Day: June 22, 2016

Frazier Museum holding major Julius Friedman exhibit

lballetThe Julius Friedman: Fifty Year Retrospective opening Friday will feature some of the Louisville artist’s most iconic posters, including “Toe on Egg” (left), his famous Louisville Ballet poster of a dancer’s shoe balanced on an egg. In all, the exhibit will include more than 200 works.

Friedman’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and in other institutions across North America, Asia and Europe.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 9. More about the artist.

The Frazier is at 829 W. Main St. on Museum Row at the corner of Ninth and Main streets. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $12. More ticket information.

Bidding hits fever pitch for $20M Lawrence’s ‘Bad Blood’ biopic about disgraced startup techie Holmes

Boulevard reviews the latest media coverage of the Oscar-winning Louisville native in our exclusive Jennifer Lawrence Diary™. Today’s news, rated on a scale of 1-5 stars:

Five starsBidding on one of Lawrence’s newest projects — about disgraced Silicon Valley medical lab entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes — went nuts last night as nine companies offered $3 million to $4 million for director Adam McKay‘s screenplay, according to Deadline. The film, so far called “Bad Blood,” has a budget of $40 million to $50 million.

The trade site says the movie has “all the requisites for the big packages studios are responding to right now: hot-button subject matter, McKay coming off his Oscar for “Big Short” and Oscar winner Lawrence, 25, who usually finds herself in the Academy Awards mix on prestige projects, most recently ‘Joy.'”

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Lawrence (left) and Holmes.

Holmes, 32, launched Theranos in 2003, with claims it could test blood with only a pinprick vs. the traditional method of drawing blood by injection. That pumped up the company’s valuation to $9 billion as recently as two years ago, according to Deadline. The company has since come under investigation over claims of inaccurate testing. And Holmes’ own worth — at one point valued at $4.5 billion for her 50% stake — has fallen to a fraction of that.

Lawrence’s $52 million, and counting

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Bear with Louisville Film Society’s 8th Annual Flyover Film Festival

PrintThe five films in the July 24-29 festival include “Bear with Us, Kentucky,” an oddball comedy about a vicious bear derailing an otherwise romantic marriage proposal. Louisvillians will recognize hometown actor and Walden Theatre alumnus Collin Smith.

The festival will host events at the Kentucky Center, Speed Cinema, Baxter Avenue Theaters and Copper & Kings, according to WFPL. All-access passes are $45; details here.

Why’s it called “flyover”? Maybe because of this.

FAA drone rules buzz Amazon; KFC launches smartphone charging gadget, and McD paces Yum with $3B China bids

A news summary, focused on 10 big employers; updated 4:36 p.m.

AMAZON‘s plans to use drones for delivery were slowed yesterday when the Obama Administration released new rules limiting their use, including over urban areas. The Federal Aviation Administration said commercial drones are OK so long as the drone and its payload weigh less than 55 lbs., stays within unaided sight of their pilot, and operators pass a test every two years. In addition, each drone must have its own pilot (Guardian). Also yesterday, Amazon said it’s expanding grocery delivery service to Boston (Boston Inno). The retail giant employs 6,000 employees in the Louisville area, and thousands more across the state.

KFC: In India, the fast-chicken giant has introduced its latest mobile technology to lure younger diners: Watt a Box, a 5-in-1 meal box that comes with a Chicken Zinger, two hot wings, hash browns, a chocolate pie, Pepsi and a 6,100 mAh Lithium-ion battery to charge smartphones. The device isn’t sold, but instead can be won as part of a week-long competition; watch the demo video, above (The Memo). Some customers aren’t so thrilled, however: Testers who charged an iPhone with the box said it only gained 17% battery after charging for half-an-hour, during which time the powerbank became completely drained (Eater).

Meanwhile, in an unusually public spat with an employer, Darrell Hammond — the Saturday Night Live comedian hired to play Colonel Sanders in the new KFC commercials — says the company “played” him into thinking he’d have the gig permanently. He was later replaced by another SNL veteran, Norm Macdonald, in what’s now a running joke of actor switches (Hollywood Reporter). Indeed, it’s part of the script in comedian Jim Gaffigan’s version:

Here are spots by Hammond and MacDonald, who’s none-too-pleased with the switch, either.

YUM: As Yum gears up to spin off its China operations in October, rival McDonald’s has received more than half a dozen bids for its China and Hong Kong stores, including from Beijing Tourism Group, Sanpower and ChemChina, in an auction that could fetch up to $3 billion. In March, McDonalds said it was reorganising its Asian operations by bringing in partners who would own the restaurants within a franchise business (Reuters).

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Speed unveils van Eyck’s ‘Virgin and Child’ from the Frick

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On loan: “Virgin and Child, with Saints and Donor,” about 1441-43.

Jan van Eyck  (c. 1390 to July 9, 1441) was one of the first artists to master oil paint. His skill rendering light effects and highlights made him internationally famous, according to The Courier-Journal.

“Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor” is being show in Kentucky for the first time. It’s on loan to the Speed for what amounts to a swap with the Frick Collection of New York. The Speed recently loaned Anthony van Dyck’s “Portrait of a Woman” to the Frick for a special exhibit on the artist. In return, the Frick is sharing its van Eyck painting with the Louisville museum.

The Frick acquired the painting in 1954; here’s how the museum describes it: The Virgin, holding the Child, stands in majesty on an Oriental carpet, enframed by a sumptuous brocade canopy and hanging inscribed AVE GRA[TIA] PLE[N]A (Hail [Mary] full of grace). She is attended by St. Barbara, with her attribute of the tower in which she was imprisoned rising behind her, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who gave up her crown to become a nun, and a kneeling Carthusian monk.

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