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As one person put it to me, "It's nice to have a trade covering, you know, the trades, because we haven't really had that in some time." Indeed, it's fantastic to see our colleagues at Variety dig in and represent the industry as they are with the newly branded "Artisans" initiative, and it's a long, long time coming. It is and has been an underreported element of the business, but I've happily seen that slowly shift in the decade we've been diligently, sometimes obsessively, covering below-the-line here at In Contention. From the word go, we made these artists a priority around here. They have an insight into the process that is always preferable to the soundbyte-prone "stars" of the circuit, and as someone who has always come at this work from that perspective, those chats are typically the most fulfilling to me. As we've forged ahead, we've witnessed other outlets »
- Kristopher Tapley
For a while, Lady Gaga was one of the most fascinating music stars that had come in a while, primarily because of her unapologetic bombast. Too often, though, she may have been written off as “weird”, from her odd fashion decisions, her performance art appearances on TV, and, of course, her music videos. Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, through her strange videos presents a vision, often of powerful women and the subversion of fame, through each of her music videos. Sometimes straddling the line between film and music video, Lady Gaga, though not always the director of these videos, is always the auteur behind them.
Lady Gaga’s early music videos are nothing if not promotional material, with “LoveGame” and “Poker Face” being, for the most part, entirely generic within the context of her career. It was not perhaps until she employed the use of music video director Jonas Åkerlund that »
- Kyle Turner
James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »
- Andre Soares
"All That Jazz," director Bob Fosse’s ode to Bob Fosse, is one of the most kinetic, technically dazzling movie musicals ever made. The film, a thinly-veiled autobiography of Fosse himself, might be remembered as an ego-driven series of Felliniesque set pieces were it not for the shrewd casting of affable, streetwise Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon, the jaded, pill-popping Lothario at the center of the film. Scheider’s innate good humor alleviates his character’s darker inclinations adding up to a memorable portrait of a charismatic megalomaniac. »
- Trailers From Hell
All That Jazz, director Bob Fosse’s ode to Bob Fosse, is one of the most kinetic, technically dazzling movie musicals ever made. The film, a thinly-veiled autobiography of Fosse himself, might be remembered as an ego-driven series of Felliniesque set pieces were it not for the shrewd casting of affable, streetwise Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon, the jaded, pill-popping Lothario at the center of the film. Scheider’s innate good humor alleviates his character’s darker inclinations adding up to a memorable portrait of a charismatic megalomaniac.
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- TFH Team
It's been so long since we had a link roundup! You were all partying over the long weekend anyway. But we're back to normal. Please to enjoy these fine, discussable or just fun posts around the web...
Leigh Alexander on internet sexism - the dos and don'ts
WSJ Taylor Swift fancies herself a journalist suddenly and writes about the future of fandom, music careers and record sales
Av Club on that potato salad kickstarter
Deadline on new controversial strict rules for documentary eligibility at the Oscars. I understand the arguments against the new ruling but I would also like to caution documentarians to think about what they're asking for. »
- NATHANIEL R
Most people today would likely be shocked to think that in 1972, The Godfather went into the Oscars anything but a sure bet for Best Picture. Aside from Casablanca and Citizen Kane it is recognized as the greatest American film of all time and in hind sight most people forget that not only was it tied for nominations in 1972, but Coppola lost Best Director.
Because hindsight is anything but 20/20 when popular consensus takes over, the narrative of the Hollywood Renaissance is one of Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas getting snubbed for Taxi Driver, Jaws, Close Encounters, and Star Wars. But looking at the 1970s and the race for Best Director, what you see instead is two directors fighting it out for director of the decade, each earning three nominations.
- Mynt Marsellus
‘Jersey Boys’ movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (photo: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in ‘Jersey Boys’) Clint Eastwood’s semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the hit 2005 Broadway musical — and it is a crushing bore. But we shall start with the positive: In Eastwood’s film, the music and the performances of the music (which are not the same thing) are great. That is to be expected, as the Jersey Boys movie cast is mostly composed from cast members of the stage show, including Tony winner John Lloyd Young, who happens to look a lot like Frankie Valli and who has a four-plus octave range. Lucky boy. Lloyd Young is also a serviceable actor with a number of (mostly stage) credits that did not require a piercing falsetto. »
- Tim Cogshell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 26, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Roy Scheider (Jaws, Sorcerer) gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie at night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle.
Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ben Vereen (Mama, I Want to Sing), Leland Palmer, Sandahl Bergman (Conan the Barbarian) and the awesomely leggy Ann Reinking, All That Jazz »
Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really »
- Joey Magidson
The clear difficulty of identifying the definitive movie musicals is separating the musical itself from the film version. The Phantom of the Opera is, without a doubt, a top ten definitive stage musical. Movie musical? Not so much. Drawing a clear line between the two is what makes this list a little trickier. For this segment of the list, we have musicals that have no stage version, two Best Picture winners, a Palme d’Or winner, and a few musicals that may stretch the term a bit.
courtesy of writeonnewjersey.com
20. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Directed by Richard Thorpe
It brought “The King” to the big screen for the first time in a film about a man in prison who learns to express himself through music, rather than violence (he’s in prison for manslaughter). Vince (Elvis Presley) accidentally kills a drunk in »
- Joshua Gaul
Austin Film Society has another installment of their "That's Genius" series on Sunday night at the Marchesa. They've invited local filmmaker Yen Tan (Pit Stop) to present a favorite film and he chose Parking. The 2008 film from Taiwan is directed by Chung Mong-Hong and will be screened in 35mm. I'm also incredibly excited about Thursday night's Essential Cinema presentation of Bob Fosse's All That Jazz. This month's theme is "After 8 1/2: The Creative In Crisis" and this film tells the story of a Broadway producer who overworks himself right into a heart attack.
