Summer blockbuster season is upon us, and returning this summer are those famous alien-hunting bureaucrats, who are back in Men in Black 3. This time, Will Smith’s Agent J goes back in time to work alongside a young Agent K, played by the brilliantly gruff and rugged Josh Brolin. Brolin’s no stranger to that kind of role—if anything, it’s a stretch for him to be in a comedy. Brolin, of course, has had a decades-long career, starting out as a teen heartthrob in The Goonies. But his roles in recent years—as Llewelyn Moss in No Country for Old Men, Tom Chaney in True Grit, George W. Bush in W.—have defined him as the go-to guy to play the modern cowboy. Has Josh Brolin sparked the return of the American Man? In the cover story of our upcoming June/July issue, BlackBook Editor-in-Chief Joshua David Stein explores Brolin’s career and how he might be one of the last great American men.
Speaking of returns, Fiona Apple is back with one of the most anticipated albums of the summer: The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do. I’m lucky not only to have gotten an early listen to the new album (spoiler alert: it’s fantastic!), but I also sat down with Apple to talk about working on new music, how much has changed within the music industry since her last album, and that infamous speech she gave at the Video Music Awards. We also went to dinner with Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt, and writer/director Lynn Shelton; the three women discuss their upcoming film, Your Sister’s Sister, and how it shows a different approach to the modern American family. We also check in with Emily Mortimer, star of the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-helmed HBO series The Newsroom, Patrick Duffy, who reflects on the reboot of the classic soap Dallas, and Marina Abramović, whose ground-breaking performance piece The Artist is Present is the subject of a new documentary.
You’ll also get a look at the fantastic new films, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Lawless, as well as the hotel openings in Chile and Morocco, the sophistication of Las Vegas, and the apparent classiness of Atlantic City. And there’s plenty more we can’t even describe in a single blog post! Check out The Comeback Issue, on newsstands early next month, and, as always, check back here for full coverage!