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Monday
Jun302014

ICYMI & Coming Soon at the Halfway Mark

Today marks the final day of the first half of 2014. That flashed by, didn't it? Here are five highlights from this past week while you wait for this afternoon's Smackdown (squeeeeeeeee!)

Ten Best Dragons - from Toothless to Vermithrax
• Test Interview - filming dance sequences
What's Wrong With Musicals? - it isn't the talent pool
What If... The Academy had loved Do The Right Thing 25 years ago? Fight the Power!
Welcome to the Academy - 271 new invites went out... and, as always, some are headscratchers and some are deliciously welcome

COMING IN JULY
Oscar Chart Updates are in progress and we'll post tomorrow when we start "Halfway Mark" festivities surveying the Best of the Year (thus far).

What else? July's Year of the Month is 1973... so get to watching / rewatching some of the movies from that vintage especially Paper Moon, The Exorcist, Cries and Whispers, and The Way We Were. 'A Year with Kate' will hit The African Queen and The Rainmaker... and I'll try to catch up with Seasons of Bette. We'll also return to the "Best Shot" party and wish Sandra Bullock a happy 50th.  AND (Who, ME? Overplan?) it's Reader Appreciation Month so we'll start spotlighting some of you again.

PLUS ENTICING NEW MOVIES: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Tammy, Land Ho!, Boyhood, Happy ChristmasMagic in the Moonlight and Lucy chief among them. 

Tuesday
Jun242014

I have to...

...dispose of some evidence. I mean, I have to... I... something came up. I'm just busy, okay? It's better for you if you don't know too much. 

 

Monday
Jun232014

ICYMI & The Giver

For those of you who experienced massive internet failures and couldn't be here every day as per best practice, make sure not to miss these six highlights from the past week or so...

Yes No Maybe So: Birdman that traiser was rather astonishing, don't you think?
Is Studio Animation In Trouble? Tim is worried and with good reason
Top Stuntman Interview Bobby Holland Hanton has been Batman, Bond, Captain America, Thor, and Green Lantern. What have you been up to?
2004 Party The podcast looks back on one of the best cinematic years
Katharine Hepburn vs. the McCarthy Era Anne Marie is almost halfway through her ambitious "A Year With Kate" series!
Big Eyes sneak Test screenings have begun

 

And, finally, La Streep somehow took over the week unexpectedly. There was Into the Woods news, the new HBO Maria Callas project, her Birthday and a supporting role on our latest podcast. Now I'm exhausted - I can't keep up with her. It's hard being a blogger.

It occurs to me that I never shared the new poster for The Giver so I'm doing so right now (to your left). When we discussed the first trailer we all complained that it wasn't in black and white with the book's important Pleasantville like switch to color. But now new trailers show that it will, in fact, be partially in black and white as it should be. Why were they faking us out / disappointing us originally ? Is your interest restored?

Friday
Jun202014

New Banner. Not Water Proof

six... seven... all good girls go to heaven ♫We're now giving readers control of the banner themes and this one is brought to you by Jake (who won the last Say What? contest). He wanted runny mascara so he gets it.

I curse the day they invented waterproof mascara because runny eyes always make a strong visual impression. But this banner was hard to make -- internet searches provide mainly images of white trash reality stars crying and that's not what TFE is about!

What are your favorite scenes of glam beauties breaking down into hot smeary messes?

Wednesday
Jun182014

8 Steps of Daily Life/Blogging Chez Nathaniel

I am bad at math. There's actually 10/11 steps

 

1. Waking up to too few comments, tweets, shares, likes

2. Coffee

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Thursday
Jun122014

ICYMI + Goldfinger

June is flying by and if you aren't here every day you're bound to miss something good. Here's a few posts just for the helluvit that you won't want to have missed that are already buried on pages 3, 6 or number whatever of this continually updated blog.

Sarah Paulson Reality Check - she thinks she'll keep getting stiffed for Supporting Actress and knows from Category Fraud
Disney Heroines - gorgeous old school paintings of Mulan and more
The Fault In Our Stars - reviewed through watery eyes
Miss Julie Posters - what'cha think?
Beauty vs. Beast - white swan versus Black Swan... the closest battle yet 

and for dessert
Maleficent Cake  - what do you suppose it tastes like?

and if you really haven't been here in a while...
First Oscar Predictions of the Year  and all the updated Oscar Charts

COMING SOON: Tuesday Night (June 17th) on Hit Me With Your Best Shot
James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)

We've never done a Bond film in this series and this one right here, 50 years old now, is universally regarded as one of the tippity-top entries in the franchise. Plus, it fits neatly into our '64 party and is available for instant watching on both Amazon and Netflix. I wonder if anyone will look beyond that gold corpse? You want to join in this week, I know you do.

Take the assignment - you're licensed to blog!


Monday
Jun092014

Miscellania: Moustache Banner, Reader Spotlight, Tony Hangover

Three Quick Things.

1. Enjoy the new banner, subject matter chosen by reader John who won the last round of "say what". It'll be moustaches all week (though not the same ones. If you're paying attention the banner changes fairly regularly.)

2. I am so appreciative of you readers. Not that many people signed up for subscriptons so I'll still be a wailing beggarwoman out of a tragic musical at nights but I received so many kind birthday wishes and that's wonderful, too. The fitness and self-improvement group that some of you signed up for is chugging along nicely, too...early stages. So it's time to bring back Reader Spotlight! We'll start again real soon so you can get to know each other, the TFE community.

3. I don't really have a Tony hangover -- I was good last night but for the birthday cake devouring -- but the Tonys linger. (I am still annoyed that they played a commercial for a new Katharine McPhee TV series. That's like an insult to Megan Hilty to air that during the Tonys! Even if she only bested McPhee at the fictional Tonys within  Smash).

I'm desperate to see Sutton Foster's show Violet (I never miss her unless she's doing a big expensive corporate musical like Shrek. I skipped that one) and I may try the lottery for Hedwig though there are 300ish people each day and it probably will explode in size again. It's sold out of regular seats for the remainder of its run and is now only selling the premiums (hundreds of dollars each). Sales are up for a few of the big winners, too. But today is all about Audra McDonald who broke her tie with Angela Lansbury for most Tony wins last night. I'mma listen to all her records today and dream of her getting a movie musical. She tells Vanity Fair she's "not anywhere near the planet right now" and the New York Times is looking back on her charmed and unusually lauded career on the stage to ask how she won six Tonys.

Friday
Jun062014

Orange you glad it's my birthday?

For my birthday, Netflix gave me a whole new season of Orange is the New Black to binge-watch. Such a thoughtful gift! And you are all the beneficiaries.

yeah, obviously i can't do the laverne cox one

A reminder that, since there's no fighting the dominance of OITNB this week -- I felt so left out during House of Cards binge-watch week but that show is just not for me. I am Spacey Intolerant in large doses -- we'll be covering it on a one-off episode of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" on Tuesday night. You're watching anyway, so pick a shot and write about it!

I'm burying the lede...

What are you giving me for my birthday?* 
ME! ME! ME! This is the last time I'll ask for prezzies for at least a few months but please know that it's a full time job to offer you all this content each and every day 365 days a year and the occasional movie advertisements, particularly during Oscar season, only go so far towards expensives and a living wage. I realize that perhaps you think me greedy to ask for a cup of coffee per month  and I remember in high school and college (the age of many readers as far as I can tell) sometimes it's hard to find two dimes to rub together so perhaps $1 a month is a better compromise? I'd only need 600 more of you to pay rent. New York City is a demanding bitch, sometimes.

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