14 items from 2014
You know, at the very beginning I was a fan of Law & Order: Svu. It probably goes without saying that I’m not inclined to be a fan of anything after 40 or 50 seasons (or whatever this show is on), but beyond the general boredom of a show that has outlived its usefulness, Svu started going downhill after two seasons, and simply wasn’t the same show anymore.
Well, whatever, such is my humble anyway.
As if to specifically mess with me, the show is now forcing me to watch it again, as Donal Logue has been given a recurring role. Fresh off of three of the coolest shows, and roles, you’re going to run into (Copper, Vikings, and Sons of Anarchy), Logue will continue the role as acting commander of the Svu.
The show returns on the 30th, and the Grey’s Anatomy-esque fun continues as Mariska Hargitay‘s character… »
- Marc Eastman
A few more details have emerged over at Deadline regarding the on-set negligence that led to 2nd AC Sarah Jones’ death in Doctortown, Ga. Midnight Rider was the third feature to be shot in the Savannah area by director Randall Miller and his Unclaimed Freight production company, and it appears that this tragic instance of reckless conduct was no isolated incident. During filming of 2012′s Cbgb, Miller and his crew reportedly dropped a grand piano down a homeowner’s staircase without permission, and went the entire shoot without a safety bulletin. They illegally removed a stop sign, blacked out another, and didn’t bother […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
The Tribeca Film Festival announced its jurors for this year’s event, which runs from April 16-27. The list includes Toni Collette, Lake Bell, Whoopi Goldberg, Catherine Hardwicke, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin, Paul Wesley and 26 other leaders of the filmmaking community.
In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries in seven categories, Tribeca named Delia Ephron, Natasha Lyonne, and Gary Ross to select the second annual Nora Ephron Prize, which awards $25,000 to a female writer or director.
Click below for the entire list of jurors, with biographical information courtesy of the Tribeca festival:
World Competition Categories
The jurors for »
- Jeff Labrecque
This year's edition of New York Magazine's Annual Yesteryear Issue, out this week, looks at a century of New York City music. You can read music critic Jody Rosen's essay on those 100 years, listen to his 100-song playlist, or listen to his and New York Magazine culture editor Lane Brown's appearances this week on Wnyc's "Soundcheck." On Monday, Rosen talked about why the city has been the center of American music for so long. On Tuesday, he talked about Tin Pan Alley and why the 1920s is the New York City musical decade he's most nostalgic for. On Wednesday, Brown talked about Bob Dylan, salsa music, and the Velvet Underground. And yesterday, Jennifer Vineyard, who interviewed many of the artists in the issue, talked about Cbgb and New York of the 1970s. Listen below: »
- Vulture Editors
As told to Kera Bolonik. I went to Laguardia High School—then The High School of Music & Art—in the 1970s, and in those days David Bowie, Patti Smith, and Lou Reed, were the biggest things ever. My best friend Susannah asked me if I wanted to go see Patti Smith, and I just didn’t really get rock-and-roll music at that time—I couldn’t relate to it. I liked the acoustic guitar. I grew up on the Upper West Side in an apartment, the oldest of four kids, with rebellious parents who made a lot of noise, so I didn’t want to stand around making a lot of noise. I preferred to take my guitar and go into my room and write quiet songs in A minor. That seemed more like me. So that’s partly why I didn’t go down to the Cbgb scene. I »
As told to Jennifer Vineyard Chris: Our first show was opening for the Ramones at Cbgb. We had been going to Cbgb from pretty much the first night we moved to New York. One weekend Patti Smith performed, and she didn’t really have a band together. It was just Patti and Lenny Kaye on guitar, and it was really exciting. Totally a beatnik thing, which I loved. Lenny was just playing out of a little tiny amplifier, and Patti was doing versions of the songs from her first album, but they were kinda raw. And then I went back the following weekend, and the Ramones played. And the Ramones were also in their formative stages, and they would stop and argue with each other in the middle of a song! But when they were playing, it was so great. To my way of thinking, it was really advanced artistically, »
Young Master Wayne and Selina Kyle, Aka Catwoman, have been chosen for Fox’s Batman prequel, Gotham. David Mazouz will play the tragedy-stricken Bruce, shortly after the murder of his parents and now under the care of Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee). Mazouz is best known for his role in Fox’s short-lived, Ascap Award-winning sci-fi series Touch alongside Keifer Sutherland and Danny Glover. That show managed two seasons before being cancelled. Portraying pre-Catwoman Selina will be Camren Bicondova, a relative newcomer to Hollywood, whose major claim to fame is being a runner-up on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew with her group, 8 Flavahs. She has also appeared in small roles in the horror flick Girlhouse and Cinedigm’s dance drama Battlefield America. Bicondova’s role as Selina will be as another orphaned teenager, well on her way to master thief as an expert pickpocket living on the streets of Gotham. With »
- Dustin Hucks
Described as a mix between “Back to the Future” and “Friday the 13th,” the story follows a girl grieving the loss of her mother, who was a scream queen in the 1980s. When she and her friends are mysteriously sucked into the world of her mother’s most famous horror movie, Max is reunited with her mom and must face the pic’s crazed killer.
