14 items from 2014
In any historical record, there's an official narrative and a human narrative. The human narrative in Ava DuVernay’s epic film "Selma," shows us four little girls dressed in their Sunday best, talking about hairstyles when their bodies are blown away in an explosion of fire and hate. This scene establishes the severity of white supremacist violence in America at this time, just a year before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would win the Nobel Peace Prize. The official narrative, available in many schools and media, gives us a sanitized chronology of events that are replayed every black history month. The official narrative gives us a holiday to celebrate a speech. This »
- Nijla Mumin
A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, “Iris” also offers proof of Albert Maysles’ continued vitality as a documentarian. Doubtless a close collaboration between filmmaker and subject, this character study proves as visually strong as it is verbally compelling. Iris likens assembling the elements of her signature “looks” — eclectic mixes of exotic fabrics and outlandish costume jewelry — to jazz improvisation, and certainly nobody sounds a false note in this thoroughly enjoyable riff, which should charm clotheshorses and nudists alike.
In contrast with Albert and his late brother David Maysles’ famous study of another fashionista, Edie Bouvier Beale in 1975’s “Grey Gardens,” there’s little distance between the way Iris consciously presents herself and the way the camera perceives her. This is not to deny the considerable compositional and editorial skills deployed to make it appear that »
- Ronnie Scheib
We get it. Being a celeb means you're constantly followed by a string of paparazzi looking to catch you in a hot mess moment. And yet for some A-listers, there is no happy medium between being dressed to the nines and slummin' it. Take Taylor Swift, for example. The girl goes to the gym in a better Sunday best than most people pull out for Easter! But the "Shake It Off" singer is not alone in this high style obsession. Miranda Kerr never leaves the house looking less than fashion shoot-ready, Victoria Beckham clearly assumes she's shooting a James Bond movie, and even Jessica Alba's casual clothes are too cute! We commend these stars for putting so much effort into their everyday »
This is anything but "normcore"—leave it to Olivia Palermo to make a loose sweater and baggy pants look chic! The newlywed and trendsetter, 28, was spotted on Sunday, Aug. 3, in a super-casual (gasp!) outfit. Palermo wore a roomy V-neck sweater with navy track pants and Nike shoes while walking her dog in Brooklyn, N.Y. Known for her uncanny ability to mix prints, The City alum's Sunday best is a stark departure from her usual polished ensemble. But, since this is Palermo, even her weekend style is pulled [...] »
Some style combos make so little sense that they somehow end up working. We're just not sure Olivia Wilde's crazy patterned pieces qualify... We can't decide if she looks like a Harry Potter fan girl in her Sunday best (the maroon and gold stripes are uncanny) or a picnic bound beauty who forgot her real top (and threw on her Harry Potter shirt). And yet, something about the Stella McCartney look is incredibly eye-grabbing. The deep blue florals on the bottom contrast the more fall feel of the shades on this new mom's shirt. Same goes for the shape of the top and bottom. The fitted t-shirt style is perfect against the flowy handkerchief skirt. And we would wear that wide nautical belt with every look »
Grand National presenters offer ideal combination of hand-holding and smooth talking for the occasional fan
The jockeys had arrived at Aintree in their Sunday best and their pastel ties, like they were popping in on their way to usher a nearby wedding. And for all the threat of rain, there was a feeling of family celebration to Channel 4's Grand National buildup. There were cakes in the tack room, a favourite called Teaforthree and Leighton Aspell sitting on the Chair grinning for pre-race pictures with his kids.
We heard a lot about Mike Tindall's accidental purchase of Monbeg Dude as the result of a boozy lunch (although not what Zara Phillips's reaction was when he got home), and were treated to a parade of former winners; Neptune Collonges, we were told, was now competing in dressage, which is like Austin Healey doing Strictly. Outside, TV chef Simon Rimmer »
- Emma John
Interview Ryan Lambie 14 Mar 2014 - 06:22
There are many, many unforgettable images in Under The Skin - the first among them being the sight of Scarlett Johansson wearing a black wig, fur coat and heavy lipstick, driving a Ford Transit van around Glasgow in search of men. Why is this alien femme fatale with a cut-glass British accent hunting males in the middle of Scotland? You'll have to watch director Jonathan Glazer's film to find out.
