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Links of the Week

Posted in Links of the Week by Sam Unsted on June 26, 2011
  • This is from a few weeks back, but to coincide with the second series of Louie, here is a profile of Louis CK from NY Mag. His show seems like its the culmination of the journey he has been on as a comedian in the past few years. The profile details the ins and outs of the ‘Louis CK deal’ he has with FX, by which he has complete, unfettered control over the show and gets no studio notes. On occasion, this means the show goes to places that may not be considered funny by some, but it really is a spectacularly brilliant, insightful, profound and, a substantial portion of the time, ballbustingly funny.
  • If you aren’t already visiting Listverse every day, start now. The following three lists are only a smattering of the brilliant work these guys produce every day, simultaneously fascinating and dryly funny. So, the three for this week, to whet your appetite, are: ‘Top 10 Movies Featuring Prostitution‘, ‘Another 10 Interesting Stories Behind Classical Compositions‘ and ‘Top 10 People Shrouded in Controversy‘.
  • Cool Tools has a list of the best magazine articles ever. This maybe should go in the reads of the week post, but it’s here, so live with it.
  • The trailer for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method looks great. I’m normally repelled by Keira Knightley, but the twin powers of Fassbender and Mortensen have been interested enough already, but here, Knightley looks like the role might end up working for her.
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Oscar Predictions: Actor

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, oscars, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 21, 2008
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Actor Nominations: Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah)

One horse race. I really cannot even envisage somebody beating out Daniel Day Lewis this year seeing as he gave the finest performance of his career. Subsequently, this places it among the top ten male performances of all time. True.
I suppose Clooney and Depp could manage to cause an upset but not only would I not hold my breath, I wouldn’t even close up my nostrils for second. Day Lewis will win, deserves to win and will not be defeated.
It should though be noted that I think both Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone, Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead deserve nods over Depp, Clooney and Mortensen. But there you go. Although, Mortensen should’ve got one for History of Violence. All’s fair, eh?

Who Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis

Who Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis

Dark Horse: Um… Clooney?

Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Oscars!

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, film, oscars, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 22, 2008
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Well, I am actually so, sorry about the lie. Still, like the saying goes, every lie is sweeter if you mix some Van Halen in.

So the Oscars were announced today and, as you can see my my middling to good predictions, a few interesting surprises occurred. No major ones really in the Picture category, much of that could have been predicted but I like to mix things up. The best director nods too were fairly on the nose with the notable exception of Joe Wright losing out to Jason Reitman for Juno.

The main surprises occurred among the best actors and actresses. Perennial nominee Laura Linney nicked one for The Savages, knocking out Angelina Jolie’s fantastic performance as Mariane Pearl. Then again, Angie already has an Oscar and gets to go home to Brad so she’ll likely be floating around her house singing ‘C’est La Vie’ by Bewitched. The actor category goes one better and delivers two surprise nods for Viggo Mortensen and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones has likely been rewarded for his work in both In The Valley of Elah and No Country For Old Men but Viggo’s is puzzling. It’s a major snub for McAvoy in Atonement, joining Knightley on the list of Brits given the cold shoulder.

The big loser for the nods is Sean Penn whose Into The Wild was roundly disliked. Really nice however to see Sarah Polley given an adapted screenplay nod for Away From Her but annoyance reigns in me for Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead being shoved to the side.

No real surprises in the other categories so onwards to the ceremony folks. Enjoy!!

Oooooo It’s The Oscar Nominations!

Posted in Actors & Actresses, Awards, Beth, Movies, oscars by Beth Squires on January 22, 2008

No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are leading the nominees for the 80th (EIGHTIETH!!) Academy Awards; both have 8 nominations!

Michael Clayton is also up for a bundle, including Best Picture, best director (Tony Gilroy), best actor (gorgeous George Clooney), best supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton) and best original screenplay.

The incredible movie Juno is nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Jason Reitman), Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody) !!! YAY!

