What do you do when a group of 17 actors, choreographers, screenwriters, and circus performers want to take a turn at directing? Let them all do it at once, of course!
The Turning, an adaption of Australian author Tim Tinton's eponymous novel, is an interconnected collection of 17 short storie,s starring Australian actors Hugo Weaving, Rose Byrne, and Miranda Otto. Many of the storylines are interweaved to create a central plot-line relationship surrounding a young woman and her abusive husband living in a trailer park, although the trailer seems to hint at much more than that.
Keeping with the Down Under theme, mate, Australian actresses Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska make their directiorial debuts with the film, joining a team of 15 other Australian directors: David Wenham, Benedict Andrews, Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham, Justin Kurzel, Ian Meadows, Yaron Lifschitz, Claire McCarthy, Ashlee Page and Stephen Page.
In an interview with SBS Film, producer Robert Connolly revealed that some of the directors will tell their story in a traditional way, while others will take an experimental approach. He also disclosed that a few of the directors wrote their own scripts. Huh... why does this remind me so much of a school project?
Wrapping up production on The Turning, which will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in late July, Blanchett and Wasikowska will work together again as lovers in the upcoming drama Carol. Take a look at the powerful teaser trailer and see if you can make sense of the plot (because we can't).
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British pop star Lily Allen is preparing to make a return to music next spring (14). The singer, also known by her married name of Lily Rose Cooper, hung up her microphone in 2009 to focus on motherhood, but headed back into the studio late last year (12) to start dabbling with recording again.
She has now confirmed she wants to release her new album in early 2014, and reveals it will mark a departure from her previous records.
Allen tells Britain's Sunday People, "I'm really enjoying writing it (the album) and hope it will be ready for March. It is very different to what I've done before."
The singer's last release, It's Not Me, It's You, hit stores in early 2009.
Staff at music magazine Nme received a personal phone call from Tom Odell's father after the British singer's debut album was given a scathing review. The rising singer-songwriter got his big break when he was discovered by Lily Allen, also known as Lily Rose Cooper, and signed to her label In The Name Of, before winning this year's (13) BRIT Awards Critics' Choice prize.
However, reviewer Mark Beaumont of NME was unimpressed with the 22 year old's upcoming debut, Long Way Down, giving it zero stars and writing, "I wish I could say there's a place in Hell reserved for Tom Odell. There's not. Just loads more BRITs. He'll be all over 2013 like a virulent dose of musical syphilis, pounding and warbling away at every Papal election and Bradley Wiggins (British cyclist) finishing line."
The harsh critique prompted a call from Odell's airline pilot father, according to NME's deputy editor Lucy Jones, who tweeted on Wednesday (19Jun13), "Tom Odell's dad just called the NME office to complain about his album review..."
Music critic Simon Price of The Independent on Sunday has since slammed editors at NME for publishing the bad review, insisting, "It is a very safe and easy thing for NME to do. It is the sort of thing that allows them to pretend they are still a vicious paper with teeth, when the truth is they are scared to attack their core acts. The latest Beady Eye album was truly awful but they gave it a good review and (frontman) Liam Gallagher was on the cover that week."
Singer Olly Murs is planning a Christmas collaboration with Lily Rose Cooper. The former U.K. X Factor contestant has revealed his dream duet is a festive song with the former Lily Allen.
He tells the Daily Star, "I've never done a proper duet so that's an idea I'm thinking about at the moment.
"It would be nice to do something different for Christmas and there's so many amazing artists around right now. I'd love to do something with Lily Allen, I think that would be really cool."
And he'd also like to work with Rihanna, adding, "Who wouldn't want to do a track with her?"
Pop star Lily Rose Cooper has had a lily named after her at the Chelsea Flower Show in London. The Smile singer, formerly known as Lily Allen, appeared to be thrilled by her latest honour and stood taking photos of the flower when she was invited to attend the floral festival on Monday (20May13).
The Lily Allen Popstar is a hybrid flower which is orange around the edges, with a stroke of black.
It's hard to know what excites Goths, but if anything has the potential to elicit a smile behind all that cake-powder makeup it's this: that remake of The Crow finally appears to be going forward. However, what might make purist Goths say "Ugh" and shrug, though probably not those poseur Hot Topic Goths, is that Tom Hiddleston, actor and professional genre hopscotcher, is in talks to headline the movie, according to The Wrap.
Not familiar with The Crow or its revered standing in Gothdom? First published as a comic book series in 1989 by James O'Barr, The Crow really broke through with its critically acclaimed movie adaptation by director Alex Proyas in 1994, starring Brandon Lee as the titular avenger. In the movie, Lee played Eric Draven, an eyelinered rock guitarist who's savagely beaten by a gang of thugs on Devil's Day (Oct. 30 for those of you not interested in the occult) in Detroit (the Devil's City! No, not really.) and forced to watch his fiancee get brutally raped by their attackers as the last thing he sees before he's thrown out of a window to his death. And all on the day before he was set to get married! So, yes, he dies. But he later rises from the grave as "The Crow," seeking to avenge himself on the people who murdered him.
The comics and the Proyas film were notable for their intense emotionalism and undercurrents of melancholy and dread. But the film truly rose to Goth Totem status because of the melancholy and dread surrounding its production: namely, the accidental death of Brandon Lee from a self-inflicted gunshot wound — he thought the gun was loaded with blanks — as filming was wrapping up. Lee's death in 1994 is akin to Heath Ledger's death in 2008 before the release of The Dark Knight. It only enhanced The Crow's legend.
