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Film Review: ‘Inside the Mind of Leonardo in 3D’

22 December 2014 1:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does Leonardo da Vinci need 3D? Maybe if he were the nimble-footed centerpiece of a videogame like “Assassin’s Creed,” but certainly not as conceived in Julian Jones’ unnecessary “Inside the Mind of Leonardo in 3D.” Restricting all dialogue to Leonardo’s own words, jotted down in his famously sprawling notebooks, the documentary envisions the groundbreaking visionary as a voracious polymath (true) while giving shockingly short shrift to the man as artist. Animating his drawings makes him more child’s cartoonist than incomparable draughtsman, and Peter Capaldi’s modern-dress impersonation has a gratuitously histrionic intensity. Stereoscopic treatment aside, a theatrical release seems beside the point, since this sort of thing is best consumed on presenter History Films’ broadcasts.

Biographical information is reduced here to the briefest of lines written out onscreen, establishing Leonardo’s illegitimacy, his Tuscan roots, and his first known artwork, assisting his teacher Verrocchio in a painting of “The Baptism of Christ. »

- Jay Weissberg

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30 Best TV Series of 2014

12 December 2014 9:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. The Leftovers

There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.

The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »

- Staff

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DVD Review: Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City: Season 1,’ ‘Kroll Show: Seasons 1 & 2’

9 December 2014 11:34 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – December has seen the release of two different Comedy Central shows finally arriving to DVD, “Broad City” and “Kroll Show.” Expressing their comedy in different formats, these shows from rising comedians Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”) and Nick Kroll (“Kroll Show”) introduce a cable channel’s audience to new talent, while nonetheless presenting a distinct contrast in creativity.

Broad City: Season 1”

Executive produced by Amy Poehler, “Broad City” is a buddy comedy that settles for trying to own stale jokes, instead of tackling pot, potty, and penis humor with an ambition of reinvention. The series has a distinct inspiration from the urban Millenial hustle, but uses devices like crummy jobs and rare fancy dinners for flat followthrough; when Ilana and Abbi treat themselves to ritzy seafood for Abbi’s birthday, of course the shenanigans involve a secret shellfish allergy (as in season finale “The Last Supper”). Side »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Christmas Gift Guide: 41 Essential Presents For 2014

5 December 2014 5:36 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.

But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.

So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included… »

- Simon Gallagher

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Win Assassin’s Creed Unity

4 December 2014 6:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


To celebrate the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity, we’ve teamed up with Ubisoft to give three lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the game on one of three consoles.

Paris, 1789. The French Revolution turns a once magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestoned streets run red with the blood of commoners who dare to rise up against an oppressive aristocracy. Yet as the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark upon an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

Introducing Assassin’s Creed Unity, the blockbuster franchise’s new chapter powered by the all new Anvil engine, rebuilt from the ground up for next gen. »

- Simon Gallagher

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New Cinderella Posters Reveal the Good, the Magical, and the Wicked; Plus New Posters for Inherent Vice and Big Eyes

3 December 2014 11:06 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A variety of new movie posters have been unveiled.  Briefly: Cinderella – A collection of Cinderella posters from director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action take on the fairy tale highlight the principal characters from the Disney film, including Cate Blanchett, Lily James, and Helena Bonham Carter.  The film opens in theaters on March 13, 2015 Inherent Vice – An incredible new banner for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel paints the principal characters in “The Last Supper” fashion, with Joaquin Phoenix taking center stage of course.  The film opens in limited release on December 12th and expands on January 9th. Big Eyes – A new international poster for Tim Burton’s drama about the artist couple Walter and Margaret Keane, played by Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams, highlights a rather ugly perspective on the fllm’s central conflict.  The drama opens on December 25th. Check out the aforementioned posters after the jump. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Watch an Extended Broad City Scene and Listen to Abbi and Ilana’s Spotify Playlist

2 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that impossible-to-shop-for young family member? How about the season-one DVD of Broad City, the hit Amy Poehler–produced Comedy Central show about the adventures and screw-ups of two young women in New York City? Vulture has got an extended, (non-slow-motion) scene from the season's final episode, "The Last Supper," and a Spotify playlist that stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson put together with songs from the show. (We also have a map of Broad City, drawn by Abbi, right here.) »

- Vulture Editors

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Re-Viewed: 2001 A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece

29 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Almost fifty years since it first wowed cinemagoers at the tail-end of the '60s, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is back in the public consciousness thanks to a cinema re-release as part of the BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder sci-fi season and its place in the just-released Kubrick Blu-ray Masterpiece Collection. That's not to mention Christopher Nolan's outer space drama Interstellar, a film that very much hangs in the shadow of its illustrious predecessor.

After destroying mankind at the close of Dr Strangelove in 1964, Kubrick sought to tell a more progressive story about humanity with his follow-up. Teaming with heralded sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke, Kubrick fashioned a screenplay that tracked the evolution of man through encounters with giant black monoliths.

