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I kept having to correct myself when writing about "Moonrise Kingdom" last year, as my brain repeatedly leapt to the assumption that it was a Fox Searchlight property -- instead of Focus Features, for which the whimsical youth romance was their biggest prestige triumph of 2012. There was a reason for the error: Searchlight had handled both Anderson's previous features, "The Darjeeling Limited" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and "Moonrise" played very much like something in their wheelhouse.
Anyway, I needn't make the same error with Anderson's next film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel." It was announced today that Searchlight have renewed their relationship with the writer-director, and have picked up "Hotel" with an eye to releasing it either in 2014 or late this year.
While the media and cinephiles alike fixate on the films being officially premiered at Cannes, for many others, the festival is all about the market -- a separate insiders' sphere which nonetheless plays a huge role in determining what we're going to see in the months and years to come.
A film can be a hot property at the Cannes market before it even visibly exists, and one yet-to-be-shot title that'll be vying for buyers' attention on the Croisette this year is "Rosewater," the directorial debut of "Daily Show" anchor (and erstwhile Oscar host) Jon Stewart.
It's Motown Night on "American Idol," a theme that usually means a lot of of Stevie Wonder, since "American Idol" contestants don't know much by way of Motown, just like they don't know many songs by the Beatles.
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After holding at No. 2 for five weeks, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz returns to the No. 1 spot, trading places with Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.”
“Shake” ends its five-week run at the top after entering at No. 1 on the strength of YouTube views of the novelty song.
At No. 3 is Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, up one slot, as the tune swaps places with Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.” Though it falls back a spot, “When I Was Your Man” retains the Airplay Gainer award for the seventh straight week, tying it with three other tracks for the longest run. Rihanna’s “Stay” featuring Mikky Ekko stays at No. 5.
Rounding out the top 10, Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess continues its upward climb, leaping 9-6 on the Hot 100. Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” falls 6-7, and Pitbull’s “Feel This Moment” featuring Christina Aguilera moves into the top 10, soaring 11-8. Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future rises 10-9 and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” slides 7-10.
One of the things I heard repeatedly while I was on the set of "Kick-Ass 2" was just how eager Matthew Vaughn was to get started on his adaptation of "The Secret Service," another Mark Millar comic book. This was not long after Vaughn had officially left "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and the rumor mill was in overdrive that Vaughn was going to be the guy who took the helm of "Star Wars: Episode VII."
I was told repeatedly during my visit that the "Star Wars" rumor wasn't true, and that Vaughn's full attention was on getting "The Secret Service" up and running. One of the reasons they wanted to move quickly was because both Millar and Vaughn were concerned that someone would take the basic premise of the series and make a movie that would beat them to the punch. This is a series that Millar has been thinking about since he was in his early 20s, and it only recently came to fruition with Dave Gibbons, his dream artist, handling the visual side of things.
When Millar first started talking about the premise for the series, he said this incarnation began life a few years ago in a pub when he and Vaughn were discussing "Casino Royale" and wondering why they didn't start with the actual training of James Bond if they were planning to fully reboot the character. They discussed the way Terence Young helped transform the rough-around-the-edges Sean Connery into the refined James Bond that we met onscreen in "Dr. No," and they talked about a fictional version of that process. Millar described it as a counter-terrorism spin on "My Fair Lady," which is definitely a high concept hook.
Remember back on February 19 when The Weinstein Company put out a press release announcing that director David O. Russell would be taking the reins on "The Ends of the Earth," from a script by "Argo" writer Chris Terrio? But the Russell quote in the release said nothing about the project and everything about actress Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in his awards contender "Silver Linings Playbook" and was attached to the project?
"Jennifer possesses a self-deprecating humor that made all of the cast and crew feel at ease," Russell said of the Oscar-nominated (now Oscar-winning) actress in the release. "She is that kind of person. She is the most dedicated person I know. She is devoted to her family and they have been the true inspiration for her character and integrity. Her acting is effortless and she always makes it look easy."
It was a big love letter on the final day of Oscar voting to an actress in the thick of the Oscar conversation…but little more. Terrio was making it clear to journalists that he had no knowledge of any of it and hadn't even met Russell, but entertainment news outlets (yes, including HitFix) ran the news because there was really no reason on the face of it to think the press release was bogus.
