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What does it look like when stiff upper lips kiss? In the history of cinema, David Lean’s 1945 “Brief Encounter” stands apart — indeed, virtually alone — in elevating two painfully civilized and polite British lovers into an image of the purest romantic ardor. But now “Brief Encounter” has company.
“On Chesil Beach,” which premiered on opening day of the Toronto film festival, is an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 novella about two young Brits on their honeymoon in 1962, and it’s a lyrical and rapturous film — a repressed passion play, funny, delicate and heartbreaking. It has an intoxicating quality of emotional wonder it shares with the acclaimed (but not yet released) Sundance hit “Call Me By Your Name,” as well as a talky intimacy that recalls Richard Linklater’s “Before” films. But it also has a quality all its own, a vision of love that’s shockingly old-fashioned and tinglingly audacious. “On Chesil Beach »
- Owen Gleiberman
The bluesy soundtrack to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is one of the winning elements of the Lionsgate release, which has been No. 1 at the box office since Aug. 18, and is teed-up for its third weekend at the top. “‘Hitman’ will take full advantage of a very slow marketplace over Labor Day weekend and is likely to go three for three,” says comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian. The buddy action comedy, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, features a score by Icelandic composer Atli Övarsson that taps into the soulful songs selected for the soundtrack by director Patrick Hughes.
Growing up in Melbourne, Hughes sang and played harmonica in a band, and ‘Hitman’ cuts like Willie Dixon’s “Sittin’ and Cryin’ the Blues,” Leadbelly’s “Black Betty” and Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” are nods to those formative years. “There’s an Australian band called Spiderbait and I always loved their cover of ‘Black Betty,’” says »
- Paula Parisi
There are men and then there are myths. Jerry Lee Lewis is the latter. The rock pioneer first set the charts ablaze in 1957 with twin dynamos “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” and 60 years on he’s still pounding the keys before packed houses across the country. With the death of Chuck Berry in March—and Little Richard and Fats Domino largely retired—Lewis is the last of the great rock ‘n’ rollers still conjuring the sounds of long nights in long gone Delta juke joints. His colleagues at the seminal Memphis label Sun Records, including Elvis Presley, »
- Jordan Runtagh
Happy Birthday "Maybellene": The Best Chuck Berry Performances »
It’s rare for a film to make one swell with pride about something he or she had no direct hand in, but “The Farthest” accomplishes that feat with aplomb. That said, it’s not exactly surprising that Emer Reynolds’ documentary pulls off such an exceptional deed, given that its subject is one of mankind’s greatest achievements: Voyager 1 and 2, the spacecraft that Nasa launched in 1977 on a “grand tour” of our solar system’s remote planets, and the vast stretches of interstellar space that lay beyond. Boasting traditional non-fiction aesthetics as graceful as its story is chills-inducing, “The Farthest” should be an ideal sight to see on a New York or Los Angeles theatrical big-screen this Friday, before subsequently arriving on PBS on August 23 in a shorter form.
Reynolds amasses everyone who was anyone on the Voyager operation, crafting a comprehensive firsthand account of the scientific effort that went into the project (“the big mission” of »
- Nick Schager
Directed by Taylor Hackford, this revealing 1987 documentary celebrating Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday turns into an exploration of the great rocker’s curdled world view as much as a tribute to his music; by film’s end we realize the two are inexorably intertwined. Along with signature performances from Keith Richards (who conceived the event) and Eric Clapton, there are scintillating and hilarious reminisces from Bruce Springsteen and John Lennon. »
- Charlie Largent
A rock n’ roll time capsule and quintessential teenagers-in-love movie circa 1959. Two jukebox icons, guitar genius Chuck Berry and top dog DJ Alan Freed introduce the story of “Johnny Melody”, a former choir boy (!) who finds the road to rock and roll stardom fraught with peril. Along with the typical teen angst the movie is bolstered by performances from the era’s great rockers including Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran and of course Berry himself. »
- Charlie Largent
Look, it’s been a stressful 2017. Even setting aside the ongoing version of The Gong Show known as the executive branch (followed closely by the legislative branch’s take on The Handmaid’s Tale), things have been rough. We’ve lost Chuck Berry, Jonathan Demme, and Chris Cornell, among other artists. We’ve had more terrible mass attacks at home and abroad. Climate change is getting worse. Bachelor In Paradise almost didn’t happen. The point is, we all deserve a few minutes’ respite. So why not enjoy a five-minute video of Aubrey Plaza spending a few hours getting high with a couple of nuns?
