20 items from 2014
Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art in North Korea Andrew and Anya Shiva Gallery at John Jay College November 12 through January 23
Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, Assenting Voices presents twelve oil paintings on canvas and thirteen posters by North Korean print-making collectives. Two "Social Realist" style posters were created as early as 1956 and 1960, but the majority of them were produced in the 1970s and early 1980s. Posters by seven artists, working mostly with the Chosun Labour Party Publisher and Pyongyang Total Print Factory, are included. The carefully rendered contemporary oil paintings, dated 2011 and 2012, present idealized images that portray scenes of young woman in a variety of life pursuits.
Beautiful girls are seen wearing traditional robes, at ballet practice, in a museum viewing a painting, and standing at attention with other pretty women for military inspection. They are depicted applying make-up, walking through fall foliage, and performing with musical instruments. North Korean females »
Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star in Ryan Murphy‘s new anthology series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. [Huffington Post] Today on Good Morning America, Joaquin Phoenix says his story about proposing to his yoga teacher was just a joke. Not funny, Joaquin. [ABC] Khloé Kardashian posts yet another depressing quote about breakups. But is it French Montana or Lamar Odom she’s missing?
A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:18pm Pst
MTV star David Mallory writes “Beautiful Girls” as a tribute to the late Diem Brown. [Us Weekly] A nasty email exchange between behind-the-scenes players (including producer Scott Rudin and director David Fincher)of the Steve Jobs biopic has been released in wake of the Sony hack. [THR] When the Victoria’s Secret »
- Taylor Ferber
[Youtube "zCIAbjrHCL0&feature=youtu.be"] Diem Brown loved to dance. Even in the midst of her long battle with cancer, the late MTV star, who died on Nov. 14 at age 34, "could turn any event with music into a dance party," her sister Megan told People last month. That spirit is the cornerstone of "Beautiful Girls," a tribute song co-written by Davis Mallory, who shared time with Brown on MTV's The Duel 2. After meeting through a friend in 2006, Brown and Mallory stayed in touch. With Mallory then set to compete on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno 3, "Diem had just finished Fresh Meat and coached »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
Diem Brown's MTV family is still in mourning.The reality TV star clearly left an impact on everyone who competed against her on "The Challenge," with the network airing an hour-long special Tuesday night titled "We Heart Diem."Now, one of her former costars just released a new song in her honor.Davis Mallory, who was on "The Duel II" with Diem and shared a special connection with her off-screen, just posted a track called "Beautiful Girls (Diem's Song)" online."We hit it off pretty fast," Mallory tells toofab. "My mother's childhood friend has a daughter in Diem's sorority at Fsu who introduced us over e-mail prior to filming the 'Real World/Road Rules Challenge.' Diem had just finished 'Fresh Meat' and coached me over e-mail through the show.""Her passing hit me hard (as I am sure it did many of us)," he continues. "I »
- tooFab Staff
Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »
- Donna Dickens, Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel,
I Tumblr For You; The Kids Aren’t Alright in Reitman’s Latest
Parents and their burgeoning teenagers battle their insecurities and repressed sexuality amidst ever present technology in an otherwise hushed community in a tightly woven all-American town. Sound familiar? On the surface, Jason Reitman’s latest effort Men, Women & Children is trying so very much to be American Beauty. There’s the hyper-sexualized cheerleaders, the stifled paternal figures and their mentally or morally absent partners, who all crash into their own devastating denouements. Unfortunately, despite his effort to create a modified updated retelling of Sam Mendes’ masterpiece for the plugged-in age, Reitman’s film is ersatz, and instantly forgotten.
Via Emma Thompson’s voiceover (which was used to far better effect in the underrated Stranger than Fiction), the audience is introduced to the close-knit residents of a Texan town. There’s the sexually frustrated married couple Don (Adam Sandler »
- Leora Heilbronn
Exclusive: Eurythmics co-creator and record producer Dave Stewart is moving forward on Zombie Broadway, a feature adaptation of his 2008 Virgin Comics graphic novel about an undead uprising on the Great White Way. Along with The Butler producers Pam Williams and David Jacobson, Stewart has tapped Cole Haddon (NBC’s Dracula) to script and Spun helmer Jonas Akerlund to direct the horror musical in which a group of Broadway performers battle zombies with the power of showtunes. Start-up financing firm First Artist Ventures secured early development financing for the project and producers are taking the script to financiers and talent with the aim of filming in 2015.
Stewart created the original Zombie Broadway graphic novel with David Harris and Christine Schenley. He’ll executive produce the musical, described as The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Bullets Over Broadway, and has already written the music with Michael Bradford. During his three-decade career the »
- Jen Yamato
The film, based on the Ya novel by Andrew Smith, follows a young boy and his friends who cause a genetically engineered plague, unleashing human-size praying mantises, which they must fight. Wright will direct the flick once he wraps Baby Driver for Working Title.
- C. Molly Smith
Recently it was reported that British filmmaker Edgar Wright will direct Baby Driver for Working Title as his first film following his departure from Ant-Man, and now he’s added another project to his slate with Deadline revealing that he’s signed on to adapt Andrew Smith’s Ya novel Grasshopper Jungle.
The tale is described as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own raging hormones and sexual feelings as he and his cohorts cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises. Those bugs live the life these guys wish for, acting on an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.”
- Gary Collinson
For whatever reason taking a break from the crush of Comic-Con related news to report on Edgar Wright making a movie about giant insects just brings a huge smile to my face. Read on for the first details concerning Grasshopper Jungle.
