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Identity is a funny thing. Defining ourselves is our first step in defining the world around us, especially in the way that we define others. Or “the other.” So, what happens when one spends his formative years as “the other” in an otherwise fairly homogeneous culture?
At once, American Arab — the latest provocative documentary by Usama Alshaibi — is both profoundly personal and culturally inquisitive. It is the first grand statement in a discussion that has been begging to take place since September 11, 2001: What is the role of the Arab in modern American society?
For his previous two feature-length films, Alshaibi has been toying with notions of his identity, whether directly in the documentary Nice Bombs in which he returned to his hometown of Baghdad, Iraq following the ouster of Saddam Hussein, or through proxy in his fiction film Profane, about a female sex worker struggling with her religious background. »
- Mike Everleth
As Vulture notes, starting today all 17 seasons of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often brilliant and always envelope-pushing "South Park" are available, for free, on Hulu. This will be the case until season 18 premieres on September 24th. So get cracking. (After the new premiere, all episodes will be available the following day on Hulu Plus, the pay version of Hulu.)
"South Park," of course, is the critically acclaimed animated series that began life as an animated Christmas card back in 1992 called "The Spirit of Christmas" (created, crudely but effectively, in a stop motion paper cutout style). A few years later the short was refined and looks a lot more like the eventual series. The pilot episode of the series aired in 1997, and jumped to the big screen in 1999 with the deeply wonderful "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut." Always a lightning rod for controversy, the series had touched »
- Drew Taylor
I’m “biast” (con): …but not a fan of Donald Rumsfeld
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
As Iraq disintegrates before our eyes, it’s suddenly even more vital to listen to what Donald Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the mess in the Middle East, has to say for himself. It’s pretty ugly… not that Rumsfeld sees that, of course. This feature-length interview with documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.) is horrifying for how it demonstrates Rumsfeld’s complete lack of awareness of the enormity of his own actions.
Or else — this is worse, and I suspect it’s closer to the truth — we »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When Charlie Sheen dropped a bomb on Saddam Hussein in Hot Shots! back in the 1990s, we can't imagine that the-then leader of Iraq was particularly amused. However, we also can't quite remember Jim Abrahams' spoof movie being the catalyst for international conflict.
But times have changed. And Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the co-directors of the upcoming The Interview, seem to have left the North Korean government threatening an "act of war". We are not making this up. The world might end because of a Seth Rogen movie.
The Interview is a comedy, starring Rogen and James Franco, about a fake plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. And on the basis of the trailer, there are some within North Korea who are not amused. »
Even though the show Tyrant is set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, it still exists in the same universe where Saddam Hussein and others lived--and eventually died. This show strives to be real and it's parallels to real-world situations are to be admired, even if the FX show indulges in quite a few well-trodden stereotypes about Middle Eastern people and cultures, while simultaneously feeling like only the briefest character outlines are sketched out in the pilot.
If you want to watch a show with similar themes and plotlines that you'd find in 24 or Homeland, but also one that borrows liberally from family soaps like Dallas, you might like FX's new series, Tyrant. Me? I'm still on the fence, especially since the lead character is a bit too vanilla.
We all watched South Park at, more than likely, way too young an age. We learnt things that we probably shouldn’t even know about today, with Matt and Trey daring to bring every taboo possible to surface. This said, South Park is also loaded with moral lessons. Whether it’s about how we treat other countries, homosexuals, the disabled… even relationship advice from Satan… there’s plenty of epic lessons amongst the filth.
So repeat after me a minute before the credits roll: “I learned something today…”
15. Being Independent For A While Is Good
We all got immersed into relationships in our teens, whether clinging tightly onto one or torn between two. South Park teaches the lesson of learning to be happy independent of relationships in a very unconventional way – through the love life of Satan.
