It's an interesting theme this week, especially for Nellie, who is so overloaded with nerves it's amazing she doesn't just topple over. Of course, there are a few people who might be overconfident. Aylin thinks she's the very epitome of fearlessness, as she's had to overcome growing up in a conservative Muslim household. I suspect that actually won't be the topic of the video this week, so she may want to cool her jets. If we've learned anything about reality TV competition, it's that whenever you're expecting something, an unexpected take on things is going to smack you in the face like a cold cup full of slushy.
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Having written pretty much everything we could about Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here, it's high time we finally shut up about it. It's been a long strange trip. And the film is in the unique position of having built interest on the way to its home video release more so than its theatrical release, so with that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to solicit opinions today as it hits DVD/Blu-ray. So please, offer up your thoughts on the film when you get around to seeing it. You can rate it above but I'm most interested in whatever dialogue we can generate in the comments section below, so don't be shy. I look forward to your take.
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic -- Kenneth Lonergan begins our interview with a stumble -- a literal one, as he trips himself trotting up the stairs to our plush riverside hotel lounge in loosely laced sneakers, sheepishly proffering a hand as he breaks his fall. He cheerily mocks his own gracelessness, but still seems a little outside his rhythm as he takes a seat, sugaring his cappuccino with a light tremble of the hand. He crinkles the paper sachet as his gentle gaze finds me through two-tone spectacles. He is not, I suspect, a man given to visible and expansive relaxation.
And yet Lonergan must be feeling more relaxed than he has done in many a year -- and not only because all practical realities seem a little further away in the mountain air and fierce sun of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where his second feature film as a director has just been unveiled to an appreciative Czech crowd. That film, "Margaret," was, for five years, something of a creative millstone around the literate, soft-spoken New York playwright and screenwriter's neck -- tangled in post-production complications that have become the stuff of industry lore, not to mention an ongoing lawsuit.
I'm guessing every development executive in Los Angeles spent the long 4th of July weekend playing video games. That's the only explanation.
"God Of War" has been in the works as a movie for a while now through Atlas Entertainment, with Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner producing. They originally had David Self attached as the film's writer, but now it looks like Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been chosen to help get the film ready for production.
If you were a fan of "Project Greenlight," then you remember Melton and Dunstan as the writers of "Feast." If you're a horror movie fan, then you probably know them from their work on the "Saw" series. And if you're a development exec in town, you probably read their spec "Monstropolis," and you know that they were brought in to do some of the production rewrites on Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Pacific Rim."
Ah yes, it's summer again, and with hellishly hot weather and blood-sucking bugs comes that other given -- filler network programming. That means lots of reality TV shows and lots of re-runs. On the bright side, this dearth of compelling TV makes reading books a lot more interesting. Another upside is that, on occasion, a show that isn't an obvious home run will sneak in through the cracks. While "NY Med" is only sporadically gripping, it's interesting enough to make me set my DVR. Ironically, what ABC considers their biggest selling point in the show may in fact be the weakest, but let's jump to the 12-hour erection. If "NY Med" knows anything, it's how to start things off with a bang (or bang that wasn't, I suppose).
Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole is hanging it up. In a statement released by his publicist, the actor said, "It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it won't come back."
There's nothing worse than being on a track once filled with inspiration long after that well has dried up. So as sad as it might be, I'm happy O'Toole recognizes that the art, the work, the business, whatever, is no longer doing it for him. At any age we should focus on what moves us, what inspires us, and relinquish what doesn't. If we can.
O'Toole never won a competitive Oscar. In fact, he holds the record for nominations without a win amongst actors. His first was a high bar, for "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1963, and a tough loss to Gregory Peck for "To Kill a Mockingbird." Who's going to argue with Peck in that? His most recent came for "Venus" in 2006, four years after he was awarded an Honorary Oscar by the Academy.
Band of Horses’ fourth album, “Mirage Rock,” will come out Sept. 18 via Brown/Columbia.
