15 items from 2016
I love a heartwarming, feel-good romance story just as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s those doomed cinematic relationships that tend to stick with you the most. One of the more interesting ill-fated couples I recently encountered was Rob (Cian Barry) and Holly (Abigail Hardingham) from Nina Forever. The new couple must endure the looming presence of Rob’s ex-girlfriend, Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), who died recently in a car accident and happens to show up anytime they become intimate.
The pitch-black comedy touches on a lot of the complications that come with modern relationships and all the proverbial baggage we endure as a result of our previous romantic entanglements. It really struck me throughout the story just how well directors Ben and Chris Blaine perfectly explore those themes in Nina Forever, making me realize that some of my very favorite movie love affairs, particularly from the 1980s, »
- Heather Wixson
12th February 2016 marks the 36th birthday of Christina Ricci. For the many readers who watched the actress grow up on screen (or, for that matter, grew up with her), this news is doubtless enough to leave one feeling very old.
Yes, it’s been almost 26 years since Ricci first lit up screens as the daughter of Cher and younger sister of Winona Ryder in Mermaids, and the decades since have seen her endure not only as a successful actress, but also as a poster child for generations of Goths, emos and doubtless many other ‘alternative’ sub-factions we might name.
Ricci has arguably never quite achieved the level of mainstream success her many admirers had once expected, and yet in a sense this seems only fitting, given she has built her career on playing figures who do not quite fit in with the mainstream: outsiders, misfits, troubled souls, those »
- Ben Bussey
Theatre Under the Stars is looking for a “Dead Girl Walking,” among other roles, for “Heathers: The Musical.” Based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the musical follows Veronica Sawyer’s bloodbath of a high school experience and her encounters with a trio of beloved yet brutal girls, all named Heather. Auditions are Feb. 20 and 21 in Houston, Texas. All roles will be compensated, and there are plenty available to audition for. For more details, see the full casting notice for “Heathers” here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our Texas audition listings! »
In today's roundup: Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at 40, a personal history of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, an appreciation of Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights, another on Moussa Touré's The Pirogue, revisiting Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat, Alex Ross Perry on Dennis Hopper in Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson's The American Dreamer, Nicole Brenez on Jocelyne Saab, J. Hoberman on Richard Lester, Jonathan Rosenbaum on Tran Anh Hung's The Scent of Green Papaya, Daniel Kasman on Michael Bay, Stuart Klawans on Amos Gitai’s Rabin, the Last Day and Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky's Colliding Dreams, Soraya Roberts on Winona Ryder, Matt Thrift on Robert De Niro—and much, much more. » - David Hudson »
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Quentin's next movie, The Hateful Eight, isn't any different. Early press for the film has raved about Jennifer Jason Leigh and her performance as Daisy Domergue. So get ready for Tarantino’s eighth film with “Bang Bang” byNancy Sinatra and a celebration of the badass babes that have defined Quentin Tarantino’s filmography.
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- Sasha James
No one does TV quite like David Simon. The writer/creator behind "The Wire," "The Corner," and "Homicide: Life On The Street" has earned a reputation for crafting deeply intelligent, soulful, and realistic stories that feel deeply lived in and are expertly crafted. And last year he delivered another stunner with the Paul Haggis directed "Show Me A Hero." Critical accolades greeted the series, Oscar Isaac took home a Golden Globe win for his performance, and today we want to give some lucky readers a chance own their very own copy of the show. Read More: Interview: Oscar Isaac Talks 'Show Me A Hero' And His Acting Approach For 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Co-starring Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina, Winona Ryder, Latanya Richardson-Jackson, Bob Balaban, Jim Belushi, and Jon Bernthal, the miniseries tells the true story of Mayor Nick Wasicsko who is faced with a »
- Edward Davis
Comics Alliance on Marvel, politics, and why corporations are not your friend
Kenneth in the (212) Shirtless Russell Tovey reportedly causes a Broadway audience member to faint. Ha!
Pajiba checks in w/ the Trainspotting cast, 20 years on
IndieWire thinks "The Chickening," a short film remix of The Shining is insane and genius. Definitely the first part. As for the second...
