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Like Jerry’s installment yesterday, I too tend to write with a playlist blasting in the background. As a musical theatre performer and a former coffee-shop cover singer, music plays a major part in my life. My music tastes are all over the board, but my writing playlists tend not to really click with what most people would assume is played when analyzing horror films. My favorite bands aren’t even on this list, because my “writing mix” is very specific to my writing process. It’s weird. I almost can’t listen to my all time favorite bands when I write because then I become distracted. I love finding new and undiscovered talents and I’m a sucker for female covers, but most of my songs are, well, you be the judge. -Bj Colangelo
1) Pogo: “Skynet Symphony”
I can’t speak highly enough of Pogo. The guy makes his »
- BJ Colangelo
Kristen Stewart's a U.S. soldier with some tough decisions to make. The "Twilight" actress stars in the new war drama "Camp X-Ray," which looks at the relationship between the detainees and guards at Guantanamo Bay. Check out the emotional trailer above! Private Amy Cole (K-Stew) becomes torn between her job and an inmate when she makes friends with a man who has been imprisoned at the facility for eight years. The prisoner, who's believed to be innocent, leaves a lasting impression on Stewart ... which makes her job serving at the penitentiary all the more difficult. News: Robert Pattinson on Kristen Stewart Cheating Scandal: Who Gives a S**t?The brunette beauty recently told Elle that when it comes to her career, she tries to stay true to herself. "Never at any point have I sat down and plotted how I should proceed from here on," she reveals. "As »
- tooFab Staff
Considering I have 23 contenders in my 2015 Oscar predictions for Best Supporting Actress at this moment and the fact I've only seen two of the movies those 23 actresses star in, I think it's safe to say these are rather wild spit-ball predictions at this moment. However, we have to start somewhere and in that sense, it's probably no surprise one of the two performances I've actually seen tops my first look at the category. At #1 I have Patricia Arquette for her performance in Boyhood. It's a pick many will probably consider ridiculous considering IFC hardly has a budget to mount a serious Oscar campaign, but this is a film and a performance we can keep alive as fans of the film. Critics, commenters and film fans alike can help show support for what will undoubtedly be one of the best performances of the year. Will it be the best in the »
- Brad Brevet
If you asked me how I came to the film world and I told you I essentially started by selling vintage clothing on eBay, you would probably think I answered the wrong question. This myopic line of thinking is exactly why you might think it’s hard to make, sell, and distribute a film. When I started selling on eBay 10 years ago, it was like the Wild Wild West – there were no instruction manuals or established models for success. I was trying to figure out how to sell something that my customers couldn’t touch or feel (or even see that well, as I still had no idea how to operate a camera).
The new world of independent film is looking more and more like this uncharted territory everyday. With existing consumption patterns becoming outdated, crowdfunding emerging as the new normal, and myriad new digital distribution models developing, there’s »
- Tina Poppy
Jessica Lange will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2014 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, Sbiff organizers announced on Wednesday. Lange, who won Oscars for “Tootsie” and “Blue Sky,” and Emmys for “Grey Gardens” and “American Horror Story,” will receive the award at a black-tie gala on Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. The actress is a current Emmy nominee for “American Horror Story: Coven,” and is now filming the fifth season of that FX series. She is also featured in the upcoming film “The Gambler,” with Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson. See »
- Steve Pond
Kristen Stewart continued her busy travels with a flight out of Lax on Thursday. The actress showed off her new short haircut again while walking around the airport, which her stylist revealed was a last-minute decision made just two hours before she debuted it at the Chanel Haute Couture show a few weeks ago. Kristen has been all over the world in the past few months, flying to NYC for the Met Gala and then to France for the Cannes Film Festival in May, with trips home to La in between. And her haircut isn't the only reason Kristen has been turning heads recently - she also dressed up in drag with Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson for a music video and showed off her sexy side in the new Clouds of Sils Maria trailer this month. »
- Alyse Whitney
In this week's column, James looks at the tricky task of retaining movie surprises in modern cinema...
"Please, accept the mystery..." Mr Park, A Serious Man.
