20 items from 2014
Musical theorist Michel Chion coined the term "synchresis" to define the forging of picture and sound, the way artistry on both sides of the line blurs into our favorite movie moments. Sound design can manifest and warp reality, but film scoring has its own synchresistic effect, albeit one that's rather bizarre. There's no reason music should ever be playing against a film aiming for truth. Yet over 100-plus years of filmmaking, a composer's touch — or restraint — has become an essential part of the medium's power. A musical cue stamps an iconic scene, a director's vision and a film's legacy. There are sense memories connected to the opening notes of an iconic theme. Nevertheless, it took the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a few years to recognize film music's weight-pulling at the Oscars. Film's transition into a synced sound medium kept the business resisting the honor until the 7th »
- Matt Patches and Kristopher Tapley
Mrs. Delafield wants to die. The TV movie opens on an ambulance rushing the society widow to the hospital after an unnamed relapse. Obscured by a breathing apparatus and various medical paraphernalia, Mrs. Delafield lies comatose as her children begin to mourn and divvy up her estate. Her neighbor waxes elegiac on the imminent elegancy of her death. Then, a handsome doctor puts a hand on her shoulder and--miracle of miracles! Mrs. Delafield opens her eyes! And then, out of nowhere, it becomes a marriage comedy.
After last week’s morbid misfire of a movie, the opening of Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry feels a little like purposeful trolling. Grace Quigley extolled the virtues of death for the elderly with an ailing Hepburn at its center, but Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry celebrates »
- Anne Marie
Over the years, cross media artists have shown us the quality of work a double threat can bring to a film. Most commonly, these artists are both musicians and actors (but some do so much more!). In this week’s new film, 20,000 Days On Earth, Australian musician-turned-actor Nick Cave stars in a documentary drama about his life as an artist. In celebration of the film’s release, here is a list of some of the most impressive cross media artists.
Known for her distinctive sound, Barbra Streisand is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with more than 245 million records sold worldwide. She made her film debut in 1968 with Funny Girl, for which she earned her first Academy Award. She is also known for the films Hello Dolly, The Way We Were, Yentl and A Star Is Born. These movies equally displayed her acting and singing prowess. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Justin Theroux
The Show | The Leftovers
The Episode | “The Prodigal Son Returns“
The Airdate | September 7, 2014
Theroux’s work in the first season finale was so moving that it would take a dozen columns to do it justice. Heck, we could write an essay just about the way he played the beleaguered police chief’s Bible reading at Patti’s grave. So let’s focus, why don’t we, on one key scene?
En route back to Mapleton after laying to rest the horrors of Cairo, Kevin was challenged by »
True Blood may have ended Sunday, wrapping up seven seasons of fang-banging fun, but Sookie Stackhouse’s story is far from over.
The HBO drama’s final episode — in which Bill met the true death and Sookie found new love with a mystery man, among other twists — received a largely negative response from fans, garnering a big fat “F” from TVLine readers. But even more than anger, the finale left viewers with a million questions, which showrunner Brian Buckner happily fielded from the press on Monday.
First thing’s first: Who did Sookie end up married to? »
Here’s a video we know you’re going to Cherish.
HBO on Sunday aired the first official teaser for The Comeback‘s highly anticipated return, and it’s definitely something we do want to see.
Related The Comeback Season 2: Scoop on the New DNA, Guest Stars and… a Season 3
Though brief, the teaser captures Lisa Kudrow in all her Valerrific glory, as she’s (sort of) swarmed by paparazzi and her (sort of) adoring fans.
An official premiere date has yet to be announced, but long-suffering fans can take heart knowing that several of their favorite characters will »
Still recovering from last night’s True Blood? Perhaps owning a piece of the series finale might ease your troubled mind.
HBO has been auctioning off costumes and set pieces from the past seven seasons on ScreenBid.com, and now, TVLine has an exclusive first look at some of the series-finale items being added to the collection — all from Hoyt and Jessica’s wedding.
