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The well-connected and marginally well-publicized Post-Mumblecore indie landscape has produced a lot of films in the past few years to some acclaim. Filmmakers that aspire to be a no-budget John Sayles or a lower-rent Lena Dunham cashed in their trust funds, hit up their relatives or skipped the yearly jaunt to the Turks & Caicos in order to subsidize their creative endeavors. It truly is a struggle trying to be unique while reinforcing the status quo. This is the adolescence of our future cinematic overlords and these are the hallmarks of their current offerings:
10. Completely Useless, Irrelevant Character or Plot-line.
A throwaway line that implies a lot, a mildly interesting interlude from the main plot, or character full of promise, don’t get excited because it’ll never be revisited outside of fan-fiction. Whether it’s a startling revelation about our hero or an entirely new character that shows up and causes a splash, this plot thread is discarded as quickly as it appeared. Who knows if the concept didn’t work and the editor forgot to take all of it out in post, the writer thought it’d be funny to rile up the alternate theory enthusiasts or the director’s cousin Rob promised him 5K if he could be in the movie. In any case this bit of cleverness or carelessness occurs with startling regularity.
9. “Edgy” Trope Subversion.
Remember Chekhov’s gun? So passé. But just to fuck with you, the pretentious auteur decides to introduce the weapon. Then someone loses it, or the antagonist is a pacifist, or it never existed in the first place. Pointlessly subverting a trope for no other reason than to do it because your Artpop could mean anything is not a testament to artistic intelligence, it’s just annoying.
8. College Student Poor.
It sucks to be poor, but very few actually impoverished protagonists exist in the movies and certainly not in these films. The nubile young post-grad may have to skip the bars but if she can turn a social connection into a few bucks or call up Mom and Dad or great aunt Sally, then she’s not poor, she’s just having cash flow issues. Though it is understandable that real poverty is often abjectly depressing and doesn’t really fit into the offbeat hipster comedy, college student poor is a privilege and making it into some kind of quirky affectation just makes a character insufferable.
7. Love Interest Who’s Kind of an Asshole but Really Profound About It.
She dresses impeccably or horribly, either way it’s very purposeful. He may be ambitious or an ambition-less philosopher, regardless, this designated paramour has a lot to say and one could almost mistake their opinions for depth. He also likes babies or flowers or she likes his favorite sandwich or some shit that indicates MFEO status despite the obstacle of their actual personality. After all it’s pretty romantic how he only has empathy for his ladylove on rare occasions…under the right circumstances, no?
6. At Least One Really Disgusting Slice of Life moment. Bonus Points for Scatology or Incest.
Life is dirty and often gross in mundane or bizarre ways and because you just don’t see enough of that outside of Apatow comedies, here it is. The “slice of life” can make a perfectionist main character seem earthy and relatable, it can provide a memorable comedic moment or it can simply be disgusting for disgusting’s sake. We all fart or throw up or know people who are a little too close to their relatives so it’s not a bad thing to portray the less flattering sides of life. But there is such a thing as “too real” and it can often serve as a distraction from the rest of the film. I mean let’s be honest it can be a little hard to get the image of Mary rolling around in her own vomit and refuse out of your head long enough to concentrate on that poignant scene at her grandmother’s funeral.
5. Thrift Shop Chic.
She only shops at Goodwill or his wardrobe only consists of rejects from the Salvation Army. Yet somehow they manage to put together outfits that don’t include t-shirts from the local high school or fraying sweatpants. Their dress sense shows their creativity, their joie de vivre and that “poor” people don’t have to dress poorly. One need only lean hard on the “willing suspension of disbelief” in order to ignore the fact that that dress is from Alexander Wang’s yet-to-be released Spring Collection.
4. Stuff is Happening in the World.
It’s not cool to be political, but it is cool to be “open-minded”. To show this character cares the writer drops in a reference to gay rights, Africa or fracking. They are totally informed, they’re a good person and a global citizen because they cared enough to reference a problem they have no idea how to fix but it’s really bad ok? That doesn’t mean they vote or volunteer though, because that would be pointless.
3. Cigarettes are Retro Weed is Cosmo.
Cigarettes cause cancer whilst weed settles anxiety and allows access to a higher plane of thought. I mean, have you ever watched Adventure Time while high? If anyone in this movie smokes it’s something they’re in the process of quitting or a retro affectation. But everyone smokes up, even the quirky girl next door, hell especially her.