Eventually released in 1968, a year before Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, 2001 was hugely ambitious both in narrative and technical terms. Kubrick reached »

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Latest Banner For Inherent Vice Apes Da Vinci’s The Last Supper

28 November 2014 9:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What better way to showcase the neon-clad visual style of a film than a banner poster? Why, two banner posters, of course!

Following up on the original cover image from earlier this month, Warner Bros. has unveiled a second banner for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, which assembles the star-studded cast into a scene reminiscent of Da Vinci’s The Last Supper mural.

Starring Joaqun Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and The Hunger Games star Jena Malone to name but a few, Inherent Vice follows Phoenix’s stoner private eye Doc Sportello, who one day finds Shasta — an ex lover of his — arriving out of the blue demanding his help.

Having directed the likes of Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love and last year’s The Master throughout his celebrated career, there’s no doubting Anderson’s flair behind the lens, and we’re excited to see how his latest film is received come release. »

- Michael Briers

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PTA’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Gets A ‘Last Supper’ Inspired New Poster

27 November 2014 5:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paul Thomas Andeerson’s new film Inherent Vice is carefully edging its way towards cinemas, and as we move ever closer to its Us release dat (December 12th limited, January 9th wide), we’re starting to get more and more promotional material for it. Today, we can reveal a cool new poster, clearly inspired by ‘The Last Supper,’ though with pizza… and Joaquin Phoenix.

In a California beach community, private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through the smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, an ex-lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc’s help; it seems that Shasta’s current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

Check out the new poster below. »

- Paul Heath

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Screenplay Oscar Contenders Take Bold Experiments Mainstream

19 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

‘Birdman” deserves kudos for the technical coup of seeming to have been filmed in one, uninterrupted two-hour take. But its quartet of scripters can take a bow for the film’s own coup: That single take encompasses three days and nights. So seamlessly are events arranged, the viewer may not even notice the time manipulation.

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s magic-realism fantasy is only one of a host of 2014 screenplays playing fast and loose with chronology. Challenging leaps, elisions and parallel narratives are becoming serious cinema’s norm, rather than the exception.

On one level, this was to be expected. Every art form dominated by straight narrative eventually fractures. Joyce, Proust and Faulkner broke apart the novel; Eliot, Pound and Yeats did the same to poetry. As Picasso and Braque were chopping portrait painting into unrecognizable shapes, Schoenberg and Stravinsky were infusing symphonic music with 12-tone atonality. Who can be surprised »

- Bob Verini

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Scandal, Ep. 4.08, “The Last Supper” prepares for an intense winter finale

14 November 2014 11:48 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scandal, Season 4, Episode 8, “The Last Supper

Written by Allan Heinberg

Directed by Julie Anne Robinson

Airs Thursdays at 9pm Est on ABC

On this week’s Scandal, Olivia, Jake, and Fitz join forces to defeat Rowan, Olivia turns on a client to help Cyrus, Huck brings his son on a stakeout, and Mellie reunites with an old lover.

The Last Supper” is the most fun Scandal‘s been in a long time. This is partly because next week is the winter finale, but it’s also because watching the main cast members team up to take down a big threat is always enjoyable. Season four has felt a little lost and directionless thus far, but “The Last Supper” gives the story the focus it’s been so desperately needing.

While sticking Oliva, Fitz, and Jake in a tiny room together is the perfect recipe for drama and tension, this strange »

- Ashley Laggan

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Best 'Scandal' Quotes from 'The Last Supper'

13 November 2014 10:03 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Attention Gladiators, here are the best quotes from the eighth episode of season 4 of Scandal, ?The Last Supper.? Also, check out my recap of this episode.

Official Synopsis from ABC: "Fitz and Jake continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia needs them to focus on the real prize, taking down Command. Meanwhile, Huck longs to connect with his family and Quinn continues tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus? exploits finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North?s plan is much bigger than anyone ever expected." »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Scandal Recap: “The Last Supper”

13 November 2014 7:53 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Scandal was full of twists and turns and unholy alliances in "The Last Supper," the most worrying of which is that Rowan appears to have his own private sniper squad.  Though Olivia, Fitz, David Rosen, and others may be masters of their domains, they are no match (apparently, yet), even as a team, against Rowan.  Hit the jump for why, "I don't want justice.  I want to kill your father." The best Scandal episodes are ones that tie in together throughout the hour.  "The Last Supper" was one of those, somehow combining all of its disparate parts into a long, contiguous maze of alliances and betrayals.  Let's map this out. Fitz-Olivia-Jake The latest and most potent of the love triangles, both men are desperately vying for Olivia's favor.  Jake calls her his girlfriend, and rubs their island time together in Fitz's face.  But his posturing all comes from insecurity; he »

