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After 10 years and eight movies as the young hero of the multibillion dollar grossing Harry Potter franchise, Daniel Radcliffe said goodbye to wizardry in 2011. But rather than veering off the rails like so many child stars before him, or being typecast as the plucky young hero, Radcliffe has worked hard to prove himself a capable and versatile actor. Since Potter, he’s defied expectations by taking smart, daring parts in films such as ghoulish chiller The Woman In Black, beat-poet drama Kill Your Darlings and twisted horror Horns. His latest role – as Igor, the troubled assistant of James McAvoy’s mad scientist, in Victor Frankenstein – marks a return to big-studio cinema. But, true to form, this is no ordinary adaptation…
The Red Bulletin: Igor is a character who doesn’t »
- Gary Collinson
Gop presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is hosting Saturday Night Live this week and John Leguizamo is not happy about it. John Leguizamo Says He’ll Boycott SNL For Having Trump Host Speaking to Yahoo! News Live, the actor said he would no longer be tuning into the Saturday night stalwart of American pop culture if producers did […]
- Patrick Culhane
Long overdue swansong (?) from the master of gritty hand-drawn urban animation. Ralph Bakshi defined the animated back alley scuzz look of 1970s NYC, spoiling with grit, dirt and counter-culture grime, in his iconic classics Fritz The Cat, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin, and American Pop before shifting tone to fantasy fiction with Wizards and Lord Of…
- Chris Alexander
I’m no fan of jukebox musicals. If they’re the type that tell an invented tale, like Mamma Mia! or Rock of Ages, the book is generally rendered idiotic by the effort to accommodate the songs. If they’re instead pop biographies, like Jersey Boys and Beautiful, the problem is even worse because the songs, too, are denatured, by the effort to accommodate a preexisting storyline. Furthermore, the structure of musicals in the second category can only lead to a bathetic climax: In the final scenes, the protagonists (Frankie Valli, Carole King) become exactly who we already knew them to be. That’s more than ever the case with the new Gloria Estefan jukebox musical On Your Feet! because if you don’t arrive at the Marquis Theatre knowing the billboard headlines of her story (Cuban immigrant becomes American pop star, gets hit by a truck, eventually returns in triumph), why are you there? »
- Jesse Green
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film."...you will be a queen wherevever you walk": an immortal description of Maureen O'Hara from John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. O'Hara passed away over the weekend and Keyframe has gathered tributes.Above: An alternative animated poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun from Fikr’et Calisiyor, Gökhan Yücel, and Ufuk Atan.Above: Review, a new short film by one of America's best up-and-coming independent directors, Dustin Guy Defa.According to The Onion, the MPAA has finally added a new rating to its troublesome and controversial system, this one perhaps the most usable of all: to warn audience of films not based on existing works."The word cinematic gets thrown around a lot in relation to ambitious TV. You hear that a particular show is very cinematic, »
With the U.S. and Russia at odds over Syria, and refugees streaming into Europe, an examination of conditions inside the Middle Eastern country could hardly be timelier. Frontline provides just that with “Inside Assad’s Syria,” a report that correspondent Martin Smith accurately describes as an intermittently “surreal” visit to the war-torn region. Filmed over three weeks beginning in late July, Smith’s methodical account is both a glimpse into a land filled with contradictions and a testimonial to the dizzying and dangerous hurdles reporters face when they venture into such zones. The show refrains from trying to offer a clear solution to the area’s myriad problems – or an elusive exit strategy.
The incongruities of Smith’s journey begin early, as he travels along “the only safe road” into Damascus while listening to American pop tunes on an English-language radio station. Once in the city, he confesses to »
- Brian Lowry
A statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has undergone a revolution and become a WiFi-transmitting Darth Vader.
Ukrainian artist Alexander Milov took the statue over to the Dark Side after the country passed decommunisation laws, forcing the removal of all Communist symbolism.
9 craziest rumours about Star Wars The Force Awakens: Is Darth Vader back from the dead?
Lenin's face has been covered up by Vader's famous helmet, which houses a wireless hotspot, and his long leather coat has been refashioned into the villain's cape.
Ukraine's parliament ordered the removal of Communist names and symbols from monuments, places and street signs in April due to its military conflict with Russia.
The Vader statue appears just over a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in UK cinemas. »
Thirty-five years ago an unknown teenager from Brooklyn made an uncredited cameo in a lackluster episode of a network variety show on the verge of collapse. By the next episode that kid got his first real shot on screen and he never looked back. Soon enough, the only thing keeping “Saturday Night Live” from dying in the post-Lorne Michaels era was Eddie Murphy.
