11 items from 2014
This year’s CineMayhem film festival (started by Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson) might be over (having ran March 28-30th), but there are plenty of cool things left to show, for those who weren’t able to make it to the annual La-based event (myself included ). This year, the fest was moved to Jumpcut Cafe, and boasted a pretty impressive lineup, including an opening night screening of the John Carpenter’s classic The Fog, highlighted by a pre-screening Q&A with the master of horror himself.
Saturday’s events included a variety of short films, as well as a special screening of the Grace Jones-led bloodsucker classic, Vamp, complete with a rare reunion of the film’s stars Robert Rusler, DeDee Pfeiffer, and director Richard Wenk (Making it even more special is the face that some of »
- Jerry Smith
Few recent tentpoles have lent themselves less naturally to a sequel than Zack Snyder’s “300,” a movie in which nearly all the major characters died, while a brief coda showed a unified Greek army about to lay waste to the remnants of Persia. But Snyder and co-writer Kurt Johnstad handily surmount that problem in “300: Rise of an Empire,” which offers a “meanwhile, back in Athens” story to complement the Spartan narrative of the first film, along with an even higher quotient of impaled torsos, severed limbs and rippling Mediterranean musculature. Anchored by Eva Green’s fearsome performance as a Persian naval commander whose vengeful bloodlust makes glowering King Xerxes seem a mere poseur, this highly entertaining time-filler lacks the mythic resonances that made “300” feel like an instant classic, but works surprisingly well on its own terms. Arriving in theaters on the box office fumes of “The Legend of Hercules” and “Pompeii, »
- Scott Foundas
Murder on the Familiar Express: Collett-Serra’s Airborne Caper a Watchable Throwback
Director Jaume Collet-Serra has jumped aboard the Liam Neeson renaissance train, reuniting with star for Non-Stop after their 2011 effort, Unknown (and, they’ve recently wrapped a third feature due out next year). With Neeson’s insistent return to the action fold, his latest outing fares well in comparison, a glossy whodunit that feels like a familiar (and fun) Agatha Christie narrative thrust onto a plane, filled with moments you’ll question later but offering a generous amount of engagement generally lacking in many recent big budget offerings. A host of recognizable faces admirably (though not entirely successfully) warps the process of elimination via casting choices, and while it doesn’t quite manage a smooth landing in a rather truncated finale, it offers enough mainstream enjoyment to at least avoid making you angry with it.
A depressed and alcoholic Us Air Marshall, »
- Nicholas Bell
If you’re looking for Oscar-caliber entertainment this Oscar weekend, look somewhere else but for a fun time at the movies, I recommended Non-stop, which is less an action film than an old-fashioned locked-in-the-box whodunnit. During a transatlantic flight from New York City to London (on the fictional Aqualantic airlines) grizzled, hard-drinking U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account. Until he secures the money, a passenger on his flight will be killed every 20 minutes. As Bill struggles to find who the murderer is, the ground crew is convinced that he himself has hijacked the aircraft.
On balance, Non-stop is a lot of fun. It takes its absurd premise, which is basically “How do you kill someone on a crowded plane and get away with” and keeps it focused, never »
- Tom Stockman
"People like Grace Jones and David Bowie, who have such a sense of themselvesÂ… The kind of clothes that I've found I like to wear over the past year and six months have all been things that make me feel powerful and strong," showbizspy.com quoted Lorde as saying.
Of her personal style, she said: "I wear a lot of pants. I wear a lot of long, structured dresses."
She has a lot of young fans who look up to her, but she believes "it's a fine line between being a role model and preaching to people."
- Rahul Kapoor
The ‘Royals’ teen ditched her edgy style for a pretty, pastel dress and a crown of flowers — and she looks effortlessly gorgeous! Do you love her look?
Lorde,17, traded in her signature attire for a pretty pop of color as she rocks a beautiful pastel dress in Vogue. With her gorgeous black curls in tow, the young starlet looks ready for spring — and truly more ‘Royal’ than we could’ve ever imagined!
