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As Kenneth Turan Leaves the Los Angeles Times, Film Critics Face a Post-Theatrical Age

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While movie critics make a swift pivot as theaters close, one respected veteran hangs up his spurs.

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“I have some big news,” the Los Angeles Times lead film critic Kenneth Turan tweeted on Wednesday. “After close to 30 years in the most exciting and rewarding of jobs, I am stepping away from being a daily film critic for the Los Angeles Times. I will keep writing about film but at a different pace. To quote Ecclesiastes, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ Looking forward to what’s to come.”

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The outpouring of praise for Turan, who is 73, was intense and immediate. “The maestro takes a bow,” responded The New York Times lead film critic A.O. Scott on Twitter, who himself stepped down from full-time daily criticism on March 15 for one year, leaving that task to his fellow lead critic Manohla Dargis. In his case, taking the title of Critic at Large as he writes “bigger, cross-topic essays,” per The NYT, was long-planned.

But there was more to the response to Turan’s departure than one veteran hanging up his spurs. Before the pandemic, film critics were already struggling to survive in a fragile newspaper economy that whittled out hundreds of working critics. And since theaters closed down last week, critics are trying to figure out how to function in a post-theatrical world. Write essays about why movies matter? Recommend classic movies on TCM to watch at home? Review anniversary DVDs? Pivot to television and streaming?

Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang at Sundance

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Turan opted out as a daily critic after almost three decades on the film beat. After joining the paper in 1991, the Brooklyn-born former book editor became known for refusing to revel in screen violence, a humanistic approach to movies, a deep understanding of how movies are crafted, and most notoriously, for panning Oscar-winning blockbuster “Titanic,” driving James “King of the World” Cameron into attack mode. Turan kept his job for 22 more years, outlasting fellow critics Sheila Benson, Peter Rainer, Kevin Thomas, and Michael Wilmington. His last review, on March 12, was of the German escape thriller “Balloon.”

The departing Turan promises to contribute film essays and think pieces, and leaves in place gifted critic Justin Chang, who moved over to the Times after paying his dues at Variety. How many other senior critics will look at their exit packages differently as there are no new Friday openings in theaters?

No matter when and how the planet emerges from this crisis, the world will never be the same. And on the Hollywood side, some movie theaters will survive, and some will not. The studios will continue to play their expensive movies in brick-and-mortar houses because that’s the only way for them to make their money. And reviewers are part of that necessary branding, especially for arthouses that need word of mouth to build a must-see title. “Without your movie in theatrical release,” said Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, “your movie is not the same. The rest is television.”

But there’s a strong likelihood that an already vulnerable movie ecosystem could emerge smaller and more fragile. Culture departments are all trying to figure out how to cover the arts during this challenging time.

Filing from home for The Boston Globe, critic Ty Burr soldiers on, reviewing the major on-demand releases every week, “curating the ones I think readers might be interested in,” he wrote in an email. (This week: “Swallow,” “The Banker,” “Inside the Rain,” and “Bacurau,” which is showing via Kino Lorber through the websites of 80 different indie arthouses, including Boston’s Coolidge Corner.) “Also writing a column on free streaming movie options. Next week? Who knows — I’m figuring it out as I go along. But, interestingly, this is less of a jolt than I was expecting. The slow-burn distribution revolution I was expecting might actually turn into a fait accompli and a coup d’etat.”

For his part Wall Street Journal critic Joe Morgenstern is staying put (at home in Los Angeles) in advance of his 25th anniversary at the paper on May 1. “I never imagined I’d be spending it this way, an insistent big-screen apostle watching movies on the flat-screen display — the quite gorgeous display — in my living room,” he wrote in an email. “And I’m as horrified and frightened as everyone else by what’s going on around us. But the reporter in me, as well as the critic, can’t pass up a chance to write about this hurtling transformation of the movie business. I keep wanting to see what comes next.”

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The cumpleños most bitter of Miguel Bosé

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Miguel Bosé measured as no one their steps in public. In him nothing is casual. Or a photo in Instagram it is. It shields his life on the margins of the scenarios like no one else. A proof of this is that for 26 years has not made a reference to her partner Nacho Palau, with whom he raised their four children, two biological processes for each one. But since 12 days ago his mother died, Lucia Bosé, shows her emotions on the social networks as recognition to the actress. In the midst of this duel, the singer meets this Friday to 64 years. What does in Mexico, where it has been installed for about two years and where he received the news of his orphanhood.

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March will be for Miguel Bosé a month to forget. That have been the pillars of his personal life have been shaken. On the one hand, the death of his mother, a woman who at 89 years of age he kept a joyful spirit and a desire to live commendable and with whom he was now a smooth relationship after times of disagreements that came to the last nine years. But in that moment because no one wants to talk about in the family because in the background the singer and the actress never ceased to worship, although his character they put in the occasion in the disparadero.

