Hello from New York City – where all eyes will be on President Barack Obama more so than usual today.
* Through giant billboards around the world, Pink Floyd dropped some big news on Monday. The band is releasing its first album in 20 years. Word about the record came a few months ago via a few tweets here and there but it’s been confirmed The Endless River will be a tribute of sorts to Rick Wright, the band’s keyboardist who died in 2008, and it builds on sessions done for The Division Bell album. The cover art work, of a man in a boat on a river of clouds, is just exquisite. Turns out it was created by an 18-year old Egyptian artist who’s landed himself a pretty sweet gig.
* We know there is an issue with how women are represented in the media, but now, there are figures to back this up. The UN Women organization released the findings of a study done in collaboration with the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media. It found that, although women make up more than half the audience, less than a third of the speaking parts in movies belong to female characters. The study, which looked at a handful of countries with big box offices, also found that behind the camera, only one in four people is female. Fascinating stuff.
* The TV series Gotham debuted on the small screen on Monday night – some critics were delighted, others wonder if enough people will care about the Batman origin story as seen through the eyes of Commissioner Gordon. I found the dialogue a little cheesy but I do like the set design and moody, Nolan-esque mood of the city that the show has created.
* Bryan Singer will be making the next X-Men movie, his fourth in the series. There was talk that this might not happen as a result of the director being accused of sexual assault, but that case was dropped last month by the man who brought it. X-Men: Apocalypse will be set ten years after Days of Future Past and will star Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult.
* The Lion King has become the most successful entity in entertainment box office history. More precisely, it’s raked in over $6.2 billion worldwide from ticket sales, making it the highest-grossing title. Even higher than movies like Avatar and Titanic. The Lion King surpassed The Phantom of the Opera to break box office records all round. And to think the song at the heart of the story was created by a South African who died poor.