But it was. And that's finally coming out now.
The third season of "Game of Thrones" is "probably as big as we're going to get," according to co-showrunner David Benioff, who joined partner D.B. Weiss on a press conference call to preview the HBO fantasy epic's return on Sunday night at 9.
Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles will release her third album this summer. First single, “Brave,” will come out April 23, and will be followed by her 18-city "Brave Enough" solo tour.
The still-untitled Epic set will be Bareilles’ first full-length album since 2010’s “Kaleidoscope Heart,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Since then, Bareilles appeared as a judge on NBC’s singing competition, “The Sing-Off,” and released a documentary, “A Trace of the Sun: Volunteering in Japan,” about her time in Japan with relief-effort team All Hands Volunteer following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Last year, she released an EP, “Once Upon Another Time,” produced by Ben Folds.
The album comes after some challenging times in her life. “I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed,” she said in a statement “The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I’ve come to experience in recent months.”
BRAVE ENOUGH TOUR DATES:
Date: City: Venue: On Sale
4/25/13 Washington DC 9:30 Club March 28th
4/27/13 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place March 29th
4/28/13 Boston, MA Tsai Performance Center March 29th
4/29/13 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater March 28th
4/30/13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer March 29th
5/2/13 Chicago, IL Park West March 30th
5/3/13 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater March 29th
5/4/13 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center March 29th
5/6/13 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater March 30th
5/9/13 Vancouver, BC Rio Theater March 28th
5/10/13 Portland, OR Roseland Theater March 29th
5/11/13 Seattle, WA Showbox @ The Market March 29th
5/13/13 San Francisco, CA Slim’s March 31st
5/14/13 Los Angeles, CA El Rey March 30th
5/17/13 Austin, TX Parish March 29th
5/20/13 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse March 29th
5/21/13 Charlotte, NC Booth Playhouse March 29th
5/23/13 New York, NY Highline Ballroom March 29th
FX's "Louie," HBO's "Girls," the BBC's "Doctor Who" and TNT's "Southland" were among the TV series honored this year with Peabody Awards.
The Peabody Awards, now in their 72nd year, are designed "to recognize the most outstanding achievements in electronic media, including radio, television and cable." The eligibility period covers a calendar year, so "Girls" was being honored for its first season, while "Louie" for its third, both of which aired in 2012. There are also some institutional winners, honored for years worth of work, that this year included "Doctor Who" (celebrating its 50th anniversary), "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels," and Michael Apted's "Up" documentary series.
Other entertainment winners this year included ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," the HBO movie "Game Change," and the Comedy Central special "D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List." The full list of winners is here.
Though I wasn't a fan of "Game Change," overall, it's an impressive list that covers some of the best, most distinctive programming on television that hadn't yet won a Peabody. (Given the sort of shows that tend to win, it's surprising that "Louie" didn't get one a year ago after its brilliant second season, even if last year's group already included "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Tremé.") It's nice to see "Southland," which doesn't really get any awards love, be recognized, though I doubt it will do much good; two years ago, the Peabodys honored another TNT show on the verge of cancellation, "Men of a Certain Age."
I'm guessing we're going to get a number of character trailers for "Kick-Ass 2" now, and the first one arrives today. It's very Hit Girl-centric, and small wonder: when we look back on these films eventually, however many they end up making, one of the things that will be most notable about them is the story of Hit Girl and the actor playing her. Chloe Moretz has had a fairly remarkable series of experiences between the two films, and seeing the way she plays this role on both sides of all of those other films is pretty remarkable.
Right before she flew to London for "Kick-Ass 2," Moretz finished work on Kimberly Pierce's "Carrie," and when we spoke at Pinewood Studios, she was still trying to fully digest that experience. Carrie White is a certain kind of reserved and withdrawn and beaten down, and while "Kick-Ass 2" sees Mindy facing the scorn of the mean girls at her high school, she's no victim. I'm guessing the reactions you'll see from the two characters couldn't be more different.