New this week: 'Interceptor,' Post Malone and 'Fire Island'
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Post Malone and Drive-By Truckers, “Fast & Furious” alum Elsa Pataky leading her own action picture with “Interceptor,” and the modern romantic comedy “Fire Island,” set in the iconic LGBTQ vacation spot.
WWII codebreaker Turing honored on UK's new 50-pound note
The rainbow flag is flying proudly above the Bank of England in the heart of Londons financial district to commemorate legendary World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, the new face of Britains 50-pound note. The design of the bank note was unveiled before it is being formally issued to the public on June 23, Turing's birthday. The 50-pound note is the most valuable denomination in circulation but is little used during everyday transactions, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as digital payments increasingly replaced the use of cash. AdAmong his many accomplishments, Turing is most famous for the pivotal role he played in breaking Nazi Germany's Enigma code during World War II. During World War II, Turing worked at the secret Bletchley Park code-breaking center, where he helped crack Enigma by creating the “Turing bombe,” a forerunner of modern computers.
Ang Lee on 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' 20 years later
This photo released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Chow Yun Fat, left, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)NEW YORK – It’s physically impossible to get to the forest fight scene that hovers atop slender bamboo trees in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and not say out loud “Whoa.”Twenty years later, the exhilarating grace of Ang Lee’s martial-arts masterwork is just as breathtaking. The way you dream about a movie, it’s very difficult to make real.”Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” an occasion being celebrated with a new limited-edition 4K UHD Blu-ray. Arguably more than any other film, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” opened mainstream American moviegoers not just to a new genre known predominantly in Asia -- the wuxia tradition -- but to subtitled films in general. It set another record with 10 Academy Awards nominations, a mark since equaled by “Roma” and “Parasite.” “Crouching Tiger” took home four Oscars.
Alison Lurie, prize winning novelist, dead at 94
NEW YORK – Alison Lurie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist whose satirical and cerebral tales of love and academia included the marital saga “The War Between the Tates” and the comedy of Americans abroad “Foreign Affairs,” died Thursday at age 94. Lurie, a professor emerita at Cornell University, died of natural causes, according to her husband and partner, Edward Hower. “Before he met Rosemary, Fred didn’t really exist for anyone here except a few other academic ghosts,” Lurie wrote. “The War Between the Tates” became a 1977 TV production featuring Elizabeth Ashley and Richard Crenna. “The day on which Emily Stockwell Turner fell out of love with her husband,” Lurie wrote in the book’s opening sentence, “began much like other days.”
New this week: The Boss, Billie Eilish, Borat & 'Bad Hair'
(Columbia Records via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Edgier than the (also great) Gwyneth Paltrow version, Anya Taylor-Joy takes on the role of the matchmaker extraordinaire this time. — Billie Eilish was on the road for just three days before she had to cancel her worldwide tour due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. But thankfully on Saturday the Grammy-winning star will host her first global livestream concert. “Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event” uses music, comedy, short documentaries and celebrity appearances to explore the Latino experience.
Sons use e-books to help virus-stricken dad, other patients
Nicky, right, and his brother Sam Woolf talk about their project Books for Dad at their home in London, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Then sons Nicky, a 33-year-old journalist, and Sam, a 28-year-old actor, had an idea: Maybe literature could help him and other patients. When he got sick with COVID-19, they turned to books to help him and others. Then sons Nicky, a 33-year-old journalist, and Sam, a 28-year-old actor, had an idea: Maybe literature could help him and other patients. Lisa Anderton, head of patient experience at University College London Hospital, said the brilliant initiative can help both coronavirus and other patients.