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Mar 16 2011

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Did you see last night'sGlee"Original Song"?I always feel so melancholy at Regionals episodes because I know that means noGleefor awhile.For a show I often actively dislike on account of lazy writing,wasted opportunities and ridiculously unnecessary pandering (People loved the show before it started pandering to them!Why bend over backwards to worry about what people might like now?),sometimes the show makes it really hard for me to pretend that I don't just love it,warts and all.So many highlights in this one,from Brittany's always dependable split second deadpan "favorite song: my headband"to a rare Mercedes showcase "Hell to the No"to a gay kiss played emphatically and without apology,to the return of undergirding themes (Rachel's future completely obvious stardom versus small town limitations) to that killer joyous finale "Loser Like Me"in which the kids learn the age old oppressed minority trick of turning insults into empowering F-you pride.Anyway,loved it.I still wish that show I loved last year about small town Broadway geeks trying to find their voices would come back but the new now oldGleeis still great cathartic fun when it remembers to be.

Gold Derbyon Mark Wahlberg's dreams ofThe FighterMickey Ward 2.Some sound-Oscar-reasoning from Wahlberg'sFighteralter ego Mickey Ward.
Awards DailyNatural Selection(feature) andDragonslayer(documentary) win jury hearts at SXSW
Just JaredSeann William Scott taking care of personal and health matters in treatment.Best wishes.I think he's adorable even if he has way too many consonants in his name.
Movie|LineEwwwww.They're rebootingDaredevilnow?
PlaybillKathleen Turner (nearly back on Broadway inHigh) will be interviewed in the Times Talk series in May.Tickets available.
Movie|Linebizarre lengthyTarzanaudition tape
Gordon and the WhaleHey,if Alessadro Nivola gets Michael Fassbender's cast offs,maybe Fassbender should say no a little more often?I love them both but Nivola has been way too neglected and I don't want Fassy to burn out.

Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade in BETTY BLUE

Acidemic"Beatrice Dalle My What Big Teeth You Have."Beatrice is on my mind as I just watched this newish french flickDomainwhere she is typically vivid and dangerous feeling,even while simply strolling through a park or ordering a glass of wine.  Have you ever seenBetty Blue?Still one of the craziest movies ever to snag a Best Foreign Film Oscar nom.
TowleroadRemember that story about Jake Gyllenhaal being photographed in a men's room at SXSW.It's been animated.(The transformation into Jack Twist is a funny touch.)
Serious Filmrevisits Viggo Mortensen's Oscar worthy work inA History of Violence.

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I love Glee for some reason,(Naya Rivera),but since you brought it up....Dianna Agron's acting in last night's episode completely blew me away.I watched it on television and then I went and looked it up online so I could watch it again illegally just to put the stamp of approval on it: Dianna.Agron.was.amazing.last.night.Notably in her scene with Rachel explaining how her and FInn will be stuck in Ohio while Rachel is off doing bigger things.Loved itttt.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathon

"Favorite song: my headband"made me laugh so loud!The boyfriend just stared at me like I was crazy.That Brittany is definitely a keeper.BUT,Gleeand I totally have a love/hate relationship.Ilovewhat it used to be,and totally agree about the pandering;now I just love it sometimes.But I also thoroughly enjoyed last night's episode,making it one of my favorites.

*minor rant* One of the most frustrating things to me about the show is this...as an Ohio native,I would just like to say that Westerville (where Kurt and Blaine go to school) is almost 2 hours away from Lima (where all the main action is),yet characters just randomly pop up in both places,especially with Kurt and Blaine just getting coffee at the "Lima Bean".Does Kurt really drive 2 hours each way to school?I don't know,maybe I'm just crazed,but couldn't they have picked a city closer to Lima to make things more realistic?*end rant*

And I second your "ewww"aboutDaredevil.TERRIBLE idea.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterKeelay!

It was so random to see Kathy Griffin as a judge...I hope it doesn't fall into the Will & Grace stunt where there is a new guest star each episode

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterMia

Nathaniel,will you go see la Turner?Please do!

