14 items from 2014
Batgirl has a new, totally badass look, which is a relief. Instead of spandex and high heels, Barbara Gordon is wearing a cool, highly functional leather jacket with detachable cape and Doc Martens. I would cosplay the shit out of this outfit. It’s definitely in keeping with her new Nancy Drew/Veronica Mars persona, and in this art by Mike Mailhack, no one is more excited about her look than Supergirl. Which I get. I mean, who doesn’t love a makeover?
Hat tip: Geeks Are Sexy
- Mily Dunbar
Noel Black, who directed the 1968 cult black comedy Pretty Poison starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, has died. He was 77. Black, who earned a Cannes Film Festival prize and an Oscar nomination for his 1966 live-action short film Skaterdater, died July 5 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, his son, director and unit production manager Marco Black, told The Hollywood Reporter. The Chicago native and UCLA film school graduate also helmed episodes of such TV series as McCloud, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Kojak, Hawaii Five-o, Quincy, M.E. and the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.
- Mike Barnes
We all know the refrain by now: remakes and reboots are a prime example of a creatively bankrupt Hollywood. The trend has gotten so ridiculous that now we have reboots and remakes within years of each other, studios throwing cinematic spaghetti at its old properties to see what sticks. Some do it right. After the success of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, Phil Lord and Chris Miller will have to fight tooth and nail to avoid sinking under a pile of desired reboots and reimaginings. Others projects, meanwhile, seem to hold little sense at all – like turning a dangerous tale of high school obsession (Endless Love) into a positive romance. But what’s really frustrating is that our modern reboot culture rarely picks the properties that are still relevant today – the setups that can tap into a modern message while exploring the evolution of old ideas. Some projects are trying – we now have a Girl Meets World sequel »
- Monika Bartyzel
Rainmaker Award – Lupita Nyong'o
The It Girl of the past season’s awards race, the Kenyan actress (pictured) burst onto the international scene with her charismatic feature debut in “12 Years a Slave,” winning the supporting actress Oscar alongside multiple other trophies. Nyong’o, who recently starred in the thriller “Non-Stop,” is also the creator, director, editor and producer of the documentary “In My Genes.”
Shining Star Award – Emma Roberts
The 23-year-old actress with a famous aunt (they co-starred in “Valentine’s Day”) made her movie debut opposite Johnny Depp in 2001’s “Blow.” Since then she’s racked up such eclectic credits as “Nancy Drew,” “Hotel for Dogs,” “We’re the Millers,” current release “Palo Alto” and TV’s “American Horror Story.”
Nova Award – Evan Rachel Wood
Coming from an acting family and in the business since she was 5, Wood says she felt “predestined” to act. Since her breakout role »
- Iain Blair
She's brainy, she's beautiful and she's a total badass—we're talking about Spencer Hastings, of course! The premiere of Pretty Little Liars fifth season is (finally!) just a week away and to celebrate our return to the wild and crazy world of Rosewood, we're bringing you exclusive spoilers straight from the stars. That's right, it's Pretty Little Liars week on E! Online, and, in between your squeals of excitement, you're more than welcome to send your gifts of gratitude to our L.A. offices. (We love chocolate!) Today, it's all about TV's newest of master of mysteries Spencer Hastings, played by Troian Bellisario. (Ya hear that? Step aside, Nancy Drew!) We »
It all began with an early obsession with Nancy Drew, then I moved on to Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie, and before I knew it I was devouring any book that promised thrills, intrigue, and murder. Is there a detective in it? I'll read it. Bonus points if the protagonist is a woman. And the cherry on top is if the author is British or Scandinavian (or Irish). That said, Gone Girl is one of my favorite books of all time, so if you feel the same, you'll probably love my other picks. Obviously, this isn't an exhaustive list - I've only included books I can vouch for (aka that I've read) - but here are 21 modern mysteries guaranteed to keep you up all night, in order of tame to terrifying. »
- Tara Block
Well, where to start? We already know the story: beautiful Philadelphian actress marries a Euro-trash prince and lives happily ever after, or at least until her tragic car accident, itself an ironic coda reminiscent of her most iconic film scene. But what we didn’t know is that Princess Grace single-handedly saved Monaco from outright war with evil France. Grace of Monaco is “a fictionalised account of real-life events”, but whereas Grace Kelly’s story looked like a fairytale, then this movie is Nancy Drew meets the Stepford Wives.
