1. “Whit Stillman’s The Cosmopolitans.” Richard Broday reviews the filmmaker’s Amazon pilot.
“There are no Fitzgeralds or Hemingways, no Steins or Pounds, in Stillman’s still-young set of expatriates. (Or, rather, there is one Hemingway—Dree, Ernest’s great-granddaughter, who plays one of the American expats.) If there’s artistic ambition and aesthetic adventure at work among the group that he gathers, it isn’t yet evident; there are no late-night discussions of lofty creative ideals. Rather, there’s love and real estate—and a constant jockeying for a nose ahead in the competition for esteem (or ’reputation’). Cafés there are: the series has a long café scene up front, in which two American men, Jimmy (Adam Brody) and Hal (Jordan Rountree), talk with Sandro (Adriano Giannini), an Italian cynic of a certain age, who offers the young men aphoristically critical life advice and gives them a display of knowing worldliness that sparks both action and confusion—and that lures a young woman from the next table.”
2. “Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?” David Chase finally answers the question he wants fans to stop asking.
“My earliest fascination with Chase, was, unsurprisingly, a result of The Sopranos, which led me to a couple of interviews with him at Silvercup Studios in 2005, for a book about gangster films I have long since published. And we have continued to exchange ideas through e-mails and discussions at Upper East Side coffee bars and restaurants. When you’re across the table from him, he makes an impression without making a commotion. He oscillates between intense verbal pyrotechnics, laughter, and silences, which might mean ’I am listening to you’ or ’I am thinking.’ He is forthcoming, but tends to maintain a reserve about his own work, insisting that if he could say what it means then he wouldn’t have to write it. He’s right, of course. All the same, he and I both think there is value in conversations between artists and critics; ours remains in progress. On occasion he breaks his reserve, but makes it clear that I am not to write about anything he says that is an interpretation of his own work, since he believes that the art of entertaining is leaving the audience imagination to run wild. So when he answered the ’Did Tony die’ question, he was laconic.”
3. “David Chase Offers Response to ’Tony Soprano Didn’t Die’ Article.” That was fast.
“Tonight, in response to a Vox piece headlined, ’Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?,’ David Chase sent the following statement through his publicist: ’A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, ’Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ’Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.’”
4. ”The Simpsons and My So-Called Life Are the Right Kind of 90s Nostalgia.” Richard Lawson looks back at two beloved shows from the 1990s, 20 years later.
“Is there something about the times being reflected there? Certainly the calcifying jadedness of Gen X was partly to blame, steeped in Reality Bites-esque irony, as we all became. And then the arrival of the early Internet sped the world up, the slowness of sincerity replaced with quick, referential jabs. But it’s possible that The Simpsons’s shift toward cynical slickness is maybe just what happens to certain shows over time, as the network works to streamline a series into its most efficient, sellable parts. Which is why I found myself glad this weekend that another great early/mid-90s show, My So-Called Life, didn’t get a second season.”
5. “Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are Married: AP.” The power couple secretly tied the knot in France.
“Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, a spokesman for the couple tells the Associated Press. Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France. The couple’s children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says. Jolie and Pitt, who have been together since 2005, made their engagement official in 2012, as Jolie began wearing an engagement ring that Pitt helped design.”
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