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"I never looked like that." - Carol (Cate Blanchett) to Therese (Rooney Mara) in "Carol" "'But I never looked like that!' - How do you know? What is the 'you' you might or might not look like? Where do you find it - by which morphological or expressive calibration? Where is your authentic body? You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image; you never see your eyes unless they are dulled by the gaze they rest upon the mirror or the lens (I am interested in seeing my eyes only when they look at you): even and especially for your own body, you are condemned to the repertoire of its images. - "Roland Barthes" by Roland Barthes Read More: Rooney Mara Explains Why 'Carol' is Not a Political Film Todd Haynes' latest film "Carol" is, on the surface, a moving love story »
- Miriam Bale
Actress Tara Subkoff steps behind the camera to make her directorial debut with the new thriller #Horror, and IFC Midnight has debuted the first trailer today. The studio has set a November 20 release in New York and Los Angeles theaters, along with VOD platforms, putting #Horror up against some stiff competition. The thriller will be facing what could be the biggest movie of the year, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, along with Sony's The Night Before and Stx Entertainment's Secret in Their Eyes
You've got followers. Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Based on a shocking true story, #Horror follows a group of preteen girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny leads an ensemble cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, and Timothy Hutton in Tara Subkoff's directorial debut. »
The pint-sized burlap-clad Sam is back in the four-part graphic novel Days of the Dead from Michael Dougherty, the creator of Trick 'r Treat. Also: release details for Lavalantula, an excerpt from Mark Morris' The Society of Blood, and a special Halloween weekend iTunes release for Crazy Bitches.
Trick 'R Treat Graphic Novel: "From the twisted imagination of Trick ‘r Treat creator Michael Dougherty (director of the upcoming Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat 2 and screenwriter of X-Men 2 and Superman Returns) alongside a top-notch team of creators including writers Todd Casey and Zach Shields (Krampus), Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Stephen Byrne (Buffy/Angel), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) and Zid (Son of Merlin) comes this 4-part collection that paves the way for the Trick ‘r Treat film sequel.
- Tamika Jones
Director Ridley Scott dropped a tiny little bomb yesterday, surprising fans with the title of his Prometheus sequel. We suspected it wouldn't simply be called Prometheus 2. But no one predicted it would arrive under the Alien franchise umbrella, with Alien: Paradise Lost set to light up marquees in 2017. This indicates that the film will be directly tied into the overall series, despite Ridley Scott saying earlier in the week that his Prometheus series would not connect to his 1979 Alien for at least two, maybe even three more movies. So why the new title?
Director Ridley Scott dropped the new title before heading out to the red carpet premiere of his latest sci-fi adventure The Martian. So, of course he was hit with more questions about the impending sequel, which goes into production at the very start of 2016. HeyUGuys, who got the filmmaker to reveal the title in the first place, »
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Cyndi, had you ever had ambitions to write for Broadway? How did this all come about?
Cyndi Lauper: Never. I got a phone call from my buddy over here [indicates to Harvey Fierstein]. I had wanted to do this story. You know how one thing leads to another – I did an album and I chose all these old songs from when I was growing up. Where I grew up was very influential for the rest of my life because of the people, and it was one of those places with the backyards with the gates where you could just look down there and see everybody else in the backyard. There was a lot of people who were characters. I had gone to see Harvey to help me write it, and have him actually write it and he was doing Hairspray. I remember because he said:
“I gotta eat pasta, I »
- Paul Heath
Harnessing the power of television to advocate for and raise awareness of social issues is a tricky business.
A+E Networks cablers have embraced a range of causes for more than 30 years, from supporting veterans to breast cancer awareness to the treatment of drug addiction. In recognition of the company’s commitment to public service and advocacy efforts, A+E Networks will be feted on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards with the Television Academy’s Governors Award.
A+E Networks president-ceo Nancy Dubuc spoke with Variety about the company’s approach to tackling social issues, the criteria they use to measure success and what it’s like to hear from people whose lives have been changed by programs such as A&E’s “Intervention.”
Where do you start when it comes to getting behind a cause or an issue?
We do it at the brand level, the show level and the personal level. »
- Cynthia Littleton
How do you know when a movie’s going to suck? When there’s a tie-in album full of previously released songs that aren’t in the film.
Corporations love soundtrack albums – they’re easy to compile, they’re usually best sellers and, best of all, they promote the movie. Which is all they’re meant to do.