According to THR Wright has been tapped by Sony to helm Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the Ya novel by Andrew Smith. Wright, who left Marvel's Ant-Man over creative differences in May, will direct from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Rosenberg also is producing with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park.
Dutton's book, which hit shelves in February 2014, follows a teen in Ealing, Iowa, as he and his friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.
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- Steve Barton
The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating.
Scott Rosenberg ("Beautiful Girls") is adapting the script while Rosenberg, Matt Tolmach and Nira Park will produce. The project will take place after Wright helms "Baby Driver" for Working Title Films which has only been described as a collision of crime, action, music and sound.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Writer/director Edgar Wright may have pulled out of Marvel’s Ant-Man project, but that doesn’t mean he has any less busy of a schedule. It was recently reported that Wright’s next project would be the mysterious Baby Driver, and now it’s been revealed that he’s been tapped to direct Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of a Ya book that follows two friends who accidentally unleash an end-of-the-world army of giant praying mantises.
Deadline reports that Sony has approached Wright to direct Grasshopper Jungle off a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls) that’s based on a book of the same name by author Andrew Smith Dutton. Rosenberg is also producing the project with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Though the book, released in February 2014, was written for a Ya audience, it has been perceived as material that’s also accessible to adults, being a creature feature with plenty of emotional substance. »
- Derek Anderson
Former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright has been tapped by Sony to helm Grasshopper Jungle, an adaptation of the Ya novel by Andrew Smith. Wright, who left Marvel's Ant-Man over creative differences in May, will direct Grasshopper Jungle from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls). Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters Rosenberg also is producing with Matt Tolmach and Nira Park. Smith's book, which hit shelves in February 2014 via Dutton Children's, follows a teen in Ealing, Iowa, as he and his friends accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army of six-foot-tall praying mantises.
- Rebecca Ford
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is setting Edgar Wright to direct Grasshopper Jungle, the acclaimed Andrew Smith Ya novel that is being adapted by Beautiful Girls scribe Scott Rosenberg. Rosenberg is producing with Amazing Spider-Man‘s Matt Tolmach and they will be joined by Nira Park, who is at the center of all Wright’s films. Wright, you’ll remember, recently squashed his participation in Ant-Man, the Marvel Studios film that has Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas still starring, because he and Marvel clashed over visions for the wannabe franchise. Wright is staying in insect mode, but moved onto a project that suits his sci-fi […] »
Though he left Marvel's Ant-Man, it appears Edgar Wright hasn’t got the idea of insects completely out of his system. Sony has now secured his services for the adaptation of Andrew Smith Dutton’s novel Grasshopper Jungle.It’s an intriguing project for Wright, and very different from anything he’s done before, despite Scott Pilgrim’s blend of youthful issues and fantasy. Beautiful Girls writer Scott Rosenberg is adapting the story, which finds an Iowa teenager in the grip of hormonal madness. Along with his friends, he somehow unleashes a genetically engineered plague that causes six-foot tall praying mantises upon their community and beyond. Teenagers today, huh? Bloomin’ typical: if they’re not playing with their X-stations or their digital watches, they’re playing God.This will not be Wright’s next film – he most recently re-committed to developing Baby Driver, one of his long-gestating projects. And also »
The Grammy Awards governing body, the Recording Academy, has never been one to make rash decisions when it comes to modifying the awards procedure, so here, in 2014, they have made a major decision regarding sampling: Starting with the Feb. 8, 2015 Grammy Awards, songs that include samples or interpolations of previously written songs will be allowed in all songwriting categories, including the coveted Song of the Year. Is this a good decision? I’m not so sure. In some ways, the Grammys are so cautious in making changes that they miss the cultural significance of that musical moment (and that is partially the Grammys’ point: they aren’t meant to bow to trends or fads). On the plus side, this is simply an acknowledgement that a new, creative work that stands on its own that uses a sample to add some zing or to salute an influence, shouldn’t be exempt because of the sample. »
- Melinda Newman
Natalie Portman turns 33 this week, but the Oscar-winning actress has been appearing on the big and small screens since she was just 13 years old. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look back at the actress's most memorable roles on TV and film. She's played a precocious tween in movies like Beautiful Girls, royalty in films like Star Wars and The Other Boleyn Girl, and tons of other characters over the years, so let's reminisce. Source: 20th Century Fox »
- Becky Kirsch
And Donner has also revealed that all of the original cast from the cult 1985 movie will "hopefully" be reprising their roles. Relieve your childhood by taking a fond look back at the young stars from the adventure movie - and find out what they have gone on to do since below:
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 43-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version »
A horde of giant, horny preying mantises are about to be unleashed on the world as Sony Pictures acquires the rights to Andrew Smith's young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle.
The book was published last month and is set in the small town of Ealing, Iowa. It centers on friends Austin and Robby, who accidentally set an army of insects on an unsuspecting populace. Here is the book's official synopsis:
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean.
Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town »
Exclusive: Sony Pictures just closed a deal for Grasshopper Jungle, the just-published Dutton Ya novel by Andrew Smith. Scott Rosenberg brought in the project and is negotiating to adapt it for producer Matt Tolmach. It’s perhaps best described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, a coming-of-age yarn revolving around a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own sexual feelings as he and his cohorts cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of 6-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating. Michael De Luca and Elizabeth Cantillon steered the deal for Sony. De Luca just started at the studio but he also brought in the $1 million spec Winter’s Knight last weekend. Rosenberg is best known for scripting such films as Beautiful Girls, Con Air and High Fidelity and who most recently rewrote Heist for Steve Zaillian »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
20 items from 2014
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