Joe Matukewicz and Chan Phung will oversee the project for Spwa.
The pic was originally set up at New Line, but when »
- Justin Kroll
Having starred alongside each other in Randall Miller’s Bottle Shock a few years back, Eliza Dushku and Bradley Whitford are reuniting with the director for his upcoming Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider.
Midnight Rider is telling two stories: Gregg Allman’s journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock and roll; and Gregg Allman’s realization at 64 that he has to get clean for good or risk losing his life.
Dushku is set to play a small-town Southern »
- Kenji Lloyd
The Twilight Saga may have been a shamefully terrible chapter in teen-targeted cinema, but the series did act as a launch-pad for multiple actors and actresses, most notably Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed. Greene has demonstrated considerable acting talent in projects like Cbgb and ABC’s short-lived Pan Am, while Reed was one of the best parts of recent action fare like Catch .44 and Empire State. Greene already made her bid to become a Hollywood scream queen with 2012 flop The Apparition, and now, it’s Reed’s chance. The actress has just signed on to topline a Singapore-set horror film called Email, which will start shooting on location in Singapore this May.
Singaporean director Kelvin Tong will helm the flick for Spj Enterprises, a production company also based out of Singapore. Tong previously directed The Maid, which was widely considered to be one of the country’s first horror »
- Isaac Feldberg
New year, new movies, new news. Over at THR we hear of a new project for Olivia Thirlby, who this website wishes got more work, so hurrah. The project is called “The White Orchid,” and will be a California noir starring Thirlby as a social worker who gets involved in the investigation of a murder: that of the titular blonde. It'll also star Nichelle Nichols, the original Uhura, and will be directed by Steve Anderson.A little while ago we reported on news of an Allman Brothers biopic, “Midnight Rider,” set to be directed by Randall Miller ("Cbgb") and starring Tyson Ritter (of All-American Rejects) as Gregg Allman. That project continues apace, with news from THR that William Hurt has been cast as the older Gregg, looking back on his rise to stardom and doing his best to get clean in his old age.Keith Stanfield had a good 2013, with »
- Ben Brock
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hurt is set to star as the present-day Allman in "Midnight Rider," an adaptation of the rocker's memoir, "My Cross to Bear." The film will focus on two stories: the rise of the younger Allman's success with The Allman Brothers Band and his wild rock-and-roll lifestyle, and his realization at age 64 that he must get clean and sober in order to survive.
Hurt joins the previously-cast Tyson Ritter, the lead singer of pop rockers The All-American Rejects, who'll play the debaucherous younger Allman. Wyatt Russell will play Duane Allman, Gregg Allman's brother and bandmate, who died in a motorcycle accident shortly after the group released its third album.
Ritter and Wyatt will perform vocals, guitar, piano, and organ in the film, rerecording classic Allman Brothers tracks like "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider. »
- Katie Roberts
Are you a fan of Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band? Then I have some potentially great news for you this morning. THR has learned William Hurt will star as the musician in the biopic Midnight Rider. The film is an adaptation of Allman's memoir My Cross to Bear, and will be directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock, Cbgb.) The biopic will actually feature two Gregg Allmans: Hurt will portray him when he was older and trying to stay sober, and The All-American Rejects lead singer »
- Jesse Giroux
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? The Lamberts are back, and they're still haunted! Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson (who's becoming the go-to guy for haunted house films!) return with Ty Simpkins in tow as the three try and find out why they're still hooked in to the spirit world.
What's It About? Nope, this isn't a making-of doc about Nicolas Cage in "The Wicker Man," it's about actual bees -- and specifically, the alarming rate at which they're disappearing around the world. Learn all about "colony collapse disorder" and why it's very bad news for pretty much everything on earth.
In or Out: In. The holidays are over. Take a break from all that cheer.
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- Jenni Miller
14 items from 2014
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