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Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. But there is a big problem with their unique alliance: Neither knows that the other is an undercover federal agent.
For the past 12 months, DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and U.S. naval intelligence officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) have been reluctantly attached at the hip. Working undercover as members of a narcotics syndicate, each man distrusts his partner as much as the criminals they have both been tasked to take down.
When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, Trench and Stigman are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other. Unfortunately for their pursuers, when good guys spend years pretending to be bad, they pick up a few tricks along the way.
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movie comes out aug 2. i'm only here for paula tbh.
Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno says that his own music is the only thing that gets his son Ennio off to sleep.
Pizzorno says he has to play his band's own albums in the car because his two-year-old son Ennio loves them. He told XFM: "Can you imagine how annoying that is, because I've just been on tour and the last thing I want to hear is any of that... but it gets him off to sleep. It really calms him down."
Pizzorno also recently told NME that he doesn't think it is possible for guitar bands to be the dominant force in music culture anymore. "It's not so much that bands aren't important, but that people don't have the same response. It's hard to dominate culture like it used to be; I don't think it's possible anymore. It's so diluted and there are so many outlets, I don't think it can."
The band recently performed at the Noel Gallagher curated Teenage Cancer Trust concerts. They are set to headline Hard Rock Calling on June 29, with support from The Cribs, Paul Weller, Miles Kane, Klaxons, Tribes and Kodaline.
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When you're a Victoria's Secret Angel, you can pretty much look good in anything, whether it's a bejeweled set of undies or a metallic bandage dress. But what about a dress worn incorrectly?
Adriana Lima proved her superhuman status once again when she attended the II BrazilFoundation Gala Miami 2013 Monday night. The 31-year-old mom looked pretty flawless in a peek-a-boo gown from Alberta Ferretti's Spring 2012 runway, but there was one hitch: The dress appeared to be on backwards.
Fortunately, the model isn't alone in her fashion faux pas. Stars like Amanda Seyfried and Angelina Jolie have each stepped out on the red carpet in dresses worn backwards (whether on purpose or not...). Of course, we realize that we could be the ones confused -- stars get custom gowns made for them all the time. In fact, Sigourney Weaver just had to clear up reports that her now-infamous Lanvin number was worn back-to-front. "I did not wear it backward. The label is huge, so you’d have to be a cretin not to know which way to put it on. As if you don’t get dressed with 40 people taking care of your hair and makeup!" she told New York Magazine this month.
Moral of the story? If your dress was worn correctly, let us know, Adriana. Either way, you look great. Check out the photos of the look on Adriana and on the Alberta Ferretti runway below and tell us what you think happened here.
Here's how the dress looked on the runway
Texas is in the building. H-Town and other parts of the Lone Star State rounded up their rappers for a remix to Beyonce's promo track "I Been Down". Check out Bun B, Scarface and co. inside....
Queen Bey has yet to address this remix herself, but Bun B. went on Houston's 97.9 The Box to make the drop. He premiered the track earlier today with the station, and then quickly uploaded it to his Soundcloud page.
Check out the Texas boys Bun B, Scarface, Z-Ro, Willie D, Slim Thug, & Lil Keke below:
Also, Beyonce instagramed:
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Not one to be caught dead riding in the same
egg wheelchair twice ... Lady Gaga celebrated turning the ripe old age of 27 by getting carted away in her new pimped out Louis Vuitton whip in Chicago on Thursday.
The Fame Monster has been recovering in the lap of luxury ever since undergoing hip surgery a few weeks ago.
She was previously spotted cruising around in a 24-karat gold plated wheelchair.
Gaga knows a pain in the ass -- and its surrounding bones -- don't come cheap.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to explore Belfast with Joel McHale, Hong Kong with Aziz Ansari, and Paris with Aisha Tyler, you’re in luck. On April 23, Esquire Network debuts The Getaway, a 10-part series from Anthony Bourdain and Zero Point Productions that tails celebrities in their favorite cities. Watch an exclusive preview below.
In the premiere, McHale enjoys Irish whiskey, shopping for a tweed wardrobe, and driving a DeLorean. Future episodes include Ansari’s and Tyler’s aforementioned jaunts, as well as tours of Kingston, Jamaica and San Juan, Puerto Rico, courtesy of Eve and acclaimed chef José Andrés respectively. More celebrity tour guides are still to be announced.
