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One week until "Cloud Atlas" lands in theaters, and I still have no idea what the general public is going to make of it.
They seem to be getting the word out, and it's certainly a hard film to describe to someone who doesn't know the book and who doesn't automatically get excited when they hear who made the film. It helps that they have Tom Hanks attached, although I do wonder if he means the same thing to young audiences that he does to the over-30 crowd these days.
One thing that will help make people curious is by talking about the way the recognizable cast vanish into the various characters they play over the course of the film, and that's something the ads seem to be emphasizing. I thought it was pretty great that Hanks slipped into character on "Good Morning America" and almost immediately dropped an f-bomb. I'll have some video interviews with the cast going up next week, including one with Hanks, and one of the things I discussed with him is how people expecting a "regular" Tom Hanks film are going to be flabbergasted when they see some of what he does in the film.
Local Natives will soon be at a locality near you. The band has completed a new effort, titled "Hummingbird," out on Jan. 29, and have dropped new song "Breakers" in celebration. It's a little like Fleet Foxes raiding all of Dirty Projectors guitar processors, which is not at all a bad thing.
"Hummingbird" was recorded in Los Angeles, Montreal and Brooklyn. In the case of the latter, the quartet hit up The National's Aaron Dessner to produce, out of his Ditmas Park, Brooklyn studio. And of the former, the band actually outfitted their own new recording space in Silverlake.
Spoiler alert! On last night's season finale of "Project Runway," Dmitry Sholokhov emerged the winner with a collection that pushed the limits, featured edgy styling (the jury's still out about the silvered hair) and showed that he can, in fact, make some pretty cool things that aren't dresses (read all about it here). I talked to Dmitry briefly about his experiences in reality TV (he previously won an episode of "24 Hour Catwalk), why the designers showed off some pretty wretched stuff the week before the finale, and why Elena isn't really America's favorite designer of the season (as if there was any doubt). As you might expect, he was polite, thoughtful and occasionally blunt, but that's what we liked about him anyway, isn't it?
David Guetta has a lot to say in the video for his instrumental “Metropolis.” The edgy clip is a dissertation on freedom and censorship, with Guetta spray painting encouraging bromides like “Never Give Up” and “Music Is My Art” and “Freedom.” in the guerilla-style clip, which also features quick cuts of exploding earth planets, speakers, etc. and Guetta with a bandana over his face.
The clip also features Dutch DJ Nicky Romero. Following Guetta’s poppier tracks with vocals from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and Sia, this one is for his hardcore dance fans.
Only a few days away from the soundtrack release to his film “The Man With the Iron Fists,” RZA admits that -- for the most part -- he got what he wanted, even if the film itself took about seven years to come to fruition.
LONDON - Whole vats of column ink (or the invisible online equivalent) have been spent by industry observers on the refuge Hollywood has recently sought in the humble fairytale. Whether on Red Riding Hood or the giant-slaying Jack, blockbuster millions are being lavished on reconfiguring a familiar storytelling universe that was once largely the domain of animators.
But if it's been easy to connect this increased taste for pumped-up tradition to financially fragile US studios seeking comfort in the ultimate known quantities, we might now have to amend that copy a bit: “Blancanieves” a lush, lively new Sevillian spin on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” that carries Spain's hopes in this year's Oscar race, takes the trend to the international arthouse. “Snow White,” of course, currently leads the charge in fairytale revisionism, having already yielded two contrasting English-language adaptations this year: Tarsem's larkish, cupcake-colored delight “Mirror Mirror” and Rupert Sanders' older-skewing and considerably dourer Gothic take “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
October 19 is my birthday, and though I know NBC didn't originally schedule the start of "Community" season 4 for this night because of me, it felt nice to know I could celebrate the day with Troy, Abed and the rest of the study group. But as you know by now, NBC changed their minds and delayed the premiere, to a date and time unknown. (My guess is it either replaces "30 Rock" in early 2013 or replaces "Up All Night" if that show's ratings drop any lower.)
Because the "Community" cast and crew are aware of the crazy love their fans have for the show, they decided to provide them with some original content for the 19th, regardless, and came up with this very special edition of "Troy & Abed in the Morning," addressing the delayed premiere and the idea that October 19 (also Gillian Jacobs' birthday) isn't so much a date as a state of mind. I like this, not only because it's a funny video, but because it gives me an excuse to declare virtually any day to be my birthday. Thanks, "Community"!
Frank Spotnitz has been the man up front for the first two Cinemax original drama series. He wrote the first four episodes of the Cinemax incarnation of "Strike Back," and is the creator and executive producer of "Hunted," a new thriller starring Melissa George as British private spy Sam Hunter, who is betrayed, left for dead, and returns to work a year later looking for revenge on whoever it was that set her up. (You can watch an exclusive clip from the premiere at the top of this post.)
"I wanted give the viewer an opportunity to experience something different to the normal images of lovers in video clips."
That's music video director Jessie Hill on her clip for Julia Stone's "Justine." In it, two, lovers flounce around the beaches of California, eating snacks, snipping drinks and kissing on the boardwalk. What makes the view into this love story somewhat unconventional is the contrast between the singer-songwriter and her beloved -- played by "The Blind Side" lead Quinton Aaron.
”I set out to make a video that depicted a heartfelt romance in a distant time...a love story in its purist state," Hill said in a statement to HitFix. "My casting agent suggested Quinton and I immediately contacted him to have a coffee. The contrast of Julia being so tiny and Quinton being a larger character was something I wanted to explore visually."
Welcome to Oscar Talk.
In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.
It's Morning Round-Up time, with quick reviews of last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," coming up just as soon as I'm thinking and doing kegels at the same time...