Sotheby’s sold to billionaire art collector Patrick Drahi for $3.7 billion

New York (CNN Business)Telecom billionaire and art collector Patrick Drahi has emerged as the winning bidder for Sotheby’s, the 275-year-old auction house. After the deal closes, Sotheby’s will be owned by Drahi’s BidFair USA. Drahi, a billionaire entrepreneur and art collector, has built a fortune that Forbes estimates at more than $9 billion. “Sotheby’s is one of the most elegant and aspirational brands in the world,” Drahi said in a statement, adding that he is a longtime client and admirer of the company. Sotheby’s was founded in London in 1744 and today it has 80 offices around the world, with its headquarters in New York. Drahi expressed “full confidence” in Sotheby’s management and said he has no plans to change …

Critics praise ‘warm’ Top Gear return

By comparison, the launch of the previous series of Top Gear drew an overnight average audience of 1.97 million in February. The second-highest rating for BBC Two on Sunday was The Ranganation, with an average of 1.1m. What to expect from Top Gear’s new trio “The larky, bad-tempered chemistry that existed between [Jeremy] Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond has been replicated in a slightly sunnier form,” added the Guardian’s review. The show has gone through several line-up changes since Clarkson was dropped and May and Hammond left with him in 2015. Former Radio 2 host Chris Evans tried and failed to impress viewers while former Friends star Matt LeBlanc came on board for a couple of seasons, announcing his …

The Wizard of Oz at 80: how the world fell under its dark spell

The 1939 classic has inspired everyone from David Lynch to Salman Rushdie. Novelist and super-fan Luiza Sauma explores why the films message about home still holds such power Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, 16-year-old Judy Garland appeared on cinema screens as the orphan Dorothy Gale, dreaming of escape from bleak, monochrome Kansas. Find yourself a place where you wont get into any trouble, her aunt beseeches, too busy for poor old Dorothy, who soon breaks into song: Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue / And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. Her wish is soon granted by a tornado that carries her to the gaudy, Technicolor Land of Oz, instilling her …

Linda Fairstein Gets Slammed On Twitter For Doubling Down On Her Central Park Five Role

amplified their ongoing criticism of former prosecutor Linda Fairstein after her op-ed defending the handling of the so-called Franklin Leonard, the founder of the Black List, The stories of the five young men, who were wrongfully convicted in a brutal 1989 rape in New York City’s Central Park, were portrayed in Ava DuVernay’s scripted Netflix series, “When They See Us.”  op-ed.  Leonard also shared a series of tweets citing report that identified DuVernay’s 2014 “Selma,” which told the story of Martin Luther King Jr., as an accurate depiction of events after criticisms arose.  Since the May 31 release of the Netflix series, Fairstein, who writes mystery novels, has  Deadline reported on Tuesday that Fairstein’s Hollywood literary agency ICM Partners The former prosecutor …

Cristiano Ronaldo Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. Father: Jose Dinis Aveiro, a gardener Mother: Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro, a cook Children: with Georgina Rodriguez: Alana, 2017; with mother’s name unavailable publicly: Eva and Mateo (twins), 2017; with mother’s name unavailable publicly: Cristiano Jr., 2010 Other Facts:Portugal’s all-time top international goalscorer. Winner of the Ballon d’Or footballer of the year award five times (2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), and the European Golden Shoe four times (2007-08, 2010-11, 2013-14 and 2014-15). One of his acts of charity was paying for the brain surgery of a 10-month-old boy. Other acts have included raising money for survivors of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and paying for treatment for a …

Corey Feldman Believes 20% Of Hollywood Is Involved In A Massive Pedophile Conspiracy! – Perez Hilton

Corey Feldman is furious. Over the past few years he’s been advocating for stronger protection for child actors — to combat what he believes is an ENORMOUS ring of pedophiles in Hollywood. But he’s frustrated at the lack of support he’s found for his crusade — and for his proposed film, The Rape Of Two Coreys. Video: Corey Feldman Talks About His Experience With Police He tried to crowdfund the documentary, which would explore his story of what happened to him and Corey Haim as child stars in the ’80s. The claims his childhood friend and frequent costar was molested by an unnamed A-lister blew up in 2016… but then went away, with no one ever firmly implicated, let alone charged. Corey believes …

Norman Lear Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of award-winning television producer Norman Lear, the creator of some of television’s most popular shows of his time, including “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.” Father: Hyman “Herman” Lear, a securities broker/salesman Mother: Jeanette (Seicol) Lear Marriages: Charlotte Rosen, (1943-divorced); Frances Loeb (1956-1986, divorced); Lyn Davis (1987-present) Children: With Lyn Davis: Brianna, Madelaine and Benjamin; with Frances Loeb: Maggie and Kate; with Charlotte Rosen: Ellen Education: Attended Emerson College Military service: Served in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1945; Air Medal recipient Other Facts:Has won four Primetime Emmys out of 14 nominations, plus was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. His works are considered groundbreaking because he did not …

Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in Congress

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and Actor Danny Glover to testify at House subcommittee on 19 June Juneteenth The topic of Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor John Conyers of Michigan, the longtime sponsor of House Resolution 40, first proposed the measure calling for a study of reparations in 1989. Conyers reintroduced the bill every session until his resignation in 2017, following sexual harassment allegations. The Texas Nancy Pelosi, said in February that she supports a reparations study, a topic that has not been the subject of a House hearing since 2007. Reparations had been a semi-dormant issue and occasional punchline in recent years, until Coatess 2014 movies such as the Lethal Weapon series and the classics Barack Obama questioned the implementation of reparations, …

