While the Queen has been visiting the set of Game of Thrones in Belfast, we’ve been taking a moment to pause and reflect…
* It’s a truly sad day for family, friends and fans of Eli Wallach. The 98-year-old actor has been part of movie history for 60 years, acting in so many classic roles. Despite that, the NYT notes, he had never been nominated for an Oscar, although he did receive an honorary one just before his 95th birthday. But his legacy far surpasses the value of any statue.
* It’s been five years since Michael Jackson died at his Los Angeles home. For fans in South Africa, the news came in the middle of the night, after a euphoric soccer game that had set the stage for the World Cup the following year. With his music still on the charts, the drawn-out court case over Conrad Murray’s responsibility in his death, and the resurgence of high-pitched male vocals, many agree it doesn’t feel like he’s gone.
* First Lady Michelle Obama is due to give the keynote address for the Grammy Museum‘s first ever Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon next month. It’s an initiative that recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classrooms, and encourages them to share their lesson plans. Mrs O, who has been involved in a host of music benefits, will speak, while Janelle Monae will perform.
* Jay-Z and Beyonce kick off their On The Run tour together in Miami on Wednesday night. The 19-date run is on track to make at least $100 million dollars, according to Billboard, and it could end up being the most successful tour of the year. That wouldn’t surprise anyone, right?
* With the tagline, “War never ends quietly”, comes the trailer for Brad Pitt’s next movie Fury, in which he leads a tank unit in battle against Germans during World War 2. It also stars Logan Lerman who was the lead in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and he appears to be a wallflower no more in this role. It’s directed by David Ayer who wrote Training Day and made End of Watch, so expect it to be a little more than the usual world war fare.