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They say that April showers bring May flowers, and, while rain may not have been the primary cause behind my lack of A-list encounters in April, there was definitely a crop of roses waiting for me in May.
"The Avengers" promotional train crossed over into the beginning of the month, offering a couple more chances at meeting the cast, and I finally succeeded! Not only did I get to meet Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, but I also managed to meet actual Avenger, Mark Ruffalo.
The annual Met Gala soon followed, as well as the television Upfronts, which is when networks trot out their hottest talent for potential advertisers. "Twilight" stars, Oscar nominees and even a "Bridesmaid" were among the highlights of my flower-filled month.
Loki and the Hulk Do a Partial Assemble For Me
I got a tip that Tom Hiddleston would be making an appearance on Fuse's "A Different Spin, »
- Lauren Cox
Welcome to The Power Rankings! for the week ending May 6. April showers (of blood, naturally) bring May, um, stability? Well, it doesn't roll off the tongue but it's mostly true. The only big entry this week and for a few more to come is Sherlock on PBS. More important, we haven't had quite the episodic quality fluctuations of the past, so things at the top are relatively solid. Of course, that just tightens up the race for the mid to lower rankings, so our friend flux is here (and the competition has pushed out two of my favorite comedies).
- Tim Goodman
Welcome to a new month! May reminds us that we haven't bought anything for Mother's Day yet, and the end of April showers presumably brings flowers, but mostly May is awesome because it means Summer movie season has arrived. All right, if you want to be a stickler about it, Summer actually starts in June, but with blockbusters like The Avengers, Battleship, and Men in Black III opening this month, as far as we're concerned, Summer is in the building. Check out the soon-to-be-released titles and let us know which one you're most looking forward to! Which May Release Are You Most Excited to See? The Avengers Lol Dark Shadows The Dictator Battleship What to Expect When You're Expecting Men in Black III The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Hick Girl in Progress »
- Maggie Pehanick
So.... we stayed very dry this month. So sorry about the annual April Showers event which just didn't happen. April's other traditional event (New Oscar Predictions) did finally happen and the conversation continues. But more than any month in recent memory this one felt like it dragged me behind it mercilessly while it sped through a series of stressful events. Offline. We'll see how May treats us. But it'll have to be better.
Here are ten highlights of this scattershot month in case you missed them...
Hello Gorgeous Barbra Streisand's filmography. It's like butta.
The Evil Queen's Library Someone give her a library card.
Mirror Mirror what an odd mix of fairy tale, visual indulgence, and hit and miss performances.
- NATHANIEL R
Yes, we are aware of the date — it is April 25, a full two months before the calendar officially declares it summer and at least a month before most people will be able to contemplate a beach trip, barbecue, or any of the other recreational activities that typically signify the season. (If you live on a beach in Mexico, we congratulate you and ask what you are doing on the Internet.) But the time is near — you can feel it in the air, and on the radio, which has already been infiltrated with the first round of super-sunny, expertly dumb pop songs meant for Song of Summer contention. Isn’t it too early for SoS? you might be wondering. Well, we did too, and yet the very question filled us with deja vu, as if in years past we'd been dancing to some frothy tune during April showers and thinking »
- Amanda Dobbins,Laura Reineke
waterworks each weeknight at 11. This particular installment of April Showers was first published in 2009.
One of the greatest disconnects I've ever had between consensus response to a movie and my own reaction was in 1995 when Jodie Foster's second film Home for the Holiday debuted. It was mostly ignored by the public and the critics were out for blood. Maybe Jodie Foster had just been too successful and too lauded and it was time for the pendulum to swing back? Perhaps the undercurrent was along the lines of 'Does she have to be good at making movies in addition to acting in them?'
Even Robert Downey Jr playing Tommy got bad reviews for his performance as teh gay brother to Holly Hunter's Claudia. Though his performance is pretty out there with his needling rapid fire joking -- he's consistently pushing things too far -- it's also exactly in »
- NATHANIEL R
I know a few of you had had problems with commenting but the problem should be resolved now. So please sound off. What's on your cinematic mind? Do I dare see Cabin in the Woods this weekend? You know how squeamish I am about horror.
P.S. If you've ever seen one of Travis Mathews short films (worth seeking out) you'll want to read Craig's interview -- how do you feel about explicit scenes in real films? sound off on that post. And if you've ever seen Snow White (duh, you have!) we've totally been talking about her so join in. Let's make her ears as red as her lips. If you don't comment on animated films how will I know you want more posts about them?
Have you ever made this face?
P.P.S. April Showers is returning soon after this week's hiccup.
P.P.P.S. Titanic »
- NATHANIEL R
In the years doing the April Showers series it's become clear that there are basically four types of shower scenes in movies: sex scenes, sight gags, horror moments when characters are at their most vulnerable and emotional cleansing moments (that the body also gets scrubbed is just a bonus). Dragon Tattoo's shower sequence is clearly the latter type, after Lisbeth's brutal rape. David Fincher famously quipped pre-release that his movie had too much anal rape for Oscar. Oscar didn't mind so much nominating it for several Oscars.
Fincher's discussion of the sequence [after the jump. Nsfw] on the commentary track is interesting. »
- NATHANIEL R
March happened at me. I hope yours was better. The blog has been a bit more tepid than usual in the post Oscar malaise and all around off-blog madness. But here were ten highlights from the month in case you also were caught between rocks and hard places or entire boulders and cliff faces.
Burning Questions: To Read or Not To Read in this age of adaptations, Michael wonders whether it's better to read the book first or see the film.
Cosmopolis + Cronenberg nine favorite images from the f'ed up teaser.
The Hunger Games reviewed
Carrie Off Broadway the 70s horror classic is a thing again
Stupid News: Chloe as Carrie a terrible casting idea. They're all going to laugh at you, Moretz!
Divas & Heroes more Film »
- NATHANIEL R
AfterElton.com readers, after last week’s little—well, tangent seems too strong of a word; shall we go with tirade? Angry, prattle-filled tirade?—after last week’s angry, prattle-filled tirade against the producers of Spartacus: Vengeance for yet again not showing any scenes of physical intimacy between our favorite circuit boys Agron and Nasir, you can imagine my reaction to this week’s episode of the show since, for the ninth straight time this season, Agron and Nasir did not get to enjoy the fruits of their love while parading around for us in their Fruit of the Looms. In fact, I wrote my reaction down for you. Would you like to hear it? Would you? I thought you might. Here’s what I wrote, word for word:
Agron what? Nasir who? Huh?
Oh yes, AfterElton.com readers, after this week’s celebration of all that is good and »
The Season 4 of "Nurse Jackie" leads the night at 9 p.m. Est with Jackie (Edie Falco) finally confronting her addiction while trying to keep her troubled marriage and family intact. Season 4 guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Rosie Perez, Joel Grey, Aida Turturro, Stephen Wallem, Arjun Gupta, Lenny Jacobson, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and New York Knicks' forward Carmelo Anthony.
The third season of "The Big C" follows at 9:30 p.m. Est. Cathy (Laura Linney) and her family are dealing with the tragedy that came at the end of last season. Viewers will also learn if Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) moved back indoors and whether or not Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) really took out a hit on her ex-fiance.
Closing out the night at 10 p. »
- Chris Harnick
11 items from 2012
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