Can't Stop the Music (1980) - News Poster


Otd: The Whisperers, Marlee Matlin, and "The Power of Love"

On this day (August 24th) in showbiz-related history...

1890 "Father of modern surfing" and part time movie actor Duke Kahanamoku born in Hawaii. We've written about him before. Where's his biopic?

1967 The Whisperers premieres in London. It's about an old poor woman living in solitude who is beginning to lose her grip on reality. Dame Edith Evans sterling work was instantly lauded - she won Best Actress at Berlinale and from such disparate groups as the Nyfcc, Nbr and the Golden Globes. She landed her third and final Oscar nomination in the Best Actress lineup (sadly only the winner, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner's Hepburn, was less than superb in that shortlist!). At the time Evans was the oldest Oscar nominee of all time in any acting category having just turned 80 years old. That record has since been undone but she's still the third oldest lead actress nominee after Jessica Tandy
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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Celebrate Memorial Day by ''Bro-Biking'' Through the Hamptons

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Celebrate Memorial Day by ''Bro-Biking'' Through the Hamptons
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon just took their bromance on wheels... Earlier today, Timberlake posted a hilarious video on his Instagram, which is sure to leave you smiling and also wanting a tandem bike, like, right now. In the video, it looks like he's biking alone at first and looking around at the idyllic scenery of the Hamptons area in New York. The "Can't Stop the Music" singer happily says to the camera, "God! Just biking through the Hamptons. It's so beautiful." And that's when we see what (or who) is behind him...  Turns out, Jessica Biel's main man isn't on the bike by himself! The music maker is actually on a tandem bike with his...
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The Link Down

It's impossible to keep up these days. So herewith a bunch of news we haven't covered and other enjoyable places to go on the web today...


Baz Lurhmann has written a letter to fans about the cancellation of The Get Down, his Netflix series. My favorite bit because I like having him on the big screen in 2 hour doses:

All sorts of things have been thrown around for the future... even a stage show (can you imagine that? I can, concert version anyone? Next summer? Just saying.) But the simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life. Since The Get Down stopped, I have actually been spending the last few months preparing my new cinematic work...

Variety IFC is on a buying spree at Cannes, including Lars Von Trier's latest, a
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Justin Timberlake Says He Gets Choked Up When Son Silas Recognizes His Voice on the Radio

Justin Timberlake Says He Gets Choked Up When Son Silas Recognizes His Voice on the Radio
Justin Timberlake can't help but get emotional when he talks about the love he has for his 1-year-old son, Silas.

The 36-year-old singer is up for an Oscar for his song, "Can't Stop the Feeling," from the Trolls soundtrack, and gushed over how great it is to have a tune that he can listen to with his baby boy.

Watch: Justin Timberlake Talks 'Childhood Trauma' Growing Up Famous, Insecurities About Raising Son Silas

"To be able to share this with him anytime the song comes on the radio or in the car... or sometimes you get a request," Timberlake told Andrew Barker during a Q&A with his "Can't Stop the Music" co-writers, Shellback and Max Martin, as part of Variety and Aarp Movies for Grownups Screening Series. "He says, ‘Daddy singing,’ and you’re like, ‘Huh, I think I have something in my eye.'"

The proud father also admitted that becoming a parent has greatly
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On This Day: Marilyn Mania and Sarah Connor x 3

May your 19th be beautiful.

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1536 Anne Boleyn is beheaded. Her tragedy is later reenacted by hundreds of actresses on tv, stage and film including Natalie Portman, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Genevieve Bujold (Oscar nomination).

1836 Cynthia Ann Parker is kidnapped in Texas during an Indian raid after her family is slaughtered. That's a tough break but not many people get to live on in history through multiple classics albeit under pseudonyms like "Debbie Edwards" (Natalie Wood in The Searchers) and "Stands With Fist" (Mary McDonnell in Dances With Wolves). 

1925 Malcolm X is born. 67 years later Denzel Washington wins his second Oscar playing him (Shut up! This is our preferred version of history because Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. Ugh, really?)

1941 Nora Ephron is born spewing witticisms.

1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is released in movie theaters.
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61 film books that are well worth your time

  • Den of Geek



Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still
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Oscar Nominated Moody Pt.2: From Fagin to Merlin - But No Harry Potter

Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s.[1] But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans.[2] The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures.[3] Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The
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Kylie Jenner -- Daisy Dukes Tribute to Daddy Bruce Jenner

  • TMZ
Bruce Jenner's daughter picked an ... interesting time to post a throwback pic of him in a crop top and cutoff shorts -- proving Kylie Jenner already understands the family biz ... promote, promote, promote. Kylie just posted the shot of Bruce, circa 1980, showing off his Olympic Gold medal winning abs and legs. She captioned it ... "daddy throwback. #Tonight #DianeSawyer #ABC #love" -- so she's clearly reminding her 21.5 million followers to tune in for the special.
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Can't Stop The Glitter. Or the Best Shots.

glitter attack!True story. In the late 1990s after graduating college, before New York City and The Film Experience years, I was working as an artist at a company that specialized in parties and events. Every day in a big warehouse I was a hot mess of glue guns, paint rollers, foam shavings, and glitter. Glitter above all else. Three years later in New York City I was still finding glitter in the weirdest of places; that shit lasts forever.

