The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced this year's Honorary Oscar recipients, to be presented at the fifth annual Governors Awards in November.
Actress Angela Lansbury, a perennial possibility for this honor each year, will finally get an Oscar, alongside comedian Steve Martin and, in keeping with a recent dedication to the crafts branches, costume designer Piero Tosi. Actress Angelina Jolie will receive the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Ready to get freaked out? "American Horror Story: Coven" is, as we've come to expect, is releasing creepy, evocative imagery to get us excited about the season (debuting Oct. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on FX). This blink-and-you'll-miss-it teaser is just enough to assure us that we can expect more of the same from "AHS" as well as let us know that this season, it's all about the witches, yo.
Because HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” was created by one “Sopranos” alum (writer/producer Terence Winter), because it stars another (Steve Buscemi) and is crewed by many more (most notably lead director Tim Van Patten), and because it takes place in Tony Soprano’s home state — albeit way back in the 1920s — it was easy to wonder in the show’s early days if this would finally be the rightful heir to “The Sopranos” legacy. Instead, as “Boardwalk” returns for a fourth season Sunday night at 9, the classic HBO drama it seems to have more in common with is “The Wire.”
Drake released the track listing for his Sept. 24 album, “Nothing Was the Same” this morning, confirming that “Pound Cake,” his collaboration with Jay Z, will close out the set.
This most recent pairing follows Jay Z’s appearance on “Light Up” from Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later,” and Drake’s feature on “The Blueprint 3,” Jay Z’s 2009 album.
The other guests on the album include Detail on the track “305 To My City” and OVO duo Majid Jordan on “Hold On, We’re Going Home," which Drake dropped last week. Big Sean and 2 Chainz appear on “All Me,” one of two bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition.
Wu-Tang Clan does not appear on a track called “Wu-Tang Forever,” according to Complex, which also notes that Jhene Aiko, whom Drake had previously tweeted would be on the album, appears not to be on the track “From Time,” as originally expected.
First single, “Started From The Bottom,” reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1. Tuscan Leather
2. Furthest Thing
3. Started From The Bottom
4. Wu-Tang Forever
5. Own It
6. Worst Behavior
7. From Time
8. Hold On, We're Going Home (f/ Majid Jordan)
10. The Language
11. 305 To My City (f/ Detail)
12. Too Much?13. Pound Cake (f/ Jay Z) / Paris Morton Music 2
14. Come Thru
15. All Me (f/ Big Sean & 2 Chainz)
The maxim “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” certainly doesn’t apply to Emeli Sande’s new video, “My Kind Of Love.”
In the Sanji Senaka-directed clip, hateful words fly out of people’s mouths like bullets, inflicting real damage when they land. Whether it’s a lover’s quarrel, a spat between frenemies or a sweet little love story about a girl and her horse, the words have to power to do both serious emotional and physical damage.
The vignettes are interspersed with footage of Sande singing the mid-tempo emotional ballad in an abandoned warehouse. It’s a fascinating concept for a clip, but the execution seems a bit off and is blunted when, in one of the top 10 cliches in music videos, it starts raining indoors on Sande, soaking her as she sings.
“My Kind of Love (Red One and Alex P Remix)” goes top 40 radio next week and is Sande’s followup to her multi-format hit, “Next To Me.” The song appears on the deluxe version of Sande’s debut album, “Our Version of Events,” which comes out Oct. 8 via Target and iTunes. The deluxe edition also includes her collaboration with Labrinth, “Beneath Your Beautiful.”
While the Scottish singer’s star continues to climb in the U.S., she has already ascended to superstar status in the U.K.: “Our Version Of Events” was the top-selling album in England for 2012 and is leading 2013 so far.
Sande kicks off a two-week North American headlining tour on Oct. 10. Dates are below the video. She will appear on “Katie” Sept. 13 and “Austin City Limits” on Nov. 9.
EMELI SANDÉ - U.S. TOUR DATES
10/10 New York, NY iHeartRadio British Invasion w/Jake Bugg
10/11 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
10/12 Tampa, Florida The Ritz
10/14 Birmingham, AL Iron City Birmingham
10/15 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
10/17 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
10/18 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
10/19 Baltimore, MD Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
10/21 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/22 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
10/23 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
10/25 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room - Old National Centre
10/26 Chicago, IL Vic Theater
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With Venice almost completed, Telluride in the books and Toronto opening her red carpets to the world, the 2013-2014 awards season is in full swing. Last year, "Silver Linings Playbook" was the surprise at Toronto as "Argo" kept its Telluride momentum going. "Lincoln's" debut was over a month away and many pundits were getting smoke signals that "Zero Dark Thirty" might not even make its expected end-of-year release. So, yep, a lot can happen between now and Dec. 1st. Telluride, however, was quite, um, telling this year (as it increasingly steals Venice and Toronto's thunder). A number of films proved their worthiness (or not) there. With that in mind, let's review the countdown as it stands today, Sept. 5, 2013.
One of the words I use frequently when describing things, particularly things I like, is "pulp," and this summer, when I was at the San Diego Comic-Con, I found myself in a conversation with a reader who wasn't sure what I meant by that. It was a reminder that just because I love something or use something as a reference, it's not automatically something that everyone in my audience is going to understand or connect to, and I can't just leave it like that. The point of using a specific term like that is to give you some context for something, and truth be told, "pulp" is something that really doesn't occupy much of a space in modern pop culture. When I use that term to describe some pumped-up slice of 21st-century whiz bang, it's sort of like listening to your granddad describe a "Super Mario Bros." game by making references to Jack Benny's radio show.
My love of pulp developed gradually, as I followed the things I love back through their cultural evolution to the place where they began. Growing up as a film fan who was shaped in some part by "Star Wars" and "Raiders Of The Lost Ark," it seemed inevitable that eventually I would find my way back to what was a huge, significant movement in pop fiction for a good chunk of the start of the 20th century. From the moment I first read one of the original "Doc Savage" stories, I was hooked. What I adore about pulp is the simplicity of it and the way it's all about wringing variations out of a formula. Bad guys and good guys are painted in big broad strokes, essentially unchanging in their natures, and the conflicts they find themselves in are defined by very simple-to-understand stakes. If you've read one "Doc Savage" story, you could argue that you've read every "Doc Savage" story, but the pleasure comes in seeing what is done within that familiar framework each time.
VENICE - I didn't intend to wait four days to review "Night Moves" -- not least because, in the wake of her last three features, a toothpaste commercial directed by Kelly Reichardt would be high on the year's most-anticipated list -- but the combination of cumulative screenings and the slackening effects of illness kept pushing it unintentionally down the to-do list.
Yet if any film on the Lido this year belongs on the back burner, it's this one. That may be the lousiest compliment I've given a good film all year, but it's a compliment nonetheless; for the more time Reichardt's latest has to let its calculatedly flat terrors work on the brain, the more imposing and guileful an achievement it seems. "Night Moves" is a pretty slow burner while it's on the screen; off it, it's stubbornly inextinguishable, the trick birthday candle of this year's Venice fest.