15 items from 2015
NYC has thousands of restaurants, but Monday night there was one table at one restaurant that stood out among the rest ... the one where Adele, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were seated. The ladies dined together at Cosme. The burning question ... Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Part Reefer Madness for the plugged-in generation, part Giallo slasher, and part coming-of-age psychodrama, #Horror is filled with the type of craziness that sounds like it would make it a shoe-in for genre festivals across the globe. But alas, it’s incredibly dull, and for every gonzo tangent into an enigmatic snuff film social network, there’s multiple other sequences that are so ineptly directed that a sense of atmosphere or narrative momentum seems purely accidental.
Split inexplicably down the middle of its thin running time between an avant-chic artist named Alex Cox (Chloë Sevigny) on an all-day sojourn away from her crumbling marriage to a famous modern artist (think Jeffrey Koons), and a violently escalating sleepover at their mansion hosted by her daughter, #Horror proves early on that it has no sense of how to bridge these halves.
Her daughter is Sofia, a social media-obsessed, emotionally-neglected 12-year-old who overjoys »
- Michael Snydel
Now that Justin Bieber has put out a track that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the entertainment community at large has been gracious enough to halt its collective verbal immolation of the young pop star. Case in point: Vice, a famously subversive media outlet that takes every opportunity to challenge the status quo, has continually celebrated the “Where Are Ü Now” singer’s recent releases in articles on its Thump channel – and has all but deified him in a recent interview on its i-d fashion channel.
When you cut through the ornate narrative, though, a couple of juxtaposing themes present themselves in Bieber’s quotes. On one hand, he attributes the success of “Where Are Ü Now” to a higher power, saying:
“I completely see that as being God. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to all this stuff, and then the direction that it went in? »
- John Cameron
The Conversation is a feature at PopOptiq bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their eleventh piece, they discuss Mathieu Kassovitz’s gritty yet sleek portrait of life on the margins of Paris, La haine (1995).
There’s a moment within the first act of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La haine (1995) that finds the film’s central trio – Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui), three young male descendants of immigrants living in the housing projects of outer Paris – confronted by a news crew. In the protests and riots following the brutalization of a friend, Abdel Ichaha (inspired by the real-life killing of Makome M’Bowole while in the custody of Parisian police in 1993), the news crew voyeuristically inquires into the opinions of those who very well may be the first group of “locals” their excursion encounters, »
- Landon Palmer
Since 2009, the RiffTrax Live series of performances featuring former Mystery Science Theater 3000 performers Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, along with special guests and broadcast to participating theaters, has been skewering a selection of B-movies ranging from notorious (Reefer Madness) to obscure (Jack The Giant Killer, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). The offshoot of Rifftrax, these events — presented in hundreds of cinemas across the nation by… »
Right now in WWE, there are well over 50 full-time characters regularly appearing on television. That number takes into account Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Main Event, Superstars and other fresh WWE Network content. Given the amount of hours the creative team have to fill, and the sheer weight of numbers on the roster, there’s a lot of work that goes into writing WWE TV.
Perhaps for that reason, more than a few wrestlers on the rosters are failing badly. Whether these stars have been neglected by the creative staff is up for debate, but there are certain characters that simply aren’t clicking with the core audience. That needs to be addressed, because absolutely every performer that appears on WWE programming should contribute to the show’s success.
It’s been said that Vince McMahon changes his mind routinely, and often within the span of just a few minutes. »
- Jamie Kennedy
The film celebrates its 40th anniversary this week. It opened Sept. 26, 1975, advertised with the iconic poster of a lipsticked mouth with the tagline “A different set of jaws” — a reference to Steven Spielberg’s shark movie, which had opened three months earlier.