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None of their three children feared for the life of her mother, who looked bigger, but with a health controlled, until a pneumonia repetitive ended up with it. Only Paola was with her when it all happened. In times of coronavirus-there are no goodbyes. Paola and Lucia remember her from the field in valencia and Miguel from Mexico. From the day that he died it is customary for the singer to post messages dedicated to his mother. The latter also includes her father, Luis Miguel Dominguín. This is a picture of both Picasso and the wife of this with the text: “And so was the blue of the Lucia of those years. ¡Great!”.

Days before using again their networks to support the initiative of your clubs fans make masks against the coronavirus of blue color, who defined his mother. “All united in a single color,” he said while throwing the label “AzulDeLucia”. All these tributes have been grateful for the singer. “Tod@s who with so much affection and respect you have had such beautiful words for my mother, I want to agradecéroslo. Is say and write things very exciting. I love you so much.”

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In the black month of march, of Miguel Bosé had another date marked on the calendar. A day after the death of his mother was summoned in a court of Madrid, which settles the lawsuit filed by Nacho Palau, first to establish the parentage of the children that have been raised in common until their separation and later to resolve outstanding issues between them. The emergence of the pandemic postponed the appointment, but did not end with the differences of the that it was a day couple. Bosé cure their sentences in Mexico and Palau lives with theirs in Chelv. Each one with their children, all of them considered as grandchildren by Lucia Bosé.

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Sech sings to the female empowerment

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The interpreter urban panamanian Sech presents his new single, Relationshipthat promises to be a tool of female empowerment.

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Produced by tell me Flow and Slow Mike (Miguel Andres Martinez Perea), the issue of the so-called “Stuffed” urban music is available on all digital platforms.

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Now everything changed / it’s her turn to / Mari and a bottle / thanks to the abuse / became beautiful / Now you want / and don’t want it”, exposes part of the letter that the proposal audiovisual shows how a woman picks up on your confidence in herself after escaping from a relationship toxic.

Similarly, in the 2019 Sech took a message to women about how to recover after a break through the simple Another drink.

This year the artist joined to four of the great figures in urban music, Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel and Bad Bunny. Now it took the turn to launch her first single album of the year 2020.

Relationship is the first song released from her upcoming album One on One.

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Chris Cuomo Tears Up While Discussing Coronavirus Fight: “It’s a Surreal Existence”

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The ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ host got emotional while remembering how his son was watching him sleep earlier in the day.

Chris Cuomo returned to airwaves while battling the coronavirus on Friday, during which time he offered an update on his condition, which he called a “surreal existence.”

During an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 with neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, the Cuomo Prime Time host said of his current condition, “I’m doing better than I deserve. Sanjay told me a few days ago — everything takes a few days to sink in with me — you can’t wake up expecting to be better like you have a cold or or a virus. You get depressed because it’s going to be a long slog and I accept that now. I get that this is going to be a long fight.”

He added, “I know I’m looking at about twice the time I’ve had so far, so that’s what it is. I’m lucky and I’m loved, and I just go day by day.”

When asked whether he’s worried about the virus, Cuomo said that he’s primarily concerned that his wife or children could catch the virus from him. He added that although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that 80 percent of people who die from coronavirus in the U.S. are 65 or older, “I see the 80 percent a little differently than I used to.” He said, “I have my kids sending me all these different cutouts on social media of mothers who’d died and 30-year-olds who died and 50-year-olds who died. There’s this acute awareness and appreciation.”

Cuomo added, starting to tear up, “I woke up this morning and I didn’t hear my son’s quad [bike] anymore, he’d been riding around and all of a sudden I didn’t hear it and he was watching me sleep. And I knew he was watching me because he was worried.” 

As for his daily routine, Cuomo said that he hasn’t been watching Netflix or keeping up on the news because he has been “so lethargic.” “It’s a really surreal existence,” he said. “It takes all of my energy to do a [segment] like this.”

Later on in the appearance, Cuomo, Cooper and Gupta spoke with Fire Department of New York paradmedic Aline Bocanegra-Reich, who has tested positive for coronavirus and is taking care of two children while her husband is also sick. “Honestly, I am very afraid of going back to work and possibly contracting this again,” she told the group. “Our needs aren’t going to be met, they haven’t been met. We’re in danger every single day and we still have to figure out a way to feed our family because we are paid so poorly.”

Ever since he first revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, the Cuomo Prime Time host has offered regular updates on his condition while continuing to host the show from his home. The TV host, who is the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has shared stories of hallucinations, chipping a tooth, insomnia and losing 13 pounds in three days from sweating so much.

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“The best medicine is to not get it. Prevention,” he told Anderson Cooper on March 31.

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