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Wake up, Mr. West. It's your birthday!
On "No More Parties in L.A." off The Life of Pablo, Kanye West describes himself as "a 38-year-old 8-year-old," which is maybe a perfect summation of the qualities that have made the 40-year-old rapper such an enigma: a larger-than-life icon who has cultivated a persona that draws as much infamy as it does reverence, with a head-spinning number of acclaimed tracks to show for it.
Somehow, as Kanye has gotten older, his almost youthful sense for defiance and creativity have created work that has only gotten more experimental, more groundbreaking, and with each new album, inspired a new crop of artists of hip hop and of music in general.
The roster of rappers that 'Ye has inspired is truly staggering. Chance the Rapper has rhapsodized about the transformative »
Filming on the double feature — set at a small town community arts center — has launched in Hudson, N.Y., with Patrick Wang directing from his own script. Producers are Matt Miller and Daryl Freimark. Vanishing Angle is the production company.
Other key cast members include Glynnis O’Connor, Jessica Pimentel (“Orange Is the New Black”), Amy Carlson (“Blue Bloods”), and Trevor St. John. The cast also includes opera singer Martina Arroyo, Taiwanese television personality Janet Hsieh and Singapore star George Young.
“A small town turns out to be a great setting for thinking about many big themes: art and commerce, globalization, gentrification, changing social institutions, and new technology,” Wang said. “Remembering my early days in theater and the women who were my teachers and directors, provided warmth and humor »
- Dave McNary
The Golden Globe Awards were full of amazing (and awkward) moments, but the biggest by far was Meryl Streep's passionate acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award. In it, she touched on the importance of diversity in Hollywood and America and called out President-elect Donald Trump for his obnoxious, disrespectful behavior. It didn't take long for the bitter reality star to come out swinging against the legendary actress via Twitter, but luckily she has more than a few people in her corner. In addition to messages of support from George Clooney, Ron Howard, and Stephen Colbert, her Marvin's Room costar Robert De Niro wrote a heartfelt letter thanking her for her speech. "Meryl – What you said was great. It needed to be said, and you said it beautifully. I have so much respect for you that you did it while the world was celebrating your achievements. I share »
- Quinn Keaney
3 items from 2017
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