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When we started work on The Sims 3 Island Paradise , we had one goal – to deliver you the content, features, and gameplay to not just create and play with an island paradise, but to create and play with what you envision an island paradise to be. We all have different ideas of what paradise means, so we strived to create an expansion that includes as many of those concepts as possible. Through features like sailing the open seas on a houseboat of your own design, scuba diving in search of sunken treasure, or relaxing in the lap of luxury at a mega resort (just to name a few!), The Sims 3 Island Paradise gives you the opportunity to both create paradise, and then play with it. As we continue to build Island Paradise, we’re focusing on a few major parts of the game to achieve this.
The first one is definitely the ocean. With the release of The Sims 3 Seasons , we enabled swimming in the ocean for the first time, and with The Sims 3 Island Paradise , we're really taking what you can do on, and below, the ocean to a whole new level. You might enjoy having your Sims sit back and relax on a sailboat as they venture off into the sunset, or maybe even go for a quick paddle on a rowboat. Alternatively players might be more interested in a speedboat or Jet Ski to quickly head out in search of uncharted islands veiled by a mysterious fog!
Players that love to build things can create fully functional houseboats using the complete suite of Build/Buy Mode tools to design and furnish floating abodes. And did I mention scuba diving?? For the first time ever in The Sims 3 , you'll be able to take your Sims under the ocean’s waves in search of sunken treasure! While down there you might even encounter some unexpected – or dangerous – marine life. The tropical ocean in this brand new world is packed with tons of all new ways to interact with your Sims, and our hope is that it gives you the feeling of your own island paradise, even if you’ve never before stepped your own toes into beautiful crystal blue waters.
Resorts are another area of the game that we're focusing on. Whether you're looking to build a sprawling mega resort, have your Sims stay in a stilt foundation bungalow out over the ocean, or even directly manage an exclusive beachside retreat, resorts in The Sims 3 Island Paradise provide these experiences and much more. With advanced Build/Buy features such as the ability to build out over the ocean, create pools using the new resort-specific Blueprint Mode, and place dynamic new resort towers to attract potential guests. For those of you with more of a business mindset, resorts allow you to manage and fine tune the characteristics of your resort down to the smallest detail – all while making a little money on the side! Utilize the Resort Star Rating System to see how your guests like your resort and then make crucial business decisions like adding fun amenities, hiring maintenance staff, or setting quality levels. All decisions tie into the popularity and overall success of your resort, so make sure your guests are happy… or don't! It's your paradise, and you get to make the decisions. But don’t worry, resorts aren’t all about work. If your Sims are looking to melt away into an extended vacation, resorts are the place to go! Belly up to the in-pool bars, eat until your heart’s content at epic buffets, or even test your skills at the fire walk pit and many other amenities! Resorts are a massive new experience that really offers fun for everyone, regardless of how you play The Sims 3 .
Of course, no The Sims 3 expansion pack is complete without all new careers, skills, collectibles, Lifetime Rewards, traits and places to WooHoo, of course! We'll get into more detail of what those new items look like so be sure to stay tuned for upcoming blogs, Q&As, Twitter Takeovers and more. Also be sure to mark your calendars for our next Live Broadcast on April 16 where we’ll be showing an all-new gameplay demo and taking your questions live!
Until then, Sim-on Simmers, and get ready to spend your summer in paradise!
So, what've you been up to, Simmers? I've been making a lot of community venues lately, and managed to start up a nectary with my Sims partially thanks to the Shop From Inventory mod.
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The fall of 2000 felt like end times for rock ’n’ roll in New York City. On the radio it was all boy bands and Britney Spears, and there hadn’t been a vital rock scene since punk in the 1970s. But on a Sunday night at a tiny club in Lower Manhattan, something was happening. There were four acts on the bill at the Mercury Lounge; the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the openers, and it was still light out when they took the stage. The band was elemental: guitar and drums, no bass. But the singer, who called herself Karen O, was otherworldly. She was dressed in a kind of “Clockwork Orange” burlesque, with cutout hearts as pasties. Before the show, she doused herself in olive oil. Onstage, she danced around like a lunatic, manically grinning and flinging droplets of oil from her hair into the crowd. The guitar player, Nick Zinner, had seen this side of her. But the drummer, Brian Chase, had practiced with the band only once, and this was their first gig. “The only thing to do,” Chase remembers thinking, “is just be like, ‘Whoa.’
