8 items from 2016
★★★☆☆ On the colour wheel, Craig Anderson's Red Christmas is more Bob Clark's Black Christmas than Michael Curtiz's White Christmas. While it's tempting to bring them together as a Yuletide triptych, a 'Three Colours Christmas' triple-bill (Krzysztof Kieślowski missed a trick with that one), Anderson's comic slasher doesn't quite earn its wings as a potential future classic, nevertheless it's very funny and another welcome indicator that antipodean genre cinema is where it's at right now.
One decade ago today, we first learned the story of American hero Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby opened in theaters 10 years ago today. Audiences came out in droves that weekend for the comedy starring Will Ferrell as a winning-obsessed Nascar driver. Behind The Lego Movie, Talladega Nights remains Ferrell’s second largest movie opening. The movie reunited Ferrell with his Anchorman director Adam McKay. The two of them, along with John C. Reilly (who plays Ricky Bobby’s teammate Cal Naughton Jr. in Talladega Nights) would soon team up again for Step Brothers. Other notable August 4 happenings in pop culture history: • 1942: Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn premiered in New York. Crosby song “White Christmas” is featured in the movie musical. • 1957: The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie »
- Emily Rome
Gordon Ramsay is, like escargots à la bourguignonne, a bit of an acquired taste. His bounciness, which he clearly thinks is infectious, is merely exhausting; his liberal use of the F-word tiresome; the rather tired recipe (in the management rather than the culinary sense) he produces for rescuing an ailing hotel business as limp as the salads the establishment is producing before he pitches up.
The ailing – indeed failing – establishment featured in the first episode of the new series of (Channel 4) is the Angler’s Lodge in Idaho. The setting, beside a river, looks gorgeous. Even the “Be Bear Aware” sign would not put me off. Ramsay is there in winter, and it looks like that lodge in Vermont run by the old general »
- Stephen Moss
By Todd Garbarini
The Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 55th anniversary screening of Robert Wise’s Oscar-winning 1961 musical West Side Story. The 152-minute film will be screened on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn and Rita Moreno, the screening is scheduled to precede appearances by George Chakiris who played Bernardo and Russ Tamblyn who played Riff.
From the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
West Side Story (1961)
55th Anniversary Screening
One of the most honored and commercially successful of all movie musicals, West Side Story earned a near-record 10 Academy Awards in 1961.The film version of the groundbreaking stage musical that re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in contemporary New York City retained and deepened the play’s emotional impact by bringing together a show business all-star team. The show’s director and choreographer, »
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For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.
Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.
And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night:
- Gary Collinson
After announcing the nominees for best film direction yesterday, the Directors Guild of America revealed the slate for TV direction in dramas and comedies today.
"Game of Thrones" seeks to add to its trophy haul for David Nutter's direction of the season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy," which won an Emmy last September. But HBO's epic fantasy series will be challenged by the series finale of "Mad Men," directed by creator Matthew Weiner.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Downton Abbey, "Episode 8" (PBS)
Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality" (Showtime)
Game of Thrones, "Mother's Mercy" (HBO)
The Knick, "Williams and Walker" (Cinemax)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Kelly Woo
- Dave McNary
New York actors: We’ve got four casting opportunities for you today! Whether you’re looking to stay in the city for commercial and film work or you want to take a trip down south to spend a few weeks in Roanoke, Va., we’ve got exciting gigs for city boys and girls alike. Social Commercial For Internatinal Makeup BRANDFilming in Lower Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, this chic ‘n’ stylish “girls night out” themed makeup campaign is casting young model types for a January 2016 shoot. More specifically, producer Jos D of Code and Theory needs an “It Girl” aged 18–25. This job pays $200 and is casting through next week. Mill Mountain Theatre 2016 SEASONMill Mountain Theatre, a company based in Roanoke, Va., is coming to New York City Feb. 8 to cast its 2016 season, which includes productions of “The Music of Motown” kicking things off in March, “The Music of Abba,” “The Odd Couple, »
8 items from 2016
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