15 items from 2015
The End of Era is truly here. Though I wrote up an initial reaction to Mad Men's series finale "Person to Person" in my episode recap, I wanted to delve into it a little deeper and ask my fellow Mad Men fans here at Collider what they thought. Below, Adam Chitwood, Chris Cabin, Brian Formo and I all weigh in with a roundtable discussion on the final episode, the show's legacy, our favorite characters, and more. We encourage you to add your own thoughts and theories in the comments. Allison: Mad Men is dead, long live Mad Men! That was a feels-filled finale, and it felt right. I exhausted most of my hot-take reaction in my recap, but I want to know how you guys felt -- Happy? Sad? Disappointed? Frustrated? Other adjectives? Did Don create the Coke ad, or did he stay lost in California? And most importantly: Peggy and Stan! »
- Allison Keene
Big Brother's launch is just a couple of days away now, and for the first time ever we've been granted a look at the housemates before they go in the house.
But we wanted a little bit more info, so we snuck into the top secret location where the contestants are being held - and carefully kept away from each other - to chat exclusively to some of the new Big Brother stars.
First up was model and law student Adjoa, who admitted that she's "getting a bit more nervous" as Tuesday draws closer. But what did we learn from her? Read on for 11 things, from nude photos to what will get her angry in the house...
1. She's doing the show to see what people think of her.
"I would say [I'm doing Big Brother] because of my personality, it's something that I would like to share with the rest of the world, »
After Mad Men's wonderfully subversive "Time & Life," we knew there were going to be big changes once Sc&P moved over to the dreaded McCann-Erickson. Despite the partners (other than Joan) being wooed by big account names like Buick and Coca Cola, the realities of McCann are not nearly so rosy. The visual change is immediate; instead of wide, spacious hallways and a modern aesthetic, the offices and hallways of McCann are cramped and gray. For the (former) partners and Peggy, the change signaled other worrying trends. Joan has the worst of it, as the boys club of McCann treat her with nothing but contempt. Her femininity is a weakness there, and there's a kind of wake-up call that the battles for equality at Sterling Cooper are in no way reflected here. That office's eventual acceptance (more or less) of strong women in the workplace was a kind of progressive bubble. »
- Allison Keene
If Coca Cola continues to support hand drawn animation like this, I may switch back from Pepsi. Over a year ago, Duncan Studio was commissioned to do the 2D animation/efx and ink/paint for a Coke commercial by Psyop. It's finally been finished and released - and its as refreshing as the product its selling. Animation Director Ken Duncan says, "There was no budget to do traditional "clean-up"....so the drawings are the animator tie downs (with touch up by clean up folks)....". Take a look: Credits Directors: Todd Mueller and Kylie Matulick Animation Director: Ken Duncan Character Animation: Russ Edmunds, Chris Sauve, Shane Zalvin, Kd, Rick Farmiloe Efx: Phil Vigil Inbetweens: Juliet Duncan, Dan Tanaka, June Fujimoto, Debbie Forster Paint: Kathy Baur, Melane Pava, Charlene Kelly Keeper of the gate: Delia Fance Psyop directed, did BGs and comped the final.
- Jerry Beck
“Stop struggling. You won.”
The Sterling-Cooper dream team has died and gone to advertising heaven. Jim Hobart enunciates the name “Coca Cola” like he’s asking Don and the other partners how they enjoyed their simultaneous touchless orgasms, but in reality he’s stealing their name, tossing probably half their employees out into the street, and consigning them to serve out in drudgery the four-year contracts they signed when McCann bought their agency. Through seven seasons these people have managed to keep one step ahead of McCann, thumbing their noses at a company they’ve often scorned as a “sausage factory,” and now it’s over. In Ken’s words, “They finally got you. They ate you up.”
The triumph of mediocrity is everywhere in ‘Time & Life.’ Even Lou Avery, squarest of the square and blandest of the bland, finally gets to see his beloved ‘Scout’s Honor’ turned into »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
When a documentarian is making a film about one of the most recognized figures of the past century, he or she has a few approaches to avoid repeating the same biographical points. They can structure the non-fiction film around a unique moment in that person’s life, moving from a centerpiece to fill in the historical dots that made this figure so essential. Another method would be to go for breadth, covering a wide spectrum of aspects of this person’s life to tell the most comprehensive story one can.
With Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, Alex Gibney attempts to do both, aiming for specificity and sprawl, and the results do not always work. Frank Sinatra is certainly a captivating performer with a long and varied career. However, as an artist whose life and times are so well encompassed in other films and books, was a two-part HBO doc »
- Jordan Adler
Kate Bosworth attended the Coca Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100 exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Thursday in an edgy gold dress. Kate Bosworth’s Latest Look Bosworth donned a gold, metallic turtleneck dress from Angel Sanchez’s Fall 2015 collection that featured a black back panel. She finished the outfit with […]
- Chelsea Regan
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When George Lucas figured out how to make a killing by exploiting the merchandising and licensing market for Star Wars, he probably didn’t actually appreciate what an enormous impact he would make on the movie business.
For today’s blockbuster properties the licensing and merchandising strategies are as important as the properties themselves – and in many cases they are actually more so. Hundreds of millions of dollars can be made by taking an iconic character out of their original universe, and placing into our everyday consumer reality.