No one saw the show apart from a handful of friends and, according to Zinner, “a lone English guy.” But it quickly took on mythic proportions. (The headliner that night was the White Stripes, who ended up crashing at Karen O’s apartment over a Ukranian diner on Avenue A.) Within the year, it became clear that a scene was forming. The White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, along with bands like the Strokes and Interpol — the so-called Class of 2001 — would emerge as leaders of a global rock revival.
Karen O, whose real name is Orzolek, was the most intriguing face of this movement. Her stage antics — skipping around in leotards, ripped-up fishnets and sneakers, spewing beer, fellating the microphone — established her as the first postfeminist rock star, a descendant of David Bowie and Freddie Mercury who also happened to be a girl. But despite the heedless ambition they seemed to exhibit as a live band, they simply didn’t have the fortitude required to tour and record constantly. Instead, in 13 years they have put out just three albums and two EPs. The making of these records has been so fraught that they’ve finished each wondering if it would be their last. And yet, on April 16, the band will release its fourth album, “Mosquito,” to the kind of interest and acclaim few of their 2001 brethren still enjoy. “Being in the shadow a little bit preserved us,” Orzolek says. “Coming up in a real moment baptized us as special, there’s no question. But we’ve been allowed to evolve.”
I met the entire band for fries and grilled-cheese sandwiches at a diner in Brooklyn in late February. A cheery waiter arrived, and when he asked to take our order, the band reacted as if it had been cornered by a crazy person on the subway. For several beats, everyone stared at the menu and mumbled.
You’ve never met three more awkward rock stars. Chase is a consummate music nerd, a conservatory-trained jazz drummer who still plays in the city’s experimental scene. Zinner, who looks the part of a rock star, is a regular at bars and other bands’ shows but doesn’t say much. And Karen O is an exhibitionistic Boo Radley, a warped dervish onstage who disappears after the encore and is rarely seen out in real life. What they have in common is a hypersensitivity to the world that borders on pathological — a near parody of the artist’s temperament. It sounds like a miserable way to live. “There’s definitely been times where I thought I would trade any of my gifts just for a normal, happy life,” Karen O said. But it’s also their secret weapon. When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ collective anxiety about, well, anything — themselves, one another, existence in general — boils over, it happens to make a really cool sound. As the band’s producer Dave Sitek puts it, “Discomfort is fuel for them.”
Zinner and Orzolek met in the summer of 2000 as regulars at Mars Bar, a notorious punk-rock dive off the Bowery. Orzolek had recently transferred from Oberlin to study film at New York University. The previous winter she spent two months learning to play guitar. It’s assumed that as the guitarist, Zinner writes all the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ music, but it’s a collective effort. “From the four lessons I took when I was 18, I’ve been able to write hundreds of songs,” Orzolek said. “You don’t need much.” Late one night, she played Zinner a few of her ideas. “I immediately knew I would be making music and somehow involved with her for a while,” he told me. Zinner graduated from Bard in the late ’90s and had already played in bands in New York for a few years, but he was turned off by the scene. “Everyone was so serious and cool and into heroin,” he said. Orzolek’s wildness seemed like an antidote to all that. “We were dark, but a lightness, a silliness was inside us,” Zinner said. “And Karen was an expert in bringing it out and embodying it. We really needed that. New York really needed that.”
Orzolek said she remembered the moment when she discovered that lightness. “I was in fifth grade,” she told me over margaritas and chicken wings at a Cajun restaurant near her downtown apartment. “We had to do a lip-sync performance of ‘Wild Thing,’ and I was the lead singer. The girls wore poodle skirts, but I was the boy. I slicked my hair back and wore these sunglasses that were so dark I couldn’t see, which was great, ’cause I was pretty unaware of the audience. I got up and just went nuts. I went totally crazy. It really freaked out a lot of the teachers and the kids too, because I was goofy but pretty mild-mannered. It was like this thing came out.”
