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FX's "Fargo" was conceived as something of a ten-episode "movie" more than a standard television series. In this sense it shares something of a kinship with HBO's recently completed first season of "True Detective". And, like "True Detective", which is already developing a second season, the intent with "Fargo" is to feature one true crime story each season and, as writer/creator Nick Hawley said, "After a season or two of the show, people who see the movie might say that was a great episode of Fargo. Each season is a separate true crime story from that region. The movie now fits into the series as another true crime story from the region." The movie Hawley is referring to, of course, is Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 Best Picture nominee of the same name. And don't go feeling as if that comment, saying the movie could be considered just another episode, »
- Brad Brevet
This week sees the release of Mike Flanagan's Oculus, the horror film that made its debut at Tiff last year, played to SXSW audiences last month and is finally going wide thanks to Relativity, Blumhouse and WWE. I loved the film and spoke with director Flanagan about his latest work here, now tune in to our latest string of video interviews in which I speak with the cast: Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy), Kate Sackhoff (Riddick) and Rory Cochran (Right at Your Door, Dazed and Confused). Here, they discuss tackling the intense nature of their roles, that sinister mirror that haunts the film and more.
- Ryan Turek
This week sees the release of Mike Flanagan's Oculus , the horror film that made its debut at Tiff last year, played to SXSW audiences last month and is finally going wide thanks to Relativity, Blumhouse and WWE. Tune in to ShockTillYouDrop.com 's string of video interviews in which they speak with the cast: Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Guardians of the Galaxy ), Kate Sackhoff ( Riddick ) and Rory Cochrane ( Right at Your Door , Dazed and Confused ). They discuss tackling the intense nature of their roles, that sinister mirror that haunts the film and more. You can watch the interviews by clicking here . Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder »
After years of appearing in a succession of truly terrible movies from How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days to Failure to Launch to Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey has done an amazing job of reinventing himself in the public imagination as a hugely talented and in-demand actor. Finally fulfilling the promise he showed in the early days of Dazed and Confused, McConaughey’s run of films involving Killer Joe, Mud and Magic Mike resulted in an Oscar last month for Dallas Buyers Club.
This so-called “McConaissance” has generated plenty of column inches and enormous amounts of media discussion, but the Interstellar star is not the only actor to have hit a rich vein of form of late after years of uninspiring films. While critics and the Academy have been falling over themselves to shower McConaughey in praise, these six actors have been quietly enjoying their own career renaissances. »
- Jack Gann
The attention may have been on gummy bears and host Ryan Seacrest's feet on Wednesday, but Thursday's American Idol was all about the contestants. Following a night of strong performances, most of the contestants likely felt positive about their chances of making it through to next week, with the judges giving a big shout-out to the likes of Caleb Johnson (who rocked Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused") and Jena Irene (who wowed with her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life"). Caleb, Jena Irene and the other members of the Top 9 didn't have to wait long. With the »
- Patrick Gomez
American Idol's Top 9 unleashed their inner rock star Wednesday, tackling songs that fit into the theme "I'm with the Band." While most of the performers hit some high notes in their performances, the theme was a perfect fit for a few singers who have already drawn comparisons to lead singers from legendary bands. Leading the pack was Caleb Johnson, 22, who rocked the stage, going toe-to-toe with the band as they jammed "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin. It's not easy to pull off Robert Plant's vocals, but Johnson electrified the audience with a performance Jennifer Lopez called "sexy. »
- Wade Rouse
After "American Idol" Season 13's resident rocker Caleb Johnson brought the house down with some Led Zeppelin during "I'm With the Band" week, judge Jennifer Lopez deemed his performance sexy. Johnson tells Zap2it backstage after the show that he's already planned their dream date together.
They'd "go out to Malibu, pop some bottles, crank up some R. Kelly and take it from there," Johnson jokes in an interview with a small group of reporters.
"I wish they would've been out there with me since day one because that's what I wanted," he says. "That's the career I want to have. I can feel them. Ricky was getting down, the guitar player was getting down."
In fact, he wishes they could be out there every week. »
American Idol’s top nine took on rock songs for the “I’m With the Band” theme reserved for this week. In preparation for the latest round of the competition, the contestants met with Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, who gave them tips on touring with one another and compiling a set list.
Alex Preston sang No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” remaking the hit ska band song into a jazzier version of itself. While Preston kept the chorus pretty much the same as when Gwen Stefani sang it, he dramatically changed up the melody on the verses. Preston’s artistry was both apparent and impressive, but the judges concluded that he may have lost some of the raw emotion of the song. »
The band is on stage this week for "American Idol." Do you suppose it's because so many singers have had some trouble with the band? Hmm.
Anyway, we have to sit through a group performance that is on par with every other group performance this show has ever done, complete with many of them looking like they are lip syncing.
The theme tonight is "rock royalty," so that'll be interesting.
