Maybe you caught it in Michel Hazanavicius’s 2011 silent film “The Artist” — the one criticized by “Vertigo” actress Kim Novak because “it is morally wrong … to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended.” The jury may still be out on Novak’s moral claims, but plenty of video artists have since mashed up Hermann’s work with all sorts of titles. And you know what? They proved her right: Vertigo’ing pretty much any movie moment can class up the crappiest of ‘em.
- Verizon and unions representing 39,000 workers have reached an agreement that should end the largest U.S. strike in since 2011.
- Twenty-three athletes who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London have failed retrospective doping tests, officials say.
- Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan. The "memory of August 6, 1945 must never fade."