5 items from 2015
In this era of fairy-tale prequels, sequels and spinoffs, how often do we encounter stories of wicked queens, licentious kings and captive princesses in which we don’t already know what happens next? That’s the thrill of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales,” a lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation of three stories from 17th-century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile’s “Pentamerone,” which predates and even inspired many of the classics in heavy rotation today, from Rapunzel to Cinderella. Whereas Walt Disney mostly overlooked Basile, the brothers Grimm were big fans, and the sheer volume of bloodshed, off-color coupling and dark comedy clearly puts Garrone’s film in the category of adult-skewing fairy tales (but not that sordid subgenre of softcore exploitation movies that issued from Italy in the ’70s), which seems likely to result in the director’s largest international showing yet, aided by its cast of familiar faces and English-language script. »
- Peter Debruge
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
As St. Patrick's Day approaches, you want Irish green not just in your garments or your beer, but in your movies, too. A quarter-century ago, it would have been nearly impossible to compile a decent list of Irish movies, but then the Emerald Isle enjoyed an explosion of talent in the 1990s, led by such filmmakers as Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan and such actors as Stephen Rea and Brendan Gleeson.
Today, there's a rich catalog of Irish movies to choose from. To maintain focus, we've kept this list restricted to films made in Ireland or at least set there. (Movies about Irish folks abroad, like "In Bruges," or their descendants in America, from "Far and Away" to "The Brothers McMullen" to "The Departed," will have to wait for another St. Patrick's Day.) Certain tropes reappear often -- glib talkers, hard drinkers, green fields, stern priests, mythical creatures, fanatical Irish Republican Army fighters, »
- Gary Susman
Far and away the biggest announcement coming out of Microsoft‘s conference yesterday was the reveal of the HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that will allegedly turn science fiction into science fact. A bold claim, no doubt, but one exciting tidbit buried amongst the white noise was news that the Redmond-based giant is considering bringing some of its major franchises to PC.
Buoyed by the upcoming release of its Windows 10 operating system, here’s what Microsoft had to share in relation to bringing some of its IP to the platform.
“Today we announced that we are bringing Fable Legends to Windows 10 PCs, day-and-date with the Xbox One version in 2015. This means Fable fans running Windows 10 will be able to play against their fellow gamers on Xbox One. It’s the same game, in the same world, on the same map.
“Fable Legends is just the first of the major game »
- Michael Briers
After launching his career as a teen Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, Tony Lucca has enjoyed a steady, incredibly prolific music career. With nearly two decades of experience in the music industry under his belt, Lucca is releasing his first self-titled album. Tony Lucca, on Jan. 27. His decision to make his 10th full-length studio album a self-titled one was no accident: This is "honestly, creatively, just such a fresh start" for Lucca, he tells People. "This music is as much 'me' as anything I've ever put out," he explains, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
5 items from 2015
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