To be clear, this new short from the folks at WatchCut Video doesn’t feature catholic nuns. Presumably, those more religious types would be less chill about agreeing to smoke weed on camera with the star of the new controversy-courting film The Little Hours »
- Alex McLevy
“One other thing. If you guys ever have kids, and one of them, when he’s eight years old, accidentally sets fire to the living room rug… go easy on him.”
Back To The Future screens this Friday and Saturday nights (June 23rd and 24th) at midnight at the Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ Midnight series.
Today, the original Back To The Future (1985) is dated only by its Huey Lewis soundtrack and the choice of a De Lorean as a time machine. Except for a needless scene in which an obviously dubbed Michael J. Fox pretends he’s both Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, there’s little to criticize, and much to admire. One surprise in watching Back To The Future 32 years later is how cleverly the plot and script ties the past and present events together. Watching the film for a second or »
- Tom Stockman
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/ producer Pharrell Williams is returning for Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), available everywhere June 23 via i am Other Entertainment/Columbia Records
Pharrell has just released “Yellow Light,” one of five brand new original tracks he wrote and produced for the film. Watch Pharrell and the Minions journey through the streets of Hollywood in a virtual video game in the music video for “Yellow Light” Here. Another original Pharrell song made for Despicable Me 3, “There’s Something Special,” perfectly captures the tone of the series. Additionally, Pharrell’s anthemic “Freedom” serves as the perfect backdrop as the Minions plot their escape from prison in the film.
Pharrell creates a wildly upbeat 16-track summer dance party with Despicable Me 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). In addition to his five new original songs, the soundtrack gets a healthy dose of nostalgia, thanks to the series’ new villain, »
- Paul Heath
Chuck Berry’s posthumous music video is his first music video ever. Related: Chuck Berry’s Family Confirm Release Date Of His Final Album The rock ‘n’ roll legend lived 90 long years without ever releasing a promo, but even after his death Berry is still making history. Visuals were released on Tuesday, May 17, for the […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
He never made a comic. He never created a TV show. He never even went to a comic convention. But his impact on Geek Media was profound.
Without him, toy store aisles would be very different. Without him, comic shops would be very different. Without him, licensing deals would not be where they are today. And if he didn’t do what he did, millions of children would have had very different childhoods.
Last week, the news broke that the creator of Captain Action and GI Joe, Stan Weston, had died.
Creating GI Joe – and creating a category
Stan’s biggest idea was to create what would become the action figure category. He had this idea to transform the 12” Barbie Fashion Dolls into a something for boys. Just as the 1960s Barbie could transform, via a simple costume change, from a fashion model to a teacher to a nurse, he »
- Ed Catto
Author: Andy Furlong
When Guardians of the Galaxy was first released in 2014 for all its quirk and swagger the thing that really separated it from the rest of the Marvel pack was its use of music. Director James Gunn revealed that the film’s composer, Tyler Bates, had written large chunks of the score first so that they could film to the actual music. In many ways the film’s personality is its score, and with the release of the sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in cinemas this week audiences can expect more of the same.
Music is probably the most important thing in cinema for instantly establishing mood, tone and visual cues. From the menacing piano keys of John Williams’ memorable score in Jaws to the sheer elation of Alan Silvestri’s triumphant overture in Back to the Future, a film’s accompanying score is often as unforgettable as the movie itself. »
- Andy Furlong
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) screens Wednesday, May 3rd at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5
In Rock Rock Rock! (1959), Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn’t know he has won.