The Austin Youth Film Festival is happening on Saturday at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. Local filmmakers will be on hand to judge short films from area students who have a chance to win prizes up to $1000! Standard tickets are available for just $10 and you also have the option to buy a $25 ticket that includes a t-shirt »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles, two Blu-ray upgrades and a seven-film box set for release this July. Check out the new cover art along with a full list of extra features for each in the gallery viewer below!
Debuting in the collection are Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien, Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Bob Fosse's All That Jazz, John Cassavetes' Love Streams and, making an upgrade from the DVD, Shohei Imamura's Vengeance is Mine. »
Criterion has announced their upcoming August 2014 titles, which will begin on August 12 with John Cassavetes' Love Streams in which Cassavetes stars alongside Gena Rowlands as middle-aged brother and sister who find themselves caring for one another after the other loves in their lives abandon them. The film has been fully restored, comes with a new audio commentary featuring writer Michael Ventura, a video essay, interviews and more. Next is Alfonso Cuaron's Y tu mama tambien, the Mexico-set road story starring Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal that put Cuaron on the map. Set for release on August 19, the 2K digital restoration was supervised by director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki and approved by Cuar?n and comes with two new making of features, an interview with philosopher Slavoj ?i?ek, deleted scenes, Carlos Cuaron's 2002 short film You Owe Me One and more. Also on August 19 comes Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up! »
- Brad Brevet
It's the middle of the month, which means Criterion has once again unveiled their next slate of releases. Kind of. The folks Criterion Cast have poked around the corner's of the boutique label's site, and found out what they've got up their sleeve for August. And it's an exciting batch with Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz" — a film we named as one of the best Cannes Palme d'or winners of all time — getting the treatment. It will be fully restored, come with two audio commentaries, a video essay by Matt Zoller Seitz, two documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and so much more. If you haven't seen the film, this set will not only give you the movie, but pretty much everything you'd want to know and then some. It's a pretty terrific little package. Meanwhile, Criterion fave John Cassavetes has another movie coming to the collection, with "Love Streams." Freshly restored, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Palais des Festivals at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalPhoto: RopeofSilicon.com The 2014 Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and since I won't be able to attend this year I still wanted to do something Cannes-related. I started looking back over the years of the festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year. I considered going back and reviewing 15-16 films from a specific year in the past, but I thought of it too late. I then started looking over the history of past winners, and while I realize I haven't seen even half of the Cannes Film Festival winners I thought it would be fun to take a look at a list of the top ten I had seen, assuming readers could add their thoughts in the comments, suggesting some titles I have not yet seen or those you believe belong in the top ten. As we all know, »
- Brad Brevet
Two decades before Neil Patrick Harris dared to don a golden pair of go-go boots to portray the "internationally ignored song stylist" know as Hedwig Schmidt, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask were perfecting the act on the New York City drag scene. In the wake of Hedwig and the Angry Inch's latest theatrical incarnation — which just racked up eight Tony nominations — we caught up with several of the creative minds who have contributed to Hedwig's past, present, and future to create an (appropriately) oral history.
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Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that really are musicals in every sense of the word. Plenty of films have lots of musical components, but only true musicals have performances in the film that truly drive the story forward. The songs in movie musicals have a purpose, if there could be a true definition.
courtesy of ew.com
40. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
Directed by Michael Apted
Signature Song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”
- Joshua Gaul
Debonair leading man Ryan Gosling has spent the last few years doing terrific work for stylists Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive). But, when it comes to mainstream roles, he is still resigned to being a part of the ensemble. Now, it looks like we’ll be getting to see the actor in an exciting starring part as he’s currently circling the glamorous role of legendary Hollywood choreographer Busby Berkeley for an adaptation of Buzz, a biography of the musical legend from author Jeffrey Spivak.
Berkeley is an icon for fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, with his extravagant dance numbers featuring many, many chorus girls. Even during a time before colour film, Berkeley’s show-stoppers were lively and animated. Besides his behind-the-scenes role for the innovative musical 42nd Street, Berkeley was also a director of titles like Gold Diggers of 1933 and Babe in Arms, »
- Jordan Adler
In an attempt to soften the blow of the Us losing every event on Saturday, NBC spent much of its primetime coverage on non-competition videos. The first was a story about an American paralympic swimmer, Jessica Tatiana Long, meeting her Russian birth parents for the first time. A story that NBC felt couldn’t be told without clips of Anastasia. (Makes sense to me.)
Olympic Stud of the Day: We were treated to the final round of speed skating at Wij Zijn de Kampioenen Skating Center, which is what they’ve renamed Adler Arena now that the Dutch own it. »
- JoJo Marshall
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