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Today being international jazz day, there will be much celebrating of the greatness of its history. I’ve done that in the past; it is a great history. But it is not all back in historical times; jazz lives, and evolves, and continues to be great. Yet how many lists of the greatest jazz albums include anything from the current century?
That they do not is no indictment of them; only sixteen percent of the years when recorded jazz has existed (not counting the present year yet) are in the twenty-first century, after all, and some prefer to bestow the label of greatness after more perspective has been achieved than sixteen (or fewer, for newer releases) years.
Nonetheless, if people are to respect jazz as a living art form, a look back at the best of its more recent releases seems worthwhile. Here’s one man’s “baker’s dozen »
As a filmmaker, Academy Award nominee Darren Aronofsky occupies a curious space in the cultural landscape. Highly respected in his artistry, he has earned himself a dedicated fandom, which anticipates each new project – although, in box office terms, his films are never guaranteed success. They always attract high levels of talent, though, and his next, as yet untitled movie is no exception – with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris reportedly already on board, and Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson now in talks to join them.
As with the early word on every Aronofsky project – from Pi to Black Swan, and even Noah – details are vague, to say the least. What little plot information there is suggests that this film may be something of a return to the intimate nature of his earliest work, with the story focusing on “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, »
- Sarah Myles
After the confused revelations of the season 6 finale, Hush Hush Sweet Liars, has Pretty Little Liars lost both its subtext and soul?
This feature contains spoilers for Pretty Little Liars season 6.
The sixth season finale for Pretty Little Liars aired this week, and with it came fresh reveals about secret twins, ludicrously convincing prosthetics and elaborate kidnapping plots. It was sillier than I remember the show ever being, and this is a series that regularly features dead girls coming back to life, cyber-stalkers stealing rotting corpses and storing them in drinks cabinets, and teenage girls commissioning creepy woodsmen to create multiple masks of their own faces.
I love this show. I've written thousands of words about it, meticulously deciphered its mysteries and gotten up at the crack of dawn to watch it just so I wouldn't be spoiled. But even I have to admit that things have been a little off lately, »
Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services He Made His Debut About the Biggest Themes in the UniverseA lot of first-time directors make their debut feature a relatively small-scare venture that's heavy on emotions and human characters, but that wasn't the case for Aronofsky, who opted instead for "Pi," a surrealist narrative that attempts to theorize on everything from religion to identity, psychology, mysticism and mathematics. Not exactly the most accessible material, though Aronofsky succeeds in making it so. Understanding the complexities of number theories and how they relate to the Jewish religion isn't a problem for the viewer but for the protagonist Max, as the film follows him through an exploration of the titular number theory and its relationship to, well, just about everything in the universe. The way Aronofsky uses numbers to make grand statements about religion and human »
- Zack Sharf and Bryn Gelbart
Darren Aronofsky‘s next project, one which he’ll write, produce and direct, is beginning to pick up speed after finding a home at Paramount. Not only that, but according to Variety, the untitled 2017 release looks to have cast Javier Bardem opposite Jennifer Lawrence, though representatives for the former declined to confirm the casting coup at this time.
Though it’s still shrouded in mystery, the outlet notes that the director’s latest creative venture will revolve around “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence,” with Lawrence and Bardem presumably in contention to topline the drama as the troubled pairing.
Eyeing a spring start date for the project, Aronofsky will produce the feature in collaboration with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. Indeed, the film set up shop at Paramount after New Regency – where Darren Aronofsky holds a first-look deal – opted »
- Michael Briers
Darren Aronofsky will return for the first time since the divisive "Noah" (2014) with his untitled 2017 relationship drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Javier Bardem is in talks to co-star. Produced under the writer/director's own Protozoa Pictures label with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel, the project was passed over by New Regency, with whom Aronofsky has a first-look deal. The film will be the rather deliberate filmmaker's seventh feature since he debuted "Pi" in 1998, including "Black Swan" (2010), for which he received his sole Oscar nomination. (Aronofsky, whose filmography is defined by challenging, jet-black examinations of characters experiencing physical and psychological, has been better received by the Indie Spirits, from which he's landed five nominations and three wins.) The new project, planned for release in 2017, "centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at »
- Matt Brennan
Paramount Pictures announced on Monday that the Golden Globe winner will star in the anticipated 2017 release.
Lawrence won the Golden Globe on Sunday evening for best actress in a musical or comedy for her lead performance in Joy.
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