"Dallas Buyers Club" is looks likely to win the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, not least because AMPAS members might feel happier checking that off than "Bad Grandpa" or "The Lone Ranger." If it does, though, it'll surely be the humblest achievement ever to take the award, as Katey Rich learns that makeup artist Robin Mathews' entire budget for the film was just $250: "'The Academy just gasped when they heard that,' Mathews says, with no lack of pride in her voice ... 'We had to take them back and forth from their sickest look to their healthiest look, up to five times in one day ... They maintained that 40-pound weight loss throughout. So when you see them in the film, and they look like they’re 25 pounds heavier and healthier because of the medication, that’s just makeup.'" [Vanity Fair]
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It is entirely fine with me if I spend much of 2014 writing articles about a gun-toting space raccoon.
James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" is not so much a radical reinvention of what Marvel Studios has been doing so far as it is a very smart way of them broadening their palette. In many ways, this is the same sort of heroic journey that their other characters have been on in film after film, but it takes place in a very different kind of world, and it brings in all sorts of new ideas that should give the entire Marvel movie universe a major shot in the arm.
The funny part of this trailer is that it's essentially the same as the footage that was shown at Comic-Con a mere ten days or so into the shoot. It's a lot slicker now, but everything up through the last big barrage of quick shots is cut the same, and the structure is identical.
Now that my oldest son is getting more cognizant of what it is I do when I travel for business, there are some awkward conversations about why he can't just drop everything and come with me to do something that sounds like fun.
For example, he is currently exasperated with me because he isn't going to be allowed to join me in Austin, TX, for this year's SXSW Film Festival, where Rialto Pictures and Warner/Legendary are going to be presenting a special screening of the original 1954 Ishiro Honda film "Gojira," with director Gareth Edwards appearing afterwards for a Q&A that should also address this summer's remake of the film.
That's not actually technically accurate, though. I wouldn't call the new film a remake because, aside from the presence of the giant monster who breathes atomic fire, the two films really don't have much in common in terms of story. The new film tells its own story, and there's a lot more going on here than just one giant monster destroying things.
The committee is currently mulling over the brackets, but we need your help. There are six characters who some would consider anti-heroes, but we know then need to part of the battle royale. Do they fall in the Heroes bracket or the Villains bracket?
You decide. You have 48 hours. Choose wisely.
WWE seeking a new home for "Raw," "Smackdown" and "Total Divas"
NBCUniversal didn't renew the WWE shows during an exclusive negotiating window that ended over the weekend, but they still have the right to match competing offers.
Fox to FCC: Many "Family Guy" complaints are fake
Fox found complaints coming from "complaint mills" using bogus addresses.
Neve Campbell exits "Guilt by Association"
The "Party of Five" alum had a change of heart about the TNT legal drama pilot.
Stephen Colbert posts the selfie he took on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" debut
Colbert tweeted: "#watchtcolbert #tivofallon."
Jimmy Fallon has begun going gray, but he doesn't plan to dye his hair
"My grandpa had all white hair, so I think that’s what I’m going to have," says Fallon in a feature about "39 Things You Learn from Hanging Around Fallon." PLUS: Taiwanese animators tackle Fallon's debut.
Aussie "Rake" to stream on Netflix
Starting March 1, Netflix subscribers can watch the original version of the Greg Kinnear series.
"SNL" stars pay tribute to Seth Meyers
Watch a "backstage" video produced by "Saturday Night Live."
"Conan" star Deon Cole is joining Rashida Jones on TBS' "Tribeca"
He'll play a police officer in the police comedy from Steve Carell and his wife Nancy.
Jimmy Kimmel's wife tells all: How he wooed her, why they don't carpool to work together
Molly McNearney also talks to Glamour magazine about how their office romance was revealed to the staff.
Omarosa is running for the L.A. school board
"The Apprentice" star's next act: L.A. Unified School District board member?
"House of Cards" got hacking advice
Activist Gregg Housh advised the Netflix show to make Season 2 more realistic.
From The Onion: Netflix introduces new "Browse Endlessly" plan
What if you could watch Netflix without ever stopping?
"Keeping Up with the Kardashian" stars write a novel
"Rebels: City of Indra" is from Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
"Flowers in the Attic" is bringing back Dylan Bruce
He'll reprise his role of Corrine's husband in the sequel.
What would "Full House" be without Michelle Tanner?
A "Full House" fan has edited Michelle out, and the results are creepy.
