Wiz Khalifa had the honors of throwing out the first pitch prior to tonight’s Pittsburgh Pirates game — and he did so while on shrooms.
“Finna get stoned af and throw this first pitch at the pirates game,” the rapper tweeted prior to taking the mound. “Shroomed out throwing in a baseball is crazy.” The magic mushrooms didn’t seem to have much of an effect on Khalifa’s abilities, as he managed to get the ball across home plate — albeit a bit outside.
Khalifa letters enjoyed some munchies in the form of Cracker Jack.
It’s worth noting that Khalifa isn’t the first person to take a Pittsburgh Pirates mound while under the influence. Back in 1970, Dock Ellis famously threw a no-hitter while on acid.
Earlier this month, Khalifa kicked off “High School Reunion Tour” with Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, and Warren G. The 33-city outing runs through the end of August and tickets are available to purchase here.
Initial investigation finds Adobe’s purchase of Figma could reduce innovation.
Adobe has five working days to submit proposals to address the CMA’s concerns.
Otherwise, the investigation will proceed to an in-depth phase 2 review.
Adobe is a global software developer and specializes in products which allow customers to create and edit images (including its industry-standard Photoshop and Illustrator applications), as well as video, motion design, and interactive content. Figma, which was founded in 2012, is a leading provider of screen design and whiteboarding tools. Screen design software is an increasingly essential tool that enables users to design digital products and services such as applications and websites. Adobe announced it would acquire Figma for $20 billion in September 2022.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has identified concerns in the supply of screen design software, where Adobe’s and Figma’s products compete. The CMA found that Figma has established a substantial share of the market for screen design software and that Adobe has been continuously investing in and competing in this segment. The CMA found that competition between Figma and Adobe has driven investment in updating and developing screen design software, and this important rivalry could be lost if the deal goes ahead.
The CMA also identified concerns in the provision of creative design software, where Adobe offers some of the leading tools for image, video, and animation content. The CMA’s investigation found that Figma is an emerging competitive threat to Adobe across these tools, and that Figma is well-placed to expand its offering and provide an increased constraint to Adobe. This rivalry and innovation is important to the sector and could be threatened by this deal.
Many start-ups and other businesses rely on the software products provided by Adobe and Figma to produce apps and websites, as well as engaging content. The UK app economy alone was worth £19.4 billion in 2022. The CMA is concerned that Adobe’s plan to acquire Figma removes a leading player from the market and reduces both firms’ incentives to invest in software development and compete against one another, which could result in higher costs as well as fewer and less innovative products.
Sorcha O’Carroll, Senior Mergers Director at the CMA, said:
Products sold by Adobe and Figma are critical for the development of digital services that people and businesses use on a daily basis – be that popular apps and websites selling anything from holidays to streaming the latest movies.
We’re worried this deal could stifle innovation and lead to higher costs for companies that rely on Figma and Adobe’s digital tools – as they cease to compete to provide customers with new and better products.
Unless Adobe can put forward viable solutions to our concerns in the coming days, we will move to a more in-depth investigation.
More information can be found on the CMA’s Adobe / Figma case page.
Notes to editors
A summary of the CMA’s key findings has been published on the case page. The full text decision will be available in due course.
Adobe and Figma have 5 working days to offer legally binding proposals to the CMA to address the identified concerns. The CMA would then have a further 5 working days to consider whether this addresses its concerns, or if the case should be referred to the next stage, a Phase 2 investigation.
According to market research specialists IBISWorld, the app development industry in the UK was worth £19.4 billion in 2022 and grew faster than the wider technology sector overall.
The CMA’s investigation looked at a series of software tools which are widely used in the creative industries sector and provided by both Adobe and Figma – these included:
Screen design: Creating design flow of websites and applications. The design includes graphical layout and user experience flow.
Sir Elton John played the final concert of his long-running farewell tour at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday night.
John’s final show featured a 23-song career-spanning setlist, including greatest hits “Bennie and the Jets,” “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” as well as a three-song encore of “Cold Heart ,” “Your Song,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”
“When we set off on my final tour in 2018, I couldn’t have foreseen in my wildest dreams the twists and turns and the highs and lows of this tour – and the whole world – would have experienced in the next five years,” John said in a statement following the concert. “And every step of the way, my fans have been there. They have stuck with me, they have supported me, they have been patient, and they have kept turning out for every single last show. Tonight has been magical. I’m trying to process it, and I don’t think it will sink in for a while yet that I’m finally finished touring. I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss the fans and how much their support has humbled me – it will stay with me forever.”
