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Thursday
Mar 29 2018

Months of Meryl: Heartburn (1986)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#13 —Rachel Samstad,a New York food writer who is seduced and betrayed by a tomcat D.C.columnist.

MATTHEW: The celebrated run of 80s-era films that cemented Meryl Streep as a master among screen actors is so overwhelmingly remembered for its cadre of self-sacrificing period heroines that it was only inevitable that Streep's two comedic outings would recede into the background.Based on its critical reception alone,Streep's 1989 Roseanne Barr match-upShe-Devil,which we'll get around to discussing soon,may very well deserve to be remembered as a curious career outlier — that is,if it deserves to be remembered at all.But what aboutHeartburn,the all-around more prestigious comic vehicle?The project marked Streep's first reunion with herSilkwooddirector Mike Nichols and that film's co-writer Nora Ephron,from whose thinly-veiled best-seller the film was adapted...

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Friday
Jul 28 2017

Link on a Hot Tin Roof

AV ClubRIP voice acting legend June Foray
VarietyAmazon is moving into being their own distributor now after partnering with other distributors before.They'll try it out with Woody Allen'sWonder Wheelwhich they seem to have high hopes for.
Screen CrushIt's official -Emoji Movieis worst reviewed wide release of the year

/Filma photo tour of the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image
DeadlineAnne Hathaway circling theBarbiemovie that Amy Schumer abandoned
Coming SoonWarner Bros considering "formidable"Oscar campaign forWonder Woman

off cinema
VarietyJack O'Connell talks about his nude scene in the new revival ofCat on a Hot Tin Roofand why he hasn't watched Paul Newman in the film version
PlaybillEllen Greene shares a scrapbook from the original run ofLittle Shop of Horrors
Chicago Tribunerecommended theater shows on a budget in Chi-town
Boy Culturethe world's youngest living Madonna fan - a 13 year old violinist!
Exeunta piece about that 'critics camp' I went to this month by one of the other fellows
NYTterribly sad debacle going on withThe Great Comet of 1812on Broadway.When I first heard about Mandy Patinkin's casting I was thrilled because I haven't yet seen the show and totally love that man.But it seems in order to accomodate him (in the role formerly played by Josh Groban) they were ousting their current leading man Okieriete "Oak"Onaodowan (fromHamilton)earlier than his scheduled final date.The optics look bad even though Broadway shows do these type of celebrity casting changes constantly.Patinkin has now dropped out and Oak won't extend and now the entire cast,which includes several actors of color (the show was previously praised for its diverse casting),could be out of jobs because they might close early due to the public outrage.

Exit Video
The new Charlie XCX video "Boys"is a sexy blast.So many celebrity cameos including the internet's current boyfriend Riz Ahmed,diver Tom Daley,and a slew of musicians.There is a chainsaw in this video but as Charli states

NO BOYS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS VIDEO

Wednesday
Jul 26 2017

Justice Link

Boy Culturewant to see a web or tv series sequel toBoy Culture(2006)?
Film School Rejectsa new short film starring Oscar Isaac available to watch online
Deadlinea huge list of in-development franchises - what's the next big sci-fi fantasy hit?
Coming SoonNicholas Hoult is in talks to play theLord of the Ringsauthor JRR Tolkien in a forthcoming biopic.Those unfamiliar with Tolkien but for book jacket photos,Hoult seems like odd casting but the movie will be about his youth and service in World War I (which of course informed his iconic books)

AV ClubRaising Arizonawas on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook!
/FilmWonder Woman 2is aiming for a December 2019 release date.Patty Jenkins still not confirmed to return as director
MNPPhas a new crush in François Arnaud
TowleroadEzra Miller kisses a male fan at Comic Con.Crowd goes wild
Ceroswhy are directors like Christopher Nolan enamored with 70 mm?
VarietyProducer vows to "vigorously defend"Feud: Bette and Joanfrom Olivia de Havilland's lawsuit.But they might not want to harp on and on about "meticulously researched"since we spotted several errors without doing any research at all!
/Filmcontrary to reports Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) will not be appearing inAvengers: Infinity War

A Detour to the Stage
Playbillin an upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece (well,one of them)Company,the genders will be reversed
PlaybillKathleen Turner's speaking voice is,of course,legendary but now comes word that she's going to sing on stage!!!What?She's debuting a cabaret show "Finding My Voice"in Philadelphia
Broadway BlogMandy Patinkin is taking over the lead male role inNatasha,Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812on Broadway for 3 weeks only.MANDY PATINKIN.
Theater ManiaFrozenis deep in rehearsals now - Instagram pics of the cast

Thursday
Jul 13 2017

DVD review - Smurfs: The Lost Village

Tim here.2017 is shaping up to be a less-than-inspired year for movies in general,but particularly dire for animation (apologies to theCars 3superfans,I'm sure there's at least a couple of you in this world).The bar has fallen low enough that I even managed to convince myself that there might be some merit to checking outSmurfs: The Lost Village,which arrived on DVD this week.The first of three Sony Picture Animation features to come out in 2017 (the second,The Emoji Movie,is mere weeks away,and boy does it look like it will be bad),The Lost Villageis the latest attempt to keep the small blue woodland homunculi called Smurfs in English,Schtroumpfs in the original French,viable as a marketable brand.