1. Alex Preston, "Don't Speak," No Doubt
Awesome choice. Preston is maybe the best song-chooser of the group because he hasn't made a misstep yet. Now, as far as this one goes, we're not in love with the reggae feel of the song, but we do like his tiny scat sections (though the last note is messy). It doesn't have us jumping up and down with excitement, but he's solid and knows who he is as an artist. Some week, though, »
On Wednesday the Top 9 had to pretend they were at the forefront of a band. (Which they are anyway, every week, at least if they wanna be!) The task was much easier said than done for a lot of ‘em. Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. ran up onstage to steal Ryan Seacrest’s shoe and shared a giant purple gummy bear (seriously? at least get red) with Jennifer Lopez. Later, she swore, but the five-second delay zapped it out of existence. Was it an s-bomb or an f-bomb or another rendition of “I Luh Ya Papi”? We’ll never know. Anyway, »
- Annie Barrett
Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means. Fox not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long? Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun. 8:00 p.m. Et. Everybody loves the judges, doncha know? Mostly J-Lo. Her fashion performances this season have been more interesting than anything done by most of the contestants. 8:03 p.m. Ah. The band is going to be on-stage. J-Lo has regrets about losing M.K. last week. Harry Connick Jr. says that the decision to use the Save is a spontaneous thing. 8:04 p.m. To kill time, we're experiencing the quality time »
- Daniel Fienberg
The story centers on two orphans raised by a CIA operative to be assassins, only to become targets themselves. David Morrell’s novel was published in 1984, with the NBC mini following five years later and starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and Connie Sellecca (pictured above).
The Sean Daniel Co. »
- Dave McNary
Conversations between artists have always fascinated me. It's one thing to listen to a conversation about someone who has been inspired by another person's work. It's another to listen to two well-known artists (in this case, filmmakers) compliment the other on work that the general public is familiar with. This is how filmmaker Gabe Klinger's film Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater feels to an audience: an intimate meeting and history of some intensely creative minds.
Every Austinite seems to have an opinion on Richard Linklater's films. Maybe you fell in love with Jesse and Celine in the Before series; maybe you could relate to being a stoner hipster like some of the folks in Dazed and Confused. Either way, Linklater's movies span across genre and style, held together by great stories with an engaging narratives. One would think his biggest influences would be filmmakers who create fast-paced comedies or heartfelt dramas. »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
Now that the big-screen version of Veronica Mars has finally come out, it has turned out to be breezy, pulpy, enjoyable, disposable entertainment (Veronica attempts to solve the murder of a famous rock star in Amy Winehouse makeup…whom she happened to go to high school with!). And now that the film has proved, for the first time, that a movie funded by crowdsourcing (in this case, via Kickstarter) can readily make its money back — and perhaps even do better than that — one could, I suppose, choose to be cynical by viewing the entire phemonenon of the Veronica Mars movie »
- Owen Gleiberman
2014 seems to be the year of Matthew McConaughey, so what better time to take a moment to look back at the man’s career and judge the sh*t out of it? That’s where Best Week Ever and Doug Benson come in. Our dear pal Doug is visiting us this week to give us the low down on the highs and lows of Mr. McConaughey’s varied career. The twist? Doug has to review all of McConaughey’s films in eight words or less! Can he do it? Do you agree? Did Matthew McConaughey really peak in Dazed and Confused? Check out the clip above and be sure to tune in to Best Week Ever tonight, March 14 at 10/9 C! Set Your DVR! »
- Meghan O'Keefe
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the Irish are poised to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in their homeland, while Americans are simply looking for an excuse to wear green, eat corned beef, and drink copious amounts of green beer. Sounds good right? To get you in the mood to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick, I’ve compiled a group of movies that will help inspire your party planning this year.
After looking at the movies I picked out for this list, the thing that strikes me is how many are set in and around schools – high school and college respectively. I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t remember any school I attended being like any of these movies. So, without further ado, here are my picks for the Top 10 Party Movies of All Time. Did I leave your favorite out? »
- Dane Jackson
Dredd poster by Grzegorz Domaradzki.
Here Are Sam Mendes’ 25 Rules for Directors:
“Director Sam Mendes, who has “Bond 24″ coming up next year, was recently feted at New York’s Roundabout Theater Company’s spring gala. In his acceptance of the honor, Mendes read aloud the 25 rules for “becoming a happier director” he’s accrued over his career.”
“A year after being funded (and then some) through its successful Kickstarter campaign, the movie sequel to the beloved teen-detective TV drama Veronica Mars finally hits theaters and VOD tomorrow. As a companion to our interview with creator Rob Thomas (who also directs the film), we asked him to discuss the movies, TV shows, books, and musicians that shaped Veronica Mars and its many beloved characters.”
News from Space by J. Hoberman:
“Does a museum show occupy space—or should it send us hurtling through it? »
Most people familiar with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" know that Matthew McConaughey's character in the film, David Wooderson, says the now famous McConaughey-ism "all right, all right, all right" (which became the actor's mantra throughout this past awards season, right up to the Oscar podium). But how did McConaughey come up with the idea to incorporate that into his first big-screen role? Watch below. Complex has dug up a 2011 interview between George Stroumboulopoulos and McConaughey, wherein the actor explains he'd been listening to a live recording by the Doors as prep before shooting his scenes in "Dazed and Confused." Jim Morrison yells "all right" four times at the start of a song. And so the catch phrase was born. ) ) »
- Beth Hanna
Filmmaker Richard Linklater will be the recipient of the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.
The “Dazed and Confused” writer and director will be honored for his expansive body of work which includes the “Before Sunrise” trilogy and “Slacker.” Linklater will also be celebrating the upcoming release of “Boyhood,” his highly buzzed-about new film.
He will also be publicly honored at An Evening with Richard Linklater at the Castro Theatre on May 2 with an onstage interview and a selection of clips from his directing career, followed by a screening of “Boyhood.”
“Richard Linklater is one of our country’s great creative minds,” said San Francisco Film Society executive director Noah Cowan. “His curiosity about cinema’s endless possibilities and his landmark collaborations with many of the world’s most interesting actors mark him as a profound and important force in our medium. It is »
- Nikara Johns
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