During the set, Coldplay appeared via live video-link to toast John. “Elton, from all of us here, from all the bands and artists you’ve helped and inspired, we love you so much,” said frontman Chris Martin. “We are so grateful for everything you’ve done for the AIDS Foundation, anytime you’ve been kind to anybody. For everything you’ve done for LGBTQ. Everything you’ve done for fashion and eyewear. Everything you’ve done for sexiness, and love, and dressing gowns! Everything you’ve done for music, everything Bernie has done for lyrics, everything your band has done over the thousands of shows you’ve done. We love you so much, we’re going to miss you so much.”
See photos, videos, and the setlist from John’s final night of touring below.
All told, John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” spanned more than 300 shows (including a headlining set at Glastonbury), selling 5.7 million tickets and $900 million dollars. While the tour marks John’s final global outing, the 76-year-old musician hasn’t ruled out performing one-off shows in the future.
“It’s really important to make a distinction between Elton retiring from touring but Elton not playing his very last public performance for the very last time,” David Furnish, John’s husband and manager, previously told Billboards. “I know for a fact he will not be touring in any capacity. What you’re going to see is the possibility of a special one-off or a small residency in one venue for a limited period of time.”
Bennie and the Jets Philadelphia Freedom I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues Border Song Tiny Dancer Have Mercy on the Criminal Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) Take Me to the Pilot Someone Saved My Life Tonight Levon Candle in the Wind Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding Burn Down the Mission Sad Songs (Say So Much) Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me The Bitch Is Back I’m still standing Crocodile Rock Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting Encores: Cold Heart Your Song Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Dezeen School Shows: a jewelery collection made from packaging foam is included in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at the Lucerne School of Art and Design.
Also featured is a helium-filled object designed to float alongside the wearer and a project exploring how AI can generate jewelery designs.
Institutions: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts School: Lucerne School of Art and Design Courses: Bachelor XS Jewelery Tutors: Christoph Zellweger, Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Monica Gaspar, Peter Bauhuis, Gabi Veit, Kiko Gianocca, Suzan Curtis and Salome Bruggisser
“XS stands for everything special, the X-tra and the X-tended. In other words, an enhanced, forward-looking definition of jewelery.
“Students’ individual art-design stance is explored via interdisciplinary crossovers in jewelery design, performative objects, wearable designs, medical prostheses, digital materiality, conceptual craft and art.
“What emerges at the end of each entirely individual learning process is the authentic – wearable statements and emotionally evocative products that convey meaning regarding the crucial questions of desirability, viability, sustainability and social relevance.
“What is too much, what is X-cess, what is eS-sential? Which items are important, what do we carry around with us, and why?”
Airborne Companion: Making Dreams Take Off by Tobias Bieri
“Airborne Companion is based on the idea that jewelery should accompany a person and symbiotically match people’s lives.
“The object developed by Tobias Bieri is intended to be light and animating. The result is a helium-filled companion that joins the user side-by-side and can be steered by gestures.
“A vivacity is conjured up in the fantasy of the user before their own eyes. The rest is handwork, technology and the struggle to find the right material, preventing thoughts from floating completely away.”
Student: Tobias Bieri Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: zamary. bieri[at]gmail.com
Spinning Mini-Me: The Collection by Jenny Christen
“Like gyroscopes, we revolve around ourselves – around our ideal image of ourselves.
“Spinning Mini-Me collection is derived from photos of the designer’s own self-spinning body, with Christen creatively exploiting the dance imbued with stigma and associations as a metaphor.
“She scales silhouettes and the turns generate abstract volumes. Spinning tops are like pole dancers or performers – they dance on tables, on mirrored surfaces, and like us seeking a stage.”
Student: Jenny Christian Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Thai Hua, Anina Schenker, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: jenny. christian[at]hotmail.com
Embodiments: A Collection of Uncanny Body Extensions by Nicole Eugster
“The Embodiments by Nicole Eugster are objects for special use.
“Placed on the body, they oblige the wearer to undertake new patterns of movement, shift the perception of distance and closeness, create an awareness of one’s own gestures and the influence of others.
“Embodiments are objects that lend power to those who surrender to them. Ambiguous in appearance – between the magical and the morbid – they invite the wearer to a self-empowering role play and to dance in twilight in between worlds.”
Student: Nicole Eugster Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: eugster. ni[at]gmail.com
Kill Your Darling: Confessions of a Goldsmith by Benedict Haener
“Diamonds, gold, sapphires, pearls – the world of the trained goldsmith Benedict Haener revolves around precious materials, inherent beauty, and felt and real (monetary) value.