Fans who pre-order the album will also receive the track “Ego Nightmare.” Those ordering in the U.S. or Canada will receive first single “Knock Knock” as soon as they order. The band debuted another new song, "Long Vows" during its performance at Lollapalooza Brazil. It also released a snippet of the beautiful "Dumpster World" last month.
The band recorded the album, the follow-up to the band’s 2010 Grammy-nominated “Infinite Arms,” in Los Angeles with producer Glyn Johns.
“Mirage Rock” track listing:
01. Knock Knock
02. How To Live
03. Slow Cruel Hands of Time
04. A Little Biblical
05. Shut-In Tourist
06. Dumpster World
07. Electric Music
08. Everything's Gonna Be Undone
10. Long Vows
11. Heartbreak On the 101
Frank Ocean’s “Channel ORANGE” has dropped a week early. Fans can stream all 18 tracks (several of them interstitial) here or buy the set on iTunes.
Ocean, a member of Odd Future, has been all over the news lately after sharing in a moving message on his Tumblr page that his first love was a man, although he never identified himself as gay or bisexual. Some of the material on solo album “Channel ORANGE” addresses that relationship. For example on “Sierra Leone,” he sings about being so in love, he and his paramour are “acting like teenagers” and have even run out of Trojans. A number of other R&B and rap artists, including Beyonce, have sent out message of support.
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This is an entertainment news site, and new 'Call Me Maybe' covers and parodies is no new news. But sometimes something so momentous and earth-jolting happens, that our hand is forced, in order to give you what it is that you needed.
And what you needed was a version of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," as performed by "Sesame Street" star Cookie Monster in revamp "Share It Maybe.' We heard your halcyon cry. We answer it.
"Hey! Me just met you..." Prophet. Bard. Poet.
I don’t know exactly when over the last year that lyric videos became mandatory, but many acts now produce them as a stop-gap between when the audio single is released and the full official video. Some are exactly what the title implies: the song’s lyrics scrolled across the screen, others are fully-fleshed out ideas that could serve as the final video.
Pink’s video for “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” falls on the simpler end of the spectrum. In front of an array of backdrops, including the beach and a mosaic tile, a nose ring-wearing redhead with red, white and blue nail polish, opens her mouth, as the written lyrics appear as a word bubble out. She doesn’t even seem to be particularly singing or lipsyncing with the lyrics. It’s all shot close up so we seldom see her full face and with very quick cuts.
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It hardly feels like it, but we're already over a week into the back end of 2012's release calendar: technically, we've seen approximately half the films that will be eligible for awards consideration at the year's end.
Not that the eventual list of this year's Academy Award nominations will reflect as much, of course. It's a well-known law of the awards game that early releases tend to suffer most in the Oscar game, as voters with notoriously short memories forget notable accomplishments from the January-to-June window, while studios, mindful of that fact, barrage them with baity prestige fare in the year's final quarter. Occasionally, a "Crash," a "Hurt Locker" or a "Silence of the Lambs" bucks the odds and hangs in for the long haul, but it takes sustained critical and/or public conversation and cunning campaign savvy to do so -- the work, as ever in this business, is almost never enough.
Early as it seems to you and me to be thinking about this stuff, the gears have already started grinding for the 2012 Screen Actors' Guild Awards. The panel of 2,100 members voting for this year's nominees has already been randomly selected from the Guild's vast membership, while yesterday, the submissions process was opened -- actors and their representatives hoping to compete for the awards this year have until October 25 to enter their names for consideration in the category of their choosing.
Yes, unlike at the Oscars, actors get to determine whether they compete in the leading or supporting race at the SAGs -- which has resulted in several mismatches with the Oscar list over the years. Most recently, Kate Winslet won a supporting SAG and a leading Oscar for "The Reader"; a few years before, Benicio Del Toro won both awards, with the categorizations flipped, for "Traffic."