A Brief History of MTV Trying to Make Old Hits New Again

MTV announced Thursday that it was creating MTV Studios, which will develop new shows and revive old favorites for a variety of platforms and partners. Revivals of “Daria” (with the writer Grace Edwards, from “Inside Amy Schumer”), “The Real World” and “Aeon Flux,” as well as new projects such as “Straight Up Ghosted” (in which subjects attempt to reconnect with the people who have ghosted them) are among the projects the network will presumably try to sell to services like Netflix and Amazon. “With MTV Studios, we are for the…

A Viewer’s Guide to ‘The Great British Baking Show’

Contestants on Season 5 of “The Great British Baking Show” stand with that season’s judges, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, center.CreditLove Productions You may be feeling depressed by the news cycle lately, or by life in these United States of America in general. Even TV has been getting darker and darker, it seems. Fortunately, our allies (at least at the time of writing) across the pond have come to our aid this week with another season of the powerful antidepressant known as “The Great British Baking Show,” which begins Friday…

Forget ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Get Out’: Most Directors Were White Men in 2017, Study Says

For all the outcry over #OscarsSoWhite and the paucity of women and people of color in prominent roles onscreen and behind the scenes, diversity among film directors remained low last year, according to a report issued Thursday by the Directors Guild of America. The high-profile successes of “Wonder Woman,” directed by Patty Jenkins, and Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” may have suggested the situation was changing across the board. But the report painted a mixed picture: For films produced and released domestically in 2017 that made $250,000 or more at the…

Review: ‘The King’ Chases the American Dream and Elvis

Wildly ambitious, thoroughly entertaining and embellished with some snaky moves, Eugene Jarecki’s documentary “The King” is a lot like its nominal subject, Elvis Presley. In part, it tells the familiar story of the poor little boy who became a king. But Mr. Jarecki has a second, larger and more complicated story he wants to address, too: that of the United States. Tying one man’s body to the body politic, he seeks to turn Presley’s life — from ravishing, thrilling youth to ravaging, putrefying fame — into the story of the…

A Second Quadrille Set to Start the Joyce Theater Season

The coming season at the Joyce Theater will include the returns of Twyla Tharp and the “NY Quadrille,” as well as a dance play starring James Whiteside and a debut program from Beth Gill. “We want to introduce new companies and choreographers to our audience,” said Linda Shelton, the executive director of the Joyce, in an interview. “But we also don’t want to forget about companies that have been here and have a history here and call the Joyce Theater their home.” To inaugurate the season in late September, five…

‘Luke Cage’ Season 2: A New Villain and Respectability Politics

I think what happens with a quote-unquote “brawny” action show, people say, “Oh well, great, if you have a female director she’s going to be great with the emotions, but then when it comes to the camera, when it comes to action, she’s not going to know what to do with it.” And that’s just really — I mean, it’s frankly [expletive]. But, if you want to see real change, it has to start in places where people wouldn’t expect to see a female director, and that was one of…

Fun Things to Do This Weekend: Pride, Summer Solstice and Sensory Overload in Brighton Beach

Tatiana Restaurant and Nightclub, Brighton Beach What’s the Plan? It’s 10:30 p.m. A besuited waiter swoops through the dark, teetering your fourth meat-and-cream course on the metal stand that’s already piled with dishes that you will never, ever finish. He’s now topping up your stemmed shot glass; you thank him, but can barely manage to tear your eyes off the Russian dancers dressed in bright, billowy pants, twirling and stomping to broadly “ethnic” music and disco lights. This is Tatiana, Brighton Beach’s favorite Russian-inspired supper club, and it is an…

In the Capital of Electronic Music, Women Rule the Scene

BERLIN — Not long after 4 a.m. on a recent Sunday, Kerstin Egert (a.k.a. Tama Sumo), a resident D.J. of the revered techno club Berghain, was playing to a raucous, packed dance floor in the club’s upstairs Panorama Bar. As is usual at that hour, the line outside was long and getting longer, in this case for a lineup that included the Dutch-born producer Steffi; the Munich-bred D.J. Virginia; and Avalon Emerson, an American techno producer who has emerged as one of the most sought-after D.J.s on the international touring…

Review: Vengeance Is Hers in ‘Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts’

An unwavering slow burn, “Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” goes down exactly as announced. Marlina, a young widow living in remote Indonesia, spills blood in a story that plays out in four discrete acts. Each of the titled acts telegraphs some impending event (“The Robbery,” “The Birth”) and is clearly meant to create a mild sense of anticipation, much like the movie’s own explanatory title. Mostly, these are self-aware art-film touches ornamenting a blunt rape-revenge story that leans heavily and sometimes effectively on its sweeping landscapes, aesthetic violence, nods…