7 items from 2015
A couple of weeks ago it was announced that three major actresses were up for the part of Gambit’s female lead, Belladonna Boudreaux aka Bella. In the mix were Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s Rebecca Ferguson, Mad Max: Fury Road’s Abbey Lee and Spectre actress Lea Seydoux. Now we’re hearing that Seydoux has seen off the formidable competition, and been made an offer to star in the film.
Bella is Gambit’s childhood sweetheart turned professional rival, and fully capable of taking her former beau to task. Her part in the mythology is pretty important, so expect Seydoux to feature heavily as the capable and physically oriented heroine. The actress has a role in Bond outing Spectre and briefly popped up in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but is still best known for Cannes darling Blue is the Warmest Colour. Her part in Gambit will probably change that. »
- Daniel Kelly
I thought the music industry had died, but it seems Hollywood is keeping it alive. This week Zac Efron brings his dreams to the decks in the Edm coming-of-age movie "We Are Your Friends," next year HBO drops the needle on the '70s set series "Vinyl" and this fall, Nicholas Hoult dips his toes into musical waters with "Kill Your Friends" and the first teaser trailer is here. Read More: Nicholas Hoult, Jack Huston, Taron Egerton, And More In The Mix For 'Robin Hood: Origins' Based on the novel by John Niven, co-starring James Corden and Craig Roberts, and directed by Owen Harris ("Secret Diary Of A Call Girl," "Black Mirror"), the movie takes viewers to those long gone days of the '90s, and the hedonistic excess of the British music scene. Soon after, things take a (literally) killer turn. Here's the official synopsis: When the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A hefty total of at least ten new releases in theaters this week are also showing on VOD, including "10,000 Saints" and "Tom at the Farm," which received prominent festival play. In the mix were two decently performing films from the most recent Sundance. Noah Baumbach's latest "Mistress America" showed some initial promise in its New York/Los Angeles dates, while the mountain-climbing documentary "Meru" had strong results in a wider five-city release. Other recent Sundance premieres are getting attention as they expand, but both "The End of the Tour" and "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" are less than spectacular, with the former showing a better response. This has been a disappointing late summer for specialized films after mixed results earlier. Companies like Roadside Attractions that push wider releases earlier (not appropriate for all films, but the older appeal helped it gain traction for "Mr. Holmes") have »
- Tom Brueggemann
Following an impressive string of shows at Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Forest, and Future Classic’s own Fcx, Flume has now dropped a stunning remix of Collarbones’ “Turning.” Debuted at Future Classic’s 10 year celebration, the track follows the release of “Some Minds,” Flume’s first original work in over two years, and it’s already claimed #5 on In The Mix’s list of the best tracks of 2015 so far.
Accompanied by Dalí inspired visuals of shapes, colors and patterns grooving to the beat, the detuned synths feel right at home amongst the surreal landscape. The track features staple Flume arrangements, intense percussion and belting vocals to complete the crackling atmosphere.
Now that that we’ve been offered a taste of Flume’s latest, all eyes are on a second album. Speaking of which, fans can rest easy knowing that his sophomore work is very much under way, as evidenced »
- Tim Kusnierek
Washington — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was a featured speaker at the MPAA’s Creativity Conference on Friday, and very diplomatically spoke about issues important to Hollywood (anti-piracy) and Silicon Valley (net neutrality).
But given the political environment, the event delved into the way that Hollywood is increasingly portraying women in positions of power, even as president, making it less of a novelty and more as a matter of fact.
“Women are great collaborators,” she declared, citing examples in which “it’s not [about] ego for women, it’s just how they get the job done….Let someone else take the lead. It’s easier for women to do.”
Pelosi suggested that the image of a woman as president should highlight that role as “a collaborator [who] is respectful of many other opinions, and has many other women in a collaboration. That doesn’t mean women’s thinking is any better than men. »
- Ted Johnson
In an intimate finish to the busy 2014/15 awards season, celebrities, industry executives and L.A.-area members of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca) gathered Sunday at Hollywood’s The Pikey Café and Bar to pop champagne, mingle and toast the group’s annual Dorian Award picks for the finest in TV and film (revealed Jan. 20).From the release:In the mix: Transparent star Melora Hardin, Robert Michael Morris of The Comeback, actor and Lgbt-rights activist Wilson Cruz, ABC Studios honcho Patrick Moran, TV writer/creator Jordan Budde (Mistresses, The Client List), Space Station 76 producers Bob Hayes and Jim Burba, author Anna […] »
- April Neale
Every month, the Criterion Collection selects a number of cinematically and culturally important films and makes an effort to preserve them with specialized DVD and Blu-ray releases. For February 2015, the Criterion Collection brings a new mix of classic films into the modern era with new restorations that mark the first time they've ever been available in high-definition (usually). In the mix we have Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, Martin Rosen's animated adaptation of Richard Adams's Watership Down, Jean-Luc Godard's Every Man for Himself, Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country, Federico Fellini's Satyricon, and Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon.
For full details on all six releases, read on.
- Lex Walker
7 items from 2015
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