Towleroad a first for Espn, »
- NATHANIEL R
After refusing to cooperate with Marjorie Sturm on the latter’s fascinating “The Cult of Jt Leroy” last year, Laura Albert gets a podium for airing her side — and nobody else’s — in Jeff Feurzeig’s “Author: The Jt Leroy Story.” For many, however, the result may feel less an exoneration than a case of “Give ’em enough rope … ” The woman who wrote acclaimed books while posing as HIV-positive ex-prostitute transgender male Leroy does not buy as much retrospective sympathy as she seeks in painting herself as victim to various circumstances beyond her control, ignoring or evading the many ways in which the saga played out as a calculated, opportunistic con. This slickly crafted first-person recap of “Jt’s” starry rise and fall may well travel farther than its predecessor; Amazon picked up U.S. rights (its very first documentary acquisition) at Sundance. But it’s ultimately the less interesting film of the two, »
- Dennis Harvey
It might be said that many of us love Netflix at the moment and, yes, I mean love. A sublime selection of programmes, films, originals and more have been gracing the streaming service and we’ve all been winners for some of the best television in years. Let alone the first series of Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil, House of Cards, Master of None… and that’s just some I can think of right now. We’ve all found our favourites.
2016 is set to be another huge year for the Netflix folk, with Marvel’s Jessica Jones getting a second series; and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. Anyway, enough of me, here’s your info:
- Dan Bullock
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.
Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular »
A coming-of-age tale that is also about the impending loss of a parent, the engaging, unpretentious “Nena” gets a breakout performance from Abbey Hoes in the title role. Saskia Diesing’s first theatrical feature was an underdog winner of last year’s Golden Calf awards for best director and best actress in the Netherlands. It’s nearing the end of its festival run, but further offshore prospects are likely for this small-gauge but skillfully wrought drama, particularly in home formats.
It’s the summer of 1989, and though she lives with her Dutch mother, Martha (Monic Hendrickx), in a small town near the border, 16-year-old Nena (Hoes) focuses her primarily on her father. The marriage having apparently ended for reasons not fully clear — Martha appears to want nothing to do with her ex — Martin (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is alone. Or would be, if his degenerating physical condition (resembling if never specified as »
- Dennis Harvey
As for new shows, Ashton Kutcher’s “The Ranch,” Winona Ryder’s supernatural series and Will Arnett’s comedy are all on the slate, plus Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated music drama “The Get Down,” which will premiere this summer with the first half of its first season.
Premiere dates for a group of children’s shows were also announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2 — Friday, April 15, 2016
The Emmy-nominated comedy starring “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper returns to Netflix for its second season, as the streaming service picked “Kimmy” up for two rounds when it bought the sitcom from NBC (the network that passed on the show »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Prepare to cancel all of your weekend plans for the foreseeable future.
Netflix on Sunday announced the premiere dates for 11 original series, including the long-awaited returns of Orange Is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, plus the debuts of shows like Ashton Kutcher’s The Ranch and Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down.
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Here’s what the streaming service has in store for us over the next few months:
Friday, March 11
Netflix has set the premiere dates for ten of its shows this year including three returning series and several new ones such as Baz Luhrmann's "The Get Down," the Winona Ryder-led supernatural drama "Stranger Things," the French language original series "Marseille," the Will Arnett comedy "Flaked," the Ashton Kutcher-led dramedy "The Ranch" and several kids shows like a modern animated take on "King Kong". The schedule is as follows:
March 11th: "Flaked" (new)
April 1st: "The Ranch" (new)
April 15th: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" S2, "Kong: King of the Apes" (new)
June 3rd: "Word Party" (new)
June 17th: "Orange is the New Black" S4
July 15th: "Stranger Things" (new)
August 12th: "The Get Down: Part 1" (new)
- Garth Franklin
Witchcraft captures an obscure subgenre of horror that’s rarely represented through similar methods (look at such varying titles as All Cheerleaders Die/The Witch/Lords Of Salem). Halloween imagery always includes green-faced, cackling witches, broomsticks and all, but films tend to focus more on their cultish behavior.
Ireland’s latest genre effort, Cherry Tree, is another such film about dark magic and satanic worship, yet even with Clive-Barker-inspired visuals, these deceiving looks are hollow to the core. It’s as terrifying as something like The Moth Diaries or Embrace Of The Vampire, which of course means there’s no terror at all – just centipedes, witches, and a fixation on cherries that’ll have your empty tummy rumbling in dissatisfaction.
- Matt Donato
15 items from 2016
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