September 30, 2016

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“The Neon Demon” is the next stylish effort from Nicolas Winding Refn

I still remember when I first saw Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn’s masterpiece of an action drama. It was such a wonderfully stylized and confident film, it just blew me away. Refn had never done that before, so he was officially a filmmaker I needed to see keep up this new lease on cinematic life, as it were. This week, he unleashes The Neon Demon on the world, a stylish effort that has divided audiences since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. I fall somewhere right in the middle on it, but it’s well worth discussing, that’s for sure, so that’s what we’ll be doing today.
The movie is kind of a horror flick, but at the same time a satire/thriller/all of the above sort of endeavor. Jesse (Elle Fanning) is the next big thing in the Los Angeles modeling world, lusted after by both men and women, while leered at with animosity by her fellow models. She makes a friend of sorts in makeup artist Ruby (Jena Malone), but all is not as it seems, something that only becomes clearer in the third act, when a twist of sorts occurs. Basically, the first half looks at the cutthroat world of photoshoots, while the second half takes a far more monstrous turn. Refn directs and co-writes here with Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, while in addition to Fanning and Malone, there’s a very eclectic cast on display. Who might they be? Well, just a sample includes Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Alessandro Nivola, Desmond Harrington, Karl Glusman, Charles Baker, and more. The score is by the very talented composer Cliff Martinez, while Natasha Braier handles the cinematography. The look of this film is beyond reproach, that’s for sure.
I have some issues with the flick, but the look of it is not one. Refn and his cinematographer have created perhaps his most visually dynamic and interesting film yet. The script falls short of the mark, but the direction certainly does not. The performances are also solid, especially from Fanning, Malone (who is best in show, in my book), and Reeves, but Refn is the star. He almost seems to delight in making something this divisive, and that’s an interesting way to go about things. He won’t be winning over any new fans, but he likely won’t be losing any either. This is very much in keeping with the […]

Ryan Gosling makes an intriguing directorial debut with “Lost River”

I’m a huge fan of Ryan Gosling as an actor, frankly considering him to be among the very best of this generation. As such, I was very interesting in his first foray behind the camera, which happens to be the dark fairy tale of sorts Lost River. He’s worked with some top notch directors in the past, so some interesting things had to have rubbed off on him. Well, he wears a number of influences on his sleeve in Lost River, oddly enough including David Lynch in a huge way. His debut film is a divisive one, but it’s a debut that I think suggests a bright future as a filmmaker.
Gosling has a who’s who list of directors that he’s worked with in his career so far, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson), Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines), George Clooney (The Ides of March), Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love), Marc Forster (Stay), Andrew Jarecki (All Good Things), as well as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive and Only God Forgives), and that doesn’t include his upcoming projects with Shane Black, Terrence Malick, and Adam McKay either. Those various filmmaking styles have clearly rubbed off on him, besides combining with his own distinct visual aesthetic and sensibilities. I’m sure his directorial choices in filming his own script might have been different if not for the work with those directors over the past decade or so.
If you’ve never heard of Lost River, here’s a primer. Gosling wrote and directed the tale of a family trying to stay in their home while the entire town around them basically crumbles. It’s dark, surreal, and often disturbing, but with an underlying emotion that sets it apart. The cast includes Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith, as well as newcomer Iain De Caestecker. Noted cinematographer Benoît Debie shot the flick and Johnny Jewel composed the score. When Gosling turned in the script to Warner Brothers, they bought it and let him go off and make what he wanted. Then, reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last year weren’t what they expected, so it’s getting a token release on Friday before quietly going to home video in May. I understand that decision, but I don’t agree with it. Lost River is messy, but it’s far from a bad film.
The thing […]

“Detachment” paints a grim picture of public education

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: Most of the ideas in Tony Kaye’s Detachment are not revolutionary, especially not to anyone who has followed the last thirty years of debate regarding the public education system in America (Jonathan Kozel’s many works of nonfiction come to mind). And while the story is told in a style that sometimes veers in art-house cliche (sepia-toned flashbacks, first-person testimonial to an unseen listener, hand-held claustrophobia, etc), the picture is in the end devastating via its almost objective presentation of the issues at hand. Sure, Kaye is saying, we know that public schools are underfunded, understaffed, and stuck with various federal mandates and (worst of all, argues Kaye) a deluge of unmotivated students whose parents only take an interest when it comes to rebutting disciplinary measures. But told through the eyes of a substitute teacher who is far more caring than he wants to be, the picture wonders why we’re so accepting a system that doesn’t seem to be all that successful for any number of American youths.
The plot is pretty simple: Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody) is starting an extended gig as a substitute teacher in an unnamed public high school. Through his eyes we see the frustration, bitterness, cynicism, and acceptance of his full-time colleagues (played by, among others, James Caan, Lucy Liu, Christina Hendricks, and William Peterson, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, and Marcia Gay Harden). The primary blame is placed at the feet of seemingly disinterested parents, although programs like No Child Left Behind with its unfunded mandates and reliance on arbitrary test scores as the be all/end all judgement for struggling schools, takes their licks too. Yes Mr. Barnes does provide token inspiration to his kids, almost despite himself, but it’s merely because they take his blunt cynicism as a sign of respect. This is, at its core, a character study of someone who has long since given up being the great inspiration to young minds, as well as a brutal deconstruction of that entire concept.
Much of what happens borders on cliche, especially when the film leaves the classroom. He struggles with a student who mistakes simple empathy for paternal/romantic affection, bonds with a female member of the faculty, and deals with a dementia-stricken grandparent (Louis Zorich). But the film works because of the sheer understated power of its frank storytelling. That last subplot plays out […]

