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Oh, Those One-Percenters

12 October 2014 2:37 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

That Poor Dream Directed by Jess Chayes Presented by The Assembly at the New Ohio Theatre 154 Christopher St., New York, NY October 4th - 26th, 2014

That Poor Dream was written and developed collectively by the members of the Assembly Theater Project, which describes its goals as creating performances that both "address the complexities of our ever-changing world" and ground artists and audience alike in “a profound sense of community;” the play transposes Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations onto the social topography of current-day New York City. The play recontextualizes the social and economic rise and fall of the original, Dickensian Pip in a world of penthouse apartments and $1,000 omelets, a move that highlights that while the world may be "ever-changing," the class systems of Victorian England and the twenty-first century United States remain closer and more rigidly exploitative than we like to tell ourselves.  Indeed, the Metro-North train that »

- Leah Richards

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Q&A: Joel Schumacher on ‘Batman,’ Ben Affleck and the Batsuit Nipples

11 October 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel Schumacher stopped by the Hamptons Film Festival on Saturday morning to accept a lifetime achievement award in directing. He later spoke with Variety about the ups and downs of his career, including 1995’s “Batman Forever,” which grossed $336 million worldwide, and 1997’s “Batman & Robin,” starring George Clooney, which was panned so badly that it temporarily killed the Dark Knight franchise for Warner Bros. Schumacher also recalled discovering Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey and Colin Farrell.

Your “Batman” movies aren’t as dark as Christopher Nolan’s.

I was never able to go into the darkness. Because of “Batman Returns,” families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton’s. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, “This is your franchise and they want me to do it. I won’t do it if you don’t want me to.” He said, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Books best bakes: cakes in fiction from Dickens to George Rr Martin

8 October 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Baking in fiction has been used to symbolise everything from death to sex to female identity. As Great British Bake Off ends, we look at the tastiest cakes in literature

Miss Havishams bride cake (1860)

She has left the wedding feast untouched since she was jilted, so in Great Expectations Pip finds the cake has become a shapeless, cobwebbed mess, like a black fungus with speckle-legged spiders with blotchy bodies using it as a home. The way Dickens dwells on the grotesque details of decay implies that it depicts more than just Havisham herself, conceivably encompassing a Victorian Britain paralysed and made rotten by its sexual taboos.

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- John Dugdale

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Criterion Collection: Y Tu Mamá También | Blu-ray Review

19 August 2014 8:55 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After a decade floating around the Hollywood back lots trading dignity for cash and technical experience on A Little Princess and Great Expectations, Alfonso Cuarón realized he needed to emotionally involve himself in his source material, letting his personal life, his upbringing and his cultural experience bleed into the next project he chose to pursue. Part of the Nuevo Cine Mexicano auteurs who enjoyed considerable international success (Iñárritu’s Amores perros were interchangeably part of the same discourse), the resulting cinematic masterpiece Y tu mamá también was simultaneously a visually stunning portrait of Mexico (the film was shot by master cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and the fragility of friendship, and a heartbreaking meditation on the transient nature of youth teeming with life and love and the tragic beauty of naiveté. Unsurprisingly, this Venice Film Festival winning film would become Mexico’s top grossing film of all time in its first weekend. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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what’s on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix (from Aug 19)

19 August 2014 5:26 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam’s would-be mind-frak is chock full of glorious Gillam style and a fun performance from Christoph Waltz, but little else [my review] [iTunes Us]

streaming now, while it’s still in theaters

Dinosaur 13: bittersweet documentary reminder that while the scientific method may be coolly rational, the people who do science are deeply emotionally caught up in their work [my review] [iTunes Us]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: stuns me with its scathing commentary on what is happening in the real world today, wrapped up in what is some of the most delicious, most comic-booky fantasy ever [my review] [iTunes Us]

streaming now, before it’s in theaters

The Zero Theorem: Terry Gilliam’s would-be mind-frak is chock full of glorious Gillam style »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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What I Watched, What You Watched #257

