Other winners include 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' '12 Years a Slave,' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'
Awards season is finally here! Today, the New York Film Critics Circle slowly drip-fed their “Best Of” list for 2013 on Twitter. Back in 2011, the group pushed up their voting so they could be the ones to kick off the buzz (previously the National Board of Review and Los Angeles Film Critics Association had come before). They have continued the trend since, and now they have the first word on the best films of 2013. (The Gotham Awards, which were announced last night, don’t really count due to their focus on independent films.)
It’s a shame that the biggest winner of the night (David O. Russel’s American Hustle) won’t hit theaters for another two weeks. One notable omission is Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street, which looks great but may not be the award season material some were expecting/hoping for.
Best Picture: American Hustle – David O. Russell
R. Kelly uses the word ‘p**sy’ 57 times in one song. He also accepts responsibility for every child born since the ‘90s. Really. Read more ridiculous lyrics from Black Panties.
There’s a beautiful song about love on R. Kelly’s new album Black Panties.
“I just want to marry Cheryl. I just want to marry Cheryl. I just want to marry Cheryl. Want to go down on my knees, and expect Cheryl to marry me.”
In the fall of 1965, all Bob Dylan wanted to do was check into the Chelsea Hotel with his girlfriend Sara Lownds and write his album, but he ended up trysting with Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick—and then making the biggest decision of his life. An excerpt from ‘Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel.’
Bob Neuwirth, Bob Dylan’s closest friend and “supreme hip courtier” during this period, later recalled that it was on a snowy night sometime in the late fall of 1965 when he and Dylan first crossed paths with Edie Sedgwick. Dylan had finally returned east after a harrowing tour with his new band, the Hawks, and had more or less abandoned the house he had bought in Woodstock, not believing he could write something new in a place where he’d written before. “It’s just a hang up, a voodoo kind of thing,” he said. “I can’t stand the smell of birth. It just lingers.” Instead, he had returned with his girlfriend Sara Lownds to the Chelsea Hotel—the perfect environment for writing the city songs he had in mind.
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Dylan had made tons of money, but the pressure had been great. For the past year, at least, he had sustained himself with what he euphemistically called “a lot of medicine,” which had left him whipthin, sharp-tempered, and hardly able to sit still. At the same time, the Kennedy assassination, the splintering civil rights movement, and the escalating war in Vietnam were all pushing people toward a fin-de-siecle state of mind further nourished by the speed and acid now ubiquitous in New York. At the Chelsea, amphetamine addicts screamed insults in the lobby at three in the morning, and marijuana smoke lingered on the stairwell while the 24-year-old international sensation sat up nights scribbling notes about “the undertaker in his midnight suit” and “the rainman… with his magic wand” as he embarked on his “magician” phase.
Yes, twerk princess Miley Cyrus is leading the polling for TIME’s Person of the Year with two days to go.
Twerk may have been dealt a crushing blow when Oxford Dictionaries recently announced that the word of the year was “Selfie,” but the former Disney starlet who forever ingrained the regrettable term in the cultural zeitgeist could have the last laugh.
With only two days to go, pop princess Miley Cyrus is leading the polling for TIME’s Person of the Year. As of Monday, Cyrus had 20.2 percent of the vote, followed by Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with 18.6 percent, and Turkish Prime Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan with 18.3 percent (no Edward Snowden?). Last year's victor was President Barack Obama.
In addition to voting through their website, TIME partnered with Twitter to open up the reader’s choice poll to social media, with users tweeting their choice(s) with #TIMEPOY—which the publication is then recording.
And Rita Ora joins ’50 Shades of Grey’
The actress dishes about being an ‘N Sync fan, her go-to karaoke songs, and her turn as Jean Berkey, one half of a folk duo—opposite Justin Timberlake—in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’
Carey Mulligan is delightful. It’s the first word that comes to mind once you’re done chatting with the effortlessly cool actress who, at just 28 years of age, has emerged as one of the most exciting leading ladies in Tinseltown. Her unique mélange of old-school glamour and contempo wit has made her seem at home in period pieces like An Education (for which she received an Oscar nod) and The Great Gatsby, as well as gritty neo-noirs such as Drive and Shame.