First up is the hand-written welcome sign, which hung on the front door of Chez Compton, inviting people to the Hamby-Fortenberry affair:
And what’s a wedding without a dress? »
If you haven’t yet caught a movie outdoors this summer, then you’re missing out! On a nice night, pack your bag with a picnic blanket, snacks, and bug spray, and head out to one of these flicks under the night sky! New York City August 20What: “The Way We Were”Who: Starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, the classic Sydney Pollack-directed romantic drama won two Oscars at the 1974 ceremony.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”Who: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, and others. Where: South Street Seaport What: “Captain Phillips”Who: Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi star in the 2013 dramatic thriller that earned six Oscar noms and had everyone saying, “I’m the captain now.”Where: Pier 63 Lawn August 21What: “Coming to America”Who: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and others.Where: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival What: “The Birds »
To give the impending Smackdown some context we're looking at the year 1973. Here's Glenn on tickets sold...
1973 was like the end of a box-office era. While year-end charts weren’t suffocated with superheroes, CGI natural disasters, and dystopian visions of futuristic societies for a little while yet, but 1973 was as far as I can tell the last year to not have a single now-traditional effects-driven film in the top ten hits of the year. Just one year later in 1974 the end-of-year charts would include the one-two punch The Towering Inferno and Earthquake (plus Airport '75), and 1975 essentially ushered in the modern era of the blockbuster with Jaws and since then it's been a steady increase.
Here is what the top ten films of 1973 looked like.
01 The Sting $156m
02 The Exorcist $128m
03 American Graffiti $96.3m
04 Papillon $53.3
05 The Way We Were $45m
06 Magnum Force $39.7
07 Last Tango In Paris $36.1
08 Live And Let Die »
- Glenn Dunks
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '73 arrives on July 31st, just over two weeks from now. You need to get your votes in too if you want to participate (instructions at the bottom of this post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started.
The Smackdown Panel for July
Without further ado let's meet our panel who will be discussing popular classics Paper Moon, The Exorcist, and American Graffiti as well as the more obscure title Summer Wishes Winter Dreams. All of the Supporting Actress nominees this Oscar vintage were first timers and so are our Smackdown panelists.
Dana Delany is an actress working on stage, screen, television and now internet. She was last seen starring in "Body of Proof" on ABC. In August you can rate and review the pilot "Hand of God" in which she co-stars with Ron Perlman on Amazon. »
- NATHANIEL R
Today marks the final day of the first half of 2014. That flashed by, didn't it? Here are five highlights from this past week while you wait for this afternoon's Smackdown (squeeeeeeeee!)
• Ten Best Dragons - from Toothless to Vermithrax
• Test Interview - filming dance sequences
• What's Wrong With Musicals? - it isn't the talent pool
• Welcome to the Academy - 271 new invites went out... and, as always, some are headscratchers and some are deliciously welcome
Coming In July
Oscar Chart Updates are in progress and we'll post tomorrow when we start "Halfway Mark" festivities surveying the Best of the Year (thus far).
- NATHANIEL R
Teen weepfest "The Fault in Our Stars" is expected to trounce Tom Cruise's "The Edge of Tomorrow" at the box-office this weekend, and in honor of that unexpected victory we've decided to take a look back at some of our favorite tearjerkers from years past. From animated classics like "Bambi" and "Dumbo" to perennial favorites like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Way We Were" to more contemporary three-hankie offerings including "Brokeback Mountain" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the list - voted on by the HitFix staff - represents a diverse collection of cinema weepies to treasure and go back to whenever you feel the need for a good cry. After checking our Top 25 below, vote for your favorites in the poll further down. »
- Gregory Ellwood, Louis Virtel, Melinda Newman, Dave Lewis, Chris Eggertsen, Katie Hasty, Daniel Fienberg
Just like film-fest siblings Sundance and Toronto, New York’s Tribeca Film Festival offers an opportunity for filmmakers and actors both new and veteran to debut their latest offerings. And while many of the films on this year’s slate are from up-and-coming talent, actress Courteney Cox is one of the big-name celebs at the festival as she heads behind the camera for her feature-film directorial debut.