Denis Villeneuve Is Working On a Dune TV Series

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. What's happening in the news today? Plenty, actually: Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on a Dune television show in addition to his Dune movie; the cowriter of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows. Let’s tune in. There's a New Dune Series in the Works For those who just can't get enough Dune, we have some good news. In addition to the new film set to be released in 2020, WarnerMedia announced this week that it is also working on a companion series for its streaming service. Titled Dune: The Sisterhood, the show will focus on the mysterious …

Which Mary-Kate And Ashley Movie Are You Based On Your Zodiac Sign? Betches

Once upon a time, before they started marrying old French guys and wearing outrageously expensive, ornate rugs, the Olsen twins owned Hollywood. From the late 90’s to the mid 00’s, you couldn’t blink without another Olsen twin movie being released. Considering my name is Mary Kate, this offered me a certain amount of (entirely unearned) clout at every slumber party I attended in my adolescence. The question I sought to answer today was not which Olsen movie is best, as doing so would result in a comment war that I, for one, am unprepared for. Instead we pursue the more important query: which one represents your zodiac sign? If you think about it, it was only a matter of time …

Central Park Five lead prosecutor steps down from role at Columbia Law School over fallout from Netflix series

Elizabeth Lederer leaving court for lunch. July 08, 1990. (Photo by Thomas Guercio/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images) The school’s dean, Gillian Lester, said in a separate letter that the film “reignited a painful — and vital — national conversation about race, identity, and criminal justice.” “I am deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that furthers this important and ongoing dialogue, one that draws upon the lived experiences of all members of our community and actively confronts the most difficult issues of our time,” Lester said, according to the Post. Lederer’s departure follows similar recent criticism directed at prosecutor Linda Fairstein, who was head of Manhattan’s sex crimes unit at the time of the case. …

‘Haunted’ medieval prison that held accused witches up for sale

“With a reputation attracting TV crews from around the world, this unique 2 bedroom cottage comes available with many resident ghosts,” Home Domus 360 representatives said on Facebook. [Black Magic: 6 Infamous Witch Trials in History] Located in St. Osyth in Essex, U.K., the building was recently placed on the market by owner Vanessa Mitchell; this is the third time that Mitchell has tried to sell The Cage since moving out in 2008, according to local news outlet The Clacton and Frinton Gazette. Mitchell reportedly fled the house in 2004 and moved elsewhere after seeing “mysterious blood spatters” and being “physically attacked” by malevolent ghosts — one of which was “a satanic-looking goat,” Mitchell told The Gazette. During the St. Osyth witch trials in 1582, …

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

At the start of Pathologic 2, I wake up in an empty room. I follow a light, and end up on a stage. I'm introduced to the show, by a wicked-looking director and extras in tragedy masks and skin-tight black suits. I'm an actor, the star, one of many. Then the game begins, I walk off the stage, and people start dying. Julie Muncy Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together Julie Muncy Rage 2's Open World Is More Barren Than It Should Be Julie Muncy Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility Pathologic 2 is the remake/sequel to the cult classic Russian plague simulator, Pathologic. Released in 2005, the game, developed by Ice Pick Lodge, …

Pathologic 2 and What Games Can Learn From Low-Tech Art

At the start of Pathologic 2, I wake up in an empty room. I follow a light, and end up on a stage. I'm introduced to the show, by a wicked-looking director and extras in tragedy masks and skin-tight black suits. I'm an actor, the star, one of many. Then the game begins, I walk off the stage, and people start dying. Julie Muncy Observation Is About Putting Yourself Back Together Julie Muncy Rage 2's Open World Is More Barren Than It Should Be Julie Muncy Last Day of Spring Is a Powerful Exercise in Trans Visibility Pathologic 2 is the remake/sequel to the cult classic Russian plague simulator, Pathologic. Released in 2005, the game, developed by Ice Pick Lodge, …

Keanu Reeves Doesnt Touch People When Taking Pictures And Its Too Pure For This World (5 Pics)

Unprofessional Madman Unprofessional Madman Image credits: Image credits: Reeves had a tough childhood. His father left him and his mother when he was only 3 years old and his mother went on to marry three more times after that. He traveled along with his mother to Sydney, New York, and Toronto before he decided to leave for Los Angeles for good to start his acting career at the age of 15. His life is full of tribulations and tragedies like the birth of his stillborn daughter Ava, the death of his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Syme and the death of his dear friend and actor, River Phoenix. Now, he is described as a recluse who tries to stay away from the media and …

Beyond Madonna: A More Colorful Picture of Queer History

Pose's second season begins with a flashpoint. It's 1990, and New York's ball scene is reveling in the fact that Madonna's "Vogue" is a hit and mourning the fact that HIV/AIDS deaths in their community are a near-daily occurrence. Madge's song and video shined a spotlight on ball culture's dance moves, and Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), who is herself HIV-positive, sees the song as a way for her children—the adopted gay and transgender kids in her house—to find success in modeling or teaching dance. "This song is our ticket to acceptance," she says. If past is prologue, this won't come to pass. Historically, the young queer people of color who created voguing got little credit for the phenomenon. Ball culture didn't …