16 items from 2013
What you should remember about this week’s Nashville: Juliette strikes a blow for female artists’ rights, Deacon makes significant progress in redefining both his career and his relationship with his daughter, Teddy officially makes the worst decision of his life, and Luke and Rayna get a little aw-yeah going on all over his sprawling estate.
What you will remember about this week’s Nashville: The hot, rich wife of the hot, rich guy Juliette’s been sleeping with… wants to sleep with Juliette, as well.
You know you want details, so read on for what goes down in “She’s Got You. »
- Kimberly Roots
This week sees the UK release of Gravity. Written and directed by Alfonzo Cuarón, the mind behind Children Of Men, Gravity stars A-listers Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film has been both a box-office and critically acclaimed success.
The film joins Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) on her first space expedition aboard the Space Shuttle Explorer. Ryan is joined on her mission by veteran astronaut Max Kowalski (Clooney). The two person crew encounter problems whilst completing a routine spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
All the commotion about the film has got us at Thn thinking about all things space-related. Yesterday James Story contemplated the idea of space itself and how it is portrayed within the world of film. Today I take us through some of the more iconic space explorers all of which started their journey on Earth.
Captain Steve Hiller
As Seen In: Independence Day.
Played By: Will Smith. »
- Kat Smith
Chris Kirkpatrick has said "bye, bye, bye" to his days as an eligible bachelor. The former 'Nsync singer, 42, tied the knot with his fiancée Karly Skladany at the Loews resort hotel in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, People has confirmed. All five 'Nsync members were there to celebrate with the bride and groom: Justin Timberlake, Jc Chasez, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass. Jessica Biel, who is married to Timberlake, also attended, People confirmed. Kirkpatrick and Skladany have been dating for more than three years and, last October, the singer revealed exclusively to People how he popped the question to »
- Steve Helling and Lee Hernandez
Tomorrow morning, Mondo drops some pretty awesome items for you Halloween fans out there. In addition to the vinyl soundtrack, two new posters are being released, designed by Phantom City Creative. Check out the two one-sheets after the jump in addition to the vinyl's jacket art. Everything goes on sale at a random time tomorrow. Pay attention to Mondo's Twitter account for the sale announcement - more details here.
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New documentary puts as many survivors of the southern country-soul studio scene on screen as possible
A long line of ghosts, some famous, others unfairly forgotten, haunts Greg "Freddy" Camalier's splendid music documentary Muscle Shoals. Duane Allman, Arthur Alexander, Wilson Pickett, half of Lynyrd Skynyrd… a full accounting of the dead is too sad to contemplate, but Muscle Shoals does us the great favour of putting on camera almost all of the survivors of a defining era in American popular music and of two feuding studios – Fame and its spin-off Muscle Shoals Sound – both located in a single tiny town on the Tennessee river.
If you've read Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music you'll know much of the story, but Camalier puts ageing faces to names often only seen in liner notes. The central figure is legendary producer Rick Hall, a dyed-in-the-wool Alabama good ol' boy who, in a place »
- John Patterson
Dexter, one of the biggest shows of the past decade, came to a close recently and left fans very divided.
Ever since season four of the show, fans have been quite unhappy with the direction, plot holes, repetition and generally uninteresting story arcs. I haven’t been quite as jaded with the show as many fans seem to have been, I always gave it the benefit of the doubt and never looked into plot holes or things of the sort. As the writers of Dexter said in a recent interview, “Dexter has always been a kind of hyper-reality”.
My favourite run for Dexter is still season four which just hit all the right notes and came with a truly shocking end that left our appetites wetter than ever. Seasons one and two were also fantastic – coming in behind number four in my opinion – but season three was forgettable. So generally for the first four seasons, »
- Curtis Dillon
Channel 4 80s Night
8pm, Channel 4
In which Channel 4 attempts to claw back its credibility by dedicating a night to the decade in which it was still relevant. Had this been put together 15 years ago, it would probably have consisted of a tranche of pretty Ok mini-features. However, because this is now, and now is witless and appalling, here's a bunch of contemporary 4 shows with a zany 80s makeover, such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Worth dropping in for look-back music documentary Rewind The Tube, though. Ali Catterall
In the last in the series of this old-fashioned school sitcom, Miss Postern is organising a school trip to France. Of course, they can't afford Paris, so they're »
- Ali Catterall, Bim Adewunmi, Gwilym Mumford, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti, Julia Raeside, Mark Jones
Falling Skies’ third season ended on a strange note. The season started off very strong with a number of promising plotlines juggled in the air. But after a few episodes, the balls started hitting the ground, one by one, leaving the inevitable fight against the Espheni using the Volm’s giant weapon as the only remaining incentive. Last week’s penultimate episode left things on an unclear note; the Volm weapon was buried underground, Lourdes was exposed as the mole, and Anne and Alexis were believed to be dead. It seemed like the finale would be a race-to-the-finish type episode, with the humans desperately trying to unearth the weapon for one final assault. In hindsight, it was silly of me – taking into account the downward slope this season has taken in terms of quality – to assume we’d get something as rewarding as a simple war.
“Brazil” skips past the »
- Brody Gibson
Check out what happened when stars Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan took to the air on Google Hangout. The two shared their experiences with their fans about working on and playing the characters of Ghanchakkar!