2. Everyone’s from the City.
The city is the center of the universe at least in this movie. It doesn’t really matter which city, but let’s be real it’s probably New York. Our errant group of friends either live in the city or they’re trying to get there. Prolonged stays outside of the city result in withdrawal like symptoms.
In a tale as old as time, we are introduced to the unique problems of a twenty something and his or her group of friends set against the backdrop of the kind of Caucasian utopia that only exists in Bible epics and mainstream Science Fiction blockbusters. No they are not erasing people of color because statistics! These pioneering filmmakers are just freeing themselves from the shackles of the uninteresting and plot derailing complications that come with non-whites and they must never be questioned because that is their vision. Occasionally, someone will make a joke lampshading the overwhelming whiteness as if simply mentioning it mitigates the effect. Others take the opposite tack in which a token minority wanders through a scene and presents the perfect opportunity to make a disgusting comment about Asian women or reminisce about an awesome black drug dealer because somehow being unabashedly racist is challenging the oppressive strictures of PC culture and therefore sticking it to the man. Racism can even be an endearing quirk that’s totes wrong but still kind of funny right?
In truth this list could apply to any movie and that’s a little sad. These days in order to be considered a viable indie movie with any chance of success or support you have to be at least one degree of separation from an Academy Award winner or at minimum a Golden Globe nominee. Media has often been a reflection of the times so it’s unsurprising that what is promoted and produced reflects our cultural recidivism as well.
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Famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins makes a guest appearance on NIGHTWISH's eighth studio album, due next year.
Dawkins, who recently generated controversy with by claiming that "nice Christians" and "nice Muslims" might actually be making the "world safe for extremists," joined the Finnish / Dutch / English symphonic metal outfit in an Oxford, England studio to lay down a spoken-word part for the CD.
Pictures of Dawkins and the members of NIGHTWISH have been posted on Facebook (see below), along with the caption: "A fine day in Oxford recording Professor Richard Dawkins for the upcoming album."
NIGHTWISH keyboard player and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen revealed last year that he became fascinated with what he calls the scientific "thought plays" of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. "I'm reading them at the moment. I was just reading it an hour ago," he told Roadrunner Records. "'The Magic Of Reality' [Dawkins' 2011 book] it's called, and it has the most beautifully written introduction to science ever. Just full of thought plays. It's great."
Asked if this literature will work itself into his lyrics, or even inspire the next NIGHTWISH album, Tuomas said: "I already know now that since I have been so enthusiastic about this kind of literature for the past few months, and will be for the upcoming months, that it's going to come out somehow. I don't know how just yet, but it will come out. I know it from experience."
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(At least he's not singing.)
What do I mean by this list? I mean, young actors who are on the rise, doing some amazing work and winning awards, and are not traditionally beautiful or fit the description of "boys i wanna bang" or "ontd bae". No actresses will be included in this list because of how much harder it is to be given an acting chance with a less conventionally attractive face (srsly).
This list was obviously inspired by the Meth Damon post and a post from a couple days ago about amazing B-list actors who will never fully breakout and win their Hollywood top spot. No harm is meant by this post, and actors mentioned here who see this post should actually be grateful for this chance of being in the ONTD spotlight!
Moises Arias - As I was trying to look for another picture of him and thinking about his commonly used nickname in this community, I naturally typed "gremlin" into the google image search bar. The nickname is befitting considering his odd-looking facial features and his height (he's only 5'1"). Although the image of his character, smooth-talking surfshop owner Rico, from Hannah Montana may forever be etched into your mind (if you watched that show growing up), his post-Disney career is actually doing quite well. The indie hit The Kings of Summer came out last year, in which THR's review stated Arias as the breakout star. His next two projects include a voicing role in the successful Despicable Me sequel and the dud, Ender's Game. It looks like he is now filming The Stanford Prison Experiment although his role is unannounced.
Regarding his personal life, controversially, he is friends with permanent raised eyebrows Jaden Smith (who is only 16 yrs old) and was caught in scandal over the instagram pic of him and Willow Smith (who is only 13 yrs old) sitting in bed with him shirtless... why
Will Poulter - Do you remember this guy from The Chronicles of Narnia? I hope you do because his face is exactly the same and the movie was only four years ago. He has... very distinct eyebrows. This English actor took a break from high profile projects after The Chronicles of Narnia and resurged into the spotlight with We're the Millers, earning him a BAFTA Rising Star Award. I hope everyone enjoyed his hilarious rapping scene and makeout scenes with Jennifer Aniston and Emma Roberts. This year, he tackled on the YA dystopian film The Maze Runner, which was a commercial success. Despite the success, Will Poulter tweeted "I won't assume about you being a dork but I will be happy to bet I could find a shelf that writes better than you" at a critic who wrote that The Maze Runner was the worst film he had the displeasure of seeing.
