19 items from 2014
This is the Pure Movies review of Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville and starring Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Darlene Love, Tata Vega and more plus interviews with legends such as Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow, Bete Midler, Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. I gnash at what I’m forced to write, it is meme, a denudation of the language, a declaration of fused dendrites in my Broca’s Area: a cliché—but there is only one term for it. 20 Feet From Stardom, to echo the movie posters, is a ‘feel-good’ film, in the most honest way possible; it is earned. »
- Dr. Garth Twa
For all the problems that come with the annual awards season frenzy, the great thing about it is that people who aren’t always in the foreground, but who are essential to a production can be appreciated, from sound design to visual effects. It’s fitting then that Twenty Feet From Stardom – a film which puts the spotlight on the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of our time – was deservedly triumphant at the Oscars earlier this month. Directed by Morgan Neville (whose previous documentary subjects include Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash), it has a legitimate case for being the feel-good movie of the year so far.
Neville has assembled a host of ebullient and candid singers to help him chart the rise of backup artists. All hailing from church backgrounds, the focus of the pic is on a handful of female, African-Americans; Darlene Love, Táta Vega, »
- Amon Warmann
Dodgy history and dodgier accents, but Kevin Costner's medieval romp still has some magic – and shouldn't be judged on the weakness of its imitators
Most things about Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves are terrible. Kevin Costner's and Christian Slater's attempts at English accents: terrible. Bryan Adam's theme song which refused to go away during the summer of 1991 and can conjure mass feelings of nausea to this very day: terrible. Seeing Costner's naked arse as he gets washed in a waterfall: terrible. But I've still probably watched it more than any other film and will (in true Robin Hood spirit) defend it until my dying breath.
I was a pretty sickly child, and when I was off school I'd always put it on. The stupid accents, shoe-horned in Moorish sidekick (played by Morgan Freeman) and romantiscied outlaw life were like a security blanket as I watched it while »
- Lanre Bakare
Ray's sweet style
Young Raymond later poses with his gong backstage. And his suit reminds us a bit of Tom Hanks in Big.
A moment like this
BBC Books are publishing a second run of previously released Doctor Who novels with smart new covers. The volumes, all of which feature iconic monsters from the series’ past, have been given the 50th anniversary makeover with clean white backgrounds and chunky lettering, with the ‘classic’ logo replacing the new series branding. The titles in question are Sting
The post BBC Books Unleash the Monsters… Again! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Alex Skerratt
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39
For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...
In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.
Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading. »
With the WrestleMania 30 looking like it’s coming together after this Monday’s Raw, it’s time to look ahead to the big event taking place in New Orleans on April 6th. This is not about predictions. There is plenty of time for that in the future. It’s about things that we think must happen in order for WrestleMania 30 to be a memorable show.
There are several matches that have already been announced or will likely be announced in the coming weeks. Here’s what we know.
Randy Orton vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion – Official for now. More on that later.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar – Official as expected.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H – Not official, but it’s coming.
Those are the main four. Other matches could be a three »
- John Canton
Fifteen men. Fifteen layered “rocker” outfits from H&M. Fifteen obligations to make preteen girls clap, whinny, and vote. Who will win? Who will whinny?
I did a couple of times. Not raucously, but overall, the first showcase of American Idol‘s male contestant crop was much better than the distaff half’s debut on Tuesday night. Some areas of improvement over the ladies: less screaming; more looking-like-they-belong-on-a-stage; handsomeness; guitar antics; palpable sensuality; faces for gay men to enjoy. Maybe we didn’t get a tender, tearful moment in the vein of M.K. Nobilette‘s whispery triumph on Tuesday, but I think we clearly saw five dudes fulla feelings emerge as frontrunners. Which is convenient, considering only five are guaranteed to proceed.
I know this isn’t news to readers of TheBacklot, but it must be stated: Adam Lambert, who again appeared as a guest mentor alongside the world »
- Louis Virtel
Jodorowsky's Dune has debuted a trailer.
The writer and filmmaker is heavily involved in the movie, which details his ambitious plans for the 1970s project.
The film showcases the plans and design work that went into the aborted adaptation.
Alejandro Jodorowsky has comet named in his honour
Jodorowsky is known as a visionary filmmaker and comic book writer. His many collaborations with legendary French artist Moebius included The Incal.
Jodorowsky's Dune will open on March 21. »
Copyright: WWE Legends Of Mid-South Wrestling Blu-ray
When most wrestling fans think of New Orleans these days, they think of WrestleMania 30, coming up on April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
What many younger fans may not realize is that New Orleans was one of the hottest cities in the old Mid-South territory back in the early ’80s, with Ted Dibiase, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Kamala, Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, and announcer Jim Ross being among the prominent names who left an indelible mark on professional wrestling.
With athletic, bruising matches orchestrated by no-nonsense promoter “Cowboy” Bill Watt, Mid-South garnered national attention for its evocative storytelling and Superdome Extravaganzas, featuring the Road Warriors, the Midnight Express, the Von Erichs, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, and Andre the Giant.
