So it turns out there sometimes are word limits even on the internet, and a 9000-word interview with "Girls" producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner was too much to try to squeeze into a single post. So you can read the first half here, and after the jump, the two women continue to talk about the first season — including more on James Franco, and how fellow producer Judd Apatow predicted every stage of the show's public and critical reaction — coming up just as soon as I drink some expired Milanta...
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It is the 50th anniversary of James Bond's first theatrical feature film this year.
That alone would be justification enough to write my special series in which we review each and every film in the official James Bond franchise so far, but I must confess a more personal motivation at work here.
1977 was a big year for me in terms of figuring out my tastes as a filmgoer. It was obviously the year that "Star Wars" was released, and that film was like a lightning bolt someone fired directly into the top of my head. It was also the year that "Smokey and the Bandit" was released, and in some ways, that film was like my dad's "Star Wars," a movie that seemed to be almost specifically engineered for his pleasure. It made a huge impression on me, seeing him laugh like that, seeing how completely he handed himself over to it. My dad is cut from that same sort of pure cowboy cloth as Sam Elliott, and growing up, his stoicism was one of the things that defined my idea of manhood. Watching him laugh so hard he cried was uncommon, but it did happen on occasion, and I made careful note of what did it to him.
1. Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe” finally goes to No. 1 on the Hot 100 after selling more than 3.3. million downloads.. Definitely the song of the summer.
2. Usher: His new album, “Looking 4 Myself” will find its way to No. 1 next week and is receiving some of the best reviews of his career. An artist starts what looks to be a brilliant new chapter.
3. Madonna: It may not have been elegant or classy, but she certainly got our attention not once, but twice, this week by flashing her nip and flashing her G-string in concert. Hey Madge, leave the antics to those who don’t have talent and a gazillion Top 40 hits to draw upon.
4. Adam Levine: First “American Horror Story” and now “Can A Song Save Your Life.” The Maroon 5 frontman/”The Voice” judge lands his first leading role in a motion picture, starring alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Someone wants more than just Grammy Awards.
5. John Janick: The mastermind behind the Fueled By Ramen label (home to fun., Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Paramore and more) jumps from WMG to Interscope president/COO in one of the biggest label coups in recent years.
6. Rebecca Ferguson: The “X Factor U.K.” runner up is on Simon Cowell’s label and she’s managed by the same folks who handle One Direction. Plus she can really sing. Go ahead and get onboard now.
7. EMI/UMG merger: After it seemed like a relatively sure bet, all bets are off as the European Commission steps up its scrutiny and Senate Judiciary Antitrust hearings announced their dockets of witnesses for June 21’s hearings.
8. Long Live Rock: After a relatively fallow period, rock is surging with new releases from Neil Young, Linkin Park, and the Offspring this month. Coming soon: Muse, Green Day, No Doubt, Aerosmith and many more.
9. The Beach Boys: As incredulous as it sounds, the boys of summer score their best chart debut ever in their 50 year career as “That’s Why God Made the Radio” bows at No. 3. Surf’s Up, boys.
10. Frances W. Preston: Though not known widely outside the music industry, the former BMI head, who died this week at 83, was a pioneer in every sense of the word: the first female corporate executive in Tennessee was a songwriter’s best friend. Goodbye to one of the last trailblazers.
By now, it's starting to look like "That's My Boy" is taking a bit of a hit at the box-office this weekend, a shock after the almost unassailable commercial strength of his movies over the last decade or so. After all, when something like "Grown-Ups" can make a Scrooge McDuck-sized pile of cash, it's not like the viewing public is exactly discerning when it comes to Adam Sandler's films.
So what happened with "That's My Boy"? Although our own Geoff Berkshire wrote the official HitFix review, I'd just add that the film reminds me of Sandler's early comedy albums and his first few films in the way it feels unfettered, like anything goes. The R-rating seems to have allowed Sandler and his crew to try some things they haven't tried before, and, yes, the results are crude and often breathtakingly crass, but I'd rather see Sandler lay it all out there like this than sleepwalk through a vacation video with his millionaire buddies.
You've got to get everyone on board if you're going to make a movie as completely deranged as "That's My Boy," from Sandler to the supporting cast to Sean Anders, the director of the film, who also made "Sex Drive" a few years ago. I've run several interviews this week with cast members, including Sandler and Andy Samberg, but this last interview we've got for you tonight is actually three of them put together.
Every Oscar season needs a pulse of emotion that feels less put-on, that doesn't have that whiff of campaign or construct. Something that organically pops from the fabric of the form can be galvanizing, and though nothing can exist so pure for too long, the recognition of a tempest in the calm before it strikes means something.
Quvenzhané Wallis is that tempest for 2012. And though we've been intimating as much since the film bowed at Sundance, it bears repeating: get ready to hear a lot more about this 8-year-old natural.
Wallis was five when director Benh Zeitlin went searching through over 4,000 young ladies for the lead role of Hushpuppy in his festival sensation "Beasts of the Southern Wild." She was six when she delivered the performance in the film, one that is likely to be a formidable contender on the awards circuit this season, a road that could well end with her nabbing the record for the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.
Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” should handily come in at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 as it’s poised to be the only title that will surpass the 100,000 mark.
The R&B superstar’s album is one of five new releases that will come into the Top 10. Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” will just miss the 100,000, as it is projected to come in at No 2 with sales of 90,000-95,000, according to Hits Daily Double.
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran’s “+” will land at No. 4 with a tally of between 45,000-50,000. Country singer Josh Turner’s “Punching Bag” will land at No. 6 with 40,000-45,000 and rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s “Triple F Life” looks good at No. 8, with sales of up to 32,000.
The rest of the Top 10 shakes out with Adele’s “21” falling from No 1 to No. 3, One Direction’s “Up All Night” will be at No. 5 (unless it can’t head off a charge by Turner). Alan Jackson’s “Thirty Miles West” goes from No. 2 to No. 7. John Mayer’s former No. 1, “Born and Raised” goes to No. 9 and Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” lands at No. 10.
LONDON - Some directors are enthusiastic about working with actors. Others get an adrenaline rush from difficult shots and exotic locales. And there is even a select group that find the most exciting part of the filmmaking process to be the decisions made in the editing room. Tim Burton may enjoy all aspects of making movies, but he admits there is a special joy he gets on a stop-motion animated film just from the "props and things that people are making."
Since R.E.M. split, it sounds like guitarist Peter Buck has been spending time in the garage.
The rocker is stepping out solo with a new album and now has "10 Million BC" to show for it. The boggy, Jon Spencer-styled track made its bow on WFMU this week, with Buck's collaborator in The Baseball Project, Steve Wynn, introducing it.
R.E.M. called it quits last September. And I've really enjoyed Michael Stipe's cameos on "Colbert."