7 items from 2016
'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks or Phyllis Brooks or Louise Brooks, »
- Andre Soares
What: iam8bit presents Conspiracies, Monsters and Mythology: An X-Files Art Show Who: 30+ artists celebrate the legacy and the love of the classic TV series, featuring limited edition artwork and exclusive licensed products When: Opening reception Thursday, February 4th, 7-10pm with a special VIP Preview at 5:30pm, show continues through February 14th Where: 2147 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 »
- Caroline Stephenson
For the longest time, it seemed like the last thing you should expect from Todd Haynes was a simple story. Coming out of the fertile 1990s Sundance scene, he was a provocateur and a delirious mash-up artist: his films were fractured narratives, or anti-narratives, or meta-narratives. His best work either smashed together wildly different styles and stories (as in his debut Poison ), or presented unsettling, contradictory ideas but refused climax or closure (as in his masterpiece Safe ). Even in a zeitgeist defined by Quentin Tarantino, the jukebox musicals Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007) looked like pastiche and homage taken to the farthest limit. But far more than Tarantino, Haynes, the former Ivy League semiotics student, insists on not simply getting swept away in the styles, but maintaining a critical viewpoint of how and why the styles function. In retrospect, everything about his method was already in place in his »
- Duncan Gray
As public launches go, the At&T Audience Network’s new series, simply referred to as “Audience Music” (at least for now), couldn’t have set the bar higher than Thursday night’s performance by CeeLo Green and Friends at the Theater At Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The larger-than-life multi-talent, who most people know from his judging stint on NBC’s “The Voice” and his trademark kaftans, astounded with the depth and breadth of his set, performing a range of recent and classic material from his oeuvre, as well covering everyone from Frank Zappa to Lou Reed to Supertramp. But it was the format that was especially refreshing, with the singer/songwriter-rapper-producer powered by a world-class nine-piece, jazz-oriented band — including three backup singers — that would have done the late singer-provocateur Gil Scott-Heron proud. The prevailing fashion statement was robes.
The affair was dubbed the “Open Heart Acoustic Show, »
- Steve Chagollan
[[tmz:video id="0_h0lxahae"]] Stella McCartney attracted more stars than the Golden Globes ... at a record store no less. Paul's daughter kicked off her Autumn fashion line at Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd. Tuesday night, and the likes of Katy Perry, Leo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Kate Hudson, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson and Ringo Starr crammed in between the record aisles to celebrate. Check this out ... Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys not only showed .. he sang. Not to be outdone, »
- TMZ Staff
The line-up of movies on Netflix changes all the time (hey, just look at our "New on Netflix" section), but movie classics like "Roman Holiday" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" never get old.
If you've never watched "Sunset Blvd.," or "The Shining," what are you waiting for?
Here's your special invitation to stream some of these great films, starting with visionary silent film "Metropolis" up through terrific recent movies "Short Term 12" and "Fruitvale Station." »
- Sharon Knolle
Displaying a transparency that few filmmakers of his fame and / or caliber would even bother with, Steven Soderbergh has, for a couple of years, been keen on releasing lists of what he watched and read during the previous twelve months. If you’re at all interested in this sort of thing — and why not? what else are you even doing with your day? — the 2015 selection should be of strong interest, this being a time when he was fully enmeshed in the world of creating television.
He’s clearly observing the medium with a close eye, be it what’s on air or what his friends (specifically David Fincher and his stillborn projects) show him, and how that might relate to his apparent love of 48 Hours Mystery or approach to a comparatively light slate of cinematic assignments — specifically: it seems odd that the last time he watched Magic Mike Xxl, a »
- Nick Newman
7 items from 2016
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