Orzolek was born in South Korea to a Korean mother and a Polish-American father, in 1978 — “year of the horse,” she said, which she claims explains her willfulness. Before she was 3, the family moved to the United States and settled in suburban New Jersey. She said she was never able to assimilate like her older brother, who identified as one of the Asian kids. “I didn’t speak Korean, so I couldn’t hang with the Koreans,” she told me. “And when I’d hang out with the whiteys, I was always self-conscious about being half-Korean.”
If being biracial made Orzolek feel like an outsider, it wasn’t until eighth grade, which she calls “a psychological blood bath” for girls, that she really confronted what it meant to be different. “I was hanging with some popular girls,” she said. “But sort of as their pet. I was the novelty, you know? And then it turned on me in a pretty dramatic way.” She declined to get into specifics, calling the experience brutal but also pivotal in that it forced her to identify as a weirdo, which led her straight to rock ’n’ roll. “This is giving me the chills right now,” she said, “because in ninth grade, a bunch of new kids came into our school . . . and the people I was immediately attracted to were outcasts.” It was from these outcasts that she learned about the bands you would think of as Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ forefathers: Sonic Youth, Pavement, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. But they also turned her on to artists like Neil Young and Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, whose plaintive romanticism was more influential. “Weird bleeding hearts,” Orzolek calls them. “They were the ones who really made me think I could sing.”
The initial result of Orzolek’s collaboration with Zinner was a lo-fi acoustic duo called Unitard, which Zinner said he remembered as “very ‘Paris, Texas.’ ” It was a great outlet for Orzolek’s sentimental side but made no room for the alter ego she discovered when she was 10. Every Sunday night circa 2000, Orzolek and a friend, “a rockabilly Korean girl who watched only French new-wave films,” would go to Shout, a mod dance party held at Bar 13 off Union Square, so Orzolek could practice her persona. “I’d have, like, seven cosmopolitans and be doing knee slides on the dance floor,” she said. “It was like my coming out.”
She soon persuaded Zinner that they should form a real rock band. Late one night at his place in Williamsburg, they plugged in the drum machine, drank brass monkeys and wrote three of the five songs that would make up the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut EP. In the time between the brass-monkey sessions and the release of the EP, the White Stripes put out their commercial breakthrough, “White Blood Cells,” and the Strokes went from being another crew of unwashed rockers rehearsing in Alphabet City to “the band that saved rock ’n’ roll, or whatever,” as Orzolek puts it. Raw guitar bands were en vogue. By the spring of 2002, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were on their way to Austin, Tex., to play South by Southwest, where “that one English guy had turned into 300 English guys,” Zinner said. They were officially the new It band.
And then it was on. In the spring of 2002, the band toured England for the first time. “The crowds were just fanatical — it was shocking,” Orzolek said. “The U.K. seemed like the canary in the cave, like we were seeing what might be if we broke in the U.S.” Overwhelmed, Orzolek quickly homed in on what would become the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ signature problem-solving technique: saying no. “Karen just put the brakes on,” Zinner said. “She was like, ‘This whole thing is spiraling out of control.’ ” The Yeah Yeah Yeahs turned down offers to play at huge British festivals later that summer, among other seemingly crucial missed opportunities. “The idea of canceling shows so early on is frightening for everybody,” she told me. “It’s so taboo, but I felt on the verge of a meltdown, and I knew that if we continued the way we were going, I was going to burn out pretty quickly.”
“I saw how intense it was for her,” Zinner said. “It’s a lead-singer thing. People focus on that. And she’s amazing, born to do it or whatever it is parents say.”
The “it” that she does, the outlandish, out-of-control persona she inhabits onstage, can seem to be as much a function of what she’s wearing as what she’s doing. This is the work of the designer Christian Joy, whom you might call the fourth member of the band. Joy and Orzolek met when Orzolek was still at N.Y.U. and Joy was working at Daryl K, a boutique in the East Village, where Orzolek often browsed. They share a similarly androgynous sex appeal as well as the desire to beat each other up. “I feel like we’re brothers,” Orzolek said. “We’ve gotten into so many physical fights where we’re literally just rolling around on the floor punching each other. The main thing I try to do is expose her butt to the world. And she’s basically trying to kill me.” It’s an unusual collaboration.