I thought about this as soon as the opening credits of Allan Carr and Nancy Walker's Village People origin comedy, Can't Stop the Music (1980), our "Hmwybs" April Fools Selection. It was like the movie was blowing its glitter load in the first frame. Turns out there was no refractory period. The glitter just keeps on coming and not just over animated fonts. Dancers actually Fling physical glitter at each
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Visual Index ~ Can't Stop the Music's Best Shot(s)

April Fools! I needed an infamous 'bad movie we love' for today's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot a crowd source visual party, where anyone with a love for movies can watch the pre-assigned film and chime in on the one moment that makes it or defines it or reflects it. In other words, whatever "best" means to you.

The Village People musical Can't Stop the Music (1980) starring Valerie Perrine (of Lenny & Superman fame), Olympian Bruce Jenner (long before the Kardashian days) and Steve Guttenberg early on in his career, came through. And how. You can barely believe this movie while you're watching it but you can't exactly look away either. (Credit where it's due, the lightbulb for this week's selection came to mia via an e-mail from Awards Watch, about their new series pairing Razzie winners with Oscar winners.)

This musical, the very first Razzie Worst Picture winner is awful,
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Link Flood

Entertainment Weekly Mark Harris sounded off on horror television like Hannibal and The Walking Dead "with gore less is more"

La Times treasure trove of silent films found in Amsterdam including Mickey Rooney's first film role at age six

The Playlist interviews Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) on working with Jake Gyllenhaal, and his future projects

The Wire watching Noah during the Los Angeles earthquake

Playbill talks to F Murray Abraham about his career resurgence at 74

Variety Spain's Malaga festival reveals its winners. Maybe we should look at some of these as Oscar submission possibilities

Salon a new book makes the case for Wonder Woman as one of the greatest superheroes

The Wrap Game of Thrones and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty win the very first "Location Manager" awards - both shot partially in Iceland which is where it's at lately but more on Iceland in a special series
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Busy week as usual. Seven highlights, in case you missed them...

Alfre Woodard - we talked to the great actress about her favorite roles from 12 Years a Slave to Passion Fish

Stage Door catfights - Anne Marie finally made it to the classics in her Katharine Hepburn retrospective. This one is deeply pleasureable

La Confidential - this "Best Shot" edition didn't have the turnout of Eternal Sunshine but it sure was interesting to see this movie again after all these years. Such stellar performances 

Tom vs. Dickie - Jude and Matt were warring again in this Italian edition of "beauty vs. beast" in which both of them are both beauties and beasts. Have you voted yet?

Jai Courtney - the next big thing or the next shrug? 

Women's History Month - profiles of great actresses as real life women 

X-Men Days of Future Past - we yes no maybe so'ed
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Next on Hit Me: You Can't Stop This Letter to Pocahontas!

We kicked off Season 5 of Hit Me With Your Best Shot with two undisputed modern classics Eternal Sunshine and La Confidential but it's time to get a little more adventurous and rangey. Each season has a mix of classics, oddities, and at least one animated entry because though we originally conceived of the series as a tribute to cinematography it's become readily apparent that the best shots can come from the work from other departments, too. To join us simply a) watch the movie b) pick your favorite shot and c) post it somewhere public. Then we'll add you to our roundup. 

Tuesday April 1st

For April Fool's Day a legendary "so bad it's good" movie, Alan Carr's Village People musical Can't Stop The Music (1980) which won the very first Razzie award for Worst Picture. I'm sorry about the short notice but it's easy to find, so start dancing,
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Visual Index ~ L.A. Confidential's Best Shot(s)

It's Tuesday night, time for another Hit Me With Your Best Shot. This week we're looking at Curtis Hanson's 1997 Best Picture nominee L.A. Confidential, which was nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Cinematography (Dante Spinotti) both of which it lost to the 52,000 ton Titanic. But it's a lot of people's idea of a modern masterpiece so I was fascinated to read what others had to say about the movie.

See it through multiple sets of eyeballs, in this case 16 of them by clicking on any of the twelve shots selected ... and please do comment if you like something you read. The series only works properly when people participate.

Best Shot(s)

Arranged in rough chronological order

Making news just like they make movies...

-Coco Hits NY

Opened up and unnervingly close at one and the same time...

-Timothy Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

At its heart, Curtis Hanson
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Spike Lee in Talks to Direct Justin Timberlake in Spinning Gold

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Spike Lee is in early talks to direct Spinning Gold, a biopic centering on the life of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart. We reported in May that Justin Timberlake is starring as the music executive.

