VENICE -Some films are born midnight movies, some achieve midnight-movie status, and others have midnight-movie status thrust upon them. It’s the third route that is by far the least reliable or enduring: there’s nothing so antithetical to notion of cult cinema as the idea that it can be calculated and declared (or worse still, self-declared) out loud. From its ungainly, eccentric title downwards, Sion Sono’s manic postmodern bloodbath “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?” falls squarely in that category, weird and woolly and sporadically amusing as it may be.
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VENICE - Packing films, as one would sardines, into the snug, air-locked space of even the biggest festival always uncovers unforeseen parallels and commonalities, making happy bedfellows of works that otherwise wouldn’t have much to say to each other. With John Curran’s wonderful Australian adventure “Tracks” having just christened the Competition 24 hours after Alfonso Cuaron’s mindboggling space thriller “Gravity” opened the fest, it seems we have this year’s first pair of Lido buddies: two days in, Venice 2013 is the festival of women fighting the elements.
That’s a glib reading, of course, and one that does a disservice to both films’ subtleties, some of them also shared. With the Outback desert a pretty indomitable (not to mention indomitably pretty) presence from the outset, “Tracks” seems a woman-versus-land story only until it emerges that the land is a reflection of the woman herself.
Paul McCartney dropped a new tune, “New,” today that, to the joy of Beatles’ fans, sounds delightfully old.
Produced by Mark Ronson, “New” is a sweet pop slice that slides in at under 3 minutes. “All my life, I never knew what I could be, what I could do, then we were new,” McCartney sings on the jangly, jaunty, horn-laden tune that sounds like it could be a “Revolver” outtake. There’s a glorious Beach Boy-like vocalization that fades out at the end that adds to the track's innocent charm.
McCartney’s 16th solo album, also titled “New,” will come out Oct. 15 in the U.S. and will be his first album of all new material in six years. His last set, 2012’s “Kisses On The Bottom,” was composed of standards, with a few new tracks.
In addition to Ronson, McCartney worked with Adele producer Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns, and George Martin’s son, Giles, according to Rolling Stone. The album will be 12 songs.
A quick review of tonight's "The Bridge" coming up just as soon as I cheer for pants...
It's weeks like this one when I wish I had Time Warner cable. Without a way to watch CBS, I would be spared the sheer frustration of "Big Brother" when monsters embed themselves in the house like nasty, vindictive termites. I guess I could be sanguine about episodes like this one, and remind myself that sometimes bad behavior gets rewarded and even crappy people can have good luck. But that doesn't make me want to toss my remote control into traffic any less.
Lisa Kudrow joins "Scandal"
The former "Friends" star will recur next season, but details of her character are being kept under wraps.
Judge search could delay "Idol's" production
Harry Connick Jr. is the likely choice for the 3rd job, but The Hollywood Reporter said Fox doesn't really want him. Meanwhile, Dr. Luke is begging Sony to let him judge, even offering half of his $12 million proposed salary.
Kris Jenner's show: Not canceled?
Us Weekly, citing a source, claims Fox likes her talk show.
Kyle Chandler would rather not do a "Friday Nights Lights" movie
"I like the ending of the show as much as I like the whole thing in the sense that it was just done so classy, it was just done so well," he says.
Bill Hader would be interested in a Stefon sitcom
"A Stefon sitcom would actually be pretty great," the "SNL" said after Larry King suggested it.
Here's your 1st look at Ziva's "NCIS" goodbye
Is it a happy ending?
This may be the longest, most jam-packed edition of CulturePop yet, and Melinda and I would like to think there's a little something for everyone here. First up, we talk to Laura Michalchyshyn, Robert Redford's producing partner and an Emmy nominee for their project, "All the President's Men Revisited," a documentary exploring the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon We talked about Watergate, Ben Stein's on-camera tears and why all need to be good citizens. Then, we switched gears and Melinda and I talked about pop culture. As much as we've loved talking to Emmy nominees this month, we simply couldn't ignore Miley Cyrus, could we? Thus, we give you our very first supersized CulturePop! Here's the rundown:
1:30 Laura Michalchyshyn talks to us about the focus of the documentary and how it came together
4:15 We discuss what the recent release of more Watergate tapes meant to the doc.
5:55 Laura tells us about talking to the players in the Watergate scandal.
7:00 Laura explains how the doc is a celebration of long form journalism.
7:45 We talk about Robert Redford's influence.
8:40 Have we learned from Watergate? Does what's happening today with Wikileaks mean we're repeating history?