The first outfit Joy ever made for Orzolek was a garish quinceañera dress dyed bile yellow and decorated with pepperoni-looking plastic disks and mini-phalluses. “It felt like a practical joke,” Orzolek told me. It was so ugly, it made her cry. And yet in all the years they have worked together, through countless examples of similarly extreme costumes, Karen O has never refused to appear in something Joy designed. “It’s a sadomasochistic thing that happens between us,” she said. “But that’s what appeals to me about the punk-rock stuff. A lot of her costumes were really impractical. . . . I’d always be fighting or struggling with it, which was kind of our thing; we were always fighting or struggling with each other.” In the early years especially, photographs of Orzolek looked like snapshots of an exorcism, her makeup smeared, her eyes rolled into the back of her head and her tongue protruding from the side of her mouth. Hideousness was the point. “It was the opposite of ‘Do I look pretty?’ ” she said. “It was something on a completely different planet from that.”
Despite the crucial missed opportunities and the hideousness, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs thrived. The success of their breakthrough single, “Maps,” an aching ballad at once shy and furious, catapulted them onto a seemingly endless global tour. Zinner and Chase took to the road pretty well, but Orzolek again found it depleting. She handled the pressure with tequila; a fall off a stage in Australia resulted in a concussion and briefly put her in a wheelchair. By 2004 the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were nominated for a Grammy and started collaborating with big-name directors like Spike Jonze, who became Orzolek’s boyfriend. (In 2011 she married a different video director, Barnaby Clay.) In an attempt to come down from the road and get some distance from the band, Orzolek moved to Los Angeles. “There was definitely a large period of time where we didn’t see one another or be that much in touch,” Orzolek said. She commuted to New York to do some work on the band’s second record, “Show Your Bones.” The distance hadn’t done much to temper the band’s combustibility. “Karen and I hated each other,” Zinner said. “We were like two thunderclouds rubbing up against each other.”
But once again, they survived. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were invited on “Saturday Night Live” and went back to the Grammys, and by the time they were making the third record, “It’s Blitz!” (2009), they had established a reliable blueprint for how to be in a band without killing one another. “There is always the option to go as fast and hard as you can, but we have managed to stretch out what we do in cycles,” Chase said. “It takes years to unfold, but the long period of time allows for a lot of evolution.” Getting out of New York seems to be crucial. “It’s Blitz!” and the new record were recorded at Sonic Ranch, a remote studio in West Texas situated on 2,300 acres surrounded by pecan orchards.
It also helps that each can pursue outside interests. Chase just put out a solo record, “Drums and Drones.” Zinner has published several books of photography and recently composed and directed a symphony for Earth Day, “41 Strings.” Orzolek wrote most of the soundtrack to “Where the Wild Things Are” (directed by her ex-boyfriend Spike Jonze) and last year staged an opera, “Stop the Virgens.” “None of us want to be in a rock band every day, 100 percent of the day,” Zinner said.
Still, the thousands of fans who were lined up to see the band’s return to South by Southwest in March were expecting 100 percent Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The last time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were here, they were unsigned ingénues. Joy and Orzolek got in trouble for trashing their dressing room. This time, the scene backstage seemed less debauched. Zinner and a few friends sat quietly at picnic tables in a secluded area behind the venue. I asked Zinner how it felt to be back at the festival after all these years. “I hope we get signed,” he deadpanned.
But there was an undercurrent of anxiety. As Zinner was telling me about the new keyboard he spent most of the day tinkering with, I saw Orzolek’s blond bob pop out of a trailer a few yards away. Within moments, the band’s manager pulled me aside and asked me to leave. “It’s freaking Karen out that you are back here,” she said a little hysterically. “And it’s making Nick really uncomfortable, too.”
By showtime, though, there was no trace of anxiety or discomfort. Karen O galloped onto the stage, wearing a tinsel cape over a canary yellow pantsuit covered in grommets. Dave Sitek, the producer, has described her performing skill as a superpower, and that’s an understatement. She is mesmerizing. Midway through the set, Zinner began playing the wistful opening to “Maps,” and the girl behind me took her friend’s hand and placed it on her own heart, Pledge of Allegiance-style. “I. Love. This. Song,” she whimpered, eyes closed.
