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Thursday
Jun192014

Only Linker Left Alive

Screen Crush Top Secret the making of an 80s comedy classic 
The Playlist celebrates Chinatown's 40th Anniversary 
MNPP David Oyelowo twelve times 
The Wire a rumor roundup on Doctor Strange and what's going on

The Movie Scene takes a different tack on those "halfway mark" lists that are starting round the web, merely ranking the films that were new to him this year on DVD... classics mixed with brand new things. I've never been able to compare different eras well in terms of "rank" - give me year to year contests or decade lists but otherwise... too tough! 
Row Three I haven't listened to this yet but I love the concept: a podcast devoted to one movie soundtrack an episode with a new person interviewed about what the soundtrack meant to their life. This episode is Dirty Dancing
/bent Lupita Nyong'o on the cover of Vogue for July. Only the second African (though some African-American entertainers have made the cover) 
The Wire remembers the Broadway-to-screen adaptations prior to Jersey Boys which brought the stage actors to the screen. As you can see this practice has decidedly mixed results - when it works it's magic but when the people are way too old for the roles on the big screen... 

first official image of Jamie Dornan in 50 Shades of Grey (2015)

Great Question
The Guardian is doubtful that 50 Shades of Grey could do it but with a history of horny films asks 'what could bring the erotic thriller, a long dead genre that peaked in popularity with Fatal Attraction (1987), back to the cinemas?'

Off Cinema
Gayest of All Time "Kitty Bro Five" -'Dat Be Cute' is right!
Pitchfork MoMA will host a Björk retrospective next year
Autostraddle every character from Orange is the New Black as they appeared on guest stints in Law & Order -- as much as I blame that show for so much that is wrong with television, I recognize it kept food on the table for countless thespians
Mr Dan Zak true life story that inspired the nun's arc on OITNB

Finally...
Our 'Halfway Mark' articles are coming up in a week or two surveying the year in progress but Indie Wire started early and polled critics about the best of the year thus far (I always forget to vote on these things). Grand Budapest Hotel, Under the Skin, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Ida are the top four. Their combined domestic gross is $65 million OR what Fault In Our Stars and 300:Rise of an Empire earned in their first week. (Le sigh)

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Ok, you're going to have to expand a bit on how L&O is responsible for "so much that is wrong with television," please.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." <3

In other news, Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino are officially a couple...

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

Roark -- i feel like i've bitched about it too often in the past but basically it popularized the procedural, the least creative / most formulaic subgenre on television. and i don't even want to get into things like SVU which i think is just so trashy appealing to everyone's worst instincts 'oooh sexy sexy violence against women!'

June 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Tyler, I just threw up in my mouth a little...although an announcement of a joint retirement so that they can devote themselves to humanitarian work would relieve the nausea.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Nat - OK, gotcha. I feel like I maybe remember you writing about L&O before, but it's all so hazy, dammit. Anyway, I agree with you on SUV - I"d actually pin most of the sins (in terms of shock content) for the modern procedural on it, and CSI, and more recently NCIS, rather than mothership L&O, which in its heyday was one seriously great, complex show, largely due to its innovatively closed off structure. But to each his own!

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Paul Outlaw: Why? They're only seven years apart, which isn't really THAT gross. Or, based on your ending comment, is this more due to the fear that he'll start including her in every movie even though you're ambivalent toward her as an actress?

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

It's been stated before on this site, but it bears repeating...

Jamie Dornan and Greer Garson are first cousins, twice removed

Great genes.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I've been doing new-to-me lists for a few years now and they're quite fun. I will say, however, that they're more fun to read when the person still has many classics to see. Otherwise, it's a ranking of the obscure.

My first one from 2011: 10. The American President, 9. West Side Story, 8. Thelma & Louise, 7. Memento, 6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 5. Unforgiven, 4. The Thin Red Line, 3. Funny Girl, 2. Kramer vs Kramer, 1. The Graduate.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Evan--you picked The Graduate No. 1. Good taste!

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Volvagia: I can't stand most of the work of either one of them, and personally, the idea of them mating...I just can't.

June 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Starting the day with Kitty Bro Fives - perfect. So cute

June 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

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