In a new (and fittingly lengthy) "Boyhood" feature, Richard Linklater describes how he wound up embarking on his "12 year project." "I was turning 40 and I had been a parent for 8 years," he says. "I wanted to say something about childhood. The dilemma hit me: What part of childhood?" Never has indecision gone so, so right.
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The African-American Film Critics Association announced late Monday evening that director Ava DuVernay’s "Selma," the drama chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s milestone protest for civil rights, was the organization’s top film of the year. Along with earning the number one spot on its ranked top 10 list, "Selma" picked up accolades in Best Actor, Best Director, Best Breakout Performance, and Best Song categories.
It sounds strange to say about a show I haven't watched regularly in two years — and barely at all in its final season — and stopped consistently enjoying long before that, but there was a time when I loved "Sons of Anarchy" about as much as anything on TV. Back in the day, Kurt Sutter's biker "Hamlet" was one of the shows I most enjoyed watching, writing about, and debating with critics and fans alike. In its second season in particular, it was one of the very best shows on television (on that year's Top 10 list, I had it only a couple of spots behind "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad") and every bit the Next Great FX Drama you would expect from Sutter, who apprenticed on "The Shield" and penned many of that show's most memorable (and/or disgusting) moments.
Stephen Colbert lets President Obama take over “The Colbert Report”
The president, making his 2nd “Colbert” appearance (his first as a guest), sat at Colbert’s desk on the stage at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and renamed Colbert’s “The Word” segment “The Decree.” "I, Stephen Colbert," Obama said, "have never cared for our president. The guy is so arrogant, I bet he talks about himself in the third person.” PLUS: Obama accidentally calls Colbert “Bill” — as in Bill O’Reilly?
“Eaten Alive” star: “I think I owe it to the people of planet Earth to get eaten by something”
Paul Rosolie talked to Jimmy Kimmel last night about his full day of reading mean tweets in response to the backlash over his misleading Discovery Channel special.
“South Park’s” holiday special will feature "Bill Cosby," "Taylor Swift" and "Michael Jackson" as Peter Pan
"Iggy Azalea," "Angelina Jolie" and Kurt Cobain’s hologram will also appear on Wednesday’s special.
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Hopefully "Boyhood" isn't getting tired of the kudos just yet, because more are on the way. Today, a unique one from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has announced that the film's stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will share in the American Riviera Award during the 30th anniversary edition of the event on Thursday, Feb. 5.
Tilda Swinton is going to win a second Academy Award. Some way. Some how. It will happen. At some point, depending on who's in office, she will likely win a Kennedy Center Honor, too. She might even be knighted by the Queen. But that second Oscar is going to happen and probably because, like her first, she really won't be trying.
It's probably safe to say that if Kornél Mundruczó's "White God" were a 2014 domestic release, it would be on my top 10 list (comin' at'cha Friday). It's that good, and totally caught me by surprise when I watched it on a whim a few months back. I'm hoping it shows up on the Academy's narrowed list of Best Foreign Language Film contenders, which should drop any day now (right?).
Aaron Sorkin on “The Newsroom’s” rape storyline: “I understood going in that there would be backlash”
“Most of the time the conflict on the show is about ideas, and frequently those conflicts stoke a lot of passionate debate in the days that follow a broadcast,” he told the NY Times via e-mail. “I understood going in that there would be backlash — some of it thoughtful, some of it less so — but that’s a bad reason not to write something.” PLUS: “The Newsroom” is bringing out the worst in Sorkin, Sorkin is still terrified of women on the Internet, and Sorkin doesn’t understand how empathy works.
“Eaten Alive” star: "I don't care if you're upset I didn't get eaten by anaconda”
Paul Rosolie said today of the backlash to his special: "I said, 'Screw it. I don't care about my reputation. If there's a chance this will protect (the Amazon), I'll do it. I don't care if you're upset I didn't get eaten by anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there's a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers, and I'll do that.'"
International Olympic Committee approves plan to launch a 24/7 Olympics Channel
The goal of the new digital channel is to maintain interest in Olympic sports in the years between the games.
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Syfy developing Superman prequel “Krypton”
"Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer is developing a Superman prequel series that comes on the heels of Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham.” Here’s the pitch for “Krypton”: “Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.”
Jimmy Kimmel tonight reunites “Breaking Bad’s” Jesse and Jane
Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter are tonight’s guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: "Eaten Alive" guy will also be Kimmel's guest tonight.
Pugsley from “The Addams Family” is dead
Ken Weatherwax, 59, died Sunday of a heart attack. His family is planning two funerals, including one for his fans.
Julianne Moore is looking like an Oscar winner in the trailer for "Still Alice."
Awards-season watchers are already pegging Moore as the likely Best Actress winner at next year's show, and it's about time: the four-time nominee has yet to take home the gold despite turning in a slew of stunning performances over a career spanning nearly 25 years. Based on Lisa Genova's bestselling novel of the same name, the Sony Classics film centers on a cognitive psychologist (Moore) as she grapples with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
The live action shorts in Oscar contention this year span the globe. There are stories from and of Israel, Northern Ireland, Iran, China, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Switzerland to be considered, and naturally, some real stand-outs in the mix.
In addition to unveiling its Movies of the Year list, the American Film Institute announced its TV Programs of the Year selections on Monday (December 8) and let's just say that the group is intriguingly distracted by shiny new things.
Your AFI TV Programs of the Year:
"Game of Thrones"
"How To Get Away With Murder"
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange Is The New Black"