9 items from 2013
For those who didn’t find “Walk the Line” a sufficient exploration of the Johnny Cash-June Carter made-in-country-heaven romance, Lifetime putties in the gaps with “Ring of Fire,” a handsome-looking TV movie that hits the relationship’s high notes without really carrying a tune. Jewel stars (and does her own singing, admirably) as June, but the source material — a biography written by the country star’s son, John Carter Cash — constrains the movie’s focus largely to mom telling drug-abusing dad, “I won’t watch you die.” Nevertheless, sibling History scored with “Hatfields & McCoys” over Memorial Day 2012, and “Fire” should ignite its own lesser spark.
Directed by Allison Anders and adapted by Richard Friedenberg, “Ring of Fire” opens with June’s childhood stardom as part of a singing family led by her uncle (X’s John Doe) and mom (Frances Conroy). She’s already moved on to a »
- Brian Lowry
The enduring and oft-tortured romance and marriage of Johnny Cash and the Carter Family’s June Carter Cash continues to provide compelling cinematic subject matter. The latest incarnation of the country music saga reaches the small screen May 27, when Lifetime airs director Allison Anders’ new take on the story, “Ring of Fire.” The pic had its premiere screening Tuesday night as part of the Grammy Museum’s “Reel to Reel” film series.
The telepic covers some of the same ground as James Mangold’s 2005 biopic “Walk the Line.” Matt Ross (“American Horror Story”) essays Johnny Cash this time around, but – it being a Lifetime production – the film focuses on June Carter Cash and her long-running struggle to keep her pill-addicted partner straight. Taking her first major screen role since Ang Lee’s 1999 feature “Ride With the Devil,” pop/country singer Jewel portrays Carter Cash from the ages of 22 to 72.
- Christopher Morris
Singer Jewel will be starring as June Carter Cash in Lifetime's television movie, Ring of Fire. Directed by the great Allison Anders (director of Gas, Food Lodging), the press materials describe the film as following Carter Cash's life. Based on John Carter Cash's narrative of his mother's life, Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash, Ring of Fire delivers a heartfelt telling of the famous singer's life, from her early beginnings in the rural mountains of Virginia to her turbulent, yet enduring, marriage to Johnny Cash (Matt Ross, American Horror Story, Big Love). Check out Jewel as June Carter Cash in the clip below. The movie will premiere on May 27 at 8:00pm.
- Kerensa Cadenas
Here’s a glimpse of the upcoming Lifetime biopic Ring Of Fire about the life of June Carter Cash. Jewel stars as the country icon and Matt Ross (American Horror Story) is set to play music legend Johnny Cash, Carter Cash’s husband. It’s set to premiere on Monday, May 27 at 8 Pm. Click here to view the embedded video. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Chicago – It’s taken quite a few movies for me to warm up to Chris Messina. Perhaps it wasn’t his fault that he kept getting typecast as oafish, self-absorbed jerks. In my review of Dana Adam Shapiro’s flawed Oscilloscope release, “Monogamy,” I confessed that every time Messina’s face showed up onscreen, I was “suddenly filled with the intense desire to punch it.”
It’s only been in the last year or so that I began to appreciate Messina’s fearlessness as a performer. He isn’t afraid to explore the dark terrain avoided by fellow actors more concerned with likability than truth. The same could be said of Zoe Kazan, whose debut feature script for the marvelous romance, “Ruby Sparks,” gave Messina his best role to date as a typically suave ladykiller blindsided by the all-too-perfect woman who entered the life of his hopelessly neurotic brother.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
2012 was definitely Chris Messina’s year. From guest and starring roles on TV shows like Newsroom, Damages, and The Mindy Project to roles in films like Argo, Ruby Sparks, and Celeste & Jesse Forever, Messina has fully invaded the pop culture consciousness. And in 28 Hotel Rooms he finally gets his own lead role.
Also starring Marin Ireland (from guest roles on Homeland and Boss), 28 Hotel Rooms follows the affair between these two characters as it progresses through 28 different hotel rooms. He plays a writer who goes through a series of girlfriends. She plays an accountant who has recently gotten married. After meeting up in a hotel bar, the two begin a romance that starts as passionate sex and grows into a much stronger connection. (And in the entire film we never learn their names!) From writer/director Matt Ross (normally seen acting: Big Love, American Horror Story: Murder House), this deeply »
- John Keith
An extremely earnest cover letter written by a young man from South Korea went viral Monday, after a picture of the cheerful, nearly incomprehensible document was posted on social news site Reddit.
Titled "We were all willing to cut our hours just to hire this guy," the post received close to 40,000 up votes in just 15 hours.
The letter includes a color photograph of the applicant and, though filled with grammar errors, manages to convey his cheerful, hardworking attitude.
While admitting he is "not a good English user," the young man claims that everyone in Korea would tell him, "Ace, you are best!'
He continues thus:
I have brave fight to wold bear.
I have strong arm to wild bear.
I am so fast more than train.
The applicant ends by saying he is willing to work for free -- although he adds that he prefers not to -- and »
- The Huffington Post
Directed by Mary Harron
Upon release in 1991 and in the intervening years, many words have been spoken of Bret Easton Ellis’ bestselling novel American Psycho; gruesome, disgusting, misogynistic, ultimately un-filmable. Mainly because of its stream of consciousness narrative, hideous sexual violence and highly sexist sinister underscore, Ellis’ offbeat psychological character study of a madman was material apparently inaccessible to the machinations of filmmaking. Much like, it should be noted, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. As was touched upon by Ellen Barkin in a retrospectively amusing twitter war regarding Ellis’s comments on Kathryn Bigelow, an argument could be made that Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation represented a suitable improvement on his best known work. What initially seemed impossible to bring to the screen, »
- Scott Patterson
Birthday shoutouts go to Matt Ross, who is 43, and Victoria Principal is 63.Adam Levine will host Saturday Night Live on January 26th. In a gimmick reeking of desperation, viewers will be able to decide the outcome of the January 14th episode of Hawaii Five-0. Fans will be able to vote online or with twitter for one of three culprits. "'I’ve always felt the most fun aspect of watching a mystery is trying to figure out whodunit,” said Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov. 'Now the Hawaii Five-0 viewers will actually get the chance to tell us who they think committed the crime and we will listen.'" I think he's a little confused how a "whodunit" works.Ryan Murphy teases a few American Horror Story Season Three tidbits.France: First Baby Born in 2013 Has Two Mommies. Chris Hemsworth may »
9 items from 2013
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