Hello to a new week in the Big Apple!
* Beyonce, with family in tow, wowed the VMA audience and took home the Michael Jackson Vanguard award, for her ‘flawless’ approach to music video-making. Miley Cyrus found a way to channel all that attention she generated last year, by drawing eyes to supporting homeless shelters.
* Lord Richard Attenborough, who brought Ghandi’s story to the silver screen, and anti-Apartheid activist Steve Biko’s too, plus he played Kris Kringle and the scientist who created Jurassic Park. What a storied and rich career the 90-year-old British actor had before he died at his home in England this past weekend.
* Arcade Fire closed out their third night in New York at Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena, before heading back to Montreal for a homecoming show next week. I was lucky enough to be there for the special occasion, during which the band, promoting Reflektor, brought out papier-mached bandmates and the one-and-only David Byrne for a cover of Suicide’s Dream Baby Dream.
* There were complaints that the Robin Williams tribute at the VMAs wasn’t substantial enough, but it should be come tonight at the Emmys where Billy Crystal is set to pay tribute to the late actor. It’ll also be a night to see how much of an impact a streaming-video service like Netflix has made on the television landscape in terms of awards. Last year, Netflix won 3 of its 14 nominations. It has 14 this year, and Orange is the New Black has already scooped a top prize for Uzo Aduba last weekend.
* It was a big weekend for Doctor Who fans – the new doctor Peter Cipaldi made his debut on Saturday night, and by all accounts, the British critics think he did a stellar job. Here’s to the 8th season!
* And one more piece of good news for a Monday – Prince has finally announced the release date for his album with his band 3rd Eye Girl, which will be coming out on the same day as his first solo album in four years. Plectrum Electrum and Artificial Age are dropping September 30th. About time!
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