Lorde’s ‘Vogue’ Shoot:
At just 17 finding yourself on the top of the charts is an amazing accomplishment — and so is a shoot in the high-fashion magazine! We love how she showed off a whimsical look for the spring feature, donning a floral crown. Inside, the songstress opened up about her sense of style. “The kind of clothes that I’ve found I like to wear over the past year and six month have all been things that »
- HL Intern
Don't expect Lorde's unique style to change now that she's a Grammy winning superstar. The pop star told Vogue magazine she's not into trends: "The kind of clothes that I've found I like to wear over the past year and six month have all been things that make me feel powerful and strong," she shared in the March 2014 issue. "I wear a lot of pants I wear a lot of long structure dresses." She also shares that a few of her favorite labels are: Comme des Garcons, Miu Miu, Moschino, and Simone Rocha. As for her style icons, she says looks up to "People like Grace Jones and David Bowie, who have a sense of themselves." And speaking of idolizing, the "Royals" »
Film and fashion’s most notable talent braved rivers of slush and and sleet for amfAR’s exclusive annual blacktie gala on Feb. 5, held at the Wall Street outpost of tony pleasuredome Cipriani. The lavish soiree, sponsored by Bulgari, Wells Fargo, Mercedes Benz, and Mac Viva Glam, is just one of the many initiatives raising money for amFAR’s AIDS cure research.
“I did my first Broadway show when the crisis had just come to the forefront,” confessed Jane Krakowski, who lent her showstopping vocals to the evening’s star lineup. The first person I knew who contracted [HIV] was in the male chorus room ten years later, the majority of the chorus room was dead. When you’re that young, you’re not used to your friends dying.”
However, “the great news is, my friends aren’t dying anymore,” she continued. “What is wonderful about amfAR is »
- Caroline Golum
With the publication of with his seminal 1977 book, White Trash, Christopher Makosburst on to the photography scene and made a name for himself as the first photographer to record the convergence of the “uptown” and “downtown” worlds, as Debbie Harry fondly remembers. This raw, beautiful volume chronicled the punk scene as it came of age on the street of New York. Interspersed in the mix are portraits of boldface names, including Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Tennessee Williams, Halston, John Paul Getty III, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Zandra Rhodes, Divine, Lance Loud, and Marilyn Chambers, among others. Over the years, the book became a cult classic, selling for up to $500 on Amazon. Glitterati Incorporated is »
- Pietro Filipponi
They are perhaps the most versatile monster we know. The vampire. Sometimes sexy, sometimes proper, sometimes feral, sometimes classic. The vampire comes in so many different forms.
There are so many to choose from. Vampires have been present in movies and television forever, so picking out the most vicious is no mean feat. We've done our best to narrow it down to the Top 11 but also have our usual honorable mentions to help flesh out the list (pun definitely intended).
We'd like to recognize the infected Alpha male vampire from I Am Legend; that dude was simply badass. In any version of Salem's Lot, be it either of the television mini-series or the book, Kurt Barlow has always been Type 1 brutal. Chris Sarandon's Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night »
- Scott Hallam
The Crazy Ones is one of the funniest freshman comedies, and we were invited to the set of the show for a lively Q&A with the cast, including Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, plus executive producer David E. Kelley. They revealed lots of juicy details about what's coming up in future episodes, like returning guest stars, how a relationship between Sydney (Gellar) and Andrew (Hamish Linklater) has been in the works since the beginning, and more from Chicago's funniest ad agency. Andrew and Sydney will continue to be a thing! The kernels of Sydney and Andrew being together are not going away anytime soon, and that's been in the works since the inception of the series. "We knew immediately that we wanted to do a romance," executive producer Jon Kinnally said, "and we thought Sydney and Andrew together would make a really fun romance." They also added that originally, »
- Shannon Vestal
11 items from 2014
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