In theaters now, the Rajkumar Gupta film is a crazy, quirky rollercoaster suspense ride that will surprise, shock and entertain you at every turn. Synopsis: When Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again. Everything goes according to plan – in the wee hours of the morning, a bank vault is broken into and emptied of its contents of 350 million rupees. Sanjay is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down. »
- Stacey Yount
The more extreme reality shows get, the more people start to question what would happen if everything went wrong. "Siberia," a reality-like drama airing on NBC this summer, gives a dark and horrifying answer to that question.
A preview video of the show -- which, despite appearances, is not real -- depicts just how bad everything can get.
"Siberia" takes place in the Tunguska region of Russia's Siberia. In 1908, this remote area was the site of a still mysterious comet or meteor hit. Deafening sound was reported from long distances away, and trees were knocked down for miles. All of these facts do exist in reality.
But "Siberia" only uses facts and the real world as a starting point.
The video shows that things go downhill quickly after the "players" show up for some sort of survival game out in the wilds. Everything goes wrong very quickly. While there is »
Synopsis: When Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again. Everything goes according to plan – in the wee hours of the morning, a bank vault is broken into and emptied of its contents of 350 million rupees. Sanjay is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down. Two months later Sanjay’s associates return to collect their share of the loot, but to their horror discover that Sanjay has lost his memory in an accident. Is he pretending? Or does he really have »
- Stacey Yount
“Bollywood is big,” says Polly Morgan, the Hollywood cinematographer who is in India to direct music videos for Utv Motion Pictures’ Ghanchakkar. Morgan, a Hollywood cinematographer critically acclaimed for her films Inception, Hairspray, V for Vendetta and Head In The Clouds among others, shot two music videos for the Emraan Hashmi-Vidya Balan starrer.
Asked why she took on the project, she said, “When I heard the concept of the shoot, I really liked it. I have heard that Bollywood is really big, and it seemed like a nice opportunity to experience what working in the industry feels like. I had seen the work of Emraan and Vidya before I came and it was really exciting to work with the superstars of Bollywood.“
From what she knows, Polly is all praise for the Indian him industry. She commented, “Bollywood has made its presence felt in the west. The industry »
- Stacey Yount
Produced by Utv Motion Pictures, the quirky comedy thriller Ghanchakkar directed by Raj Kumar Gupta is set to release on June 28. The film stars Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan in roles we certainly have never seen from them before and we can’t wait to see more!
The story: When Sanjay (Emraan Hashmi), a suave, master safe cracker wants to retire from a career in crime, he decides to team up with two dangerous criminals to commit one last heist. A bank robbery that will ensure that he never has to worry about money again! Everything goes according to plan – in the wee hours of the morning a bank vault is broken into and emptied of its contents of 350 million rupees. Sanjay is given the task of hiding the money till things cool down and the booty can be split. Two months later Sanjay’s associates return to collect their share of the loot, »
- Stacey Yount
Animals is the directorial debut of Marçal Forés, and stars Oriol Pla, Augustus Prew (The Borgias) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit). The film is described as an introspective fantasy ala Donnie Darko, and a coming-of-age story that blurs the borders between everyday reality and dreams. As far as I know, Animals does not yet have a release stateside, but keep an eye out for it. Many of my colleagues who have been fortunate enough to see it, only have great things to say. Watch the trailer after the jump.
Just like on any other day, Pol (17) walks home with his friend Deerhoof. Deerhoof is his ally and soul-mate and, next to him, Pol feels he has found his place in the world. He is Pol’s most closely guarded secret: his imaginary friend (or at least that’s what he thinks) whose appearance is that of a small, sweet teddy bear. »
Haptic visuality is a term coined by Canadian media theorist, Laura U. Marks. Taking the idea of haptic perception, the process of recognizing objects through touch, Marks integrates the role of eye-sight as part of a greater sensual experience. She says:
Haptic images can give the impression of seeing for the first time, gradually discovering what is in the image rather than coming to the image already knowing what it is. Several such works represent the point of view of a disoriented traveler unsure how to read the world in which he finds himself. (Marks 178)
The Haptic Image is often grainy and distorted, confusing our ability to perceive. It invokes a process that suggests sensuality by triggering memories of smell, touch and taste. It is not about penetrating or relating to an image, focused instead on its surface values. Marks often evokes the haptic image in relation to video art, »
Everything about this forensic crime comedy is a little better than it needs to be – and it has my favourite line in the entire history of television
He! is a Catholic FBI agent, a former Special Forces master sergeant, expert knife-thrower and sniper – dedicated to his job and his son, emotionally accessible, driven by a need to atone for the deaths he caused during his army days, and labouring under the name Seeley Booth (played by David "Look what I landed as soon as Angel finished" Boreanaz).
She! is a leading forensic anthropologist and crime-writer, an emotionally unavailable atheist, former foster child, seeming orphan, literal thinker, multi-linguist, vegetarian, amateur highwire performer and kinesiology doctorate-holder who has Booth nomenclaturally beaten by bearing the name Temperance "Tempy" Brennan – a state of affairs hardly improved when he bestows upon her the nickname Bones (played by Emily Deschanel).
They! work together on murder cases »
- Lucy Mangan
16 items from 2013
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