Execs at 20th Century Fox knew they had an unusual film which would require a different approach to marketing. Before the film’s U.S. premiere at Los Angeles’ UA Westwood theater, Fox hired a promotion company to distribute flyers to people in line at other films, concerts and clubs, at beaches “and other spots where youth gathers,” said a Daily Variety story at the time. The company handed out 100,000 flyers in the eight weeks before the film opened, which included postage-paid envelopes »
- Tim Gray
2006 American Society of Cinematographers winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 26, 2006. Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases * Dion Beebe, Asc, Acs for Memoirs of a Geisha Robert Elswit, Asc for Good Night and Good Luck. Andrew Lesnie, Asc, Acs for King Kong Wally Pfister, Asc for Batman Begins Rodrigo Prieto, Asc, AMC for Brokeback Mountain Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in TV movie/miniseries/pilot Alan Caso, Asc for Into the West/"Wheel to the Stars" (TNT) Thomas A. Del Ruth, Asc for Code Breakers (Espn) * Robbie Greenberg, Asc for Warm Springs (HBO) Jan Kiesser, Asc, Csc for Reefer Madness (Showtime) Bill Roe, Asc for Faith of My Fathers (A&E) Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Television Series (one episode) John Aronson for "Freefall"/Without a Trace (CBS) * Nathan Hope for "Who Shot Sherlock?"/CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) Jeffrey Jur, Asc for "Los Moscos"/Carnivale (HBO) John C. Newby, »
- Andre Soares
Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
Reefer Madness was one of many »
The history of marijuana and cinema goes back decades and decades. And sure, things kind of got off to a bad foot with Reefer Madness in the 1930s, but since then we.ve seen pot-addled characters make us laugh, solve mysteries, and go on all kinds of crazy adventures. Now there.s a new stoner action-fest hitting theaters this weekend, so what better time to celebrate this grand history? With American Ultra in theaters this week, and sporting two lead stoner characters played by Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, we thought that we.d look back at the history of cinema and weed, and determine our top 10 rankings for the greatest movie potheads. Read on to find out who is at number one! Note: As you can probably predict, there are going to be some famous duos on this list, and we counted them in the same slot. The reality »
There’s no other genre quite like the stoner comedy. From outrageous to heartfelt, absurd to relatable, the films that belong to the genre are more diverse than you might suspect.
The stoner comedy genre gets another entry this week with American Ultra. Jesse Eisenberg plays a perpetually-baked secret agent that doesn’t really know how lethal he is. Kristen Stewart plays his girlfriend who is horrified to learn that her boyfriend has been marked for extermination by his agency. Hilarity (and a wicked stunt or two) ensues as these two stoners try to make it through alive. Connie Britton and Topher Grace also star.
To clarify, not all of these movies were originally intended to be comedies (like the ridiculous Reefer Madness), and the film may feature other drugs and/or not have a plot that centres entirely on gettin’ high. Hey, stoners have lives too.
If you think »
- Amanda Wood
Don’t have time to binge watch the entire first season of Game Of Thrones? The lunatics at The Magic Smoking Monkey Theater group have the perfect solution!
In the tradition of their internationally-acclaimed 1-hour productions of The Star Wars Trilogy, The Ten Commandments, Lord Of The Rings, the Smoking Monkeys are proud to present The One-Hour Game of Thrones Parody! And it’s coming to St. Louis this month
St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions (besides the hour-long ones I mentioned) have included Pan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, and Glen Or Glenda. In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody. These guys stage the most »
- Tom Stockman
Just as sex scandals are pretty much as old as politics themselves, as long as we've had films, we've had cinematic depictions of sex scandals, usually serious and sometimes comedic. Whether filmmakers have had to be coy about the nature of the scandals -- see "The Best Man" or "Advise and Consent" -- or whether filmmakers have been able to directly tear sex scandals from the headlines -- see "Primary Colors" -- the ground has been fertile. Fortunately -- Unfortunately? -- sex scandals just keep coming along and we keep lapping them up, from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards to Anthony Weiner. Bringing the genre to Sundance this year was "Zipper," a largely straight-faced approach to a plausibly finger-on-the-pulse topic, which falls flat because of a middle act in which the drama spirals into dated addiction craziness. When it's a political thriller, "Zipper" is respectably acted and presented and has some merit. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The television industry is catching up with film and learning that pot sells in Hollywood. As more states join the legal marijuana movement and the drug becomes less taboo in the country, entertainment industry insiders say interest in weed-related storylines is at an all-time high.
Showtime series “Shameless,” for instance, which follows Chicago’s dysfunctional Gallagher family and stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, will embark on a major weed arc later this year. The network is also responsible »
- Itay Hod
Also Read: Spirit Awards Get Live Broadcast for 30th Anniversary
Read the full release from Film Independent:
Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced today that Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell will co-host the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nonprofit, which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, will hold the 30th annual awards ceremony as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, »
- Matt Donnelly
15 items from 2015
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