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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

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‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ Episode 1 Recap: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Spoiler Alert: The Recap contains spoilers from tonight’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 opener “The End”:

Eight seasons in, and one thing you can’t say is that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk don’t know how to reinvigorate a TV Series. Tonight’s first episode of season 8 of American Horror Story: Apocalypse titled “The End” which has largely been shrouded in secrecy (except for the fact that it’s a crossover over between season 1’s Murder House and season 3’s Coven) literally began with a bang: Nuclear missiles have decimated Hong Kong, Russia, the Baltics and more and the United States isn’t too far behind. A jarring, unnerving sequence which makes us realize just how far TV has come since 1983’s The Day After. Plus they’re some great dark zingers as Beverly Hills just can’t come to grips with the world that’s melting around them.
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The Hazy Romanticism of ‘I’m Not There’

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

A kaleidoscopic portrait / exploration / celebration / etc. of Bob Dylan’s many contradictions and personas, I’m Not There isn’t the first pseudo-biopic from director Todd Haynes. His debut film, Superstar, unravels the life of singer Karen Carpenter and her eventual,
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'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder

'Wonderstruck' Review: Todd Haynes Turns Kids' Book Into Eye-Popping Wonder
Todd Haynes creates movies that feel like part of his DNA. Whether they're originals (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I'm Not There) or adapted from other works (Carol, the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce), they seem to course from his bloodstream into ours. Wonderstruck, gorgeous as it is, feels like something a little less personal, a little less transgressive. Haynes has said he wanted to make a smart film for kids, and as source material, he chose a juvenile-fiction novel illustrated and written by Brian Selznick, whose work also inspired Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
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Elvis Presley Propositioned Petula Clark, British Singer Claims

The news gives whole new meaning to Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”. Beloved British singer Petula Clark claims”the King of Rock and Roll” had suggested a threesome between the two and fellow singer Karen Carpenter. Related: Channing Tatum Is Elvis Presley In ‘Magic Mike’ Prank Clark, now 84, reflected on meeting Presley more than 40 years […]
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Vicky McClure webchat – your questions answered on fry ups, Motown and Shane Meadows

The Line of Duty star discusses improvisation, Notts County and mucking about with the cast of This Is England

1.55pm GMT

Thank you for all your questions. Some funny ones in there! I'm still trying to think about what I find most exotic - I'll get back to you on that. Thanks for all your support with my work, and it's still quite overwhelming that this is my job.

1.54pm GMT

RickHall1 asks:

You, Stephen Lowe and Billy Ivory all feature on the Nottingham Trams. What is it about Nottingham and drama/theatre talent?

Maybe it's in the brown sauce... I think there's a lovely, humble trait that runs through Nottingham. We're a city that are incredibly proud of what we've achieved but we don't shout too loud about it. I think when people discover the talents that come out of Nottingham, it is getting bigger. But I think we'll always remain really humble.
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Richard Carpenter Files $2 Million Breach of Contract Lawsuit Over Carpenters Songs

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Watch out, Universal Music Group and A&M Records; Richard Carpenter longs to be close to you — in a courtroom. Carpenter — one half of the legendary musical duo The Carpenters — filed suit against Universal and A&M on Wednesday, claiming that he’s owed a mountain of royalties from The Carpenters’ catalog of hits. The estate of Karen Carpenter, Richard’s sister and musical partner, who died in 1983, is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. “Throughout their entire career, the Carpenters loyally provided their recording to services to defendant A&M, now a division of.
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Richard Carpenter Sues for Karen Over Legendary Music Catalog

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Richard Carpenter has filed a lawsuit against 2 music companies he claims ripped him off in the royalties over Carpenters tunes, and he's brought Karen into the legal action as well. Richard and Karen Carpenter's estate claim Universal Music Group and A&M Records have shut them out of profits for iTunes and other online sales distributors.   It's a whole new world out there with digital downloads, and Richard claims Universal and A&M are
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Video: Jim Caruso's Sixth Day of Christmas Featuring The Carpenters!

