Variety Dean Jones, Disney star of the 60s and 70s, dies at 84. RIP
Variety National Medal of Arts recipients this week at the White House include Larry McMurtry, Stephen King and Sally Field!
This is Not Porn Peter O'Toole playing cricket during The Lion in Winter
Boston Globe Sienna Miller cut from Black Mass - oh the indignities of how many miniscule roles she gets
Many Rantings of John thinks Game of Thrones will beat Mad Men to the Drama Emmy. Agree? I think I do. I've managed to keep my Mad Men expectations tamped down (but for Jon Hamm who is deserving times a thousand) and four Best Drama trophies for an 8 year series (F*** you F***ing two-part finale TV/movie trend) is nothing to complain about, you know?
Variety raves Tom McCarthy's Spotlight with the "heftiest roles" belonging to Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. Move it up your Oscar charts
AV Club Anne Hathaway on losing roles to early 20somethings-- hey she isn't talking about Silver Linings Playbook is she?
Comics Alliance looks at those unboxed Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. If you're into that sort of thing
Pajiba tries to recast Galaxy Quest which is going to become a TV series now. Honestly, in some cases why recast? Missi Pyle needs to be a regular!
MNPP more new pics from A Bigger Splash with Tilda Swinton. It looks more and more scrumptuous the more we see
MNPP also believes that Jake Gyllenhaal nudity has been removed from Everest. Boo!
Kenneth in the (212) Henry Cavill apologizes for his boner
Towleroad Candis Cayne's Curb Your Enthusiasm experience. (I've never told you this but I love Candis Cayne -- since Wigstock in 1995 -- and am so glad she's getting more press via "I Am Cait".)
Empire I somehow missed the news that Neighbors is getting a sequel (already filming) but maybe I blocked it out since Selena Gomez and Chloe Moretz are the antagonists this time for our hapless marrieds played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne?
Variety on a new biography "Can I Go Now?" on outrageous superagent Sue Mengers agent to Barbra Streisand who is having quite a posthumous revival of late
Time Out London Joaquin Phoenix on Irrational Man and why he turned down Doctor Strange
When I was younger I was probably a bit of a snob about [taking on blockbuster roles]. But they’ve gotten better. I’ve flirted with several of those films, having meetings and getting close, but ultimately it never felt like they’d really be fulfilling. There were too many requirements that went against my instincts for character. I’ve been spoiled. I’ve never had to make those compromises. I’ve not met a director yet with one of those films where we go through the script, they say: ‘You know what, fuck this set-piece, let’s focus on the character!’ I understand, but it’s best I don’t do it.
Video of the Day
Check out this incredible mashup of movie characters in "Hell's Club" starring Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, and John Travolta. I especially like the Collateral on Cocktail staredown and unobtrusive Boogie Nights appearances
The high altitude festival kicks off today with the following 27 film lineup. TFE never attends Telluride because it is against our "deeply held religious beliefs" to pay for the privilege of giving a festival free publicity (unlike most A list festivals you have to pay for a press pass). Titles in red are also playing at TIFF some of which have already played Cannes or Berlinale and some of which will also play NYFF. Titles in blue are playing NYFF but not TIFF which is a roundabout way of saying we'll be seeing most of them within a month, just not this very weekend! They'll also be giving awards/holding tributes to director Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), Rooney Mara (Carol) -- Nick made a funny -- and documentarian Adam Curtis (Bitter Lake) so Oscar Campaign Season has officially begun. Speaking of Rooney, here's the new poster for Carol. Unimaginative but pretty!
- CAROL (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2015)
- AMAZING GRACE (d. Sydney Pollack, U.S., 1972/2015)
- ANOMALISA (d. Charlie Kaufman, U.S., 2015)
- BEAST OF NO NATION (d. Cary Fukunaga, U.S., 2015)
- HE NAMED ME MALALA (d. Davis Guggenheim, U.S., 2015)
- STEVE JOBS (d. Danny Boyle, U.S., 2015)
- IXCANUL(d. Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, 2015)
- BITTER LAKE (d. Adam Curtis, U.K., 2015)
- ROOM (d. Lenny Abrahamson, England, 2015)
- BLACK MASS (d. Scott Cooper, U.S., 2015)
Why anyone would be seeing Black Mass at either fest when it opens on 09/18, I cannot say!
- SUFFRAGETTE (d. Sarah Gavron, U.K., 2015)
- SPOTLIGHT (d. Tom McCarthy, U.S., 2015)
- RAMS (d. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland, 2015)
- MOM AND ME (d. Ken Wardrop, Ireland, 2015)
- VIVA (d. Paddy Breathnach, Ireland, 2015)
- TAJ MAJAL (d. Nicolas Saada, France-India, 2015)
- SITI (d. Eddie Cahyono, Indonesia, 2015)
- HEART OF THE DOG (d. Laurie Anderson, U.S. 2014)
- 45 YEARS (d. Andrew Haigh, England, 2015)
- SON OF SAUL (d. Lázló Nemes, Hungary, 2015)
- ONLY THE DEAD (d. Michael Ware, Bill Guttentag, U.S.- Australia, 2015)
- TAXI (d. Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015)
- HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT (d. Kent Jones, U.S., 2015)
- TIME TO CHOOSE (d. Charles Ferguson, U.S., 2015)
- MARGUERITE (d. Xavier Giannoli, France, 2015)
- TIKKUN (d. Avishai Sivan, Israel, 2015)
- WINTER ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM (d. Evgeny Afineevsky, Russia-Ukraine, 2015)
Vulture smart negative review of Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz. I like the album quite a lot more than this but salient points made
Broadway Buzz Kathleen Turner to costar in "Would You Still Love Me..." Off Broadway. It's about gender reassignment surgery. But not her characters (sorry, Friends fans). Her child is considering it in the play.
NYT a profile of a "fit-model". I include this because I had never heard of this job until I became friends some years ago with a girl who is one! (Hi, Jenn!) People get this job not from magazine-beauty but from having ideal/average proporations/measurements for clothes-sizes. It's always neat to realize that each industry has jobs you've never imagined that people can actually earn livings from.
Gothamist on the best non Broadway theater companies in NYC
i09 novelist Don DeLillo to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Book Awards this fall
Showtune to Go
Since we were just talking about Lucille Ball here's a comic number "Jitterbug Bite" from Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)