10 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I had a much busier week than last with movies, beginning with Into the Storm, Calvary and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters, and I've already reviewed all three of those. I also watched the first couple episodes of "The Knick", which I reviewed and commented on here. Then last night I watched, for the first time, Alfonso Cuaron's Great Expectations, which I did not think was any good, followed by Ben Stiller's Reality Bites, which was nice little film. The one thing I noticed, however, watching Reality Bites is how much Keira Knightley's acting style was pretty much taken directly from Winona Ryder. I wonder if that was a conscious thing or if it's just coincidence, because try watching that movie and not seeing Knightley in pretty much every single thing Ryder does. Other than that, not much to share. I'm about half-way through "Ready Player »

- Brad Brevet

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Here's What's New on Netflix for August 2014

30 July 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.

Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.

"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »

- Tim Hayne

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#SDCC14: Exclusive - Guillermo del Toro Gives Us a First Look at Crimson Peak

24 July 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the coolest things we've done at this year's Comic-Con was head over to Legendary's booth to check out their two must-see displays: an Oculus Rift-driven Pacific Rim Jaeger pilot sim and a mini Crimson Peak set that came with a guided tour by Guillermo del Toro himself!

First up was Pacific Rim... Guys, if you can spare some time this crazy weekend to head over and check out this video game tech build on the Oculus Rift, you need to. Describing it will not do it justice, and the experience is so undeniable cool that you'll want to do it again and again.

The Oculus Rift technology is probably the most crazy and immersive thing we've ever seen. Add in some giant Robot vs. Kaiju action, and you have what can only be described as a monster fan's wet dream! Wow.

From there we spoke with del Toro about Crimson Peak, »

- Steve Barton

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'Crimson Peak' Set Visit: Guillermo del Toro promises his first adult movie in English

17 July 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Toronto - On movie set visits, occasionally journalists won't get the chance to talk to directors at all.  Sometimes the directors are artistes, too far down the cinematic rabbit hole to engage in casual chit-chat with the fourth estate. Sometimes the directors merely glorified puppets, but the producers are happy to put themselves forward instead. And sometimes the directors are friendly, smart and well-adjusted, but making movies is such complicated work that they can't spare more than two minutes for a smile-and-wave, lest the production between to teeter like an ill-formed game of Mouse Trap. Guillermo del Toro plays by his own rules. It's mid-March on the Toronto set of Legendary/Universal’s "Crimson Peak" and  del Toro is literally lifting the roof off of his production to let a small group of reporters see the inner-workings of his Victorian haunted house drama. Actually, over the course of a lengthy day on set, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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New Doctor Who Capaldi Has United Who Fans for the First Time. Can he meet expectations?

15 July 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Ever since Peter Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi hit Doctor Who, he’s met with an overwhelming and unprecedented level of support and approval. Fans and critics alike have praised the casting choice of Capaldi as the Time Lord hero.  Can he live up to expectations?

The strength of Doctor Who has always been change. The show changes its locations and even its time period every episode. And every few years, it changes its star. There have been 11 leading men on the show so far, and a 12th—Peter Capaldi—makes his debut next month.  Change has always kept the show fresh, explaining why new episodes are still being produced 51 years after its 1963 debut. Changing the actor who portrays the Doctor is part-and-parcel of the series now, and the casting of a new Doctor is always big news for sci-fi fans, especially in England »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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New Doctor Who Capaldi Has United Who Fans for the First Time. Can he meet expectations?

15 July 2014 6:25 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

Ever since Peter Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi hit Doctor Who, he’s met with an overwhelming and unprecedented level of support and approval. Fans and critics alike have praised the casting choice of Capaldi as the Time Lord hero.  Can he live up to expectations?

 

The strength of Doctor Who has always been change. The show changes its locations and even its time period every episode. And every few years, it changes its star. There have been 11 leading men on the show so far, and a 12th—Peter Capaldi—makes his debut next month.  Change has always kept the show fresh, explaining why new episodes are still being produced 51 years after its 1963 debut. Changing the actor who portrays the Doctor is part-and-parcel of the series now, and the casting of a new Doctor is always big news for sci-fi fans, especially in England »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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The Dress, the Guests, the Dancing! Inside Jessica Simpson's Wedding Reception!

