1. “The Secret Life of Kermit the Frog.” The Muppet tells us why it’s gotten easier being green, and why he’d like to work with Godard.
“I have never taken a BuzzFeed Muppet personality quiz. However, I do feed on things that buzz. Does that count? If I strike you as an animal, you ought to meet Animal. He’ll really strike you. The fact is, almost all of the Muppets are animals… except the ones that are vegetables or minerals. And then there’s Gonzo. The jury is still out on him.”
2. “The Aftermath.” Days later, the Red River rampage echoes through many lives.
“After his arrest, [Rashad] Owens consented to a breath alcohol test, which revealed a blood-alcohol content of .114—.08 is the legal limit—and it could have been higher at the time of the pursuit, [Police Chief Art] Acevedo said, because the test was not administered until after he was apprehended and treated at the hospital. BAC depends greatly on when a person had his last drink, and alcohol generally dissipates at a rate of .02 per hour; how much Owens had to drink, and when, remains part of the APD’s ongoing investigation, according to Acevedo. Similarly, whether Owens had other intoxicants in his system has not yet been determined. ’We are analyzing [Owens’ blood tests] for everything,’ Acevedo said.”
3. “Gay Artist’s HIV Awareness Billboard Censored in Japan for ’Indecency.’” Poco Murata sees this interference with his artwork as indicative of systemic prejudice and discrimination against gays.
“Murata’s resulting image is notable for including a variety of gay types: a gachimuchi (ガチムチ) central figure, a middle-aged ’ossan’ (おっさん), a chubbier ’debu’ (デブ) figure, even a couple of bishonen boys. Their arrangement is casual yet provocative. It seems to imply, without judgement, that these people could have sex in any number of non-heteronormative configurations. It’s an ad about HIV that doesn’t stigmatize sexuality or shame the gay community. Almost immediately after the billboard went up, the Shinjuku Ward Office targeted the advertisement, alleging complaints from local residents about the ’unpleasant’ artwork.”
4. “Last Picture Shows.” Fernando F. Croce on Futurama (episode: “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings”) and A Prairie Home Companion.
“’The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings’ leaps from television to opera while A Prairie Home Companion mingles cinema with radio. Like his penultimate film The Company, Altman’s final work is a radiantly transparent allegory for filmmaking, just as Futurama signs off with an affectingly crude holophonor projection evocative of the earliest forms of animation. Both end on a bare stage, acknowledging the abyss while winking at it. Perhaps it’s my hunger for different formats, or more likely my pusillanimous indecision when it’s time to reach some sort of hard-line verdict. In any case, the question I kept asking when faced with the prospect of comparing utterly different mediums was less ’which is superior’ than ’why give one up when you can have both?’ Ingmar Bergman himself, after all, simply laughed when asked late in life about his own film vs. theater analogy: ’I guess I’m polygamous now.’”
5. “Kate Bush Announces First Live Shows in 35 Years.” Singer will perform in London during August and September.
“Kate Bush has announced her first concerts in 35 years: a stint of 15 London shows called ’Before The Dawn’. The singer will perform at Hammersmith Apollo in London on August 26, 27, 29, and 30, as well as on September 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, and 19. On her website—which, according to The Telegraph, initially crashed following the announcement—the singer writes, ’I hope you will be able to join us and I look forward to seeing you there.’”
Video of the Day: Tsai Ming-liang’s latest film, Journey to the West, now available to watch online:
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