St. Louis legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last month at age 90, co-stars as himself. Having previously appeared in Rock Rock Rock! and Mister Rock And Roll, Go, Johnny, Go! was the third-and final-appearance of Berry in a movie that also starred DJ Alan Freed. He and Freed actually act together in this one as they try to get singer Johnny Melody (Clanton) on his way to stardom. It will be quite a pleasure for his fans seeing Berry performing his hits “Memphis, »
- Tom Stockman
Scream is going to look completely different — both in front of and behind the camera — when the MTV drama returns for its third season.
RelatedScream Halloween Special: Who Died? Who Returned? What’s Next?
In addition to a new cast and storyline, the network has announced that Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural) will serve as the series’ new showrunner. Queen Latifah, Shakim Conpere and Yaneley Arty are also joining as executive producers for Flavor Unit Entertainment.
Though MTV had initially planned on bringing Scream‘s original cast back for a shortened third season, the network shifted gears along the way, »
1940 / B&W / 1:85 / Street Date April 25, 2017
Cinematography: Stephen Burum
Film Editor: Barry Malkin
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s Young Adult tone poem, unspools in a black and white never-never land of sullen teens, pool tables and pompadours. It may take a moment for the audience to suss out that we’re not in the Eisenhower era with Chuck Berry, Marilyn Monroe and the Cold War but squarely in Reagan’s domain of MTV, Madonna and the Cold War.
Set in a destitute Oklahoma town with the ghost of The Last Picture Show whistling through its empty streets, Matt Dillon plays Rusty, an inveterate gang-banger growing up in the shadow of his older brother played by Mickey Rourke, a reformed juvenile »
- Charlie Largent
Ellie Goulding is so hardcore.
The British singer is currently putting in some intense work in London recording her next album, and People caught up with the 30-year-old for our World’s Most Beautiful Issue to get the full scoop on exactly how she does it.
Turns out, each day starts with a brawl.
“I start my day training at the gym,” she tells us. “Somehow I’m a natural at boxing. Who knew? I feel like constantly sweating is good for getting toxins out. I like to drink and do things that a lot of women do, and that helps counteract that. »
- Sharon Clott Kanter
Read even just a couple of interviews with him and you’ll realize that James Gray — in his humor, candor, self-effacement, knowledge, and general kindness — is better at the process than almost anybody else. So I’d experienced twice over, and now a third time on the occasion of his latest picture, The Lost City of Z. Although I liked the film a whole lot upon seeing it at last year’s Nyff and found it a rich source of questions, our conversation proved too casual and genial to be intruded about with a query about sound mixing — which I, of course, just knew I’d ask before entering a hotel room and sitting at a tiny table, complementary chocolate cake between us, and realizing that my muse then and there was instead a question about Steven Soderbergh’s Twitter account.
It’s not every day you can bring it up, »
- Nick Newman
Musician J. Geils, best known for founding The J. Geils Band, was found dead in his home in Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday. He was 71.
The Groton Police Department released a statement to Et confirming the news of the rocker's death. Officers performing a well-being check on the artist located Geils, who was unresponsive and was later declared dead on the scene.
Authorities reported that their "preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes." Police are investigating, however foul play is not suspected.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
Born John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist formed The J. Geils Band while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Geils teamed up with bassist Danny "Dr. Funk" Klein and harmonic player Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz in 1967.
The group saw early success with their forays into blues rock, but exploded in popularity in the 1980s, when they began focusing on mainstream new wave rock.
The J. Geils Band released »
Legendary musician Chuck Berry‘s funeral was Sunday in St. Louis, about three weeks after his death at the age of 90.
A public viewing was held at The Pageant, a St. Louis club where Berry performed, with fans beginning to line up before dawn, according to the Associated Press. The private Celebration of Life service is set to follow at 1 p.m. for the musician’s family and friends, with the procession to the cemetery set for around 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to Fox 2 News.
Berry’s open casket had a red Gibson electric guitar bolted to the inside of its lid, »
- Katherine Richter
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