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It's big enough news that this genuine Van Gogh recently emerged from a Norwegian guy's attic, but now Doctor Who fans have spotted a familiar blue box in the left corner of the painting.
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In an iconic Who episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) meets Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran), who is plagued by a monster that only he can see. After dealing with the monster, Amy and the Doctor bring the underappreciated Van Gogh into the present day to see the modern response to his much-lauded paintings. In the show, Van Gogh dedicates "Vase With 12 Sunflowers" to Amy, but it appears that he dedicated another to the blue police box that helped him learn the value of his work. Watch a clip, including a guest appearance by Bill Nighy, from the show here.
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Soul sensation Adele stepped back into the spotlight on Friday (21Jun13) to salute her record label boss at a New York City gala. The British singer has made only a handful of public appearances since giving birth to her son Angelo James last year (Oct12), but she made an exception to fete Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer.
Adele appeared at the star-studded UJA-Federation of New York event at The Pierre hotel in Manhattan to hand Stringer the Music Visionary Award.
Accepting his prize, Stringer recalled meeting the Rolling in the Deep hitmaker in 2007 before she found fame: "Your career is defined by the people you work with. Six years ago, that young lady walked into our office with her manager and said, 'Yeah, this'll do,' with a cigarette in her mouth. It's fantastic to have her here... She doesn't get out much."
Neil Diamond, Jay-Z and John Legend were among those in the audience, while Haim and John Mayer performed songs to honour their label boss.
Celine Dion, Daft Punk, Patti Smith, Simon Cowell, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand and Steven Tyler also appeared in a video compilation thanking and congratulating Stringer.
The Sopranos is praised — and rightly so — for being revolutionary, for being unlike anything that had come before it. It shattered all expectations of what was possible on television and cemented the idea of an antihero for the viewing public. Without Tony Soprano, critics and audiences alike concede, we wouldn't have the likes of Walter White, Don Draper, Dexter Morgan, Stringer Bell, and so many others today. But adulations of James Gandolfini and David Chase's seminal work usually fail to mention that the series is also unlike anything that has been created since.
The Sopranos was on the air from 1999-2007 — during which time I graduated middle school, then high school, and then headed off to college (taking me the closest I had ever been to New Jersey). The timing was such that many of my peers were able to grow up with the Soprano family — we were nearly the same age as A.J. My boyfriend, who was raised in New Jersey, would watch the series with his parents — his mom covering his eyes during scenes that took place at the Bing — and as a result, feels the Sopranos to be a second, more violent, deeply twisted family. I, however, came late to the game.
Tony, Carmela, Christopher, Sil, and the rest of the gang entered my life just last year, when I finally embarked upon the monumental journey that is watching The Sopranos. I had somehow managed to avoid learning anything about the series while it was on the air and in the myriad discussions that followed, barring that it was about a New Jersey mob family and ended in a controversial cut to black. I came to the series unspoiled, just a bit late.
While I knew nothing of the show's plot or characters (minus, of course, Gandolfini as the family's patriarch), I wasn't blind to the show's reputation or legacy — in my industry, with my friends, how could I be? I was aware of The Sopranos' accolades as well as the discussion surrounding its historical place in television, and as such I was eager to sink my teeth into the series that paved the way for my current favorites, such as Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Needless to say, my expectations were high. But, in large part due to Gandolfini, the series easily surpassed all of them.
A year after I popped in that first DVD, I had cried, laughed, and gasped my way through all six seasons. And, once Journey cut off mid chorus, I wanted to talk about what I had seen. But the conversation I was eager to join was not the one that looked at The Sopranos in a greater, historical context. It was not the one that thanked David Chase for creating the bravest character on television and Gandolfini for bringing him to life. I wanted to talk about the specifics of the show: the scenes that left me in tears and that took my breath away, the shocks and twists and heartbreaking moments I had just seen. And I wanted to talk about it with fellow devotees on Twitter and in line at Starbucks, like rabid fans of Game of Thrones are able to do every Monday morning.
Because, 14 years after the pilot aired and six years after the series went off the air, The Sopranos still offers things I've never seen on TV before. It hasn't become dated or passé, its disciples haven't eradicated its originality in their emulation of its tropes. It is still the best television show I've ever seen. And I'm not sure James Gandolfini's performance will ever be topped.
When news of Gandolfini's passing reached me Wednesday evening, I was affected in a way no celebrity death has affected me before. I felt — and continue to feel — a loss for not only a great man and a talented actor, but for someone I have welcomed into my home (by way of the television screen) and who has become my friend. And a new friend, at that. Tony Soprano and I don't go way back; I've only recently made his acquaintance. But I envisioned a long and happy fandom for Mr. Gandolfini all the same — one in which I flock to his films, root for his pilots, and proclaim the virtues of The Sopranos for years to come. But on Wednesday night, in a hotel room in Italy, he was taken from me too early. From all of us. And we are all left pondering what could have been. What happened after Tony Soprano's final scene cut to black? We'll debate the question for decades.
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Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep have a new co-star in the Disney adaption of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Into the Woods. According to a Disney casting notice, English stage, film, and television actor James Corden is now set to star as the baker, who will live next door to Streep's character, the witch.
