The field of documentary feature contenders this year is bursting at the seams with quality and the signs of a true golden age for the form. And this even with a number of the year's best having failed to make the finalists cut. Issues tackled are wide-ranging, artistry is apparent in a number of entries and the stories that are being shared are as powerful as ever. How do you even begin to handicap this thing?
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The soundtrack to “Les Miserables” may become the first No. 1 album based on 2013 sales.
The title, which skyrocketed 33-2 this week is on target to sell up to 130,000 copies, which would handily land it at No. 1.
As consumers continue to spend the gift cards they received for the holidays, look for One Direction’s “Take Me Home” to move up one spot, 3-2. It could move as many as 105,000 copies, according to Hits Daily Double, which would make it and “Les Miz” the only two titles to surpass the 100,00 mark in sales next week.
Taylor Swift’s “Red,” which currently sits at No. 1, may drop to as low at No. 4. The singer’s set and Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” are too close to call for the No. 3 and 4 spots, with each looking good for between 85,000 and 95,000.
“American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ “The World From the Other Side of the Moon” is poised so soar, possibly leaping from No. 11 to No. 5.
The “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, which catapulted 45-10 this week following the comedy’s release on DVD, will also continue to rise, possibly as high as No. 6.
Rounding out the Top 10, the Lumineers’ self-titled album, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Pink’s “The Truth About Love” are all too close to call for the No. 7-9 slots, with each looking to sell between 50,000 and 55,000. Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” looks good for No. 10 with up to 50,000 copies sold.
"Behind the Candelabra" (debuts on HBO Spring 2013) looks like it should be a campy Lifetime movie -- but with Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon as his love interest, Rob Lowe and Debbie Reynolds making guest appearances and Steven Soderbergh directing, this is clearly serious stuff. During a press tour panel, Douglas talked about getting into character. "Well, there's a tremendous amount of clips and films that give you a sense of character," the Oscar winner said, joking, "[I had to] make Steven secure and make myself attractive to Matt."
Academy members received a reprieve of an extra 24 hours, but as of 5 PM PT voting for the 85th Academy Awards nominations is now officially over.
Can't wait until Monday when One Direction unspools the new video for "Kiss You?" Well, hang on. Below is something to tide you over. Watch as the members of One Direction get their Elvis Presley on in this final teaser for the “Kiss You” video.
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Though the word only became a pervasive part of our lingo a few decades ago, spoilers have likely existed as long as entertainment of any form has been around (you missed "Oedipus the King" at the Dionysia? Dude! Queen Jocasta was his MOM!"). Avoiding them requires constant vigilance, sidestepping blabbermouths and, mostly, staying off the Internet. Of course, in this day and age that's not unlike taking a vacation from breathing. With "Downton Abbey" airing first in the U.K., then three months later in the U.S. (season 3 premieres here Jan. 6), spoilers became like tribbles -- turn your back, and another thousand popped up somehow, and not always where you expected them to be.
And speaking of spoilers, if you haven't watched Season 2 (not Season 3, Season 2, so if you're REALLY behind) for some reason, read no further. Yes, an article about spoilers has a spoiler alert. Fancy that.
Are the Rolling Stones one step closer to announcing their rumored headlining gig at Coachella?
Either organizers of the alternative music festival, which takes place in Indio, Calif., April 12-14 and April 19-21, are messing with us or they’re subtly confirming their appearance. Yesterday, the folks at Goldenvoice, who put on Coachella, posted a picture (above) of a stone in a field on Coachella's Facebook page. No, it’s not rolling, but it’s gathering no moss either.
It’s the latest move in the “are-they-or-aren’t they” chronicle of the rock and roll band. The rumors started last fall and the drum beat only got louder after the Rolling Stones’ mobile app listed an April 12 date at Coachella. That quickly disappeared.
What does seem clear is that the Rolling Stones aren’t done after playing five lauded 50th anniversary shows in London, Brooklyn, and Newark. “Really, all you’re going to have to do is wait for an announcement,” guitarist Keith Richards told Rolling Stone’s David Fricke. “It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, ‘Well, that’s that, 50 years, bye-bye.”
Mick Jagger is a little cagier. “There have been quite a few offers,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m going to see what’s on the table and discuss it with everyone.”
As far as Coachella, Jagger says he has no idea how that date showed up on the Stones’ mobile app and that he had not been asked to play the festival personally, but he doesn’t rule it out. “I always said that we’d see how this would go, and then we’d think about doing more —or not.”
Either way, expect an announcement of who is playing at the festival within the next few weeks, if not next week. Among the other hotly-tipped names has been Daft Punk, however NME ran a story yesterday that stated the band wil not be playing any festivals in 2013, or any live dates at all.
With a title like "We No Who U R," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds insinuate there's a character who's trying to exercise some anonymity. The new music video for the track by director/writer/producer Gaspar Noe reveals that some people are impossible to know.
Watch as the shadow-man makes his way through brush and forest, making you as much a ghost as he. Noe, if unfamiliar, is the man behind features like 2009's "Enter the Void" and 2002's "Irreversible."
The "Cougar Town" cast and producers arrived at press tour with a clear message: Same show, same (easily mocked) title, new network — and a network that seems much more supportive than the old one.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced its screen nominees for the year. As always, certain films were ineligible with the WGA due to signatory issues. Examples this year which could still make a play at Oscar recognition include "Amour," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Django Unchained," "Les Misérables" and "Seven Psychopaths." So let's get that out of the way right at the top.