Well, the race is on. Officially, at any rate. We've been waiting for one country to open the floodgates on submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the deadline for which is almost exactly two months away, on October 1. It can be hard to keep pace with the process -- last year, a record 71 countries entered the race. But things have kicked off this year with an auspicious entry: Calin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," which THR reports was announced today as Romania's official submission.
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SAN DIEGO - "'Maggie, are you ever gonna make a movie we want to see?'"
"The To Do List" director Maggie Carey was talking about her parents, and their reaction to her describing her new film.
"And I said 'Probably not.' They wish I made a Ken Burns style documentary.'"
Carey used the term "earnest" over and over again as we discussed her very funny new film, which stars Aubrey Plaza as overachieving teenaged girl Brandy who is curious about sex. Like all other things in her life, everything's a goal to cross off of a literal list, even the vaunted "first time" of getting lucky.
"[Firsts] are always so awkward as a teenager, and there's an inherent humor about that," Carey said. "That's what's fun about the point of view on the film, is that you don't normally see an overachieving girl like this trying to tackle something that should be more... organic."
And precisely because the POV is female is also what makes "To Do" worth doing. Viewers are used to watching total squares trying to have their first sexual experience, but they're typically male. We've also got the backdrop of John Hughes' coming-of-agers like "16 Candles," which Carey loves. Her 1993-set "frank, honest" film doesn't look, sound or feel like those, because frankly and honestly, blowjobs, handjobs, masturbation, premature ejaculation, anal sex, car sex and the female orgasm are literally the touchstones of Brandy's own "coming of age" (no pun intended).
What age Brandy is arriving at is central to its plot. Her transition from high school to college is about experience, but also about the journey from getting laid to getting properly laid. It's not a perspective Carey sees much in movies today in part because it takes an amount of maturity and a lifting of male-female "double standards" to tell the story.
"[Brandy] is also 18," Carey said, noting that her heroine knows about condoms and birth control. "She's always in control, she's never taken advantage of."
Check out the rest of our interview, on hip-hop, college radio and pop in the era; Andy Samberg's grunge guy and her low, low budget; how sexual "firsts" are like war stories; ironing Grateful Dead t-shirts; her crush on Eddie Vedder; and how Aubrey Plaza's character is about to get awesome.
I've had my eye on a number of films that are still looking for distribution this year and could, potentially, figure into the awards season. Of course, a decent rule of thumb is if a film hasn't been picked up by now (and isn't set for fests), there's usually a good reason for that. But you never know. More on those titles later this week, but for now, strike one from the list: Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man," which has just been acquired by Lionsgate.
Showtime boss says "Homeland" could outlive Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody
David Nevins, Showtime's entertainment president, was quick to say that their exits aren't imminent. But he added: "Do I think it's conceivable that the show outlives Carrie Mathison and Nicholas Brody? Absolutely… There you go."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.
Maroon 5 is already at work on its follow-up to 2012’s “Overexposed,” though fans can expect a bit of a wait for a new disc.
"It's still sort of in the early stages," Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Billboard. "We definitely have a couple of amazing songs that will be on the record. I think we just really like making music now, and I think we're more prolific than ever. But at the same time it's going to be awhile before the record comes out, so maybe some of the stuff we're doing now will fall by the wayside by the time we actually put it out. But we've got some great stuff started, and we're all very excited."
Valentine says the first batch of new material was “darker...and more organic-sounding,” while some of the more recent tunes have been less so. "Love Somebody," Maroon 5's current single from "Overexposed," is at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and trending upwards.
Before the band can head to the studio, it will head to the road as headliners for the Honda Civic Tour, which starts Aug. 1 in St. Louis, Mo., with co-headliner Kelly Clarkson.
Maroon 5 lead singer, Adam Levine, will also return as a coach on the 5th season of “The Voice” this fall.
Early in his executive session at press tour, Showtime president David Nevins noted that the channel had signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to an overall deal to secure his services after the show ends. Later, when asked whether plans are still going forward for a "Dexter" spinoff, Nevins said, "Of course. We announced a deal with Scott Buck today. Draw your own conclusions."
Plain and simple, I love this.
Part of what I love about movies is the language of cinema. Not just the stories being told or the people telling them, but the particular use of camera and editing and music and effects and sound… the way all of that comes together to create and capture emotion and energy and action and ideas.