“In Kill Your Darling, Haener rethinks these acquired traditions. With manual finesse, he pursues new design strategies and combines them into a collection.
“Innovations are impossible without abandoning what is dear to one.”
Student: Benedict Haener Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: benedict. haener[at]bluewin. ch
Searching for the Soul: Potential for Generating Jewelery in AI by Fabian Laffitte
“‘Fabian Laffitte says that ‘jewelry needs soul’ but how can one search for the quality of being enlivened by soulfulness in images generated using artificial intelligence?
“Laffitte has attempted to do so, revealing his processes and showing his findings as a curated staging of 2.5-dimensional reliefs. He says it is not jewelery, but he sees potential in it.
“However, his mistrust vis-à-vis the randomness – the banality and emptiness of the tool predominates.
“Minus artistic intention, AI simply offers an infinite number of surfaces, which tend to be more distracting than helping in the search for a soul and essence.”
Student: Fabian Lafitte Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: fabianlaffitte[at]hotmail.com
To Be Continued: Fragments of My Diary by Josephine Meylan
“As an obsessive collector of mementoes, Josephine Meylan records the traces of her life in jewelery.
“Fleeting moments of the day, reflections or things already experienced are given forms with materials that are meaningful to him, sometimes with existing objects.
“Memories are made visible and physically tangible to be worn as jewelery and companions. Each piece tells a personal story.
“Meylan allows us a glimpse into her everyday life and reveals fragments of intensely lived time.”
Student: Josephine Meylan Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: josephine. meylan[at]googlemail.com
Wobbly Angel Struggling: Or How to Not Grow Up by Kaja Saxer
“Zialo draws. Zialo is three years old, has a vivid fantasy and is bubbling with ideas.
“Zialo always finds online ingenious solutions for everything. Zialo is Saxer’s childlike alter ego.
“In Wobbly Angel Struggling, Saxer absorbs Zialo’s unframed approach to art. Inspired by children’s drawings, she creates a collection of airy, wobbly objects.
“What do we lose when we grow up? How can we preserve a certain carefreeness while learning professionalism?”
Student: Kaja Saxer Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: kaja. saxer[at]gmail.com
Surprise Me Once Again: A Collection of Foamy Memories by Christiane Stock
“Who doesn’t know that momentary feeling of happiness when a surprise succeeds?
“Christiane Stock’s work involves condensing, both in terms of content and physically.
“Stocks works with foam. It is an omnipresent packaging material whose characteristics she has researched in order to conjure up wonders – both small and large – and all manually highly accomplished.
“The Surprise Me Once Again collection is a call to playful interaction. When is packaging packaging and when does the content become wearable jewelery?”
Student: Christian Stock Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: stock. christiane[at]gmx.de
Living Traces: Pigments on the Skin by Lea Tschanz
“People are always moving, each body in its unique way, to their own tactile. Lea Tschanz places small objects, utensils and tools soaked in pigments onto the bodies of her family and on herself.
“These items respond to their movements like seismometers. The results are unique traces and unexpected patterns on the skin.
“Tschanz then photographed them in order to recall them. The color on the skin is jewelery to her – completely archaic, completely primal, and completely in the here and now.”
Student: Lea Tschanz Tutors: Ilona Schwippel, Anina Schenker, Thai Hua, Christoph Zellweger and Monica Gaspar E-mail: leatschanz[at]hotmail. ch
This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and Lucerne School of Art and Design. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.
After years of abandoned release dates, Lil Uzi Vert’s new album PinkTape has finally arrived.
The album spans 26 songs and includes collaborations with Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, and Don Toliver. Also featured are metalcore band Bring Me the Horizon and J-pop metal group BABYMETAL.
The album was preceded by atrailer directed by Gibson Hazard, which really acts as a mini action movie more than anything. The four-minute clip begins with an anime-version of Uzi, whose infamous $24 million pink diamond was ripped from their forehead by some sort of ancient samurai. From there, the video cuts to the real-life rapper, who travels across Japan to retain their ice. The short features heavy trap beats as well as pop punk instrumentals — as expected for Uzi — and ends with the artist beating the stone beast with a single gunshot to the heart (go figure). Check it out below.
PinkTape follows Lil Uzi Vert’s 2022 Soundcloud EP Red&White. Their last proper album was 2020’s Eternal Atake.
