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Joe Berlinger’s documentaries typically deal with glaring flaws in the American justice system, and his latest is no different. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger follows the trial of one of the most brutal gangsters America has ever seen, James “Whitey” Bulger.
Just as it seems like Bulger will finally be brought to justice, accusations of multi-faceted corruption within our nation’s law enforcement and legal systems surface, and the FBI begins to look just as bad as the mob. Although it is never fully proven, it appears that the FBI may have had a hand in allowing Bulger to remain such a frightening crime figure for far too long a time.
It was a privilege being able to talk with Berlinger when he arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, California last week to do some press for the film. During our exclusive interview, »
- Ben Kenber
An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.
For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.
The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):
Won the Academy Award for »
- Frank Ochieng
Alexa here with some curios for your Tuesday. As Nathaniel mentioned, Earth Girls Are Easy just turned 25. A relic of Julie Brown's heyday, it is an afternoon-watch favorite of mine, belonging to a group of late-80s quirky screwball comedies that also make for good afternoon viewing, like the superior Making Mr. Right and the far superior Married to the Mob.
Here are some curios in honor of this vintage curiosity.
Art of the Title has an amazing 3-part retrospective / interview with title designer Pablo Ferro. His work includes: Bullitt, Married to the Mob, Dr Strangelove, Beetlejuice, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and so many other greats
The New Yorker "why Mean Girls is a classic" even esteemed publications got into the 10th anniversary frenzy. Good piece from Richard Brody
The Dissolve Joaquin Phoenix will headline the next Woody Allen film, the one after Magic in the Moonlight. The prolific auteur isn't slowing down his one-a-year pac. Phoenix isn't slowing down either; remember how just a few short years ago, people thought Phoenix's career was over? The joke was on us.)
Paper Mag 5 Most Swintessential Moments from Tilda Swinton's career. Love this though none are her actual acting & filmography which is tops.
- NATHANIEL R
We've been harping on Meryl Streep's extraordinary lack of interest in working with A list directors who might actually, you know, direct her for a decade. She's finally working with one. She's now attached to Ricky and the Flash and, juvenile sounding title aside, it sounds like a potential winner.
She'll play a rock star trying to reconnect with her estranged children when her career peters out. The script is by clever Diablo Cody and in the director's chair, none other than Oscar winner Jonathan Demme. He's quite gifted with actresses having previously directed arguably career best work from actresses as diverse as Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melanie Griffith (Something Wild), and Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs). He also guided Michelle Pfeiffer, once his favorite actress, in her best romantic comedy outing (Married to the Mob). More »
- NATHANIEL R
Unless I’m mistaken, the first 10 minutes of tonight’s episode of The Simpsons had more gags per second than the entire season so far. It was a pleasant surprise, too, because judging from the episode’s title, “Married to the Blob,” I had my doubts. After all, Married to the Mob has been used as the basis for a punny Simpsons’ title in the past, as in season 10’s “Mayored to the Mob” Aka: the one with Mark Hamill. Fittingly, Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con was revisited briefly in “Blob,” and with the nerd-based humour that lay at the heart of the episode — including a couple of great cameos — this week’s Simpsons made it clear that you can’t always judge an outing by its title.
To begin with, Radioactive Man provides some laughs early on, this time in comic book form. From sky tweets from Commissioner Sweeney, to the evil of the Fossil Fuel Four, »
- Adam A. Donaldson
New Simpsons season 25,episode 10 official spoilers,plotline revealed by Fox. Recently,Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Simpsons" episode 10 of season 25. The episode is entitled, "Married To The Mob," and it sounds like it'll be pretty damn funny as Comic Book Guy starts to realize he needs a special someone to share in his comic book experiences, and more. In the new,10th episode press release: Comic Book Guy will realize his comics are nothing if he doesn't have anyone to share them with until he meets Kumiko, a Japanese woman, writing an autobiographical manga. Episode 10 is due to hit the airwaves on Sunday night, January 12th at 7pm central time on Fox. »
7 items from 2014
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