20 items from 2014
There will be blood flowing down the aisles in theaters soon thanks to Eva Green's menacing turn as the ass-kicking Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire; and for fans of the French-born beauty, they'll get a chance to see even more red come May in her hotly anticipated Showtime horror thriller Penny Dreadful.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Green told me that, while the trailer for the series released last month promises a bloody affair, there's much more to the show than the clip is letting on.
"The trailer for Penny Dreadful has to have an impact straight-away, so there's sex and blood in it," Green told me. "It's definitely bloody, but there's also a lot of complex psychology involved with all the characters."
- Tim Lammers
Men's fashion can be pretty boring. But unless you're Tinie Tempah, it's best to stick to classic black tie
Is it ever possible for men to get "creative" with black tie and not look like douchebags?
Guy, via Twitter
I like how you put "creative" in hesitant quote marks, Guy, because that strongly suggests that you know the answer to this question already and that answer is "no". Now, I wouldn't go so far as to call them "douchebags", but attempts to experiment with the tux are either, at best, a bit silly, or, at worst, downright teeth-grating. Basically, any time a man tries to break out of the black-and-white prison, he ends up with what we in the fashion business call "a strong look", which is a euphemism for either "a terrible look" or "basically a costume that you're going to have to justify wearing all evening". I'll get »
- Hadley Freeman
The U.S.-Ireland alliance came in for some gentle ribbing at Thursday’s Oscar Wilde Awards held at Bad Robot in Santa Monica. Then the party became even more fun as cops showed up. “This is the nicest event close to Olympic,” joked Joel McHale.
As the noise from Olympic threatened to overwhelm honoree Conan O’Brien’s speech, he yelled “shut up” to the street below. “This is quite a fun Irish party,” O’Brien continued. “The cops are going to be called out,” he said just as sirens could be heard and a squad car pulled up in front of the building with its lights flashing. But no police showed up to the rooftop.
O’Brien was introduced by McHale, who commented on the mission underlying the award: honoring the Irish in film. “We have two honorees who are not in film (latenight host O’Brien and »
- Shalini Dore
Director: Brian De Palma
Running Time: 92 minutes
Being a massive fan of writer and director Brian De Palma even since those early years and it soon became apparent his approach to filmmaking is unique. Visually, he’s been one of the best for decades with camerawork often dizzying to the point of breathlessness. Like most, he is prone to a few career missteps along the way in his distinguished career. De Palma does however, weave between mainstream and independent eccentricity like no other with many of his features fusing those two aspects. He’s a director that you look at and think, that guy directed Carrie and Scarface; Raising Cain and Mission: Impossible; Body Double and Carlito’S Way. Really? Cinema so far apart in scope and personality, yet intrinsically and artistically linked in style and substance. »
- Craig Hunter
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
Eternity can be so boring without some variety
Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is coming in May, with a story made up of public domain monsters, and villains like Dorian Gray and Frankenstein’s Monster. The battle of the shadow world seems somewhat subdued in the first trailer, with hints of blood worship, threats in the shadows and sex. Sex in many varieties. It appears to have gay sex above, with Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney, who starred on Broadway in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), and I know that I saw two women making out in the trailer. The question is if Showtime will follow through with the gay content that Oscar Wilde meant for his eternally beautiful character, or if they chicken out like Starz did with Da Vinci’s Demons.
The fact that they put the homoerotic imagery in the trailer is a good sign. Besides, who doesn’t »
- Ed Kennedy
Josh Hartnett teams up with a former Bond girl and a former Bond to battle the forces of darkness in the first trailer for Showtime's upcoming horror series "Penny Dreadful." In what looks a bit like "The X-Files" set in Victorian London, "Penny" finds psychic Vanessa Ives ("Casino Royale's" Eva Green) introducing Ethan (Hartnett) and Sir Malcolm (former 007 Timothy Dalton) to a shadow world full of sex, drugs an monsters of all sorts, and where various literary characters such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray reside. Watch the trailer here: The eight-episode series also stars Reeve Carney ("Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark"), Rory Kinnear ("Skyfall"), Billie »
- Dave Lewis
The most scheming couple in politics returned to Netflix today with a full season two dump. Here's our first-look review
Spoiler Alert: This blog discusses season two, episode one. If you have seen ahead, please do not give away the plot in the comments.
