Some cool & controversial stuff hits the fans and the screens. -Doug & Wendy
You can check out Andy Warhol’s shorts in Times Square. The “shorts” in question are brief silent films the artist made of stars like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed at his studio in the mid-1960s. He made hundreds _ and some will be shown on the huge electronic billboards in the famous New York plaza. One will be shown every night in May _ from 11:57 p.m. until midnight.
C-B-S is seeing David Letterman off the air with something a bit more expensive than the typical gold watch you get for retirement. The network is giving him 90 minutes of prime-time real estate for a tribute show. It’s set for Monday, May 4th _ and will be hosted by Ray Romano. Letterman’s final show on C-B-S will be May 20th. He wraps up more than six-thousand late-night shows over 33 years on C-B-S and his previous late-night T-V home, N-B-C.
The collaboration between Netflix and Adam Sandler was supposed to produce hits and laughs. But so far, it has produced controversy _ and a set walkout. A group of American Indian actors left the set of Sandler’s movie _ upset over what they say was a script that featured stereotypical comedy, offensive names and demeaning references to Indian religious practices. For its part, Netflix seems to be defending Sandler’s work. It says the movie is called The Ridiculous Six because it’s supposed to be: ridiculous. The network describes the movie is supposed to be “a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized.”
The movie is about the effects of artificial intelligence on the world. But two of the stars of the new “Avengers” movie are apologizing for comments that are being seen as anything but smart. Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans were asked about the love life of the only female Avenger, Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. They described the character in graphic terms that suggested she sleeps around. The actors have issued apologies.