Last week I went to the cinema. I booked my ticket in advance and reserved a place at a screening. So far this story isn't very unusual, but bear with me because there are surprises in store. Or, at least, there were surprises in store. And there are also surprises coming up in this column because it's all about surprises. Whoa, it's Bill Murray! There. That was a surprise.
Anyway, I go to the cinema a lot and normally I know what I'm going to see. This kind of prior knowledge is useful and has practical benefits. For instance, you know when you need to arrive, whether you want to invite anyone else or whether you need to adjust your clothing or mood »
It's a good month to be a Jenny Lewis fan. The actress turned singer has a new album out next week, Voyager, and the first video featured none other than Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson (watch it here). And already on VOD, and opening in theatres this weekend, is the indie "Very Good Girls," starring Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, and featuring an original score by Lewis. In addition, the musician taught Olsen how to play "Go Ahead" by her former band Rilo Kiley for the film, and this new clip shows how it turned out. "[Elizabeth Olsen] plays a young songwriter, so I chose a very old Rilo Kiley song for her to sing, because it felt conceivable that a young artist like her would write it," Lewis told Elle. "My friend Todd gave her guitar lessons, and she picked it up so fast! She’s a better finger-picker than I am now. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the most side-splitting comedians on the scene today, Amy Schumer has been dominating the small screen since last April thanks to her hilarious Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, and now it may be time for her to make the leap from TV talent to Hollywood star. Schumer previously had a supporting role in the little-seen Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but Judd Apatow is working with her at the moment on Trainwreck, a comedy conceived as a starring vehicle for Schumer, who also wrote the script.
We don’t know that much about Trainwreck yet (that behind-the-scenes image above is our first look at the film), but it’s set to focus on “a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.” Schumer reportedly drew from her real-life experiences for the movie, and it covers a lot of the same socially relevant, »
- Isaac Feldberg
July's heat has slowed us down a bit here at Tfe (I'm actually at the beach as you read this) but if you haven't been popping in each day you might've missed some goodies. Herewith a baker's dozen of the most popular and/or best posts from the past couple of weeks.
Just One of the Guys Annie Hathaway
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - reviewish
Catwoman and The Joker - the two best performances ever to grace a superhero movie
Kate with a Side of Bette - a special edition of the podcast w/ Nick & Anne Marie
Flashy Title Sequences, TV - we looked at an undersung Emmy category
Exodus Tease - More of a Cock Block, really
Robin Hood - Disney's »
- NATHANIEL R
Thanks to NY Times, we now have the first photo from the set of the upcoming "Trainwreck" comedy, which is directed by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin). Check it out below. While Apatow usually writes his own scripts, this time, the script is provided by Amy Schumer, who has gained popularity thanks to her Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer." She not only wrote the script, but is starring in the film alongside Bill Hader, Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Ezra Miller, LeBron James, and Method Man. We don't know too much about the plot, but it's been said that Schumer plays "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life." The new movie is set to hit theaters on July 24th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
This photo has to be staged, right? Spotted on the set of Trainwreck, director Judd Apatow breaks into a hearty laugh with his leading lady Amy Schumer and her on-screen boy toy Bill Hader. This will be the first movie Judd Apatow has directed that he has not written himself. The story comes from stand-up comedian Schumer, who bases it on her own real life. It should slide in nicely next to Funny People, which found Apatow using comedians as a backdrop to tell a much darker story.
Trainwreck, based on the personal life of Amy Schumer, follows a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways. Director Judd Apatow claims he had the comedian come at the material as though she were engaged in a therapy session, helping her to dig deep into her own vulnerabilities as a woman.