We’ll find out the winners on February 24 when Jon Stewart presents the ceremony from the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.

Here’s a summary of the big categories…

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Years

Julie Christie – Away from Her

Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose

Laura Linney – The Savages

Ellen Page – Juno

Best Actor

George Clooney – Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis – There will be Blood

Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd

Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah

Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There

Ruby Dee – American Gangster

Saoirse Ronan – Atonement

Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James

Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men

Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War

Hal Holbrook – Into The Wild

Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Best Picture

Atonement

Juno

Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

There Will be Blood

Best Director

Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen – No Country for Old Men

Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton

Jason Reitman – Juno

Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Animated Feature

Persepolis

Ratatouille

Surf’s Up

Here’s a list of ALL THE NOMINEES…

BAFTA Nominations 2008

Posted in Awards, BAFTAs, Beth, Movies by Beth Squires on January 16, 2008

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More awards nominations!  This time for the BAFTAs 2008. Atonement has a massive FOURTEEN nominations… really should watch that now, shouldn’t I? I really think This Is England should win for Best British Film, and I’m happy Juno‘s Ellen Page has nods, and Diablo Cody is in there too.  You can watch the Press Conference with all the announcements here.

The ceremony will be on Sunday Feb 10th at the Royal Opera House in London, and the show will be presented by Jonathan Ross.

Okay, I warn you – it’s a long list. More follow under the cut…

FILM

AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi

BEST BRITISH FILM

ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z Burns/George Nolfi
CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh
EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight
THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows

LEADING ACTOR

GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MÜHE – The Lives of Others

LEADING ACTRESS

CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her
MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement
ELLEN PAGE – Juno

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William ‘Link’ Moreland

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 15, 2008

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Just to inform, Beth is currently absorbing the second season of The Wire on her way to completing the full series. Therefore, this week’s puns are all of Wire characters.

Check out this very cool t-shirt on Threadless.

Following on from the good of Sundance yesterday, The AV Club reveals the films that died on their arses post-festival.

Daniel Clowes is going to write the screenplay for the animated movie from father & son Gondry.

Do you like carrots? If so, you will really like this.

I know banking stories are dull, but seriously check out the amount of money some have lost due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

The Guardian weighs in on Romney’s last stand.

Charlize Theron is taking a bit-part in Cormac McCarthy-adaptation The Road.

PopMatters reviews the new Venetian Snares album. (Another on for you, John)

If you like arty guitar symphonies, prepare for lift off.

Entertainment Weekly lists its favourite longshot Oscar semi-hopefuls for the year.

Slate on American Gladiators and steriod use.

Read this fascinating article about a MySpace suicide.

The Democrats play the race versus gender game again. Salon gives its angle.

Mother Jones has this fantastic photo collection of comic fanboys.

Gwyneth has finally been bored into hospital by Chris Martin. Coldplay album listening party to blame?

Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits covers album is due soon.

Barack Obama’s favourite show? The Wire. Vote for him now! If he comes out with love for the A-Team too, he has to win.

Colour me interested – a documentary about Anna Wintour and Vogue magazine is set for this year. Will it be anything like The Devil Wears Prada / Ugly Betty? We’ll soon see…

I Will Always Link You-ooo-oooh-oooh-a

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on December 15, 2007

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Slate’s Ron Rosenbaum pays tribute to his favourite Joni Mitchell song.

Lucky woman Vanessa Paradis has a new album out, and she spends her life with Johnny Depp.  

The AV Club nominates the worst band names of the year while Keith Phipps holds up 1967 as the greatest cinematic year ever.

Reconfigure your Gaydar folks, you need to be looking for large big toes. (not a euphemism)

The OC’s Mischa Barton talks to The Times about her cameo role in new Brit film St Trinian’s.

Hugh MacLoed is allegedly Britain’s most successful Facebooker. However his personalised news has turned into a confusing babble. Maybe it’s not good to have too many friends on this social networking site, then?

US injustice first hand on Salon. Also a look at I Am Legend as perhaps the most meditative blockbuster ever.

