Category Archives: Pop Culture

From ‘Banana’ To ‘Cucumber,’ New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

NPR

The creator of the 1999 BBC series Queer As Folk has made three new TV series about gay men and women — and two of them are coming to the U.S. later this month. They have the conspicuous names of Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. Russell T. Davies says the titles came from a study he read from a scientific institute in Switzerland that investigated men’s sexuality. Continue reading From ‘Banana’ To ‘Cucumber,’ New Series Spans The Spectrum Of Sex

Noah Baumbach On Approaching Middle Age With ‘While We’re Young’

By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 25, 2015 at 11:59AM

The Oscar nominated auteur sat down with Indiewire to discuss “While We’re Young” and collaborating with Greta Gerwig on “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America.”

Noan Baumbach is on a roll. That’s not to say the writer-director has ever flagged in the quality of his output. Since his arrival on the scene with his 1995 debut “Kicking and Screaming,” Baumbach has managed a pretty remarkable track record — from “The Squid and the Whale” to “Margot at the Wedding” and “Greenberg,” his movies never cease to generate acclaim. But since partnering up with his current romantic partner Greta Gerwig on their beloved 2013 comedy “Frances Ha,” Baumbach has picked up the pace. Continue reading Noah Baumbach On Approaching Middle Age With ‘While We’re Young’

Madonna and the cruelty of ageing in the world of pop

Cory Franklin | The Age

A major British radio station says the Material Girl is too old for its audience. She might not like being a rock-and-roll dowager, but she’s not a victim of ageism. She’s a victim of life.

Madonna has been dissed, and she is not happy. The 56-year-old proclaimed Queen of Pop, with more record sales than any woman in history, received a distinctly unroyal reception by the British radio station BBC Radio 1, which recently banished her latest single, Living For Love, from its playlist.

Every generation has its own music and its own musical royalty, and the British, above all, are especially protective of the royal line of succession. Apparently Madonna’s devoted subjects are too old for BBC 1, which deemed Her Royal Highness “irrelevant” to its audience. Madonna calls the decision “discriminatory and unfair,” a clear case of ageism.

If you’re not in your 20s, it’s hard … But if you’re in your 50s, you can forget it.

Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager

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