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The 21st century is barely into its teens, but it has already played host to a series of stunning political cataclysms. Mark McKinnon on the most momentous dates thus far.
Some of the most momentous days of the last decade seemed ordinary when we were living them. We were oblivious then to the many whose lives were lost, whose lives were changed, whose lives gained new meaning. Other dates we knew from the start were destined for the history books. In this new century, the country shifted right, then left, then right again, as November's rising crimson tide in November in the House, Senate, governorships and state legislatures proved the rumors of the death of conservatism to be wrong. A more engaged electorate, and balance brought by the middle seeking solutions not partisanship, led to the historic Republican resurgence and a re-centering of the nation.
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- Mark McKinnon
BabyCenter, a popular pregnancy and parenting website, announced its list for the best and worst celebrity baby names of 2010. The results were based on a site poll of almost 2000 parents.
Rhea Durham and David Burtka (and famous partners Mark Wahlberg and Neil Patrick Harris, respectively) find themselves at the top of the best list with classic names Grace Margaret for Rhea and Mark, and Harper Grace for David and Neil. (Interestingly, David and Neil also made the least favorable list with the other twin in their pair, Gideon Scott.)
Topping the worst list are Jamie Oliver's son Buddy Bear, Alicia Keys' son Egypt and Will Ferrell and wife Viveca Paulin's son Axel. We're sure they are all lovely babies, but we kind of agree about the weird names.
Top 10 Favorite Celebrity Baby Names
Prodigious Oscar-Winning Documentarian Talks The Hubris Of Politicians & Says His Lance Armstrong Doc Is Next
2010 has been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to documentary films. Between Banksy's gonzo "Exit Through the Gift Shop," Charles Ferguson's financial crisis breakdown "Inside Job," and everything in between ("Catfish," which might not even have been a documentary at all, was still pretty entertaining). One of the best, and most unfairly overlooked, it seems, is Alex Gibney's blistering "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer." A multi-pronged take on the disgraced Governor of New York, who went from cracking… »
Brave Elizabeth passed away Dec. 7 at her home in North Carolina, after her hard- fought 6-year battle against breast cancer.
Hopefully, the outpouring of warm tributes from celebrities to heads of state will bring comfort to her three surviving children and all those who loved her!
President Barack Obama: “Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. This afternoon I spoke to ( oldest daughter) Cate Edwards and ( estranged husband) John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences. I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign. She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind. In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned »
- Chloe Melas
President Barack Obama, cycling champ and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, and other famous public figures are remembering the late Elizabeth Edwards. "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards," President Obama said. "This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family's condolences. I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign. She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind. "In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain," the president continued. "Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that »
The former presidential candidate's wife passed away Tuesday afternoon at the age of 61. Jonathan Alter on how she lived-and the conversation he had with her about the cancer that eventually claimed her.
On Monday, a friend of the Edwards family called me from their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She said that Elizabeth Edwards wanted me to know that the doctors had stopped treatment and the end was very near. Elizabeth, whose condition began deteriorating rapidly in October, was in hospice and her family (including daughter Cate and estranged husband John) had been summoned home. I wasn't a close friend. I hadn't favored John Edwards for president in 2008. But I am a cancer survivor and in 2007 Elizabeth and I had bonded, as so many survivors do.
Cancer is a foreign country, a mere place on a scary map to those who haven't lived there. I was lucky enough to return home. »
- Jonathan Alter
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and estranged husband Tony Parker are apparently gearing up for a nasty divorce battle that could include allegations that Longoria cheated in the marriage as well as Parker. Among the shocking revelations is that Longoria, 35, may have had an affair with Tour de France bicycle champ Lance Armstrong, according to a new report in the National Enquirer. Eva allegedly found sexually explicit text messages between her husband and Erin Barry, the wife of his former San Antonio Spurs teammate Brent Barry. »
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The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is shaping up quite nicely. The films in competition , and out of competition , have already been announced and each has some incredibly exciting entries. Monday brought the announcement of the 81 short films, chosen out of 6,467 entries, that will play in Park City, Utah this January. And while the majority of them are by currently unknown filmmakers, there are a few that jump out featuring names like Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Jack Black. Actually, those guys are all in the same short. Other notables include Neil Labute, Tim & Eric and Isabella Rossellini. After the jump, we'll highlight those films and show you the full list. Scanning the list, here are the films that stick out as particularly exciting. Fight For Your Right Revisited (Director and Screenwriter: Adam Yauch) - After the boys leave the party... Cast: Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, »
- Germain Lussier
HollywoodNews.com: Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival’s Short Film Program comprises 81 short films from U.S. and international filmmakers selected from 6,467 submissions up 6% over 2010. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
“It’s a marvel to discover the creativity in this year’s shorts program. These filmmakers are charged with telling compelling stories, nurturing breakout performances and engaging the audience, all in a fraction of the time allocated to features, and each one delivers,” said Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming. “For 2011, we are pleased to be able to shine a light on indigenous filmmakers working around the world in the short-form medium, and to provide festival goers with a window into native storytelling.”
“These directors have once again raised the »
- Linny Lum
After announcing their feature film line-up (here and here), the Sundance Film Institute just sent us over their short film selections. Most initially appealing is Fight For Your Right Revisited, directed by Beastie Boy‘s Adam Yauch. The short features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Jack Black. I’ll definitely be checking it out.
