Whenever it’s announced that a bona fide drag celebrity will be visiting Japan, the community here starts buzzing.“Manila Luzon? You know that she is the G.O.A.T.,” one drag devotee, using an acronym that spells out “greatest of all time,” told me three months ago when Luzon’s arrival was announced. “I am actually so shaken and excited they are bringing her to Japan.”Dec. 1 saw the third and most successful installment of Tokyo’s preeminent drag show Opulence, combining some of Japan’s best local drag talent with three of the celebrity drag queens from the hit TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: Luzon, Trinity the Tuck and Kylie Sonique Love. All three queens were immensely popular casting choices, but Luzon — one of drag’s first internationally recognized Filipina American celebrities and the award-winning host of the “Drag Den” television series from the Philippines — was the name that seemed to send Shinjuku Ni-chōme (Tokyo’s traditionally LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood) into a spin. And now, the G.O.A.T. herself had arrived.
Turns out that back in the day, 1925 in Soho to be precise, when John Logie Baird invented the TV, the first image he recorded was the head of a ventriloquist’s dummy (actually true, Stooky Bill, was his name, and yes Stooky was as spooky looking in real life; what was Baird thinking? Sick man, with all due respect).
Though she’s perhaps best known for her celebrity portraits, Goldsmith has had a richly varied creative career since the Seventies, turning her hand to everything from fine art to poetry. As her musical alter-ego Will Powers, she once collaborated with Todd Rundgren, Tom Bailey, Carly Simon, Nile Rodgers and Sting on a 1983 satirical self-help album; her photography spans from fine art and celebrity portraiture, to photojournalism for the National Geographic and the New Yorker, and shots of ‘the ordinary man”.
Held at venues in Naha, Okinawa, from Nov. 23 to 29, the first Cinema at Sea festival presented an ambitious and carefully curated program of films from Okinawa as well as Japan, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. A keyword for the inaugural event was “diversity,” as festival director Huang Yin-yu and his programming team reached beyond major film production centers to places and peoples underrepresented in world cinema.“We don’t have separate fiction and documentary awards,” Huang says in an interview at Naha’s Sakurazaka Theater, a main festival site. “One reason is that a lot of islands make very few fiction films. Also, many islands have minorities living there without much of a chance to have their voices heard in cinema. It’s easier for them to start with documentaries. So it’s very important for us to include them. As someone with a documentary background, I believe cinema is cinema.”One example of this programming policy is “God Is a Woman,” Swiss-Panamanian director Andres Peyrot’s documentary that examines the complex feelings the Kuna, indigenous people living on Panama’s San Blas Islands, have about an unreleased documentary made about them in 1975 by acclaimed French filmmaker Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau. Kuna elders interviewed by Peyrot recall Gaisseau’s stay — and his exoticizing approach to their culture — with a mix of nostalgia and criticism. However, when they finally see a print of the film at a public screening, four decades after Gaisseau shot it, their reaction to seeing themselves, as well as long-departed relatives, is simply moving.
But this is where Theroux comes into his own. Nodding, with that trademark ‘slightly perplexed look and furrowed brow’, he waits – until Walters bursts out laughing, “Noted, good bants”, Theroux smiles. After that, the chat thaws considerably. They clown around, do weights together and head to Whitstable to eat oysters. They do indeed talk about the low times of prison, and the random attack that nearly killed him when he was a teen.
However, fans were shocked to see the price tags for the purchasables. Players can choose from three bundles, the most expensive of which costs a whopping 4,000 V-Bucks. That makes it the priciest cosmetic on Fortnite, according to reputable leaker HypeX.
And truly, the trailer looks fantastic, promising a gangster game that is thrillingly real and excitingly trashy, set in the Miami-like Vice City. It delivered on looking stunningly new while also hitting the nostalgia that surrounds such a franchise, and sucks everyone in from all generations. Like its predecessors, it’s loud, garish, all kinds of wrong, a Grand Guignol of American excess: money, cars, violence, sex, crime.
For Love You So, Net Influencer found it has made £92,047 in royalties and had a 5 per cent playlist increase between August and October 2023. This came after it featured in 450 playlists created by users. The company also found that Tollan Kim’s Aesthetic netted a reported £32,000 in streaming income and was a hit on Spotify — despite not having any lyrics.
The earlier procession began in Ringsend before making its way over McMahon Bridge, along Pearse Street and then down Westland Row and onward to Sweny’s on Lincoln Place. Along the way the cortege paused several times, as the Artane Band played Pogues songs.
However, users on X (formerly Twitter) said they had received the error code CE-107982-7 when attempting to download games. There are also multiple reports on Reddit from users who have encountered the issue, many of them shared on a three-year-old post.