This ravishing song has an interesting history. The lyric was written in 1946 by a nineteen-year old Frank Pooler, as a gift to a girlfriend he was missing. Twenty years later, a nineteen-year old Richard Carpenter set it to music. In four years, this recording by The Carpenters went to 1, which it did for three consecutive holiday seasons. It sounds as fresh today as it did in 1970, partly because of Richard's lush arrangement and backup vocals, and that famous tenor sax solo. But honestly, it's all about Karen. For my money, Karen Carpenter had one of the warmest and truest voices in the history of popular music. Sometimes the universe makes a terrible mistake and we lose someone way too soonlong before they've finished. That's how I feel about Karen Carpenter.
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Arabian Nights, Vol 3: The Enchanted One review – elegant Portuguese austerity marvel

The final part of Miguel Gomes’s docu-fantasy trilogy includes Scheherazade as a romantic warrior queen and an interplanetary Karen Carpenter

Miguel Gomes’s wayward, opaque and sometimes dreamily erotic Arabian Nights docu-fantasy trilogy about Portugal’s austerity nightmare enters its final section, and in this episode, the on-screen intertitles – so sparing in the previous episodes – now recur almost continuously, commenting ironically or enigmatically on the action, quoting the imaginary tale, even transcribing birdsong. Gomes pulls off this asymmetric quirk as insouciantly as he does everything else. Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate) takes centre stage, the “enchanted one” herself; we see her romantic yearnings and emotional relationship with her father. This emergence confers on her a strange, understated sort of heroism, Portugal’s warrior-queen tribune. Apart from her story, there are two tales: one about chaffinches hints at the reason why the nation’s caged bird sings; another about a lonely young
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‘Vinyl 1×04: The Racket’ Review

“Put it into the couch, not your marriage.”

‘The Racket’ is loud, angry, and fucking hilarious. It begins with Richie taking his anger out not on his and Devon’s relationship but, at his glacially calm therapist’s suggestion, on the couch. With a tennis racket. His subsequent golden-boy claim that he’s worked out his shit is just one of the many rackets in an episode which ends with our hero seeking not catharsis but an alibi, from his estranged father no less, for Buck’s murder. Everyone’s cheating and chiseling everyone out of everything, and nobody’s in on the joke. ‘The Racket’ feels like throat-clearing from Vinyl‘s emerging voice, at once frustrated and playful, riotous and contemplative.

Lester walking into Richie’s office to burn the reel Richie put together from his old material is a good scene on its own. The man who lost
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‘Vinyl 1×02: Yesterday Once More’ Review

“Who you are ain’t gettin’ signed.”

Richie wants to believe that, like Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, his skills amount to more than a good ear and a practiced mind. His return to the arms of addiction has him convinced that what he heard when the New York Dolls brought that building down was a sound from just behind the wall. If he can tear back the wallpaper, if he can show others how to find it, then he can keep his business and his dreams while harvesting raw new talent and keeping rock ‘n roll alive. It’s a plan dredged up from the asbestos-suffused wreckage of the collapse he survived, and as he executes karate chops and wild yells in a darkened movie theater it becomes apparent exactly how reverent Vinyl is going to be toward the hallowed art of rock ‘n roll.

Richie’s rants
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Private Lives: "Carol" and the Cinema of Todd Haynes

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For the longest time, it seemed like the last thing you should expect from Todd Haynes was a simple story. Coming out of the fertile 1990s Sundance scene, he was a provocateur and a delirious mash-up artist: his films were fractured narratives, or anti-narratives, or meta-narratives. His best work either smashed together wildly different styles and stories (as in his debut Poison [1991]), or presented unsettling, contradictory ideas but refused climax or closure (as in his masterpiece Safe [1995]). Even in a zeitgeist defined by Quentin Tarantino, the jukebox musicals Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I'm Not There (2007) looked like pastiche and homage taken to the farthest limit. But far more than Tarantino, Haynes, the former Ivy League semiotics student, insists on not simply getting swept away in the styles, but maintaining a critical viewpoint of how and why the styles function. In retrospect, everything about his method was already in place in his
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Interview: Director Todd Haynes Plays the Right Notes in ‘Carol’

Chicago – One of the best films of 2015 is the atmospheric and kinetically performed “Carol.” The film, set in the early 1950s, depicts a love that dares not speak its name, and also showcases the breathtaking presence of actress Cate Blanchett as the title character. The director of the film is the veteran Todd Haynes, known for another set-in-the-1950s classic, “Far from Heaven,” as well as “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There” and the recent HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”

Haynes first got attention with a controversial short film way back in 1987, entitled “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story.” It was the life story of the famous singer, told entirely by having the characters represented by Barbie dolls (it was withdrawn from circulation by a copyright lawsuit in 1990, more on that below). His feature debut, “Poison” (1991), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He followed that up with “Safe,
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Nyfcc Awards Have Boosted Academy Award Chances for 'Carol,' Stewart and 'Saul'

