13 items from 2016
In adapting Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “American Pastoral” for his directorial debut, Ewan McGregor focused on the combustible father-daughter story. It’s a metaphor for the social and political upheaval of the ’60s, but crafted with intimacy and tragedy. He shatters The American Dream and turns Jewish assimilation into a nightmare.
And the production design by Daniel B. Clancy (inspired by painter Edward Hopper) reflects that with reds, greens and muted golds that turn darker when the futility of good intentions overtakes the story.
High school football star turned glove maker “The Swede” (McGregor) has it all — a prosperous Newark factory, devoted shiksa wife (Jennifer Connelly) who runs a bucolic farm — until his teenage daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) rebels and becomes an anarchist, bent on violent revolution. And his obsession to find her when she goes into hiding leads to self-destruction.
Crucially, Pittsburgh doubles for New Jersey. “The first »
- Bill Desowitz
Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion purchase of Starz may remind some TV veterans of the prophecy of John Sie. Sie is the brilliant Chinese-born engineer who founded Starz Entertainment (then Encore Media Group) in 1991, as a subsidiary of cable pioneer John Malone‘s Liberty Media. In 1989, when nearly half of U.S. households still used rabbit-ear antennas, Sie wrote a paper essentially predicting the rise of digital television. Because of this, Sie is sometimes called the Father of Digital TV. Like Moses, Sie would not sit in the Promised Land — he retired from Starz in 2005. But as the Starz-Lionsgate merger makes clear, »
- Scott Collins and Tony Maglio
Many Americans rejoiced when it was announced Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of a new $20 bill. Though Tubman is one of the most iconic figures in American history, there are still a few things you may not know about the famed abolitionist. People spoke with Kate Larson, author of the 2004 biography Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, to uncover five lesser known facts about Tubman. 1. She did not invent the Underground Railroad.Though hers is one of the most notable names associated with the network »
- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee
Though Harriet Tubman is best known for her work helping escaped slaves flee north as part of the Underground Railroad in the 1850s, there’s a lot more to know about the abolitionist and humanitarian than that. With U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement on Wednesday renewing interest in the Civil Rights activist, TheWrap has compiled a list of other things you might not have known about the new face of the $20 bill. Her childhood nickname was “Minty,” short for Araminta Born to slave parents Harriet “Rit” Green and Ben Ross, Tubman was originally named Araminta Ross. According »
- Reid Nakamura
It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a film from director Gus Van Sant. His last feature, Promised Land, was a charming and thoughtful drama, but it didn’t quite strike a chord with audiences. Van Sant’s next film, The Sea of Trees, promises to be even more divisive. While Roadside Attractions has yet to set a release […]
- Jack Giroux
Every couple of weeks, I’ll wonder what happened to Gus Van Sant, that thought process always along the lines of, “So there was Restless in 2010, Promised Land in 2012, and nothing since then? What could he be doing?” And then I remember The Sea of Trees, the cause celebre (read: laughingstock) of last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and suddenly grow a bit sadder.
We already got a glimpse of the film ahead of its Japanese release; now the French opening has offered another preview. (Roadside Attractions will bring it to the U.S., but no word yet on when that might be.) While I’m willing to believe the reaction was overcooked and liked what’s shown herein — Matthew McConaughey! Naomi Watts! Ken Watanabe! beautiful locations! — that reaction also connects to our review in a rather uncomfortable way. As we said, “The genuinely captivating ambiguity of these early moments »
- Nick Newman
It’s an annual sign of spring and a symbol of the most holy time of year for many Christians: the annual airing of The Ten Commandments. In 2015, ABC aired the cinematic classic on Easter evening; but this year, the network will air the film on Saturday night, March 26 from 7:00-11:44pm Et/Pt. The legendary Cecil B. DeMille film from 1956 tells the Biblical tale of Moses from his birth through leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land, complete with the burning bush, the parting of the Red Sea and Moses receipt of the holy tablets from God. And although the … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Here are 10 recommendations to get you started... Adult Beginners (2015) Groundhog Day (1993) Promised Land (2012) He Never Died (2015) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Scarface (1983) Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Marvel's Daredevil: Season 2 Before We Go (2015) Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) Here's the entire list... March 1 Adult Beginners (2015) Ahora o...
Netflix is delivering the goods in March 2016.
And prepare to yell "Khaaaaan!" to your heart's content as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) is added to Netflix streaming on March 1. Also new to Netflix in March: "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), and "Scarface" (1983).
Available March 1, 2016
"Adult Beginners" (2015)
"Ahora o Nunca" (2015)
"Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2
"American Pie Presents: Beta House" (2007)
"American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile" (2006)
"Before We Go" (2015)
"El Desconocido" (2015)
"Fresh Meat: Series 2
"Frog Kingdom" (2013)
"Good Burger" (1997)
"Groundhog Day" (1993)
"Heaven Knows What" (2015)
"Hot Sugar's Cold World" (2015)
"Midsomer Murders: Series 17
"Road Trip: Beer Pong" (2009)
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982)
- Sharon Knolle
A king among detective dramas, here are ten of the most complex, macabre and memorable cases faced by Inspector Morse...
Warning: contains spoilers.
Beer, Wagner, a red Jaguar, and Barrington Pheloung’s haunting theme. Those images conjure up one of the most memorable characters in British television. Inspector Morse’s final episode aired in the UK over fifteen years ago, yet the impression left by the hugely popular drama remains indelible. Its popular spinoff, Lewis, finished only last year after nine successful series, while a prequel, Endeavour, has just come to the end of a third four-episode run. The appeal of Morse and his Oxford is clearly as strong as ever.
Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes between 1987 and 2000 (7 series and 5 specials). Colin Dexter’s bestselling series of thirteen Morse novels provided the basis for the show; twelve were adapted for television, while one, 1986’s The Secret of »
Endeavour series 3 comes to a moribund end with its final episode, Coda...
This review contains spoilers.
The final episode of Endeavour’s third series opens with a funeral. It’s far from unexpected, given that we’ve been noting disturbing hints of impending tragedy ever since we first learnt of Thursday’s failing health. However, the cortege belongs to someone else entirely: local villain Harry Rose, whose mourners are under the surveillance of none other than Thursday and Strange. The scene neatly encapsulates two of the major characteristics of the show in general, and this series in particular. Its melancholy points to sad events yet to come, while highlighting writer Russell Lewis’ taste for allusions to scenes and characters familiar to fans of Inspector Morse. The gangland funeral in Kensal Green cemetery is a direct reference to a scene in the 1991 episode, Promised Land, and the »
I bought it for myself, but this was my Christmas present, arriving in the mail from England on Christmas Eve: a fifteen-cd set containing five epic Springsteen concerts from the legendary Darkness on the Edge of Town tour. When the Cleveland deejay who emceed the show for Wmms-fm introduced the band by saying, "Round for round, pound for pound, there ain’t no finer band around," he wasn't just rhyming, he was telling the truth.
Why, you ask, did this set come from England? Well, it's an unauthorized collection of bootlegs, but in Europe, radio recordings are public domain, so this is actually a legal release.
The word went out through the fan network I ordered it on Amazon U.K. before the release date. Perhaps Bruce doesn't get a penny out of this, but I've seen it suggested that writers' royalties would still have to be paid. Either way, »
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski and Ang Lee will announce the 88th Academy Awards nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, January 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Wamg will again be there for the announcement and will be reporting from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
At 5:30 a.m. Pt, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
At 5:38 a.m. Pt, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, »
- Melissa Thompson
13 items from 2016
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