Marlow Stern on the films to check out (Before Midnight) or avoid (Hangover III) this holiday weekend.Clockwise from top left: Sony Pictures Classics; Warner Bros. (2); Universal
‘Smash’ ends its run on the Sunday night. Jason Lynch on what went wrong with this once promising show.Will Hart/NBC
Swedish House Mafia briefly reunites. will.i.am attempts the Charleston. WATCH VIDEO of the most entertaining, breathtaking, and bizarre music videos released this week.
In this week’s top music video picks, we take a journey through icy blue Scandinavian waters, 1960s dance numbers, and the depths of the Internet. From hip-hop to electronic and indie rock, and featuring artists like The Presets and Atmosphere, see which music videos are becoming viral this week.
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James Gray’s searing portrait of disillusionment, ‘The Immigrant,’ starring Marion Cotillard, has emerged as one of the strongest films in this year’s festival Competition.
While waiting in one of the many interminable lines at the Cannes Film Festival, I struck up a conversation with a contributor to Cahiers du cinéma, France’s best-known film magazine. “I’m particularly looking forward to James Gray’s The Immigrant, ” he remarked. Rather self-deprecatingly, he added, “But then, of course, I’m French.”
Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard in "The Immigrant". (Anne Joyce)
Like Jerry Lewis, Gray, a director known for—among other films—The Yards, We Own the Night, and Two Lovers, has long received a much more sympathetic reception from critics in France than in the United States. (On Thursday, Lewis was feted on stage in Cannes at a screening of Daniel Noah’s Max Rose, a new film in which he has the starring role.) Although Gray’s films often star well-known actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Wahlberg, and especially Joaquin Phoenix (The Immigrant is Phoenix’s fourth collaboration with Gray), he barely registers as a Hollywood contender on most American filmgoers’ radar. Even Conversations With James Gray, edited by The Hollywood Reporter’s Jordan Mintzer and the only major book on the director in English, was published in France.
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10. Convos With My 2-Year-Old
It’s usually adorable to talk to toddlers. Unless, of course, that toddler is really a grown man. In this hilarious exploration of family relationships, Matt Clarke reenacts real conversations he has with his daughter, who’s played by another dude.
Richard Porton on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes snoozer, ‘Only God Forgives,’ starring Ryan Gosling, which received the ‘heartiest boos so far’ at the festival, and ‘Nebraska.’
If protracted eye-gouging, torture facilitated by steel chopsticks, the brutal and thoroughly gratuitous murder of prostitutes, ponderous camera movements and a semi-catatonic performance by Ryan Gosling sound like fun, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives might be the movie you’ve been waiting for.
Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives". (via Cannes Film Festival)
Refn’s film, which premiered Wednesday at Cannes, received, at least at the press screening, the heartiest boos so far of any Competition entry. It seems destined to please only the most ardent fans of the Danish director (he won the festival’s 2011 Best Director prize for Drive). It’s true that judiciously deployed violence has distinguished a number of brilliant genre films, particularly from Asia, in recent years. Unfortunately, Only God Forgives lacks any of the playfulness, not to mention the coherence, of stellar thrillers by, among others, Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike, Johnnie To, and Bong-Joon-ho; films by Mikke and To—not representative, alas, of their best work, are also featured in this year’s edition of Cannes.
The troubled child star donned a platinum blonde wig while facing drug charges in court Friday. The meltdown was inevitable, so why are we still surprised?
You know when you’re turning the crank on a jack-in-a-box, and you keep turning and you know that creepy clown is going to jump out at you any second—you expect it—but it doesn’t stop you from jumping when it does finally spring out? That’s kind of what it’s been like to chronicle Amanda Bynes’s downward spiral these past months.
Amanda Bynes appears in court in NYC facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and marijuana possession after allegedly throwing a bong from her apartment window. (Steven Hirsch/Splash)
The 27-year-old child-star-turned-cautionary tale was arrested Thursday night in Manhattan on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana. The police were called to her midtown apartment after a building official reported seeing the former actress wandering the lobby with a joint, acting erratically and muttering to herself. By the time the cops arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment. When they opened her door, they were allegedly greeted by a damning cloud of weed smoke.
Morgan Freeman fell asleep during a TV interview. After the clip went viral, he issued the best response ever. But the actor has a history of great quotes. Here are the best.
We all know that Morgan Freeman is one of cinema’s greatest character actors, but he’s also quite a character off-screen as well.
Morgan Freeman stars in Dark Knight Rises. (Ron Phillips / Warner Bros.)
The 75-year-old Oscar winner was being interviewed—along with Michael Caine, 80—by Fox's Seattle-Tacoma affiliate TV station, Q13, on Wednesday. The duo was discussing Now You See Me, a film about a group of illusionists who pull off head-scratching heists during their performances, when Freeman began getting sleepy. He kept nodding. His eyes started to close. They closed completely. Then, his head dropped down to his chest. He was fast asleep.
The actress talks to Marlow Stern about how the Wolf Pack has changed, her awkward teen years, her 9/11 New York story, and why women don’t get a fair shake in Hollywood.
Heather Graham has turned out to be quite the prolific actress.
The stunning blonde first burst onto the scene as the junkie Nadine in Gus Van Sant’s 1989 film Drugstore Cowboy. Several juicy roles followed, including a six-episode arc on David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks—and the spinoff film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, as well as parts in Six Degrees of Separation and Swingers. Her big break came in 1997, when she portrayed the porn star Rollergirl in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights.
Heather Graham as Jade in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ "The Hangover Part III". (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)
Watch a scene ‘Only God Forgives,’ in which Ryan Gosling’s character’s manhood is mocked by his vicious mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas… NSFW!
One of the most hotly anticipated films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, running from May 15-26 in the south of France, is Only God Forgives. The crime-thriller reteams Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn with his star, Ryan Gosling, and is Gosling’s last film before his self-imposed hiatus from acting.
Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives." (Cannes Film Festival)
Gosling plays Julian, an American running a Muy Thai boxing club in Bankok, Thailand, that’s a front for a drug-smuggling operation. When his brother, Billy (Tom Burke), is killed in an act of revenge after murdering an underage prostitute, the two boys’ mother, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas), comes to town. Crystal is a deliciously evil crime lord, and demands that Julian seek vengeance on the man who killed her favorite son.
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