Within two years Murphy was performing standup on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, and turning in iconic parodic performances on “SNL” as Buckwheat, Gumby and Mr. Robinson in sketches that would be forever emblazoned in the annals of American pop culture. By 1984, Murphy was a hugely bankable movie star, making his mark in comic masterpieces like “48 Hours,” “Trading Places” and, most memorably, “Beverly Hills Cop,” which catapulted Murphy to international fame and spawned two sequels.
On Oct. 18, the man with one of the most infectious »
- Stuart Miller
Though Us soap operas like Days of Our Lives and General Hospital have been running for fifty years or longer, they don’t hold nearly the same level of attention in the Us popular culture consciousness as telenovelas do in countless other countries in the world, perhaps most notably in Latin America. Whereas American pop culture treats soap operas with a heaping load of derision or mockery (even using comparisons to them as a way to demean a film or TV show relies too much on melodrama), other cultures have massive followings for their telenovelas, and it looks like American pop culture is finally ready to stop purely lampooning it and emulating it as well. CW’s Jane the Virgin takes the telenovela format mainstream with an absurd premise that features all the usual staples: love, affairs, love affairs, murder, schemes, amnesia, unexpected pregnancy, betrayal, and, of course, amnesia.
Unlike Us soap operas, »
- Lex Walker
People can debate all they want about whether or not Avatar: The Last Airbender is technically an “Anime” in the strictest sense or if M. Night Shyamalan’s horrific adaptation should have taken three films instead of trying to cram the show into a single movie, but as far as the animated series is concerned, its legacy remains rather untarnished as the best American-made series to come out of American pop culture’s fascination with Asian animation and themes. However, while the series is stellar and any set like this one that brings together all three seasons equally so, it’s hard to get too excited about a complete series set when it’s still being released on DVD and not remastered for an HD release on Blu-ray. Avatar: The Last Airbenderdeserves a Blu-ray release, so here’s hoping this set isn't the final iteration of this series that fans »
- Lex Walker
On October 19th, VH1 will present “Lhh: Out in Hip Hop” at 11Pm Et/Pt, an hour-long roundtable discussion celebrating being out in the hip hop community and posing the question: Is hip hop homophobic? Moderated by ABC News’ T.J. Holmes, the open dialogue will include a studio audience that has been touched by the Miles and Milan story line on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood." They will be joined by artists and cultural experts speaking candidly on homophobia within the hip hop industry. The panelists include a diverse lineup of talent from various backgrounds and experiences, including television and radio personalities, hip hop artists, film producers, writers, activists and religious leaders within American pop-culture and the Lgbt community. Panelists include: - (Moderator) T.J. Holmes- is a journalist and national television personality. He is currently an ABC News Correspondent.- Big Freedia- is considered the “Queen of Bounce, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director Ralph Bakshi is launching his new animated film, “Last Days of Coney Island,” on Oct. 29 — his 77th birthday — with an exclusive release on Vimeo on Demand, Variety has learned exclusively.
The national release of “Last Days of Coney Island” follows a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $174,000 from 1,290 backers.
Bakshi created, directed and mostly animated the 22-minute movie, described as a mafia horror pic set in the 1960s in Coney Island with political overtones both realistic and outrageous, and a violent collage of characters, all striving to get somewhere.
Bakshi’s career includes directing the animated films “Fritz The Cat,” “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin,” “Wizards,” “The Lord of the Rings,” “American Pop” and “Fire and Ice,” and the TV series “Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.” “Fritz the Cat” was the first animated film to be accepted at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Last Days of Coney Island” is produced by Edward Bakshi. »
- Dave McNary
However to read an excessive welcome into the American Dream through this one series, seems not only premature but foolhardy. Quantico works because it's the role of an athletic agile half-Indian American government recruit. And Priyanka Chopra plays the role with gusto, making us forget the embarrassing fiasco of her attempts to compete with Lady Gaga in the American pop scene.
A Bollywood filmmaker who has worked with Priyanka Chopra warns, "We've seen other flash-in-the-pan successes in the West. Barring Irrfan Khan, no Indian actor has a career in American cinema. If Priyanka plans to move between two continents, she must be warned that even A R Rahman left Bollywood confused by his long absences."
At the moment Priyanka has only two Bollywood »
- Subhash K. Jha
Sorry that it’s been a while, dear readers. A combination of computer trouble and being busy with other things has kept me away for the last couple weeks. But the column is finally back, and this week’s Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the upcoming horror-comedy Krampus.