- Nina Terrero
Chicago – The actor Greg Kinnear has been known for his neat and tidy image, but never has he portrayed a religious leader. His role as Todd Burpo – a pastor of a church and the father whose son believes “Heaven Is for Real” – brings the energy of spirituality to the movies just in time for the Easter holiday.
Born in small town Logansport, Indiana, Greg Kinnear was the son of a career diplomat, and moved around quite a bit as a child, even living overseas. He is a veteran actor who first came into prominence when he hosted the first version of “Talk Soup” on the E! Network in 1991. Four years later, he made a splashy film debut as David Larrabee in the 1995 remake of Billy Wilder’s “Sabrina,” directed by Sydney Pollack.
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
A couple years later, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Who'da thunk it?
I love odd celebrity interviews -- the interview not the celebrity -- and this one qualifies. It's rapid fire, 73 questions in 5 minutes while you tour one floor of Sjp's brownstone here in NYC. We knew Sarah Jessica Parker loved The Way We Were (1973) which is referenced so beautifully in one of Sex & the City's best episodes, but who knew that Lars von Trier's Melancholia was such a favorite?!
My favorite answer of all though is her response to "heels or flats?". Hee
- NATHANIEL R
Sarah Jessica Parker invites a Vogue reporter into her fabulous brownstone, and rattles off answers to 73 questions in five minutes. Obviously, this is staged (no one can be this quick without knowing the questions beforehand), but it’s a lot of fun, and Sjp is warm and engaging.
But I guess it proves what kind of geek I am that I knew that Carrie Bradshaw would have the same answers to at least two questions (Favorite Movie? – The Way We Were, Least Favorite Food? – “Parsley”) and when he asks “Heels or Flats?,” her response is priceless.
The post Watch! Sarah Jessica Parker Answers 73 Questions in Five Minutes appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
Los Angeles, March 14: Actress Sarah Jessica Parker showed off her home in an interview with Vogue.com. She's lived in NYC Brownstone for 13 years.
From light up globes, to jam-packed bookshelves, velvet upholstered furniture and a ping pong table in her dining room, one can tell Parker is a true collector, reports people.com
She answered to 73 rapid-fire questions. Her favourite movie is "The Way We Were" and least favorite food is Parsley.
She also answered to crucial questions like "Heels or Flats?" and shows off her British accent.
- Smith Cox
The Oscars just got more Divine. Bette Midler, twice nominated for Best Actress - for 1979's The Rose and 1991's For the Boys - will perform for the first time at the awards. In past years, she has served as a presenter. Chalk up her appearance as another coup for Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who last year convinced Barbra Streisand to sing "The Way We Were" in tribute to its late composer, Marvin Hamlisch. So far, the duo have been mum on Midler's act. The Oscars will air live on ABC Sunday, March 2, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. »
- Mary Green
Bette Midler will sing at this year’s Oscars, the Academy announced this morning. It will be the first time that the two-time nominee will perform at the Academy Awards. “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
The Academy did not specify what song the Divine Miss M will be singing, nor how her performance will fit into the ceremony. One intriguing possibility would be Midler singing during the In Memoriam montage — perhaps »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Academy Award for Best Original Song has gone to some legendary movie anthems — “The Way We Were,” “Take My Breath Away,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “My Heart Will Go On” all notched the Oscars’ highest musical honor. But what about the anthems that don’t win? The winners among the losing nominees? Today we honor the best losing songs of the past 50 years since some of them are, um, the greatest songs ever. (I’ve limited this tally to the past half-century since the rock & roll era is what we really care about, no?)
15. “I Have Nothing” from The Bodyguard
Lost to: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
Two songs from The Bodyguard‘s soundtrack were nominated for Oscars (this and “Run to You”) but “I Have Nothing” is a decade-best belter that will live on forever in part thanks to its innumerable American Idol performances. Though Whitney Houston »
- Louis Virtel
20 items from 2014
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