18 items from 2015
1979 is our "Year of the Month" and this post was way way too much fun to research. Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th), let's marinate a little in the year that was.
original print ad for Kramer vs. Kramer (available on eBay)
Best Movies According To...
Oscar: Kramer vs Kramer*, All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, and Norma Rae were the best pictures nominees but they also loved La Cage Aux Folles, The China Syndrome, Manhattan, Being There and The Black Stallion
- NATHANIEL R
ABC Family is offering a nine-and-a-half-minute sneak peek at its upcoming reality show “Becoming Us” to every user that takes a pledge on Twitter to support the Lgbt community.
The campaign, which runs until June 1, asks users to pledge their support for the Lgbt community by sending a pre-written tweet. Once a user sends the tweet they will receive a reply containing the preview.
The pledge is a partnership with Twitter and Pflag National, an Lgbt advocacy group. This is the first time Twitter has powered this kind of pledge tied to the Lgbt community.
From Ryan Seacrest Prods., “Becoming Us” is a reality show about a teenage boy grappling with his father’s transition to a woman. It accompanies a number of recently slated TV shows that highlight the transgender community including TLC’s “All That Jazz” and an unscripted series from the Discovery Life channel “New Girls on the Block. »
- Seth Kelley
HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations. I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years. However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind, »
- Richard Rushfield
It's hard to know where to look first. Kim Kardashian headed out this afternoon for her first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live since last August in a look that can only be described as half-tuxedo, half Fosse bombshell, and all Kim. Seriously, is there going to be an impromptu performance of "All That Jazz" later? All that's missing is a bowler hat... The E! star wore a plunging black vest over nothing but skin up top, paired with either a bodysuit or hipster-cut shorts under a flowing see-through skirt, which showed off her shapely legs up to there. A satin-trimmed tuxedo jacket completed the dramatic look. Surely we'll get all the fashion credits later. But the »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2015 Film Awards In advance of this year's SXSW Film Festival, Indiewire sent out a questionnaire to the filmmakers taking their work to Austin. Below you'll find some of the inspirations for the competing films, both narrative and documentary. Here are the filmmakers' responses: Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti ("A Woman Like Me"): We were inspired by a wide range of movies: "All That Jazz," Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes," "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm," "Day For Night," "The Wizard of Oz," "Blue Vinyl," "Reds," Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up…." Alison Bagnall ("Funny Bunny"): I don't know if certain films inspire me anymore, though Jerry Schatzberg's "Scarecrow" is always an inspiration. Certain directors inspire me. The usual European suspects; Polanski, Pasolini, Fassbinder-but now it's »
- David Ballard
Jazz Jennings has a lot to look forward to, and she's only a teenager! Jennings, who has been dubbed "The New Face of Transgender Youth," has not only landed a new TLC reality series called All That Jazz, but has also been named the face of Clean and Clear's new ad campaign, "See the Real Me." The campaign promotes skin care products but also doubles as a call-to-action series on social media, asking people to send in their stories using the hashtag #SeeTheRealMe to promote natural beauty, according to Yahoo News. All That Jazz will follow the 14-year-old as she navigates her way through high school, friends, dating and the everyday life of a teenager. But it's even more complicated for »
Jazz Jennings is coming to TV!
TLC has ordered an 11-episode series focusing on the 14-year old activist's family and life as a transgender teen.
Jazz, who was named one of Time's 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014, was assigned male at birth, but has identified as a girl from early childhood, and was diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 2004. Jazz has lived as a female with the full support of her family since age 5.
"Jazz's story is universal, yet unique, and we're proud to partner with her family to share it with TLC's audience," says TLC's General Manager, Nancy Daniels. "Jazz may beknown as an author and activist, but she's first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life."
News: Laverne Cox Cast as Transgender Lawyer in CBS Drama Project
The show will be a jump for Jazz, who currently posts videos on her YouTube channel about what it's like »
The show will focus on 14-year-old Jennings and her supportive family as she enters adolescence and learns to navigate how a transgender teen approaches dating, sleepovers, avoiding male puberty and entering high school.
“Jazz’s story is universal, yet unique,” said Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC. “Jazz may be known as an author and activist, but she’s first and foremost a teenage girl with a big, brave heart, living a remarkable life.”