We first see Grace (Nicole Kidman, who has decided not to go for a vocal impersonation of the real Kelly, opting for something closer to Marilyn Monroe) on the set of To Catch A Thief, having just wrapped that notorious car ride scene. Cut to five years down the line and she’s a princess cum housefrau with two little kids »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Veronica Mars - what a perfect name for a heroine. It's one of the great hardboiled names, worthy of being ranked alongside old-school dames like Mildred Pierce and Dolores Claiborne. You know any Veronica Mars worth her salt will have a certain toughness. She'll be from the school of hard knocks or the wrong side of the tracks. Or both. In either case, she'll have learned right from wrong. She is nobody's fool. It's so good to have her back. The new movie Veronica Mars is based on and stars many of the original cast members from the cult TV series, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
"A teenage private eye…trust me, I know how dumb that sounds."
Those are the opening lines of the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, and to say the film has been "highly anticipated" among the cult TV show's rabid fanbase would be an understatement. Some 91,000 "Marshmallows" — the nickname for the Veronica die-hards — contributed roughly $5.7 million to a landmark Kickstarter campaign to revive the beloved Nancy Drew-meets-Raymond Chandler series, seven years after the show was canceled by the CW.
After a whirlwind 24-day film shoot, »
Interview Simon Brew 14 Mar 2014 - 06:31
This Friday, a quest that began over five years ago concludes, as Veronica Mars escapes TV cancellation hell and arrives in her own film. With Kristen Bell reprising the role, the film has come about as a result of a high profile Kickstarter campaign, and also thanks to the sheer persistence of showrunner Rob Thomas.
That'd be the same Rob Thomas too who was kind enough to spare us 20 minute for a natter on the phone. Which began with a grovel on our part...
I should start with an apology. One of the perils of Kickstarter campaigns is those irritating people who pledge money, and then whose credit card bounces at the point of payment. Er, that might have happened to me....
You know that bit on »
The first day on set of the “Veronica Mars” movie, director Rob Thomas was so excited to get started that he called “action” before the cameras had even begun rolling. Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, who play the namesake character and her former and future lover, respectively, giggled hysterically. Especially when, on the second day on set, Thomas did the exact same thing, this time in front of Jamie Lee Curtis. The entire production crew subsequently broke out in laughter, Thomas told Variety.
The film, a revival of the CW’s Network’s detective show that was cancelled in 2007, was greenlit after 91,585 fans contributed $5.7 million to a Kickstarter campaign — $3.7 million more than the director asked for. The first $2 million was raised in roughly 11 hours and broke Kickstarter records. That fan dedication also swayed Warner Bros. into agreeing to distribute the film domestically.
“Veronica Mars” premiered in at SXSW in Austin »
- Alexandra Cheney
Wow, what happened to Odd Thomas? Upon the announcement that Stephen Sommers (GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra/The Mummy) would be adapting Dean Koontz’s supernatural “comedy,” people were excited (maybe?)! Anton Yelchin signed on, Willem Dafoe signed on, and all seemed business as usual until something truly odd happened – no one cared. A few critics saw it, some negative reviews poured out, and suddenly Odd Thomas turned into a Direct-to-DirectTV movie, not that being straight VOD is a negative, but it’s a strange telltale at times. Did that scare me away? Of course not, this fearless critic dared to follow Odd Thomas into battle - and now here we are talking about a pancake-flipping Nancy Drew wannabe. Why didn’t I listen?
- Matt Donato
To say that Gregg Araki’s bigscreen version of “White Bird in a Blizzard” isn’t quite what one imagined when reading the Laura Kasischke novel is like complaining that Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” doesn’t capture the models who posed for it. With the exception of Tim Burton, few American directors have maintained a stronger auteurial hold on their careers than Araki, who seizes on “White Bird” as a chance to explore familiar issues of body image, sexual awakening and extreme family dysfunction with his trademark mix of uneasy seduce-and-repel tactics. It’s naughty, campy and wildly uneven — “a film by Gregg Araki,” in other words, with all the commercial limitations that implies.
Whereas Kasischke’s eloquent novel was loosely inspired by a true story, speculating on a Midwest housewife’s sudden disappearance, Araki’s often-clunky adaptation edges the material into a hyper-stylized parallel dimension, where the »
- Peter Debruge
Veronica Mars has moved on. Ten years after graduating from high school, she’s a promising New York attorney with a serious boyfriend. Her days of playing Nancy Drew over. But that alone would be a horrible waste of $5.7 million in Kickstarter funds.
In the first trailer for the big-screen Mars movie, Kristen Bell’s Veronica is drawn back to Neptune to prove that Logan didn’t kill his girlfriend. Conveniently, the mystery coincides with her class’s 10th reunion, so all her friends and frenemies are in town to pick up where they left off.
Beware, there is some catch-phrasing. »
- Jeff Labrecque
14 items from 2014
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