Great Depression child star and ambassador.
One of America’s most beloved child stars, Shirley Temple Black, has passed away at the age of 85. She died Monday of natural causes at her home in California, surrounded by her family. Temple gained fame in the 1930s as a precocious young movie star who raised the country’s spirits during the Great Depression with movies such as Curly Top, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and Bright Eyes. Following an entertainment career that began at the age of 3, Temple went on to serve in various official government roles, including as ambassador to the United Nations, Ghana, and the former Czechoslovakia. A press release said “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”
Why is the drug lord of Harlan County so damn likeable? Walton Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on ‘Justified,’ on his character’s moral compass.
“All Shot to Hell,” was, as Walton Goggins put it, “a killer episode” of Justified. In a pivotal scene, drug lord Boyd Crowder responds to a threat: “Well, I have been called many things, but no one has ever called me inarticulate.” This is certainly true of Goggins.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Lithia Springs, Georgia, Goggins moved to California at age nineteen to pursue acting. In 1997, he hooked up with fellow Georgian, director and actor Ray McKinnon (O Brother, Where Art Thou), to form a production company, Ginny Mule Pictures. The company was to make movies that were uniquely southern. As Goggins puts it, “pictures about the archetypal not the stereotypical South.” One of them, The Accountant, a dark comedy won an Academy Award for best-live action short of 2002. That same year Goggins began as six-year runs as Detective Shane Vendrell in the FX series, The Shield.
He’s corny, homophobic, manipulative, creepy, rude, boring, and not as attractive as ABC tries to convince me he is. Juan Pablo is a special kind of mean disguised as a nice guy.
As the smog that was “Juanuary” lifts, we can finally digest what happened in Vietnam. Clearly, Juan Pablo has ruined The Bachelor. He is a special kind of mean disguised as a nice guy. And that’s the worst kind.
The more he talks, the more he sucks, and viewers and critics have been hopping off the Juan wagon. Kate Dries at Jezebel wrote “he’s totally ruined himself as a sexy and viable life partner.” Willa Paskin at Slate called out both Juan Pablo and the show, writing, “The Bachelor continues to present itself as romantic, out to find a good man a life partner, a soul mate, a true love—all while behaving like a pimp.”
Conservatives used to recognize philosophy and religion in humanity’s frailties, like a heroin addict’s overdose. Now it’s all liberal culture’s fault.
Political questions cannot be answered well without reference to spiritual ones. For over two thousand years, this was the commanding precept of Western civilization—whether we spoke of the soul like Socrates or Jesus, or of the spirit like Hegel, or of the psyche like Freud.
And for several decades, this was the dominant view in mainstream, “movement” conservatism, too. At age 26, William F. Buckley pledged his faith that “the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world,” and “that the struggle between individualism and collectivism in the same struggle reproduced on another level.”
Alexandre Desplat is having a bit of a moment, having scored ‘Philomena,’ ‘Monuments Men,’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ in quick succession. No other composer today has worked so consistently on such good, smart movies. How does he do it?
“I listen with my eyes and I look with my ears,” says Alexandre Desplat.
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The film composer and I are perched on stools in front of a black Steinway grand piano in Studio A—the hallowed, cavernous room at the base of the famous Capitol Records building in Hollywood, Calif. where Frank Sinatra (among other immortal artists) recorded “Come Fly with Me” (among other immortal tracks). Cymbals are arrayed on the floor to our left; a drum kit rests on a red Oriental rug; boom mikes wait patiently, like bony sentinels, while we speak. Desplat is wearing a black Maison Martin Margiela sport coat, a white v-neck t-shirt, black drainpipe jeans, discotheque sneakers, and a gossamery purple scarf. His black hair sweeps back from the crest of his high forehead and laps at the nape of his neck; his lips are pursed. Occasionally his fluent, French-accented sentences will conclude with a conspiratorial giggle. He looks like a Gallic Andy Garcia.
They’re some of the most respected actors in the movie biz now and deserve their awards plaudits, but before achieving Oscar nomination glory, these stars—from Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence—made some regrettable choices. See the best of the worst.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’s Plum (2001)
Oscar Nominee: The Wolf of Wall Street
This low budget black-and-white film starred real-life pals Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Kevin Connolly as a group of douchebag Angeleno lotharios who discuss their womanizing ways at an L.A. diner. DiCaprio’s Derek is the worst of the bunch, making a bevy of racist and sexist remarks, and even pushing a girl in one upsetting sequence. Don’s Plum was filmed from 1995-1996, when DiCaprio and Maguire weren’t megastars yet, and the actors were only reportedly paid $575 a day for their work. It premiered at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, but was never released in the U.S. because DiCaprio and Maguire were allegedly so embarrassed by the film—and felt it could harm their burgeoning careers—that they attempted to block its release. Producer David Stutman sued DiCaprio and Maguire, but the group eventually all agreed to release the film outside the U.S. and Canada only.
Sir David Attenborough, the greatest naturalist of our time, says it’s foolish to blindly accept what you’ve learned at your mother’s knee.
Sir David Attenborough is one of the great naturalists of our time, celebrated for decades of peerless documentary making, an infectious love of the animal kingdom and that distinctive and enthusiastic whisper. Once criticized by campaigners for his reticence to address contentious issues, Attenborough is no longer willing to speak in hushed tones.
Sitting opposite the kangaroo enclosure at London Zoo, he told The Daily Beast he had lost patience with the “ignorance” of creationists, polluters, and climate change deniers. “To simply say that you must accept unquestioningly what you learned at your mother’s knee is not the act of an intelligent person,” he said.
As musical accompaniment to Seth Meyers.