Vanilla Ice: Kraft Mac n' Cheese pitchman
Check out the reality star's new commercial.
"The Vampire Diaries" adds 2
"Hellcats" star Heather Hemmens will romance Enzo, while Chris Brochu will bond with Elena.
Sharleen: "The Bachelor's" most revolutionary contestant?
Here's an appreciation of the 29-year-old opera singer.
Introducing the Infinite "Friends" Machine
What if you took the transcribed "Friends" scripts and regurgitated them in a procedural manner?
"HIMYM" is bringing back the 4th wall of MacLaren's Pub
It hasn't been seen since Episode 2, says co-creator Carter Bays. PLUS: Cobie Smulders poses for Esquire.
"Silicon Valley": Mike Judge recalls his experience working in the real Silicon Valley
Here's a behind-the-scenes featurette from the HBO series.
Watch the 1st 12 minutes of Sundance's "The Red Road"
The series about racial tensions in a small town stars Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, Tom Sizemore, Martin Henderson and Julianne Nicholson.
Lauren Conrad is selling her Laguna Beach home for $2.8M
Has the former "Laguna Beach" star had enough of Laguna?
There's a lot going on in the world of Zhang Yimou these days. Only last week, it was announced that he'll be directing his first U.S. feature with Universal -- a rare instance of a Chinese director getting to steer an English-language film with an American studio. The project is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's bestselling thriller, "The Parsifal Mosaic" -- not exactly the first match of director and material that comes to mind, but Zhang has already proven his deftness as a genre stylist, so we'll see. (Just as long as he fares better than his compatriot Chen Kaige did in "Killing Me Softly.")
Tegan and Sara Quin made a very conscious decision to make their music more "accessible" with the release of their last album "Heartthrob" last year.
“Look at Adele and Coldplay, who are accessible to more people. For their fans, that’s really raw and emotional… I can’t change my voice. I’m never gonna sound like Katy Perry or Chris Martin or Adele,” Tegan told me back in May 2012. “There’s always going to be fans who wish we still sat on stools and didn’t have a band and played our shows that way… but now I want to share my music with as many people as I can.”
"Heartthrob" became one of the sister-duo's best-selling album to date, and yielded their biggest singles, and thrust them further into music's mainstream -- and main stage, big screen, small screen and into headlines. And even moreso lately, it seems, they're everywhere.
Here's six major reasons Tegan and Sara have been totally killing it so far in 2014:
1. "Everything Is Awesome." It is indeed. Anybody who has set foot in "The Lego Movie" and/or The Internet will be unable to deny the attractive power of the film's, erm, anthem "Everything Is Awesome."
Everything is cool when you're part of a team. And it took a team. Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo produced and co-wrote the soundtrack to "Lego Movie," including this brain-gum of a single. Tegan and Sara plus comedy troupe The Lonely Island all piled on to its "remix," which itself should be the topic of a masters thesis class in contemporary pop music. It not only makes fun of popular music tropes, but has its own lyrical subversion and performances that T&S knock out of the park.
2. Opening for Katy Perry. A few months ago, I had the privilege of seeing Katy Perry take the stage at the Hollywood Bowl, and some of her own personal favorite, hand-picked artists open the show. T&S, who have performed with Perry before, lit up the Hollywood Bowl with their typically hysterical banter. Their appreciation for each other, their acumen to warm a (literally) chilly and mainstream crowd and their kinship with Perry could kindle even the coldest cockles.
Perry has tapped T&S among her set openers for the forthcoming Prismatic World Tour, with Tegan and Sara's spots starting Sept. 9 in Vancouver. Don't expect "Everything Is Awesome" to make the setlist, though.
"Without the Lonely Island guys traveling with us, I can't really imagine it within our set. But that's not because I'm not proud of it," Sara Quin told Billboard.
3. "Don't Find Another Love." I have listened to this new song from the soundtrack to "Endless Love" about 700 times. It's equal parts Ellie Goulding, Local Natives and Diana Ross, and yet still inextricably Tegan and Sara. Upbeat and "wicked," it's simple and unapologetically sweet.
Do not see the movie. I'm sorry. Do listen to this amazing soundtrack, which also has some Immaculate Noise favorites like Nonono, Cults, The Tallest Man On Earth and The Bird And The Bee with The National's Matt Berninger. There is no pouty Pettyfer to contend with.