- Seth Kelley
TLC is making good on its promise to deliver a reality series about a transgender person. This summer, the cable network will debut All That Jazz, a show that focuses on Jazz Jennings, a 14-year-old transgender activist and You Tube star. The 11-episode series will focus on her life as an average teenager dealing with school, friends, dating and family. Jennings was assigned male at birth but began living her life as a girl beginning at her 5th birthday party, when she was allowed to wear a girl's rainbow colored bathing suit. "We know that families come in all shapes and sizes, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
TLC is becoming the latest network to explore transgender life. The cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for All That Jazz, a docuseries following 14-year-old transgender activist Jazz Jennings, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 11-episode series will feature Jennings — dubbed "The New Face of Transgender Youth" — in her daily life, juggling her foray into high school while navigating how a transgender teen approaches dating and sleepovers all while avoiding male puberty. Jennings, who has been featured on 20/20, The Rosie Show and was named one of the 25 Most Influential
- Lesley Goldberg
Like clockwork, the Birdman backlash has begun. It never fails. Whenever a movie survives the rigors of the grueling Academy Awards campaign . facing intense scrutiny from all corners . and emerges victorious on Oscar night, people line up Monday morning to begin shitting all over the film just deemed "Best" by a collective group. As for Birdman, it.s terrible, according to the King of all Media, Howard Stern. Stern was discussing the Oscar race with late-night talk show host Seth Meyers, and decided to unleash on Alejandro Inarritu.s industry comedy. But Stern didn.t just give the movie a thumbs down. He full-on threw Birdman completely under the bus! Stern critiqued: I thought Birdman was the biggest piece of shit. I thought it was pretentious. Listen, I.ve seen movies about acting, especially about Broadway -- A Chorus Line, All That Jazz -- that handled this subject so much »
It’s It's an oft-echoed sentiment that movies are made in the cutting room, so the Academy Award for Best Film Editing is a cherished trophy indeed. First, some guild award stats: since 1963, the American Cinema Editors have correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner 36 times (in years when the award has been split between Dramatic and Musical/Comedy Editing, the specific prize given has been noted): 1963: Harold F. Kress, “How the West Was Won” 1964: Cotton Warburton, “Mary Poppins” 1965: William Reynolds, “The Sound of Music” 1968: Frank P. Keller, “Bullitt” 1970: Hugh S. Fowler, “Patton” 1972: David Bretherton, “Cabaret” 1973: William Reynolds, “The Sting” 1975: Verna Fields, “Jaws” 1976: Richard Halsley and Scott Conrad, “Rocky” 1978: Peter Zinner, “The Deer Hunter” 1979: Alan Heim, “All That Jazz” 1980: Thelma...' »
A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul" coming up just as soon as I do the sex robot voice... "I'm no hero." -Jimmy I really enjoyed the first two hours of "Saul," but "Nacho" is the first installment to suggest an actual structure for the new show. We get a story to keep Jimmy occupied for the whole episode, which is resolved on one level even as it's setting things up for future stories with Jimmy getting a look at all the cash the Kettlemans stole. And it's a whole lot of fun from beginning to end. Though Jimmy protests his good guy bonafides, it's worth noting that most of the trouble he gets into here — and, for that matter, that he nearly got himself into with Tuco last week — came from him exercising a conscience that will mostly lie dormant by the time he's Saul Goodman. In alerting the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Now this is a list that could result in a lot of fascinating dissection and thanks to HitFix it comes to our attention almost three years after it was originally released back in 2012, celebrating the Motion Picture Editors Guild's 75th anniversary. Over at HitFix, Kris Tapley asks, "Is this news to anyone elsec" Um, yes, I find it immensely interesting and a perfect starting point for anyone looking to further explore the art of film editing. In an accompanying article we get the particulars concerning what films were eligible and how films were to be considered: In our Jan-feb 12 issue, we asked Guild members to vote on what they consider to be the Best Edited Films of all time. Any feature-length film from any country in the world was eligible. And by "Best Edited," we explained, we didn't just mean picture; sound, music and mixing were to be considered as well. »
- Brad Brevet
A random bit of researching on a Tuesday night led me to something I didn't know existed: The Motion Picture Editors Guild's list of the 75 best-edited films of all time. It was a feature in part celebrating the Guild's 75th anniversary in 2012. Is this news to anyone else? I confess to having missed it entirely. Naturally, I had to dig in. What was immediately striking to me about the list — which was decided upon by the Guild membership and, per instruction, was considered in terms of picture and sound editorial as opposed to just the former — was the most popular decade ranking. Naturally, the 1970s led with 17 mentions, but right on its heels was the 1990s. I wouldn't have expected that but I happen to agree with the assessment. Thelma Schoonmaker's work on "Raging Bull" came out on top, an objectively difficult choice to dispute, really. It was so transformative, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The situation is as follows: A onetime movie idol, his career and confidence in ruins, makes a daring move into a new medium. His livelihood, his sense of value, maybe even his life are at stake. But nefarious forces within the entertainment industry, like snakes around his ankles, conspire to thwart his efforts on behalf of art and his own reinvention.
“Birdman”? No, “Singin’ in the Rain,” the 1952 Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen classic set on the cusp of silent film and sound, and a movie that’s a lot of things — an infectious musical, an affectionate romance, a well-cultivated cultural artifact. But hardly a documentary about showbiz. Few of the myriad movies about movies have been, of course, despite a catalog of self-referential fare that ranges from “Sullivan’s Travels” to “Boogie Nights,” from “Living in Oblivion” to “A Star Is Born,” from “Day for Night” to “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. »
- John Anderson
18 items from 2015
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