author known as Ultra Violet, the beauty among the superstars of Andy Warhol’s glory days at his studio, the Factory, died early Saturday morning at a Manhattan hospital. She was 78 and lived in Manhattan and in Nice, France. The death was confirmed by William Butler, a family friend. A cousin, Carole Thouvard Revol, said the cause was cancer. In 1973, Ultra Violet had a near-death experience, for which she blamed her habits of excess in the decade before. In the 1980s, she condemned the rampant drug use, orgiastic sex and unchecked egotism at the Factory, repented for her part in it and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She worked as an artist until her death. A New York exhibition at the Dillon Gallery in Chelsea this spring, ’Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated,’ featured a selection of her paintings, sculptures, prints, film and neon works. The show closed three weeks before she died.”
3. “How Twitter killed the official movie website.” Online promotion of films used to be so simple: a few gifs and a grainy clip and you were set. Today, hashtags and social media rule. But what have we lost in the process?
“When was the last time you saw a web address on a movie poster or trailer and felt compelled to type it into your browser, letter by stupid letter, to see what you’d find? An ad displaying a humble domain name already feels like an archaic marketing method, the equivalent of shouting your URL at someone out of the window of a moving car. Once, a lack of online presence marked your company out as a backwater outfit that probably still advertised using Loot; these days, with social media controlling the flow of information around the net, web pages look like yesterday’s news. Studios are finally getting wise to how hard social media can work for them, leaving the poor old promotional movie website—once an essential port of call for film fans—to die a slow death.”
4. “Björk’s Biophilia educational curriculum to be adopted by European schools.” As part of the Biophilia Educational Programme.
“The Biophilia Educational Program was developed in late 2011 in collaboration with researchers from the University of Iceland and music and science teachers from Reykjavik City Schools. In an interview with the Observer to be published next week, Björk said the system has been ’really popular with kids who have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or dyslexia,’ adding that students seem to enjoy the lessons because it breaks away from the ’classroom-bound, traditional nature’ of most Icelandic schools.”
5. “Dino? Ol’ Blue eyes? All the Above, by Jerry.” J. Hoberman on Jerry Lewis’s The Nutty Professor.
“A riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Nutty Professor is essentially a comic horror film. Mr. Lewis plays the cringe-worthy chemistry professor Julius Kelp, a bucktoothed, bespectacled, whining pedant who is to schnookdom as Lon Chaney was to kyphosis. Kelp makes the characters that Menasha Skulnik played on the Yiddish stage look like matinee idols—which is precisely the movie’s point. Smitten by a winsome student (Stella Stevens), the professor concocts a potion that transforms him into the sartorially brash and alarmingly pomaded self-anointed swinger who calls himself Buddy Love. Andrew Sarris may have been the first critic to identify this smarmy hard-sell crooner with Mr. Lewis’s former partner, Dean Martin, in the course of a thoughtful takedown of The Nutty Professor first published in the short-lived English-language version of Cahiers du Cinéma. Actually, Buddy’s showbiz patois, dangled cigarette and monstrous arrogance are more suggestive of Frank Sinatra; Mr. Lewis does a mean Sinatra parody with his rendition of ’That Old Black Magic’ and even goes Frank one better by accompanying himself on the piano.”
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