5 items from 2014
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Day 4 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon really is where the show hits its peak. It's possible that it can't equal the heights of Day 2 and Day 3, but there's a depth to the episodes between "Round Springfield" and "Grade School Confidential" that no other day can top. How good is this day? I even like the big Abe episode, "Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in 'The Curse of the Flying Hellfish.'" How good is this day? We didn't even consider "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and it includes the immortal line, "To alcohol! The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems." And we considered, but didn't write up "Homer's Phobia," with John Waters in one of the show's best guest vocal turns. And nobody even mentioned "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" even though Homer's Guatemalan insanity pepper hallucination is an aesthetic highlight. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.
Venice Days, the independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), has confirmed that it will host the world premiere of Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us on Aug 31.
Written with Mathieu Landais during Clark’s “new life” in Paris, and starring Michael Pitt, Alex Martin, and Niseem Theillaud, The Smell of Us is “the portrait of a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris,” according to the director.
Venice days unveiled its line-up last week. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Source: Getty / Rebecca Sapp, Paramount Pictures Ten years after hitting the big screen as Damian in Mean Girls, actor Daniel Franzese came out as gay in a letter to his character, published on Indiewire's Bent. Daniel was part of several hilarious Mean Girls moments, and the actor brought humor - and movie quotes - into his thoughtful letter. In it, Daniel writes about the struggle to cover up his sexuality, saying he was "terrified" to play the part, because he feared being typecast - a fear that, unfortunately, he said, came true. Daniel thanks his character for being an inspiration to so many people through the years and, ultimately, for being an inspiration to him, too, writing, "It took You to teach me how to be proud of myself again . . . We go Glen Coco." Take a look at Daniel's full letter to Damian below: Dear Damian, It's been a long time since our last encounter. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Actor Daniel Franzese, writing for the indiewire blog /bent, has penned penned a letter to “Damian”, the “too gay to function” high schooler he played in Mean Girls. That character was memorable for being both stereotypically “gay” and completely sympathetic at a time when gay characters in movie comedies were mostly written and portrayed to be ridiculed.
Mean Girls came out ten years ago and Franzese has both loved and hated the character that put him on the map.
“When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a ‘gay glass ceiling’ in casting.”
Franzese who was actually “discovered” singing in a Florida gay bar for his first »
- Aaron Landry
5 items from 2014
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