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Her latest film is the drama Inside Llewyn Davis. Helmed by the legendary Joel and Ethan Coen, it’s a melancholic tale about ornery, terribly stubborn, yet gifted singer-songwriter Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac), who's struggling to navigate the folk scene in early 1960s Greenwich Village. Mulligan stars as Jean Berkey, a former paramour of Davis’s and one-half of a husband-wife folk duo with Jim (Justin Timberlake). The film also stars John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, and Garrett Hedlund, and features an excellent soundtrack courtesy of producers T-Bone Burnett and Marcus Mumford, lead singer of the band Mumford & Sons (and Mulligan’s real-life husband).
Songs all about ‘me’ and how beautiful and strong ‘I’ am now dominate the charts. Why the music of the Millennial generation is so narcissistic—the sonic equivalent of an Instagram self-portrait.
The first time I heard “Roar,” the lead single from Katy Perry’s latest album, Prism, I thought it was a pretty good pop song. Scratch that. I thought it was a very good pop song. I liked the stomping beat and the growling guitar line. The verse was strong, the bridge was even better, and the chorus was absolutely irresistible, from the little break on “I got the eye of the tiger” to Perry’s rising, elongated “rooooaaar.” Halfway through I was already singing along.
But the more I listened to “Roar”—and, full disclosure, I listened to it a lot, at least for a 31-year-old married man with hipster tendencies—the more I began to realize that it wasn’t just a very good pop song. “Roar” is something bigger as well: the epitome of a new style of music that has come to dominate the charts in recent years. A style that says something interesting—and possibly unsettling—about what sort of listeners we are now.
Britney Spears teased that ‘Britney Jean’ is her most personal album yet. It’s not. At all. And she may be the only person left who can get away with that.
Walt Disney paid $100,000 for the film rights to ‘Mary Poppins.’ Go behind the scenes of the beloved family classic in ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the new film starring Tom Hanks as Disney.
The younger Affleck brother was seemingly on top of the world, with starring roles and an Oscar nod. Then he put his acting career on hold for two years to make a gonzo mockumentary with his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix. Now he’s back in the new film ‘Out of the Furnace.’ He discusses his turn as a troubled war vet.
Casey Affleck seems nervous.
We’re seated across from each other at a nondescript wine bar in Tribeca—an area of Lower Manhattan that, for over a decade, he called home—and the 38-year-old actor is nibbling on a mezze platter of hummus and baba ghanoush (he’s vegan). Affleck’s in town to promote his latest film, Out of the Furnace, in which he stars as Rodney Baze Jr., an Iraq War veteran who returns to his depressed Rust Belt town and reconnects with his older brother Russell, played by Christian Bale. With his employment options limited, and the specter of war still haunting him, Rodney turns to bareknuckle boxing for money and cathartic release. It’s a stunning turn by Affleck, who conveys the horrors of war in his hardened visage and soft, broken voice, prone to fits of rage. It’s also a testament to his mutability as an actor, given his stoic turn earlier this year as an escaped convict on the run in the somber Western Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Despite these standout performances, as well as an upcoming role in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi flick Interstellar, Affleck’s not sure the whole acting thing will pan out.
When Paul Walker steps on the pedal in ‘The Fast and Furious,’ his boyish glee takes over. This is why people fall in love with speed. We rank all six films in the franchise.
As Paul Walker boasted in this joke video from last year, The Fast and the Furious was his franchise. The actor died Saturday in a fiery car crash following a fundraiser at Always Evolving, the high-end auto shop that he is part owner of. According to TMZ, the shop’s CEO Roger Rodas took Walker on a 20-minute ride because Walker had wanted to check out the Porsche Carrera GT, and the crash killed both of them on the way back just some 500 yards from the shop.
Walker was a passionate racer even before the Fast and Furious series began, and he was perhaps even the reason why the franchise exists, persuading director Roger Cohen to make a car-racing film when they worked together in 1999’s The Skulls.
That was the beginning of six Fast and Furious films. Fast and Furious 7, which had just about completed filming and was due out in July 2014, is reportedly being delayed but not scrapped, though Universal had signed up to extend the series even further, and the fate of those sequels are not yet known. Walker’s death puts the entire franchise in uncertainty—how will Fast and Furious survive after its star was killed under circumstances similar to what the films themselves glorified? As police officer turned street racer Brian O’Conner, who joins Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) crew, when Walker steps on the gas pedal, his boyish glee takes over the camera, and you can really understand why people fall in love with speed. We rank all six films in the franchise for the uninitiated, from worst to best.
How should you laugh at Key and Peele sketches? The hot comedy duo talks to The Daily Beast about how to approach their jokes from a biracial standpoint.
“I’m a f--king baseball player, that’s what we do. We f--king hit home runs and f--king slap-ass.” The line is from Comedy Central duo Key and Peele’s hilarious sketch “Slap-Ass.” The premise: an intervention for a man who is addicted to, well, slapping ass. But what are we laughing at? Is it because the biracial comedians seamlessly slip into the characters and skewer racial stereotypes? Or are we laughing at people from the Dominican Republic? Or is the repetition of the phrase “slap-ass” just funny? Does it matter?
Hailed as the successor to Chappelle’s Show, Key and Peele averages nearly 2 million viewers a night. (“Slap-Ass” has more than 2 million views on YouTube; “East/West College Bowl,” the video that perhaps launched their virality, has 20 million.) The guys are co-producing and co-writing a movie with comedy guru Judd Apatow, who says Key and Peele can make “the movie that America desperately needs right now.” (Read: a grown-up comedy about race.)
Yet, for two comedians who think the idea of race is absurd, Keegan Michael-Key (the tall bald guy) and Jordan Peele (the short guy) sure do talk a lot about it. The ex-Mad TV cast members came out proudly as biracial in the first episode of their show. They say that if Obama weren’t elected president, they probably wouldn’t be on television right now.
The Walking Dead's explosive midseason finale saw the Governor and Rick engaged in all-out war. There were many casualties. Warning: spoilers ahead!
The Walking Dead’s fourth midseason finale episode, “Too Far Gone,” could easily have been called “About F—king Time.” It was everything fans have been waiting for since Season 3’s snooze-worthy ending. After a year of buildup and fake-outs, the Governor (David Morrissey) finally engaged the prison in all-out war. There was a tank, there were grenades, and Daryl (Norman Reedus) came this close to becoming walker meat. (Imagine the riots!) The prison walls were torn down and self-appointed child soldiers blew invaders’ heads off. We finally got the bare-hands fight to the death between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and The Governor that’s been overdue for half a season. And there were four significant deaths, one of which got millions at home shrieking for joy: The Governor is finally dead!
Philip Blake, a.k.a. Brian Heriot, a.k.a. World’s Most Tedious Bad Guy got his just desserts, sort of. I was rooting for Michonne (Danai Gurira) to poke out his other eye then for him to get eaten alive by walkers—but being impaled then shot in the head by Lilly (Audrey Marie Anderson), the woman whose daughter died because of his insatiable need for power, works too. His death came at a moment when we couldn’t have hated him any more—besides making us suffer through two slow-paced, melodramatic episodes about his attempts to become a new man, he had just used Michonne’s sword to hack Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) head off in front of his two daughters. Hershel was The Walking Dead’s Dale 2.0: wise, selfless and the show’s moral center. Rick relied heavily on his advice and his medical skills. During the outbreak in “Internment,” Hershel even proved himself a hero by saving Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Lizzie’s (Brighton Sharbino) lives.
Back in the dark days of the Great Depression, Hollywood pumped out brilliant, inspiring, high-spirited films. Now they give us calamity and combat, slavery and drudgery— on land, sea and even in outer space. Liesl Schillinger calls for the return of big-screen romance and wit to enliven the season.
In the midst of the holidays—a time for turkey, pumpkin pie, latkes, mulled cider, and tree-trimming, and long, post-feast afternoons with multiple generations of your family—you will find yourself riffling desperately through movie listings of newspapers, hunting for a heartwarming, mood-lifting film you can all escape to for a few hours, en masse, before the next meal. What will you see, on this and ensuing festive weekends? What has Hollywood unwrapped for us this season? Let’s see, one movie about a man who dies on a boat (probably), another about a man who almost dies on a boat. One about astronauts stranded in outer space, one about slavery. One about teens battling to the death, and several about bereft middle-aged people struggling to keep it together. Oh, and one about Nazis and books. Will the fun never cease?
It’s odd to think that, five years into the Great Recession, Hollywood has not leapt to fulfill the public hunger for celluloid (OK, digital) cheer. Back in the 1930s—the last time prosperity yawed off a corner and landed in the ditch—the movies rushed to the rescue of the demoralized citizenry with a spate of feel-good movies that filled studio coffers while raising the spirits of ticket buyers. Screenwriters, directors and producers lifted apple-sellers out of their doldrums with a tempting array of escapist treats: high-stepping dance pictures with Fred and Ginger; glamorous, bantering “Thin Man” mysteries; intricately staged musicals by Busby Berkeley; and rousing Frank Capra dramas—with Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Greta Garbo and Shirley Temple thrown in to kick the charm factor into the stratosphere.
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