18 items from 2017
Gavin Rossdale is opening up about his upcoming album, and how his high-profile divorce impacted his new music and his life as an artist.
The Bush frontman sat down with Et's Nischelle Turner on Wednesday at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where he got candid about the role his divorce from Gwen Stefani has had on his songwriting and his band's forthcoming seventh studio album, Black and White Rainbows, admitting, "It obviously informs the record."
"It's hard to separate yourself from the most monumental thing that happens in your life if you're an artist," Rossdale shared.
Watch: Gavin Rossdale Talks Co-Parenting During the Holidays and Getting His Kids Into Giving Back
The 51-year-old rocker and father of three admitted that he was careful not to include a lot of the songs he wrote immediately following the dissolution of his 13-year marriage, which was finalized last April, as they were written to help him cope with the »
The first time I went to the Berlin Film Festival, the city was existentially cold, cottoned in fog, and grayer than “Wings of Desire.” And I loved it. I had just been laid off and my personal life was mired in one of those brutally unsolicited periods of self-reflection, so a jet-lagged week in the grim heart of Europe was just what the doctor ordered.
That was the year of titles like “Boyhood,” the frigid Chinese neo-noir “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” and an Estonian drama about a film critic who loses his newspaper job — and then his mind — after filing a two-word review of “The Tree of Life.” (“Fuck you.”) I bundled up and walked by the Reichstag, spent a few nights on the east side of town, and tried most of the brews at the House of 100 Beers, a flavorless, three-tiered tourist trap near the center of the festival »
- David Ehrlich
For years, we've been threatened with a sequel to Beetlejuice. Apparently it's still happening, but we're no closer to getting a follow-up to Tim Burton's iconic supernatural comedy than we were three or four years ago. Burton is on board, Winona Ryder wants to come back, and Michael Keaton thinks it would be a blast. But it just hasn't come together yet over at Warner Bros. While we patiently await any kind of update on Beetlejuice 2, we do have something pretty cool for hardcore fans of the ghost with the most. A couple of rarely seen deleted scenes pulled from the original workprint.
These scenes have been swimming around on the Internet for a little while now, but Bloody Disgusting noticed that a third scene had recently been uploaded to Youtube after two other black and white scenes had made the rounds over the last couple of years. »
Even though the first color movies were made over 100 years ago, black & white lived on in Hollywood until the 1960s. The Academy Awards even had a category from 1939 to 1967 under Best Cinematography for black & white films, splitting the section in two. Even now, black & white is still a strong aesthetic / visual choice and some filmmakers use it effectively to tell stories. Some of my favorite recent black & white films are: Frances Ha, Ida, The Artist, Pi, Sin City, The Turin Horse, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A Field in England, Escape from Tomorrow and Computer Chess. This new video essay from Jack Nugent looks back at film noir in the 40s & 50s to make the case for black and white, even today. It's worth a watch. Thanks to Film School Rejects for the tip on this. Original description from YouTube: "Black and white has a gorgeous look in film. »
- Alex Billington
“Have you ever heard somebody say, ‘I can’t watch black-and-white movies?'” asks the creator of the Now You See It YouTube channel in his latest video. Said video essayist takes issue with that mindset, and he’s here to explain why in just four minutes. “Black and white can do just as much as color,” he contends, and for Exhibit A he turns to film noir.
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Our intrepid host uses examples of both good and bad parodies to make a point: “Saturday Night Live” got it wrong by using low-contrast black and white in a recent skit inspired by “Casablanca,” while an old “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip mimicked the style much more skillfully. The poor imitation demonstrated by the likes of “SNL,” he argues, is why some consider black and white to be boring — they »
- Michael Nordine
This video hits close to home because I have a member of my family whose career is as a colorist for film and television. Most people don’t know what a colorist does. I’ll try and explain it in a nutshell. A colorist is the reason there’s a fluidity of color from shot to shot. They’re the reason a sky is more blue or grass being more green. They’re the people behind movies like What Dreams May Come that produce amazing coloring and imagery. So when I saw this video it made me realize not only the skill that goes into
Guy Spends a Year Learning How to Colorize Black and White Shows »
- Nat Berman
A tepid farce that that combines the brevity of a one-act play with the lo-fi desperation of a student film, “The Party” is the kind of star-studded misfire that might only have made sense in the context of an artistic movement like Dogme 95, whose strict dictums could have explained its experimental zeal and excused its fundamental shabbiness. Of course, such formal recklessness is par for the course when it comes to the cinema of Sally Potter, a British dynamo whose work ranges from a radical adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando” to an erotic Joan Allen drama that’s spoken entirely in iambic pentameter. But if the dazzling eccentricities of Potter’s previous films might help to prepare viewers for her latest trick, their intellectual rigor casts this new one in a strange and unflattering light. It’s different, yes, and made with conviction. But it also feels flimsy, hollow, »
- David Ehrlich
Even a master swordsman isn’t safe when it comes to Derek Yee’s wild wuxia adventure, appropriately titled “Sword Master.” In the new martial arts extravaganza, a once-powerful swordsman turns his back on his own violent nature and formidable talents to live a quiet and humble life away from the world. It’s the kind of great and understandable pursuit that is, of course, totally thrown for a loop by outside forces.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “A powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life of a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly. »
- Kate Erbland
“Ghost of New Orleans,” written by Gerald Dipego and Justin Dipego, offers up a New Orleans-set thriller with a supernatural twist. Directed by Predrag Antonijevic (“Savior”), the film stars Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell, Sharon Leal and Cary Elwes.
As the film’s official synopsis states, the film follows “a disgraced detective (Josh Lucas) [who] has a supernatural encounter which leads him to investigate the murder of a beautiful cellist (Lake Bell) that unlocks the truth behind her mysterious death.” Creepy.