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Peggy -- i doubt i'll be able to afford it but maybe some kind soul will invite me to the press day.we'll see.

March 16,2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

No,I've never seen "Betty Blue"(nor even heard of it),but after you posted that picture....I mean,after you described it as crazy,I immediately added it to my Netflix queue.Hot!(The description,that is.I swear.)

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterChip

I think if there is one thing Glee has going for it it is the quality of the acting.I wish these kids would get more credit then the do.Cutting back on Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison's screen time this season has been one of the only things they have done right this year.Not that the two (former) leads are not wonderful,but when you look at the show as an ensemble piece it's fantastic.In the last two weeks in small scenes Naya Rivera,Heather Morris,Diana Agron,Ashley Fink and Chris Colfer have all turned in fantastic moments.Deeply flawed as this show is each week it seems to provide the best moment on television.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

Oh my God - that Tarzan audition tape!!Oh lord - I couldn't make it through the whole thing - if he's walked through water one more time or enter the shot to look at the scenery I thought I'd die.Poor guy.Doesn't he realize he needed at least one good closeup with some sort of life in his eyes to make it even remotely viable?And why didn't he do anything more daring than walk around,climb a few hills,and sit on a rock?Oh yeah - he hung from a vine(rope?) and swung around in a circle and then edited it together to make it look like he'd done it more than once.At least he could have slid down that waterfall - that didn't look that steep.And then he wrestled that fur blanket - I'm sure glad you warned me so I could fast forward to that part!And while he was reaching for that knife it looked to me like the gorilla was having some frottage fun with Tarzan,not trying to hurt him.Gosh - he must be a good actor to have escaped the struggle with a gorilla without a scratch on him.He should have let a gay man write and shoot the thing - then maybe it would have had some guts.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered Commenterbillybil

Betty Blue: Saw it,love it.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Betty Blue is quite good,I need to rewatch it.

Viggo is GREAT in History of Violence.What I've always found most fascinating about the movie?His wife and son love him more for it.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew R.

My god,that Tarzan audition tape is priceless!Hahaha,that ending made me lol so hard.The guy really doesn't need any Tarzan movie to audition for,everything is already in his head.He can save the temporary stardom phase and the disappointment and the emptiness that come later on,and start booking a bedroom in a good clinic.Common,someone called DeWet duToit (=roof leak?) can't be taken seriously.

March 16,2011 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Chip -- Betty Blue is really good but it's one of those movies you scratch your head wondering why Oscar got into because we always hear they don't respond to the super graphic stuff but it's pretty NC-17 rate...albeit before the rating ;)

Andrew -- that movie is just fascinating full stop.i love it SO much.I hope it's rep grows as time passes.

March 16,2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

"Betty Blue"is one of my all time favorite.The first time I saw it was (very unfortunatly) with my parents.I was 14 maybe 15 years old."Malaise".For those who saw the movie (the opening scene...anyone?) you know what I mean...

March 16,2011 | Unregistered Commenterstjeans

stjeans -- oh god.i would have been mORTIFIED.it was bad enough seeing the Room with a View bathing scene with my parents ;)

March 16,2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'd so be into seeing "The Fighter 2."Those Ward/Gatti fights were pretty epic,and I need my Bale/Leo fix again!(Just bought "The Fighter"DVD on Tuesday,so I'm good for now).

Loved "Glee"'s "Original Song"episode.The Blurt kiss was great and unexpected,and Santana's "Trouty Mouth"was just...wow.Naya Rivera's having a killer season so far.I'm still listening to "Loser Like Me"on a loop.

March 17,2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan

would bale really transform again?

March 17,2011 | Unregistered Commentergle

I justranked Glee's 4 competition performances!I judged them based on costume,choreography,vocal performance,and overall impact.Whew,it was really tough for me.See which sectionals or regionals episode placed first!=)

March 19,2011 | Unregistered CommenterkPg
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