9 items from 2012
Promised Land, the new film directed by Gus Van Sant, takes a hard, unbiased look at hydraulic fracking, and the effects it has on a small community. Written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, the film sets out to unite communities, and show a real glimpse of life in a rural setting. Wamg recently got the chance to sit down with John Krasinski (in a round table) to discuss his experience writing his first screenplay, collaborating with Matt Damon, and his karaoke go-to jam!
Steve has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand). The town has been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, and the two consummate sales executives see McKinley.s citizens as likely to accept their company.s offer . for drilling rights to their properties . as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy »
- Melissa Howland
Hollywood's prestige season is upon us and, despite a parade of heavy hitters, including Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and the Wachowski-Tykwer adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, no potential Oscar winner is more ambitious – or more likely to provoke discussion regarding its meaning and intent – than Paul Thomas Anderson's sixth feature, The Master.
Anderson's subtly disorienting, deeply engrossing study of the symbiotic relationship between charismatic cult leader Lancaster Dodd, magnificently played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and his disturbed follower Freddie Quell, indelibly embodied by Joaquin Phoenix, is a panoramic chamber drama. Punctuated by persistent close-ups, it's an extended two-shot epic in its sweep.
The first production to avail itself of the great clarity afforded by 65mm in the 16 years since Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, »
- J Hoberman
Whether it's a hard-hitting Scientology satire or a slippery human study, Anderson's latest is sure to provoke some strong opinions
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The recent death of Andy Griffith jogged my memory of the man's electrifying turn as Lonesome Rhodes, the denim-clad demagogue in A Face in the Crowd. Elia Kazan's undervalued 1957 drama spins the tale of a fast-talking hobo who becomes a TV star. Lonesome purports to represents the interest of "just plain folks" while actually pushing the agenda of his corporate sponsor and a rightwing politician who wants to tear up social security. He's surfing a wave of public gullibility, riding his luck and selling snake oil to the masses. He is a very American breed of monster.
- Xan Brooks
He could have been another Brad Pitt. Instead he's doing one-man stage shows. Is it time for a rescue plan?
For some time now, I have belonged to a secret society known as the League of Rueful Val Kilmer Enthusiasts. It consists of men of a certain age who adore Tombstone and Heat, and who also have a soft spot for The Doors and The Ghost and the Darkness. And, of course, Top Gun. What unites the members of the league is our affection for the actor himself, mingled with regret that Kilmer did not become the intergalactically famous star we wanted him to be. We also resent the fact that he did not make more movies like Heat while he was young and athletic enough to pull it off.
Because now it is too late. Kilmer has reached the point in his career where he is performing in a one-man show called Citizen Twain, »
- Joe Queenan
If there were a prayer for Broadway shows it would be for all of them to be hits.
Despite good intentions, though, Leap of Faith" at the St. James Theatre is an unanswered prayer.
The idea is there -- a fake preacher swindles people, and eventually he must face his conscience.
Conning people of faith -- or into faith -- is so evil, there should be plenty of material to mine. And mounting it as a musical is a natural, paving the way for rich gospel voices (it isn't as if New York theatergoers are unreceptive to musicals with choirs; witness "Sister Act"). Composer Alan Menken, who also created the music for "Sister Act" and "Newsies," definitely knows his way around Broadway songs.
Yet as great as Raul Esparza can be -- and he was magnificent in "Company" -- this does not seem to be the right role for him. »
On its third director and its second book, the slightly road-worn Leap of Faith vaults over a chasm of skepticism—and stops precisely three quarters of the way across. It’s not a terrible show—Elmer Gantry-meets-The Music Man is certainly a winning stage-musical conceit—but it's a persistently confused one, in tone, content, and mood. Ostensibly a straightforward inspirational dramedy (sporting a straightforward set of smoothly toothsome Alan Menken tunes, sprightly recyclings of his trademark pop yearnings and gospel pastiche), the show aims to be hiply clued-in and folksily naïve all at once. The result is a sermon in song that’s rousing enough, but also instantly evanescent: Believers and unbelievers alike are welcomed (nay, bullied) to clap along, and they’ll leave baptized in freshets of energetically manipulative pop-Broadway melody, but the effect evaporates fast. Leap feels like the not-awful, not-wonderful product of a long series of compromises. »
- Scott Brown
The 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival has unveiled another spectacular lineup of special guests and events for this year’s four-day gathering in Hollywood. Among the newly announced participants for this year’s festival are five-time Emmy® winner Dick Van Dyke, Oscar® winner Shirley Jones, two-time Golden Globe® winner Angie Dickinson, six-time Golden Globe nominee Robert Wagner, seven-time Oscar nominee Norman Jewison, longtime producer A.C. Lyles and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. In addition, the festival will feature a special three-film tribute to director/choreographer Stanley Donen, who will be on-hand for the celebration.
As part of its overall Style and the Movies theme, the festival has added several films featuring the work of pioneering costume designer Travis Banton. Oscar-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis will introduce the six-movie slate, with actress and former Essentials co-host Rose McGowan joining her for one of the screenings.
Other festival additions include a screening »
- Michelle McCue
It truly is the Year of Adele, as the British singer took home every Grammy she was for which she was nominated, totaling six wins altogether, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters were second for total wins, with five, followed by the absent Kanye West with four wins.
The complete list of winners:
Album Of The Year:
21 -- Adele
Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters
Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars
Loud -- Rihanna
Record Of The Year:
"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele
"Holocene" -- Bon Iver
"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars
"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons
"Firework" -- Katy Perry
Best New Artist: (artist/producer)
The Band Perry
Song Of The Year: (songwriter)
Actress Shirley Jones, winner of the 1961 Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “Elmer Gantry,” will be honored by Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, at Oscar Night Las Vegas.
Officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Oscar Night Las Vegas, Feb. 24-26, 2012, is a weekend destination event for movie fans nationwide to celebrate the 84th Academy Awards in The City of Entertainment.
Proceeds will benefit Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada, dedicated to providing services for children with special needs in the Las Vegas community since 1950.
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9 items from 2012
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