18 items from 2013
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Congratulations to Delaware for being awesome!
I hope it's not too spoilery for you, but apparently in the first new episode of Pretty Little Liars, titled "A is for A-l-i-v-e," lEmily "starts to make plans for life after high school." Will Paige be involved?
Model Cara Delevingne posted this pic of her pecking Sienna Miller at the Met Ball on her Instagram. They must be close friends!
Last night on Jeopardy's College Championships, Alex Trebek read the clue "Sister act" and played a clip from the song "Closer." Unfortunately the three contestants had no idea it was Tegan and Sara. Or "Taygan and Sara" as Alex pronounced it. Thanks for the tip Rachel!
We're getting to know The Film Experience community one-by-one. Today we're talking to Morgan Borthwick from New Zealand. We've never been but it's on our brains due to Jane Campion's stunning miniseries "Top of the Lake". Here's Morgan.
Hi, Morgan. Do you love Jane Campion? (Please note: There is only one correct answer to this question)
Morgan: Of course! She understands film is as much art as it is storytelling and I could rhapsodise all day about her many gifts. As a director, I love what she does with her actresses, particularly Barbara Hershey who is beyond superlatives in Portrait of a Lady, Abby Cornish in Bright Star and Elizabeth Moss in Top of the Lake, making me forget Peggy of Mad Men ever existed. She should have two best director nominations by now at least, but that's a gripe for another time about the academy and their "we've nominated you once, »
- NATHANIEL R
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Peter Jackson.s famous Park Road film laboratory is set to close in June after over seven decades bringing movies to the silver screen.
The New Zealand facility built a reputation around the world for producing high quality work and they have urged filmmakers to get in touch before the doors close.
General Manager Cameron Harland said: .We have always been incredibly proud of the quality of the Lab and said we would be the last Lab standing.
.That has been true in New Zealand for the last 12 months or so, but unfortunately the shift in digital acquisition and exhibition, has meant that this part of our business has now become commercially unsustainable.
.We hope that providing notice of the closure will ensure that the key archive agencies and any filmmakers out there that need Film Lab services can get material to us quickly..
The closure is expected to take »
- Andrea McCullagh
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When the Oscars booked Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and Ted, to host the Oscars they probably expected a bit of 1950s style Hollywood crooning with the odd near-the-knuckle joke thrown in: the sort of thing to make an A-list audience wince without leading to mass walkouts.
What they got was rather less palatable, as MacFarlane, whether intentionally or otherwise, spent the evening demonstrating how little he thinks of women.
The opening number I Saw Your Boobs, in which MacFarlane announced: "Meryl Streep, we saw your boobs in Silkwood/ Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive/Angelina Jolie we saw your boobs in Gia/ They made us feel excited and alive," was supposed to work as a »
- Sarah Hughes
Seth MacFarlane's debut as host of the Oscars inevitably proved divisive. Some enjoyed his more risqué humour, while others found his songs about "boobs" and 'controversial' zingers more childish than funny.
If you didn't catch the show, Digital Spy has rounded up MacFarlane's gags so that you can make up your own mind on whether the Family Guy creator was a hit or a miss.
1. On Ben Affleck's snub in the 'Best Director' category
"Argo tells the previously classified story about an American hostage rescue in post-revolutionary Iran. The story was so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy."
2. On Daniel Day-Lewis's method acting
"Daniel Day-Lewis, your process fascinates me. You were totally 100% in character as Lincoln during the making of the movie… So when you saw a cell phone, would you have to go, 'Oh my God, what's that?!' If you »
A rousing musical number called “We Saw Your Boobs.” William Shatner, as Star Trek’s Capt. James T. Kirk, beaming back from the future to declare the show a total disaster. A reenactment of the movie Flight done entirely with sock puppets. And a whole lot of jokes that skirted along—and sometimes right over—the edge of bad taste. Love it or hate it, Seth MacFarlane’s turn as Oscar host will definitely be talked about—which is almost certainly what the Academy was banking on when they hired the man behind Family Guy for the job. Here are »
- Josh Rottenberg
Join us for all the awards, speeches and Seth MacFarlane voices during the 85th annual Academy Awards. You can still catch the end of the red carpet here at our live stream.
How do you think "Family Guy" creator MacFarlane will do as the Oscars host? He will surely be better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway from a year ago -- but that shouldn't be hard to top. The Alec Baldwin/Steve Martin duo from two years ago was quite good, so hopefully he can live up to those "SNL" familiar faces.
Related: All the Oscar red carpet fashions
Tune in starting at 8:30 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC and follow along with our live blog. All times Eastern.
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Good afternoon and happy Friday!
Rihanna and Kate Moss look just like two good friends hanging out on the cover of V magazine.
The team behind The Real L Word are revving up for a Real L Word documentary. The producers are currently casting and looking for “lesbians with important and compelling stories to tell for a documentary-approach to lesbian life beyond the city lights. This project will focus on the experience of living as a lesbian in more conservative areas throughout the country where non-acceptance is still the norm. »
- Bridget McManus
Acceptance speeches reveal the deepest recesses of the actor's mind. I love them – particularly when the hairdresser is thanked
Many critics find Oscar acceptance speeches disturbing on account of their insincerity. As a fan of the form, I say: nonsense. Anyone who thinks you can get up on stage at the Dolby Theater in front of 40 million people, take an atomic blast of approval from a select audience of your peers, and then fake your response, is very much mistaken. It peels you like an onion.