After growing up as a poor kid in Brooklyn, Neil Bogart founded Casablanca Records in 1974, discovering legendary artists such as Kiss, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People, just to name a few. He passed away from cancer in 1982 at the age of 41.

Actor Paul Sand played a record executive loosely based on Neil Bogart in the 1980 film Can't Stop the Music, which also starred Bruce Jenner and Steve Guttenberg, and centered around the formation of The Village People.

Neil Bogart's son Timothy Scott Bogart wrote the screenplay, and will also produce alongside Laurence Mark, Gary A. Randall, Mark Damon and Justin Timberlake. Our report from May revealed
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8 Actors We Never Need to See in Another Movie Ever Again

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Fame is a fleeting fox that outruns most. Sometimes, notoriety outshines its own spotlight. Whether through the casting couch or blood, sweat and tears, the occasional performer will squeak through to the other side and achieve a modicum of accolades. Some are worthwhile, while others are unbearable. We all have that irritating nitpick of an actor who occasional, and suddenly, pops up in a movie just when the getting is good, and it swerves the car completely off the road. "Who invited this guy?" we ask ourselves, hoping s/he gets killed off before we have to get up out of our seat and ask for our money back.

It's a mild irritation, all things considered.

And then there's that very special group of actors who simply don't belong in movies at all. Yet there they are, begging us to watch them, vying for our attention before they are quickly
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Briefs: A Pro Soccer Player Comes Out, "Two Men In Love," and Fire In The Sky!

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Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"Beyonczilla stomped into New Orleans to destroy the Super Bowl, but only managed to knock out the lights for a few minutes."

Thanks to Miz Liz for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Chord Overstreet (above) is 24, Melissa Manchester is 62, Jason Ritter is 33, and Joseph Gordon Levitt is 32. Towleroad has a compilation of clips from the Meteor strike in Russia. I'll wait for instructions from Morgan Freeman.In ratings news, Glee was down a smidge, while Zero Hour was the lowest series premiere ever on ABC.Here's your first look at the rump-filled poster for Continental, about the bathhouses of the 60's and 70's.
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10 Best Bad Movies for Gay Summer Viewing

Once upon a time I wrote a column called "Bad Movies We Love," and I feel close enough to you to admit that -- actually? -- I don't love bad movies. I would rather watch something good, weirdly. I'm sensitive when it comes to reserving time for woefully bad cinema, and that's why I want to help kick off your summer with the essential gay stinkbombs. Summer is the best time to gather your friends at 11 a.m. on a Saturday, gather around the thespian sorcery of Elizabeth Berkley, and cry, cry, and laugh until you're whole. Let's celebrate the worst of the best of the worst!

10. Chastity

Though not as renowned a misfire as the later totems on my list, Chastity is one of the weirdest film debuts ever -- particularly for a splashy firebrand like Cher -- and therefore it's essential viewing. More than a full decade before
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AfterElton Briefs: The "Mike And Ike" Divorce, Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron, and "Godzilla"'s Same-Sex Wedding

Birthday shoutouts go to Nicholas Brendon (above), who is 41, Ed O'Neill is 66, Shannen Doherty is 41, Claire Danes is 33, and a few music stars have birthdays today. Feel free to do top fives for Vince Gill (55), Brendon Urie (25), David Cassidy (62), Amy Ray (48), and i'm doing a top five for the Village People, as founding member Alex Briley turns 65: 5. "Can't Stop The Music," 4. "Go West," 3. "Ready For The 80's," 2. "5 O'Clock In The Morning," 1. "Sex Over The Phone."In ratings news, Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23 debuted to adequate numbers.Logo (our parent company) has renewed Rupauls' Drag Race for a fifth season. My involvement with Season Five will depend on Phi Phi not winning Season Four.Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons will announce the Tony nominations live from Lincoln Center on May 1st.Godzilla is coming back as a comic book, and in the first issue next month, a same-sex
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Picture This: Caption This Movie Scene!

Welcome to our Monday feature Picture This!, the companion piece to Wednesday's Still Got It!.

For this feature, we'll present a still from a famous film and ask you to to caption it. So get your creative juices flowing and turn up the snark-o-meter, and take your best shot!

This week it's a scene from the greatest movie musical of the 80's, the inspirational, allegorical, unintentionally hysterical The Apple!

* Point of reference, here's the complete top ten: 1. The Apple, 2. The Pirate Movie, 3. Voyage Of The Rock Aliens, 4. Xanadu, 5. Grease 2, 6. Little Shop Of Horrors, 7. Shock Treatment, 8. The New Adventures Of Pippi Longstocking and Annie (tie), 9. The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, 10. Can't Stop The Music. Honorable mention - Yentl.

Take a bite and take your best shot. We'll reveal the winner next Monday!

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