16 items from 2013
On TV this Thursday: Sheldon and Leonard get a Big Bang out of hanging with Bob Newhart, Knope & Co. close out Parks and Recreation, a Beauty faces a mother of a twist and it’s all hands on deck when Person of Interest‘s machine contracts the blue screen of death. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Kimberly Roots
London — The Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival is set to fete helmer-scribe Oliver Stone, who will receive the Crystal Globe for his contribution to world cinema. The event, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s most prestigious film fest, also revealed Tuesday that Polish director Agnieszka Holland will be head of its main jury.
Stone will attend Karlovy Vary, which runs June 28-July 6, to accept the award. The fest will screen Brian De Palma’s “Scarface,” for which Stone penned the screenplay, and a new director’s cut of Stone’s “Alexander.” Stone will also present two episodes from his docu series for Showtime “The Untold History of the United States,” which he co-wrote with Peter Kuznick.
Jiri Bartoska, the fest prexy, said: “Oliver Stone is a filmmaker who defies traditional assessment. He writes, directs and produces films that engage the entire filmmaking spectrum — from traditional stories to highly provocative movies, »
- Leo Barraclough
The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival will hand out a lifetime achievement award to choreographer Twyla Tharp as part of its fourth Disruptive Innovation Awards on April 26.
Morgan Spurlock, K-pop star Psy and Glenn Beck also are among names on the roster of honorees.
The kudos, which singles out game-changers across a wide array of disciplines, seem to have little to do with film. But they position Tribeca as a place for new tech and new ideas, another example of the forward-looking focus the fest uses to distinguish itself from the pack . This year, for instance, Tribeca launches the “Storyscapes” section, consisting of five cross-platform, new-media works presented alongside more traditional films on its slate.
The Disruptive Innovation Awards are co-presented with the Disruptor Foundation, the nonprofit launched by Tribeca co-founder Craig Hatkoff and Clayton Christensen.
Tharp has been a major name in the dance world for several decades. Along with her »
- Gordon Cox
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996.
At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leave the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loved and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.
Among a line of hits for Disney in the 1990s - including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan - The Hunchback of Notre Dame is little remembered, but it’s one of the more striking and entertaining, and deftly engages with themes of religious prejudice and state power, »
- Flickering Myth
CBS' Elementary has nabbed an Oscar winner. F. Murray Abraham has been tapped to guest star on the CBS freshman drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Story: 'Elementary' Boss Teases Moriarty and Irene Adler The actor -- who won an Academy Award for his leading role in 1984's Amadeus -- will appear in a May episode of the Jonny Lee Miller drama as The Actuary, a devious hitman whose targets always appear to have been killed by natural causes or unfortunate accidents. When Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) investigates one such death, he soon finds himself facing off against The Actuary in a
- Lesley Goldberg
New York — It's fitting that Nora Ephron's swan song, the play "Lucky Guy," calls the Broadhurst Theatre on West 44th Street home. The venue, which has played host to productions of Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians," Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys," Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" over its century-long history, sits around the corner from the old New York Times Building that housed the operations of the Gray Lady for 94 years. And Ephron's play, while an account of the rise, fall and vindication of New York journalist Mike McAlary, is just as much a »
- Kristopher Tapley
for discussion fun
Tootsie, one of the inarguably great American comedies
"The Tuesday Top Ten will get more article-like soon," he said (again). "It really will." But it was so much fun to discuss the 1930s and the 1970s, which are arguably the two most respected decades (critically speaking) of American cinema. So how about a decade that gets no respect? The 1980s. The '80s are tough for me to feel discerning about because I lived through them and was a) young and b) just falling in love with the movies and c) just falling hard for the movies so how could the cinema possibly have been hitting its nadir? I still have inordinate fondness for movies that might more safely be called guilty pleasures like Yentl, Superman II, Splash, Return of the Jedi, Clue, and about half of the filmography of John Hughes... and so on. I even »
- NATHANIEL R
Dead Man Dies the Death: Farrell and 2013 have another major box-office bomb Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, best known for the Swedish-made blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and starring Colin Farrell, whose box-office clout has diminished quite a bit in recent years following a whole string of box-office disappointments or downright disasters, the revenge thriller Dead Man Down has been turned into the most recent 2013 box-office disaster. The R-rated film, which also stars the Swedish film's Dragon-Tattooed girl, Noomi Rapace, opened with an embarrassing $5.35 million at 2,188 site, averaging a measly $2,445 per location as per studio (FilmDistrict) estimates found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Pictured above: Colin Farrell holds his ground next to Noomi Rapace in Dead Man Down.) Expect the latest disappointing FilmDistrict release to vanish from Us and Canadian screens in the next couple of weeks; indeed, Farrell's action flick will be extremely lucky if »
- Zac Gille
Stage actors – with minimal scope for makeup or prosthetics between scenes – tend to find it easier to age down than up
There are various ways of measuring a play: the number of characters or scenes, the presence or absence of an interval, and the average length of speeches. But Di and Viv and Rose – the Amelia Bullmore tragi-comedy currently having a second, sold-out run at the Hampstead theatre in London – suggests a new statistic: story years.