Up next for Will Poulter are two films with great potential: The Revenant with Leonardo Dicarpio and Tom Hardy and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and The Yellow Birds with Benedict Cumberbatch and Tye Sheridan
Adam Driver - Even as a former nursing student, I can't tell you what's wrong with his face. The proportions look off some how??
Miles Teller - Is this potato hotter than the other one (Channing Tatum)? Sorry, I had to use that joke. Everyone on this site knows Miles Teller from Rabbit Hole and The Spectacular Now. He graduated from NYU Tisch a few years ago, and while his career choices are mostly on point, he has had a few misses (Footloose remake, 21 & Over, That Awkward Moment, Fantastic Four reboot). You last saw him in the YA dystopian film Divergent as the bully Peter. Teller commented that filming [Divergent] made him feel dead inside but has since backtracked on that statement, explaining that it was the fourth film he worked on in a row so he was tired. Whiplash recently opened and gained universal acclaim for his performance as a drum student. Will there be any oscars for this young actor? Probably not this year, but maybe in his future.
Jesse Plemons - AKA Meth Damon. I think I like this guy the most on this list because I'm a huge fan of Matt Damon, and if a Matt Damon biopic were to ever happen, Meth Damon would be my number 1 casting choice (but who would play Ben Affleck??) Jesse Plemons first shined as Landry on the NBC hit Friday Night Lights. He was great in the part, and I truly thought he was just a random guy plucked out from Texas (and he actually is from Texas). His next big role was Todd in Breaking Bad, hence the nickname. Salon.com chose Jesse Plemons as the 2013 breakout star of Breaking Bad (is he getting typecast as a rube?) This year he'll appear in Tommy Lee Jone's The Hourman and was recently cast to play a gay 'SNL' writer and Black Mass, a film starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Craig Roberts - This Welsh actor actually looks decent in the photo above, but in other google images, he truly looks like a cartoon character. Craig Roberts perhaps is best known for playing the lead in Richard Ayoade's Submarine. This year, he has added two great comedies to his filmography, playing Assjuice in Neighbors (with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen) and playing a small part in 22 Jump Street. He doesn't really have any interesting upcoming projects, but maybe he'll keep showing up in comedy hits.
Ezra Miller - It's heartbreaking for me to put him on this list, but I think we all know that there is a huge difference in his appearance when he's clean and groomed for a role and his appearance in between filming. Cue the have you seen his toenails??! The two highlights in his filmography is We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being A Wallflower. He was recently cast as the lead in The Stanford Prison Experiment and as Flash in the Justice League film, becoming the first openly queer actor to play a superhero (but will he dye his hair for the role tho?)
Haley Joel Osment - LBR Haley Joel Osment is an actor that fits so well on this list. I don't think I need to talk about his child acting career but after taking a break from the industry and going to NYU Tisch, he has finally started working again. This year he showed up in Kevin Smith's Tusk and will also collaborate with him again for next year's action-adventure film Yoga Hosers. He will also be in the upcoming comedy-drama film Entourage with Kevin Connelly (dunno who that is), which is a continuation of the HBO television series. There is already plenty of speculation if Haley Joel Osment can make his comeback in Hollywood.
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To tie-in with ABC's Agent Carter TV series, Marvel will launch the five-issue Operation S.I.N., a story set in their comic book universe which focuses on Peggy Carter and Howard Stark.
The five-issue series follows Peggy Carter and Howard Stark in a globe-trotting adventure into Cold War era Russia trailing an alien artifact that could upset the balance of international relations. "Peggy and Howard know each other and if she didn’t particularly like him before, he certainly shores up that position in the opening pages of the first issue," Immonen teases.
It sounds as if the comic book will share quite a few similarities with the Agent Carter TV series as Stark pulls Carter back into the action through his belief that she very much does not belong behind the desk, an act of persuasion that sets them - and Original Sin character Woodrow McCord - directly in the path of a reorganizing HYDRA. "The HYDRA in our book is a splinter group operating in a remote place co-opting a good part of the imprisoned Soviet brain trust."