Quite frankly the process is cynical, it is frustrating, and at times it is utterly devastating. For pop culture aficionados the world over, the sight of their favourite characters and entertainment icons slumming it in the real world can be incredibly depressing – even if the end results can actually be admittedly pretty funny.
These commercials are twelve of the worst offenders. »
- Bevan Morgan
Berlin – Sold by Paris-based Memento Films Intl., Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game” has closed a clutch of major markets, joining the select numbers of movies which, though not major independent Hollywood fare with a A-list star attached, have still broken out to sales at this week’s Berlinale European Film Market.
Given the “huge shift on arthouse/indie movies, to sell finished movies, not pre-sell,” as Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz observed at this year’s Berlin Festival, that is a notable achievement for a film still in post, and a docu-feature at that.
Kick-starting a first round of pre-sales, “The Propaganda Game” has closed Germany (Polyband), the U.K. (Metrodome) and Australia (eOne), as well as Switzerland (Praesens Film), Taiwan (Encore Film), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom) and Bulgaria (Bnt). Spanish theatrical distribution and TV sales are under negotiation, Longoria said.
Displaying the same sympathy for victims of a geo-political face-off which informed his Goya-winning debut, »
- John Hopewell
Last week, I published the first two of the interviews I did on “The Americans” set in December, with producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields , and with actress Holly Taylor. Now it’s time for one of the show’s two leads, as charming Welshman(*) Matthew Rhys and I talked about where Philip’s head is at in season 3, the pros and cons of so much wig work, why Keri Russell is referred to on set as “The Hulk,” how “The A-Team” helped inform his performance as Philip, and more. (*) My biggest regret about this interview? That I turned off the recorder right before FX’s Lana Kim prompted Rhys to share a memory of one of his first American jobs, as the killer in the final “Columbo” movie. This involved him doing a dead-on Peter Falk impression as he recalled that Falk wanted him to play the killer as a Cockney gangster, »
- Alan Sepinwall
On Thursday (January 29), Pivot premieres the intriguing new Arctic Circle mystery "Fortitude." Now you have the better part of the day to figure out where Pivot is hiding on your TV dial. "Fortitude" is set in a chilly and alien world in which both the characters and the ice hide secrets. Featuring a strong cast led by Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine and Sienna Guillory, "Fortitude" was created by scribe Simon Donald, whose credits include the original incarnation of "Low Winter Sun." At TCA Press Tour earlier this month, Donald and I sat down over a couple pints and discussed "Fortitude," starting with its brutal opening scene. We talked about the decision not to have Tucci do a Scottish accent, the drama's environmental message and the hints at horror or supernatural elements. It's a good conversation about a good show. Check out the Q&A. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Ridhima Sud, who will be making her debut with Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, is certainly looking forward to spreading her wings beyond the big banners. The girl has recently signed a 3 film deal with Shoojit Sarkar and John Abraham’s co production. That’s not all, she has already finished shooting for the first of the three slated releases and will be seen in the lead.
When asked Ridhima about it, she confirmed the news saying, “Yes! I’ve already finished shooting for the first one of the three. And I am reading scripts for the future projects. It should be out this year after Dil Dhadakne Do. Shooting for this other film was very different experience from shooting Zoya’s film but fun nevertheless.”
Ridhima Sud has already made her international innings and her Hollywood debut with the Oscar nominated, Ballad of Rustom. This talented actress is »
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"Henry [VIII] as a brand, is right up there with Coca Cola," Damian Lewis said, of the oft-portrayed Tudor king he plays in PBS’s six-part miniseries Wolf Hall. "My vanity will always relish a challenge," Lewis said, of trying to turn in a fresh performance of the historical figure. "In fact, that probably encourages me." Not so fresh, maybe, were his answers to question about his character, on stage this morning at Winter TV Press Tour 2015; his “syphilitic… »
- Lisa de Moraes
“If ever there was a masterpiece on ‘Masterpiece,’ this is it,” Rebecca Eaton, exec producer of PBS’ “Masterpiece,” said at Monday’s Television Critics Assn. panel for “Wolf Hall.” The six-part miniseries, based on Hilary Mantel’s book and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies,” stars “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance and Claire Foy.
Lewis, whose character, Nicholas Brody, was killed off in Showtime’s hit, for which he won an Emmy, said King Henry VIII is a part he’s excited to tackle.
“My vanity will always relish a challenge,” Lewis said. “In fact, that probably encourages me.”
Assuring the room of reporters he’s not afraid to take on such a weighty role, Lewis said, “There’s a real opportunity to look differently at a period of history that is loved and well known.” He’s also excited to bring new light to the “syphilitic, philandering Elvis people think [King Henry VIII] is. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
On December 31st, Edm’s two hottest producers, Skrillex and Diplo, stormed into Madison Square Garden for what was a spectacular show. If you were there in person, or caught the livestream on Yahoo!, you’re already well aware that this was hands down one of the hottest events of 2014. If, however, you missed out on the action, three sets from the concert have been uploaded to the internet for your listening pleasure.
Both Skrillex and Diplo’s sets are now online, as is the duo’s Jack Ü set, and you can listen to all three below. An exciting blend of hip-hop, trap, dubstep and more, the electrifying performances offer up music both old and new, with a number of unreleased tracks sneaking their way into the mix.
You can check out everything for yourself below (as well as the tracklist for the Jack Ü set), and then let »
- Matt Joseph
15 items from 2015
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