8 items from 2015
“Well guys, we’ve made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers. “
Wet Hot American Summer from 2001, is a comedy about summer camp, a spoof of movies about summer camp, a grab bag of random absurdity and a collection filmmakers and now-familiar actors hamming it up as hard as they can. It didn’t make much of a splash when it premiered 14 years ago (I don’t think it even played theatrically here in St. Louis, but I could be wrong about that), but it’s developed such a cult following over the past 14 years that Netflix has made a sequel series, Wet Hot American Summer – First Day Of Camp.
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- Tom Stockman
No wonder John Mellencamp couldn't let Meg Ryan go! Making her first official public appearance since the 41st Annual Chaplin Award Gala in April 2014, the French Kiss actress looked trés chic at Paris Fashion Week Monday. Ryan attended the Schiaparelli Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2015-16 show and was seated in the front row beside model/actress Farida Khelfa. Ryan wore a form-fitting dress and understated makeup. The actress, who hasn't appeared in a movie since 2009's Serious Moonlight, next stars in the movie Ithaca, which she also directed. Based on the 1943 novel The Human Comedy by William Saroyan, the film stars her son, Jack Quaid, plus Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith, Christine Nelson »
With how rapidly David Guetta was becoming the butt of every joke in the world of Edm, he had to do something to re-establish his credibility. This past weekend, he did just that, by delivering an “Influences” Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 that’s chock full of the ’80s house and techno that inspired him to become a DJ in the first place.
We’ve briefly mentioned Guetta’s illustrious musical history recently, and it looks like the proper house bug has bit him again as the mix features some amazing classics. DJ Sneak and Laurent Garnier grace the many seminal names on the track list, all of whom contribute to the retro wonkiness of the mix as a whole. If Guetta feels it necessary to go to these kinds of measures to appeal to an increasingly discerning world of music fans, we’re not complaining.
So, expand your knowledge »
- John Cameron
TV Picks: The finale for “Vikings” is tonight and I am going to tease you a bit: Rollo (Clive Standen) perhaps will learn how to French Kiss. Read into that what you will, but the old adage of opposites attract and marriages solving wars holds true as we see Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) really struggling health wise, and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) step up a bit in his leadership. No Seer tonight, but Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) has a tender moment revealing her heart (how rare is that) and the French soldiers, every time I see a frame with them in their helmets […] »
- April Neale
Fresh on the heels of the Two Bellmen release, Marriott Content Studio has another short film ready to make its debut. The hotel chain’s digital studio has announced its newest project, a romantic mystery dubbed French Kiss, will premiere on multiple platforms on May 19, 2015.
French Kiss stars Tyler Ritter (of The McCarthys fame) as Ethan, a work-obsessed American set to speak at an innovation conference at Marriott’s Champs Élysées hotel. Ethan’s secret admirer Margaux (French model and actress Margot Luciarte) tricks him into following a string of clues across the city of Paris to discover all its wonders, but whether or not Margaux is real or just a figment of Ethan’s imagination is a mystery.
- Bree Brouwer
Interesting to note that corporate hotelier Marriott has a Content Studio and they are readying their second original short film “French Kiss” was shot in Paris, produced a la “Two Bellman” and teams with noted producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The trailer releases April 28th with a worldwide premiere on May 19th. “Bellmen” featured some of the biggest stars from the hip hop and B-boy dance world and Hollywood stuntmen in a comedic, genre-bending mix of parkour, martial arts, dance and music action in partnership with Jw Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand.Marriott International’s Content Studio has teamed-up with the […] »
- April Neale
With movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss, and many more, Meg Ryan became America’s sweetheart and the face of the romantic comedy in the 1990s. While she occasionally took a grittier, more serious role, like in Courage Under Fire, she consciously cultivated her public persona — for instance, she reportedly was offended by the offer to play Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. While Ryan is still very much working, and still endearing to boot, there hasn’t been an actress in recent years that has really dominated the rom-com genre like she once did. Drew Barrymore came close for a minute. It looked like Renee Zellwegger might step into that role for a bit, and the same for Reese Witherspoon. Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson gave it a shot, and Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone both seem like they could »
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
8 items from 2015
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