In recent years, WWE purchased the Mid-South Wrestling video library — more than 1,200 hours of TV programming from »
- Marshall Ward
Steven Tyler, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne and Britney Spears have different music styles. But they are united in telling the U.S. Patent and Trade Office that artists, who write and make music, not copyright law, should determine who has rights to make remixes, samples and mashups that include their songs. The Office questioned whether existing copyright law needed to be updated to reflect innovation in the digital economy in a task force report last year and asked for comments on a large number of different copyright issues, including the question of mashups. Most of the comments had to be filed by Jan. »
- Ira Teinowitz
One of the bright spots this past film year was the success of Disney’s Frozen. On the strength of it’s more modern princesses and an infectious score, the film set box office records and has garnered two Oscar nominations, Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let It Go”, its infectious hit. In honor of Frozen’s nomination, we figured it was time to take a look at the history of animated movies in Original Song.
The history of animated films picking up nominations and wins in Best Original Song is a tale as old as time (see what I did there?). Since the 1930s, animated films have won this award 13 times and over 50 nominations, which you can see below. This is an even greater feat when you think about the consideration that animated films get when lists of musicals are made (they »
- Terence Johnson
Joining Meyers at the Weekend Update desk for his farewell were current co-host Cecily Strong, former co-host Amy Poehler and his "husband" Stefon (Bill Hader). Former SNL players Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen stopped by as well.
Stefon, as usual, stole the scene from the start when he started listing off the trendy one-syllable new clubs that had opened in the city. He then explained to Meyers that he and Poehler were going to reintroduce him to the world outside of SNL, saying, “We’re like a gateway drugs, you know, like bath salts and meow meow.”
Stefon also poked fun at Meyers' lengthy stay on Saturday Night Live, which has made him the member with the second-longest tenure on the show. »
"This is the job I always wanted and I had the best time and I met the best people," said Seth Meyers as he signed off of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" for the last time. He was joined in his final minutes by Amy Poehler and (husband) Stefon, who spoke of Sting and Croods and human DVRs. Meyers starts as host of Late Night on Feb. 24. »
- Gilbert Cruz
Seth Meyers said goodnight for good on this week's Saturday Night Live, and he had some surprise help doing it. Meyers was joined at the Weekend Update desk by SNL alums Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and (just briefly) Fred Armisen. "We are so proud of you. You've been the heart of this show for over a decade," said Poehler. Video: Seth Meyers' Best 'Saturday Night Live' Moments Added Stefon, whom Meyers married in Hader's SNL farewell last year: "You're like the Sting of SNL – because it takes you 12 years to finish." Hader
- Aaron Couch
Saturday Night Live knows how to pay tribute to one of its own. An all-star lineup of SNL alums showed up to give an emotional sendoff to Seth Meyers, who is departing the show to take over NBC's Late Night. Among the stars who made surprise appearances during Weekend Update: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader (as Stefon), Andy Samberg and Fred Armisen. Video: Seth Meyers' Best 'Saturday Night Live' Moments "We are so proud of you. You've been the heart of this show for over a decade," said Poehler. Added Stefon: "You're like the Sting of SNL – because
- Aaron Couch
20th Century Fox
Over the past 24 years, there’s been a veritable ton of celebrity guest stars appearing on The Simpsons, all too eager to send themselves up in order to extend their fame across the show’s enormous fanbase.
There have been some amazingly memorable celebrity appearances on The Simpsons: who could forget Sting digging Bart out of the well in ‘Radio Bart’ (despite Bart never having played one of his albums), or The Smashing Pumpkins raiding Peter Frampton’s cooler at Hullabalooza?
There have been plenty of times where celebrities have appeared as themselves throughout the show’s history, but what about those who have played characters in the show? Kelsey Grammar returning time and again to voice Bart’s nemesis, Sideshow Bob (with sublime results,) is a prime example, and easily one of the best known. But there have been some that are slightly lesser known and definitely less noticed. »
- Simon Spowart
We’re breaking form this week and going alphabetical instead of preference order because of the Incredible diversity of product available for you to rent, buy, or stream over the next ten days. How does someone really compare “Sunrise” to “You’re Next”? Why bother?
If you need to know, “Closed Circuit” and “Runner Runner” aren’t really worth your time and “A.C.O.D.” and “Riddick” are flawed but everything else in here comes with varying degrees of recommendation, particularly the quiet beauty of “Sunrise” and the incredible charm of “Enough Said”. We’re also loading you up since we’ll be off next week seeing flicks in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. There’s plenty in here to tide you over. Pick your favorites.
20 Feet From Stardom
Photo credit: The Weinstein Company
“20 Feet From Stardom”
One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries in years is likely to find an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Sometimes the only thing worse than a chainsaw-wielding psychopath… is that psychopath's older brother. To celebrate Fearnet's network premiere of A Tale of Two Sisters this Saturday, we've put together a list of our favorite diabolical siblings. They may not always play nice, but the saying is true: blood is always thicker than water. Especially if that blood works together to make buckets of more blood! The Sawyer Brothers Weird nicknames definitely run in Leatherface's family. Take, for instance, his crazed brother Nubbins. Or everyone's favorite psychopath, Chop Top. These many boys, all with the last name Sawyer, kill and eat people for dinner. But that's not the only reason they're on this list. No, they make the list in large part due to sheer numbers. Let's try to name them all: Leatherface, Nubbins, Chop Top, Tex, Tink, Alfredo, and Drayton. Phew! Did I miss any? In all the timelines, »
- Giaco Furino
19 items from 2014
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