It took me back to something Orzolek said in Brooklyn, about how she never knew what to say when fans told her the Yeah Yeah Yeahs helped them endure tough times. “You were asking, ‘If it’s so hard, why do you keep doing it,’ ” she began. “For one thing, this band has gotten us all through a lot. Me specifically, the death of one of my best friends around the time we started.” Her chin quivered, and her eyes welled up with tears. This was not a performance. “I was 22. I was a baby. I was totally traumatized and devastated and lost, and if I didn’t have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs taking me around the world. . . . I’m no different than some of these fans. Next time a fan says that to me, I’m going to say, ‘Me, too, dude.’ ”
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DJ Drama took to the airwaves tonight to premier the remix to "R.I.P.," Young Jeezy's song off Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition. Featured on the song are Kendrick Lamar, YG, and Chris Brown, the latter of whom took the opportunity to fire some shots in the direction of adversary Drake. "And if you started from the bottom gon' and come out the closet," Brown says, alluding to Drizzy's latest single. Will the Toronto rapper respond? Only time will tell.
Film is an incredibly vast medium, full of amazing feats of human ingenuity and some not so amazing, that has infiltrated pop culture like no other artform in the 21st century. Going to the movies is so commonplace and the world is open to so many new ways to watch film that have never been possible until now. If you haven’t seen a specific movie then you have a myriad of opportunities available to you to correct this.
This brings me to my main topic. There are some movies that film buffs and cinephiles consider some of the greatest art ever made but barely anyone who is a casual movie goer can’t claim to have seen. For the sake of convenience I have made this list to showcase 10 films that I think everyone should see at some point in their lifetime just to be a more well rounded pop culture consumer.
While Psycho is more of a thriller than a horror movie it is able to walk the line between the two so well that it’s hard to argue against it being Alfred Hitchcock’s best film. The man made an entire career out of developing and improving the thriller and suspense genres with Psycho being his crowning achievement. It represents everything that makes Hitchcock so amazing and packs it all into a tense and unforgettable 109 minutes.
The film changed the rules for good by killing off it’s leading lady in the first act of the film and deceiving the audience about who the real villain actually is. The greatest contribution Psycho has made to the world of film will always be the way it revolutionized the typical villain in movies by taking the idea that a monster has to be in-human and making the monster in Psycho seem nice and charming. Many movies have tried to replicate Psycho but all have failed.
5. The Godfather
Before The Godfather the gangster sub-genre was seen as trash and demoralizing but everything changed when Francis Ford Coppola made his seminal movie. Never again were gangster movies seen as lower forms of film. They were now highly revered Oscar winners. The greatest thing The Godfather did was it took every cliche’ surrounding crime films and changed it into something real and captivating.
The narrative structure is more akin to the patron/client system in the ancient Roman culture to Scarface or Public Enemies which adds a layer of humanity to the characters that very few movies can replicate. The relationships of each family member to one another give the movie a sense of familiarity but there is always the looming threat of violence that keeps you enthralled every minute throughout the running time.
4. 8 1/2
The way that Federico Fellini uses dream sequences in 8 1/2 is some of the purest cinema anyone can ever witness. The film tells a relatively simple story of a filmmaker facing complications in making an large scale production that he has undertaken but it walks the line between reality and fantasy in such a way that you never know what is going to happen next. There is no other film that better represents the exploration of creativity the way that 8 1/2 does.
The narrative is basically an autobiography for Fellini himself but he tells his story in such a chaotic manner, with flashbacks turning into dream sequences and the present basically becoming secondary, that the term “Felliniesque” is most easily viewed here than in any of his previous films.
3. Citizen Kane
“The greatest film ever made” as many critics and filmmakers alike have said. Watching Citizen Kane for the first time almost felt like a cultural obligation but it’s impossible not to get caught up in the genius of Orson Welles that it doesn’t matter if Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made or not. The character of Kane is difficult to love but there is some odd, charm that he exudes that makes him an extremely powerful screen presence and a brilliant showcase for the acting talents of Welles.
There is film before and after the arrival of Citizen Kane. You can see its influence in every movie that followed it and by watching what came before it you can see just how revolutionary it was. Welles was never a better director than he is here because he had youthful ignorance and full studio backing. I didn’t want to agree with the popular consensus here but after writing this entry I think I have to.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Science-fiction is an incredibly expansive genre and Stanley Kubrick uses it to tell the grandest story ever committed to film with his sublime masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. The way he is able to bring together so many different elements of cinema to tell his story of human progress is a feat in itself. Kubrick uses every element available to him and with such aplomb that it’s hard to believe he was able to bring everything together and even harder to believe that he succeeded.
