7 items from 2010
TV execs have hit on a rich new vein of reality shows which shame women into feeling fat, bad and ugly – nice work, guys. Plus, clipping our bingo wings
Things that telly should be for: sitting in front of while wearing mismatching pyjamas and no bra, but not in a sexy way; shouting at when people on it are idiots; filling a room with a welcoming, if not entirely worldly, glow as darkness falls and the only point of light is Ross wooing Rachel in a bone-strewn museum some time in the early 90s. Things that telly should not be for: shaming women into wiping off their make-up and/or putting down their drinks. Here is a genre of entertainment TV that relies on the misogynist impulse to control female sexuality; here is the new series of Snog, Marry, Avoid.
For those who look away from its host channel, BBC »
- Eva Wiseman
As happens every year around this time, the cable spectrum has been heavily laced with programming throughout the week commemorating Veterans Day. HBO trundled out its full epic and brutal miniseries The Pacific for a one-day re-run broken up by the debut of the James Gandolfini-hosted documentary War Torn 1861-2010, a disturbing look at the psychological scars America’s soldiers have suffered in every conflict since The Civil War; The History Channel ran an all-day marathon of Ww II in HD, sprinkling its commercial breaks for the week with commemorative spots; AMC ran a day of war movies like The Enemy Below (1957) and A Few Good Men (1992) under the umbrella, “Vets Best” ; and so on.
The bulk of memorializing programming focused on World War II – unsurprising, in that it remains, to this day, America’s greatest, defining, and least morally problematic war. Even 65 years later, despite a half-century of »
- Bill Mesce
Walt Disney Pictures announced this afternoon that the Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation of children's book War Horse is now set to hit theaters Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The anti-war novel tells the story of a farm horse who is sold to the French Army during World War I, ultimately fighting for both the French and the German armies. Mr. Spielberg and DreamWorks Studios purchased the rights to the book a few months ago, but there was no indication at the time that Spielberg would take on directing duties. Spielberg is currently in post-production on 3D motion capture movie The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Tintin is scheduled for Dec. 23, 2011, meaning War Horse will actually make it to theaters first. While the earlier part of the twentieth century produced World War I classics like All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), A Farewell to Arms (1932) and The African Queen (1951), the last major »
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Last Friday saw the release of Dear John, a soppy romance about a boy and a girl whose relationship is tested by an event that neither of them can control. Next Friday sees the release of The Last Song, a soppy romance about a boy and a girl whose relationship is tested by an event that neither of them can control. Both have bittersweet endings. Both are guaranteed to make girls of a certain age weep uncontrollably. Both are based on books by Nicholas Sparks.
Sorry, that should have read "literary phenomenon Nicholas Sparks". He's made his fortune – and with more than 55m book sales and a run of movies adapted from those books grossing $300m, it is a fortune – by finding out what upsets a »
- Stuart Heritage
Fox celebrates its 75th anniversary Today, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment kicked off a 12-month marketing, promotions, publicity and media campaign to honor and promote the studio's legacy and library. The celebration will include the release of more than 300 films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, showcasing a remarkable, rich and unparalleled heritage of great movies, Academy Award-winners and box office smashes featuring a cast of the greatest movie stars and directors from yesterday and today.
Fox 75Th Anniversary Marketing Campaign
Fox's year-long celebration will include extensive catalog releases of more than 300 of the studio's most notable films on Blu-ray Disc and DVD and will be supported by event publicity campaigns, national advertising, retail and account specific promotions, internal and studio driven special events and limited-edition gift with purchase promotions.
The studio has launched a dedicated Web site - Fox75th.com - that will feature information about »
Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks has lowered the bar twice this year with movie adaptations of his romance books Dear John and this weekend’s The Last Song, a dramatic vehicle for pop idol Miley Cyrus and a chance for him to try screenwriting.
Sparks, pictured right next to the gummy grin of Cyrus, hit it big in Hollywood in 2002 when another singer, Mandy Moore, made A Walk to Remember her breakout role. Since then producers have borrowed his recycled formula for four more “you’ll laugh, you’ll cry” melodramas, including the successful 2004 film The Notebook, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.
Apparently this success has fueled Sparks’ ego to ludicrous proportions because an interview with USA Today released this week has the author comparing himself to literary giants and criticizing the work of Pulitzer Prize winners.
“I don’t write romance novels,” Sparks said, stressing his titles are found in the fiction section. »
- Jeff Leins
Goodness knows that the first kiss been "Edward" (Robert Pattinson) and "Bella" (Kristen Stewart) in Twilight was a highly anticipated moment. Apparently, that kiss was one of the several moments from Twilight that made an impact on the general film community. It has been listed on The Los Angeles Times Magazine's "50 Classic Movie Kisses." The Twilight kiss took 49th place (just above An Education) on the list, and it is joined by a great many classic love stories and dramatic films (including A Farewell To Arms, Gone With The Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Beauty And The Beast, Lady And The Tramp, Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Sound Of Music, Romeo And Juliet, Love Story, Sixteen Candles, Top Gun, Titanic, Ghost, The Notebook, and Brokeback Mountain »
7 items from 2010
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