The baroque threats, the dismal Machiavellianism, the joyless sex, eyeliner by the bucketload, hundreds of mood-enhancing sidelights, pompous incidental music, murder masquerading as suicide ... Season two picks up just where season left off. So nice to have you back, old friends. Has it really been a year?
"I would willingly let your child wither and die inside you, if that's what is required," said Claire Underwood, turning the tables on the pregnant woman who sued her for wrongful dismissal. "Now tell me, am I »
- Stuart Jeffries
Oscar Wilde once said that “Life imitating art is far more common than art imitating life”. And by kicking off an online article with an Oscar Wilde quote, my Pretentious-Internet bonus points just hit 9000, and I now have enough hipster tokens to get that t-shirt of a cat wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a big moustache. Now that I’m suitably clad, on with the show!
In all seriousness, wrestlers and gimmicks go back to the dawn of the industry. Some of them were obvious, like Sgt Slaughter, who was American and therefore good, the Iron Sheik, who was Arabic and therefore bad, and Andre the Giant, who was a giant (the clue’s in the name) Then there was the more subtle gimmick, which was no less effective at drawing crowds. One example is Abdullah the Butcher, who would always be searched for foreign objects before a match because every »
There is something disarming about stories that deal with childhood friendships, especially ones that are filmed close to where you live. The Selfish Giant was filmed around the city of Bradford, so there is a familiarity to the landscapes that I see in the movie as I live there. What is more effective is the natural acting of two boys plucked out of obscurity showing a friendship that is all too real and all too painful at the end.
The Selfish Giant is based on an Oscar Wilde short story, and after watching the film you’ll find yourself wanting to read the tale to compare the two. For the film though it tells the story of Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas). Brought together as »
- Paul Metcalf
The Selfish Giant has been a hit with the critics for its grim and gritty portrayal of two boys growing up hard in Bradford. But the film from upcoming British director Clio Barnard - available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox - is as much a tale of hope as one of hardship.
Here are five reasons to stop whatever you're doing and watch The Selfish Giant right away:
1. It was inspired by an Oscar Wilde story
Oscar Wilde is best known for his witty plays and cutting one-liners, but he also wrote unforgettable original fairy tales like The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant. The similarities between Wilde's parable and the film are subtle but significant, and it's great to see a classic story influencing a future big screen classic.
Watch a trailer for The Selfish Giant below:
Screen Time: Zac Efron, Filth, The »
★★★★☆After making a distinguished filmmaking debut with the widely acclaimed The Arbor (2010) - a documentary hybrid portraying the late, Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar, British director Clio Barnard returns with her sophomore feature The Selfish Giant (2013), a fictional work inspired by the Oscar Wilde tale of the same name. Encapsulating the themes and morality lessons of Wilde's original text, Barnard repackages the children-oriented parable and gives it a gritty social realist edge in the mould of Ken Loach, focusing on two unruly boys on the precipices of a dangerously premature adulthood.
- CineVue UK
It wouldn't be film awards season without a critical chorus of complaint following every major announcement – none louder than the one that greeted the best British film Bafta nod for Gravity, that quintessentially English ode to keeping calm and carrying on.
Two of its rivals in the category, as it happens, hit DVD shelves tomorrow; one deserves a lot more than puny secondary prizes. That'd be The Selfish Giant (Artificial Eye, 15), Clio Barnard's astonishing northern morality tale of unguarded children in the industrial wilds of Bradford. A somewhat oblique evocation of the Oscar Wilde fable, it stars ferocious 13-year-old newcomer Conner Chapman as a young terror whose aptitude for scrap metal collection takes him into dangerous adult realms of corruption, compromising his friendship with sweet-natured pal Swifty »
- Guy Lodge
Last week we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Now, we're taking a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: best director
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As longlists go, this one is probably our most conventional, yet also the one that has least overlap with traditional awards' shortlists. The nominees for best director at this year's Oscars, for instance, are David O Russell for American Hustle, Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, Alexander Payne for Nebraska, Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave and Martin Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street; while the Globes were identical other than swapping Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) for Scorsese. The only two of those who feature on our list are Payne and McQueen.