In the two-parter episodes, Do The Handicapped Go To Hell and Probably, »
- Jack Moulton
As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.
courtesy of themoviescene.co.uk
30. Annie (1982)
Directed by John Huston
Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)
Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to »
- Joshua Gaul
Even over the phone, Seth Rogen's laugh sounds like nothing else on earth — a stuttering chuckle that sounds like a car engine desperately trying to turn over, too full and deep to be phony, too hearty and human to not be contagious. The 32-year-old Canadian comedian called in to talk about his latest film Neighbors, which pits suburbanite Rogen, his wife (Bridesmaids' Rose Byrne) and his family against the newly-moved-in party-hearty college fraternity next door, as led by alpha d-bag Zac Efron. We decided to grill Rogen about »
• Sandra Bullock is circling the role of Brownie Wise in an untitled pic about the rise of Tupperware. Wise was the saleswoman who helped the airtight containers succeed in the ’50s thanks to her innovative “party plan” marketing scheme. The Help’s Tate Taylor is attached to direct the movie, which will be based on Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. [THR]
• Eddie Redmayne is set to re-team with his Les Misérables director Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl, about the painter Einar Wegener — the first man to have a sex-change operation. The script, penned by Lucinda Coxon, will be »
- Lindsey Bahr
Pattinson was attached to play military interrogator Eric Maddox, who spearheaded Hussein's capture. The role will now be recast. [Source: The Wrap]
Andy Garcia has joined the cast of the live-action film adaptation of Mattel's superhero property "Max Steel" at Dolphin Films. Garcia will play the brilliant and mysterious scientist Dr. Miles Edwards. Filming begins today in Wilmington.
Stewart Hendler directs the origins story which chronicles the adventures of 16-year-old Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) and alien companion Steel, who must harness and combine their tremendous new powers to evolve into the superhero Max Steel. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
According to The Wrap, Pattinson has dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
His role will reportedly be recast in the time for principal photography, set to begin in autumn.
He will next be seen in The Rover and Maps to the Stars.
Watch the trailer for The Rover below: »
Robert Pattinson out of ‘Mission: Blacklist’ movie (photo: Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in ‘Life’) Robert Pattinson and Mission: Blacklist have parted ways. Pattinson, whose name had been attached to the project for two years — since Cannes 2012 — has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling issues. Now, what could those issues be? Well, Robert Pattinson, best known (at least for the time being) as the vampire Edward Cullen in the immensely popular Twilight movie franchise, has no less than two movies opening at Cannes 2014: David Michôd’s thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, which will be shown as one of Cannes’ Midnight Screenings, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, also featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Carrie Fisher, and which is in the running for the Palme d’Or. There’s more: Robert Pattinson has recently completed work on Anton Corbijn’s Life, with Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, »
- Zac Gille
Actors like Robert Pattinson are sometimes the most interesting ones to watch as they go about crafting their career in Hollywood. Completely written-off as a legitimate talent due to his work on the Twilight series, the British thesp is now making most critics bite their tongues. With an impressive turn in Cosmopolis not too long ago, and lead roles in two very exciting upcoming films (David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and David Michod’s The Rover), the actor is starting to turn heads again.
Add to that a whole slate of in-development projects (Lost City of Z, Life, Queen of the Desert) that will solidify his status as a leading man even further, and Robert Pattinson is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most exciting young talents (I never thought I would write that sentence).
