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Welcome back to Thn’s Top Ten Former Child Stars That You Now Totally Would. Yesterday we had numbers 10 – 6, which you can view here. Now it’s time to get your voyeurism on as we check out the Top Five. Is it appropriate? Not really. Is it justifiable? That’s for the courts to decide.
Child star? What were they in?
He cut his teeth on various TV shows including Roseanne, Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman, Quantum Leap and even Murder She Wrote. But we all remember him best as little Tommy Solomon in the terrific 3rd Rock From The Sun. He also got an ice hockey boot through the face in Halloween: H20 (1998) and was juuuuuuust about legal in the brilliant 10 Things I Hate About You. Though it may not feel like it, you can totally ogle him in that film, guilt free. Go ahead. I’ll wait. »
- John Sharp
Kim Cattrall has been coming in for some criticism for her 'Garfield'-like hairpiece on stage in London. Is this really the worst wig of all time?
Critic Mark Shenton suggested she looks "like a cross between Lucille Ball and Marj Proops"; Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail asked, a little ungallantly, "is that Garfield, sat on her head?". The reviews for the London Old Vic's new production of Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth have been good, on the whole – but the same can't be said of Kim Cattrall's hairpiece, which Shenton went on to dub "the worst wig".
Which got us thinking: is that (reproduced above in all its Garfield glory) really the most awful wig of all time? Worse than Tommy Lee Jones's roiling, terminally unstable black coils in Lincoln?
Worse than Rory Kinnear's Matted Old-Testament Hermit Hair in The Revenger's Tragedy?
Worse than »
It's top of the UK box office in spite of lacklustre figures, while Behind the Candelabra and Made of Stone sneak up the list
After landing at a disappointing third place in the Us chart the previous weekend, it was down to the overseas territories to pick up the slack for Sony's After Earth, which teams global superstar Will Smith with son Jaden. Could foreign make up for the weak results at domestic? Well, no complaints from Sony at its UK chart position (it's at the top) but the box-office number, £2.25m, is nothing to get excited about. By rule of thumb it's actually behind the pace of its Us debut of $27.5m – you'd expect a UK figure of around £2.7m. The result trails behind the debuts not just of 2013 franchise pictures such as Fast & Furious 6 (£8.72m) and Star Trek Into Darkness (£8.43m including previews), but also of similarly themed non-sequels. »
- Charles Gant
It's June, and you've probably already blown through all your friends' movie recommendations on Netflix. Now what? Watch the B movies that Netflix keeps recommending for you? (No, Netflix, just because I liked "Mean Girls," does not mean I want to watch "Mean Girls 2"). Lucky for you, 57 of Indiewire's Best Films of the 00's are now streaming on Netflix. So stop watching bad movies out of boredom and check out these critically acclaimed films. Trust us. Read More: 19 of 2012's Best Films Now Available on Netflix 1. In the Mood for Love (Ranked #2 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Ranked #5 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 3. Brokeback Mountain (Ranked #14 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 4. Punch-Drunk Love (Ranked #19 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 5. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Ranked #21 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 6. Grizzly Man (Ranked #25 on Indiewire's Decade Survey) 7. Lost in »
- Madeline Raynor
There are more Lgbt characters in mainstream films than ever before, but it might be nice if they were allowed to live
Behind the Candelabra is, in some ways, a new kind of Hollywood film: a Soderbergh-directed feature with an A-list cast that was funded and distributed by cable channel HBO. Why wouldn't the film studios touch it? Because they thought a Liberace biopic was just "too gay" to make money. Behind the Candelabra has so far been broadcast to 3.5m Americans, played at Cannes, received rave critical reviews and is currently enjoying a UK theatrical release. The film's producer, Jerry Weintraub, thinks it "is going to change the film business in America".
In regards to funding and distribution, he may be right. But in other ways, Behind the Candelabra very much represents the perpetuation of the status quo. It is, like Milk, The Hours, Brokeback Mountain, Black Swan, A Single Man, »
Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the years. I remember one day as a high school junior skipping class to go see The Object of My Affection at the local mall, a Jennifer Aniston rom-com in which Paul Rudd plays a gay character. I knew nothing about the movie or Paul Rudd (odds are that in 1998 if he were famous he wouldn’t have been playing gay), but the fact that there was a movie playing at the local multiplex with a gay character in it was enough to drive identification-starved me to ditch school. It was a formative experience at the time, »
- John Oursler
Let’s be honest, we’ll go see anything Taylor Kitsch is in. But throw in a little Peter Skarsgard, and suddenly a total bomb like Battlefield becomes Oscar-caliber (imagine how two sexed-up stars can upgrade actual Oscar-caliber flicks like Brokeback Mountain and Vicky Christy Barcelona). For your eye candy viewing pleasure, check out our favorite flicks starring a pair of same-sex hotties!