Neil Labute is also directing a short starring Julia Stiles, and Jonathan Caouette‘s short starring Chloë Sevigny will show, from the trailer we previously featured. There is also a short co-written by Cloverfield and Unstoppable‘s T.J. Miller. Check them all out below and look for our coverage in January.
U.S. Narrative Shorts
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- Jordan Raup
Well, we’ve see the list of feature-length films that are in the 2011 lineup of the Sundance Film Festival. Just moments ago, the festival revealed the full list of short films that will accompany those features – 44 in total, from a record 3,453 submissions! Wow! Glad I’m not on that judging committee.
But of note in the below list are 2 filmmakers who are followers of this blog, both I’ve communicated with in the past – one actually was mentioned on Black Filmmakers To Watch thread, so we may as well add the other.
Moon’s short film is titled Crazy Beats Strong Every Time. Some may recall that, in September, I posted an entry for Moon, to help raise money to complete the short film. He was trying to raise $8,000, and actually ended up raising $10,250! So, congrats to Moon! The synopsis for »
How do you follow a film that sweeps the Oscars and wins universal acclaim? If you're Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, you switch genre, downsize, work harder... As well as directing 127 Hours, a film that tells the true story of stricken climber Aron Ralston, Boyle is taking a production of Frankenstein to the National and overseeing the Olympics opening ceremony. And what drives such relentless energy and enthusiasm? A fear of mediocrity...
Sick Boy: "It's certainly a phenomenon in all walks of life."
Renton: "What do you mean?"
- Tim Adams
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David Beckham has agreed to guest host a future episode of "Saturday Night Live", if Daily Mirror is to be trusted. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has allegedly been approached by the show's producers and offered the slot after they saw his hilarious stint for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".
"People often underestimate David's wry sense of humor and faultless natural timing. But he's actually very funny and has no problem poking fun at himself," a source said when talking about the rumored gig. "It's a huge deal for David and will make him an even bigger star Stateside than he already is. His dream now is to record a cameo in Only Fools And Horses - it's his ultimate comedic fantasy."
[Editor's Note: This was filmed during the 2010 Toronto Int.Film Festival] More about the ruthlessness and righteousness of Eliot Spitzer, than the incident that would tarnish his presidency candidacy but not his future in politics, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is a formable account of an enemy's enemies and surprisingly could have been completed without Spitzer's participation. Not a hard hitting political documentary, but a portrait that might give us a little insight on the style Gibney might use for his eventual docu on Lance Armstrong. Here's the Q&A following the public screening last Monday. »
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- Jeff Bayer
Actor Patrick Dempsey is turning "Extra" Lifechanger, helping cancer patients and their families -- having gained inspiration from his mother's battle with ovarian cancer.
"She's had five bouts of ovarian cancer," Dempsey told "Extra's" Aj Calloway, sitting down with the actor at the Avon Foundation for Women gala for breast cancer awareness. "The type of cancer that she has comes back every two or three years, slow growing, thank goodness."
The "Grey's Anatomy" star has »
It's been a while since I've said this, but I really, really like this week's episode of The Office. It hits just the right balance of sweetness (Andy's band) and hilarity (the Meredith, Oscar, and Ryan bit killed me!). We also get a slight break from insanely over-the-top Michael, as he mostly stays in boss mode. Is it proof that the show may survive without him after all? When Jim and Dwight go to pitch to an important client, they bump into Danny Cordray (Timothy Olyphant), the golden boy of sales in Scranton (and former date of one Pam Halpert). Determined to figure out what makes Cordray tick, Dwight cooks up a scheme to run surveillance on him during a fake meeting with Meredith - until Meredith's hormones get the best of her. To save face, Michael hires Cordray, bringing him on as a traveling salesman. As one more employee joins the fold, »
- Lauren Bradshaw
"The Office" tries to put "The Sting" on a rival, and it goes horribly awry. Which, from a comedy standpoint, is a good thing.
We're officially going to declare "The Office" out of its Season 6 doldrums, because this season has thus far not had a dud episode yet. Not every story in every show has worked, but there's been good stuff every week.
The good stuff in "The Sting" revolved mostly around Timothy Olyphant as rival salesman-turned-Dunder Mifflin employee Danny Cordray (named, we're assuming, after producer Randy Cordray), who got a chance to show off his comedy chops and not wear a cowboy hat. As noted in our preview, he mostly played the straight man (or reacted to regulars drooling over him), but he meshed really well with the cast.
And Omg Danny dated Pam! It happened (offscreen) while Jim was in Stamford, and someone never called someone back, and »
You know your father was Captain of a starship for 12 minutes. He saved 800 Casting Tidbits. Including your mother's and yours. I dare you to do better. First up, Variety reports Sandra Bullock will star in and executive produce a new drama at Warner Bros. with The Proposal director Anne Fletcher at the helm. Very little is known about the untitled project which spawned from a pitrch from writers Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, but it's described as An Unmarried Woman meets Saturday Night Fever. However, this will not be Bullock's next project to follow-up The Blind Side since she's looking to take a lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity. Next, though he's been set to play famous cyclist and humanitarian Lance Armstrong in a long-gestating biopic, it looks like Matt Damon will tell the story of the Tour de France champion in a different way. 24 Frames reports »
- Ethan Anderton
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