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Sometimes, the English language plays along. A god-like king of dreams has died, and so there is a wake. Dreams, in the literal sense at least, die upon the dreamer’s waking, and so, too, in The Sandman when Morpheus is no more: the dreamers wake.
There is a sense of quiet throughout this chapter, a quietude. And more so: gravity. Not for lack of words; there are plenty of words throughout these pages. Instead, the quiet, grave, pensive sorrow filling each panel seeps from the pencil lines and muted hues, the scored shadows along most of the edges, and all the downcast eyes. Though the chapter is not rich with plot, it gives an inescapable sense of motion, an undercurrent — the characters are all drawn toward the last page, the last panel. It’s the greatest, grandest view of the Endless we’ve yet seen, but also in many ways the coldest, »
- Matthew Cheney
Oh my goodness, dance fans. What a spectacular night of dancing, and it's only Week 2!
Everyone -- well, with one exception, was so strong, resulting in a very high-scoring night: most scores were between 28 and 32 points, with one score well below 26, and one as high as 34. I'm surprised the competition is this tough so early in the season, especially with a season of relative unknowns (the celebrities are always mostly unknown, but even more so this year). It's already tough to choose my Top 5.
Perhaps "My Jam Monday" helped the competitors reach the top of their game. Dancing to music you love always helps your performance. There's little fanfare to start the episode because there's so much dancing to do, not to mention the season's first elimination. So let's get to it.
Here's my Top 5 this week:
Robert & Kym's Fox-Trot ("You Make Me Feel So Young" - Michael Buble): »
- Renée Camus
You may have seen Sheila Vand as a housekeeper named Sahar in Ben Affleck's "Argo," or currently on NBC as a CIA analyst opposite Katherine Heigl in "State of Affairs." Or, you've seen her in what may be the first Iranian vampire noir ever, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," an ingenious work of pop pastiche written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, who Vand calls "Lily." When she's not cultivating her screen career, Vand is foremost a performance artist, who starred on Broadway with Robin Williams in "Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo" and has worked independently on her own exhibitions, such as a musical act she dubbed "Sneaky Nietzsche." Vand brings her onstage dexterity to the role of a lonely, sullen, centuries-old vampire known simply as "The Girl." In a desolate ghost town torn from the pages of dusty American westerns by way of Italian neorealism, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Robin Thicke and Pharrell have to pay seven figures to the family of Marvin Gaye for allegedly lifting the bass line to "Got to Give It Up" for their hit single "Blurred Lines." Does this set a crazy precedent? Should everybody sue everybody? On this edition of The Snap, we suggest other music industry lawsuits we'd like to see. Everyone copies someone, even if that someone is a cartoon superhero. (Ahem, Ariana Grande.) Check out all our episodes of The Snap. Ep. #46: The 5 Worst Disney Princesses Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. #38: »
- Louis Virtel
There are some movies from childhood that you watch over and over again. Then there are those films you see once and put away into the nostalgic recesses of your mind. Over time, those movies are stripped down and coalesce into a rose-colored memory. For me “FernGully” falls into the later category. If anyone asked, I’d declare my undying love for that animated film. Yet if pressed, I could barely sketch out the plot. Here’s what I do remember. I saw “FernGully” in theaters with my friends and it was the most romantic movie our nine-year-old eyes had ever seen. To my young self, “Fern Gully” was less a story about the dangers of pollution than a modern day “Romeo and Juliet” between a fairy and a human, only without the double suicide. Like any good love story, it involved a headstrong teenage daughter. In this case, the »
- Donna Dickens
The Criterion Collection has this week announced (via BluRay.com) their line-up of titles for June 2015, which will see some big releases, including Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre, Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder, Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King starring late Robin Williams, and Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces for the very first time.
All the details and special features, including artwork, are below.
My Dinner with Andre – released June 16th
In Louis Malle’s captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between. Playing variations on their own New York–honed personas, Shawn and Gregory, who also wrote the screenplay, dive in with introspective, intellectual gusto, »
- Scott J. Davis
Although Supergirl, Catwoman and Elektra are movies that exist, there are times when we wish they didn’t. To be honest, the ‘perfect’ female-headlined superhero movie is still the stuff of our cinematic dreams. Saying that, TV’s Agent Carter provided us with a brilliant example of bringing a female comic book character to the small screen earlier this year, which hopefully Hollywood will learn a lot from going forward.
Of course, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel will be joining their respective cinematic universes soon, with Supergirl getting a pop at small screen success too. It looks like female comic book heroes will be getting the attention they deserve in the live action realm, finally.
This isn’t the first time the powers-that-be in Hollywood have tried to launch a slate of female superheroes, »
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is available on Blu-Ray, and I’ve got a copy waiting for you.
Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams (in one of his last roles) are at it again, and the family-friendly fun not only explodes off the screen in this one, but the Blu-Ray is jam-packed with goodies fans are going to love.
Check out all the info on the release below, including the full list of bonuses, and then enter to win your very own copy. As a little added bonus, I’ve got a crossword for you.
Bring home the adventure on March 10, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD!
Every Blu-ray™ comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!
- Marc Eastman
Every four weeks or so, The Criterion Collection unveils their next batch of titles and our wallets shed a few more tears. This June we'll try not to blow our tax return on the impressive slate of movies the boutique label is bringing, so let's dive in. At the top of the pile is Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," starring Jeff Bridges and the late Robin Williams. And yes, this will be loaded with extras, including commentary by Gilliam on both the movie and the deleted scenes, a batch of new interviews, and an older talk with Williams from 2006. Everything is remastered to look and sound its best, and there will be a video essay with on-set photos from Bridges. "Five Easy Pieces," previously part of the Criterion box set "America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story," now gets a standalone release. The biggest extra to dig into is the 2009 documentary "BBStory, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.