JoBlo talks with Viggo Mortensen about Eastern Promises and David Cronenberg.

Entertainment Weekly holds up the twenty worst celebrity blogs.

Rolling Stone’s 100 songs of the year are here.

Stop Smiling has an interview with Isaac Brock.

A group of musicians Pitchfork knows list their favourite albums of the year.

High School Musical‘s Ashley Tisdale has a newly-sculpted nose ready for HSM3.

The first CD I was given was Stay Another Day by East 17 for Xmas along with my spangly upgrade-from-cassette-player CD hifi. To mark 13 years since that very Xmas, Maps has done a slightly spooky electronic cover, which you can download for free here from PopJustice.

Glorious! Britney has a new video out… this one’s for Piece Of Me.

HUDGE WATCH: It was Vanessa’s 19th Bday yesterday, and here’s how she spent her day!

Kim Deal talks about the new Breeders album! YAY!

Ahhh, the Beckhams take the kids ice skating in London’s Hyde Park.

Who and what does venomous columnist and Screen Burn presenter Charlie Brooker think should win awards at the close of this year?

Fast Ood Rockers have celebrated Kylie’s team up with Doctor Who with this song that’s taking the ‘net by storm.  Caitlin Moran charts the path that has led to the popstrel’s role in the hit BBC series, in this interesting in-depth article.

Baby Link, My Baby Link

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on October 19, 2007

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From next week, the puns are to be themed. Imagine the wonders…

Ace southern-fried rockers Drive-By Truckers talk to the Cleveland Free Times about their upcoming record.

The Star ranks the top 20 Canadian albums ever, with a disturbing(?) lack of Lavigne.

The New Yorker bemoans the lack of soul in modern indie music.

Melissa Nadler continues to play the ‘ethereal card’ on her session at Daytrotter.

Pitchfork declares at least some love for The Boss.

The AV Club provides a well-needed, humbling guide to the work of Neil Young.

Uh oh, Slate and me disagree. Read their point though.

The new nouvelle vague to emanate from Romania? The Guardian thinks, maybe.

Viggo Mortensen discusses a good healthy activity: fighting in the nude. This is with The Telegraph.

The New York Times puts in a vote for Mad Men and Damages over Heroes.

Ugly Betty‘s Henry (Christopher Gorham) is packing some muscles under that sweatervest…

Ahhh, Zanessa celebrate Zac’s 20th birthday with a paparazzi-infested, hand-holding walk from a restaurant to their car.

Screenjabber are blogging from the London Film Festival, catch up with them here…

Who said modelling wasn’t dangerous? 

That’s it for today…  check back over the weekend for more postings!

Let’s Talk About Sex – A treatise on HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me

Posted in Sam, TV by Sam Unsted on September 29, 2007

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Following the failure (commercially only I might add) of John From Cincinnati, HBO needs something of quality to fill the void before The Wire restarts. It’s latest proposition is Tell Me You Love Me which has been noted for its frank depiction of sex. The question is though, is the sex any good?

While Showtime is beginning to catch up in recent months, the quality of HBO drama still reigns supreme. More a trend happening upon it is a greater sense of ‘adultness’ in its make up. It’s dramas now seem to almost completely eschew the vicarious, masculine thrills of The Sopranos or the quirky posturing of Six Feet Under. John From Cincinnati, while utterly beguiling, showed how difficult this is for audiences to accept. That show gave a distinct impression that while HBO’s audience is willing to be challenged on the levels of violence and sex on show, they don’t really want to engage with metaphysical, religious allegory. The failure also of Carnivale on a commercial basis, as again there lay a show of rare aptitude, showed the wish for a slightly easier aesthetic to cling onto. The Sopranos, for all its astounding, Shakespearean brilliance, is rooted for much of its audience in the Scorsese-world of recognisable gangster figures. The iconography and basic events of the series gave it a thrilling quality that centred it further towards the mainstream.

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