Unfortunately, being so busy means that the actor doesn’t have time to »
- Matt Joseph
Here's today's latest casting news: Sandra Bullock is circling the lead in Tate Taylor's untitled Tupperware picture as sales executive Brownie Wise. Maya Rudolph has been revealed as a member of the voice cast of Disney's Big Hero 6. T.J. Miller and Jamie Chung also star. Robert Pattinson has departed Mission: Blacklist, an indie thriller centering on the hunt for Saddam Hussein. Hit the jump for more on each project. First up from THR is news that Bullock is circling the role of Wise in Taylor's untitled Tupperware tale. The picture, also scripted by Taylor, tracks the rise of the Tupperware brand when Wise came up with the idea of hosting Tupperware parties in the 1950s. The events caught on and spread across the country, making Wise (and her products) rather famous, and landing her on the cover of Business Week in 1954, making her the first woman to achieve that feat. »
- Dave Trumbore
Back in May 2012 we got a sales poster for the adaptation of Eric Maddox's book "Capturing Saddam: The Hunt for Saddam Hussein--As Told by the Unlikely Interrogator Who Spearheaded the Mission", which was to be simply titled Mission: Blacklist with Robert Pattinson set to star. Since then we haven't heard much about the project, which was to be directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. That is, until today, and it's not a good sign. According to The Wrap, Pattinson has dropped off the project, which would have seen him playing the role of interrogator Eric Maddox on a mission to trap the world's most wanted man, Saddam Hussein. Oh, yeah, it's based on a true story, Maddox isn't an ego maniac that uses his own name for characters in his books. Sauvaire is still attached to direct with a screenplay by Erik Jendressen, Dylan Kussman and Trace Sheehan. Pattinson simply won't be involved, »
- Brad Brevet
Robert Pattinson is having a hell of a year. The former “Twilight” star has two films appearing at Cannes 2014 – David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover.” His already-completed bucket list achievement includes working with Werner Herzog (“Queen of The Desert”), Anton Corbijn (“Life”) and his to-do list includes acting for auteurs like James Gray (“Lost City Of Z”), James Marsh ("Hold on to Me") and director/actor Brady Corbet (“The Childhood of a Leader”). But a busy plate often means something has to go by the wayside. So the Wrap is reporting that Pattinson has dropped out of the Saddam Hussein thriller “Mission: Blacklist.” A psychological thriller, the movie is a true story of military interrogator Eric Maddox on the hunt for the Iraqi leader, and the events that led him to uncover the wanted man in a spiderhole in Tikrit. "Band Of Brothers »
- Edward Davis
Robert Pattinson has exited “Mission: Blacklist,” an indie thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, due to scheduling issues, TheWrap has learned. First announced in May 2012, Pattinson was attached to play military interrogator Eric Maddox, who spearheaded Hussein's capture. With two films premiering at Cannes, Pattinson is coming off a very active period. He just wrapped Anton Corbijn's “Life” with Dane DeHaan and did not have sufficient time to prepare for his demanding role in “Mission: Blacklist,” an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap. The role of Maddox will now be recast, and the filmmakers hope to start production this. »
- Jeff Sneider
Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan's mockumentary sees the comedians impersonating Michael Caine and Roger Moore to humorous effect - but it's their take on their own personas that is most compulsive viewing
We're now halfway through The Trip to Italy, the continental sequel to Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and director Michael Winterbottom's 2010 series The Trip. In the original, the pair were sent on a restaurant-reviewing tour of the north of England by the Observer. Now they're back for round two, this time exchanging slate-grey skies for shimmering Italian coastline.
What hasn't changed, thankfully, is the company. Not just Brydon and Coogan themselves, but those the pair lug around with them in impression form: Ronnie Corbett, Anthony Hopkins, Alan Bennett, et al. This time round, though, the surreal flavour of their impersonations has become a top note. Michael Caine solemnly buries a Batman costume. Terry Wogan furiously quizzes Brydon »
- Rachel Aroesti
“There are known knowns. There are known unknowns. There are unknown unknowns. But there are also unknown knowns—that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” Those are the confounding words are spoken by Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld – the subject of Errol Morris’s latest documentary The Unknown Known.
At this point in his career Morris is a seasoned veteran when it comes to this form of talking-head dissection of a controversial political figure. His unique flair and visual flourishes add allure and nuance even with the subject is lacking in both. Rumsfeld’s shell appears too hard for even Morris to fully crack. While The Unknown Known encapsulates the inner workings of an intriguing figure, it does not have the satisfying reflective quality of similar Morris documentaries.
Rumsfeld works as the yin to Robert McNamara’s »
- Dan Clark
As Skye recovers from her injuries, episode 15 sees Agent Coulson and his team of agents encounter Lorelei, a deadly seductress who has escaped from Asgard and enslaved a biker gang to be her private army in a quest for power. Another Asgardian also arrives on Earth, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role from Thor and Thor: The Dark World), who has come to thwart Lorelei's evil schemes. Lorelei seduces Ward and escapes with him, as they prepare for a battle of godly proportions.
Flintoff's Road to Nowhere: Sky1, 9pm
This is the second part of the former cricketer's travelogue, as he - with his friend and cycling writer Rob Penn - pedal along Brazil's 1,200km Trans-Amazonian highway. The duo discover more about the imminent threat to wildlife from deforestation as they arrange to meet one of the few legal local logging companies. »
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