[Photos: Getty Images, The Weinstein Company, Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema, Tri Star Pictures, Focus Features, Paramount Pictures]
- Tia Williams
Steven Soderbergh's movie may mark the moment when TV overtakes film in the cultural relevance stakes
Well, this is nice. The new Steven Soderbergh movie rocks Cannes on Tuesday and here's me enjoying it the following Sunday evening on HBO. I usually have to wait a few months, not four days, to see the big contenders for Palme d'Or-related bling, but Behind The Candelabra, the kitschily gruesome story of Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson, hit my TV screen before anyone knew if it had won anything at Cannes.
There's been some controversy about why a movie with performances that were worthy of a win at Cannes – Michael Douglas is a riot and a revelation as the flamboyant pianist – can't also be eligible for nods at the Academy Awards. To which I'd say: so what? Did you see what won Best Picture this year? Do you even remember what won last year? »
- John Patterson
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I'm excited about the premiere of Season 2 of Stevie TV tonight at 10 pm on VH1! This season, star Stevie Ryan will be impersonating such celebs as Kim Richards, Kristen Stewart, Brad Goreski, Zooey Deschanel, and Justin Bieber. In addition to the previews looking awesomely unhinged, many of the sketches will star bisexual comic Nicol Paone. Check out this one, about a twerking intervention (Paone plays the therapist).
I, too, wish I could back time's ass up!
- Bridget McManus
The sad death of brilliant Australian actor Heath Ledger left many a film fan in a state of shock. Like so many shining stars, he left the world too soon with his growing potential not yet fulfilled despite a host of terrific performances in the likes of 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’S Tale and Brokeback Mountain. However, his final finished film gave the world the ultimate comic-book villain in the form of ‘The Joker’ in Christopher Nolan’s Bat-masterpiece, The Dark Knight. An unnerving and unforgettable performance that deservedly won the late star a posthumous Academy Award.
This little video has appeared giving us a peek at Heath’s father Kim showing a documentary team the diary he put together while preparing for the role. It’s shows an inspired to link Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange character Alex DeLarge, was well as early make-up tests. »
- Craig Hunter
Blue Is the Warmest Color movie: Julie Maroh discusses Abdellatif Kechiche’s failure to acknowledge her (photo: Léa Seydoux in Blue Is the Warmest Color) [See previous post: "Lesbian Sex Scenes 'Turned into Porn' Complains Blue Is the Warmest Color Author."] In the segment below (translated from the French original found here), Julie Maroh describes her less-than-satisfying professional relationship with Abdellatif Kechiche. I’m not a mind reader, but I do believe that her last couple of sentences carry a heavy dose of irony. (See also “Blue is the Warmest Color release date?“) This finale at Cannes is evidently incredible, breathtaking. … Tonight, I discovered that it was the first time in film history that a "comic strip" [graphic novel] inspired a Palme d’Or winner, and this thought leaves me petrified. … I’d like to thank everyone who was astonished, shocked, disgusted that Kechiche didn’t say a thing about me while accepting the Palme d’Or. I have no doubts that he had good reasons for not having done so, »
- Andre Soares
For this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot we're celebrating Hud on it's 50th anniversary
Though I readily concede that its my own prejudices as a Yank and a cityboy that get in the way, I rarely associate nuanced feeling with the western genre or artful dialogue with a Texas twang. So Hud (1963) plays like a miracle to me, a major one. This adaptation of Larry McMurty's novel (he would later write screenplays including Brokeback Mountain, which plays like a distant cousin to this 1960s masterpiece) never feels anything less than authentic in its Southwestern reality and yet its pure poetry. Consider this callous but perfectly sculpted line of dialogue from Hud (Paul Newman in arguably his finest hour) to his nephew Lon (Brandon deWilde) who is worrying about Homer's (Melvyn Douglas), the paterfamilia's, waning health.
Happens to everybody - horses, dogs, men; nobody gets out of life alive »
- NATHANIEL R
Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra had its HBO premiere on Sunday and however one may feel about the film it’s impossible to ignore the two superstar performances at its center. Since the movie’s focus is entirely on the extremely one-sided five-year relationship between the isolated (and isolating) legendary pianist Liberace and a much younger (and much less powerful) man, Scott Thorson, the job of conveying compelling drama falls squarely on the shoulders of its leads, and neither one of them disappoints. Only one of the performances though, proves problematic.