Gone is the phalanx of publicists, the glazed interview demeanor, the self-protective instincts born of a thousand paparazzo intrusions; and in its place the quick stumble of inarticulacy, the pink flush of pure need, as the star gulps down all the love and acceptance they stand revealed to have craved all along. It's understandably disturbing: we are used to wanting and desiring them, not them needing us. »
- Tom Shone
“The biggest difference is the scale of the two,” states Eric Saindon (Avatar) who was a creatures supervisor during The Lord of Rings Trilogy (2001 to 2003) and recently looked after the visual effects for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), the first of three movies based on The Hobbit; the children’s story written J.R.R. Tolkien introduced the world to Middle-earth, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and the mysterious ring with the ability to make it’s wearer invisible. “13 years ago there were 35 people and for Hobbit we have 1200 people working at Weta Digital.” There is also more of a home grown presence for the special and visual effects company based Wellington, New Zealand which was co-founded by countryman and filmmaker Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures). “When I first got here there were »
Oscar season comes to an abrupt end at the end of February which frees up our time. One of The Film Experience's most popular series, a communal viewing party of sorts, returns for another season. Byoe (Bring Your Own Eyes) to these blog-a-thon like events wherein participates choose their single favorite shot from movies from all eras. Watch, Read, Converse -- It's Edumucational!
Wed March 6th The Wizard Of Oz (1939) since Oz, the Great and Powerful is about to hit and we might need this as a lovely antidote.
Wed March 13th Barbarella (1968) ...I've been itchy to revisit
Wed March 20th ???
...and more to be scheduled including, as ever, a mix of genres, eras, and anniversary celebrations. It's a great way to have a virtual visual conversation from other cinephiles, catch up on classics you've never seen, revisit »
- NATHANIEL R
Chicago – As I learned on my inaugural trip to Sundance (check out all the coverage here) this year, there is common discussion as to how things will play outside of the thin mountain air of Park City. People wonder what will be the next “Beasts of the Southern Wild” or “Winter’s Bone” and what will never get the hype it gets at Sundance. Two films that peaked at Sundance 2012, “Hello I Must Be Going” and “Nobody Walks” were recently released on DVD. One is worth your time while the other never should have come off the snowy mountain.
The good news is that the 2012 Opening Night film, “Hello I Must Be Going” still works a year later. It features strong work from Melanie Lynskey, doing her best since her breakthrough with Kate Winslet in “Heavenly Creatures” and quickly allowing viewers to forget time served on “Two and a Half Men. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It looks like Sam and Dean are about to uncover a treasure trove of knowledge on this week's Supernatural episode, "Everybody Hates Hitler."
Over a conference call, writer Ben Edlund dished the details on where the Winchester brothers are headed after learning about the Men of Letter's wealth of information on "As Time Goes By," while also facing Necromancer Nazis and a Golem that actually towers over the two lead actors.
With episodes under his belt such as "Blood Brothers" and "Reading is Fundamental," Edlund is no stranger to creating a wild new aspect to the show that ties in the classic humor, drama and action that's become a staple of the series.
As for centering an installment around villainous Nazi Necromancers, Edlund said that the concept "originally stemmed in terms of thinking of the Thule Society," a German occultist group that "really did fund the early days of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sean McKenna)
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Good morning, Brewbies.
President Obama has issued an official message to the National Conference on Lgbt Equality, praising them for their history of grassroots political activism and encouraging them to continue to fight the good fight.
The White House also said on Friday that the issue of same-sex military benefits has the president's attention:
The president is absolutely focused on and aware of the need to further implement Dadt [repeal], and to ensure that proper benefits are provided … You know, for more details, I would point you to the Defense Department, but this is an issue the president is aware of and it has his attention.
And speaking of same-sex military spouses, Fort Bragg named lesbian military wife Ashley Broadway as the "spouse of the year." She's now in the running to be the Army's national spouse of the year.
Hey, remember Dani Campbell »
"Who are those guys?"
George Roy Hill doesn't get written up much these days. People either like some of his films or not, but don't usually have much to say about them. In the breadth of subjects and tones he tackled, the former TV director certainly made it hard to perceive an authorial voice, and even his visual style was inconsistent, veering between the flatly televisual and a more nouvelle vague playfulness. Regular collaborator William Goldman praised him as one of the greats precisely because of his versatility, but he seems destined to be recalled for only a couple of movies, and as an able journeyman rather than as a unique artist.
The World of Henry Orient (1964) is a charming oddity. It deals with a fantasy world concocted by two 14-year-old schoolgirls in New York, based around a minor local celebrity, concert pianist Henry Orient (Peter Sellers), whom they encounter »
- David Cairns
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Check out this video of a Bomb Girls photoshoot. I hope you lucky Canadians enjoyed Season 2's premiere last night.
Ke$ha spoke about her bisexuality with Seventeen magazine, which I would have loved to read when I had a subscription to the mag back in the day. The pop star said:
I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.
Serious props to her for bringing sexuality up in a teen magazine.
Sandra Bernhard is going to guest star on The Neighbors as a driver's ed teacher. I still won't watch that show.
Kelly Clarkson says all the lesbians that hit on her are babes.
I mean, I get hit on by the hottest girls ever. Oh, »
Earlier this month, Peter Jackson's visual effects producer Eileen Moran, who worked on "The Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, passed away. And now comes word that Jackson's Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins has died as well. Hopkins died after a rafting accident in New Zealand. He was wearing a lifejacket and a helmet, but drowned when the raft capsized. His two rafting partners survived. He was only 53 years old. Hopkins won an Oscar in 2006 for his sound editing work on Jackson's "King Kong." In 2003, he won the same Oscar for second "Lord of the Rings" film. He also worked on other Jackson movies, including "Heavenly Creatures" and "The Frighteners." »
18 items from 2013
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