7 items from 2013
The official story from the team releasing The Upper Footage is that a young woman named Jakie Spearo overdosed while a crew of well-to-do NYC professional party-goers laughed and did nothing (besides filming it). After a maze of blackmail and a cover-up, the person in control of the footage has edited it down from 6 hours to its current incarnation and is releasing it in order to bring attention to the tragedy as well as the power of the wealthy to make their legal problems disappear. And that’s only about 1/4th of the backstory. The clear, full picture is online, but for those who want to remain befuddled in anticipation of seeing the movie, there’s always the recently released trailer which offers an opaque view. My fear is that the narrative surrounding the film, while also being undoubtedly crucial to selling it, will overshadow the potential of the story to be thought-provoking. Of »
- Scott Beggs
The Vampire Diaries Episode 501
Written By: Caroline Dries
Directed By: Lance Anderson
Original Airdate: 3 October 2013
In This Episode...
Over the summer break, all Elena did was fuck Damon; Tyler was helping a wolf pack in Appalachia (I still am not sure what that means, but I am sensing that Tyler may be joining The Originals); Bonnie has been dictating texts, emails, and postcards to Jeremy so that her friends and her dad think she is traveling the world; Matt and Rebekah have been screwing their way across Europe, occasionally picking up a pretty young thing to join them; and Stefan has been stuck in that box underwater, dying and coming back to life over and over and over while Silas has been roaming the land, getting strong off blood.
Let’s start with Elena and Caroline, who are moving into their dorm room. »
- Alyse Wax
Zac Efron went to rehab earlier this year. The official story is that it was for alcohol abuse, but multiple sources say it was because the High School Musical star had a cocaine problem. [TMZ.com] Liam Hemsworth doesn’t seem to be sad about his break up with Miley Cyrus. He was caught making out with singer-actress Eiza Gonzalez last night. [Eonline] Tilda Swinton recently gave an interview on the subject of knitwear. She shares that “I have the softest spot for anything that smells strongly of sheep.” [AnotherMag.com] 2013 might be the year of horror films. Insidious 2 won top prize at the box office this weekend, making it the sixth horror film to make number one this year. [MTV News]
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- Meghan O'Keefe
Which films will Denmark and Argentina submit for Oscar consideration this year? Both countries have won the Best Foreign Film prize in the recent past and could compete again this year.
They've announced their three finalists for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission. I think the likeliest of their three finalists is The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg (A Celebration) which won Mads Mikkelsen Best Actor at Cannes a year plus ago as a teacher under attack due to false allegations from a child. It's currently in release in the States which means it's eligible for the Oscars in general if not for this specific category (which requires official submission... and each country may only choose one film). The major obstacle to its submission might be its lack of newness. It played in Cannes during last year's eligibility period (Oct 11- Sept 12) but not in its home country (making »
- NATHANIEL R
Paul Bowman, author of The Treasures of Bruce Lee, has written several books of which this is the third on Bruce Lee. The first two, Theorizing Bruce Lee and Beyond Bruce Lee, take analytic looks at the cultural impact of Lee and his films and philosophy. The Treasures of Bruce Lee takes a very different route, combining the simple facts of Lee's life in to a great and interesting read. It's all of the documentaries you've ever watched condensed in to a concise and engaging read that covers everything from Lee's early days to his lasting legacy.
This might make you think that you've heard it all before and that it's not a worthwhile purchase, but nothing could be further from the truth. As well as providing a neat and tidy log of Lee's life, »
- Flickering Myth
True Blood Episode 607
“In The Evening”
Written By: Kate Barnow
Directed By: Scott Winant
Original Airdate: 28 July 2013
In This Episode...
Eric leaves Willa in the vampire prison so she can warn Pam, Tara, and Jessica about the tainted Tru Blood. He promises to return for her, and takes Nora to Bill. He flat-out begs Bill to give Nora his blood, but Nora doesn’t want it and Bill doesn’t want to force it on her. As Nora becomes sicker, Bill finally forces some of his blood into her, but it doesn’t help. Eric begs again, and says that he believes Bill is divine. He tells Eric of Warlow and how his blood allows him to walk in daylight, and promises to bring back some more Warlow blood. (Wouldn’t any fairy blood do?) Bill doesn’t make it back on time, and Nora dies in Eric’s arms. »
- Alyse Wax
With the upcoming Star Wars stand alone film featuring Han Solo on the horizon, I've been scouring the origins of the smuggler to see what events would be ideal for his film. What are the major events I would personally like to see in the film? Well, I'd like to see it all, but these moments are in my top 5 and absolutely essential in my opinion to telling the story of Han Solo proper.
5. The Kessel Run
Under 12 parsecs?! That's 39.12 light years Han and Chewie traveled shaving 19.56 light years off a regularly 18 parsec journey! So how did he do it? Expanded Star Wars universe points to flying close to black holes (risky maneuver) and quite a bit of fancy flying. We briefly saw in the earlier movies Han's skill as a pilot, now it's time to see some real action. The tale of the Kessel Run is what got Han »
- Mick Joest
7 items from 2013
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