Last year, Corden won a Tony Award for his work in the Broadway play, One Man, Two Guvnors. In Into the Woods, he will be starring in the leading role. His character, the baker, is a married man who dreams of having a baby even after the witch (Streep) casts a spell on his wife causing her to be barren.
Depp is scheduled to play the wolf and Streep the witch, who conspires to teach important lessons to famous fairytale characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel. Academy Award-winning director Rob Marshall — who directed Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stronger Tides — is helming the adaption. Into the Woods is scheduled begin filming in London in September.
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The director and star of The Producers will accept the trophy at a gala dinner held in his honour next June (13).
Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees, says, "Mel Brooks is America's long-reigning king of comedy - and as he taught us long ago, it's good to be the king. He's a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves, and it is AFI's honour to shine a bright light on laughter by presenting Mel Brooks (with) the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award."
Brooks is one of only 14 stars who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award.
News of the accolade comes after Brooks accepted an honorary degree from the AFI in recognition of his "contribution of distinction to the art of the moving image" in June (12).
It was announced this morning that funnyman Mel Brooks, 86, has been named the recipient of the 41st American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award, which will be awarded at a tribute gala on June 6. It will be televised on TNT in late June, with encore airings on TNT’s sister network, Turner Classic Movies.
The gala will honor “America’s long-reigning king of comedy,” according to a statement released this morning by Howard Stringer, chairman of AFI's board of trustees, Deadline reports.
This award is the highest honor to receive for a career in film, and it will only add to Brooks’ already impressive resume, in which he is one of few people to boast an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).
The writer-producer-director-actor is the man behind comedic film, TV, and theater gold such as Blazing Saddles, The Producers, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and Your Show of Shows.
“He’s a master of an art form that rarely gets the respect it deserves,” Stringer says, “and it is AFI’s honor to shine a bright light on laughter.”
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Before there was Walter White and Dexter Morgan, before Stringer Bell and Tony Soprano, there was Heathcliff. The leading man in Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights was one of fiction's first antiheroes, and his story of passion and revenge has stood the test of time. The novel's latest cinematic adaptation, from Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold, opens in limited release this October. If the trailer (which premiered exclusively on Vulture) is any indication, the film uses a sweeping landscape and muted palette to viscerally evoke the source material's pain and ecstasy.
England's windy moors — unforgiving, callous, and cold — provide the perfect setting for Heathcliff and Catherine's ill-fated love, and upon watching the trailer you can almost feel the wind whip through your bones. Heathcliff and Catherine's tale may not be happy, but it is full; full at first of childhood innocence, then of betrayal, and, ultimately, of despair. And this trailer hits all of those notes.
The trailer opens with a heartbeat and a question. "Will you forget me?" our heroine asks, to which Heathcliff responds, "I could no more forget you than myself." Even those unfamiliar with Wuthering Heights' story know from this opening alone that these two characters have an intense bond. As children, the trailer tells us, the two entwined lives would play together and suffer together. The cruelty that Heathcliff faced — at the hands of his adopted family as well as Catherine herself — is keenly felt. With each lash of the strap, the audience winces along with Heathcliff. The trailer's greatest strength is that it allows us to feel sympathy for Heathcliff. It shows us that, like Frankenstein's monster, Heathcliff's brutality is a product of his upbringing.
The film's two lead actors, James Howson as Heathcliff and Kaya Scodelario as Catherine, seem more than capable of handling the emotional depth their characters require. And their young counterparts, Solomon Glave and Shannon Beer, seem equally up to the task. Judging from the trailer (which we know is risky business) this film has the odds stacked in its favor. A great director, a great cast, a stunning setting. We can only hope that the film lives up to the high bar it has set for itself.
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Barbra Streisand has made American Film Institute history.
The stage and film performer has been selected to receive the 2001 AFI Life Achievement Award, making her the first woman director to be awarded such an honor in the award's 29-year history, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Barbra Streisand is a living legend who epitomizes the essence of American film," AFI board Chairman Howard Stringer said in a statement. "She is a pioneer in everything she does -- whether it's acting, directing, writing, producing or singing. Over her 40-year career, she has garnered the adulation and respect of the entire creative community as well as the world at large."
Streisand will be honored at the AFI's annual award ceremony on Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. But for those who don't have a ticket, no worries. The grand event will be broadcast on Fox Television sometime in the spring. An exact air date has yet to be set.
Streisand's Oscar-winning role in William Wyler's (also an AFI Life Achievement Award recipient) "Funny Girl" (1968) remains as one of her most memorable onscreen performances in her wide body of work. She's starred in numerous musicals, including "Hello, Dolly!" (1969), "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and "What's Up, Doc?" (1972).
She made her first venture as a director in 1983's "Yentl," which she also co-wrote, produced and starred in. Her other directorial credits include "The Prince of Tides" (1991) and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996). She's also produced several films under her production company, Barwood Films.
To date, Streisand has won 2 Academy Awards, 10 Golden Globes, 10 Grammys, two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, a Tony and two Women in Film Crystal Awards.