Michael Douglas arguably has the tougher role since he’s playing one of the most iconic performers who ever lived, and one whose voice and mannerisms can easily reduce a lesser actor to impersonation at best and caricature at worst. Douglas avoids doing either, and instead presents us with a Liberace whose penchant for garish excess in all its forms is never distancing, »
- Hector Fernandez
Earlier today First Showing suggested that Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) was under consideration to take over the reigns from outgoing Skyfall director Sam Mendes for the next instalment in the blockbuster James Bond movie franchise, and now Variety has confirmed the report, as well as revealing four more directors said to be on Eon and Sony's radar for Bond 24.
According to Variety, Refn - whose latest film Only God Forgives premiered at Cannes this month [read our review here] - is joined on the shortlist of potential directors for Bond 24 by Oscar-winners Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) and Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Miserables), in addition to David Yates (State of Play, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3). Previous candidates are said to include Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Trance) and Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises »
- Flickering Myth
This review was originally published in my column at Towleroad
Too much of a good thing is wonderful."
That was a signature catchphrase of Liberace, the classical pianist who became a household name as a flamboyant nightclub entertainer. Liberace was born Vladziu Valentino Liberace but known by "Walter" or "Lee" to his intimates -- even the names were too many… too much! He didn't just popularize the catchphrase but lived it maintaining his most unlikely monster career for roughly four decades -- which is, what, a century in showbiz years?
The new biopic Behind The Candelabra, premiering tonight on HBO, is smart enough to adopt it as tagline. But is it too much? Is it wonderful? Hollywood studios thought so, at least in regards to the first question. Director Steven Soderbergh hasn't been shy about telling the press that the story was too gay for the movie studios and while »
- NATHANIEL R
Some say it’s a lesbian answer to Brokeback Mountain, some say it’s a simple lesbian tale, but one thing is for sure – Abdellatif Kechiche‘s latest drama titled Blue is the Warmest Colour (La vie d’Adele) is definitely worth your full attention. The movie premiered In Competition at Cannes and today we’re here to share two exclusive clips from the whole thing. Make sure you check them out in the rest of this report… Abdellatif Kechiche directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Ghalya Lacroix, which is inspired by Julie Maroh’s comic book Le Bleu Est une Couleur Chaude. At first look, quite simple »
As Soderbergh's Liberace biopic hits our screens, why is it that homosexual love stories now work so much better than hetero?
We might have been able to guess that Soderbergh's take on the kitsch-addicted superstar would turn out to be "mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous" (The Guardian). Or that Michael Douglas would be "shrewd, rude, wickedly funny" (Indiewire) in the central role. What is interesting is that the film, which was made for HBO because it was "too gay" for mainstream cinematic release, has turned out to be "both hilarious and heartrending" (The Playlist), an "intimate love story" (Thompson on Hollywood) and Soderbergh's "most emotional and touching work" to date (Hollywood Elsewhere »
- Tom Shone
"Behind The Candelabra" may very well become one of the best reviewed movies of the year. Too bad it's not an actual movie movie: Steven Soderbergh's final film -- which focuses on the relationship between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his young lover, Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) -- debuted to raves from attendees at the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, just a few days before "Behind the Candelabra" airs on HBO.
"Nobody would make it," Soderbergh told The New York Post earlier this year. "We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. And this is after 'Brokeback Mountain,' by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us."
Indeed. What's more perplexing is that Soderbergh's last hurrah could have been an Oscar film. That was the thinking, at least, when it was first announced. »
- The Huffington Post
Andrew Karpen has been promoted to co-ceo of Focus Features, the indie studio said Wednesday. Karpen has been president of the company behind "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Place Beyond the Pines" since 2006. He will oversee the company in conjunction with James Schamus. Both men signed new contracts to remain at Focus. Despite the dual CEO titles, Karpen will continue to report to Schamus who co-founded Focus in 2002. Together they will oversee the company's acquisitions, production, marketing, and distribution. Though a fixture of the indie scene, Focus is owned by a major »
- Brent Lang
Director Rob Marshall has just cast two princes for his Disney musical Into The Woods. Star Trek‘s Chris Pine and Brokeback Mountain‘s Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to join an increasingly star-studded cast set for the fairy-tale blending musical. Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp are already attached as the film’s main witch and a sultry wolf, while Pine and Gyllenhall would be Cinderella and [...] »
- Germain Lussier
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