11 items from 2012
The Producers Guild of America (PGA), announced today that critically acclaimed documentary feature Bully will be honored with the 2013 Stanley Kramer Award at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony. Director Lee Hirsch and producer Cynthia Lowen will accept the award on Saturday, January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to honor a production, producer or other individual whose achievement or contribution illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues. Stanley Kramer created some of the most powerful and acclaimed works in the history of American motion pictures, including such classics as Inherit The Wind, On The Beach, The Defiant Ones, and Guess Who’S Coming To Dinner. Previous recipients of the Stanley Kramer Award include such films as The Great Debaters, An Inconvenient Truth, Hotel Rwanda, In America, Antwone Fisher, Precious and the 2012 honoree In The Land Of Blood And Honey. »
- email@example.com (Mark Johnson)
Holllerrrrrrr: After two or three weeks of a downhill streak, The Good Wife used a tried-and-true secret weapon -- gayness -- to rebound with an episode that was buzz-worthy in literally a dozen ways. A dozen. And one of them involves guest-star Stockard Channing's accidental Liz & Dick tribute that trumps anything Lindsay Lohan achieved last night on Lifetime. Not exactly a Peabody-worthy feat, but still, glory to Rizzo.
Doma, kids. The Good Wife tackled Doma with a weird case about a shady, heterosexual CEO named Vance and a gay CFO named Dale of TaxLaunch.com. Aggressive lawyer "Bucky" Stabler (Brian Dennehy) argued that incriminating wiretaps between Vance and his wife should be admissible as evidence; smirk-heavy duo Alicia and Diane cited a "spousal shield" that would exonerate not only Vance, but also Dale and his Vermont-wed husband, who were wiretapped too. Ugh, but Bucky knows tricks: Citing Doma, he »
Bunheads Marathon to Lead into Summer Finale
After getting a quickie marriage and hightailing it out of Vegas, Michelle thought that life would be different, better. There'd be stability, there'd be quiet, and there'd be someone to come home to at night that cared about her in a way that nobody else ever had. But all that was shattered once her husband Hubbell was in a car accident and lost his life only 48 hours after they exchanged their vows. Rather than moving back to her apartment or finding another city to go to, she opted to stay in Paradise, California, where Hubbell had been living with his mother. Whether the extended stay came from a sense of obligation, guilt, grief, a lack of direction, or some combination thereof, what matters is that Michelle has found a different type of home with all the other bunheads.
Below are the times, episode names, »
- Shilo Adams
On these warm summer days, what better way to escape the heat than with a visit to a movie theater. Sure, you can catch one of the many new films, but instead why not revisit or introduce yourself to a classic. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is running a 70mm series of films beginning Monday in Beverly Hills. It kicks off the inaugural event with the uproarious It’S A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. I agree, it’s usually one that we all watch during the holidays but if you’re fortunate enough to see it on the big screen then you need to make a trip to The Academy.
This week I had the chance to speak with the wife of the film’s late director Stanley Kramer over the phone where she nostalgically talked about one of the funniest comedies in film history. Mrs. »
- Michelle McCue
For moviegoers growing up in the last 20-30 years, big is the new normal. I’m talking about those big-budget, over-produced, effects/action-packed extravaganzas that are as expected and routine an arrival as a commuter bus, and never more so than during the summer months. Come a rise in temperatures, there’s an almost ceaseless parade of these megabuck behemoths through multiplexes starting in May and continuing until the kids go back to school, one rolling out almost every week.
