9 items from 2013
"Son of a nutcracker" – Buddy
This Elfalong thing has got a bit out of hand. When I first noticed that Elf was absent from the Channel 4 schedules this year, I was slightly put out. Elf is only a decade old, but Channel 4's Elf Day has already become an institution. For many people, it signals the true start of Christmas.
But while I was slightly put out, everyone else seemed to be genuinely outraged. Elf was their film, and Christmas wasn't going to be Christmas unless there was some sort of communal watch-along. The additional fact that those arch enemies of free fun, Sky Movies, had bought the TV rights – and had completely missed the point by airing it every 20 minutes since »
- Stuart Heritage
Plain ol’ everyday Christopher Walken is terrific just the way he is. The strange deadpan. The madness in his eyes. All great. But Christopher Walken set to music is even greater, and Little Rootie Tootie may provide us all with something we didn’t know we desperately needed. Walken has, according to Deadline, signed on to star as a virtuoso jazz pianist who slowly spirals into madness after losing his wife. One has to ask, of course, whether Walken would really “slowly spiral” into madness, or just “take a slight step to the left” into madness, but that’s hardly the point. Little Rootie Tootie may provide the opportunity to see a far jazzier Walken than we’ve ever experienced before (at least, not since 1981′s Pennies From Heaven, which features a Walken-centric musical number you absolutely track down on YouTube). Alongside Walken is Lenny Kravitz, who joins Little Rootie Tootie as the unstable pianist’s son »
- Adam Bellotto
The new ITV drama starring Jack Davenport will, inevitably, be compared to the hit Us show. But it always been the nature of TV to spawn lookalikes
Occasionally, in the business world, there's a product that encourages envious emulation in other manufacturers: the Hoover and the iPhone are two obvious examples; both led to legal and copyright argument over attempts at imitation. In television drama, the same phenomenon occasionally occurs – with wrong-footed bosses shouting, "Why can't we make one of those!" – and, because it's harder to define and protect an original product in the creative industries, there will be a flow of lookalikes.
In this regard, Matthew Weiner's Mad Men now seems established as the iPhone of small-screen writing. Breathless is the latest UK wannabe, and begins tonight (ITV, 9pm), in a week when another of the Us impersonators started screening here: Masters of Sex (9pm, Tuesdays, Channel 4 »
- Mark Lawson
You can tell a lot about an artform by who gets most credit. Although movie actors are paid astonishing amounts of money, film is largely a directors' (or, in the case of Harvey Weinstein, producers') medium, with the Woody Allens, Martin Scorseses and Quentin Tarantinos calling the shots and dominating the publicity. In theatre, leading playwrights get their name on the posters in a type at least equal to the actors and, if they write a hit, can earn millions for decades.
TV drama is essentially an actors' form, partly because of the importance of on-air trails in promoting new shows: having seen someone in A, we are expected to tune in to B, after seeing a glimpse of them in it just before the news. »
- Mark Lawson
Vanguard Records is set to release the third installment of Sweet Relief, a compilation series that aims to provide assistance to musicians who suffer from illness and disability. On this latest compilation, Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven, an array of artists including Ben Harper and Ron Sexsmith chose to record songs that conveyed themes of assistance and support. One such track is from Eleni Mandell performing “I’ll Be Home.” “The song is a from one if my favorite records, Nilsson Sings Newman,” says Mandell. “Randy Newman is definitely one of my favorite songwriters, and Nilsson’s versions of his songs »
Review by Sam Moffitt
In the realm of bad movies every movie geek has their favorites. I read with interest Tom Stockman’s musings on The Room, a bad movie masterpiece I have yet to see, it’s in my Netflix queue though!
Bad movies have their place in any movie geeks library. Movie watching parties can be so much fun if the movies picked are from the resumes of directors like Ed Wood, Phil Tucker, or Herschell Gordon Lewis. Laughing along with movies like this can be such a joy. The crew at Mystery Science Theatre made careers out of laughing at bad movies. Low budget crap made by amateur or semiprofessional film makers is so easy to love.
But what are we to make of a movie made by main stream, A-list Hollywood professionals, made by people with really good movies in their career, which is damn near unwatchable? »
- Movie Geeks
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Good morning and happy Friday!
In case you're wondering what Tila Tequila is up to...
Apparently The Valley has some lesbian kissing between two otherwise straight housemates. It's like the equivalent to Snooki and Deena.
If you're heading to All Tomorrow's Parties, go see majorly queer band Css.
k.d. lang sings "How Did You Find Me Here?” for Vanguard Records' charity album Sweet Relief lll: Pennies from Heaven. You can get your copy July 9.
Speaking of Kate, she looked lovely at the NBC up-fronts this week in L.A.
We Are The Youth is a project dedicated to highlighting young queer people. Meet Natasha. a 15-year-old from Iowa City.
This week's Modern Love is called "Yes, »
Currently starring in A Late Quartet, Walken has been a striking presence since his early film roles in the 70s. Here are a few of his most memorable performances
Christopher Walken, star of A Late Quartet, is a prolific performer with more than 100 film and television roles under his belt. Here are just five of his most memorable on screen moments, including suggestions from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @claudism_, @antnield, @missnvholt and @Steph78205. Spoilers and adult material feature in all of the following clips – what scenes would you add to the list?
Christopher was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Michael Cimino's film. Having been forced to play Russian roulette by his captors as a Vietnam PoW, his character remains deeply affected by the experience once free. This is his last scene in the film.
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- Adam Boult
Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals
Due Out: February 13, 2012
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Synopsis (courtesy of Warner Bros.):
Warner Bros. continues to entertain the world with films passionately produced, selectively acquired, carefully preserved and impeccably curated for both the casual and ultimate movie lover to enjoy forever. Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Musicals will be released February 12 and will include films such as Singin In The Rain, Wizard of Oz and many more.
Who’S It For? You like to sing and dance, well then this is a no-brainer. The list price for these 21 musicals is just under $100. Currently, Amazon.com has this set listed at $71, and Warner Bros has it for just $68.86. That’s an amazing deal. There are hits and misses within the group. The picture quality of Showboat is terrible, »
- Jeff Bayer
9 items from 2013
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