10 items from 2010
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It takes a daring biographer to turn her sharp eye on her own life as Antonia Fraser does so movingly and beautifully in her memoir Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter. It's a compelling diary of a passionate love affair, marriage, and 40-year conversation of two soul mates in the milieu of London's chattering classes.
Harvard superstar professor Niall Ferguson wrote a superb book, High Financier, that I hope every Wall Street banker is receiving along with their fat bonus checks because Siegmund Warburg was a banker with style, integrity, and a serious intellect-rare qualities these days.
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As In Treatment's first openly gay patient, Jesse joins the ranks of television teens like Kurt from Glee, Justin from Ugly Betty, and Marshall and Lionel from The United States of Tara. And what better way to induct him into TV's gay teen pantheon than to have its current members review In Treatment in their own words?
Join us as we recap Jesse's episodes of In Treatment, with commentary from your favorite gay TV teens.
Jesse (played by Dane DeHaan)
We start by meeting Jesse, an openly gay 16-year-old aspiring photographer with a serious attitude problem and issues surrounding the fact he’s adopted. Dr. Paul Weston has apparently been his therapist for some time. Jesse begins this session by snapping a photo of him at the front door while wearing a t-shirt that reads “Trust Me, I'm a Virgin.”
Lionel: He isn't. I know these things. And why should he be? »
- Jamie Maurer
“When it became apparent that I wasn't going to be involved in Black Dahlia ,” stated director David Fincher, “I didn't go, ‘All right, find me another obsession tale.’ I wasn't looking to make another serial-killer movie. But when I read Zodiac , I just thought I'd hate to see this and not have been involved.” Based on the book by former San Francisco Chronicle political cartoonist Robert Graysmith, the movie centres around the police and the author (Jake Gyllenhaal) trying to unravel the identity of the multiple murderer who during the late 1960s and early 1970s sent taunting letters and ciphers to newspapers. “Growing up in [the Bay Area's] Marin [County] in this time, there were a lot of questions that had never been answered for me, »
Tamra Davis Last week, I saw two of the best films I have seen all summer. One was Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a film I beg you all to see before it gets shunted out of theaters in the next two or three weeks. The other film was Tamra Davis's new doc Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.
Radiant Child is one of those films that often flies under the radar during this crowded summer season that deserves more attention than it is currently getting. It debuted earlier this year at Sundance along with the much more hyped Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop, and the comparisons are obvious. Jean-Michel Basquiat is the blueprint for an artist like Banksy and a cautionary tale as well.
But the similarities stop there. Both films are great. Probably the two best docs you'll see this year. But Banksy »
- Bill Cody
If you have been paying any attention to the site the past week or so then you should know two things by now:
(2) In a disconcerting sign that the world may really be worse off than we previously thought, that very same Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was beaten at the box office by, well, most everyone.
With this in mind, if you are one of the few who saw the film this weekend, then you are going to want to continue to do the right thing and check out the sweet behind-the-scenes video available on the film’s SoundWorks Collection profile. Trust me, if you are a fan of the film and/or film sound design in general, you will enjoy the video which features commentary from re-recording mixers Chris Burdon and Doug Cooper as well as effects editors James Harrison, »
- Jason Barr
As most of you know, when we come across cool short films, we like to post them. In the past we showed you Pixels, and director Carl Erik Rinsch’s The Gift. Today we’ve got one for all you Super Mario Bros. fans. Trust me, if you ever played Mario on the Nintendo Nes, you’ll like this.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Once the baby stopped waking up every two to four hours it would be time to resume normal gaming habits again, or so I told myself.
I’d done nothing for the last four months but get up, go to work, come home, help clean the house, help make dinner, give the baby a bath, put the baby to bed, hang out with my wife for an hour, go to bed tired, wake up exhausted – rinse and repeat. Every night I sat on the couch and stared at the growing collection of games that I had no time to play but refused to stop buying. Invariably the task of actually picking one, just one, to play to completion would prove too daunting and I would spend the night in search of even more sedentary activity.
Usually this devolved into trolling gaming sites or curled up on the couch, eyes slowly »
- Jonathan Poole
Bruce Willis is standing next to some very large shipping containers. He’s wearing a black leather coat with a gun in one hand. Next to him is Mary-Louise Parker. She’s frightened because someone is firing a gun in their direction. Across from the two of them is John Malkovich. He’s also wearing a long coat…but he’s holding a large stuffed animal that looks exactly like a pink pig. It’s very funny to look at. More gun fire. Malkovich then says, “Can we kill her now?”
The date is April 5, 2010 and I’m in New Orleans on the set of Summit Entertainment’s Red. We’re in a shipping yard on production day 56 of 60 and the normal heat and humidity of New Orleans is somehow a beautiful sunny afternoon. It’s a perfect day to watch Bruce Willis and company try and kill some bad guys. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
A movie called Kick-Ass opens across the country today, and perhaps it's remarkable that the only folks who seem to be raising even half an eyebrow over that fact are local television news producers. Trust me, I know: I taped two separate reviews of the film for TV stations, one in New York, one for affiliates across the country, and in each case, the use of that title had to be vetted, fretted over, and solemnly approved. (For the affiliate version, geared to markets in the heartland, I was told that the title wasn't a problem…as long as I »
- Owen Gleiberman
Although it has been rumored that there are sparks flying between the two main stars of "The Tourist" on the set, Johnny Depp has no interest in romancing Angelina Jolie at all. Ok! Magazine reported that the "Wanted (2008)" beauty is just not the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star's type of woman.
"Trust me, kissing Angelina Jolie on camera is the least exciting thing he'll do all year," a source who has worked closely with the 46-year-old actor told the publication. The source furthermore explained, "He likes to do movies that are a lot weirder... Johnny's dream co-star is someone more along the lines of Helen Mirren."
Previously, it was reported that Johnny's longtime partner Vanessa Paradis has asked the "Alice in Wonderland" actor to find another gig after learning that he will have to shoot a passionate love scene with Angelina. The New York Post reported that the 37-year-old singer »
10 items from 2010
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