11 items from 2014
On May 4th, 2012, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch passed away at the age of 47, following his three-year battle with cancer. The singer was probably the most powerful celebrity to make the younger generation aware of the liberation struggle in Tibet. This week, a group of Tibetan monks gave back. The four monks decided to honor Yauch's memory by breakdancing in Manhattan's Union Square to the tune of "Ch-Check It Out" off The Beastie Boys' 2004 album "To the 5 Boroughs." Unfortunately it's casual-spectator quality, but it's still worth Checking Out (sorry). »
- Taylor Lindsay
Pre-credit sequence. Jefra is still trying to piece together what went down at the last Tribal. This could take a while. She asks Tony for his reasons. "You guys wouldn't understand where I'm coming from," Tony says. This works for Trish, who insists she isn't mad about being totally in the dark. "I still trust Tony and he still trusts me," Trish insists. Spencer knows that Tony is unpredictable and that he may not be useful for long. "The sooner we make a move against Tony, the better," Spencer says. Tony Hopkins? Tony correctly suspects that he'll be in trouble after the last vote. So, for the second time this season, he constructs a spy shack, this one next to the water well. In no time, Tony's shack pays dividends. Jefra and Trish go to get water and Jefra laments that their alliance may be gone and she doesn't know where she stands. »
- Daniel Fienberg
When does focus turn into obsession? Is sacrificing others for the one you love a declaration of that love or is it simply selfishness disguised? What is it to be human and what defines it? These are familiar themes in sci-fi. They are explored once again in The Machine, the new sci-fi/thriller from Caradog W. James. Vincent (Toby Stephens) is a genius. He has created brain implants and limb replacements and is very good at what he does. After a mishap that leaves a colleague dead, he is put underground to work on more intense research, creating Artificial Intelligence driven machines for the Ministry of Defense.
- Ryan Turek
Shaun of the Dead, a film in which every beat is perfect (that's not hyperbole; I 100% believe that), turns ten-years-old today. The movie was a breakthrough work for director/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost. It would also thematically connect to two more movies: 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2013's The World's End. Affectionately dubbed "The Cornetto Trilogy" because the popular ice cream shows up in all three movies, the films all share an interesting thematic combination of maturity mashed-up against an oppressive environment. They also have remarkably precise screenplays and design, and now you can explore the behind-the-scenes mechanics by checking out interactive screenplays for all three movies. Click here [via Edgar Wright] to check them out, and if you want to throw Shaun of the Dead a birthday party, don't forget to bring flowers.
- Matt Goldberg
Lupita Nyong'o has been lying relatively low since her big Oscar win, and while she certainly deserves a break from the limelight, we have to admit we miss seeing her on the scene. We decided to catch up on what the 12 Years a Slave star has been doing since March 2, and as it turns out, she's kept pretty busy over the past month with an enviable blend of travel, relaxation, and work. Read on to see what, exactly, Lupita's been up to since snagging that gold statuette. Taking a Staycation in NYC Lupita settled in for a much-deserved hideaway at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan last week. The actress shared a snap of herself on Instagram cozying up in a robe monogrammed with her initials. Spending a Rainy Day at the Movies Just saw the movie The Lunchbox: the perfect heartwarming love story period, but especially on a cold… »
- Lindsay Miller
Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” gleefully holds onto the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week, as Oscar winning song, “Let It Go,” soars into the Top 10. While I have no confirmation of this, it has to be one of the only times that two Oscar-nominated songs have shared space in the Top 10 after the Academy Awards ceremony. Most Oscar-nominated songs that chart have dropped out of the Top 10 by the time the March awards show rolls around. Both Williams and Idina Menzel performed their Oscar-nominated tunes on the March 2 Oscars ceremony, so that explains their continued success. “Let It Go” becomes Broadway and “Glee” star Menzel’s first Top 10 hit. While “Happy’s” success is equally spread across the Hot 100’s three determining metrics —airplay, streaming, and download sales— Menzel’s is driven primarily by sales, following by streaming. Airplay accounts for only a small fraction of its success, »
This Friday will see multiple releases in the form of Ali Zafar's Total Siyappa, Madhuri-Juhi starrer Gulaab Gang (subject to court orders) and the Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao venture, Queen. Though the multiple releases will cut into each other, the front runner is likely to be Anubhav Sinha's Gulaab Gang with Kangana Ranaut's Queen in hot pursuit and followed by Total Siyappa scoring a few points thanks to actor Ali Zafar's popularity. Checking out last Friday's Shaadi Ke »
I have a confession to make: I have a secret obsession with the Cold War. My friend, a high school history teacher, and I will often discuss the space race, fallout shelters, and post-wwii conspiracies over beer, so the prospect of a psychological horror game set in the Soviet Union had me excited enough that it could be considered treason. I downloaded the first two chapters of In Fear I Trust, an episodically release game for iOS from Black Wing Foundation and Chillingo, and curled up with my iPad to have my Red itch scratched.
The game starts off rather beautifully, with your character signing up for a special Soviet program with a decidedly non-Russian sounding character. This inexplicable issue continues throughout the game, with all of these allegedly Soviet characters sounding more like Tony Soprano and less like Nicolai Volkoff. It’s a weird sticking point to have, but »
- Carl Lyon
Netflix Instant is a wonderland of new treasures and old favorites. Here are five titles you’ll want to scoop up during, say, a particularly chilly Tuesday night.
For me, the creepiest thing about Sunset Boulevard isn’t Norma Desmond’s clownish, Dee Snider-like expressions or William Holden‘s descent into some seriously gray gardens. It’s that the characters in the film make such casual references to other movie stars of the time — Barbara Stanwyck, Tyrone Power, Alan Ladd, and Betty Hutton all come up — that you feel like you’re listening to modern-day showbiz types in a 1950 movie. These people sound like tamer Nikki Finkes. It’s weird! I’m not used to people in old movies sounding real and current. What if Grace Kelly just turned to the camera in Rear Window and deadpanned, “I don’t find Hannah sympathetic on Girls“? It’s like that! »
- Louis Virtel
Last Week: Sherlock rose like Lazarus from his mock-up grave and we witnessed the life and times of that dead thing on John Watson’s upper lip. Plus, Mary Morstan is adorable and full of secrets.
This week we start off with Lestrade and Donovan’s frustration spiral over what appears to be your classic creepy clown masked crime family. It looks like the pair are about to catch one hell of a break when, beep! It’s your friendly neighborhood Sherlock with a life or death text! Sensing the urgency of the Sherlock Holmes actually asking for help, Lestrade rushes to Baker Street with whatever the British equivalent of the S.W.A.T. team may be.
To be fair, the public skill and social charm that go into giving a best man’s speech at a wedding may constitute more than a minor emergency when it comes to Sherlock. »
- Adri M
The CW drama series The Tomorrow People follows a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities, who are the next evolutionary leap of mankind. Up until a year ago, Stephen (Robbie Amell) was a “normal” teenager, but then he learned that he is part of a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication, and that this race is being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra. Returning with all new episodes, actress Alexa Vega is joining the show as fellow Ultra trainee Hillary, for a story arc in which Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) decides to see who is worthy of becoming an Ultra agent by forcing them to compete with each other. In this exclusive phone interview with Collider, Alexa Vega talked about how this role was offered to her, why she wanted to be a part of this show, the fun »
- Christina Radish
11 items from 2014
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