In our exclusive clip, witness the mysterious allure of Drag Hammerman (Howard) as he playfully woos Molly (Deborah Ann Woll), a waitress at a bar with aspirations for greater things (perhaps even of the supernatural variety).
Check it out below. »
- Kerry Levielle
Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” settles into a defiantly grounded drama about a trans woman fighting through her grief, but it starts with some incredible sleight of hand.
Set at the height of a Santiago summer, the film begins with a man named Orlando (“The Club” actor Francisco Reyes) as he gets a massage at his local sauna. Fifty-seven years old and looking like a gentler Jeremy Irons, Orlando leaves the health club and steps into the tired Chilean sun, eventually making his way to a nearby nightclub. He locks eyes with the singer onstage as soon as he steps inside, and she returns his attention with interest. Her name is Marina (first-time actress Daniela Vega), she’s roughly half Orlando’s age, and she’s very much in love with him. The feeling is mutual.
Later that night, the two of them have sex against the floor-to-ceiling window »
- David Ehrlich
Starting today at 8:50Am Et/5:50Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “Call Me By Your Name.” Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is expected to attend the conference, as well as cast members including Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The film recently bowed at Sundance to overwhelming acclaim, and Sony Pictures Classics will release it later this fall.
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Per the film’s official synopsis, “It’s the hot, sun-drenched summer of 1983 and Elio is at his parents’ country seat in northern Italy. The 17-year-old idles away the time listening to music, reading books and swimming until one day his father’s new American assistant arrives at their large villa. Oliver is charming and, like Elio, has Jewish roots; he is also young, self-confident and good-looking. »
- Kate Erbland
Starting today at 7:30Am Et/4:30Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “The Party.” Filmmaker Sally Potter is expected to attend the conference, as well as cast members including Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall.
Potter’s newest feature is premiering in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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Per the film’s official synopsis, “Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet »
- Kate Erbland
Eagle-eyed viewers better versed in the Polish language will have to scour the end credits of Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” to find out if any animals were actually harmed in the making of this feisty, genre-bending film. Though far from perfect, this one part revenge thriller, one part eco-reverie, tied together with sumptuous visual brio, is the “John Wick”/ “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” mash-up you never knew you always wanted.
See MoreThe 2017 IndieWire Berlinale Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
A note about the filmmaker first: Holland has one of the more interesting careers in international cinema, directing period dramas in French, Czech and Polish for the Euro-art-house circuit, while at the same time working steadily as a hired gun on prestige American series. Having spent the past several years working with NBC, HBO and Netflix, Holland clearly relishes her return to the feature filmmaking, »
- Ben Croll
Blasting the Morgan for saying that Trump’s executive order wasn’t a Muslim ban, Jefferies told the British journalist to “f*ck off.”
“This is what you do, Piers. You say, ‘He hasn’t done this, he hasn’t done that, he’s not going to do all these things,’” the comedian said. “Give him a f*cking chance, mate. Hitler didn’t kill the Jews on the first day, he worked up to it, mate.”
- Liz Calvario
Ahead of the Grammy’s tribute to Prince this weekend, some of the late musician’s wardrobe and memorabilia will go up for auction. Bidding for items belonging to musicians including Prince, Jimi Hendrix, The Ramones, Elvis Presley and others begins Feb. 9 at Rr Auction. Black and White Striped Bolero Jacket Estimated price: $8,000+ Stage-worn Black Polka Dot Vest Estimated price: $8,000+ “Purple Rain” White Button-Down Shirt and Cufflinks Estimated price: $10,000+ “Under the Cherry Moon” Lace and Beaded Jacket Estimated price: $25,000+ “The Screams of Passion” Handwritten Lyrics Estimated price: $8,000+ Handwritten Brit Awards Acceptance Speech Estimated price: $2,500+ Autograph Letter Signed in Card Estimated »
- Reid Nakamura
This article originally appeared on Time.com.
May made the crack at the Black and White Ball after being applauded by guests, The Telegraph reports. “I don’t think I have received such a big hand since I walked down the colonnade at the White House,” she said in response, apparently referencing a photo of herself and the U.S. president walking hand-in-hand during her visit to Washington last month.
- TIME Staff
Funko is releasing a new line of Pop! Heroes, this time under the theme of DC Bombshells! Check out the re-imagined DC Heroines and The Joker, based on the comics!
Over the years, Funko has covered various DC characters from every corner of the multi-verse. Today, they've annouced that they're tackling the World War II based comic, DC Bombshells, which places several DC Heroines in that tumultuous era.
Let's take a look at Funko Pop!'s interpretation of Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Katana, and even The Joker in the 1940s!
Both Jokers are Hot Topic Exclusives
All Funko Pop! Heroes: DC Bombshells will be available in February!
Obviously these aren't all the characters in the DC Bombshells comic, but I absolutely love the idea of Funko having it as their theme for their next line of Pop! figures. It's a great »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
As a film critic and metal enthusiast, I can’t resist a good meeting of mediums. Movies like Deathgasm utilize the devil’s music to further themes and action, while bands like Austrian Death Machine (whose songs are based on Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes) exist to pay homage to pop culture. Movies may be my life, but metal provides my soundtrack – so imagine the speed of my heartbeat after being asked to a “Star Wars themed metal show.”
That’s the exact description a fellow NYC critic came to me with. A Saturday night concert at Webster Hall, featuring a Star Wars themed metal band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the headlining slot. Galactic Empire is their name, and they don’t need a Death Star blast to melt your faces.
I arrived halfway through the second opener, Metalfier, but while the growly triumvirate were wrapping things up, Galactic Empire was already making their presence known. »
- Matt Donato
18 items from 2017
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