Thursday’s Art Notes
—‘Flare II’ by Antony Gormley is on display in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral until late 2010. The installation is the latest piece in the St Paul’s Cathedral Arts Project. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images.
A major motion picture on the life of Frank Sinatra will be directed by Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio, reports various sources. The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald asks and tries to answer the obvious question: How believable will Ol’ Blue Eyes’ legendary voice be coming out of the face of DiCaprio?
Imagine, if you will, DiCaprio acting out a scene like this:
The Wall Street Journal also piqued our interest with a story about the resurgence of radio drama: “It was all but gone by the 1960s, killed off by television. Yet now that TV must contend with the Internet, the Internet has given radio drama a whisper of new life.”
While the internet might be giving new life to radio drama, the Guardian’s Music Blog asks, “Has the internet killed the myth of the rock star?” According to Mark Beaumont, we’re in danger of destroying rock-star mystique because the Web doesn’t really care about image.
Former “Tonight Show’ host Conan O’Brien is now on Twitter and his first tweet is a plea for help. As we noted Wednesday, Jay Leno returns as host of the show on Monday. (P.S. Art Beat is on Twitter, too. Follow us here.)