Monday, July 16, 2018

Timmy's Got the Spice

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That right there look on Timmy's face is exactly the look I just had upon my own (minus the youthful adorability, obviously) as I read the news that Timothée Chalamet is right now in talks to star in Denis Villeneuve's forthcoming big-budget two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune. I guess I better prepare my fingertips to have to cut-and-paste the complicated keystrokes of "Villeneuve" and "Timothée" in tandem a lot, cuz shit's getting real. Real groovy!

Timmy will of course be playing the Kwisatz Haderach himself (that doesn't count as a spoiler really, right?) Paul Atreides - when David Lynch made his wonderfully wacko movie that role went to his muse Kyle Maclachlan. In related stuff our pal Sean wrote a glorious piece on Dune just this past week that you should check out - it's not just a defense of Lynch's film but it is that in part and I co-sign every word.


What a Birthday Weekend I Had

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I had a pretty spectacular birthday weekend, everybody - besides the gigantic cake that my boyfriend baked around me that I had to eat my way out of last night (so huge, so delicious) I saw Radiohead for the gazillionth time on Saturday night and they, unsurprisingly, wowed. I posted a few videos from the show on YouTube, you can see the whole play-list right here. Here's one now:
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You best believe I cried. In related news Amazon's got a ton of Radiohead on vinyl on sale today (just in time for me to finally own a record player, natch) -- click here to check out those deals (although their site's been hella wonky all day thanks to the sale so be prepared for some refreshing). In other awesome-for-me news...
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... I have a new most-popular Instagram post! On Friday I went to the Morgan Library here in NYC to see their current exhibition displaying some papers of note having to do with James Ivory and his Merchant Ivory productions, which includes as you see there his scribbled-all-over copy of Andre Aciman's book Call Me By Your Name, a property you have maybe heard me mention here before once or twice. And yes going to see this book was a religious experience for me akin to visiting Mecca or whatever Pope things the Catholics like to stare at. The exhibition's on display through October so if you're in town or coming to town you're gonna want to finger this shroud, folks.
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Eight Hours Ahoy

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The minute that I first heard that Rainer Werner Fassbinder's somewhat lost and definitely obscure 1972 TV series called Eight Hours Don't Make a Day was getting a little theatrical run here in New York (watch the trailer here) I assumed it was prefacing a nice fancy blu-ray release and voila, I was right - Criterion just announced their October releases and there it is, nice and fancy! The most exciting thing to me on the disc, besides the series itself (which looked absolutely gorgeous when I saw it projected at MoMA) is the 2017 doc that talks to several of the surviving actors from the eight-hour-long series, including  Fassbinder regulars Hanna Schygulla and Irm Hermann.

The other titles that Criterion announced are hardly slouches - Brian De Palma's Sisters is getting the 4K upgrade (supervised by De Palma himself) which is pretty fantastic since every copy of this movie I've ever watched over the years has been kind of muddy and if ever a movie needed its colors to pop it's this blood freak spectacle starring Margot Kidder as conjoined twins. Also on tap: Shampoo and The Princess Bride! Wow Criterion's killing it.
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Tab is Coming To Town

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Mark your calendars, gays and gay-lovers (or, you know, movie lovers in general I suppose) -- TCM is celebrating the life and work of the actor Tab Hunter this Friday with an all-day marathon of his movies! Starting with 1953's The Steel Lady, Tab's fourth film about a group of oilmen who uncover a WWII tank buried in the desert...

... they're screening eight films, running up through 1972's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, which starred Paul Newman not to mention Tab's former flame Anthony Perkins. I've seen Judge Roy Bean (which in weird related news is being dropped on blu-ray tomorrow) but I haven't seen a single one of the other seven films they're showing - see the whole list and schedule on TCM's site right here. I'm gonna record them all! But what especially grabbed me...

... was their description of a film they are not screening, one I don't recall knowing about. (There's a chance he might've talked about it in his book and I forgot about it, I guess, since my brain is mush.) Here's what they write:

"Perhaps his finest performance was as the lonely Venice Beach psychopath of Curtis Hanson's directing debut, "The Arousers" (1973)..."

The film is also known as Sweet Kill and it is available on DVD -- have any of you seen it? I'm a big fan of Curtis Hanson already - The Hand That Rocks the Cradle forever - so this just jumped way way up my watch list. Anyway let's all tune into TCM this weekend and memorialize ourselves some classic Tab, people.