9:00 Laura reveals who declined the invitation to be interviewed (not a shocker).
12:05 Laura shares a Nixon Library anecdote.
12:55 We discuss the moment when Ben Stein breaks down crying in the documentary.
14:15 Extra credit materials on Discovery.com!
15:55 We talk about Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden through the lens of Watergate.
19:00 Have things changed since Watergate? Yes and no.
22:00 Being a good citizen -- and why we need to be.
25:10 Watergate as the greatest detective story ever
29:00 The Big 4 meeting -- and how it became a part of the film.
31:00 Her next project (which you may have already seen).
34:05 After signing off with Laura, we get down to business. Time to talk about Miley Cyrus!
35:20 I know, foam finger was in the original video, but still gross.
39:00 Is Lady Gaga over? No, but we agree she made a misstep.
42:30 We discuss "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and why Teresa and Joe's problems may be too much.
47:15 Melinda brings up Paula Deen, and I think neither of us really cares if she comes back to TV or not.
Paul Giamatti signs on to play a detective in FX pilot "Hoke"
The comedic drama will have Giamatti playing a "hardboiled and possibly insane" homicide detective in 1985 Miami. It is based on Charles Willeford’s series of novels.
Harry Connick Jr. on "Idol's" shortlist
Could the crooner and "American Idol" veteran take the 3rd judging spot?
Kris Jenner's talk show: Canceled?
Kim Kardashian's mom's six-week talk show tryout won't result in a pickup, according to Radar Online.
"HIMYM's" The Mother never watched the show before auditioning
Cristin Milioti recalls her secretive audition process and says of her character: "She has a unique sense of humor that is very similar to Ted’s. She’s a young woman who suffers from dad humor…that's how she rolls."
Fox tonight will air 9 different promos for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
"MasterChef" will be jam-packed with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.
"Nashville" and "Treme" alum joins "Game of Thrones"
Dutch actor Michiel Huisman has been cast in a secretive role.
OWN orders "Crazy.Sexy.Life," a reality show about 4 black women living in Harlem
Is this the reality version of "Girlfriends"?
Ashley Olsen shows up to John Stamos' "Full House" reunion
Stamos celebrated his 50th birthday with the "Full House" cast -- and an Olsen twin showed up, something that never happens.
Keith Olbermann's ESPN2 debut attracts 319,000
That's better than the 239,000 who tuned in to the timeslot last year.
"The Vampire Diaries" gets a biology prof
Rick Cosnett's role will pit him against Caroline and Elena.
Of the 35 weeks so far in 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been the No. 1 song on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for more than one/third of them.
This week, Thicke’s streak continues as “Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I., spends its 12th week at No. 1, holding off Katy Perry’s “Roar” for at least one more frame. It is only the 14th song to have that long a stint at No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 55-year history.
For the first time during its reign, “Blurred Lines” shows a slight dip in radio listenership, so that may be a sign that the song is losing its stranglehold. Perry’s “Roar” drops in digital sales after its amazing 550,000 tally last week, but gains in airplay and streaming to stay at No. 2.
Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” remains at No. 3, but she could definitely see a bump after her attention-getting performance at Sunday’s Video Music Awards on MTV.
Lady Gaga, who opened the VMAs, could also see another rise next week. Regardless, the song continues its upward trajectory this week, as it climbs 6-4, propelled largely by streaming of the video.
All hail Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” as it falls 4-5, but celebrates its 52nd week on the Billboard Hot 100. It is only the second song, following Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” to spend a full year on the Hot 100, according to Billboard.
Rounding out the top 10, Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake falls 5-6, Avicii lands his first top 10 as “Wake Me Up” soars 11-7. Capitol Cities’ “Safe And Sound” ticks up two to No. 8, while Lana Del Rey also sees her first Top 10 hit with “Summertime Sadness,” featuring Cedric Gervais, as it rises 15-9. Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” drops 7-10.
Even for a film that stars mostly children, “Ender’s Game” has some different conceptions on what qualifies as “fun.”
“It was exciting for us just in terms of seeing [‘Hunger Games’] marketed so successfully and widely when it deals with issues of violence and younger people because that, historically, has been one of the big challenges, [one of the] reasons why this film hasn't gotten made,” she said. “It's not a family film in the way that an animated DreamWorks movie is. And if we tried to do that, which some people would argue has better box office presence, I think we would betray, fundamentally, the themes of the movie.”
"Ender's Game" is in theaters on Nov. 1.