PinkTape Tracklist: 01. Flooded The Face 02. Suicide Doors 03. Aye (feat. Travis Scott) 04. Crush Em 05. Amped 06. x2 07. Died And Came Back 08. Spin Again 09. That Fiya 10. I Gotta 11. Endless Fashion (feat. Nicki Minaj) 12. Mama, I’m Sorry 13. All Alone 14. Nakamura 15. Just Wanna Rock 16. Fire Alarm 17. CS 18. Werewolf (feat. Bring Me the Horizon) 19. Pluto To Mars 20. Confession (feat. Don Toliver) 21. Days Come And Go 22. Rehab 23. The End (feat. BABYMETAL) 24.Zoom (Bonus Track) 25. Of Course (Bonus Track) 26. Shardai (Bonus Track)
Randy Rainbow, the Emmy- and Grammy-nominated artist and YouTube superstar, has plotted a North American comedy campaign with the “Randy Rainbow for President Tour,” and tickets are set to reach the public voting soon.
Get tickets here, and read on for more details including pre-sale dates.
What Is Randy Rainbow’s Next Tour?
The “Randy Rainbow for President Tour” kicks off in Denver on October 11th. He’ll continue with stops to Tucson, Arizona; Washington, DC; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and more throughout the month before heading to Toronto on November 3rd and Ann Arbor, Michigan on November 4th.
Randy Rainbow picks back up in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 1st, then hits Atlanta; Milwaukee; and Dayton, Ohio ahead of his final 2023 performance at New York’s Beacon Theater on December 29th.
In 2024, Randy Rainbow plays Los Angeles on January 19th, San Francisco on January 20th, and Las Vegas on January 26th. After nights in Chicago and Portland, he’ll wrap in Seattle on February 3rd.
Who Is Opening for Randy Rainbow on Tour?
There has been no official announcement regarding a running mate on the “Randy Rainbow for President Tour.” However, he will be accompanied on-stage by Broadway musicians performing original songs and co-written numbers with the likes of Marc Shaiman and Alan Menken.
How Can I Get Tickets for Randy Rainbow’s 2023-2024 Tour?
A pre-sale hosted by Randy Rainbow is ongoing (use access code RALLY), while a Live Nation pre-sale opens on Wednesday, June 21st at 10:00 am local time (use code DISCO).
General public tickets follow on Friday, June 23rd at 11:00 am local time via Ticketmaster.
Alternatively, check for seats and deals to all of Randy Rainbow’s upcoming live performances via StubHub, where orders are 100% guaranteed through StubHub’s FanProtect program. StubHub is a secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand.
What Are Randy Rainbow’s 2023-2024 Tour Dates?
See Randy Rainbow’s full list of tour dates below, and get tickets to all of his future shows here.
Randy Rainbow 2023-2024 Tour Dates: 10/11 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre 10/12 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center 10/13 – Tucson, AZ @ Fox Theatre 10/14 – El Cajon, CA @ The Magnolia 10/19 – Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse 10/20 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre 10/21 – Medford, MA @ Chevalier Theatre 10/27 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City 10/28 – Storrs, CT @ Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts 11/03 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall 11/04 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre 12/01 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Arts 12/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre 12/03 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts 12/08 – Dayton, OH @ Victoria Theatre 12/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theatre 12/29 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre 01/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre 01/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic 01/21 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts 01/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Mirage Theatre 01/27 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre 02/02 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 02/03 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
A US citizen who played in several punk rock bands while living in Russia was arrested in Moscow on suspicion of drug trafficking.
According to NPR, the Khamovniki District Court of Moscow has accused Travis Michael Leake of selling the drug mephedrone. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
A former paratrooper in the US military, Leake has lived in Moscow for nearly a decade. While residing in Russia, he played in several punk bands, including as the lead vocalist in Lovi Noch. Additionally, he served as the president of Red Decades Records, which looks to identify and cultivate “new and existing talent in the Russian marketplace for wider distribution in a world market.”
Leake was also featured in a 2014 episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Unknown Parts, where he voiced his frustrations with censorship in Russia. “This was a documentary series about musicians standing up and risking their lives in some cases, to stand up against government abuse of power, government corruption,” he said in the episode. “And yet, a foreign government was able to editorially control what American viewers saw on their TV screens. That to me is a scandal of epic proportions.”
Leake has denied the charge, telling the police: “I don’t understand why I’m here. I don’t admit guilt, I don’t believe I could have done what I’m accused of because I don’t know what I’m accused of.”