Premise: When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know that this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus, a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
My take: Krampus is a horned, humanoid creature from German-speaking Alpine folklore that punishes naughty children during the Christmas season, »
- Timothy Monforton
Produced by ABC Studios, Stockholm-Copenhagen Productions, 26 Keys Productions
Aired on ABC for 1 season (8 episodes, 6 unaired) from September 23, 2010 – September 30, 2010
Daniella Alonso as Brenda Serrano “The Brain”
Mehcad Brooks as Rolly Marks “The Jock”
Kelli Garner as Dawn Barbuso “The Punk”
Jaime King as Jacqueline Vachs “The Beauty Queen”
Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth Finley “The Nerd”
Sebastian Sozi as the Falcon “The Rock Star”
Anne Son as Caroline Chung “The Wallflower”
The show is essentially a fake docudrama TV series that purportedly began in the year 2000, wherein the documentary crew followed a group of nine graduating students from a high school in Austin, Texas and interviewed them about their current lives, interests, career goals, and aspirations after they graduate. »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Mindy Lahiri beat the odds and came back into our lives for a fourth season (thanks, Hulu), and with her, arrived two new Lahiris to love: her parents. Okay, Mindy and Danny Castellano's lovechild is the addition everyone’s anticipating this year on The Mindy Project, but from a very personal place, I must celebrate the elders. Mindy's parents, Tarun and Sonu Lahiri (played by Ajay Mehta and Sakina Jaffrey, respectively), we learn, are funny and successful, the progenitors of Mindy's sillier sensibilities. Together, Tarun and Sonu are also pioneers of a sort: They're among American pop-culture’s few positive keepers of arranged marriages, in the company of more tragic couplings, from Game of Thrones' Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen to The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. Make no mistake: This is big. Any American child of an arranged marriage discovers early on not to bring up said fact »
- Mallika Rao
The Vamps are making a comeback. The British band have today confirmed they are to release their brand new single 'Wake Up' this October and will follow it up with their second LP of the same name on November 27. The 'Can We Dance' hitmakers sophomore record will include 18 songs and an exclusive free DVD from The Vamps recent sold out, headline shows at The O2 in London with Union J and American pop rockers The Tide. As well as the highly anticipated new material the lads - Bradley Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans - will head out on fan rally shows in autumn, followed by arena dates in Asia, UK and South America, with more dates to be announced soon in Europe and the USA. The Vamps will return to UK arenas on 'The Wake Up UK Tour' which will see huge Led side screens and a »
In recent years there has been a real boom in documentaries surrounding popular culture. Films such as Electric Boogaloo, Video Nasties, The Search for Weng Weng and Adjust Your Tracking have captured the zeitgeist of fans across the globe, and in turn inspired more people to create their own documentaries about pop culture subjects that matter to them…
But not all these documentaries see the same success. Having been on something of a documentary kick lately, I thought I’d break down the ten of the best little-known, or better yet little-discussed, pop-culture documentaries from the many, many examples I have been watching. So here they are and, for once, they’re in order:
There’s a good reason this film is at the top of my list. This is the documentary that kicked off my exploration of pop culture documentaries (eventually ending up at compliling this list) and, »
- Phil Wheat
Teil Margaret Runnels Gergel, who is the daughter of the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes, has mentioned on Twitter recently that she wants her father to be remembered at the Emmy Awards.
During every Emmy ceremony, there’s a video tribute played to the men and women that passed away in the last year that worked in the television industry.
Here’s a summary of several tweets that Teil wrote on her Twitter account @TeilMargaret:
“Every year there is drama over @TheEmmys memorial spot but Dusty Rhodes was a pioneer in ppv tv and one of cables first stars. #fact My father deserves to be a part of that tribute. Say what you will about wrestling but he spent decades entertaining people on television. So often wrestling or sports entertainment is overlooked by Hollywood despite the millions of tv viewers it brings in weekly. Wrestling is »
- John Canton
Jim Henson’s puppet creation The Muppets have been a staple in North American pop culture for a number of decades, even enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity following the release of two movies and an upcoming primetime tv show to go with a healthy internet presence. While numerous characters are identifiable to the public, proving the appeal of the characters has gone beyond their creator, perhaps the most famous among the crowd is Kermit the Frog, the unofficial leader of the group.
Kermit’s appeal stretches beyond simply The Muppets, as established recently when the character was invited to conduct a Ted talk in Mississippi. The home state of creator Jim Henson, Kermit gave a lecture titled “The creative act of listening to a talking frog”. The lecture can now be seen in its entirety below. Kermit will return to television on ABC’s The Muppets on September 22nd. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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