Emmys show love to “Mad Men,” “Modern Family”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning, with AMC’s “Mad Men” and ABC’s “Modern Family” leading the pack.
First-year shows “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” also enjoyed strong showings, while AMC’s “The Killing” picked up and handful of nominations (despite critical backlash as its season concluded).
The Primetime Emmys will air live on Sunday, Sept. 18. A full list of Emmy nominees are below. Who do you think got snubbed?
Best drama series: Boardwalk Empire, Friday Night Lights, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Mad Men.
Best comedy series: Modern Family, 30 Rock, Glee, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Recreation.
Drama actress: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU; Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law; Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights and Mireille Enos, The Killing.
Comedy actor: Steve Carell, The Office; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Louis C.K., Louie; Johnny Galecki, Big Bang Theory.
Drama actor: Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Hugh Laurie, House; Timothy Olyphant, Justified.
Comedy actress: Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Laura Linney, The Big C; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly.
Supporting drama actor: Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age; John Slattery, Mad Men; Alan Cumming, The Good Wife; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; Walton Goggins, Justified.
Supporting comedy actor: Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Chris Colfer, Glee.
Supporting comedy actress: Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock.
Supporting drama actress: Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife; Michelle Forbes, The Killing; Margo Martindale, Justified; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.
Reality competition: So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway.
Reality host: Jeff Probst, Survivor; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance; Phil Keoghan, Amazing Race; Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol.
Variety, music or comedy series: The Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, Conan, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Daily […]

Neil Patrick Harris in rehearsals for stage production of ‘Company’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: The always busy Neil Patrick Harris is leading an all-star cast in a three-day run the classic Stephen Sondheim musical ‘Company’ at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Presented by New York Philharmonic, the production opened last night with NPH in the role of perpetual bachelor Bobby.
Others in the cast include Patti LuPone as Joanne, Anika Noni Rose as Marta, Martha Plimpton as Satah, Stephen Colbert as Harry, Jon Cryer as David, Christina Hendricks as April and Kate Finneran as Amy.
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Carey Mulligan joining Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Great Gatsby”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It sounds like Baz Luhrmann has plucked his Daisy Buchanan.
After weeks of workshopping a script for “The Great Gatsby” — with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire reading the parts of Gatsby and Nick, respectively – Carey Mulligan of “An Education” and “Never Let Me Go” has landed the coveted female lead, according to Deadline.
It goes without saying that this is another big step for Mulligan as she continues to build her acting resume. After receiving such heat for “An Education,” which earned her an Oscar nomination, she has appeared in Mark Romanek’s romantic sci-fi effort as well as Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel. She’ll next be seen in the action thriller “Drive” with Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks.
But it’s “Gatsby” that could put Mulligan right back into the awards limelight and give her the best chance to sharpen her acting chops alongside DiCaprio, who last collaborated with Luhrmann on “Romeo + Juliet.”
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2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Complete Winner List

HollywoodNews.com: The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys featured some wins from a handful of newcomers, as well as some repeat wins from previous years. As “Mad Men” took home the award for Best Drama Series and “Modern Family” took home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series, these shows aren’t the only ones who reaped some of the awards.
View the complete nominee and winner list below:
Drama Series
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)
Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Glee (Fox)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)
Miniseries
The Pacific (HBO)
Return to Cranford (PBS)
Made for Television Movie
Endgame (PBS)
Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (History)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Matthew Fox, Lost (ABC)
Jon Hamm, MadMen (AMC)
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Larry David, CurbYourEnthusiasm (HBO)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Alec Baldwin, 30Rock (NBC)
Matthew Morrison, Glee (Fox)
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
January Jones, Mad Men (AMC)
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lea Michele, Glee (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Smith, Capturing Mary (HBO)
Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford (PBS)
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship (HBO)
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin (HBO)
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Jeff Bridges, ADogYear (HBO)
Ian McKellen, The Prisoner (AMC)
Michael Sheen, The Special Relationship (HBO)
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship (HBO)
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
Writing for a Comedy Series
Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Modern Family – Pilot (ABC)
Greg Daniels, Mindy Kaling, The Office – Niagara (NBC)
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Glee – Pilot – Director’s Cut (Fox)
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Hollywood Emmy Prediction Roundup: ‘Mad Men’ rules

