Barry Levinson did it right.
Feels like it's been a while since I've felt that way. I don't have any animosity towards Levinson for his various lesser films. I think he's always been a guy who seems like he worked with cool people and he did some really fun things and he made a few classics and he did some really slick commercial work and he's occasionally gone way off the rails, but I've always been interested. And I'll sit through "Sphere" if it means that same guy also makes "Tin Men." "Toys" doesn't bother me at all because "Diner" is in the world. He's one of those guys whose best work more than balances the sometimes wildly ambitious failures he is capable of.
I would have never thought "horror film" when thinking of Levinson, though. That doesn't seem to fit at all with the body of work he's been building, and I have a hard time reconciling his sensibility with the coldly effective tone of "The Bay," which is in limited theatrical release at the same time that you can see it at home on demand. Whichever way you watch it, it's effective and entertaining and has such a different voice than most horror movies that it should really surprise audiences.
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Barry Levinson did it right.
The cults surrounding "Twilight" and "Star Wars" may not look very similar, but what they do share is a near-evangelical belief in the cultural significance of their respective franchises. I wouldn't want to get in a fight with either of them -- let alone between them -- yet that's what UK critic Mark Kermode has done... and he's on the side of the Twi-hards. With "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" hitting screens this week, he isn't afraid to admit that he's excited. Claiming that most critics' dismissal of the series marks them as "out of touch," he adds: "I've had a lot more fun watching and arguing about the Twilight movies than I ever had with the Star Wars saga, that lumbering, narratively hobbled space opera which, we now learn, is to return to our screens for yet more boring instalments in the not too distant future." Hey, I'm just the messenger. [The Guardian]
As we all know, Kenya is the latest crazymaker on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” and with NeNe prancing around bragging about her evolution from screamy mean girl to evolved and mature woman (let’s say it all together: yeah, right), we need a fresh dose of bitchy to keep this show afloat. If everyone starts behaving themselves, it’s going to be about as much fun as watching cute cat videos without the cats.
BEVERLY HILLS - Sam Mendes probably smiled this much in a long time. It's been almost 13 years since he won an Oscar for directing best picture winner "American Beauty" and the years since haven't always been as celebratory. "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead," "Revolutionary Road" and "Away We Go" all have their fans, but none of Mendes' follow ups reached the critical or moviegoer adoration that "Beauty" did. Who knew a 50-year-old franchise would be his ticket back to the top of the mountain?
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Coldplay will close out 2012 in the U.S., spending New Year’s Eve co-headlining a show with Jay-Z at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center.
The group, who will release “Live 2012,” a concert film/live album on Nov. 19, will headline Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Dec. 29 and then play Barclay’s Center solo on Dec. 30 before their date with Jay-Z the next night.
The New Year’s Eve extends the nice little bromance between Coldplay and Jay-Z: the two acts shared a bill in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve 2010. More recently, Jay-Z joined Coldplay at the 2012 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.
Tickets for the Connecticut show go on sale Nov. 16, while the Brooklyn shows go on sale Nov. 17.