In the 1980s, corporations started swallowing up movie studios and linking their products with the book, TV and music companies they already owned, beginning the practice known as “Synergy.” Saturation advertising in corporate-owned magazines and on TV shows had one message – see the movie, read the book, buy the soundtrack.
Synergy obeys a simple formula: obtain content, gather an audience then sit back and watch the cash roll in. It also reduces movies to little more than the filmed equivalent of the Happy Meal, but that is by the by. »
- Ian Watson
Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played lovably finicky robot C-3Po in six “Star Wars” films, has no stomach for the saga’s three prequels, over-reliance on special effects or for Disney’s “Kremlin attitude” when it comes to leaks about the seventh installment in the space epic, a new interview reveals.
Daniels told the Guardian how he was slapped by Disney for an off-hand tweet in which he revealed he had met an actor who plays a character in “The Force Awakens,” the “Star Wars” installment due out this Christmas.
“Immediately I received a message from Disney: ‘Remove the tweet! You’re not allowed to say that!’” Daniels recalled. “Honestly. It’s a kind of Kremlin attitude.”
“The secrecy has been beyond ludicrous,” the 69-year-old actor added. “For heaven’s sake, it’s a movie. When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of »
- James Rainey
How do you know when things have reached a new level of boredom in the Big Brother 17 house? When the HGs organize a cooking competition inspired by the Food Network show Chopped, battling it out to decide which pair are the best chefs.
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The former Us No 1 pro tennis player on I Love Lucy and her guilty pleasure, Home and Garden Television
I have three boys, so often they’ll have Top Gear on. It was funny, because last week at Queen’s the main man [recently deposed host Jeremy Clarkson] was shown on the screen and I shouted: “I know that man,” and everyone went: “How do you know about him?” Top Gear’s really crossed over to the States. What’s really fun is that my sons all like a different genre: my oldest likes history, my middle one likes outdoors stuff and my youngest likes all the sports. It makes for nice variety. I’m not saying I’m not in control of the clicker, though!
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- Gwilym Mumford
Digital Spy had the opportunity to speak to Simon earlier today, so read on to see what he had to say about the "straight-talking" Helen Wood, why he wasn't surprised to see Jack in danger, and why Chloe Wilburn would be a worthy winner.
Hi Simon, how are you feeling this morning?
"I'm good, thank you Ben. Yeah, just trying to get back to reality."
Do you think being friends with Helen harmed your chances of staying in the house?
"No, I don't. I think my friendship with Helen, we had a good friendship. She was very, very helpful to me. She was a good support to me. I've always said that I judge people by my own feelings. I »
"The Yes Men Are Revolting," the third film by the titular activist pranksters, shows them taking on the establishment in new and creative ways as they cope with middle age. Once again, they're impersonating corporate executives and staging bold hoaxes in order to draw international attention to corporate crimes against the environment. But just how do they manage to pull off these stunts? And capture them on film? Read More: 'The Yes Men Are Revolting' Puts Activism in a Personal Light Indiewire recently spoke to the Yes Men (who go by the "stage" names Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichibaum) and Laura Nix, who directed and produced the film, which opened theatrically on June 12 at the IFC Center in NY after premiering on VOD and across all digital platforms on June 9. How do you know that I really am a legitimate journalist, and that I’m not setting you »
- Paula Bernstein
Ohmygosh! After five seasons, Discovery Family’s “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” will soon celebrate its 100th episode.
The series, which hails from Hasbro Studios and is based on its parent company’s toy line, follows unicorn pony Twilight Sparkle and her friends Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie, who live in the land of Equestria and learn important life lessons.
Despite a concept geared toward kids, the Discovery Family series has welcomed all kinds to the herd. Variety spoke with Hasbro Studios executive director Brian Lenard about the series’ popularity and creating a show that everyone can enjoy. He also shared an exclusive clip from the monumental episode.
”My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’s” 100th episode airs June 13 at 11:30 a.m. on Discovery Family.
Were you expecting the show to get this big and go so long?