14 July 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jessica Simpson knows how to throw a party!

Jessica Simpson knows how to throw a party!

Once Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson said their "I dos," the celebrating started!

People magazine snagged the footage from the stunning wedding reception, and caught Jessica's sister Ashlee Simpson and mom Tina (the maids of honor) making a scene on the dance floor-- and they even spotted the bride and groom busting a move! Also seen having a ball at the wedding is Scrubs star Donald Faison and his wife, Jessica's best friend, Cacee Cobb

Related Pics: First Look at Jessica Simpson's Wedding Dress!

Jessica and Eric Johnson were married on July 5 at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif. About one minute into the video, you can hear the father-of-the-bride, Joe, introducing the newlyweds, "Mr. and Mrs. Eric Johnson," to their 275 guests.

According to the magazine, the wedding reception was inspired by the 1998 Great Expectations movie, starring [link=nm »

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Watch Jessica Simpson's Romantic Wedding Video

14 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson's walk down the aisle! Ashlee Simpson and her mom, Tina, dancing at the reception! A full view of the stunning reception tent! In People's exclusive video, get an inside and intimate peek at Simpson's "magical" July 5 wedding at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. At around the one-minute mark, Simpson's father, Joe, introduces "Mr. and Mrs. Eric Johnson" to the 275 guests gathered. Then watch the happy newlyweds make their way down the aisle to the score from the 1998 film adaptation of Great Expectations. The sweetest moment of all? Simpson kisses her husband's hand »

- Michelle Tan

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Snowpiercer movie review: hunger train

10 July 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Hauntingly grim, full of appalling ironies and awful truths. This is most definitely not the feel-good movie of the summer. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a big Sf geek

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

There’s a reason why Snowpiercer — which could have, theoretically, easily been a centerpiece summer film for a major Hollywood studio — is getting handled with the timid kid gloves of an arthouse release by the industry, quietly dribbling into a few cinemas here and there instead of getting a big opening-weekend push out onto three thousand screens. It’s a reason that has a lot to do with what the film has to say about human nature, hope, despotism, and a revolutionary spirit that might want to counter that despotism. What Snowpiercer is about offers too harsh »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Gor blimey! Us stars attempt the English accent - Best and worst

3 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Beginning tonight at 9pm, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in BBC Two's new eight-part thriller The Honourable Woman.

In the drama from The Shadow Line writer Hugo Blick, New York-born Maggie boasts an impressive English accent in her role as Nessa Stein.

This got us to thinking - which other Us stars have attempted to mimic the Brit twang... and how did they fare?

Gillian Anderson - The Fall

Bit of a cheat, this one. If you've ever wondered how Chicago-born X-Files star Anderson manages to pull off that flawless English intonation in the BBC's The Fall and Great Expectations, it's more than just her considerable acting talent - Gillian spent her childhood in the United Kingdom and continues to divide her time between England and the States.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Sliding Doors

Gwynnie's near-perfect cutglass vocals would end up winning her an Oscar in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, but the »

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Gor blimey! Us stars attempt the English accent - Best and worst

3 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Beginning tonight at 9pm, Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in BBC Two's new eight-part thriller The Honourable Woman.

In the drama from The Shadow Line writer Hugo Blick, New York-born Maggie boasts an impressive English accent in her role as Nessa Stein.

This got us to thinking - which other Us stars have attempted to mimic the Brit twang... and how did they fare?

Gillian Anderson - The Fall

Bit of a cheat, this one. If you've ever wondered how Chicago-born X-Files star Anderson manages to pull off that flawless English intonation in the BBC's The Fall and Great Expectations, it's more than just her considerable acting talent - Gillian spent her childhood in the United Kingdom and continues to divide her time between England and the States.

Gwyneth Paltrow - Sliding Doors

Gwynnie's near-perfect cutglass vocals would end up winning her an Oscar in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, but the »

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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