Louvre Museum Offers Protection for Endangered Cultural Treasures


War doesn't just destroy cities, homes, and lives—it also destroys culture. As The Guardian reports, the Louvre Museum in Paris has offered to protect art treasures rescued from conflict-ridden countries in a new conservation and storage facility in northern France.

French President François Hollande announced the proposal earlier this week while unveiling a plaque for the Louvre’s new building in Liévin, France, scheduled to open in 2019. “The principle role of the Liévin site will be to house the Louvre Museum’s stored collection," The Guardian quoted Hollande as saying, "... but it could have another role, sadly linked to the events, dramas, tragedies that we see in the world.” The president was referencing the recent destruction of cultural and UNESCO-World Heritage sites in Syria and Iraq by terrorist groups like The Islamic State (ISIS).

Hollande intentionally chose to reveal the plaque while visiting the Louvre-Lens, a regional branch of the Louvre in Pas-de-Calais. He was there to open a new exhibition, "History Begins in Mesopotamia," which runs through January 2017. “This show has not come about by chance,” Holland said (as quoted in The Art Newspaper). “We wanted it at the moment when heritage was under threat in Iraq and Syria.”

Hollande plans to officially extend The Louvre’s offer of protection at a French-led international conference on the effects of terrorism on culture, held in December at the new Louvre Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. There, representatives from about 40 countries will discuss ways to combat antiquities trafficking, memorialize destroyed sites, and rescue and restore endangered cultural artifacts from other countries. 

[h/t The Guardian]

Space Force: The Office's Greg Daniels and Steve Carell Aren't in Scranton Anymore

Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
Steve Carell stars in Greg Daniels's Space Force.
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Greg Daniels and Steve Carell helped to make TV history when they collaborated on NBC's The Office. Now they've teamed up again for a brand-new show—and they're clearly not in Scranton anymore.

Daniels, who developed the American adaptation of The Office and co-created Parks and Recreation, is back with another workplace comedy—this time for Netflix and taking place in space. Space Force will follow Carell as the protagonist, and also stars big-name actors such as Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, and John Malkovich. As the title indicates, it's believed to be a spoof on Donald Trump's military branch of the same name.

This week, the first official images for Space Force were released, showing Carell and his co-stars in action—and it appears the beloved actor will have his hands full as the head of the Space Force.

In addition to starring in the series, Carell is also its co-creator (alongside Daniels) and one of its executive producers. Space Force will arrive on Netflix on May 29, 2020. In the meantime, you can check out some of the early images from the series below.

John Malkovich stars in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Lisa Kudrow in 'Space Force'
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Jimmy O. Yang in Space Force
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Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz in 'Space Force'
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YouTube Will Air a Different Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical for Free Each Friday

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018.
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Broadway may have temporarily shut down all productions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, but Andrew Lloyd Webber is here to make sure that musical theater aficionados still get their fill of top-notch content for the foreseeable future.

According to Broadway Direct, Webber’s production company, The Really Useful Group, has partnered with Universal on a new YouTube channel called “The Shows Must Go On!,” which will air a different Webber musical each Friday at 2 p.m. EST on YouTube. If you can’t tune in right at that time, don’t worry—the show will stay posted for 48 hours after it airs.

The series debuted last Friday, April 3, with 1999’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which stars Donny Osmond in the titular role and an ultra-talented supporting cast with Richard Attenborough, Maria Friedman, Joan Collins, and more. This week’s offering, tying in nicely with Easter, will be the 2012 Live Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tim Minchin, Melanie C—a.k.a. the Spice Girls’ Sporty Spice—and Ben Forster. (If you’re interested in comparing it with 2018’s live concert version with John Legend and Sara Bareilles, you can catch that on NBC this Sunday.)

The schedule for future Fridays hasn’t been released yet, but Webber did mention in the announcement that it’ll include what he calls “the most important one, my disaster musical, By Jeeves,” a 1975 production based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories. Other potential productions that could be part of the series include The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, School of Rock, and, of course, Cats.

In addition to full-length Broadway musicals, the channel will also post individual songs and behind-the-scenes content about how musicals go from stage to screen. You can subscribe to the channel here so you don’t miss any opportunity for a living room singalong.

[h/t Broadway Direct]