1. “Conscious Uncoupling.” Gwyneth Paltrow announces her separation from Chris Martin and subsequently annoys the entire Internet.
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
2. ”Nymphomaniac and the infinite loneliness of Lars von Trier.” David Ehrlich on the films of the trollish film director’s work.
“Von Trier’s regard for the human form as an oppressive cage has been evident since his first feature, 1984’s Element Of Crime, a neurotic noir in which a detective tries to hypnotize his brain out of his body to relive an unsolved serial-killer case. It wasn’t the last time von Trier used hypnosis as a narrative device, but his auteurist ascent and his intensifying obsession with female protagonists coincided—for a filmmaker so concerned with the permeability of the human body, the vagina is a far more helpful sex organ than the penis.”
3. “Between the Lines.” For three action-packed years, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief speechwriter had a front-row seat to the biggest show in Sacramento. For the first time, Gary Delsohn opens up about the art of writing for one of the most colorful characters in California history.
“In 2006, he called at 7:30 on Easter morning and asked if I had the speech on disaster preparedness we had been working on in front of me. On Thanksgiving morning in 2007, he called just as I was heading out on a hike at Point Reyes to discuss a long statement from him on the death of his bodybuilding mentor, Reg Park. Schwarzenegger was in Washington, D.C., spending the holiday with the Shrivers, and he wanted the statement right away. While my wife and another couple waited, I scribbled notes on scraps of paper as Schwarzenegger and I talked on a pay phone because the cell reception in the area was weak. Without my laptop, I called John Kepley, one of the other speechwriters, dictated the changes to him, and Kepley faxed the new draft to the governor. I took several deep breaths when the hour-long drill was over and we went on our hike. It took a few miles before my brain and heart began to calm down.”
4. “Film Critics Should Definitely Write About Form, Except When They Don’t Want To.” Sam Adams responds to Matt Zoller Seitz.
“Fair enough. Maybe you’re not. But I resist the notion that ’helping’ is a critic’s highest calling, anymore that I’d suggest that it’s a filmmaker’s. At its best, criticism is an art—a secondary, even parasitic form that can’t exist without something to write about, but an art nonetheless—and art doesn’t need your rules, man. On Twitter, Seitz mentions that talking about form is an easy way for TV critics to spice up what can otherwise be the rote business of recapping episodes, and I think it’s helpful to think of film criticism in that spirit, in the sense that no one expects each episode recap to deal with every aspect of a show every week. Some weeks, you might focus on the acting or the writing, others on visual style or editing, with the hope that by the time you’ve come to the end of a season you’ve written about most of what makes the show interesting.”
5. “Fleetwood Mac Launching Reunion Tour With Christine McVie.” The announcement was made on Thursday’s “Today” show following an interview with the band at Stevie Nicks’ house.
“Christine McVie is officially rejoining Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour titled ’On With the Show’ beginning this fall, it was announced on Thursday’s edition of NBC’s Today show. McVie hasn’t toured with the band since 1998 but joined them in concert in London last year to perform their hit ’Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,’ and Billboard reported earlier this year that she was rejoining the group. The band’s 33-city, 34-show North American tour begins in Minneapolis on Sept. 30 and will include stops at Madison Square Garden and two shows at The Forum in L.A. Tickets go on sale on Monday, April 7. McVie confirmed she’s back on board in the Today interview. She also said the reason she stopped touring with the group was because of her fear of flying, noting that she hasn’t flown in 15 years.”
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