However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.
Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:
Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)
The very first »
As a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, Tyson was picked on because he was a shy, pudgy kid who spoke with a lisp. To survive, he not only had to fight off bullies, but also poverty and hunger.
News: Mike Tyson's Best Quotes
"It was crazy in there," [link »
Sad news for anyone eagerly anticipating the CGI animated Popeye movie that was being planned at Sony. Director Genndy Tartakovsky, best known for his Samurai Jack TV show and the 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania, is no longer with the project. Not only that, it may no longer be happening at Sony.
Genndy Tartakovsky's next project is Hotel Transylvania 2, which comes to theaters this fall. The first teaser trailer was released earlier in the week, with Moviefone speaking to the director. Even though an animation test for Popeye was met with enthusiasm, the recent regime change at Sony has seen production on the high seas adventure come to a halt. He explains:
"Popeye we put up a great screening, everybody really liked that sizzle, we got a positive reaction. I was in love with what we were doing, but I think the studio is going through changes and I don't »
Rush Limbaugh chimed in on the closed University of Oklahoma fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s racist chant controversy, suggesting if a high-profile rapper sang the chant, the story would be much different. “If this had been a song by Kim Kardashian‘s husband, and they had sung this song at the Grammys, it’d be a hit,” Limbaugh said on Wednesday. Limbaugh began by referencing MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, who sparked a Twitter firestorm Wednesday by suggesting the Sae fraternity might have been influenced by a rapper who performed for them. Also Read: Rush Limbaugh Concerned Media Coverage of Robin Williams »
- Jordan Chariton
Notable New Releases Bd, DVD Bd, DVD Bd, DVD Bd, DVD Bd, DVD It's a pretty slow week for Blu-rays and DVDs, with the only major new release being Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which is the third in the series in case you've lost track of the sequels. Ben Stiller once again returns as the dumpy security guard who becomes the unwitting steward of a magic power that brings historical relics to life at night. This time it involves him going to a museum in London to track down a Pharoah who can help stop the magic from wearing off. If you liked the first two, you're probably going to like this one as well. And even if you didn't, this features Robin Williams' last live-action...
- Peter Hall
Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.
Scarcity bred desire in those days, so we took what we could get from our heroes of yore, even if that meant watching Hammer Horror legend Ingrid Pitt make a chocolate mousse, or the aforementioned McCoy attempt to answer fan questions above the hubbub of a Nottingham swimming pool complex. The collision of geek icons and UK daytime magazine shows was sometimes illuminating, sometimes excruciating, »
Henry Winkler: ‘Leather was associated with crime, so at first I had to wear a puce golf jacket. It did not look cool’
As a kid I was told I would never achieve anything, that I was a dumb dog. But I moved to La in 1973 and two weeks later went to Paramount Studios for an audition – with hair down to my shoulders and a gigantic sweat patch because I was petrified. I walked in and said six lines. I guess I did them pretty well because I got the part of Arthur Fonzarelli.
Related: Henry Winkler: 'The Fonz was everything I wanted to be'
Robin Williams picked up a script and I realised I was in the presence of greatness
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- Interviews by Kate Abbott
This Week: A limp week for new releases serves up a third Night at the Museum, but some classic John Hughes and vintage German horror should help. ► As if the thought of a third .Night at the Museum. movie wasn.t depressing enough, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb would also mark Robin Williams. last movie and Mickey Rooney.s second last movie. It.s dedicated to both of them, which is about the only noble thing this tired cash »
- John Law
The event served as a warm-up for Corden’s project, “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which debuts March 23 on CBS. Corden moderated “The Good Wife” panel discussion with husband and wife co-creators and executive producers Michelle and Robert King, and the show’s actors, Matt Czuchry (who plays Cary Agos), Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart) and Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick) — all of whom he lovingly embraced.
The evening kicked off with a sneak peek screening of the show’s upcoming episode “Mind’s Eye,” which officially airs March 8. About 90% of the episode takes place inside Florrick’s mind as she preps for an important interview that could potentially make or break her chances of being elected state’s attorney. Robert King »
- Seth Kelley
The new live-action "Cinderella" starring Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter looks a lot like... "Cinderella." That old movie and mysteriously contemporary birthday theme. Why do we care about Disney princesses? They are never the funniest characters in a Disney film. They all have the exact same waist. Their noses are miniscule. When will their reign end? In this edition of The Snap, we pick the five worst Disney princesses. Apologies to the #1, but she brought it on herself by insisting children read books. Check out the history of The Snap below. Ep. #45: Why "RuPaul's Drag Race" is the only reality show that matters Ep. #44: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Win Oscars Ep. #43: The Many Charms of Kanye West Ep. #42: Why We Need a Missy Elliott Comeback Ep. #41: The Worst Oscar Snubs Ever Ep. #40: The Real Meanings Behind Emojis Ep. #39: The Problems with Your Favorite Christmas Movies Ep. »
- Louis Virtel
Harrison Ford injured in plane accident (image: Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff in 'Ender's Game') Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark actor Harrison Ford was supposed to be in critical condition – later reports have upgraded that to "fair" or "stable" condition – following an accident with a small airplane on Los Angeles' Westside. Earlier this afternoon (March 5, 2015), a vintage, one-engine two-seater crash landed at the Penmar Golf Course, located in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, not far from the Pacific Ocean and just west of Santa Monica Airport. Its pilot, 72-year-old Harrison Ford, was found "seriously" injured. He was alone on the plane. There were no injuries on the ground. As explained in the Los Angeles Times, "fire officials would not identify the victim of the crash but said he was conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived." Ford was later transported to an unidentified hospital. Eleven »
- Zac Gille
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