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Film Review: ‘Behind the White Glasses’

Film Review: ‘Behind the White Glasses’
It would be hard to think of a European filmmaker who attained the degree of international heat that Lina Wertmüller enjoyed in the mid-1970s, and then — poof! — just like that, her moment was over. Early in “Behind the White Glasses,” a dutiful Italian documentary portrait of Wertmüller and her career, you get a taste of what that moment was like when John Simon, the much-feared film and theater critic who was Wertmüller’s most devoted champion, declares that she is one of the two greatest women filmmakers in history (the other, in his view, being Leni Riefenstahl). That’s the kind of sentiment that was floating around about Wertmüller at the time, but said now, as if it were a truth for the ages, it comes off as an extravagant overstatement.

Agnès Varda, Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion (to name just a few): All have made films much greater than Lina Wertmüller’s.
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The Met Opera 2016-2017 season kicks off in Cineplex theatres

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The Met Opera 2016-2017 season kicks off in Cineplex theatresThe Met Opera 2016-2017 season kicks off in Cineplex theatresJenny Bullough9/21/2016 9:59:00 Am

There’s nothing quite like experiencing the pageantry, beauty, and incomparable vocal performance of live opera. But one thing comes very, very close: The Met Opera in Cineplex theatres. Only at Cineplex, you can take in the full spectacle of the Met’s 2016-2017 season, filmed in breathtaking HD. The Met Opera Live in HD offers benefits you can't get even at the Met itself: closeups of the performers, the rich detail in every costume, and the intricate choreography required in staging a grand opera are all showcased by the filming technique. Featuring world-renowned classics such as Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Tristan and Isolde, and much, much more, performed by stars such as Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and many others, the Met Opera Live in HD series
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How Star Wars Forced Ridley Scott To Make Alien

How Star Wars Forced Ridley Scott To Make Alien
Making movies is a tough business, but it's also an artistic endeavor, and, like most such enterprises, inspiration plays an important part in the process. As filmmakers tend to be people who love movies, they also find motivation in the work of others, and Ridley Scott just revealed how Star Wars compelled him to make Alien. Talking to Deadline at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is hyping his latest space odyssey, The Martian, Scott talked about the first time he saw Star Wars and the transformative impression it left on him. He said: I never saw or felt audience participation like that, in my life. The theater was shaking. When that Death Star came in at the beginning, I thought, I can't possibly do Tristan and Isolde, I have to find something else. By the time the movie was finished, it was so stunning that it
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Oscar Film Series: Death and Music in Melodrama Saved by Crawford

'Humoresque': Joan Crawford and John Garfield. 'Humoresque' 1946: Saved by Joan Crawford Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold (loosely based on a Fannie Hurst short story), Humoresque always frustrates me because its first 25 minutes are excruciatingly boring – until Joan Crawford finally makes her appearance during a party scene. Crawford plays Helen Wright, a rich society lush in love with a tough-guy violin player, Paul Boray (John Garfield), who happens to be in love with his music. Fine support is offered by Paul's parents, played by Ruth Nelson and the fabulous chameleon-like J. Carroll Naish. Oscar Levant is the sarcastic, wisecracking piano player, who plays his part to the verge of annoyance. (Spoilers ahead.) Something wrong with that woman The Humoresque scenes between Paul and his mother are particularly intriguing, as the mother conveys her objections to Helen by lamenting, "There's something wrong with a woman like that!
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Who’s The Hottest Celebrity Brother?

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If you’ve fantasized about one of them, two of them, or all of them together, you’re not alone. They’re Hollywood brothers. And at one point or another, they’ve made us thank our lucky stars that talent and good looks can come in multiple forms.

We may find ourselves comparing sexy siblings that are in the spotlight, such as Casey and Ben Affleck, Shawn and Marlon Wayans and the Jonas brothers. But don’t be fooled, there are often times yet another brother in the family we don’t know about, and sometimes, they’re even the hottest. Take a look at these sets of hunky Hollywood bros and see who we thought lucked out by scoring the most attractive genes in the family.

The Franco Brothers

Dave Franco: The gorgeous Neighbors star reminds us of a modern day James Dean. Anyone?

James Franco: This
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Who’s The Hottest Celebrity Brother?

If you’ve fantasized about one of them, two of them, or all of them together, you’re not alone. They’re Hollywood brothers. And at one point or another, they’ve made us thank our lucky stars that talent and good looks can come in multiple forms.

We may find ourselves comparing sexy siblings that are in the spotlight, such as Casey and Ben Affleck, Shawn and Marlon Wayans and the Jonas brothers. But don’t be fooled, there are often times yet another brother in the family we don’t know about, and sometimes, they’re even the hottest. Take a look at these sets of hunky Hollywood bros and see who we thought lucked out by scoring the most attractive genes in the family.