- Allison Keene

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‘Scandal’ Preview: Jeff Perry Talks Cyrus’ ‘Catastrophic’ Choices

13 November 2014 11:09 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scandal’s” Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) is as much of a fixer as chief gladiator Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) — albeit for less noble causes — but this season, the White House Chief of Staff is playing with fire thanks to an ill-advised relationship with a prostitute called Michael (Matthew Del Negro), and in the Nov. 13 episode, titled “The Last Supper,” he’s liable to get burned. Cyrus, whose husband James (Dan Bucatinsky) was murdered last season, just discovered that Michael is under the employ of Rnc chairwoman Elizabeth North (Portia de Rossi) and has been spying on Cy since their affair began. It looks like the fixer needs some fixing.

Variety spoke to Perry — a veteran of stage and screen who first joined the Shondaland roster with a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy” — about the impending scandal hanging over his character’s head, his empathy for troubled First Lady Mellie »

- Laura Prudom

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New Scandal Season 4,Episode 8 Intense Spoiler Promo Clip Hit The Net

7 November 2014 12:47 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Last night, ABC released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 8 of season 4, and it appears to be quite intriguing and dramatic as Jake and Fitz partner up for the benefit of helping Olivia bring down her father, and more. The episode is titled, "The Last Supper.” In the new, 8th episode official plotline: Fitz and Jake will keep on fighting over Olivia, but Olivia will need them to direct their attention on the real prize, taking down Command. Meanwhile, Huck will long to connect with his family and Quinn will keep on following Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus’ exploits are will finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North's plan will be much heavier than anyone ever thought possible. The episode was written by Allan Heinberg and it was directed by Julie Anne Robinson. Episode 8 is scheduled to air on Thursday night, »

- Megan

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New Scandal Season 4,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ABC

6 November 2014 1:32 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 8 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "The Last Supper,” and it sounds like things will get very interesting and drama-filled as Quinn keeps tracking Kubiak. Jake and Fitz keep on fighting over Olivia, and more! In the new, 8th episode press release: Fitz and Jake are going to continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia will need them to focus on the real prize, taking down Command. In the meantime, Huck is going to long to connect with his family and Quinn will continue tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus’ exploits will finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North's plan will be much bigger than anyone ever expected. Guest stars feature: Portia de Rossi as Elizabeth North, Joe Morton as Rowan Pope and Jon Tenney. The episode was written by Allan Heinberg ,and »

- Andre

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'Scandal' Episode 4.8 Photos: Olivia in White

30 October 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Official photos from the eighth episode of Scandal season 4, "The Last Supper," airing Thursday, November 13 at 9pm on ABC.

Official Synopsis from ABC: "Fitz and Jake continue to fight over Olivia, but Olivia needs them to focus on the real prize, taking down Command. Meanwhile, Huck longs to connect with his family and Quinn continues tracking Kubiak. Back at the White House, Cyrus? exploits finally catch up to him, but Elizabeth North?s plan is much bigger than anyone ever expected." »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Google-Albert Yeung Defamation Case Can Go To Appeal in Hong Kong

30 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – A judge has given permission for the Internet giant Google to appeal an earlier ruling that Hong Kong has jurisdiction over a defamation case brought by Emperor Motion Pictures chairman and business tycoon Albert Yeung Sau-shing.

The case relates to searches of Yeung’s name on Google and suggestions made by the auto-complete function. In both Chinese and English versions auto-complete proposes the word ‘triad,’ a reference to Hong Kong organized crime syndicates, when searching for Yeung.

Yeung accuses Google of libel and is seeking to have Google remove the organized crime references.

In August, Google had tried to have the case dismissed before it could go to trial. It argued first that the Hong Kong courts do not have jurisdiction over the company, and second that Google cannot be held responsible for search suggestions. It argued that auto-complete suggestions use an algorithm driven by the search terms »

- Patrick Frater

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Ashish Avikunthak’s Rati Chakravyuh: Tales of a long-take

14 October 2014 11:19 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

A still from Rati Chakravyuh

Ashish Avikunthak’s Rati Chakravyuh (2013) will have its international premiere at Aicon Gallery, New York, on October 22. If you are unfamiliar with Avikunthak’s cinema, then I recommend Rati Chakravyuh as an ideal primer for exploring some of his more intricate and philosophically oriented works. In the art and independent film circuits, Avikunthak is known as someone who is very much at the forefront of an exciting resurgence of experimental filmmaking in India. Selected as a 2014 great artist in Art Review’s annual list, he has been working in the medium of film for over a decade. He also teaches film at the University of Rhode Island and has curated film programmes devoted to showcasing non-mainstream film practices in India. Preferring to define himself as a film-artist than a filmmaker, Avikunthak’s films are mostly self-financed with modest budgets, and they have been exhibited in »

- Aparna Frank

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