4. Oreos. God, as if I didn't love Oreos enough. Tegan and Sara retained their distinct style and voices for a fresh commercial for the milk-loving cookie co. And they didn't write this "Wonderfilled" jingle, ad company The Martin Agency did. How did they manage to find the perfect opportunity to line their pockets with fresh, delicious money without compromising their sound? Well, of course, it helps that their sound has drastically changed from their early career, but the dance-pop version of T&S is a no-brainer for partnerships like these.
This campaign started around the Grammys last month. Now give me a bite.
5. "Shudder to Think." Still hungry? How about their original song for Oscar-nominated "Dallas Buyers Club?" Beyond even that: 10% of the sales of the soundtrack went to (RED) in the global fight against AIDS. This burst of awesome has staying power into 2014 because "DBC" is up for a whopping six Academy Awards in March, including Best Picture. How about a Best Song nod for T&S soon, huh?
6. That Ellen Page name-check. The "Juno" actress and your new best friend gave a nine-minute speech on Valentine's Day as a coming-out, during a human rights conference. "I am here today because I am gay," Page said, then saluting others' efforts to "promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth."
"There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress, and speak, and they serve no one. Anyone who defies these so-called 'norms' becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny, and the LGBT community knows this all too well," Page said from the podium at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time To THRIVE conference. "Yet there is courage all around us. The football hero Michael Sam; the actress Laverne Cox; the musicians Tegan and Sara Quin; the family that supports their daughter or son who has come out."
Tegan and Sara were "out" as lesbians in their teens. Fifteen years on, strangers still approach them and tell them their own stories of coming-out. T&S have been powerful and vocal activists and advocates for LGBT rights, starting by being who they are and being very talented. A hat-tip from a high-profile actress is not just lip service but a testament to power by example. A very cool moment.
Never underestimate the courage it takes to be yourself. Giant hugs to @EllenPage— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 15, 2014
I am starting to suspect that dream projects should never be made. I know that sounds counter-intuitive and incredibly pessimistic. Hear me out.
Certainly, there are movies I love that very talented people have worked tirelessly to realize, and I would be devastated if those films did not exist. I get it. I love "Apocalypse Now." I love that it smells desperate and sweaty in a way precisely because of the insane demands the production made on everyone. I love that it was finished. I adore every flaw, every eccentricity. I love it. But it is also true that there are many dream films that have been made that have turned out to be mystifyingly bad, bad in a way that can only be personal, and while I can't imagine what might have started me thinking about this topic recently, I thought it would be worth looking back at what's happened when people have backed a vision and given it everything and stood back and looked at the end result and thought…
… we are in so much trouble.
Exhibit A for me on this list is always Barry Levinson's "Toys."
In 2013, HBO debuted three new comedy series. One was Christopher Guest's first significant work in decades, featuring many of the regulars from his beloved improvised films. One was the first major solo project from Stephen Merchant, co-creator of "The Office" and "Extras." And one featured the creators of "Big Love" attempting to adapt a British series about the neglected nurses and patients in a hospital's elder care wing.
Going into that year, I doubt a casino would have even given you odds that the only one of the three to survive would be the latter, but that's exactly what's happened. Last month, HBO declined to go forward with Guest's "Family Tree" and Merchant's "Hello Ladies," and tonight the pay cabler decided to order a second season of "Getting On." It will again feature six episodes, and debut later this year.
It's time for Rush Week on "American Idol."
No. I don't know what "Rush Week" means either.
Apparently it will involve live performances and it will involve Randy Jackson and it will also feature the judges eliminating people even before they perform?
I'm confident that whoever the judges send home early from the Top 15 Women, Briana Oakley is going to perform. So she's my picture here.
Beyond that, click through and we'll experience this together.
Last night, I finished reading "A Storm Of Swords" finally, and one of the real tensions of reading the series for me is that I have grown very fond of the cast of "Game Of Thrones," and they've demonstrated such a penchant for killing off characters that I spend pretty much the entire time I read each book clenched and worried now that I'm into material that has not already appeared on the show.
As of the end of the third season of the show, Jon Snow has become a fairly important character simply by virtue of outlasting so many of the other members of his family. Without revealing his fate moving forward, I can say that each and every cast member I've had a chance to chat with has turned out to be very grounded about being part of a phenomenon and I haven't run into anyone yet who has displayed any attitude at all about it. It seems to be a largely diva-free cast, which would seem to be essential if you're trying to pull off something as complicated and large-scale as "Game Of Thrones" on the sort of uber-demanding schedule and budget that they have.