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They often get quite a bit less attention than their fictional brethren, and it doesn’t help that many films fly under the radar while development and filming is underway. To chart this course with a little more precision, I’m launching Ioncinema.com’s latest feature, What’s Up Doc?, our monthly Top 50 Most Anticipated films, a sort of hitlist and/or snapshot of the most alluring, the most promising documentary film projects from the established documentarian guard, the new crop of future voices or the fiction filmmakers who on occasion dip their toes in the form. Curated by me, Jordan M. Smith, you’ll find docu items that are in their beginning stages to being moments away from their film festival berth. Like any such list, we can expect film items to fluctuate in ranking, with the cut-off being publicly items — such recent examples include Laura Poitras’s white hot Edward Snowden project, »
- Jordan M. Smith
The divas are back. Fergie has returned with a new lyric video for the track "L.A.Love (La La)," while Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with Fat Joe on the video for his new single "Stressin." After the duo previously worked together on "Feeln’ So Good" and "Hold You Down," J.Lo and Fat Joe (who, in all honesty, is really more like Kinda Chubby Joe these days) are back to rock an opulent party, where they pour expensive drinks, compare expensive jewelry and tell us about their expensive belongings. They are most definitely not stressin'. Watch it here: Now it's time for Fergie to shine. The Black Eyed Peas vet's latest tune has a fairly elaborate lyric video. Despite the geographically specific title, the "L.A.Love" clip is a globe-trotting affair, with Fergie giving shout-outs to cities allover the world, challenging listeners to be ready when she comes to your town. »
- Dave Lewis
Gene Simmons could soon be playing the role of his lifetime: A god. The Kiss singer and bassist is currently shopping around a music competition show called Coliseum, on which competitors form bands and perform for a panel of three judges. They also mix and match group members until finding the right combination until Simmons, the show's "Rock Caesar," gives a thumbs up to the winning combination. "If you've got the goods, I will be the god that will make your dreams come true, because I do have the power, »
+“Sometimes the class struggle is also the struggle of one image against another image, of one sound against another sound. In a film, this struggle is against images and sounds.”
There was something in the air when Jean-Luc Godard took up the political banner of the late 1960s and shifted his filmmaking focus in terms of storytelling style and stories told, and in a general sense of formal reevaluation and reinvention. Always considered something of the enfant terrible of the French Nouvelle Vague, Godard was keen from the start to experiment with the conventional norms of cinematic aesthetics, from the jarring jump cuts of Breathless (1960), to the self-conscious playfulness of A Woman is a Woman (1961), to the genre deviations of Band of Outsiders (1964) and Made in USA (1966). But Godard was still, at a most basic level, operating along a fairly conventional plane of fictional cinema, one with »
- Jeremy Carr
Some new faces joining the regulars tonight... #Gogglebox: Celebrity Special, for #StandUpToCancer, from 7pm.
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) October 17, 2014
Except Noel wasn't doing it in a studio in Borehamwood - he was at Mick Jagger's house in Mustique.
But Kate is there to bring him back to Earth, pointing out: "Not the paso doble though."
We're also quite pleased to see that Noel is excellent at choosing snacks, as he has an open packet of pickled onion Monster Munch on the table. »
Can you believe Taylor Swift has a song called "I Knew You Were Trouble"? The rest of her songs may as well be called "I Apparently Didn't Know You Were Trouble." Since T. Swift just unveiled a new song called "Out of the Woods" that might be about Harry Styles, a.k.a. Mick Jagger's niece, we're using this edition of The Snap to call out the many secrets of Taylor Swift. Check out all episodes of 'The Snap': Ep. #29: 5 Unanswered Questions About 'Gone Girl' Ep. #28: 19 Beautiful Things That Look Like Donald Trump Ep. #27: 20 Reasons Fall is the Worst Season Ep. #26: Everything Wrong with Urban Outfitters Ep. #25: Joan Rivers' True Legacy Ep. #24: Our Unanswered 'Saved by the Bell' Questions Ep. #23: Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: A Tribute to »
- Louis VIrtel
It’s important to stress something from the outset here: we come to praise the Stones, not bury them. As a band the Rolling Stones have been responsible for some of the most amazing, timeless music ever recorded. But let’s be honest here: they’ve also been responsible for a lot of not so great tunes as well, especially from the 80’s onward.
No rock group has sustained the kind of insane longevity that the Stones have (50 years and counting) and as such they deserve to be given a certain amount of slack. No one seriously expects Mick and Keith to crank out LP’s of a quality level that they produced in the ’60’s.
For one, they aren’t those same people anymore, having had several decades of growth and experience between then and now. Are you the same person you were 40 years ago? Were you even alive then? »
- William Graff
Due Out: October 7, 2014
Who’S It For? “The Wonder Years” is timeless. Thankfully it doesn’t feel dated simply because I was a child of the ’80s trying to understand life in the late ’60s. “The Wonder Years” was my gateway drug to a nostalgia I didn’t even know. Like many of you, I grew up with Kevin. I hoped for Winnie, I had friends like Paul (and probably was Paul more than I realized).