He uses light, sound, dialogue, symbolism and actions to create a very surreal and disorienting experience for the viewer that is still the most realistic depiction of space in film history.
1. Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro have made many brilliant films together over their incredible and influential careers but Taxi Driver just may be their best. The way that De Niro is able to bring Travis Bickle to life is one of the greatest acting displays of all time but not enough attention is ever given to Michael Chapman’s cinematography. He lights the scenes with a dark touch that gives Scorsese a very open world to direct.
The direction of Taxi Driver is perfect from start to finish but the greatest achievement is the way that the character study of Travis is presented. You really feel like you know the character since De Niro presents him in a morally grey area instead of making him an outright villain or hero.
Sorry, ladies ... Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be off the market.
Reports from the London Daily News yesterday (March 29, 2013), suggest the 36-year-old British actor has secretly got hitched to his long-term relationship.
There had already been speculation that the loved-up pair were set to announce their engagement but it sounds like they might have just jumped straight to wedded bliss! The paper says the actor has been spotted wearing a new wedding ring earlier this week.
The couple is said to have exchanged vows in an intimate morning ceremony at a secret location, before few close friends and family members.
Twitter Reactions To Rumored Wedding
“They certainly looked like a happy couple” a close friend Tweeted on Friday (March 29). But was he referring to the supposed wedding, some fans wondered. Benedict Cumberbatch “secretly married” rumors have caused quite a stir among fans.
“Benedict Cumberbatch Get Married? It should have beeeeeeeen meeeeeeeee!!!!!” — March 29, 2013
“Is it official? There has been so many rumors about Benedict Cumberbatch” — March 29, 2013
Was there a secret wedding? That remains a mystery for now, as the actor’s rep hasn’t commented, nor the couple released an official statement yet.
Do you think Benedict Cumberbatch have secretly wed?
As anticipated, the very first teaser trailer for "Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters" was revealed last night during opening screenings of another fantasy/sci-fi book-to-screen, "The Host"!
Leading actor Logan Lerman did promise "Percy" fans some "bigger monsters" for the first sequel, and they're clearly ready to deliver on that. Let the new old school adventures begin!
Oh, and the teaser also offers up a nice first-glimpse at Stanley Tucci's "great comedic take on" the punished wine God Dionysus. Fun times.
Fox 2000 has not yet made the trailer officially available online, but a temporary recording of the new teaser is attached below. Check it out!
The film also stars Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel, Leven Rambin, Nathan Fillion, Daniel Cudmore, Missi Pyle and Anthony Head.
"Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters" reaches theaters this Aug. 16.
Nick's dancing made me laugh for 20 years.Catchy as hell ,i love it.
update :it was taken down but u can watch it here http://legalifitslove.tumblr.com/post/46702823119/joshutchersonn
Ryan Gosling and Mila Kunis have topped a new poll to find the stars that fans most want to have sex with.
(Warning: May Contain Spoilers For TPBTP)
Unsurprisingly, Gosling topped the male vote, beating the likes of Zac Efron and Adam Levine, who came in second and third place, according to Detail.com readers.
Channing Tatum and Bradley Cooper then rounded out the top five. Pretty hot results, don't you think?
Meanwhile, Mila Kunis topped the female sexual fantasy poll with a whopping 41% of the vote, followed by Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba and Megan Fox.
Although Gosling topped the men's sexual fantasy poll, we doubt there's any competitive vibes when it comes down to him and fellow top-fiver Bradley Cooper, as the Hangover star gushed over how hot the actor is recently.
"Who would ever want to be in a movie where you're the guy that kills Ryan Gosling," Cooper told GQ magazine, speaking of their upcoming movie The Place Beyond The Pines.
"Ryan Gosling looks sexy as hell in this movie, too. He's all muscled out, tattooed up; a super-cool outlaw bank robber who gets to hold a baby for most of the movie."
While the 38-year-old star was extremely complimentary to his co-star, he wasn't so forthcoming with the praises about his own character which he plays in the crime thriller movie.
''And me - my character, this cop who lies and rats on his buddies - is supposed to turn up 45 minutes into the movie and kill Ryan Gosling? I love Ryan. Honour to work with him. He's one of our greatest actors. Nice guy, too.''