Consider these May-August releases and their eye-popping price tags:
5/4: Marvel’s The Avengers — $220 million
5/11: Dark Shadows — $150 million
5/18: Battleship — $209 million
5/25: Men in Black 3 — $250 million
6/8: Prometheus — $120-130 million
7/3: The Amazing Spider-Man — $220 million
7/20: The Dark Knight Rises — $250 million
7/31: Total Recall — $200 million
8/5: The Expendables 2 — $100 million
For those of you who haven’t been keeping count, that’s a little over $1.7 billion in productions »
- Bill Mesce
A show like Bunheads is bound to have some growing pains: From the get-go, the basic conceit seemed flimsy, at best, not to mention difficult to sustain. But I was so charmed by the writing and the cast of this series, I kind of pushed any shortcomings out of my head. Amy Sherman-Palladino would find a way to make this work, and I could deal... More >> »
- Louis Peitzman
It's hard to believe that "Inherit the Wind" takes place on Michelle's third day in Paradise. On the first, her husband died; the second featured his memorial; and on this one she discovered she had inherited everything, including a new subscription to Rolling Stone. That's the one part of the series so far that I find contentious.
Their grieving process, most especially Fanny's. was incredibly short. Everything came together too easily. Even imagining that just a few days before Hubbell had completely rearranged his legal affairs to include Michelle in every part of his life is borderline ridiculous. And yet... darn if I can't help absolutely loving Bunheads. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief to allow the dialog to roll and the small town antics to play out.
We learned a little more about the bunheads and their interactions this week. As viewers, it was easy to dislike Sasha right off the bat, »
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Bunheads: Spoilers for the First Three Episodes
For months, the pilot of Bunheads has been hinted at, talked about, and cryptically previewed, both on ABC Family and the internet at large. That's to be expected, considering the caliber of talent in front of (Tony winner Sutton Foster) and behind (Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino) the camera, but what I've been most interested in are the episodes following the pilot. Once the premise has been clearly defined and Michelle makes the trek from Vegas to Paradise, California, what happens then? How will she adjust to being out of the limelight, marrying a stranger, and teaching dance instead of being on stage?
Listed below are the dates, initial airings, episode names, and episode descriptions for the first three episodes of Bunheads, all of which hint that her transition to small town life may not go as smoothly as she thought.
- Shilo Adams
Jennifer Garner and Alfred Molina star in Serena, a short film written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, a co-founder of Wigs along with Jon Avnet and Jake Avnet. Garner plays Serena, a woman who makes a series of shocking confessions to her Priest (Molina).
“Serena,” the first Wigs short film, is premiering now on youtube.com/wigs.
“Jennifer and Alfred were perfect,” remarked Rodrigo Garcia. “They elevated the script and found feeling and laughter where I had not seen it. I wish everything was this easy and fun.”
“Serena” is the first of 10 short films planned for Wigs, and comes on the heels of the channel’s first series, “Jan.” The first six episodes of “Jan,” which stars Caitlin Gerard, Virginia Madsen, and Stephen Moyer, are available on youtube.com/wigs.
Over the coming weeks and months, Wigs will continue to release content produced with a renowned group of writers and filmmakers, »
- Michelle McCue
Another day, another awards ceremony. Who can keep up?!?
Last night The Producers Guild of America gave their big prize, a transparent glassy gargantuan paperweight, to the man who helped The Artist come into being, Thomas Langmann. One thing that's not being much noted -- since behind the screen forces rarely get attention -- is that Langmann was once a regular presence in front of the camera in France and he's actually the son of director Claude Berri (of Jean de Florette/Manon of the Springs fame!). Of course right at the moment he's best known Stateside as 'that guy who was trying to tell his heartfelt story at the Golden Globes while Uggie was doing his tricks' and distracting the television cameras... as discussed on the most recent podcast. Another actor turned producer, Michael Rapaport was also honored (along with his co-producers) for the documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life. »
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Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing, a series running through March at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, opened this past weekend and James Curtis was on hand to sign copies of his new 1001-page book, Spencer Tracy: A Biography. "Curtis by his account spent seven years on Tracy," notes John McElwee. "What came of that is the best book on Tracy or any filmic figure for a long while to come (or at least till Jc's next)."
"Curtis, whose previous subjects have included Wc Fields, James Whale and Preston Sturges, is the kind of biographer who serves his subject first and his readers second," writes Stephanie Zacharek in the New York Times. "The first half of Spencer Tracy is — let's not mince words — pretty boring, packed with details that prove Curtis's tirelessness as a researcher but load us down with far more information than we need…. But a strange, »
11 items from 2012
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