A spokesperson for the US State Department said officials were aware of Leake’s detention. “The US Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater priority than the safety and security of US citizens overseas,” the department said in a statement. “When a US citizen is detained overseas, the Department pursues consular access as soon as possible and works to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”
Leake is the third American detained in Russia amid heightened tensions with the US. Last year, WNBA star Brittney Griner was jailed on drug charges, and was later released in a prisoner swap. in march, Wall StreetJournal reporter Evan Gershkovich was arrested on espionage charges and remains in custody as of today.
Robert Hutchison Architecture and Javier Sanchez Arquitectos include an extensive system for capturing and reusing stormwater for a family nature retreat in a mountainous region of Mexico.
The Rain Harvest Home, or Casa Cosecha de Lluvia, is located in the rural town of Temascaltepec, which lies about 140 kilometers west of Mexico City.
The retreat was designed by Seattle’s Robert Hutchison Architecture and Mexico City-based Javier Sanchez Arquitectos (JSa), which have collaborated on projects together in the past. The retreat was designed for JSa’s founder and his family, who plan to make it their permanent residence in the future.
The property consists of three independent structures – a main house, a bathhouse and an art studio.
Landscaping elements include bio-agricultural gardens, an orchard and a network of pathways.
Permaculture principles were used to “establish a holistic, integrated relationship between people and place”, the team said.
Permaculture – a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture – is an approach to design and land management that takes cues from natural ecosystems.
One of the main goals for the project was to be mindful of resource consumption, particularly water. In turn, all of the structures are designed to capture and reuse rainwater.
The harvesting system meets 100 per cent of the home’s water needs, according to the architects.
“Here, as in the surrounding region of Central Mexico, water has become an increasingly precious resource as temperatures rise and populations increase,” the team said.
The region has a robust rainy season, but rainwater harvesting is uncommon. Instead, water tends to be pumped in from faraway watersheds.
“Rain Harvest Home takes a different tack, proposing an integrated approach to designing regeneratively with water,” the team said.
Encompassing 1,200 square feet (111 square meters), the main house was envisioned as a pavilion for year-round use and features a large amount of covered outdoor space, with views of the landscape on all sides of the building.
The home’s communal area consists of an open living room, dining area and kitchen. The private zones hold two bedrooms, a den, a small bathroom, a powder room and a storage/laundry space.
Nearby, the team placed the bathhouse, which totals 172 square feet (16 square meters). The building is designed to offer “a poetic dialogue with the experiential qualities of water”.
Circular in plan, the bathhouse has four chambers that surround a central cold-plunge pool that is open to the sky. The chambers contain a hot bath, sauna, steam shower and washroom.
The final structure is the 206-square-foot (19-square-metre) art studio. The rectangular building has a main level and an “outdoor skyroom”.
All three buildings have wood framing and black-stained pine cladding. Concrete-slab foundations are topped with pavers made of recto volcanic stone. Roofs are covered with vegetation.
In the main residence, slender steel columns support deep roof overhangs. Rising up from the roof are protruding light monitors sheathed with unfinished steel plates, which will develop a patina over time.
Interior finishes include recinto stone and plywood made of Southern yellow pine.
All three buildings have strategies in place to capture rainwater. Moreover, bioswales in the landscape help direct water to the property’s above- and below-ground reservoir system, where water is stored and purified.
“The on-site water treatment system is completely self-contained and primarily gravity-fed, containing five cisterns that provide potable and treated water,” the team said.
“A chemical-free, blackwater treatment system treats all on-site wastewater, returning it to the site’s water cycle as greywater for use in toilets, and to irrigate the on-site orchard,” the team added.
In addition to water conservation, the architects were also mindful of energy production. A 10-kW photovoltaic array generates electricity for all three buildings.
Overall, the home is meant to be a model for how to integrate water conservation into home design.
“It stands as a testament to the potential of rainwater harvesting for off-grid, self-contained water systems that eliminate reliance on municipal water sources,” the team said.
“At the same time, the element of water contributes to the overall spatial and experiential quality of the project, reconnecting people with their environment by engaging the senses.”
Other rural homes in Mexico include a house with a cruciform-shaped plan and hefty stone walls by HW Studio Arquitectos, and a brutalist-style, concrete house in a pine forest that was designed by architect Ludwig Godefroy.
The photography is by Jaime Navarro, Rafael Gamo, Laia Rius Solá and César Béjar.
