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May 20 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Still I Think He's Rather Tasty

Jason Adams fromMNPP,fully ready to admit that if you get me drunk enough and put me in front of a karaoke microphone I could sing to you any one of the songs from1992'sAladdinwithout having to look at the words on the screen once.I don't know if that's what Disney had in mind but it is what it is and it is how I spent a hefty amount of my time,when I should have been studying,in college.I might not remember anything from that Geology class I was forced to take at nine in the morning but get outta the way when "A Whole New World"comes on.Anyway with Guy Ritchie's live-action version out this Friday,and a retrospective from Team Experience beginning tonight,what better time to "Beauty vs Beast"the original -- I'm shocked we haven't done this before honestly,since Aladdin's got one of Disney's greatest villains...

PREVIOUSLYA week ago we wished Sofia Coppola a happy birthday by looking back upon her last filmBeguiled,and today we're minded what a fool's errand it is for us to ever face anybody off with Nicole Kidman -- even Colin Farrell's hotness couldn't muster up more than 29% against the queen Kidman.SaidBen:

"Miss Farnsworth is the only one who thinks primarily with her head instead of her heart.That's why the only logical thing to do was to cut off his leg,then kill him.Makes sense to me!"

Aug 27 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Say U.N.C.L.E.

Hello and happy Monday,it's Jason fromMNPPwith our weekly "Beauty vs Beast"experience - tomorrow is Armie Hammer's birthday,and I don't know if you guys saw butI was kind of aCall Me By Your Namefan.But don't worry - we're never going to make you choose between Elio and Oliver (especially not for Armie's birthday,since he'd most likely lose that one by a substantial margin).No let's take a look back at Armie's other great gay romance (that's what it was,right),Guy Ritchie's underrated 2015 film ofThe Man From U.N.C.L.E.And yes I know that technically Henry Cavill's Napoleon Solo & Armie's Illya Kuryakin were (reluctant) partners,but do we really think if I put the film's actual villain played with swan-necked gusto by Elizabeth Debicki anybody would be beating her?I thought not.So let's make this a contest...

PREVIOUSLYSpeaking of contestslast week'sDoubt-matchwas a bit of a doozy - over the course of the past seven days every time I checked on Amy Adams & Meryl Streep were about tied.But then what always happens happened - Meryl pulled ahead and stayed ahead and ended up with about 52% of the vote.Said Val:

"Does any of it matter once Viola Davis shows up,establishes her family's heartbreaking stakes,and commits grand theft movie all in under 10 minutes!?If nothing elseDoubtshould be appreciated as a rare moment where Streep seems knocked out by someone else's performance."

Aug 28 2017

The Furniture: Reframing the Legend of King Arthur

"The Furniture,"byDaniel Walber,is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

King Arthur,the character,is listed by IMDb as appearing in 149 films and TV shows.That's more than Dracula.I'm not going to go through all of them,obviously.But circumstance has given me a good excuse to compare two examples:Knights of the Round Table(1953) andKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword(2017).The latter just came out on Blu-ray.The former will serve as a bit of a tribute to Mel Ferrer,whose centennial was this past Friday.

The most obvious difference is between Ferrer's version of Arthur,noble and even a bit meek,and the ever-hulking Charlie Hunnam.But this isn't a physique column.Instead,I want to take a brief look at how Hollywood's presentation of the loosely defined Arthurian Age has changed...

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May 13 2017

Review: "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"

byChris Feil

Guy Ritchie thrives on comedic machismo.Even when gratingly stylized or frenetically composed,his work is never less than entertaining when breaking down how buffoonish men interact.SoKing Arthur: Legend of the Swordis a natural fit for the director's next big budget exercise.In some ways,Arthur and his knights of the round table were the original bros...

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May 12 2017

Posterized: Guy Ritchie

The British director Guy Ritchie never finished school and didn't attend film school either but by the time he was 28 he was on his way to making cinematic waves.His short filmThe Hard Case(1995) attracted the attention of financiers and his debut featureLock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels(1998) was a scrappy success.Sudden fame for new directors is usually somewhat invisible since it's their names rather than faces that get the publicity.Not so for Guy Ritchie.His rise went meteoric via a marriage to global household name Madonna before people had even really learned his name.They famously wore each other's new products on t-shirts;he pushed her album "Music"across his chest in 2000 as she paradedSnatch,his second film, around on hers.

The marriage soured but his movies got bigger and bigger if not always more successful.Like any regularly working director he's had both hits and misses.His 9th featureKing Arthur: Legend of the Swordis now open in theaters everywhere.

Let's look at all his movies via posterized after the jump.How many have you seen?

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Oct 10 2016

Power Link and Iron Fist

Vanity Fairinterviews reclusive legend Warren Beatty.He talks Annette,his trans son Stephen and
i09Forest Whitaker is joining the ever-expanding cast of Marvel'sBlack Panthermovie
VultureDaniel Craig,newly platinum blonde,is warming up to returning to the 007 gig.Money money money.Money money money.Money money money.If you happen to be rich - .......Ooooh -- and you feel like a Night's entertainment,you can pay for a gay escapade.

Antagony & Ecstacycatches up withThe Neon Demonand loves it more than he knows he should
MNPPit looks like Nicolas Hoult will be playing Nikola Tesla in the costume dramaCurrent Warabout the fight over monetizing electricity co-starring those actors of endless ubiquity: Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon.
The PlaylistGuy Ritchie will direct Disney's live actionAladdin.Weird.
/FilmBoyd Holbrook will play the cyborg villain Donald Pierce in the third Wolverine movie,now titled Logan
AV ClubRon Perlman has finally given up his dream ofHellboy 3

Power Man and Iron Fist
I don't know how many people who are into Marvel's modern universe of TV and movies knows this but Luke Cage was always paired with Iron Fist in the comicbooks.That's hard to imagine now because Luke Cage has been portrayed as such a loner in both Jessica Jones and on his own show.

I know this because I was kind of addicted to that duo as a kid.When I heard they were adapting it for television I wanted Marvel to quit whitewashing the Iron Fist character.Yes Danny was always white but since he grew up in Tibet and is a master of martial arts it would make sense that he were Asian.What's more the common narrative of the white man being better than all the Asians at the super powerful stuff they picked up over in Asia (see also Dr Strange's sorcery) is inherently a racist trope.We were not alone in this thinking.Apparentlythe handsome actor Lewis Tan,who will play one of the villains in the show,actually wanted to play Iron Fistbut Marvel was adamant that he be white (sigh).So we get Finn Jones in the lead role who is most famous for playing Loras Tyrell,the Knight of Flowers inGame of Thrones.

In happier casting news,afterIron Fistpremieres we'll eventually get the team up seriesThe Defenders(which will feature Sigourney Weaver as their big bad (yes!))  Here's the new Comic Con teaser forIron Fistin case you missed it.