From "Forbidden Games" to "Cinema Paradiso," "Kolya" to "In a Better World," the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race has long been friendly to films driven by child protagonists -- the more winsome the kid, the better. Last year saw a harder-edged variation on the formula succeed, as Canada's child-soldier drama "War Witch" scored a nod. This year, however, voters are already spoilt for choice when its comes to determining this year's semi-annual child's-eye slot; I've already lost count of the number of times I've typed "coming of age" during this year's submission process.
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David Bowie, Laura Marling, Discolsure, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and seven other artists have been named to Britain's 2013 Mercury Prize shortlist.
Y'know who's not on there? Mumford & Sons. Now that we've taken a moment to recognize that, lets focus on the contenders, which leans overwhelmingly, again, toward rock and some toward electronica.
Bowie may be top dog here, with his extraordinary comeback "The Next Day," and because it's Bowie and, jeez guys, he's only been nominated one other time. Veterans Arctic Monkeys and Foals put out fine efforts, too, but can't compare to the Thin White Duke.
Newcomer Jake Bugg, Marling and Laura Mvula are certainly safer, folk and singer-songwriterly choices, though Marling has arguable dropped the album of her career with "Once I Was an Eagle," after already having made her way onto the shortlist with two other efforts in her minute time on this blessed earth. (Villagers are the dark, dirty little interlopers that could fit with the folk-rockers too.)
Blake's "Overgrown" may not be his best effort, but it's among these other dance/electronic groups that he'd be most recognizable. That, Hopkins' techno nightmare "Immunity" and Rudimental's lesser-known "Home" can't compare to Disclosure's exceptional "Settle," an album so emotionally sprawling and technically proficient, I hope the judges live and breathe it for this contest.
But 2013 didn't yield a big amount of diversity on this list. Mvula, Marling and all-women rockers Savages rep for the ladies. Mvula is the only lead who is a person of color; and besides her, Disclosure's samplings and Blake's sullen-soul/R&B, there's little music of color, with traditional R&B, jazz and rap shut out in this final tally. That doesn't mean the Merucury Prize hasn't been inventive in its choices in previous years, it's just particularly monochrome this year. Perhaps the Hopkins lobotomy will jog everyone's mind for next year.
The nominees were drawn from 220 albums submitted for the album of the year battle, and £20,000 will be awarded to the winner, announced on Oct. 30.
Here are the nominees and their albums:
TORONTO - Joe Begos is a time traveler.
Oh, sure, he'll deny it, and he'll try to claim that "Almost Human" is a new film that he made with creative partner Josh Ethier and an enthusiastic cast including Graham Skipper and Vanessa Leigh, and he'll say that he shot it on a Red 4K camera and that his DI artist helped create a 16mm look for the thing, and he'll say it's a loving tribute to the DIY indie slasher films of the '80s, but I know the truth. This film was made in 1987 and then somehow Begos fell into a wormhole, got transported to the present day with his finished movie, and now he's passing it off with this elaborate cover story. I mean… which is more likely? My version, or the notion that this talented bunch of loonies pulled off this straight-faced an homage down to the smallest detail?
TORONTO - Let's just call it as it is: Jay Baruchel is a freakin' cool dude. The self-described movie nerd took the train into Toronto Tuesday to help promote "The Art of the Steal," a new heist comedy that premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. And, thankfully, the 31-year-old Montreal resident is still as blunt and friendly as ever when talking to the press.
Katy Perry’s “Roar” remains king of the chart jungle for a second week, as the track also tops many of the charts that determine Hot 100 position: streaming songs, on-demand songs and digital songs, while the song rises 6-2 on radio songs.
The upward mobility gives “Roar” a commanding lead of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, which remains at No. 2 for the second week, following its 12-week run at No. 1. (“Blurred Lines” beats “Roar” on one front: it is still receiving more radio airplay).
Several tunes reach new highs on the Top 10: New Zealand teenager Lorde scores her first Top 5 hit as multi-format smash, “Royals,” moves 8-3. Jay Z’s “Holy Grail,” featuring Justin Timberlake,” rises 5-4 to reach a new summit, while Avicii lands his first top 5 as well, as “Wake Me Up” moves 7-5.
There’s also upward movement in the lower half of the Top 10 as Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness” leaps 10-6, also a new peak. Del Rey’s gain is Lady Gaga’s loss as “Applause” drops one to No. 7. Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, marches 12-8, marking the rapper's 13th Top 10 hit Capitol Cities’ “Safe and Sound” moves back into the Top 10, inching 11-9, and Eminem’s “Berzerk” drops 3-10. While airplay for the track continues to increase, Eminem's tune falls based on a 48% drop in digital sales, according to Billboard.
AMC greenlights "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul"
The Bob Odenkirk-starring prequel has been greenlit after lengthy negotiations. AMC and Sony released a statement saying "plans call for Saul to be a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White’s lawyer." PLUS: Other networks were interested when AMC almost didn't take it.
The "Better Call Saul" spin-off from "Breaking Bad" has just moved one step closer to reality, as AMC has signed a licensing agreement with Sony (the studio that produces and owns "Breaking Bad") for the spin-off — which will be "a one-hour prequel that will focus on the evolution of the popular Saul Goodman character before he ever became Walter White's lawyer."
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"Today" showed the 9/11 Moment of Silence ceremony this morning, unlike last year
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"Huell" from "Breaking Bad": "I've got a cult following, too – that's craziness"
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Arsenio Hall's audience drops 30% for Night 2
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Ryan Seacrest's" "Million Second Quiz" not getting a big audience
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Stephen Colbert devotes an entire "Colbert Report" to his book club
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"The Voice" finalist Jamar Rogers hospitalized
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"Mad Men's" Kiernan Shipka plays a 13-year-old psychologist
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A NYC "Real World" house is for sale for $22 million
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Carly Pope joins "Tomorrow People"
The "Popular" alum will recur next season.
"The Killing" is one of a handful of twice-canceled shows
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"Bunheads" star joins "The Affair"
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Ron Moore finds his "Outlander" leading actress
Irish actress Caitriona Balfe will take on the role of Claire Randall.
Harvey Weinstein is busy as ever this festival season. After picking up "Tracks" during Telluride/Venice and "Can a Song Save Your Life?" at Toronto, he's landed two more distribution deals up north as the festival begins to draw to a close.
"Sons of Anarchy" had planned last night's shocking ending for years
Says Kurt Sutter: The timing of it is somewhat controversial, but it is something I knew I wanted to do for a couple of years now, and I knew it would be a series of events that would have to (occur)… as we kind of slide towards the end of our mythology." PLUS: What was the point?, "Why delve into this anguished territory if the show's not going to do much with it?," it seems like a wasted opportunity, meet the young star of last night's episode, and parents were warned.
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Kings of Leon, whose new album, “Mechanical Bull, comes out Sept. 24, covered Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” a new twist yesterday on BBC Radio 1.
The Followill family slowed the track down and bolstered it with a trembling, fuzzy guitar background to give it an emotional heft. It’s a little as if they crossed Roxy Music with the Swedish dance diva. There’s also something very cool about Caleb Followill’s gruff voice singing the line, “I’m not the girl you’re taking home.”
On BBC Radio 1, the group also previewed several new songs from the forthcoming album, including “Beautiful War” (embedded beneath the video), “Family Tree,” and “Wait For Me.”
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