Sounds like the beautiful beginnings of a Hollywood bromance to us!
Who would top your poll, ONTD?
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands today, we have the exclusive first look at the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, which serves as a backdoor pilot for an Originals spinoff set in The Big Easy. In that hour, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) return to New Orleans — a city they helped build, then fled about 100 years ago when Mikael chased them out — and find that Klaus’ former protégé Marcel (The Game‘s Charles Michael Davis) has turned it into a town where, for all intents and purposes, vampires walk the streets freely. “Marcel’s got people to look the other way while they have these crazy hedonistic parties and do whatever they want,” Morgan says. Shooting one of those soirees earlier this month at New Orleans’ Hotel Royal, which doubled for Marcel’s home, proved memorable for the actor…
“It was three floors of balconies that looked down on the courtyard. Klaus is walking into the party, and there’s all these people feeding and doing really crazy, crazy things. So we were doing it take after take, playing this really loud music, and there were a few guests still staying there, and two things happened: First of all, we were playing the music so loud, at one point, in the middle of a take, someone opened the door and went, “SHUT UP! I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!” and then slammed the door,” Morgan recalls. “It was everything we could do for everyone to just not burst out laughing because it was so ridiculous in the middle of this vampire party. And then the other thing was, of course, it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend over that period that we were filming in the hotel, so we’d suddenly have to stop production while an incredibly inebriated couple stumbled through this vampire party trying to make it to their room. It was an experience. But that’s the pros and cons of filming there,” he says laughing. “You get this amazing atmosphere and these incredible characters, but you also get this amazing atmosphere and these incredible characters that you have to deal with.”
Gillies also had one of his favorite moments of the shoot at the Hotel Royal: “I was doing an EPK [Electronic Press Kit] on a balcony next to a guy who was obviously supposed to be having a ‘romantic weekend’ with his girl, and he came out and started laying into me at a certain point. I just remember thinking that this would normally be a sort of horrifying moment on a shoot, but because I was having so much fun, even that – this awful moment — seemed to have its own magic, its own kind of strange charm to it.”
Numbers are being crunched to determine where the spin-off would be filmed if The Originals gets a series order (that we’ll find out when The CW announces its fall schedule in May). Executive producer Julie Plec knows there’s no substitute for The Big Easy. “One of the things that our director Chris Grismer said is the best part about New Orleans is the history is all right there: If there’s a coat of paint on the walls, it’s covering 10 other coats of paint. If there’s a building, it’s built on the remains of the building before it. Even in the cemeteries, all of the bodies are buried with each other, so an entire bloodline of ancestors are all co-mingling in the dust below these gravestones,” she says. “And they were so accommodating and so glad to see us there. We got to shoot in front of the St. Louis Cathedral, which is the oldest cathedral in the United States. We got to shoot in Lafayette Cemetery, which has been there for hundreds of years. We got to shoot in and around buildings that have been standing since the last great fire. We cast a tour guide that had given me the tour when I went on my research trip back in December. He’s so smart and so good, and he knows so much about the city and the history of the French Quarter specifically.”
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Gillies agrees that no other location can compete: “There’s an electricity in the air in New Orleans, and, when you’re doing vampire stuff, it’s as close as you can get to not feeling silly when you’re shooting it, apart from perhaps somewhere Gothic in Eastern Europe, because you’re like, oh, well, this feels like it would exist here. It’s tremendous. Of course you want to be filming in New Orleans.”
Still, Plec and the actors anticipate setting up shop alongside The Vampire Diaries in Georgia — for both cost and time efficiency. “There’s these huge streets like Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street, which are incredible to film on but impossible to control sound. In New Orleans, you just have to embrace it,” Morgan says. “So the ideal would be if they built a couple of the streets as sets in studios in Atlanta, and then we visited New Orleans a good few times a season. That’s the best of both worlds.”
Gillies concurs with that assessment, too: “Truth be told,” he says, “I think it would be damn near impossible to shoot in Louisiana for the duration. You’re dealing with a lot of drunk people a lot of the time.”
For more on the spin-off episode — exclusive photos and plot details, plus what it means for The Vampire Diaries if it turns into a series (and for the Originals if it doesn’t) – pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now.