When I started on the show, it »
- Whitney Friedlander
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" kept the top spot at the domestic box office this Mother's Day weekend, adding another $77 million to its worldwide total of $875 million. Domestically, the film has slowed down, compared to the original "Avengers" movie, but is performing better overseas. Since the sequel has yet to be released in China and Japan, many insiders believe it has a chance of beating the total gross of "The Avengers," which stands at $1.52 billion. "Hot Pursuit," starring Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara, landed in second place during its opening weekend. The film earned $13.3 million, below expectations. It is the second-worst nationwide opening for a Witherspoon comedy after "How Do You Know" ($7.5 million). Despite a terrible 6% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, "Hot Pursuit" will likely make back its $35 million budget. Meanwhile, "Furious 7" is still performing well. While it had to settle for fourth place domestically with $5 million, the total worldwide gross has now reached $.147 billion, »
Spring has finally arrived for those of us who live in the real Music City. It's the time to mow our lush green lawns again, enjoy the rising temperatures (and tornado warnings), and plan our trips to the drugstore to buy pollen-allergy medicine by the gross. But in the fictional country music capital, winter lingers on, what with Maddie freezing out Deacon and Rayna, Jeff having an icy reunion with former flame Jade St. John (played by a fierce Christina Aguilera) and Juliette not exactly warming to the idea of motherhood. »
Occasionally, a movie villain will pause for a moment to deliver a brief story or anecdote. And often, these apparently incidental tales tell us a lot about an antagonist's state of mind, experiences or warped worldview.
We've compiled a selection of 20 here. Some of them are blackly funny. Many are disturbing. One or two are even moving. The first one's very strange. All of them bring something unique to each particular film in which they appear, and all of them are laced with a delicious hint of menace.
20. Xander - Enemies Closer (2013)
"When I was a little boy at my grandmama's place, she had a lovely goose. I named her Edith, after the French singer Edith Piaf..."
We begin with a delightfully weird story from Peter Hyams' 2013 thriller, »
Actress Ambyr Childers is quickly making a name for herself in different genres on television and in movies. Since taking her first job in the BBC comedy series S Club 7 in L.A., she's moved on to bigger opportunities like a role in the popular long-running American soap All My Children and supporting characters in The Master, Gangster Squad, 2 Guns, and several others. With Vice, Childers re-enters the world of science fiction she first dabbled with in the award-winning 2011 independent film Love.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ms. Childers about her work on Vice. She shared her experiences working with Bruce Willis and tells readers what to expect from the movie. Childers also expands on her role of Kelly the "Artificial" and takes us behind the scenes of the making of the film.
How did you get involved in Vice?
Kelly, my character, pulls a machine gun on Bruce Willis! »
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One night before WrestleMania – and, of course, four days before Furious 7 races into theaters – Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will return to Studio 8H as host of Saturday Night Live. And in new promos for the episode, he's revealing his X-Rated side.
In one of the spots, SNL cast member Bobby Moynihan plays the "What is your porn name?" game with Johnson, who is obviously familiar with the rules of engagement: "Well, my first pet was named Dusty, and I grew up on Summit Street," he says. "So it would be 'Dusty Summit. »
You’ll never get anywhere in the music industry without a gimmick, or so they say, but how do you get attention if you don’t have a celebrity band member or the backing of Simon Cowell?
Oh sure, there’s talent. And it helps if your songs don’t all sound the same. Plus, having a drummer who’s aware of the old joke (“How do you know there’s a drummer at the front door?” “He doesn’t know when to come in!”) is also a bonus.
But the best way of grabbing the attention of the man on the street, bar none, is to give yourselves an outrageous, eye-catching, gimmicky name. Even if you sing like Jeff Buckley, play like Hendrix and have Charlie Watts banging the drums, calling yourself The John Smith Trio is quite the faux pas.
A quick perusal of some more twisted names »
- Ian Watson
Teresa Wright: Later years (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon.") Teresa Wright and Robert Anderson were divorced in 1978. They would remain friends in the ensuing years. Wright spent most of the last decade of her life in Connecticut, making only sporadic public appearances. In 1998, she could be seen with her grandson, film producer Jonah Smith, at New York's Yankee Stadium, where she threw the ceremonial first pitch. Wright also became involved in the Greater New York chapter of the Als Association. (The Pride of the Yankees subject, Lou Gehrig, died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 1941.) The week she turned 82 in October 2000, Wright attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Somewhere in Time, where she posed for pictures with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. In March 2003, she was a guest at the 75th Academy Awards, in the segment showcasing Oscar-winning actors of the past. Two years later, »
- Andre Soares
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