There's a film coming out later this year that I've seen that is such an amazing explosion of new visual language, of unfettered visual invention, that I feel like any review we do right now will only be half the story. Some films leave a huge thumbprint on film history because they do something that immediately enters the vocabulary of every other filmmaker working, something that is just added to the tools that are used to tell visual stories. It's got to be amazing to be part of something like that, and I suspect that most of the time, you don't even realize it until later.
Today, there's a four and a half minute silent video online that is nothing but camera tests of people walking around, and yet, looking at it, I am struck by just how much you can sense the excitement of the people shooting these tests because they know that they have this brand-new thing to play with. I'm talking about the Panaglide tests shot by Dean Cundey and Ray Stella for John Carpenter's "Halloween."
"Sharknado's" 3rd airing beats its 1st airing and 2nd airing
About 2.1 million checked out the 2nd rerun of "Sharknado" -- weeks after the initial airing drew only 1.4 million.
Jennifer Jason Leigh & Anna Torv join Ryan Murphy's HBO human sexuality drama
On "Open," Leigh and Torv will play a lesbian couple.
Showtime boss teases possibility of a "Dexter" spinoff
Showtime has signed "Dexter" showrunner Scott Buck to a two-year development deal. "Draw your own conclusions," Entertainment President David Nevins said, adding a possible spinoff may take a while to come to fruition.
"Episodes," "House of Lies" and "Shameless" return in January
All three Showtime series will be back Jan. 12.
Josh Hartnett and Eva Green sign on for "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime
They'll co-star in the psycho-sexual horror series from Sam Mendes and John Logan.
"Bones" books John Ratzenberger
The former "Cheers" star will guest on a couples retreat with Booth and Bones.
"Girls" nabs Natalie Morales
The "White Collar" vet and "Trophy Wife" star will appear in one episode in Season 3.
Paul Wesley & Torrey DeVitto divorcing
"The Vampire Diaries" star was married to the "Pretty Little Liars" star for two years.
Eileen Brennan was a great broad.
I use that word very specifically, too. There was something about her in most of the work she did that is simply unapologetic. She is caustic, she can be a world class ball-buster given the right material, and she seems like she could drink, smoke, and curse you under the table with minimal effort on her part.
Her biggest cultural moment probably came from her work in "Private Benjamin." The Goldie Hawn film was 14 years into her career, and she had certainly made a strong impression in some significant films already, but "Private Benjamin" was one of those big giant flashpoint hits when it came out. Howard Zeiff's film was a comedy, but it also had a '70s attitude that underscored that comedy with some very raw emotional material and with a sense of sadness. There's almost a European feeling to some of the material, which makes for a sort of strange tonal collision with all the "pampered princess in the Army" stuff that basically boiled down to a battle of the wills between Hawn and Brennan. When you look at the Warren Oates/Bill Murray dynamic in "Stripes" a year later, it looks like they just gender-swapped the exact relationship from "Private Benjamin," and it's impressive how tough Brennan's Captain Lewis is even when you set her side by side with Oates's Sgt. Hulka.
At his press tour executive session, Showtime president David Nevins announced the usual January premiere dates for "Shameless" and "House of Lies," and a spring return for "Nurse Jackie," while moving "Episodes" and "Californication" into new windows.
The fourth season of "Shameless" will debut Sunday, January 12 at 9 p.m., followed by the third seasons of "House of Lies" at 10 and "Episodes" at 10:30.
"Californication," which was paired with "Shameless" and "Lies" this year, will be held for the spring to air after the sixth season of "Nurse Jackie," on a date still to be announced.
Less than six months to more Gallagher family hijinks, folks.
TV On The Radio haven't announced a new album, but they have offered up a new song: "Mercy" arrived today. And, no, it's not a Kanye West cover.
The fast track has the band at a snap-hip pace, with the lyrics intimating some forthcoming, soul-challenging forces.
Kyp Malone told HuffPost that it's one of two new songs on the way from the band, the other being a tune called "Million Miles."
“Couldn't be more excited to be getting back into it, all together," band member Kyp Malone tells HuffPost. "The new songs 'Mercy' and 'Million Miles' came to fruition with such ease that it felt like an invitation to get back to this good work.”
This marks the band's first outing under Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. Their last album was 2011's "Nine Types of Light," which made it to No. 12 on the Billboard 200.