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New on Netflix this June: "Sense8," the new sci-fi drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix" trilogy) and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski, in which eight strangers suddenly find themselves mysteriously connected. Also, look for the return of Netflix original series "Orange Is the New Black" on June 12.
As for movies, you won't want to miss Jake Gyllenhaal's terrifyingly great turn in "Nightcrawler." Also new: "Life of Crime" and "Cake" with Jennifer Aniston; Philip Seymour Hoffman's last completed film, the spy thriller "A Most Wanted Man"; Gina Prince-Bythewood's acclaimed film "Beyond the Lights" starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising singer; not to mention the critically panned "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman as Princess Grace.
Below is a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in June 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered »
- Sharon Knolle
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
'Saint Joan': Constance Cummings as the George Bernard Shaw heroine Constance Cummings on stage: George Bernard Shaw, William Shakespeare and Benn W. Levy (See previous post: "Constance Cummings: Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.") In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband Benn W. Levy's stage adaptations: Levy and Hubert Griffith's Young Madame Conti (1936), from Bruno Frank's original, which was presented on both sides of the Atlantic. (On Broadway, the play had a brief run in spring 1937 at the Music Box Theatre.) The Theatre Guild-produced Madame Bovary (1937), from the Gustave Flaubert novel, staged in late fall at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre. Referring to the London production of Young Madame Conti, The Sunday Times critic James Agate wrote that the American actress had made "a roaring success out of what in other hands might so easily have been an inarticulate, »
- Andre Soares
Last year, the Cannes Film Festival got off to the worst possible start. The opening night slot has always had ups and downs (read our feature on the best and worst of them here), and for every "Moonrise Kingdom" or "Up," there was a "Da Vinci Code" or "Blindness," but "Grace Of Monaco" was something else: a rotten, ill-conceived biopic of Grace Kelly that hasn't just skipped U.S theaters entirely, it's actually premiering on Lifetime. Read More: 10 Movies Booed At Cannes Festival head Thierry Fremaux clearly had some making up to do with this year's opening night film, and he's eschewed big Hollywood stars for a more modest, homegrown effort in Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall," which also marks the first time since Diane Kurys' "A Man In Love" in 1987 that a film from a female director has kicked off Cannes. The result is a sturdy, grounded drama »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It’s not surprising that “Carol” was locked away in Hollywood’s development closet for 15 years. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s scandalous 1952 novel “The Price of Salt,” Todd Haynes’ latest movie is a double whammy by industry standards: it’s headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other.
The film, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and premieres at the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, arrives at a pivotal, yet paradoxical, time for female-driven stories. There has been a string of hits this year that celebrate female empowerment — from “Insurgent” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” to “Cinderella,” and the upcoming “Trainwreck,” “Spy” and the final installment of “The Hunger Games.” That said, gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is a hot-button issue in the global entertainment business.
As one of cinema’s most prominent stars, Blanchett, whose recent roles include the evil stepmother in “Cinderella, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Mad Men fans can’t complain they’re not getting closure as it continues its parade of bittersweet goodbyes…
This review contains spoilers.
7.12 Lost Horizon
One thing’s certain about Mad Men’s last season: no-one’ll be able to say fans didn’t get closure. We’re not going to be left bereft and shocked by the sudden departure of these characters. They’re all getting their exits, and we in turn, are getting our bittersweet goodbyes.
First of all, a goodbye to the firm itself. In the space of a month, Scp had been gutted, its swish operation transformed into an uninhabited wasteland. Offices won in tooth-and-nail battles had been deserted, their victors swallowed up into the gargantuan McCann Erickson or sloughed off and discarded. Wires hung from ceilings. A violent splatter of coffee was left unmopped on the kitchen floor. The monolithic computer that was ushered in »
Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »
- D. Zhea
Robert Redford and his wife Sibylle Szaggars Redford will receive the 2015 Prince Rainier III Award, the Princess Grace Foundation-usa announced Wednesday. The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a leader in the arts whose accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to the community. Redford and Szaggars Redford will be honored with the award for giving back and contributing to the arts. The 2015 awards gala, sponsored by Christian Dior Couture, will be hosted by Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco at the prince's palace in Monaco on Sept. 5. A $25,000 grant to Redford and
- Natalie Stone
Though Nicole Kidman has the movie star charisma to play Gertrude Bell, Grace Kelly and a foil to Paddington, it’s nice to see her return to her Australian roots with the Aussie drama Strangerland. Kim Farrant’s film premiered at this year’s Sundance, and it stars Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and Joseph Fiennes in a story about a mother (Kidman) and a detective (Weaving) looking for her teenage children in a massive desert storm. Here’s the full synopsis:
Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker’s lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. »
- Brian Welk
In honor of its 110th anniversary, Variety selects 110 students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Agrawal’s plays have been produced in theaters in Chicago; Evanston, Ill.; Ithaca, N.Y.; New Bedford, Mass.; and Seattle. She was a writing intern with HBO last summer and the winner of an Emmy Foundation scholarship.
School: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Motion design
High Marks: Not only did Ajmeri intern with Psyop and the Mill, two premier motion design studios in New York, but also has been offered a job with the latter. Ajmeri’s national and local freelance work includes a new musicvideo for Jason Derulo.
School: Northwestern U.
Major: Mfa writing for screen and stage
High Marks: Arbery’s “The Logic” was »
- Malina Saval, Christy Grosz, Seth Kelley and Marianne Zumberge
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
The Simpsons has a long history of peppering its stories with pop culture references, and some of the show’s finest gags stem from the world of cinema. These have ranged from the briefest of quotes, to full on shot-for-shot parodies and extended episode-long homages.