I can’t wait to show “The Wonder Years” to my son. I’ll have to wait, because he hasn’t even turned two yet, but now I have six episodes to show him, and hopefully that will just be the beginning.
TV Score: 10/10
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Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s, »
- Jeff Bayer
In August, Chadwick Boseman portrayed James Brown in the biopic Get On Up. On Oct. 27, HBO audiences will get a taste of the real deal when Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown debuts. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) was granted access to rarely seen footage from the Brown Estate archives, and the film captures the electric performances that earned Brown his reputation as The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. "We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career," said Mick Jagger, a longtime admirer and peer »
- Jeff Labrecque
Series 28 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns with Gilbert as the new permanent host.
This ends the tradition of having guest hosts on the show, which began when Simon Amstell left the series in 2009.
"Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle is hyper-articulate in two languages — his father is French, his mother's American and he attended school in both France and the Us — but he was near-speechless in both tongues when his film won the Audience Prize and the Grand Prix at the 40th Deauville Festival of American Film. It didn't hurt that the top prize was announced by jury president Costa-Gavras whose fellow jurors included Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Cannes Film Festival prez Pierre Lescure. This was my 21st Deauville. Many of my French colleagues found this 40th anniversary edition too calm, low on glamour and lazy in its programming. I dunno. I saw some good movies and, at press conferences, I got to breathe some of the same air molecules as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger (neither of whom are famous for being, uh, American.) While the fest is an undeniably pleasant event in an adorable setting, »
- Lisa Nesselson
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
“So if you meet me Have some courtesy Have some sympathy, and some taste Use all your well-learned politesse Or I’ll lay your soul to waste” – The Rolling Stones »
- Sasha Stone
Exclusive: Eurythmics co-creator and record producer Dave Stewart is moving forward on Zombie Broadway, a feature adaptation of his 2008 Virgin Comics graphic novel about an undead uprising on the Great White Way. Along with The Butler producers Pam Williams and David Jacobson, Stewart has tapped Cole Haddon (NBC’s Dracula) to script and Spun helmer Jonas Akerlund to direct the horror musical in which a group of Broadway performers battle zombies with the power of showtunes. Start-up financing firm First Artist Ventures secured early development financing for the project and producers are taking the script to financiers and talent with the aim of filming in 2015.
Stewart created the original Zombie Broadway graphic novel with David Harris and Christine Schenley. He’ll executive produce the musical, described as The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Bullets Over Broadway, and has already written the music with Michael Bradford. During his three-decade career the »
- Jen Yamato
While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.
Here are some highlights from this conversation:
What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story?
Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »
- Elsa Keslassy
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
Brian Grazer got on up in Deauville to accept a career honor from the film festival before the European premiere of Get on Up. Grazer accepted the award from Alain Terzian, president of the French academy, before he was joined on stage by co-producer Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. The Oscar winner joked that he hired a professional translator to take his French test in college, but he still gamely thanked the many French film figures that were in the audience. He also thanked his "partner and best friend, Ron Howard" for their many collaborations. Before
- Rhonda Richford
HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield‘s serial killer documentary “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” sales agent Submarine announced Wednesday from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film marks Broomfield's fifth documentary for HBO, which was also behind “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney” and “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.” “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” will debut on HBO in 2015. It is the only documentary that was invited to the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals this year. Also read: Mick Jagger's James Brown Documentary ‘Mr. Dynamite’ to Air on »
- Jeff Sneider
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Surprise! On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon brought Britney Spears out to read off a list of the pros and cons of dating her. She's recently single -- and apparently "The Tonight Show" audience was filled with people who are already in love with her since they stood and cheered when she showed up. (Jimmy had to remind them it's *his* show.) Jimmy said they created a profile for Britney on Tinder (bio: "This better work, b-tch.") and Britney acted shocked and not too thrilled. Stay to the end to hear her "It's Britney, b-tch" line. Keith Richards was also on "The Tonight Show" and you know the man has stories. »
- Gina Carbone
Three years is a normal gap between albums for most artists, but Ryan Adams isn’t most artists. The singer/songwriter is rivaled only by Prince for his copious output. “Ryan Adam,” his first album since 2011’s “Ashes & Fire,” marks a solid, if not spectacular,return. Adams’ prodigious talent and musical curiosity has allowed him to dabble in several different genres, from rock to metal to country. “Ryan Adams” finds him at the intersection of classic rock and alt country. And if you’re going to going to lean toward classic rock, you might as well lean toward the greats: On album opener, “Gimme Something Good,” the swampy chugging guitar riff recalls The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. “Trouble” has an engaging swagger redolent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “Am I Safe” essays a John Fogerty-like intro. “My Wrecking Ball” and “I Just Might” both have a touch of early and later-era Springsteen. »
- Melinda Newman
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