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner 'Carol' with Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2015 picks, somewhat unexpectedly boosting the chances of Todd Haynes' lesbian romantic drama Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart, and László Nemes' Holocaust drama Son of Saul. Below is a brief commentary about each of these Nyfcc choices. 'Carol' Directed by Todd Haynes, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and adapted by Phyllis Nagy from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt,[1] Carol won a total of four New York Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
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‘Carol’ Review: Cate Blanchett Radiates Passion in Todd Haynes’ Near-Perfect Masterpiece

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‘Carol’ Review: Cate Blanchett Radiates Passion in Todd Haynes’ Near-Perfect Masterpiece
Carol” fits the mold of director Todd Haynes‘ extraordinary work, in that it calls to mind other great films (“Brief Encounter,” “Brokeback Mountain,” even Haynes’ own “Far From Heaven”) while standing alone as its own unique creation. In the tradition of cineaste auteurs as far-ranging as Scorsese, Tarantino and Almodóvar, Haynes draws on a deep well of film knowledge. But he filters it through his own sensibility, whether he’s exploring his pop culture obsessions (Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There,” Karen Carpenter in “Superstar”) or bringing a queer perspective to eras when such stories were never told on the big screen.
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Slideshow: Portraits & Voices From the Red Carpet at 51st Chicago International Film Festival

Previous | Image 1 of 18 | NextSarah Silverman represented her new film, ‘I Smile Back.’

Chicago – The Red Carpet was well trod during the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. with film stars, directors and other personalities taking their walks in representing their films during the two weeks of the event. Photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portraits, and Patrick McDonald got the soundbites.

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter known for his offbeat view of the world through films like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He presented his latest film at the Festival, “Anomalisa.”

HollywoodChicago.com: How would you describe yourself if someone asks you why you write the type of stories that you write?

Charlie Kaufman: I just try to be honest, because I think that’s my job description as a writer. I try to present something that is true, so
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Heroine Chic: Female Celebrity and Identity in the Films of Olivier Assayas

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Watching a film by Olivier Assayas is a little like wandering into the bedroom of a teenager, taking in the aesthetic décor that clings to his or her walls and bookshelves—posters, pop records, hastily cut-out collages of idols, and literature—and being left to draw a logical conclusion based on these ephemeral scraps. This idea of collage, assembling or reinventing an identity, has always been a concept inherent to punk and youth culture: British punk historian Jon Savage coined the term “living collage” to describe European teenagers in the 1970s who tore apart thrifted vintage clothing at the seams to fuse and repurpose them with safety pins. Assayas’ work is essentially the filmic equivalent of that same idea: he populates his frames with torrents of ideas and surfaces and lets loose cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Eric Gautier to pan wildly, struggling to encapsulate everything into their widescreen, handheld compositions.
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Happy 65th Birthday, Karen Carpenter: 10 Times She Blew Our Minds

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Happy 65th Birthday, Karen Carpenter: 10 Times She Blew Our Minds
Just like me, you long to be close to Karen Carpenter, the legendary vocalist who would've turned 65 today. Yes, that's right: It's only now that Karen Carpenter, who died 32 years ago, would've been a senior citizen. It's impossible to over-celebrate this woman's contributions to popular music. With her brother Richard and his brilliant arrangements, Karen Carpenter left a legacy of beautiful, palpably emotional music that felt both vulnerable and steely. Her delicate enunciation was a trademark, but the brutal resonance of her smooth alto was always her most beguiling quality. She's the rare singer who felt more emotional the more she was note-precise. A sterling and timeless talent. Let's revisit ten times she blew our minds.  1. The isolated vocals of "Close to You" will make you shiver.  Yes, Whitney Houston's isolated vocals on "How Will I Know" are also a fabulous treat, but there is something about Karen Carpenter
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The Definitive Movies of 1995

30. Sense and Sensibility

Directed by: Ang Lee

Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects.
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A veritable cavalcade? avalanche? orgy? of links this morning from news stories we haven't covered through interesting film tidbits and showbiz articles we wanted to point out for various reasons.

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Vanity Fair looks back at the making of now 20 year old Pulp Fiction

Fox Searchlight Birdman gets an incredible series of city-specific movie posters. Hopefully various movie theaters around the country will latch on to this. Such a fun idea.

The Spy in the Sandwich looks at Oscar's resistance to Asian cinema in the Foreign Language Film category and The Phillipines in particular

Variety Jason Reitman doing another "Live Read" of American Beauty on Thursday in La, this time with his Men Women and Children cast 

The Wire on where Jason Reitman (Labor Day, Men Women and Children) went wrong

Awards Daily Meryl Streep on the set of Ricky and the Flash

NonFics 10 essential documentaries on sex and sexuality.
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