Happy Babs Day

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It's the 111th anniversary of the magnificent Barbara Stanwyck's birth - y'all are fans right? if you're not a fan you must leave this place and never ever return! She's my favorite classic Hollywood actress by big leaps and bounds, I will watch sit through any crap she acted in and I will inevitably end up enjoying every last drop last to her steely sweetness. She just makes me smile, no matter what she's doing. She is magic. I just got sucked into Meet John Doe for the seventh time this weekend on TCM, even though I think it's a huge schmaltz-fest, because who the hell can deny her plus Gary Cooper?

But we're not here for Meet John Doe - over at The Film Experience this week's "Beauty vs Beast" is tackling what's probably her most famous role, that of the manipulative femme fatale in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity. She will probably stomp poor Fred MacMurray to dust, contest-wise, but shouldn't that be the case? As is and will ever be? We're all rotten, so let's be rotten together...


Pics of the Day

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Somebody remind me to make out with Kevin Williamson (again) as my way of saying thanks to him for gathering together Billy Magnussen, James Wolk, Sam Jaeger and Paul Wesley for a single TV series - these pictures are from his Instagram when the first table-read with the full cast of Tell Me a Story happened. Read our previous coverage of this show here. Bless Billy's ham.
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Five Frames From ?

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Give Us Something To Believe In

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I still haven't managed to see RBG, the documentary on American Hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but I have a feeling some of y'all have given it's had such a stellar run at the box office. And now I'm not sure I should see it before I see On the Basis of Sex, the forthcoming fictionalized bio-pic starring Felicity Jones as the Supreme Court Judge to be and...

... the ever gorgeous Armie Hammer as her faithful mister two steps behind. (Could they have given him a more flattering title card?) The movie, directed by Mimi Leder (most recently of The Leftovers) also stars Justin Theroux and Kathy Bates (hooray) and it out on Christmas Day. Here's the trailer:
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Good Morning, Monday

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Four days later and we're still a little bit high off the fumes of Sebastian Stan's funny workout video we posted last Thursday, and he's not helping matters releasing stuff like the above (via, thanks Mac). Hi yourself, Seb! I might've just had a birthday yesterday (thanks for all the happy wishes by the way) but Seb's got one in a couple of weeks - y'all best think of something to get him. Let me know if you have any ideas in the comments...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

I'm a (Birthday) Creep

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Alright well I guess this week's done? It wasn't my most prolific, I acknowledge, but the combination of the heat and the politics, they're wearing my brain down and making it difficult to focus... apologies. Them's the breaks! Anyway I've got a pretty big three-day weekend weekend ahead - tomorrow's Friday the 13th, I'm seeing Radiohead in concert on Saturday, and... oh right Sunday is my birthday!

It's my birthday and I'll be lazy if I want to, dammit. Next week we'll start reviewing films from the Fantasia Film Fest (if you missed our intro to that click here) so it should probably perk up a bit. Until then... well y'all have a nice weekend. That's all I got.
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Do Dump or Marry: The Guys of July 13th

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Tomorrow is a big day in Hot Guy Birthdays (no not me I'm not until Sunday, sillies) - it's the birthday of Harrison Ford, Fran Kranz, Stanley Weber, Colton Haynes, and Steven R. McQueen. I'm gonna ignore those first two (although if you click on their names you'll see I've done the opposite in the past) and focus on the latter trio for a round of our favorite gratuitous parlor game Do Dump or Marry

Colton & Steve McQueen's Grandson seem like they co-starred in something, don't they? But I guess they didn't even though there are lots of pictures of them together, I don't know. Maybe the CW connection (McQueen was on the Vampire Diaries and Colton was on Arrow). Anyway our third is Stanley Weber, who should really really really be put in more things I watch, but if you're unfamiliar check out this big ol' post we did and make yourself the opposite. 

And now give us your answers in the comments...
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Rupert Friend Five Times

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Has anybody heard anything about the new show for that CBS All Access streaming thing (god I sound old) called Strange Angel? Our boy Rupert there co-stars in it opposite Jack Reynor and Jack Reynor's mustache...

