Last week was a big deal for singer-songwriter Neko Case: she released her sixth album, the yearningly-titled The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti- Records), to the best reviews of her career. She had a busy week's worth of promotion, ranging from a terrific appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to her debut as a panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me (where she tanked on the final lightning round, unfortunately). She also started a nationwide tour that will run through November. Plus, Sunday was her 43rd birthday, so hopefully she got a nice cake or something. So here's five things you may not have known about the copper-haired siren.
She Started Out DIY
Neko Case first gained notice for a string of powerful alt-country albums in the late 1990s, but she actually got her start as the drummer for an all-female punk trio from Vancouver, British Columbia called Cub. She played drums on their 1993 debut album Betti-Cola, which included their best-known song, the adorably twee "My Chinchilla." (That's her replacement Valeria Fellini in the video, however.)
She's Not Actually Canadian
Although Case got her start on Vancouver's DIY scene and has since 2000 been a key member of the Canadian power pop collective The New Pornographers (singing lead on many of their best-known songs, including their debut single "Letter From An Occupant"), she was born in Virginia and grew up in Tacoma, WA. She'd moved to Vancouver to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, from which she graduated in 1998, and music writers have mistakenly called her a Canadian artist ever since.
She's Finally Settled Down
After losing her student visa, Case left Canada, living in Seattle, Chicago, Tucson and other cities before buying a large, isolated farm in Vermont. Much of her previous album, 2009's Middle Cyclone, was recorded on the farm, with some tracks featuring a chorus of old out-of-tune pianos she had picked up for free on Craigslist and stowed in her barn. The album ends with a thirty-minute track called "Marais la Nuit," a field recording of a frog-filled pond on her property.
She Respects Other Songwriters
The Worse Things Get is unique among Case's albums for being entirely self-written. A student of songwriting, Case has recorded masterful versions of songs by everyone from Hank Williams to the cult-hero art rock duo Sparks, whose "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth" is a highlight of Middle Cyclone. Although even now, she enjoys tipping a cap to her influences: the two-LP vinyl version of The Worse Things Get includes three bonus tracks, kicking off with a spirited take on Robyn Hitchcock's 1989 college radio hit "Madonna of the Wasps."
She's Had A Rough Four Years
In the four and a half years since Middle Cyclone's release, Case lost both her parents and a grandmother. As a result, The Worse Things Get is a somber, poignant album with an uncharacteristically naked autobiographical edge to its lyrics. And yet it isn't merely dark and is only rarely depressing: there's a sense of peace and even hopefulness to many of the songs. It's one of the year's strongest albums, and certainly one of its most emotionally resonant.
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On Aug. 26, the U.S. Open began its first round of matches for the 2013 tournament. Tennis lovers from around the world flocked to Queens, New York to see athletes like Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams participate in the renowned competition. Along with the fans, celebrities also made their way to the USTA National Tennis Center to see these athletes in action.
Movie stars like Matt Bomer, Kevin Spacey, and Blake Lively all showed up on the U.S. Open Instagram, while our very own sister site, Beyond the Row, caught Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour taking in a set or two. Nick Jonas kissed new girlfriend Olivia Culpo in the stands while Ben Stiller was caught chatting with tennis star Andy Murray.
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After Dark Films
It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
After Dark Films
The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Ever since the news broke that Ben Affleck would be taking on the role of Batman in the developing Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman, every nook and cranny of the Internet has become entrenched in jokes on the subject. And we're not at all above that! As such, here are 45 jokes on the topic. Pass them off as your own as you see fit...
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Who's playing Robin — Matt Damon?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Who's playing Robin — Casey Affleck?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Who's playing Robin — Robin Williams? That's confusing.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Who's directing this one — Michael Bayne?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is he really the hero Gotham deserves?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is the Commissioner going to shine a light shaped like the Red Sox logo into the sky?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is he going to knock the Joker out and then ask him how he likes them apples?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Whoever thought he could handle a super hero role is something of a casting daredevil…
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is Casey Affleck going to make a mockumentary about Bruce Wayne's return to action called I'm Still Hero?
Speaking of Casey Affleck, is there any way to work a "Casey at the Bat" pun in here somewhere? No? Okay, sorry, carry on.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel? Doesn't this make Hollywoodland a little too meta?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? But didn't he already fight Two-Face in Paycheck?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? But didn't he already fight Poison Ivy in Paycheck?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Makes sense — Christian Bale took his territory in The Fighter. This is revenge.