In an astonishing twist,it is not very good.

At least we can say this in favor of the film: it's entirely animated.The last two Smurfs features made by Sony (otherwise unrelated toThe Lost Village) were live-action hybrids,in which little animated Smurfs came out to horrifyingly deal with the real New York City.Now,they're where they belong,in a busily designed magic forest,facing a proper cartoon villain and his cartoon cat.So far as that goes,honestly,The Lost Villageis even a pretty nice film to look at...

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Thursday
May 25 2017

Yes No Maybe So: Jacob Tremblay is a "Wonder"

by Nathaniel R

From a distance the forthcoming filmWonder(2017) looks likeMask(1985) for the junior high set.The film is based on the novel of the same name by RJ Palacio about Auggie,a boy who enters school after years of home schooling due to his many surgeries and complications with a rare facial deformity.Jacob Tremblay,in demand post Room,plays the main character Auggie.The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky who already has some experience with transferring YA novels to the screen since he transferred his own for his directorial debutThe Perks of Being a Wallflower(2012).Wonderis his sophomore effort though this time he left the screenwriting to another.Steven Conrad,who previously adaptedThe Pursuit of HappynessandThe Secret Life of Walter Mittyto screen,adapts.

Let's compartmentalize the first trailer with our Yes No Maybe So™ system after the jump...

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Saturday
Dec 14 2013

Catching Up With the Linkses

The Wirea definitive ranking of the hair inAmerican Hustle.Elizabeth Röhm's Dolly Polito and that awesome bathroom showdown between Amy & Jennifer are not high enough!
NY Postgives you more background onTheWolf of Wall Street's Jordan Belfort and how filthy rich he still is.So much for penance!
Vultureinteresting piece onInside Llewyn Davisand discrepancies with actual folk music culture as it was experienced at the time
Cinema Blendfirst images from Transcendence with Johnny Depp
Movie City News12 weeks to go in the Oscar punditry game.Why is so little changing?
MNPPrenames Hercules "The Legend of Pecules"which is all well and good since Kellan Lutz beefcake will surely be the only reason to watch it
LA Timeslooks at the quiet subversive Oscar campaign for James Franco in Spring Breakers (oh I so wish the Globes had had the guts to go there

List-Mania
Alan Sepinwall's  top ten TV of the year includingSouthlandandTop of the Lake (yes times two)and I really co-sign the comments on bothMad MenandMasters of Sex
Matt Zoller Seitz's top ten TV of the year
Stephen Holden's top thirteen of the year.So much capitalistic anxiety
Cinephiledthis podcast gives you a peek inside the voting for the Los Angeles Film Critics Awards.I meant to share this last week but it's very much worth a listen: Starring James Rocchi,Karina Longworth,Alonso Duralde,and Amy Nicholson
A.O.Scott's top ten of the year with love for the Coens and the McQueen butI'mmost enthralled by #10 which goes like so:

10.‘The Great Gatsby'/‘The Wolf of Wall Street'/‘The Bling Ring'/‘Spring Breakers'/‘Pain and Gain'/‘American Hustle'Six variations on the big theme of our times: "Just look at all my stuff!"It's capitalism,baby!Grab what (and who) you can,and do whatever feels good.We're all going to hell (or jail,or Florida) anyway.

Slantindividual top 10s from their team.And...
Slanttop 25 films of the year (collectively) with lots of love forMuseum Hours,Her,andInside Llewyn Davis.They also loved two films I hated:Bastards(to me Claire Denis' nadir) andUpstream Color


Off Cinema

The Advocateon the gayest responses to Beyoncé's surprise album release.
Gawker'Beyoncé is just like everyone else only much better'
(I'm not really a music person but I definitely admire a capable surprise and in this day when most entertainment WILLFULLY spoils itself before it premieres I am so proud of this woman I don't even care about!I can't imagine how a celebrity that big kept all of that a secret when other celebrities and their teams were involved)
Playbillit's hard to imagine an odder pairing than avante garde performance artist Taylor Mac and Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin but here they are co-starring inThe Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudevillewhich starts performances today!Hope I get a chance to see this one.