It almost seems like the attempts to revive the franchise with a remake of the original film have been cursed. In 2008, rightsholders Relativity Media announced they wanted to give Proyas' Goth-flavored original a Nolan-style do-over, even suggesting that the new take might be "documentary-style" in its grittiness. In 2010, Mark Wahlberg was in talks for the lead, but he quickly dropped out. Shortly thereafter, Bradley Cooper was also attached, but he too left the part in August 2011 as the film languished without a script or director. In January 2012 F. Javier Gutierrez signed a deal with Relativity to direct and speculation resumed once again about who could play The Crow himself. Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, and James McAvoy were all rumored to be in the mix.
But now it looks like Tom Hiddleston is going to be the one wearing the guyliner. And it makes us wonder: When you have the actor who played Loki in Thor and The Avengers getting Emo bangs and an all-leather wardrobe to play The Crow, does it mean Goth culture has truly became mainstream?
Sure, the gentrification of Gothdom began with the proliferation of mall-staple retailers, Hot Topic. Real Goths would never have set foot inside, ugh, a mall. As my colleague Brian Moylan puts it, "After six months, if they don't follow through on their death-hunting ethos and kill themselves, any Goth has to admit they are poseurs and change." Now that Hiddleston is nearly cast as their greatest comic book icon they must face the fact that they are no longer a niche unto themselves but have been homogenized into mainstream conformity.
Hiddleston's already won over fans of the Comic-Con set, Swedish mystery novels (as Magnus Martinsson on PBS' Wallander), Woody Allen aficionados (as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris), Film Forum cinephiles (The Deep Blue Sea), and, shortly, all of humanity with his lead role as the Great Escapo in The Muppets...Again! Why not add in the Goths? It only means that this group that has prided themselves on their dark moods and darker looks has been irrevocably whitewashed.
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Woody Allen's longtime collaborator Mickey Rose has lost his battle with cancer. He passed away on Sunday (07Apr13) in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 77, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Born in Brooklyn, Rose met the future Oscar winner in high school and their friendship continued into their later years after they both enrolled at New York University, where they bonded over their love of jazz, baseball and movies.
Rose eventually went on to develop sketches for beloved U.S. TV host Johnny Carson and co-wrote a number of Allen's films, such as What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Bananas and Take the Money and Run.
His other credits include All in the Family, The Odd Couple and The Smothers Brothers.
Allen has paid tribute to his longtime friend and collaborator in a statement which reads, "Mickey was one of the funniest humans I know, a true original and a total eccentric and a wonderful first baseman."
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan battled volcanoes, early-era Internet dating, and West Coast insomnia. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere overcame severe cases of vertigo and gamophobia. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton endured New York heartbreak, long-term cryostasis, and the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte. And now, tacking a new foray onto a résumé that includes memory loss and '80s hair, we have Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates headliners might be reteaming for a new romantic comedy, originally titled Blended, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
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There's something comforting about recurring rom-com couples, in seeing two people take up together in a bout of wacky, amorous high jinks, knowing before even sitting down in the theater that the onscreen chemistry will be ripe for the picking. The '98 film The Wedding Singer was Sandler's first crowd pleaser not steeped primarily in scatological humor, proving him adept at soft-spoken charm opposite a newly back-on-track Barrymore. The two reteamed for the far less stellar 50 First Dates six years later, not exactly recharging the heart-throbbery of "I Wanna Grow Old with You," but not diminishing the appeal of the duo so much as to cast out all hope for any potential further pairings. Let's just hope this next one doesn't end with a message that trivializes the difficulties of permanent brain damage.
In fact, the developing film — with which Sandler is officially signed and Barrymore is top choice for female lead — will place the central characters at a family resort with one another and their respective children (from previous marriages) shortly after a first date that didn't quite go so well.
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Although Sandler rose to prominence on his special brand of juvenile humor, the now 46-year-old actor seems to fare better with roles of sincerity. Sandler's greatest achievements of the last decade and change were Punch Drunk Love (unquestionably), Funny People (more polarizing, but we stand by it), and Spanglish (oh come on — it's pretty good!). While he continues to churn out Jack & Jills and That's My Boys, we can hope that this new potential reunuion with Barrymore will mark a return to the form of the first time we saw Sandler break out of his shackles of stupidity.
But for those who are still into Sandler silliness, The Ridiculous 6 is also on the way, so... don't you worry, either.
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The 26-year-old actor, the brother of singer Lily Rose Cooper, got engaged to Ray Winstone's daughter in 2008, but they split in 2010.
He was then linked to aspiring model Iona Elizabeth while Winstone went on to date photographer Tom Beard before calling it off last year (12).
Allen has now rekindled his romance with Winstone, and a source tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph the couple hopes to make the romance last.
The insider tells the publication, "Everyone thinks it will be for keeps this time."
Singer Patti Page, who rose to fame in the 1950s as one of the original pop princesses, has died at the age of 85, the New York Times reports. Page was living in an Encinitas, Calif. retirement community at the time of her death.
Page was known for what the Times refers to as "sentimental, soothing, sometimes silly" songs like "Tennessee Waltz," and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" and "Old Cape Cod." Her career began in the post-World War II, post-big band era, when simple, unsophisticated songs were en vogue.
Because she was most famous before the Grammy Awards began in 1959, she won her only Grammy for the recording of a live concert in 1999.
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