17 items from 2014
The Farrelly Brothers' 'Dumb and Dumber To' (Universal) sequel was way out front for the day with $14.2 million - nearly six million better than anything else for the day. But with a weak B- Cinemascore, this is expected to be its best day of the weekend (the number includes $1.2 million from Thursday night shows). The challenge for the top spot from "Big Hero 6" (Buena Vista), third for Friday at $8.0 million. With "Dumb and Dumber To" likely to drop lower both days, and "Hero" set to outgross it the rest of the weekend, it could be a close battle for the top spot. Second best for Friday was Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" (Paramount) at $8.3 million. That's down more than fifty per cent from its opening Friday, although the rest of the weekend should drop less. Still, it compares unfavorably to the director's "Inception," which not only opened better »
- Tom Brueggemann
This review will be largely thematic, rather than a straightforward recapping of the events, which you can find out by watching the episode anyway (which is really good, and the review contains spoilers, so you might as well first watch it on official catch-up).
Season 2 sees the new Director Coulson's smaller, in-the-process-of-being-reconstructed Shield become underdogs, trying to stop Hydra while simultaneously evading the likes of the ridiculously gung-ho (and newly promoted) Brigadier General Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar). (Seriously, how did he ever make any friends (that's assuming he has any), or get married, or even get promoted at in the first place? He's extremely tenacious, but kind of a jerk, using power to intimidate anyone who might possibly get in his way (or even try to work with him). And his idea of motivating people is to explain to them that he's threatening them less.)
The plot is somewhat reminiscent »
Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut film Court swept three awards in International Competition at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The film, produced by Vivek Gomber, won the Golden Gateway award for Best Film, Best Director and Jury Special Mention for Ensemble Cast. The International Competition Jury of the festival was headed by British director Peter Webber.
In India Gold competition, Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga took home the Golden Gateway award for Best Film. Avinash Arun’s Killa won the second Best Film and a Jury Special Mention for Best Ensemble Cast. The Jury was headed by Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic.
In Dimensions Mumbai short film section, the Jury awarded the Best Film to Disha Rindani for Mumbai 70. Unfit directed by Shristi Jain won the second Best Film. Ramachandra Gaonkar’s Selfie got a Jury Special Mention.
Complete list of awards:
Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court won best film and best director in Mff’s International Competition for first and second-time filmmakers, along with a Special Jury Mention for the ensemble cast. The film, produced by Vivek Gomber, also recently won best film in the Orizzonti section at the Venice film festival.
The jury for this section, headed by UK director Peter Webber, gave the Jury Grand Prize to Mexican film Gueros, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios (see full list of winners below).
Chauranga, directed by Bikas Ranjan Mishra, won best film in the India Gold competition. Produced by Onir and Sanjay Suri, the film tells the story of a young ‘dalit’ boy who dares to write a love letter to a girl from a higher caste.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
To look at the poster for “My Old Lady,” or to hear its cast and plot synopsis, is to brace oneself for cuteness and whimsy. Kevin Kline as an American who inherits a beautiful old Paris apartment? Maggie Smith as the property's un-budging nonagenarian resident? Throw in Kristin Scott Thomas as Smith's brittle daughter, and you can already imagine the jokes, the arguments, the learning, the loving and the adorability heading your way by the end of 90 minutes. See video: Richard Gere Is a Dream Guest in First Trailer for ‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (Video) Except, it turns out, »
- Alonso Duralde
At the annual Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, CBS topper Leslie Moonves faced an auditorium full of reporters to discuss the Eye’s most promising new program: eight weeks of “Thursday Night Football.”
Moonves was ebullient, calling “Tnf” “a sure thing.” Then came a moment any producer would envy, as the CBS honcho proclaimed, “It is our job to show the NFL what we can do, how great it’s going to be and how great the partnership is going to be.” Then he added the money shot: “We couldn’t live without the NFL.”
Here was a network — the most-watched in the business — pledging to prove itself to a program supplier. Simply put, the National Football League may well be the most powerful entity in the history of American television.
“The NFL right now can write its own checks and draft its own contracts,” says financial analyst Craig Moffett, »
- David S. Cohen
The deadline for submission of Indian films for India Gold 2014 and New Faces in Indian Cinema sections of the 16th Mumbai Film Festival has been extended till August 18, 2014.
