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The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) held a celebratory luncheon at the ASC clubhouse today to showcase the winners of the 2013 Emerging Cinematographers Awards. Those honorees will have their work screened during a special ceremony at the DGA Theater on Sunday night. Friday, the guild took a few moments to honor four more experienced gentlemen for their contribution to the cinematic arts at the American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse in Hollywood.
"Modern Family" mulling a spinoff, possibly with Rob Riggle
Riggle, who played Phil Dunphy's real estate rival Gil Thorpe in two episodes last season, is one of the names being floated for a potential spinoff. The spinoff proposal, though, is still in the early stages.
Ariel Folman's "Waltz With Bashir" was a strong use of animation to express something personal, a worldview that tried to paint an emotional picture of what it's like to have gone through something harrowing, tied to both your religious and national identity, something that skews your perception for the rest of your life. I was quite taken with the film when it came out, and I have seen it a few times since on Blu-ray, and find it quite beautiful and sad.
One of several films to premiere at Cannes this summer before playing Fantastic Fest in Austin this month, "The Congress" is something else entirely. Loosely working from a novel by Stanislaw Lem, whose work was also the basis of "Solaris," Folman has made the movie that Andrew Niccol was desperately straining to make with "SimOne." The result is a beautiful, eccentric science-fiction story about the liquid nature of identity in the digital age and what it is that defines performance in the first place. Robin Wright stars as a savagely fictionalized version of herself, facing the end of her career in the form of industry-wide indifference thanks to years of meltdowns, rejected offers, and questionable creative decisions. Her agent, played by Harvey Keitel, comes to her with what is described as "the last offer you'll ever get," delivered by the unflinchingly blunt Danny Huston as a studio head who remembers the promise of the young Buttercup and who is angry at the reality of who Wright has become.
Sadly, "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers" is wrapping up, and in the season finale our intrepid couples are questioning their commitments to one another and, in one case, walking down the aisle and sobbing about it. Yeah, I'm not sure why they're bothering to get married either, but maybe Rebecca just wanted the dress. This exclusive clip from the show (which airs Sat. Sept. 28 at 10:00 p.m. on Discovery Fit & Health) reveals exactly what happens when swingers get together.
Fox orders "Man/Child" pilot starring Damon Wayans Jr.
The "Happy Endings" and "New Girl" alum will star in a comedy about single dads.
"The Love Boat" is getting a musical
A Vegas stage show called "The Love Boats" is set to launch next year, featuring music from 1977 to 1986, the years the series ran.
"Game of Thrones" casts Hizdahr zo Loraq
British actor Joel Fry will play the "young scion of an ancient Meereenese family who crosses paths with Daenerys Targaryen."
Watch the newest "Walking Dead" promo
Featuring a glimpse of "The Wire's" Larry Gilliard Jr.
"Young and the Restless" picks up a "Lost" alum
Cynthia Watros will begin on the soap in November.
"Parks and Rec" is returning to the Indianapolis Colts stadium
Amy Poehler is expected to be on hand to shoot scenes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Last December, the guys on the cast filmed scenes on the Colts' football field.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kate Upton are officially a couple
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model is dating the former "Dancing" hunk.
Bella Heathcote plays a maid who gets her prince in The Killers’ new video for “Shot At The Night,” the first single from the band’s best-of collection, “Direct Hits," out Nov. 11.
Faster than you can say “Blackjack,” she ditches her cleaning cart for an evening out with her dark and mysterious Romeo, played by Max Minghella, and his friends, who are all perfectly fine with the Cinderella-in-the-making crashing their evening. She returns to the hotel before she turns into a pumpkin, but keeps her magic slipper.
Ever see the Jennifer Lopez/Ralph Fiennes movie, “Maid In Manhattan?” It’s kind of like that but shorter and cuter and there’s no “happily ever after”...as far as we know.
Filmed at The Cosmopolitan, the clip serves as a love letter to the Killers’ hometown, Las Vegas, with the city lovingly shot.
Melinda and I have to admit that we've had amazingly good luck with getting fun, fascinating guests for our CulturePop podcast, and this week was no exception. Jim Colucci, author of "The Q Guide to the 'Golden Girls'" and "'Will & Grace': Fabulously Uncensored" and the Must-Hear TV correspondent for 'The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM, joined us to talk about both old and new TV shows, including "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and, of course, that beloved '80s sitcom. And yes, we're definitely having him back soon. Here's the rundown:
Elton John’s “The Diving Board,” his 30th studio album, came out this week and it’s a beautiful, often complex, piano-led album.
In this HitFix exclusive, John’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, explains the meaning behind “Oceans Away,” the album’s poignant opening track, which features only John’s vocals and piano playing. Producer T Bone Burnett looks on, adding a few comments at the end.
“Oceans Away” is about Taupin’s father and his service as a soldier during WWll.
“My dad’s pretty much been soaked into so many of my songs. I got to the point where I thought I wanted to do one thing that was just a penultimate song about my father and the Great Generation,” he says. As “the last of those people who fought in the second World War are disappearing and dying that they not be forgotten.”
Whoa. I didn't even realize Christophe Gans was working on this one.
"Beauty and the Beast" is one of those irresistible targets for filmmakers, and I would think for French filmmakers, there is a whole different level of expectation attached to anyone who tackles the material. After all, "La Belle et la Bete," the 1946 film by Jean Cocteau, is one of the classic texts of French cinema, and one of the great fantasy films of all time. Jean Marais gave one of the great film performances as the Beast, and the design of the Beast is both memorable and striking.
Over the years, we've seen many takes on the story, and in America, the one that is most defining was made by Disney in 1991. That was more than just a hit for them. If you didn't see the film during that initial theatrical run, you might not understand just what a phenomenon it was. People reacted like they were at a live performance, and it made perfect sense that the film ended up nominated for Best Picture that year. It's still one of the biggest cultural hits they've ever had, and it continues to be an enormously popular catalog title for them.
If you haven't watched the episode yet, you may want to before reading this. It's not that last night's "Project Runway" was all that exciting (in fact, it was a little dull), but that the elimination was actually shocking. Thus, I proceed, but I'm starting with spoilers. Consider yourself warned.