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Saturday
Dec052015

The Link Awakens

Vulture every lightsaber in the Star Wars franchise ranked. Solid rankings actually and I rarely say that about other people's lists ;)
NPR
talks to Harvey Keitel about his role in Youth
Coming Soon
Trainspotting 2 is officially a go. The entire principal cast returns to reprise their roles. Ready for round two of Ewan McGregor as Renton?
i09
Ryan Coogler may follow up Creed behind the cameras of Marvel's Black Panther (2018)

LA Times Directors of Room, Love and Mercy, Brooklyn, Sicario and more discuss nailing crucial scenes
People Sisters "The Farce Awakens". Tina Fey & Amy Poehler are going head to head with Star Wars on December 18th
Interview Magazine talks to Jake Lacy (Carol), our favorite "square" boyfriend at the movies
In Contention Laverne Cox helps with the Tangerine Oscar campaign
Awards Daily the current BFCA scores for several movies. It's always amusing to see how this lines up with their actualy nominations (which arrive on December 14th)
BroadwayCon it's pricey but theater fans are getting their own convention this January. A big list of theater favorites (Alice Ripley, Jonathan Groff, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kerry Butler, etcetera...) already confirmed as guests
The Tracking Board has a ton of information and downloadable PDFs of 2015's Hit List, the best as yet unproduced specs

Old Queens We Love
Hey we were as surprised as you that they all showed up in the news feed on the same day
THR Kathleen Turner speaks about equal pay in Hollywood and reveals new plans -- a King Lear adaptation starring her. I just died reading that. She is so amazing on stage.
THR two time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson sticks toe back in the acting waters after years of retirement... from acting at least
/Film Barbra Streisand is supposedly going to direct a Catherine the Great movie. I'll believe it when I'm in the theater. She's as bad as Warren Beatty about kicking back at home and occassionally promising to work. It rarely happens!
Vulture Sir Ian McKellen improvised a song for Beauty & The Beast but Bill Condon didn't put it in the movie!
The Stake discovers how funny Carrie Fisher is with an old bit from SNL. That's a good thing about the Star Wars revival since she's a national treasure. Read her books!
Wall Street Journal talks to Carrie Fisher who gives good quote as usual.

Was there ever a point when you thought, ‘I don’t want to do this new movie’?

Never. I’ve been this character for 40 years, why would I not? Because I’m going to be associated with Princess Leia more? There is no “more.” And I’m a female working in show business, where, if you’re famous, you have a career until you’re 45, maybe. Maybe. And that’s about 15 people.

List Mania !
Guardian is doing a top 50 countdown daily... they're almost to the top ten and for US readers they've already covered lots of films you loved from 2014 (Mommy, Birdman, etcetera) some from 2016 (The Lobster) and 2015 goodies like Steve Jobs, Sicario and Tangerine (way way too low at #48)
BOFCA
released their awards and they yelled "what a day. what a lovely day" giving Mad Max Fury Road five prizes. As we stated last season, we're no longer going to follow / write about all the regional critics awards - just the one's that are long running with history. Why? There are nearly 40 of them now and most debuted in the past 10 years. It's too much and only important in the cumulative. But we'll probably link up like this.
Time Magazine recently hired Stephanie Zacharek (good choice, Time) and her top ten list is here: It's topped by Spotlight as so many top ten lists will be and includes both Hollywood triumphs (Creed) and indie sensations (Tangerine). Love what she writes about I'll See You In My Dreams:

How do you know when there are no surprises left in life? The surprise is that…you don’t. In Brett Haley’s gentle but potent comedy, veteran actress Blythe Danner plays a seventy-ish retired schoolteacher, long widowed, whose staid life takes a sharp left when two men appear on the scene almost simultaneously: Pool cleaner Martin Starr is the kind of platonic friend you meet only once in a lifetime; silver fox Sam Elliott is the love interest you never could have planned for.

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I shudder when I see mashups like this to think of the man hours in making them. Adele's "Hello" cobbled together from a huge variety of movies...

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I saw Tangerine last night. I understand why others like it. I did not. If it receives nothing from the Academy just remember they wouldn't touch a film of this type if it were straight white people.

December 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

You mean Dame Glenda reads the comments here?!?! (Well, mine anyway.)

@ /3rtful: If Tangerine gets any AMPAS love, I will be beyond STUNNED. (I also saw it yesterday, but I loved it, warts and all.)

December 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I did a big happy dance when I saw that Glenda Jackson is resuming her acting career. A great, great actress. I think I'll rewatch her massive star turn in the Elizabeth R mini to celebrate.

December 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Not taking the opportunity to give us a singing Ian McKellen (unless his improvised lyrics were something like "I'm a clock and that's cool") is crazy town.

Zacharek's opening comment on "... Dreams" is so on point with the movie. That's the kind of movie I'm sad to see falling off my Best Of list

December 5, 2015 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

re Zacharek's performance list: Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk is the third best performance of the year? Really? Like for real? I found his shtick completely insufferable.

December 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Has anyone here seen Glenda's marvellous rant about Margaret Thatcher, delivered during a Parliamentary debate in Thatcher's honor after her death? Go watch it on Youtube if you haven't. It's about 8 minutes long and worth every second. It's wonderful, and it's delivered with an Actor's poise. Had this been a monologue in a movie, she would have at least gotten another Oscar nomination for this.

December 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

I can't even imagine a 20-year older Ewan McGregor playing a heroin addict without some extensive makeup, the years have been very kind to him.

December 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I'm not an Old Queen you little fuck!

December 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKT

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