When Fred Armisen isn't in Portland, you'll find him on stage as the house band for Seth Meyers's revamped Late Night. Armisen and his 8G Band will join his fellow Saturday Night Live star's talk show. "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia," Meyers tweeted on Monday. Armisen is a guitarist and drummer who played punk rock in the '80s, and was backup for The Blue Man Group in the '90s.
No one expected an animated movie about toy building blocks to become the year’s hottest, best-reviewed film. How did Lego do it?
This past weekend not only saw the first blockbuster of 2014 finally hit theaters, but also the first truly great movie of the year. And it wasn’t the WWII action-adventure epic starring George Clooney and Matt Damon (holy hell was The Monuments Men a terrible movie). No, it was a movie about Lego.
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The Lego Movie stunned industry pundits by assembling an astounding $69.1 million debut at the box office—the best of the year so far—while also earning raves from critics, with a 95 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. To put that in perspective, only two Oscar nominees for Best Picture, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, scored higher. Yep. The Lego Movie: Better than American Hustle!
‘Flappy Bird’ is dead. But the game lives on, especially on eBay, where you can buy an iPhone with it installed. You know, if you have $100,000.
Flappy Bird was dead. The uber addictive game (the biggest time water of 2014) was yanked from app stores after its creator, Don Nguyen, had had enough.
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But like that little bird who looks more like a fish, that little bird who comes back after bumping his or her head on a pipe, the game somehow lives on. If you’ve already downloaded it you can still play.
HBO releases a 15-minute featurette on the new season of its sprawling, Emmy-winning drama, featuring interviews, new footage, and lots of dragons.
Forgot that whole "winter is coming" nonsense. Have you been outside? Winter is still here, folks. Oh, is it so depressingly still here. So bless HBO for heating things up a bit with the release of an epic 15-minute trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones.
Featuring scattered flashes of footage from the upcoming season and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, the featurette, titled "Ice and Fire: Foreshadowing," attempts to answer the question: how the hell is this show going to ever top the Red Wedding? As Gwendoline Christie (who plays Brienne) says in the video, "I knew it was coming and it ripped me up inside. I cried." But remember: Game of Thrones asked the same question after the beheading of Ned Stark season one. And after the Battle of Blackwater in season 2.
The 33-page New York Supreme Court decision from Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against Mia Farrow sheds light on the Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow back-and-forth.
It is, quite frankly, incredible how the Dylan Farrow-Woody Allen saga has played out in the public discourse. But, for all the fiery op-eds by journalists on the child sexual abuse allegations levied by Farrow against Allen, and the subsequent firestorm of controversy, few have sat down and analyzed the 33-page decision from New York Supreme Court Justice Elliott Wilk in Woody Allen’s 1992 custody suit against his former partner, Mia Farrow (Farrow would later go on to name one of her adopted children, Thaddeus Wilk Farrow, after the judge).
The decision, dated June 7, 1993, begins: “On August 13, 1992, seven days after he learned that his seven-year-old daughter Dylan had accused him of sexual abuse, Woody Allen began this action against Mia Farrow to obtain custody of Dylan, their five-year-old son Satchel, and their fifteen-year-old son Moses… what follows are my findings of fact. Where statements or observations are attributable to witnesses, they are adopted by me as findings of fact.”
Even with a critical dud like ‘The Monuments Men,’ the silver fox remains unsinkable. Clooney's passion for film, politics, and old-fashioned fun makes him Hollywood's best player.
The charm is simple, natural, free-flowing. And yes, he is as good-looking in real life. If he wasn't so damned nice, so damned hot, engaging and intelligent, it would be easy to resent, envy and wish hailstorms of frogs on George Clooney. But there's no point. The frogs would rain down on him, land with a plop, gaze up at his smile and become princes.
When I interviewed him in 2012 for The London Times, it was on the eve of that year's Oscars. Clooney was up for Best Actor for his role in The Descendants as a harried father, struggling to cope with his children as his wife lay in a coma. But it was to be the year of Jean Dujardin and The Artist. Two years on, Dujardin is starring in Clooney's latest film, The Monuments Men, which Clooney directed, co-wrote and co-produced, and starred in and which is turning out to be that rare thing: a Clooney dud, a misstep.
‘The Walking Dead’ returns, and immediately has to deal with the problem of what to do with Rick Grimes. Plus, Michonne's backstory is finally revealed. Warning: Spoiler alert!
Admit it: You’ve always wondered what The Walking Dead would be like without Rick Grimes. In the middle of solving everyone’s problems, or his biweekly speech on What Makes a Good Leader, you secretly thought to yourself, What if—what if—Rick just keeled over dead right now? Would people scream? Would the show go on?
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In Sunday night’s midseason premiere, “After,” we at least found out how Carl would deal with the maybe-death of his father. He’d say a lot of mean stuff about him then climb a roof and consume 112 ounces of chocolate pudding.
Having David Bowie play your space alien would make any sci fi movie a classic, but ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ works even without him—just check out the great novel that inspired the film.
“The novel on the cutting room floor”
They are literature’s cold cases, the Missing and Presumed Dead. They are the unlucky novels and stories that inspired movies so successful that they eclipsed the originals almost completely. Some books weather a subsequent movie’s success. Gone With the Wind survives as a classic film and a classic novel. But how many people know that before it was a movie, The Birds was a very good novella by Daphne Du Maurier, or that Forrest Gump is based on the novel Forrest Gump?
Good fiction deserves a better fate. By way of a modest corrective, this series seeks out and showcases those obscured, forgotten novels and stories that gave their lives that movies might live, stories that were always at least as good as the well-known films they inspired and in more than a few instances, a lot better.
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CLOSE YOUR EYES!
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John Travolta: ‘Let It Go!'
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