Most striking in trying to put this list together was the sheer volume of movie references there are to choose from. In pretty much any given episode of The Simpsons, there are at least a couple, with nods to James Bond, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the work of Alfred Hitchcock proving three of the most regular candidates. The tributes to numerous great horror movies in the show’s Treehouse Of Horror episodes could have been used to fill this list all on their own. »
Mad Men’s wardrobe is stunning, but I don’t see Peggies and Joans walking down the street. And the Breaking Bad look is suitable only for Halloween
Now that TV is the new cinema, is Peggy from Mad Men having the same impact on wardrobes that, say, Grace Kelly once did?
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Truly, we live in – what’s the cliche I’m reaching for? Oh yes – a golden age of TV. What blessed times! We were once humble neanderthals, warming our hairy paws over TV shows like (in Britain) Noel’s House Party, a show that made you feel like you were on really bad acid every week, or (in America) Small Wonder, a sitcom in which a child actor had to pretend to be a robot for four years. Now, look at the art at the tips of our perfectly manicured hands! Last week alone saw »
- Hadley Freeman
Two new analyses of the director’s macabre imagination offer equally compelling explanations for the big-screen nightmares he created
Hitchcock, described by a colleague as “a know-it-all Sob”, was the man who knew too much about us. His films exploited our abiding terrors – beaked raptors assaulting us from the skies, a loose stair opening an abyss beneath our feet, nourishment concealing death in a glass of bedtime milk – and added a new one when he made the shower a last redoubt of quaking vulnerability. Those who write about him have an anthropological conundrum to puzzle over: why are these irrational alarms so inescapable and why do we so enjoy being tormented when we watch The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt, Suspicion, Psycho and the rest?
The newest books on Hitchcock answer the questions in different ways. Peter Ackroyd sees him as a case for Freudian treatment, who assumed that his neuroses were universal. »
- Peter Conrad
I know that sometimes teams are going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that every once in a while, getting lost is going to get a team eliminated on "The Amazing Race." But if you're going to get lost on "The Amazing Race" and that's going to be your undoing... Try to make it dramatic. Ask 50 people for directions and get increasingly more flummoxed. Fight and throw your maps in the air in outrage. Bang your head against your car horn repeatedly. Go the wrong way and end up in an ocean or accidentally steer yourself into a foreign country, through a hostile border, forcing armed guards to shoot out your tires. Oh and don't get so horribly lost that you get eliminated from "The Amazing Race" when you're in one of the smallest countries in the world. Sigh. More on Friday's (April 10) "The Amazing Race" after the break. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Thanks for listening to our third episode of Sos This Week, your weekly film news podcast only on Sound on Sight. Check out our episode from last week in which we talked Steven Spielberg, and continue to check the Sos Blog for more film and TV news throughout the week.
Main Story: Disney announces a live action Pinocchio film
Sundance winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl gets a trailer Homer’s Odyssey getting film adaptation from Hunger Games helmers David Mamet returning to movies with Speed the Plow film adaptation John Singleton drops out of Tupac biopic; Carl Franklin will replace The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel? Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly biopic goes from Cannes to Lifetime
Wtf of the Week: Rob Lowe DirecTV ad campaign nixed
The post Sos This Week Podcast #3: With ‘Pinocchio’, is Disney getting lazy? appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Brian Welk
What's making big news though is that it's skipping theatrical and VOD, and going straight to the Lifetime network where it will premiere on May 25th.
The story focuses on a period in the early 1960s when Monaco was involved in a stand-off over taxes with France and Grace Kelly was contemplating a return to Hollywood.
After a poor performance in international release, North American distributor The Weinstein Company opted to sell the Olivier Dahan-directed film directly to Lifetime rather than book it into U.S. theaters.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
A Us cinema released was previously scheduled for November 2013 and later March 2014, but was pulled from the schedule on both occasions.
Kidman even publicly admitted that she had no control over the content of the Grace Kelly biopic, which was panned by European critics.
Grace of Monaco has now been acquired by cable channel Lifetime for its Us premiere.
The film will be airing on Lifetime on May 25 at 8pm Et.
Grace of Monaco dramatises the Hollywood icon's romance with Prince Rainier III of Monaco during her later years away from the film industry.
The movie had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Watch a trailer »
From the festival circuit to your couch on a lazy Thursday afternoon.
While the film hit theaters (to tepid responses by critics) overseas, it had yet to open in American theaters. It was also in the midst of controversy after The Weinstein Company and director Olivier Dahan fought of cuts. Deadline mentions that it is unclear whether Lifetime will use the cut by Dahan or Weinstein’s. The director’s cut was used in the premiere at Cannes.
In an interview with Deadline at Sundance this year, Harvey Weinstein hinted at the possibility that the film could find life on TV rather than a theatrical run. “The script we signed on for was like The King’s Speech, »
- Zach Dennis
Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco" will skip Us theaters and land directly at Lifetime. The Grace Kelly biopic opened the Cannes Film Festival last spring to none-too-positive reviews. It will debut on the cable network one year after its splashy French premiere over the Memorial Day weekend on May 25. Set in 1962, "Grace of Monaco" takes place six years after Kelly and Monaco's Prince Rainier III tied the knot in the "wedding of the century." The drama focuses on the actress's desire to return to work against the wishes of the royal family. Parker Posey and Paz Vega co-star. Once considered an awards vehicle for Kidman, "Grace of Monaco" will now join Lifetime's roster of movies about female performers like Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, and Brittany Murphy whose careers were cut too short. [via Variety]
- Inkoo Kang
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