Ben Affleck's starring in Batman Vs. Superman? Didn't he already do a superhero crossover in The Town? (Batman Vs. Hawkeye)
Ben Affleck's starring in Batman Vs. Superman? Didn't he already do a superhero crossover in He's Just Not That Into You? (Batman Vs. Black Widow)
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is Kevin Smith playing the Penguin?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is Jason Mewes playing whatever Christopher Walken's name was in Batman Returns?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is his celebrity couple nickname with Catwoman going to be Belina?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is Jennifer Garner going to be his stand-in?
No, Ben, this isn't the way to get that Oscar.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Isn't he the same age as Adam West now?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? He must have seen Matt Damon kicking ass in Elysium and said, "I'll show him! I'll show them all!"
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is the Batmobile going to be a Prius?
No, Ben, it's bats that this guy's into. Not Pats.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? I guess that makes sense. He's used to cities filled with hordes of deranged maniacs on the loose.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Argotham?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Chasing Baney?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Mallbats?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Waynedeer Games?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, is Cole Hauser playing… uh, one of the cops?
Ben Affleck's in a superhero crossover movie? Is this one going to end in shawarma-geddon? Best one yet.
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is his catchphrase gonna be "I am wicked vengeance!"
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What, were Bruce Wayne's parents coming home from an Aerosmith concert when they were killed?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is Bruce Wayne's new archenemy going to be A-Rod?
Part 1: Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is his new archenemy going to be The Mango?
Part 2, Version A: … who will, in turn, spout the following phrase: "Bruce Whone?"
Part 2, Version B: … who will, in turn, spout the following phrase: "Whoce Wayne?"
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Are he and a bunch of other guys going to sing "Leaving on the Batwing" halfway through the movie?
I'm not exactly sure how to machinate this one, but something in the vein of "To the Wonder-Mobile!"
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? Is anyone else starting to think that he's just trying to Single White Female George Clooney?
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Going All the Wayne? (Remember that movie?)
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? What are they gonna call this one — Changing Waynes?
You wanna know how I got these scars? Watching Gigli!
Ben Affleck's playing Batman? That's a great idea!
And there you have it. I apologize for the absence of any Pearl Harbor jokes, but there's only so much you can do in times like these.
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The Avengers and Breaking Bad won big at the Saturn Awards on Wednesday. celebrates the best in genre movies and television. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films handed out four awards to the superhero flick, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Supporting Actor for Clark Gregg.
Breaking Bad took home the prize for Best Presentation on Television as well as Best Actor for Bryan Cranston. Other winners included Revolution, Life of Pi, Jennifer Lawrence, and (really?) Matthew McConaughey. Check out the full list of winners below.
Best Science Fiction Film: Marvel’s The Avengers
Best Fantasy Film: Life of Pi
Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Cabin in the Woods
Best Action/Adventure Film: Skyfall
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
Best Supporting Actor: Clark Gregg (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
Best Director: Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Writing: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Production Design: Dan Hennah (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
Best Editing: Alexander Berner (Cloud Atlas)
Best Music: Danny Elfman (Frankenweenie)
Best Costume: Paco Delgado (Les Miserables)
Best Make-Up: Heike Merker, Daniel Parker, Jeremy Woodhead (Cloud Atlas)
Best Special Effects: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (Marvel’s The Avengers)
Best Independent Film Release: Killer Joe
Best International Film: Headhunters
Best Animated Film: Frankenweenie
Best Network Television Series: Revolution
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
Best Presentation on Television: Breaking Bad
Best Youth-Oriented Series on Television: Teen Wolf
Best Actor on Television: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kevin Bacon (The Following) – tie
Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad)
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Best Guest Star on Television: Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter)
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Kim Cattrall has won a slew of positive reviews for her turn as a faded movie actress in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird Of Youth. The Sex and the City star is appearing in a new production of the classic play at Kevin Spacey's Old Vic theatre in London this summer (13), and the production opened to praise from theatre critics this week (beg10Jun13).
Charles Spencer of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper gave the play a top ranking of five stars, writing, "Sweet Bird of Youth... sees the welcome return of Kim Cattrall to the stage... She is (on) incendiary form here... Cattrall... brilliantly captures the hell of an alcoholic awakening that begins the play... Sweet Bird of Youth certainly isn't a play for the faint-hearted but boy does it deliver the theatrical goods."
Michael Billington of The Guardian calls the production "first rate" and adds that "Cattrall conveys the desperation of a woman who knows she is the product of an industry where you're only as good as your last movie."
However, some critics noted Cattrall's youthful good looks made her slightly unbelievable as an ageing and washed up star.
Henry Hitchings of the London Evening Standard writes, "Kim Cattrall brings languid allure and a finely judged air of irrationality to her role as a fading film star... (But) despite a very unflattering wig, Cattrall is simply too radiant to be able to seem convincingly crumpled."