About working with Amy Schumer, the director stated,
I first caught Amy Schumer's stand-up just scrolling through Spotify and in small doses she's pretty damned funny. I haven't yet seen her show on Comedy Central, but I've been meaning to give it a look and now she's moving on up to the big time, starring in Judd Apatow's latest movie Trainwreck alongside Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton and a load of cameo appearances of varying size including Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer, Method Man, LeBron James, John Cena and Ezra Miller. Today we get the first look behind the scenes via the above picture from the New York Times. The "Times" piece reveals Schumer penned the original script, but she and Apatow teamed after hearing her on the "Howard Stern Show" and got in touch with her to bounce some ideas off one another: They abandoned her original idea -- »
- Brad Brevet
The prospect of Amy Schumer writing and starring in a feature film is awesome. Her script Trainwreck is being directed now by Judd Apatow, with a set of co-stars that includes Bill Hader, Brie Larson, and Tilda Swinton. I’ve got no doubt that she’ll carry the role like a champ – her brutally funny show Inside […]
- Russ Fischer
The first Trainwreck image from director Judd Apatow’s next feature has arrived. Unlike his previous directorial efforts, Apatow didn’t write the script for Trainwreck—the film’s star, Amy Schumer did. Schumer has gained notoriety for her hilarious and socially conscious sense of humor on her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, but Trainwreck puts her front and center as the star of a major studio film. The story, which draws heavily from Schumer’s real-life experiences, revolves around “a commitment-averse woman trying to get past her self-sabotaging ways.” Apatow tells the New York Times that when working on the screenplay, he pushed the comic to dig into her own vulnerabilities, “almost like a therapist thing.” As if the promise of a Schumer-fronted comedy wasn’t enough, the versatile Bill Hader plays her character’s potential love interest in the film. Very promising stuff. Hit the jump to »
- Adam Chitwood
abstew here. This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the my favorite movies growing up, Troop Beverly Hills. (I mistakenly thought the woman with curly red hair on the VHS cover was my beloved Bette Midler, but when I realized it wasn't, I loved the movie too much to care and made my parents rent it at least once a month.) But all those times I watched those Wilderness Girls singing about the virtues of Cookie Time, I never thought that the actress playing Shelley Long's daughter, Hannah Nefler, would grow up to be my absolute favorite singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. She writes the songs that make me remember that I have feelings. If you opened my chest it would be in the shape of Jenny Lewis.
After a brief stint as a child star (even appearing on »
Jenny Lewis got a little help from her friends promoting her new album The Voyager, which releases on July 29. Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Anne Hathaway joined the singer-songwriter in the music video for “Just One of the Guys.” We’re sorely disappointed that Lewis didn’t take this opportunity to pay homage to the endlessly entertaining 1985 Lisa Gottlieb comedy, also called Just One of the Guys. However, we’re treated to Stewart and company in Adidas-clad B-Boy drag — and the Twilight actress even smiles a little bit. The video is all fun and games, but the song itself has a somber tone to it. Lewis has contributed music to indie films Very Good Girls and Song One (which starred Hathaway), so it’s nice to see her continue a...
- Alison Nastasi
Today, Jenny Lewis' premiered the music video for her Beck-produced song "Just One of the Guys." It is silly to perfection. And it has more than just Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson in drag to unpackage. I think of Jenny Lewis as an artist whose spent a career surrounded by dudes. She started up with in Rilo Kiley at the age 22 with all-guys, toured with the Postal Service, written and recorded music with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice as Jenny & Johnny, works in an indie rock industry that is male-dominated. In her earliest career, she was a child actress, and now she writes scores and soundtracks for film. (Though, don't discount: she also recorded and toured with ladies The Watson Twins, who helped launch her as a solo act, a wonderful ensemble.) In a lot of industries, being "just one of the guys" holds serious social capitol as a woman. »
Imagine Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson as guys - in '70s-inspired Adidas tracksuits, flat-bill ball caps and gristly porn-staches, as they breakdance in all-white suits. A modern nod to Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" video, perhaps? Not quite, but why the disguises? It's for Jenny Lewis's new video for her song "Just One of the Guys." As for Lewis's outfit, she dons a teal tracksuit and scraggly beard. Her video, which debuted on British GQ Tuesday morning, pulls heavily from the androgynous undertones of the indie darling's upcoming album, The Voyager, to be released in its »
- Katherine Foreman
Imagine Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson as guys - in '70s-inspired Adidas tracksuits, flat-bill ball caps and gristly porn-staches, as they breakdance in all-white suits. A modern nod to Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" video, perhaps? Not quite, but why the disguises? It's for Jenny Lewis's new video her song "Just One of the Guys." As for Lewis's outfit, she dons a teal tracksuit and scraggly beard Her video, which debuted on British GQ Tuesday morning, pulls heavily from the androgynous undertones of the indie darling's upcoming album, The Voyager, to be released in its entirety July 29. As described by GQ, »
- Katherine Foreman
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