HollywoodNews.com: When it comes to Emmy predictions, there’s a strong guess by media pundits that AMC’s “Mad Men” could three-peat for the Best Drama Series win.
However, while critics love the show, they want to see another program win. Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker is going out on a ledge and exclaiming that voters will have a soft spot for “Lost.” However, Tucker’s co-worker Michael Ausiello, L.A. Times’ Tom O’Neil and the Vulture TV staff beg to differ.
Best Comedy Series odds go to ABC’s freshman show “Modern Family” per L.A. Times and EW. Vulture, however, would like to see “Glee” bring home the bacon since it’s a cultural phenomenon. The site thinks old-timer fave “30 Rock” could spoil the party for the new kids on the block
Vulture and Ausiello have their money on Jim Parsons of CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” as the winner for Best Comedy Actor. O’Neil is more conservative, selecting the Teflon Tony Shalhoub for “Monk.” Both Vulture and Ausiello concur that “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell will win for Best Supporting Actor Comedy. O’Neil: Chris Colfer on “Glee.”
All three outlets are in full agreement that Edie Falco, hands down, is the Emmy fave for Best Actress in a Comedy for her moody portrayal of moody medic “Nurse Jackie” – a role that’s more dramatic than funny. Everybody would be nuts not to think that Jane Lynch will win Best Supporting Actress Comedy for “Glee.” In fact, she should be in the Actress slot. Odds, are Fox didn’t want to put her head to head with Falco.
Vulture and L.A. Times believe it’s Michael C. Hall’s year to win Best Actor Drama for his serial killer acting in Showtime’s “Dexter.” Ausiello has offbeat selections: “Bryan Cranston (of AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’) and Kyle Chandler (of NBC’s ‘Friday Night Lights’). Cranston could well earn his third consecutive trophy, but the Academy has three years of snubs to atone for where Chandler is concerned.”
Vulture and L.A. Times guess for Best Supporting Actor: Terry O’Quinn from “Lost.” Ausiello’s choice: Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad.”
Everybody is in love with Julianna Margulies for her work on CBS’s “The Good Wife” given her rallies for Best Actress at the SAG Awards and Golden Globes.
For Supporting Actress Drama, the three sites think it will go to a “Mad Men” actress. But there’s a bit of […]

Adrien Brody attaches himself to Kaye’s “Detachment”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Adrien Brody has accepted the lead in Tony Kaye’s “Detachment,” Which chronicles three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher.
Brody isn’t the only Oscar winner in Kaye’s “class.” He’ll join Marcia Gay Harden in a faculty populated by Christina Hendricks, William Peterson, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner and James Caan.
Brody will play Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge but never staying long enough to form any semblance of sentient attachment.
Production began on July 25, in New York.
Paper Street Films producer Austin Stark adds, “Director Tony Kaye’s vision of the American public school system is poignant and unique, and we are thrilled to be working with such a talented cast in bringing this important story to the screen.”
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Hollywood TV Roundup: A look at the Emmy Noms

HollywoodNews.com: “Glee” fever is so strong that it swayed Emmy voters who lauded the TV show with 19 nominations. But that wasn’t the only show to catch their eye: HBO’s miniseries “The Pacific” harpooned 24 nods.
In years past, the Emmys use to favor those series which were on the air for seasons on end, often times honoring them later in their run. But in recent years, the organization has become open minded to frosh shows, evident in its embrace of Fox’s “Glee,” ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” CBS’ “The Good Wife” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.”
That said, the Emmys continue to have its favorites, i.e. “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock.”
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on August 29 on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. For the first time in 30 years, the awards show will air live all over the nation.
In terms of those series that aired season finales, Emmy voters favored ABC’s “Lost” in the top categories over Fox’s “24.”
New shows predominantly received some love in the supporting actor categories which saw a majority of the “Modern Family” cast in competition: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara were recognized. “Glee” co-stars Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer received nods. “Good Wife” co-star Christine Baranski was lauded.
The nominees for best reality included CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” Fox’s “American Idol,” ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” Bravo’s “Project Runway” and “Top Chef.”
Among those in the best variety, music or comedy series slot, Conan O’Brien from NBC’s “Tonight Show” will vie against seven-time winner Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” as well as “The Colbert Report,” HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Some outlets are reporting a reduced number of snubs, but that’s not true, for they abounded — greatly. TNT’s drama-edy “Men of a Certain Age” and its leading man Ray Romano were shut out of the drama and best actor categories (though co-star Andre Braugher earned a supporting actor nod). FX’s “Justified” was unjustly not recognized. ABC’s comedy “Cougar Town” and leading gal Courteney Cox didn’t find a destination on the list. And HBO’s “Treme” and “Big Love” were overlooked. Please let us know what favorite shows of yours weren’t honored.
Below is a list of Emmy nominees in major categories for the […]

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