Speaking after Wednesday's (12Jun13) opening night, Cattrall, 56, told the BBC, "(The role deals with a lot of issues) a lot of women my age are dealing with... feeling that you're still valid and you're still attractive and you still have something to say - that time has not passed you by. These are messages and things that I'm dealing with in real life, not just on the stage. So they resonate for me in a very specific way. It's a great challenge, and I felt very vulnerable playing it and going there."
Kelly Rowland broke down during a performance of "Dirty Laundry" in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. The song, which is about Rowland's past abusive relationship and jealousy towards Beyoncé, became too much for the former Destiny's Child memeber to handle and she let the waterworks flow. Rowland got through most of the song before choking up but at the end of the third verse she began to cry.
She sang about how her boyfriend told her that her family and Beyoncé didn't love her, only he did. "He turned me against my sister / I missed ya," Kelly sang before putting her head in her hands. She struggled for a moment to regain her composure. But after the crowd cheered her on and chanted her name she was able to continue singing.
After she finished the song, Rowland told the audience, "I'm so grateful to God that I had my girls to back me up."
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Want to know what your parents will be watching this fall? CBS has ordered six new series for the 2013-2014 TV season — two dramas and four comedies featuring big-name stars like Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Toni Collette, Will Arnett and more. And yes, Chuck Lorre now has a fourth sitcom on the network. Let's go through them:
Hostages Toni Collette stars as a Washington D.C. surgeon chosen to perform a special operation on the president. When her family is taken hostage she's the one who has to save their lives. It also stars Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan, among others.
Intelligence Lost alum Josh Holloway plays a government agent with a microchip planted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory, Michael Rady, and James Martinez costar.
We Are Men A man (Chris Smith) learns some very important life lessons from the divorced dudes he meets at his new furnished, short-term rental apartment complex. This cast has plenty of great potential, with Kal Penn, Jerry O'Connell and Tony Shaloub playing the eccentric neighbors.
Mom Anna Faris has made her move to TV in this Chuck Lorre vehicle about a recently sober single mother living in wine country while dealing with her teenage daughter and her own disruptive mom (Allison Janney).
The Millers Another dysfunctional family sitcom, but this one stars Will Arnett as a man whose parents move in with him after his divorce. Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges play said parents — another solid cast.
Crazy Ones The highly anticipated return of Robin Williams to TV centers around a father and his daughter (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who work in advertising together. James Wolk's also in it, if you wanted one more reason to watch.
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We had more questions leaving the theater after seeing Iron Man 3 than Tony Stark has mechanical suits. Some just can't be answered. Like, how did Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian get the funding to fuel and equip a fleet of helicopters, commandeer a shipyard, stage faux terrorist attacks, and maintain a Miami pleasure palace? Wasn't the fact that he didn't get funding from Tony Stark a catalyst for his vendetta? And why the heck didn't Marvel decide to make Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts their first female superhero? We're not even going to attempt to tackle those particular headscratchers. Luckily, there are still eight juicy questions we very much can answer. Consider this your obligatory SPOILER warning, because we're taking on major plot points from Iron Man 3, including the ending and the future of the franchise.
1. How Does Extremis Work Exactly? Considering just how central it is to the plot and its primary villains, it's a little disappointing how nebulous a concept "Extremis" really is. The idea was introduced by comics author Warren Ellis in his 2005 Iron Man: Extremis series, the Iron Man story that's credited in large part for reviving interest in the character and establishing the aesthetic template of the three movies. In that comic, as in in Iron Man 3, frustrated bioengineers Aldrich Killian (Pearce) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) developed a medical treatment, involving injections that would require the test subject to be strapped-down Frankenstein-style, to "hack" into an individual's Body Recovery Center in the grey matter of the brain and artificially increase the body's rate of repair following incurred traumas. Theoretically, it could render the test subject invulnerable to any harm, much like a synthetically-induced version of Wolverine's rapid-healing mutation. (A shame that Fox has the rights to the X-Men property or that connection could have been made explicit.)
However, Extremis proved extremis-ly dangerous and not every test subject was capable of withstanding the transformation it offered. Some apparently just exploded, and so, in the movie, Killian and Hansen tried to deflect attention away from the faultiness of their product by creating a fictional terrorist, the Mandarin, who would assume responsibility for the blasts. Extremis is pretty conceptual and its logic isn't entirely consistent. There doesn't seem to be a formula for why some people adapt to it and others so violently reject it. Not to mention there's no explanation whatsoever for why it allows Killian to breathe fire.
