11 items from 2013
It’s Cher‘s birthday. Grab your Oscar, flatten all four feet of your hair, and get into it.
The greatest compliment I can give Cher is that no one is, or ever has been, like her. At all. Her incredible vocals, her stunning acting skills, her candor, her charm, her Mackey wackiness, and her staggering gorgeousness make her a mythological presence on Earth and a transcendently cool pop star. Today, on her 67th birthday, let’s pick her ten most underrated moments. Please enlighten me your favorite under-discussed Cher moments. We can all learn something today.
(By the way: Cher announced on her Twitter this morning that her new single is dropping in June, and her next album drops in September. Celebrate!)
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- Louis Virtel
Tribeca Film Festival 2013 Nora Ephron Prize goes to first-time filmmaker Meera Menon for ‘Farah Goes Bang’ First-time writer/director Meera Menon has received the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, for Farah Goes Bang, playing in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Viewpoints section. The Nora Ephron Prize is handed out to "work and talent that embody the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer." (Photo: Meera Menon’s Farah Goes Bang.) As described in the Tribeca festival’s press release, Farah Goes Bang "follows an awkward twenty-something who hits the road with her buddies to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will also be her opportunity to finally shed the long-unwanted virginity that still clings to her despite her best—and most uncomfortable—efforts. Crisscrossing the culturally divided nation at this decisive post-9/11 moment, these multicultural girls find themselves and »
- Anna Robinson
When writer/director Nora Ephron died months ago, I was surprised to see Silkwood mentioned along the many other credits in her obits. Little did I know Ephron co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for this 1983 drama alongside Alice Arlen. Then I found out via IMDb searching that the movie was filmed in Texas! Obviously, I had to move it up my Netflix queue.
Silkwood is based on the true story of the woman of the same name, Karen Silkwood, who was born in Longview and spent some time in Beaumont. When we meet her in the film, however, she's a gal in her mid-twenties, played by Meryl Streep, working at a nuclear facility in small-town Oklahoma. Karen lives with boyfriend Drew (Kurt Russell) and best friend Dolly (Cher), who both work in the plant as well.
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Greenwald's latest doc exposes war against those who bring to light the U.S. government's dirty deeds If you want a good example of how the lofty intensions of a new president inevitably give way to the bitter realities of an intractably crooked and selfish world, here’s an old quote in regard to whistleblowing from the web site of the U.S.'s current commander-in-chief: Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process. Pictured above: a stifled Lady Justice. Some of that statement is true. Mostly the prepositions. The rest, as director Robert Greenwald tells us in his latest documentary, War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State, has been forgotten as »
- Gary Lloyd
So, your lifelong dream of being an actor may finally be working out? Good for you. You’ve worked hard for this opportunity, so it makes sense you want to put your all into it.
But how can you guarantee you’ll wow the audiences? Get rave reviews? Perhaps even (gasp!) win an MTV Movie Award?!
Well, none of that matters. What matters in Hollywood is getting the little gold staute, the Academy Award. And the winners of this award certainly don’t get rave reviews from the (ugh!) audiences. So here’s a simple and step-by-step guide for you young, aspiring actors, and how you too can join the ranks of winners!
What’s that you ask? Me? No, I’ve never won an Academy Award. But you can still trust me! I’m a writer on the internet!
Option 1: Play a Politician
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- J.D. Westfall
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When the Oscars booked Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and Ted, to host the Oscars they probably expected a bit of 1950s style Hollywood crooning with the odd near-the-knuckle joke thrown in: the sort of thing to make an A-list audience wince without leading to mass walkouts.
What they got was rather less palatable, as MacFarlane, whether intentionally or otherwise, spent the evening demonstrating how little he thinks of women.
The opening number I Saw Your Boobs, in which MacFarlane announced: "Meryl Streep, we saw your boobs in Silkwood/ Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive/Angelina Jolie we saw your boobs in Gia/ They made us feel excited and alive," was supposed to work as a »
- Sarah Hughes
Brilliantly funny writer and director, best known for When Harry Met Sally, remembered at 85th Academy Awards
Oscars 2013 coverage continues on our liveblog
The 85th Academy Awards sent Nora Ephron off with a round of applause, honouring the much-loved writer and director with a berth in its traditional In Memoriam montage of clips.
Ephron earned a reputation as one of America's sharpest, funniest comedy screenwriters with her script for When Harry Met Sally in 1989. Her other writing credits include the nuclear thriller Silkwood and the drama Heartburn, inspired by the breakup of her own marriage to the journalist Carl Bernstein. She wrote and directed the 1993 hit Sleepless in Seattle and 2009's Oscar-nominated Julie and Julia.
Ephron died in June 2012 at the age of 71.
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Lady Gaga has had to cancel a few shows due to an injury. Feel better Gaga!
Due to a case of synovitis, (severe inflammation of joints) Gaga’s doctor has ordered her to postpone show in Chicago, Detroit + Hamilton
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 12, 2013
Linda Hamilton (aka ripped-muscled Sarah Connor) will guest star on Lost Girl. Hamilton will play Acacia, a “tough, sexy and ruthless assassin” on the SyFy series and I fucking can’t wait! Hamilton’s episode is set to air on March 23.
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The Writers Guild East has announced a tribute to writer-director Nora Ephron (1941-2012), to be presented at the guild's East Coast awards ceremony on February 17. The nominees are here. The tribute will be led by author Meg Wolitzer, whose novel "This Is My Life" was adapted and directed by Ephron in 1992. Wolitzer will speak and show a video clip presentation. During Ephron's nearly four-decade career in the film industry, she penned or co-penned (often with sister Delia) 14 produced screenplays, and directed eight films. She was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar three times -- in 1984, 1990 and 1993 -- for, respectively, "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle." Our Toh! obit to Ephron is here. The Writers Guild Awards' West coast ceremony (East and West happen simultanously) will be broadcast live here on February 17; Nathan Fillion will host. Anne Thompson will be reporting »
- Beth Hanna
Nora Ephron, the quintuple-threat director and screenwriter and playwright and author and columnist, died in June after quietly battling leukemia. She had been a staunch WGA member and received the WGA East’s Ian McClellan Hunter Award in 2003 honoring motion picture work, so this tribute set for the WGA’s New York awards show February 17 is fitting — she never won the guild award despite nominations for a heavy-hitter list of movies (Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless In Seattle and Julie & Julia). Her last play, Lucky Guy, is set to begin previews on Broadway next month with Tom Hanks and Maura Tierney starring. Here’s the guild’s release announcing plans: New York City – Writers Guild of America, East today announced a tribute to award-winning, screenwriter, director, playwright, author, and Guild, East member Nora Ephron. The tribute to Ephron, who died in June, will be led by the author Meg Wolitzer, »
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When even celebrities like Meryl Streep are not immune, it's time to get a flu shot. But regular vaccines are running short
It was the Meryl Streep thing that did it. All winter, an American friend had been nagging me to get a flu shot and I had resisted, partly from laziness, partly from cultural conditioning against going to the doctor before anything is actually wrong. (In Britain, the drill is to do nothing, get ill, then lie on the sofa, groaning in martyred fashion to oneself, and snapping "I'm fine" when anyone comes near.)
Then, on Sunday night, Streep bailed on the Golden Globes. Tina and Amy said it was because she had the flu, setting them up for one of their best jokes of the night – "I hear she's amazing in it" – and plunging the discerning viewer into panic.
Think about it: Streep probably hasn't traveled on the »
- Emma Brockes
11 items from 2013
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