1-20 of 41 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
The Simpsons is known for having had great guest stars over the years, continually snagging some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry (and elsewhere) and having them turn up on the show both as cameos and at times as actual characters.
In the early years you had Kelsey Grammer, Michael Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Phil Hartman, George Takei, Ringo Starr, Jon Lovitz, and many others. There were musical guests like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. In more recent seasons guest stars have included Daniel Radcliffe, Max Von Sydow, Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Patrick Stewart, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Gordon Ramsay, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cera, Jeremy Irons, Cheech and Chong, Alyson Hannigan, Jodie Foster, Sacha Baron Cohen and, again, many others.
Many, many others.
There have literally been hundreds of guest stars on The Simpsons over the years, »
- Jay Anderson
Directed by Jeff Preiss
Jazz can be vivacious and alive, but it can also get down real low. It becomes reserved, intimate, raw and wholly adult. Bebop demands a refined ear and a patient listener, and good music challenges you to listen closely and find the blues and pain within.
Low Down is a sharply jazzy, bleak and vital character drama based on the memoir of Amy-Jo Albany and her famous, piano-playing father and jazz musician Joe Albany. It’s less a music biopic and more a coming-of-age story about growing up real fast and learning to face the music all too soon.
Director Jeff Preiss sets Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) up for disappointment right out the gate, with her father (John Hawkes) being arrested for failing to stay clean from his heroin addiction and breaking his parole. She speaks in »
- Brian Welk
Based on Amy-Jo Albany’s memoir about growing up in the care of her gifted but frequently absent musician father, Low Down focuses on what it was like for Amy (Elle Fanning) to turn to the love of her aging grandmother (Glenn Close) while Joe (John Hawkes) struggled as much with his heroin addiction as he did finding gigs. In the years between 1974 and 1976, surrounded by a ragtag bunch of Hollywood outcasts and eccentrics, Amy was witness to heartbreak and tragedy, but still hung onto the love she had for her family. Directed by Jeff Preiss, the film also stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Flea. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Elle Fanning talked about why she wanted to do this project, using her imagination to put herself in Amy’s shoes, learning about the jazz music that’s showcased in the film, having to kiss Peter Dinklage, »
- Christina Radish
We have an exclusive Low Down clip to premiere. Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down examines the complex relationship between jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning): "Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds." Peter Dinklage plays one of those vagabonds, offering Amy-Jo a tour of his hole-in-the-wall in the clip. Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, and Glenn Close also star. Low Down opens in New York October 24 and reaches Los Angeles October 31. Watch the clip after the jump. [complextv contentid="IzOTZicTot9F5wpBogVPz7E4A1MuaM4y" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Official synopsis: Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween. She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she's still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. "It's a secret," she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. "But I'll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I've been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I've been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Keanu Reeves just turned 50, and he's still kicking butt on the big screen.
Reeves broke out in the late '80s as the now iconic Ted Theodore Logan in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989) before "Point Break" (1991) and "Speed" (1994) made the actor a bonafide action star -- and that was all before he became Neo in "The Matrix" trilogy. In the past few years, Reeves has also found success behind the camera, directing the martial arts film "Man of Tai Chi" (2013), while still holding onto his indie roots. This fall, Reeves is back playing a legendary hitman out for revenge in the blood action film "John Wick."
2. His mother is an English-born costume designer, »
- Jonny Black
"Weird Al" Yankovic, the master of musical mockery, has penned satirical songs about all sorts of strange topics, from taco grandes and Beverly Hillbillies to living in an Amish paradise and word crimes. Now, for the first time ever, the Mandatory Fun singer is tackling a very serious issue: Underpants.
"Weird Al" will guest voice on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon's preschool vocabulary-building series Wallykazam!, and Rolling Stone has your first look and listen at Yankovic's "Wizard Jeff" teaching kids the word "underpants." "Weird Al" will guest on the episode titled "Mustache Day, »
On this, my last day of the festival, I saw two films that didn’t make me smile but made me glad I was there. Both The Look of Silence and Low Down proved to be among my favorites, this despite the fact that they are bleak, hard to watch, and provocative pieces of filmmaking.
The Look of Silence was first in a somewhat emptier theater than I had expected (I mean, who doesn’t love watching documentaries about genocide at 3:45 on a Saturday?), but the entire crowd in attendance raised their hand when asked and affirmed they had seen Joshua Oppenheimer’s previous film The Act of Killing. This film truly is a sequel to that groundbreaking first feature. It requires an understanding of why these men, why these killers, are so open and candid about their brutal acts of violence such that now we can appropriately hold their feet to the fire. »
- Brian Welk
The relationship between rockers Metallica and jazz might seem spurious. But Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich, the bassist and drummer, respectively, for the thrash metal band — who act as Artists in Residence at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival — are not all they seem on the surface.
As guest curators for the 11-day event, each member picked a movie they’ll be presenting: Trujillo with “Jaco,” a documentary work in progress about groundbreaking crossover jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius that he produced with John Battsek of Passion Pictures (the Oscar-winning “Searching for Sugar Man”); and Ulrich with “Whiplash,” about an aspiring jazz drummer and his thorny relationship with a tough-love, Juilliard-like instructor.
“A lot of the younger jazz enthusiasts who are really into Jaco don’t want to believe the bass player for Metallica actually went to jazz school, saw Jaco play and had a band that was completely inspired »
- Steve Chagollan
Jazz pianist Joe Albany and his soul-warming music come to life in the first official trailer for “Low Down.”
John Hawkes stars as the famed musician and Elle Fanning plays his daughter, who penned the memoir the film is based on. Albany, who performed with the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young, died in 1988 after losing a battle with heroin addiction.