The Franco Brothers

Dave Franco: The gorgeous Neighbors star reminds us of a modern day James Dean. Anyone?

James Franco: This
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Is “Penny Dreadful” the Summer’s Gayest Show?

Before we get into it, let me answer my own question: Yes. Yes it is.

(Major spoilers follow. For earlier recappage, check out our piece on the first two episodes.)

When word was first announced of Showtime’s period “psychosexual horror” series Penny Dreadful, no one was sure what to expect. The best guess was that it would be a handsomely-shot mashup of a handful of big-name genre icons… with copious close-ups of boobies. But I don’t think anyone expected the full-on monster mash that we have seen in the season’s first four episodes: Dr. Frankenstein is canoodling with Ludwig Van Helsing in an attempt to stop Dracula; Frankenstein’s Monster is playing Phantom of the Opera at the Grand Guignol Theatre, and the Wolf Man just banged Dorian Gray.

Yes, you read that right: at the end of last Sunday’s episode, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) – an
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Guy Ritchie's King Arthur Set For 2016

Guy Ritchie's King Arthur Set For 2016
As reported back in January, Warner Bros. have finally hit on an idea for King Arthur that they like. Word that Guy Ritchie has returned to the project, having left it once before, is this morning thoroughly borne out by the fact that his King Arthur now has a release date. Warners have nabbed the otherwise unoccupied tentpole summer slot of July 22, 2016, proving by divine providence (or at least studio edict) that Guy Ritchie is to carry Excalibur.Back in 2010 when he was working on it before, Ritchie's thrust was thought to be very much based on Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, the 15th Century text that assembled most of the popular tales of Arthur (the Knights of the Round Table, the Holy Grail, Merlin, Gareth, Lancelot and Guinevere, Arthur's battles with Rome, Tristan and Isolde and so on) into a single narrative. The implication was that, in contrast
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'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture
Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies,
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Britney Spears wants James Franco as Christian Grey: 5 reasons he's actually perfect for it

Britney Spears wants James Franco as Christian Grey: 5 reasons he's actually perfect for it
Everyone’s favorite parlor game — “Who should play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie/trainwreck/the cinematic experience of our time” — just got another celebrity participant. If one Ms. Britney Spears had her way, sexy, dominating businessman Christian Grey will be played by James Franco.

“I love James Franco,” Spears replied when asked about her pick. “I think he’s really cool.” That kind of teenspeak is Spears gushing! She’s all in!

It’s easy to dismiss her remarks with a laugh (and you can get a second chuckle picturing Spears reading Fifty Shades of Grey
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Henry Cavill Promotes "Man of Steel" in Shanghai

Continuing to promote his new flick “Man of Steel,” Henry Cavill attended a press conference in Shanghai, China on Friday (June 21).

The 30-year-old hunk look handsome in a dapper ensemble as he chatted about the successful super hero flick with the excited press.

In related news, James Franco recently opened up about the small feud between himself and Henry and why he stayed in the background during the London premiere of “Man of Steel.”

“I don’t think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me there,” James told Inquisitr.

“Not that we’re enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick. My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don’t know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a
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James Franco: Henry Cavill 'Didn't Like Me Much'

James Franco: Henry Cavill 'Didn't Like Me Much'
Looks like James Franco may not be on the best of terms with Hollywood's current Superman.

Franco recently reviewed Man of Steel for Vice magazine, and reminded readers that he actually worked with Henry Cavill on 2006's critically panned Tristan & Isolde. Though Franco attended Man of Steel's London premiere, he writes that he remained incognito "1) because it wasn’t my film, and 2) because I don't think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me there."

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But Franco puts the blame for their less than close relationship on himself.

"Not that we're enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick," he explains. "My hunch is that he didn't like me very much. I don't know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor
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James Franco Gives His Thoughts On Man Of Steel; While Taking A Few More Shots At Tasm

James Franco has previously criticized the decision to reboot the Spider-Man franchise so quickly after Sam Raimi's third and final entry in the series, and in an op-ed for Vice.com the actor has a little more to say on the matter. Franco attended a screening of Man Of Steel so he could give his take on it, and while he seems to have loved the film, he reveals that he went incognito because he feels there might be some tension between he and Henry Cavill after working on Tristan And Isolde together! Here are the relevant excerpts. On The Amazing Spider-Man: "I too have been in comic-book films—the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old
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James Franco Disses 'Amazing Spider-Man' (Again), Says It's All About the Benjamins

James Franco Disses 'Amazing Spider-Man' (Again), Says It's All About the Benjamins
Multi-hyphenate James Franco has more jobs (and hobbies) then one can count, but it's his latest piece of work that's buzzing around the web. Franco wrote a critical take about "Man of Steel" for Vice, but much of the attention on the piece  is actually based on what he said about Spider-Man, not Superman. Franco, who attended the "Man of Steel" premiere incognito because he believes Henry Cavill does not like him based on their history filming "Tristan and Isolde," says he really enjoyed "Man of Steel." But that's perhaps the least
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James Franco Reviews ‘Man of Steel,’ Proceeds to Slam ‘Spider-Man’

James Franco Reviews ‘Man of Steel,’ Proceeds to Slam ‘Spider-Man’
James Franco doesn’t have a lot of down time these days. From museum art installations to directing and starring in various Hollywood features, the 35 year-old actor remains one of the most vocal performers in show business, whether his publicist likes it or not.