Architects: Robert Hutchison Architecture and JSa Project team: Robert Hutchison, Javier Sanchez, Sean Morgan, Berenice Solis Structural engineers: Byconen Carter Quinn mechanical engineers: TAF Alejandro Filloy general contractor: Mic MacEstructuras Landscape architects: Helen Carlo Wood construction and fabrication: MicMac Estructuras (Johan Guerrero) Steel construction and fabrication: Rhometal Roberto Chavez Water systems consultant: Miguel Nieto Solar systems consultant: Teoaonalli (Oscar Matus) kitchen consultants: Piacere Charly Trujillo
To say Elliot Page has endured a lot during his time in Hollywood has been an understatement. The actor’s upcoming memoir Pageboys wastes no time getting into the nitty gritty about his experiences as a queer person in the limelight (via People), including a secret relationship with a closed co-star and the “famous asshole” who once verbally assaulted him at a star-studded party.
In the memoir, Page uses “Ryan” as the code name for a co-star he began seeing romantically after they met on set; Ryan, a woman who wasn’t gay yet, would hold Page’s hand at work. But she pretended to be just platonic friends with Page when they were out — if they even acknowledged each other at all. Still, the pair kept up a relationship for two years.
“Some of my friends didn’t even know I was in a relationship,” Page said. “Ultimately, I do think she loves me. We loved each other and that was very real in our bubble. It was fantastic. You know, it was really beautiful. I admired her and how she inspired me in many ways. But the hidden feeling was far too painful. That was impossible and not a sustainable relationship at all. And it taught me that I wasn’t gonna do that again.”
But where is Page likely didn’t feel hidden was a 2014 birthday party in Los Angeles, at which she was approached by an “acquaintance” and fellow well-known actor. Page recalls this actor telling him: “You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men.”
The actor’s verbal attacks then got more violent, adding: “I’m going to fuck you to make you realize you aren’t gay.” When the two ran into each other later on, Page said this person told him: “I don’t have a problem with gay people I swear.”
But thankfully, Page has also found peace in “the sort of ease and the ability to exist” he’s felt since coming out as trans in 2020. We’ll be able to read more about that journey when Pageboys comes out June 6th — you can pre-order a copy here.
Last year, Page appeared in Season 3 of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
The Pitch: Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a tough, grizzled secret agent who hops around the globe, taking down bad guys and saving the world — all while his suburban family is none the wiser. Yes, that’s the plot of True Liesbut it’s also the plot of Netflix’s FUBAR, Arnold’s first time as the lead of a television show (at 75!). Here, he plays the 65-year-old (sure) Luke Brunner, whose civilian cover is running a boutique gym equipment store with his ex-wife Tally (Fabiana Udenio) when he’s not swanning off to punch more terrorists in the face.
But his own double life gets a huge reality check when, on his latest mission to stop a South American drug lord (Gabriel Luna), he discovers that his estranged twentysomething daughter Emma (Top Gun: Maverick‘s Monica Barbaro) is also on that mission, and it turns out she‘s been a CIA agent this whole time too! The shock!
With their respective covers blown, they’re forced to finally work together and hash out their professional and personal issues — all while figuring out how to keep their superspy lives a secret from their loved ones.
Leveraging Arnold’s Star Power: There’s something innately charming, and yet deeply cynical, about the concept of ol’ Arnie coming back to TV for a retread of the kind of work he made his nut on in the ’80s and ’90s. In his post-Governatorial career, Schwarzenegger has tried mightily to return to the movie-star fold (Terminators: Dark Fate, the Expendables series) and stretch his legs as a dramatic actor (Maggie). But most recently, he’s leaned into the kind of cheeky meta-humor nature of his own casting. In this respect, FUBAR feels not unlike the excellent Taran Killam vehicle Killing Gunther — a milquetoast comedy whose entire premise hinges on audiences saying, “Hey, that’s Arnold! Doing Arnoldstuff! I remember that!”
But the“True Liesbut what if a father and daughter are both the spy?” premise holds some promises, and to be fair the show’s most effective moments come when Schwarzenegger and Barbaro get to explore this in depth. at its heart, FUBAR is a show about a distant father realizing his daughter’s going down the same flawed path he is, and trying to keep her from making the same mistakes. That stuff’s pretty interesting, and the pair have some solid chemistry when they get to sit down and talk about how the allure of their exciting secret lives can pull them away from the people they love the most.
To be fair to the former Mr. Universe, he’s giving it as much as he can at his advanced age. His Luke Brunner is hardly the beefy superman of commando and predators; the show’s modest budget doesn’t hide the seams between Arnold and his army of stunt doubles very aptly. But let’s see you dive behind crates while shooting pistols when you hit your golden years!