2. What Is Westworld and Why Did Tony Stark Make a Joke About It? Westworld was a 1973 thriller written and directed by Jurassic Park scribe Michael Crichton and starring Yul Brynner. It was about a dystopian amusement park geared for adults in which visitors are menaced by animatronic cowboys. So when Tony Stark called one of Killian's henchmen "Westworld" he was basically saying that he found that guy to be wooden and personality-lacking, yet indestructibly formidable as an opponent.
3. How Is It That Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Pearce Are So Incredibly Buff? The answer is pretty simple. They don't just train for each individual movie they're in, but rather they maintain a high level of physical fitness at all times. (Or maybe those green health shakes Tony Stark is always drinking in the movies have something to do with it.) Pearce actually entered bodybuilding competitions as a teen. "I was quite a thin kid, so if I put on any muscle, you can see it...I entered [a bodybuilding competition] and I won," Pearce told Muscle Works Magazine. "I don’t think I would’ve really followed a bodybuilding path. But I was actually fascinated in a creative way, the fact that you can change the shape of your muscle was fascinating to me; it was like sculpture." Hence why Pearce has amazing definition in almost every movie he's been in since LA Confidential.
4. What Was Up With That Christmas Story Reference? Iron Man 3 executive producer and director emeritus Jon Favreau (who played the mostly comatose Happy Hogan in the movie, and directed the previous two films) was childhood friends with Christmas Story star Peter Billingsley. When Tony Stark turns to a bespectacled kid and says, "I loved you in Christmas Story," they're just making a family joke. In fact, Billingsley even served as a producer on 2008's Iron Man and had a cameo in the film. Since much of Iron Man 3 was set at the holidays, what better time to include a Christmas Story hat-tip to his friend?
By the way, in case you were wondering, that version of "Jingle Bells" that Tony Stark danced to while first summoning his Mk. 42 Iron Man suit was the Bombay Dub Orchestra's Remix of Joe Williams' bluesy take on the carol.
5. What Episode of Downton Abbey Was Jon Favreau's Happy Watching? By our reckoning this was Episode 4 from Season 2 when the Irish-revolutionary chaffeur, Branson, redeclared his love for Lady Sybil, then working as a nurse in the final months of World War I. Who knew Happy was such a romantic?
6. How Did They Shoot Iron Man's Aerial Rescue? Think that scene of Air Force One's passengers getting sucked into the stratosphere was all CGI? Think again. Stunt performers trained in skydiving actually jumped out of a plane to simulate the freefall, except that, unlike their characters, they actually were wearing parachutes. Multiple parajumpers, like stuntwoman Sarah Farooqui, who was the first person Iron Man plucked out of the sky, jumped at once and attempted to link arms Barrel-of-Monkeys-style in the sky above Oak Island, North Carolina, which subbed for Miami.
7. How Many Different Accents Has Ben Kingsley Had In His Career? Just keeping it limited to his movie career, Kingsley has demonstrated at least 10 different accents: Indian (Gandhi/The Love Guru), Arabic (Harem), Russian (Testimony), Yiddish (Bugsy), German Jewish (Schinder's List), Italian (Parting Shots), Iranian/Persian (House of Sand and Fog/Prince of Persia), French (Hugo), Cockney (Iron Man 3), Baptist Preacher (Iron Man 3). And the last two are while playing the same character!
8. What Is the Future of the Franchise? As of right now, there isn't an Iron Man 4 in the works. It makes sense, really. Iron Man 3 wrapped up Tony Stark's four-film arc (including The Avengers) pretty neatly, with him accepting the transformation of his values that had come with being Iron Man while rejecting the idea of being a superhero because of how it endangers his loved ones. He blew up his suits, finally had that shrapnel removed from his chest cavity, and seemed poised to embrace the good life.
But don't expect to see Tony Stark out of the suit for too long. In an interview with SuperHeroHype, Marvel Studios Head of Production Kevin Feige said, "We’re not developing Iron Man 4. Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of Avengers 2 and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss (Whedon) is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, Avengers 2 being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man. Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after Avengers 2, will it be a few years after Avengers 2? Who knows?"
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Actor/playwright Steven Berkoff has accused Kevin Spacey of ignoring new writing talent by only staging revivals of popular plays at his Old Vic theatre in London. The Octopussy star, who has written numerous stage productions over the years, has taken aim at Spacey over his role as artistic director of the theatre company in the British capital, insisting he should do more to boost upcoming playwrights.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "All Spacey does is revivals and summer stock. It means the Old Vic is now a place just for tourists."
Upcoming shows at the Old Vic this year (13) include a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, starring Kim Cattrall, and William Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing, with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave.