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Don’t feel insecure if you find yourself intermittently hitting the “pause” button to relieve the sense of nameless dread that creeps in during any given episode of The Night Of.
With only one episode left of HBO’s methodical, meticulous summer crime thriller, I find I’m often overcome by the urge to take a break and refill my wine glass or breathe into a paper bag or just gently rock back and forth, my hands around my knees, chanting the word “Mommy.”
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Pedro Almodovar is tired.
The Spanish film icon is double fisting black coffee and water, his eyes look heavy, and he admits that after five days at the Cannes Film Festival, he’s operating on very little sleep.
Almodovar is in the South of France to hawk his latest, “Julieta,” an adaptation of three Alice Munro stories that stands as one of his most muted works. It’s understated depiction of a mother and a daughter’s deteriorating relationship is in stark contrast to his previous effort, the neon-hued airline comedy, “I’m So Excited.” That film had all the subtlety of a Gloria Gaynor anthem.
“Julieta” was intended to be a departure in another way, as well. Meryl Streep was attached to play the mother role. Almodovar intended to make his English-language film debut, while shooting for the first time in the United States.
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- Brent Lang
The 2015 inductees into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry are as eclectic as they are decade-spanning. Among the more famous songs are Billy Joel‘s “Piano Man,” two recordings of “Mack the Knife,” the Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go,” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” George Carlin‘s comedy classic “Class Clown” also made it in, as did Metallica’s “Master of Puppets.” The original soundtrack from “A Streetcar Named Desire” joins them, along with fourth-quarter radio coverage of Wilt Chamberlin’s 100-point NBA game. Also Read: Music Makes More Money From Streaming Than Downloads for First Time in Us “These recordings, »
- Tony Maglio
Ridley Scott's multiple Oscar nominated film The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Arthur Max's production design, Harry Gregson-Williams' score, mixed with The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Vicky Sue Robinson, Abba and David Bowie's Starman add to the journey. The director of Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, and Prometheus with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron, is also a dog man.
The Martian: "You'd be amazed what the equipment's like … "
- Anne-Katrin Titze
4 items from 2016
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