In 120 minutes of action, Bullmore follows three college friends across almost three decades (1983-2010), which places the play just ahead of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (which covers 23 years, 1957-80, in the Maria Friedman production that is deservedly about to transfer from the Menier Chocolate Factory to London's West End). These shows travel through history so rapidly that the Simon Stephens play Port, which recently opened at the National, feels almost laggardly »
- Mark Lawson
Though busy picking up awards herself, "Les Miserables" star Anne Hathaway is taking time Saturday to present Jonathan Demme with the Filmmaker Award at the Cinema Audio Society kudos. Demme directed Hathaway to her first Oscar nomination for "Rachel Getting Married" in 2008. He is no stranger to Oscar himself having helmed “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) which became the third film to sweep the top five races, including Best Picture and Director. The Cas Awards, now in their 49th year, honor the very best in sound mixing. Related: 'Les Miserables' predicted to win Cas Award Legendary sound mixer Christopher Newman, winner of three Oscars for Best Sound (“The Exorcist” (1973), “Amadeus” (1984), and “The English Patient” (1996)), will receive the Cas Career Achievement Award. Newman was also nominated for “The French Connection” (1971), “The Godfather&rdq »
Saturday's prize also normally would make Affleck a near shoo-in to win best-director at the Feb. 24 Oscars, since the Directors Guild recipient nearly always goes on to claim the same prize at Hollywood's biggest night.
But Affleck surprisingly missed out on an Oscar directing nomination, along with several other key favorites, including fellow Directors Guild contenders Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Tom Hooper for "Les Miserables."
"I don't think that this makes me a real director, but I think it means I'm on my way, »
Directors Guild of America prize confirms CIA thriller as frontrunner for best picture at Academy Awards on 24 February
The prize, awarded on Saturday, would normally make Affleck a near shoo-in to win best director at the Oscars on 24 February, since the DGA recipient almost always goes on to claim the same prize at Hollywood's biggest night.
But Affleck surprisingly missed out on an Oscar directing nomination, along with several other key favourites including fellow Directors Guild contenders Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper for Les Miserables.
DGA Awards 2013 winners, starring Ben Affleck [See previous post: "DGA Awards Winners: Ben Affleck Tops."] Below are the other DGA Awards 2013 winners, via Variety‘s Dave McNary’s Twitter account: (Photo: Ben Affleck at the DGA Awards 2013.) Jay Roach received the DGA Award for Best Director of a Television Movie or Miniseries for Game Change, about former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (played by Julianne Moore). Roach had previously won a DGA Award for another TV movie about an American presidential election: Recount (2008), which starred Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, and Laura Dern in this dramatization of the 2000 Florida recount that ultimately resulted in George W. Bush winning the election despite having lost the popular vote. Lena Durham was the winner in the Best Television Comedy Series category for Girls; Paul Hoen won in the Television Children’s Program category for Let It Shine; and Brian Smith won in the Television Reality Show category for Master Chef. And as expected, »
- Andre Soares
The Directors Guild of America hands out prizes Saturday night in Los Angeles in what typically is a final blessing for the film that goes on to win best-picture and director at the Academy Awards.
Affleck can go only one-for-two at the Oscars, though. He's up for the film honor at the guild awards, and "Argo" is looking like the best-picture favorite at the Oscars on Feb. 24. But the director's branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences overlooked him and several other key filmmakers for an Oscar directing slot.
The guild and Oscar directing lineups usually match up closely, but they have little in common this season, with only Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln" and Ang Lee for "Life of Pi" nominated at both shows. »
All styles of music feed into each other. Which is why Adele's songs owe everything to Schubert and sampling wouldn't exist without Dvorák, Howard Goodall tells Imogen Tilden
Mozart pleases his public
The years 1650 to 1750 were a period of feverish invention and technical ingenuity in music that reached an apotheosis in Handel's sublime oratorios and Bach's cantatas and Passions. Bach was probably the cleverest composer who ever lived; the mind-boggling complexity of much of his late music, in particular, has yet to be matched by any composer. But, as often happens in musical history, the generation after Bach stripped away much of the older composers' harmonic complexity, writing instead with a dramatically simpler palette of harmonies. The likes of Gluck, Mozart and Haydn created a whole new style based on, essentially, four major chords. Much of their music is based on the tonic, dominant and subdominant – just like much of rock'n'roll. »
- Imogen Tilden
Inside Llewyn Davis trailer: The Coen Brothers and Oscar Isaac in 1960s Greenwich Village The Inside Llewyn Davis trailer is out. Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen’s first directorial effort since the Oscar-nominated True Grit more than two years ago, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac in the (mostly) title role of a struggling folk musician with woman trouble (in the person of Carey Mulligan) and, much like Art Carney in Harry and Tonto, with a cute orange (beige?) cat as his pal. (Please scroll down to check out the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.) [Photo: Oscar Isaac in the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.] In other words, Inside Llewyn Davis has absolutely nothing to do with either Peter Pan or J.M. Barrie. For the record, the family that inspired Barrie — and that was portrayed (in outrageously fictional form) in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland — was called Llewelyn Davies. Inside Llewyn Davis trailer: Coen brothers’ trademarks There isn’t »
- Andre Soares
16 items from 2013
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