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The Star is TIFF about to get an "In Competition" slate at their annual festival? They've always avoided it
Playbill Sutton Foster visited "The View" and talked Thoroughly Modern Millie and her new show Younger (which she is typically excellent/adorable/funny in if you haven't yet watched it. No musical numbers yet though, boo!)
Wired has a longform oral history of ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) for its 40th anniversary, the fx house created originally for Star Wars that changed movies. 
The Daily Beast on Flula Borg, the German scene stealer from Pitch Perfect 2
Playbill this always kind of annoys me but non-nominated musicals will be performing at the Tony Awards: Gigi, Finding Neverland, and It Shoulda Been You. Better to spend the time focusing on nominees, I think.
Comics Alliance Vertigo Comics was totally prepared for the world to go wild for Mad Max Fury Road. They already have prequel comics and an art book with pre-comissioned tributes by major comic artists.
Towleroad Nick the Gardener takes you on a behind the scene tour of Magic Mike XXL for Ellen

Cannes Cannes loves Hou Hsiao-hsien’s longawaited epic The Assassin starring Shu Qi. Another Palme d'Or contender? This year seems highly competitive.  But mixed on Youth... which is apparently highly influenced by 8½
Awards Daily Sasha says that Paolo Sorrentino's Youth about two old men in the film industry, one retired (Caine) one still working (Keitel) will be catnip to Oscar voters 
In Contention says Emily Blunt is "spectacular" in Sicario but Benicio del Toro is the MVP
The Playlist [NSFW] has a clip from Gaspar Noé's Love  

"Mad" Must Reads
Because people can't stop writing about the Mad Men finale and George Miller's fourth Mad Max film. These are highly recommended!

Emily Nussbaum on the "existential brilliance" of the Mad Men finale 
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd examines how the meaning of Don Draper --or what we thought the show was about -- seem to have shifted over time
Alan Sepinwall grapples with the two Dons or rather Don & Dick and what we want from a person/character and who they really are
Mark Harris on "Artisinal Macho" and why the Mad Max Fury Road action scenes make recent action films feel so weightless 
Arthur Chu offers up a rundown of the long form feminism and "toxic masculinity" of the Mad Max franchise - the headline and subheader are kind of misleading but the actual point by point content / argument is terrific 

1979 to Go
Criterion Collection got Bette Midler to reminisce about The Rose (1979) for a dvd release!!! Take a look.


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I am rooting so hard for Hou Hsiao-Hsien, sight unseen. I love most of his movies, from the recent gems, Red Balloon, Three Times, to the early masterpieces, like the Tony Leung movie A City of Sadness. Rooting for Shu Qi, too!

I wonder why Shu Qi never "happened", like Zhang Ziyi. She is beautiful as hell, a very very good actress and was in some arthouse hits. Why wasn't she offered some crossover projects?

May 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I love The Rose! I have it on DVD and definitely think it deserves a rewatch. The song is also one of my favourites of all time and I never get tired of hearing it.

May 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBhuray

cal -- could be management issues? or that hollywood doesn't actually have that much to offer asian actresses versus what they can get at home? Gong Li didn't stick around after Miami Vice. their interest in Zhang Ziyi was shortlived too. but it's a good question.

May 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat - Shu Qi, like some of the other actresses (Maggie, Gong Li, etc.), has said quite a few times during interviews that Hollywood only wants Asian actresses for the same culturally stereotypical kind of roles.

May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJans

Zhang Ziyi not becoming a big name here still angers me... Memoirs of a Geisha aside, though (what a bore of a film).

May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

It is a joy to see Bette Midler having some midia attention, she is a superb actress and, in a perfect world, we should be able to watch, at least, one comedy a year with her so she could keep on entertaining us. Great joy.

May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo - Brazil

Rose moved and grooved like a Panther. Yup, with a capital P. Can't wait to get this for my collection. You Bette!

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNewMoonSon

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