India Gold 2014 is a competition section for Indian feature films. Films by Indian filmmakers made within one calendar year from the date of upcoming Festival can participate in this competition.
Films which have not been screened in India will only be considered for this competition. Film’s participation at other international festivals outside India does not preclude entry into this section. The Jury will award Golden Gateway trophy plus cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh for the Best Film and Silver Gateway trophy plus cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh for Second Best Film in this section.
New Faces in Indian Cinema is a non-competitive section which will screen first and second feature films of the Indian directors and aims to provide a promotional »
The 16th Mumbai Film Festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami), is calling for entries.
Films made after November 1, 2013 are eligible for submission. The deadline is August 2. The Official Programme comprises:
a) International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors: the competition is open to debut filmmakers from all over the world. Films made within one calendar year from the date of upcoming festival can participate in this section and compete for cash awards amounting to Usd 200,000.
b) Above the Cut: Above The Cut section shall screen first feature films of directors which could not be accommodated in the International Competition for the First Films of Directors.
c) World Cinema: All award winning and critically acclaimed films screened in other film festivals are invited for this section.
d) India Gold 2014 competition: The India Gold 2014 is a competition section for Indian feature films. Films by Indian film »
Eminem just gave his mom the best Mother's Day gift any gal could ask for. After dishing out dozens of rhymes devoted to trashing his estranged mother, Debbie Mathers — who sued him for slander in 1999 over lyrics on “The Slim Shady LP” — the 41-year-old rapper apologized for his harsh words with a heartfelt music video (above) for “Headlights,” directed by Spike Lee. Also read: Eminem Smashes George Strait's 44.89 Million Mark to Become Second Best-Selling Male Artist All-Time “Did I take it too far?/ ‘Cleaning Out My Closet'/and all them other songs/But regardless I don't hate you 'cause/Ma, »
- Greg Gilman
The L.A. Clippers aren't for sale -- yet -- but Donald Sterling's already getting offers, including a serious proposal from a group of investors who claim they're Second best ... behind Magic.TMZ obtained a letter from a Florida law firm claiming to represent a consortium of foreign investors -- including several African-Americans -- who are prepared to offer a "substantial" sum for the team.But ... the proposal is contingent ... first and foremost, the investors »
- TMZ Staff
Is Lily Allen starting a major musical catfight?In the new music video for "Sheezus," the British pop star calls out a number of top divas including Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Lorde. In the cheeky lyrics, she demands that these Hollywood hitmakers hand over their thrones as she sings "give me that crown, bitch.""RiRi isn't scared of Katy Perry's roaring/ Queen Bey's gone back to the drawing/ Lorde smells blood yeah, she's about to slay you/ Kid ain't one to f--k with when she's only on her debut/ We're all watching Gaga, Lol haha, dying for the art so really she's a martyr/ Second best will never cut it for the divas/ Give me that crown, bitch/ I wanna be Sheezus," the outspoken songstress says in the song.Whoa -- has she gone too far!? Maybe not. While the lyrics may seem like a diss to these ladies, »
- tooFab Staff
DVD special features. Ain't they great? Packed full of fun facts about the making of your favourite TV programme or movie, they're designed to add great value for money to our favourite shiny discs.
The problem is though, they're the equivalent of Toto pulling back the curtain on a huffing and puffing Wizard of Oz who's doing his level best to convince a motley crew of visitors that he's some awe-inspiring green overlord head of doom rather than a chubby bloke pressing down lots of pipes. The illusion's gone – much like the DVD special features which show the mundane process behind the end product. Look, there's a sweaty cameraman zooming in on the hero of the hour! Look, there's take number 39, with cast members pulling the face of a man chomping down on a wasp sandwich. Value for money is all well and good, but DVD extras are essentially the »
The top stories of the week from Toh! Box Office:Scarlett Johansson Is Two for Two This Weekend as "Under the Skin" Marks 2014's Second Best Limited OpenerWeekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Smashes the FieldFeatures:Career Watch: How Should Scarlett Johansson Use Her Box Office Superpowers?Meet the Boise Film Underground, a Band of Indie Filmmakers Hard at Work in IdahoTOH! Ranks the Films of Jim JarmuschFestivals:The 17th Sonoma International Film Festival: Wine, Docs and Food FilmsInterviews:Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of "Oklahoma!" Opening TCM FestivalWith "Joe," Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since "Bad Lieutenant," Insists He's Always IndieNews:Baltasar Kormakur Launches "Trapped," Icelandic Crime Series"Chef" First Look: Favreau's Indie Road Movie Is Food PornGregg Araki's Controversial New Film "White Bird in a Blizzard" Gets a DistributorIn Must-See "Locke," Tom Hard Is Under PressureMeet Nell Shipman, "Girl from God's...
The top stories of the week from Toh! Box Office:Scarlett Johansson Is Two for Two This Weekend as "Under the Skin" Marks 2014's Second Best Limited OpenerWeekend Top Ten Box Office: Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Smashes the FieldFeatures:Career Watch: How Should Scarlett Johansson Use Her Box Office Superpowers?Meet the Boise Film Underground, a Band of Indie Filmmakers Hard at Work in IdahoTOH! Ranks the Films of Jim JarmuschFestivals:The 17th Sonoma International Film Festival: Wine, Docs and Food FilmsInterviews:Behind the High-Frame-Rate Restoration of "Oklahoma!" Opening TCM FestivalWith "Joe," Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since "Bad Lieutenant," Insists He's Always IndieNews:Baltasar Kormakur Launches "Trapped," Icelandic Crime Series"Chef" First Look: Favreau's Indie Road Movie Is Food PornGregg Araki's Controversial New Film "White Bird in a Blizzard" Gets a DistributorIn Must-See "Locke," Tom Hard Is Under PressureMeet Nell Shipman, "Girl from God's »
Season 24 of "The Amazing Race" started on Sunday (February 23) night with an episode that inverted the show's ideal momentum. There was a shocking, sad and emotional twist before we got to the opening credits, but then 50 minutes later, the episode concluded without any cursory effort at creating suspense or tension. And the editors couldn't have created tension even if they wanted to, as the "All-Stars" season began with a purely designed Leg featuring two needle-in-a-haystack -- not especially big haystacks, either -- plus a Roadblock that failed to inject even an iota of difficulty into the game. For a season that was already plagued by skepticism regarding the "favorite" status of several of the team selections, this was not an ideal premiere, now was it? I'd love to have more to talk about from Sunday's hour, but it wasn't well-suited for recapping, either. I'll do my best after the break, »
- Daniel Fienberg
After a first episode (read our recap of that one here) that dropped a bomb, episode two of House of Cards’ second season turned its attention to the dynamics of Washington, or at least, Washington as House of Cards sees it. This installment was a portrait of people who can switch morals on or off like the Internet connection that allows Frank to play God of War. Everybody — from Frank Underwood to Claire Underwood to Congresswoman Jackie Sharp — compartmentalized and rationalized out of perceived necessity, so they can keep living well and living with themselves. As Howard Webb told Wes Buchwalter, referring to the House Ethics Committee and delivering the best line of the episode: “All you can offer me is Ethics, which nobody wants.” (Second best line of the episode, from Lucas’s Washington Herald boss to Lucas: “We can’t have an editor looking more disheveled than his »
- Jen Chaney
Red dresses are a classic look, but I prefer to play it safe and confine crimson to my lipstick, nail polish and accessories. Not even the beautiful gowns at the Golden Globes can sway me
I have a problem with the colour red. I have in my life only ever owned one red dress and I designed and made it myself: a blood-red velvet and taffeta cocktail dress with the neckline perched on the very tip of the shoulder, a fitted bodice and swishy scarlet petticoats. This, you might have guessed, was a 1980s dress, but it was also, significantly, during the Blond Period illustrated in my Twitter avatar (yes, that really Is me). Had my hair been its natural auburn, I couldn't have worn that dress on the basis that in red I felt I looked uncomfortably like a blood clot. As it was, when I was blonde, wearing red felt entirely appropriate. »
- Invisible Woman
17 items from 2014
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