... and it's about rockets and the occult and sex and the sexy occult rockets and nice suits, maybe not in that order? I don't know. It took me awhile to warm  to Rupert Friend on Homeland but I eventually did (scenes like this helped, as did photo-shoots like this one) and then (spoiler) they went and violently murdered him over and again (end spoiler) and I must look elsewhere for my fix. Similarly I'm waiting for Reynor to get That Role that grabs me - I did like him in Free Fire an awful lot but I still confuse him with about ten other actors. Anyway here's that show's trailer:
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The show is from the writer of Black Swan - if any of you have watched any of it tell me something! Tell me anything! For god's sake, speak! And after the jump I'll share with you the rest of this new shoot of Rupert...

Pics of the Day

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The first official pictures of M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film Glass, which unites the characters in 2016's Split with the characters in 2000's Unbreakable as foreseen by the final scene in the former, are here - head over to EW for the whole shebang. I focused in on James McAvoy in spite of Bruce Willis & Sam Jackson though, as is my wont dammit. McAvoy, as we've taken note of from all the shirtless time he spent roaming around the set, went and got himself real real juiced for this movie. Glass is out on January 18th.


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... show-downing with Seb Stan at the gym.

Seb's been posting some goofy (yet well-produced) short videos on his Instagram as of late and if you click on over today you can see the latest, which involves him and a handsome friend bad-assing off against each other work-out-wise. It's worth a minute of your day, probably! Why not? World's on fire, there are worse ways to burn.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Customer: Never smoke cigarettes
and you'll be a big strong man like him.

The great Tod Browning was born 138 years ago today!
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Five Frames From ?

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Good Morning, World

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Do you guys think it's possible that it's more upsetting for me to see Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga have to play alienated lovers on Preacher than it is for them to have to play alienated lovers, as real-world alienated lovers? Because I find all the smoochy scenes on this season of the show, knowing they've busted up their perfect and beautiful union (no I am not projecting here at all), full on traumatic. Be kind, there is a very trying time for me!
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Anyway like the tweet says this week's episode had what will probably be the gratuitous bone Dom will throw us this year, so natch I capped it, lovingly, thoroughly, just like I have the previous times - see here especially and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here. I did say "thoroughly" y'all. Anyway for this week's Preacher flavored pleasures hit the jump...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Great Moments In Movie Staches

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File this one under "Staches I Am New To" but the Anthology Film Archives here in New York just announced they're screening Jean-Paul Godard's 1986 made-for-TV film noir called The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company this weekend  and a google later color me impressed by star Jean-Pierre Léaud rocking a shadowy hang-dog stache. I am super into it.
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Not sure if I can make any of the screenings this weekend (this being my birthday weekend I'm already a little packed schedule-wise and that's before I even get to the Radiohead concert) but since they mention it being a new restoration I think we can count on some sort of release, be it blu-ray or digital, in the near future. Now if you'd like some more Léaud-stache (he kind of looks like Logan Marshall-Green with a mustache, doesn't he?) hit the jump and I've got it...

Barry Keoghan is Your Yorick, Yours & Mine

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Barry Keoghan gave last year's greatest performance not given by a person named Timothée Chalamet in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and we've been smitten ever since - hell he even makes us look back at Dunkirk askance and we fucking hated Dunkirk. So needless to say when I read this afternoon's news that Barry's been cast as Yorick Brown, the lead in the forthcoming Y: The Last Man series -- a series I have been covering every up and down in production for almost exactly a decade (seriously my first post, titled "Shia's Pecker Is Of Dire Importance" was in July of 2008!) -- well, I met the news with a buoyant jig. A jig, people!

Don't look at me like that, Barry. Anyway after going through several iterations the Y: The Last Man series (which started as a comic book written by Brian K. Vaughn that I deeply recommend) is now being shepherded to FX by Michael Green, aka the dude who gave us the first season of American Gods alongside Bryan Fuller. Of course making a pilot isn't the same as going to series, so they've got to film this thing first. But Barry is a big heck-yes in the right direction.

Other names have been cast too, including Diane Lane as Yorick's mother and Imogen Poots as his sister - you can read through them all here (Thanks Mac). A couple of weeks ago there was a rumor that Jodie Foster was going to play the major character of "Dr. Allison Mann" but that casting hasn't been officially announced yet so we'll have to see if the rumor's true. For now though we're just gonna keep jigging over our boy Barry. Most excellent!