Official’s tweet appears to target Madonna
A Russian deputy premier has made a rude statement apparently aimed at Madonna regarding her support for the jailed members of a Russian punk band awaiting a verdict in their trial.
Dmitry Rogozin didn’t name Madonna when he tweeted this week that “every former w. wants to give lectures on morality when she grows old. Especially during foreign tours.”
By “w.” he apparently meant an epithet for a woman of questionable morals.
Just before Vladimir Putin returned to the Russian presidency, members of the feminist band danced in Moscow’s main cathedral, singing, “Virgin Mary, drive Putin away!”
Madonna supported the band at Tuesday’s concert in Moscow, saying she’d “pray for them.”
Rakoff, acclaimed humorist, dies at 47
David Rakoff, an award-winning humorist whose cynical outlook on life and culture developed a loyal following of readers and radio listeners, has died after a long illness. He was 47.
Rakoff died Thursday after a long illness, Doubleday and Anchor Books announced. The statement did not detail a cause of death, but Rakoff had been open about his battles with cancer.
Rakoff wrote for The New York Times, Newsweek and other publications and was a contributor to public radio’s “This American Life.”
In October, his essay collection “Half Empty” won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. His other bestselling books are “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” and “Fraud.”
“The world is a little less kind and a little less beautiful today,” his longtime editor, Bill Thomas, said in a statement.
Stuart, ‘Willy Wonka’ director dies at 83
Mel Stuart, an award-winning documentarian who also directed “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died. He was 83.
His daughter, Madeline Stuart, said he died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles.
Stuart’s documentaries include “The Making of the President 1960,” for which he won an Emmy, as well as subsequent explorations of the 1964 and ’68 campaigns. Other programs were “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and the Oscar-nominated “Four Days in November.”
His groundbreaking 1973 film “Wattstax” focused on the Wattstax music festival of the previous year and Los Angeles’ Watts community in the aftermath of the 1965 riots.
Beastie Boy’s will bars ad use of his work
The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch rapped that he wouldn’t “sell my songs for no TV ad.”
His will shows he wanted to make sure that held true after his death.
The will was filed in a Manhattan court this week, three months after his death from cancer at 47. It said his image, name, music “or any artistic property” he created can’t be used for advertising.
His lawyer declined to comment Friday.
Also known as MCA, Yauch was a founding member of the Beastie Boys, who helped hip-hop gain mainstream attention in the 1980s. They’ve enjoyed four No. 1 albums and sold more than 40 million records.
Yauch’s will leaves his roughly $6 million estate to his widow and daughter.