Enter Tuesday’s “Man of Steel” review.

Having recently critiqued Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” for Vice magazine, Franco decided to weigh in on Warner Bros.’ $225 million blockbuster, which he actually liked.

“‘Man of Steel’ is great because it delivers everything it should,” he wrote after the film’s London premiere. “It made Superman cool again.”

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But then he threw in a little bit of kryptonite.

In an effort to explain why Hollywood continues to make and remake these big-budget films, Franco wrote “The answer is, of course, money. We are in the film business, and the
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Superman to Trail Iron Man 3 (and Possibly the Original Iron Man)

Henry Cavill Man of Steel to trail Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3 [See previous post: "Man of Steel Weekend Box Office: June Record May Not Be Broken."] As long as it grosses at least $100 million by Sunday evening — and that’s a given — Zack Snyder / Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel will boast the second-biggest opening of 2013, behind only Shane Black / Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 3, which collected $174.14 million in early May according to Box Office Mojo. As mentioned in the previous post, Man of Steel is expected to score anywhere between $115-$140 million. Note: Figures for both Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 include Thursday evening shows. (See updated posts: “Man of Steel trailing Original Iron Man” and “Man of Steel vs. Superman movies of years past.”) (Photo: Henry Cavill Superman in Man of Steel.) For comparison’s sake: without the advantage of box-office-inflating 3D surcharges or Thursday evening screenings, the Jon Favreau-directed Iron Man debuted with $98.68 million
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Controversial German Composer Turns 200

Controversial German Composer Turns 200
Today is the birthday of the famous and controversial German composer, Richard Wagner. Known for his numerous operas (as well as his anti-Semitic views), the mastermind behind works like "Tristan and Isolde" and "Tannhäuser" would turn 200 years old if he were still alive today.

Born in Leipzig in 1813, Wagner lived a life in the spotlight, whether he was premiering blockbuster dramas at concert halls across Europe or palling around with historical figures like King Leopold II. Drama seemed to follow the composer wherever he went, from his tumultuous marriages and affairs to his extreme political views. Yet amidst celebrity and infamy, Wagner managed to produce 113 works, listed in his Wagner-Werk-Verzeichnis (Wwv) catalog. Two centuries later, symphonies and opera singers are still performing his pieces.

To celebrate Wagner's 200th birthday, concert halls across the world are hosting homages to the controversial musical great. In addition, New York Public Radio
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Sophia Myles added to Transformers 4; Tyrese Gibson may return as well

Sophia Myles, best known for appearing in the first two Underworld movies, as well as playing Isolde in Tristan and Isolde, will reportedly appear in an important supporting role in Transformers 4. Myles joins an all-star cast which already includes; Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci. According to The Wrap, [...]

Read Sophia Myles added to Transformers 4; Tyrese Gibson may return as well on Filmonic.
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Sophia Myles Joins The Cast Of Michael Bay’s Transformers 4

Whether you love, hate or couldn’t give a monkeys about Transformers 4, the ever-growing bizarre list of actors attached to star is too intriguing to ignore. Last week it was announced that Kelsey Grammer had signed on as the film’s human antagonist. Now, The Wrap reports that British actress Sophia Myles has clambered aboard the fourth instalment.

According to the report, her role is being kept secret for now but The Wrap’s source who has read the script believes she is to play a scientist. She’ll join an entirely new band of cast members for what is being touted as a reboot to the franchise.

Myles’ breakout role was in 2002′s Underworld. She’s since followed that up with leading roles in Tristan and Isolde alongside James Franco, and the Jamie Bell vehicle, Hallam Foe. As the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon cast have been given the heave-ho,
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Kennedy Center Makes A Big Change

Washington — Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year, highlighting their generation and art form alongside opera, ballet and theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The center, a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, announced Tuesday that its 2013-2014 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide." It also plans to feature an international theater festival with works from at least 10 different nations and new American works commissioned in theater, opera and music.

The 2014 hip-hop festival will open with Nas rapping with musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra on music from his classic debut album "Illmatic." The festival will also feature Puerto Rican musicians Calle 13 and a graffiti exhibition.

The mix of rap, DJing and graffiti with more traditional arts at one of the nation's busiest performing arts centers will make the year unique,
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