10 items from 2013
With its ratings dropping faster than you can say Strictly, we suggest some new themed weeks to breathe life into ITV's ailing talent show
Is it us, or do The X Factor's themes sound like they're straight off a Yates's pub jukebox? There's been 80s Night, where Frizz Ease was in abundance for songs by Chaka Khan and Gloria Estefan; Movie Music, including U2, Seal and Bryan Adams; and grandad's favourite, Big Band Week. The show is so out of touch that 17-year-old contestant Nicholas McDonald complained to Dermot live on air during week five that none of the genres had happened within his lifetime. X Factor, time to up your game! Get with the programme or your ratings will continue to droop like the sad features of a basset hound. Here's our wishlist of themes from the 90s and beyond that should help put a livener in Louis's Horlicks. »
- Deborah Coughlin
"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Affleck) in the costume. Now, I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged him (Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off.' Because everyone always like does this Matrix/X-Men black armor...It was fantastic. I'm already a flag waver for this movie, but the costume, it blew my mind. I think everyone is just gonna be like 'Holy Shit!' It's its own thing, »
- Matt MacNabb
It’s no surprise that Kevin Smith was at Comic-Con this past year, but this year he decided to bring a different kind of film to his Hall H panel. The Dirties, a film that Smith says is “the best movie you’ll see all year” is a controversial dramady, about two best friends named Matt and Owen, who live in a world of endless movie references and hijinks. It would be perfect, if not for the cruel bullies at their high school who make their lives hell. While working on a movie for class, the lines between fiction and reality blur together in this horrifying look at high school bullying.
Before his Hall H debut, Kevin Smith and Matt Johnson (writer, director, and star of the film) met with a handful of press to talk about the film, and the state of filmmaking today, and Wamg was there. Before you even ask… »
- Melissa Howland
An alarmingly catchy toothpaste commercial is the only thing you’ll care to remember from “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?,” a tedious, over-the-top gorefest that finds prolific Japanese auteur Sion Sono veering into sub-Tarantino B-movie-pastiche territory. Relentlessly jokey, strenuously deranged and conspicuously pleased with itself, this overstuffed yarn about two warring yakuza clans and an amateur filmmaking crew is an empty exercise in carnage maximus. Following last year’s “The Land of Hope,” a surprisingly sober-minded drama addressing the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Sono has delivered a picture geared exclusively toward his most grindhouse-oriented fans, though even they may leave feeling a bit let down. Bound for Toronto’s Midnight Madness sidebar and Austin’s Fantastic Fest, “Hell” will play in North American theaters next year via Drafthouse Films.
According to the press materials, Sono wrote the script 17 years ago but only dusted it off recently; he didn’t »
- Justin Chang
Feature Mark Harrison 5 Jul 2013 - 06:31
This Is The End doesn't have the monopoly on actors playing themselves in movies. Just check this lot out...
Last week saw the UK release of This Is The End, in which members of Judd Apatow's comedy troupe wind up trapped in James Franco's house, post-Rapture. Most of the world's population has been Raptured into the next life, or otherwise fallen into a great big hole in Franco's lawn.
The film is adapted from a 2007 sketch called Jay & Seth Vs The Apocalypse, which featured Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen squabbling with each other in a living room. Both reprise their roles here, as exaggerated versions of themselves. You know how Rogen is often criticised for playing himself in movies? Well, he literally plays himself in this one, to a certain degree. Elsewhere, Michael Cera plays a drug-addled dickhole, Emma Watson is a »
Hardcore rap provocateur Timothy Blair, a.k.a. Tim Dog (most famous for his Nwa diss track “Fuck Compton” and work with Ultramagnetic MCs) reportedly died back in February from complications related to diabetes. But a growing stream of evidence has begun to suggest that, actually, Tim Dog faked his death in an attempt to avoid paying women he’d scammed into financially supporting a comeback album he never intended to make. Last week, Esther Pilgrim, one of the victims of Tim Dog’s scamming, claimed he’d been faking his death to escape paying her the $19,000 required »
*Editor’s note: For a good ‘welcome to the team’ kind of trial by fire, I sent our newest contributor, Graham, to sit down and interview director/actor Eli Roth regarding his upcoming film Aftershock, which he stars in and co-wrote with the film’s director Nicolas Lopez. Roth was nice enough to talk about his experience on the film, along with Hostel, and his upcoming return to the director’s chair, The Green Inferno. Read on!
How does it feel for you to go from dreaming of wanting to be a filmmaker your whole life and then eventually growing up to not only be that and succeed at it, but to also now be known as an actor in the process?
Well, it’s great. I feel like I’m getting to live my dream and there’s really no better feeling in the world. I think one of »
- Graham Denman
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If we created a drinking game for each time I cried big, sloppy tears during this finale of Last Tango in Halifax, let’s just say that we’d all be shitfaced halfway through. I started off watching this series thinking it was a cute little show about some oldies falling in love; I’ve finished it believing it’s some of the finest television I’ve seen, anywhere, ever.
We left off last time in a bit of a mess: a drunk, grieving John had blurted out Caroline’s lesbianism to the entire family, upsetting Celia in particular. At the end of her birthday dinner, Caroline ended up in the hospital waiting on Judith, who took a drunken, bloody tumble at her house; knowing little of the storm that was brewing all around her as Celia and Alan drove over from Halifax in the dark. »
My First R-rated Movie Or…
How I Became The 007 Of Covert Forbidden Film Viewing
By Alex Simon
For those of us who grew up in the suburbs in the pre-home video, pre-Internet and pre-cable TV 1970s and early ‘80s, there were few dangerous pleasures as heady as sneaking into an R-rated movie at the local multiplex. The multiplex cinema was a ‘70s phenomenon that made regulating children’s viewing habits infinitely more difficult than the old days of stand-alone, single screen theaters. Ironically, the new freedom that filmmakers enjoyed with the advent of the MPAA rating system in late 1968 was almost in perfect synch with the rise of multi-screen cinemas. Some things do happen for a reason.
You never forget your first...
My first R-rated film was during Thanksgiving of 1976. We were visiting my dad’s family in Birmingham, Alabama and the men adjourned after dinner to go see Two Minute Warning, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Bronx rapper Tim Dog, aka Timothy Blair, has died of a seizure caused by complications related to diabetes. He was 46. Though he was originally affiliated with groups like Ultramagnetic MCs and Krs-One’s Boogie Down Productions, Dog was best known musically for “Fuck Compton,” a track from his 1991 solo debut Penicillin On Wax. “Fuck Compton” dissed the burgeoning West Coast gangsta scene in general and N.W.A. in particular, featuring shots at Dr. Dre, Eazy E, and Ice Cube. The track provoked lyrical responses from Compton’s Most Wanted, DJ Quik, and Dr. Dre himself (“Fuck Wit »
10 items from 2013
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