It's the loose adaptation of Michel Faber's novel of the same name, and Glazer's film actually looks and sounds like an artefact from another planet. Yet the director himself, whose previous films include the fabulous Sexy Beast and Birth, is entirely down-to-earth, thoughtful and articulate.
We sat down with him to talk about »
South By Southwest has been full of slow-burn horror this year, creating a pattern of early calms followed by short bursts of pandemic horror – some good, some bad. Film festivals aren’t meant for routines though, they’re meant to be places where a large variety of genre insanity can be found, insanity exactly like Stage Fright. Think The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Friday the 13th, with ample doses of Dimebag Darrell level shreddage, and you’ve got the formula for a face-melting horror musical ripe with infectious energy and deadly sing-alongs. It’s a rare treat when a horror film can have me smiling from start to finish, but a continually inviting rock opera drenched in blood and littered with guts? That’s an event I’d put on my Sunday best for.
Taking place at a struggling theater camp where future stars come to hone their passion, »
- Matt Donato
Resurrection opened in very good shape on ABC. The midseason drama, taking the 9 p.m. hour, averaged a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers. That score, a Sunday best for ABC this season, also topped any other broadcast competition for the night, which saw overall adults 18-49 usage drop 14 percent from last week with the start of daylight saving time. Photos: 2014's New Broadcast and Cable TV Shows The heavily marketed show also served as a lead-in for the new Revenge time slot. In its move, Revenge (1.9 adults)
- Michael O'Connell
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
The NAACP announced nominees for its 45th annual Image Awards, with Weinstein Co. nabbing 17 bids in the film categories thanks to “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” followed by Fox Searchlight, with seven, for “12 Years a Slave.”
Bet and CBS lead TV nominees, with 19 and 16, respectively, followed by ABC (15) and HBO (13). RCA leads the recording category with 10 noms, followed by Atlantic Records (eight) and Columbia Pictures (seven).
Winners will be voted upon by NAACP members and some will be announced Feb. 21 during an awards ceremony for non-televised categories. The remaining categories will be announced during a two-hour TV One telecast Feb. 22.
The nominees were announced during a press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena. NAACP Image Awards committee chairman is Leonard James and TV One prez-ceo is Alfred Liggins. Roslyn M. Brock is chairman of the NAACP. »
- Tim Gray
The awards program, which will be broadcast Feb. 22 on TV One, also honored some of the best performances in movie and music. Those nominees and the full list of television nominees can be found here.
See some of the television highlights below:
Outstanding Comedy Series
• “House of Lies” (Showtime)
• “Modern Family” (ABC)
• “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Bet)
• “The Game” (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
• Andre Braugher »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The 2014 NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced Thursday (Jan. 9) at the Television Critics Association press tour by David Oyelowo ("The Butler"), Joe Morton ("Scandal"), Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool"), Bresha Webb ("Love That Girl!") and Gina Torres ("Suits").
The 45th annual NAACP Image Awards airs live Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt on TVOne.
The list of nominees:
Outstanding Comedy Series
· "House of Lies" (Showtime)
· "Modern Family" (ABC)
· "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
· "The Game" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
“The Great Flood,” the latest documentary from found-footage impresario Bill Morrison, revisits the catastrophic 1927 event that inundated an area of some 27,000 miles along the Mississippi. Morrison incorporates nitrate deterioration into his work’s very structure, so that the washed-out, shimmery grayness of the floodlands seems to penetrate the film stock itself. The water imagery, with its sinuous flow, casual surrealism and dreamlike, ominous quality, underscored by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell’s bluesy, elegiac score, slowly reveals a racial divide eerily similar to the one informing Spike Lee’s magisterial Katrina doc “When the Levees Broke.” An art piece, a sociopolitical document and a musical meditation, “Flood” should strike chords with niche audiences.
For much of the film, newsreel cameras capture the flood’s devastation. In some places, only the tops of trees visibly break the gleaming gray expanse of the water. In other places, partially submerged businesses still function just above the waterline. »
- Ronnie Scheib
14 items from 2014
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