The pic, which traces two years of Albany’s troubled life, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The movie has since been re-edited for theatrical release.
See Also: Film Review: ‘Low Down’
This is one of several biopics about legendary musicians being released this year. But unlike the James Brown or Jimi Hendrix films, director Jeff Priess’ pic tells Albany’s story not from the perspective of the struggling artist, but from his daughter Amy-Jo’s point of view.
An aged Glenn Close, a nearly unrecognizable »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Today we have the trailer for "Low Down," which is based on the memoir of Amy-Jo Albany and stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Taryn Manning, Flea, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage. Check it out below. Plot: A compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Fanning) and her father Joe (Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. The new movie is directed by Jeff Preiss and is set to hit theaters in New York on October 24th, in Los Angeles on October 31st, and will then expand wider in November. Trailer: »
A few more films that premiered at Sundance at the beginning of the year are still trickling into theaters, and while some are absolutely incredible with lots of buzz like Whiplash (arriving next month), others don't seem to have the same hype. Low Down is one of those films, and the trailer seems to indicate why. There's praise in the trailer for the performances, but if the trailer is any indicator, this indie seems to meander around the story of jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) from the perspective of his young daughter (Elle Fanning) as she watches him contend with his drug addiction in the 60s and 70s. Glenn Close, Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers also star in the film. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Jeff Priess' Low Down from Oscilloscope Laboratories: Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate, »
- Ethan Anderton
Oscilloscope Laboratories has released the trailer for Jeff Preiss’ drama “Low Down,” which stars John Hawkes as legendary pianist Joe Albany and Elle Fanning as his daughter. “Low Down” premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Cinematography. While “Low Down” earned strong reviews at the festival, Preiss decided to tweak the film slightly, so it has been re-edited for theatrical release. Also read: Elle Fanning's Winnie Hatches Plan to Save Eggs From Ben Kingley's Evil Snatcher in ‘Boxtrolls’ Trailer (Video) Glenn Close and Flea co-star alongside “Game of Thrones” actors Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. »
- Jeff Sneider
Fancy your chances at getting to play video games alongside an international superstar? That dream could become a reality for one lucky person, as comedian/actor Will Ferrell has put on a fundraising event via Indiegogo which aims to raise money for charity.
Proceeds will go to Donategames.org and Cancer for College, which help out children and families who are battling with cancer, the former of which goes towards scholarships for young cancer survivors.
A two-hour event has been set up by the Anchorman star where one fortunate winner will be treated to an all-expense trip to San Francisco and will get the chance to play video games with the actor. The event will also be streamed over Twitch, so even those who didn’t back it will be able to witness the event live.
The Indiegogo website outlines the grand prize as follows:
An all expenses paid trip »
- Andrew Heaton
Pocket your smartphones and close your laptops, New York. You live in the greatest filmgoing city in the world. (Settle down, Paris!) So there's no reason not to give yourself over this fall to immersive pleasures on giant screens. If you missed the summer's curated indies of BAMcinemaFest, you'll have more chances to fill your eyes — and especially your ears — with theatrical runs for the mystically bluesy Willis Earl Beal-led folktale Memphis (September 5, IFC Center); the restored 1981 graffiti-and-Mingus tone poem Stations of the Elevated (October 17–23, Bam); and the stunning jazz-pianist biopic Low Down (October 24, limited release), co-starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.
In a crazy turn of events, Keanu Reeves is 50 years old. To honor the actor's five-decades-old milestone, we're celebrating one of his best movies, "Point Break," and explain why it fits its year of release, 1991, so perfectly.
Prior to the early '90s classic, Reeves hadn't really ventured into action movies and was best known for playing a pretty boy, high school stoner in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). "Point Break" would change all that. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), the movie paired Reeves with an established star and co-heartthrob, Patrick Swayze, fresh off hits like "Road House" (1989) and "Ghost" (1990). Together, they would create a surfing bromance too good to be true.
Set against the backdrop of the coastal Los Angeles area, "Point Break" captured the surfing culture of the region, while simultaneously depicting the criminal underbelly of the city. Los Angeles had long been the bank robbery capital of the world, »
- Jonny Black
Nick Ansell/Pa Archive/Press Association Images
The most tell-tale sign of a band’s longevity is often their live show. If they just can’t cut it onstage, they probably can’t cut it in the studio (at least, not without a team of engineers, effects, and lot of editing). When bands do get past the make-or-break point, that’s when their live show tends to go into overdrive. Record labels are able to throw more money at stage shows, knowing they’ll get their investment back many times over. Many of the tours in this list have earned well into their hundreds of millions in terms of revenue, leaving legacies for all future generations to hold themselves up against.
As much of an attraction as these shows are, they often beg the question: How far can an artist’s stage show go before it becomes a parody of itself? »
- Mark Riley
‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto. »
- Tim Cogshell
After months of speculation, competitive jabs and mistaken identities, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Will Ferrell have agreed to participate in a drum battle on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, May 22nd. Fallon announced the battle on his show Thursday night "to settle who's the better drummer once and for all."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Career in Photos
The #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign that First Lady Michelle Obama embraced on Wednesday night has caught on among celebrities, who’ve taken to their personal accounts to spread awareness for the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
“Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. –mo,” Obama captioned her photo, which she shared on her Twitter and Instagram pages.
Reese Witherspoon captioned her Instagram picture,“Sending prayers to Nigerian families who are missing their daughters. It's time to #bringbackourgirls.”
Post by MiNDFOOD.
Post by Bring Back Our Girls. »
1-20 of 41 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners