‘Beyond the Brick,’ which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival, is more than just the story of a toy we’ve all come to love. At its core, it’s a documentary about survival.Dave M. Benett/WireImage
First-time filmmaker Jordan Rubin walks us through the making of the wackiest movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. Warning: There will be blood.Armory Films
While showrunners mine data and pander to audiences who are busy bingewatching and reading weekly recaps, a great television show may turn formulaic.
David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire and Tremé, thought he was in for a fight Thursday afternoon at a Tribeca Film Festival panel on the future of digital media. “I thought they brought me here to argue with you!” Simon said to Beau Willimon, the creator of Netflix’s House of Cards, a show that has helped revolutionize the way we now watch television. What Simon got instead was a frank, enlightening discussion about the changes the media and entertainment industries are now facing and how two seemingly opposite schools of thought can potentially co-exist in the future.
David Simon, creator of HBO series "The Wire", talks with Beau Willimon, creator of Netflix series "House of Cards," at Future Of Film Panel: Stories By Numbers - 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)
The event, “Stories by Numbers,” focused specifically on the digital era and how it continues to transform the way we consume media. For the purpose of the discussion, the emphasis was on two models: the instinctual method favored by folks like Simon and Willimon, and the increasingly popular data-driven method favored by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief (and fellow panel member) Nate Silver.
Oh snap! Princess Peach must be falling in love all over again.
Today, though, we bring you something that to our knowledge has never been seen before. Emil Axelsson recreates the classic melody using only his fingers and their super-snapping abilities.
Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on ‘That Girl,’ wants you to be yourself. Even if your life is like ‘Girls’ or ‘New Girl.’
“That’s how old I was when I was producing That Girl,” Marlo Thomas tells me when I say I’m 24 years old. And like that, I’m riddled with self-consciousness and doubt. She sits polished in a hip yet age-appropriate (age-defying, really, for 76 ) leather jacket, and hoop earrings. Even her hair is perfectly coiffed. Meanwhile, I sit in my wrinkled, ill-fitting blazer, sweaty from nerves and running to get to this interview on time.
It’s hard not to feel like a large failure next to Thomas, especially when you can barely control the cockroach problem in your apartment and remember to pay your rent on time. I am not starring and producing in my own television show. I live just 45 minutes from my childhood home, so I am hardly the pillar of independence. To this, Thomas says, “That's what Ann Marie did. Her family lived in Brewster, and she lived in the big city.” The comparison to her famous television character sets me off in a completely unprofessional fit of giggles, but she smiles again and says “You’re doing it. You’re doing great. You are.”
This is not the response I expected. Before Thomas got to the swank restaurant by Rockefeller Center, I sat wondering if I was more anxious about meeting the feminist pioneer because she created my childhood favorite Free to Be...You and Me or because she had given life to the iconic That Girl, whose charm and cheer I not-so-secretly aspired to emulate. Or because, well, it was freaking Marlo Thomas, a major voice in Women's Lib who marched with Gloria Steinem and managed to have multiple careers as an actress, producer, writer, and activist over nearly five decades.
Adult Swim’s Brett Gelman invites you to have supper with him and seasoned actors. This will, inevitably, devolve into the comedian freaking out and crying on the floor.
Brett Gelman is doing well.
He has appeared all over network and cable television, with recurring roles shows like Eagleheart, Go On, and The Inbetweeners and guest spots on Bored to Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Californication. He’s acted alongside Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in films such as The Other Guys, Jesse Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or Less, and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. He is also an accomplished author and frequent Vice.com contributor.
After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?
Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story, “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.”
By the time we hear this comment, we have seen and heard more than enough to make the statement sound almost innocuous. Maier was an unknown photographer whose pictures and negatives began turning up in Chicago storage lockers in 2007. Inside trunks and boxes and suitcases filled with clothes, curios, and old newspapers were photo albums, loose prints by the thousands, and hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film.
As the work was posted online, people were astonished. Here were pictures that ranked with some of the best street photography of the last 75 years. And the range was equally startling: Besides unblinking shots of bums and derelicts on Chicago streets, there were tender shots of children and the old, and exquisite abstract studies of shadows and light made by everything from streetlights to bicycle spokes. This was a woman with an insatiable appetite for the visual world and the talent to capture it on film.
He’s 450 years old, but Shakespeare lives on, most splashily on the big screen—where his most famous words have been given life by stars like Emma Thompson, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen. We select our favorite big-screen Shakespeare moments.
“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest. And he sure was right—for the work of the playwright, who was born 450 years ago today, is still performed not only on stage, but also—to even bigger audiences—on film. To celebrate Big Will’s 450th, here is a list of standout big-screen Shakespeare performances.
Kenneth Branagh portrayed Henry V in the 1989 film adaptation, which he directed as well. The New York Times said his performance was “tight-lipped and steely but also immensely intelligent,” and has “psychological heft and intelligent weight.” The most memorable scene is the St. Crispin’s Day speech, in which Branagh gives a moving delivery of the speech that ultimately inspires his troops to carry on:
Winfrey’s stepmom gives an unfiltered Daily Mail interview about the former queen of daytime’s unusual relationship with her boyfriend—and even stranger one with her best friend.
“If it’s not more than friendship, they’re giving every appearance that it is.”
Say what!? That’s Barbara Winfrey, stepmother to Oprah, giving her sassy and unfiltered opinion on her most famous woman in the world’s famously conspicuous relationship with her best friend, Gayle King. It’s part of an interview Barbara Winfrey gave to The Daily Mail, an article that reads like the 11 p.m. tipsy rant of a woman who’s had one too many glasses of white wine. Oh yes, the loose-lipped Winfrey throws all caution to the wind—and “caution,” here, is “insinuation that Oprah and Gayle are lesbian lovers.”
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It's not exactly a fall from space but still—WOW!
Felix Baumgartner's fall from the edge of space is probably the greatest jump of all time—but this is a close second.
Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, members of the French BASE jumping team Soul Flyers, set a new world record after taking a dive off the top of the world's tallest building: Dubai's Burj Khalifa. Reffet and Fugen emitted colored smoke as they made their descent, helmet-mounted GoPros and camera-mounted helicopters covering the feat from every possible angle.
It's like a mini Michael Bay action flick—without the excessive explosions of course.
Stephen Colbert tested out the new digs and his role as David Letterman's successor.
Giddy as a Girl Scout whose cookies went viral, David Letterman welcomed his successor, Stephen Colbert, to the CBS Late Show last night. Letterman is vacating the show “sometime next year,” ending a spectacular and hilarious 30-year run in late-night television.
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“Stephen Colbert is here, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman said during his monologue. “He just dropped by to sign the lease.” Actually, he continued, all Colbert needs to do now before taking over is “pass the physical.”
In a candid interview, the Oscar winner sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss her hit Broadway play, the thrill of working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the changing face of New York.
Marisa Tomei is just as sweet and complaisant as you’d imagine. Her smile is, in person, just as infectious as it is onscreen; a trait that’s helped make her one of those unique actors who inspires tremendous goodwill in audiences. The Oscar winner has only just settled into a corner table at Morandi, the cavernous Italian trattoria in New York’s West Village that she chose for our lunch, when we begin confabulating over our favorite local Italian joints.
Marisa Tomei during a hooping session in Los Angeles. (Stephanie Diani/The New York Times, via Redux)
“Bar Pitti is a classic,” she says. “And dell’anima? SO good. It has a sister restaurant too, whose name is escaping me.” She hits pause. “I haven’t eaten all day and I’m starving.”
With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, ‘NYC Prep’ ploddingly, painfully, approaches something ‘Gossip Girl’ never could—reality.
In 2009, a group of New York prep school kids brought their teen drama to the small screen for one magical season, proving that you don’t have to be a grown-up to play in the docudrama big leagues. Jessie, PC, Sebastian, Camille, Taylor and Kelli made up Bravo’s NYC Prep. With their man-scarves, classy cardigans, and expert blowouts, the crew was clearly styled to resemble the cast of Gossip Girl, their fictional CW counterpart. NYC Prep was like Gossip Girl’s overeager little sister, trying on her makeup and begging her for an invitation to the upcoming Operation Smile Gala.
Where Gossip Girl was polished and chic, NYC Prep was awkward and forced. One show featured some of the hottest twentysomething actors in the world posing as prep school kids; the other chronicled actual high schoolers’ attempts to look, act, and catfight like Gossip Girl characters. While Gossip Girl makes for a great Netflix binge—unsubstantial, glitzy, and highly addictive, NYC Prep is something else entirely. With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, NYC Prep ploddingly, painfully, approaches something Gossip Girl never could—reality.
She was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.
You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?
“I had such a pronounced feeling that it was a dream, that I didn’t buy those shoes,” Allison Tolman says.
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