Here's more info on who we picked, plus some key names not on the list. Do chip in with your thoughts below.
It's a touch too long, but Jonze's computer romance »
- Catherine Shoard
Feast your eyes on the stunning, Oscar-nominated drama The Great Beauty in Sky Store now. Sixty-five-year-old cultural critic Jep (Toni Servillo) is jaded by Rome's dolce vita and idly dreams of returning to writing fiction. However, he is still much in demand as a sort of Italian Oscar Wilde, dispensing waspish quips as he wryly rolls up at an endless round of parties attended by models, actors and ageing hedge fund lotharios. »
Last week we launched the inaugural Guardian Film Awards. Starting this week, we take a closer look at the longlist in each category. Today: the best picture nominees
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The Guardian Film Awards were launched last week. Their aim: to act as an antidote to the usual slate of ceremonies. Their method: to cook up slightly different categories, and to involve readers in the voting.
A brief recap, for those who missed last week's story. We've launched longlists of 10 nominees in each category. We want you to vote for your favourite in each - and the top five reader choices will form our shortlist. Voting ends at noon GMT on 16 February and we'll reveal the shortlists three days later.
- Catherine Shoard
On occasion, this column may have made it seem that comedians hold nothing sacred. Not so Frank Skinner, who has told the Birmingham Mail that he spurned an offer to narrate the TV documentary series Benefits Street because he "didn't want to be critical of Brummies". The comic is from West Bromwich, three miles from the Winson Green community represented in the Channel 4 show. "The production company sent me a couple of clips," said Skinner. "They said it was going to be about the community spirit in the street, but I was a bit worried about the topic." Skinner must consider it a narrow escape; the series has been heavily criticised for portraying local residents as scroungers. »
- Brian Logan
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I am a proud voting member, has announced the nominees for its annual Dorian Awards named with a nod to the great and gay wit of Oscar Wilde.
The usual suspects ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "Her," "12 Years a Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue is the Warmest Color") will vie for the Film of the Year against the not-so-unusual suspect "Laurence Anyways."
Lily Tomlin is deservingly receiving the Timeless Star honor simply because she's timeless! And of course, she's an .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit..
Winners will be revealed on January 21st.
Here's the full nominations list of the 2013 Dorian Awards:
Film of the Year
American Hustle (Sony)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus)
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Film Performance »
I am a cad. A terrible cad. Was I complaining about Anna and Bates last week? Was I? Well, I am an insensitive lout—which, coincidentally, is the subject line of every email my mother sends me. But we’ll come to that in its turn…
Welcome back to Downton Abbey, or as the first George Bush would call it, “A thousand points of plot.” This week the Abbey is hosting a weekend house party, which means that everyone downstairs is in a constant state of “tizzy” while everyone upstairs is desperately trying not to look so bored with one another. As much as Downton weaves a magical spell of time and place, and as interesting and glamorous as Julian Fellowes can make the early twentieth century seem, I know I would have been rot as a member of the Downton coterie, because I could not survive so damn long without television. »
- Michael Cornelius
From the second the show began, it all seemed so cheery this week. After the season premiere's dour Mary-in-mourning makeover, the return of the opening credits – the sweeping, swirling theme music, the everything-in-its-right-place shots of bells ringing and servants straightening – appeared to indicate that Downton Abbey was back in full swing.
Five Big Downton Abbey Questions for Season Four
For the most part, the story followed suit. Lord Robert blundered his way out of and back into another fortune. (Cora on gambling: "What could be more stupid?" Robert in response: "I couldn’t agree more. »
20 items from 2014
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