Workout buddies! Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake broke a sweat together while hiking in New Zealand on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Today, Oct. 19, they celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary.
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I'm so disappointed by this show and the direction they have taken with David Clarke. :/ I hate that Victoria keeps having the upper hand over Emily.
Blake Lively shows off her growing baby bump in a skin-tight dress while attending the 2014 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation on Monday (October 20) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
The 27-year-old pregnant actress was joined on the red carpet by her beaming husband Ryan Reynolds for a super rare appearance together!
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Over the weekend, Ryan was in Canada to receive a star on the Canada Walk of Fame and talked about possible baby names for their child, though he was totally joking with the names he provided.
FYI: Blake is wearing a Gucci Cruise gown. Ryan is wearing a Gucci tuxedo, shirt, bowtie, and shoes.
Film reporter Jeff Sneider posted this on Twitter:
Word on the street is BIG EYES is a bust and Amy Adams will be hard-pressed to land that Oscar nomination everyone assumes she will get...— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) October 20, 2014
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Disney-ABC announced Monday that its station group has signed on as the initial launch partner for the upcoming syndicated lifestyle show "The F·A·B" for fall 2015.
As previously announced in May, the talker (whose working title is intended as an acronym for Fun and Beautiful), will take on topics such as food, beauty and design.
The show will feature supermodel, businesswoman, producer and media mogul Tyra Banks, who makes her return to daytime four years after her Warner Bros.-produced syndicated talk show went off the air, as the panel's moderator. She'll be joined by social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley.
The gabfest brings yet another panel talk show to the daytime scene, adding to the group discussions set forth by recently-revamped "The View," also owned by ABC, and steady ratings performer "The Talk," as well as "The Real" and "The Chew."
“I’m not a One Direction fan per say. They’re not bad, they’re great,” she said. “But… they’re like a boy group.”
With One Direction‘s ‘Four’ just a little than a month away, it kind of seems like everyone is a Directioner — well, everyone except Demi Lovato, that is. The ‘Really Don’t Care’ singer recently clarified comments she made about why she doesn’t want to collaborate with the boy band.
“It’s not that big of a deal. People are making it out to be this huge thing,” Demi explained to Montreal Virgin Radio. (Check out her response in the video above). “I collaborate with people that really inspire me. When I want to collaborate with someone, I want to go after Kelly Clarkson. I want to collaborate one day with Eminem. I love Iggy Azalea. These are people that I really want to collaborate with and so I make it a point to collaborate to go after people that I really enjoy.”
But what about her ‘Somebody to You’ collab with the Vamps?
“I did collaborate with the Vamps, but I loved the song,” she clarified. “It was kind of this thing that it’s like, ‘Well, it’s not the type of thing that I’d normally do, but I love the song.’ And they’re good guys.”
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Diane for BAZAAR Australia–Landing the November 2014 cover from Harper’s Bazaar Australia , actress Diane Kruger shows off her bohemian side in a colorful and printed dress from Chanel’s cruise 2015 collection. The blonde beauty looks absolutely stunning as she poses with her arms above her head in the image. Her superb posing skills come naturally thanks to her former career as a model.
On fashion:"Clothes to me are an external expression of a state of mind, or a reaction I want to get from people. Fashion is just a fun way for women to show our colours. Guys buy a car."
On ageing:"I want to age gracefully and I don't judge those who get injections. But we can't age backwards, so you have to embrace it sometime."
On red carpets and fame:"Red carpets are a stressful, bizarre situation. Imagine having all those people yell at you and take photos. Not the most comfortable moment. It's ridiculous. Honestly, I just don't care what people say. It's not worth worrying about. I care about the film I've just made and what my boyfriend says when I walk out of the door."
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It was the first ever new Danity Kane song that we ever heard and fans have been B E G G I N G for it’s release close to one year now. Well, your wish has been granted DK fans, the full studio version of ‘All In A Day’s Work’ is now OUT as the last promo single before ‘DK3′ drops next week.
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Tori Spelling has been rushed to the hospital amid fears she may have contracted the highly contagious Enterovirus, MailOnline can reveal.
As MailOnline reported earlier, the 41-year-old True Tori star has been neglecting her health, refusing to take time off to have two much-needed surgeries.
Now, according to a source, she's become so rundown that she had to be rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suffering from respiratory problems, and a horrible cough. Doctors feared it might even be a case of Enterovirus D68.
'Tori was not only admitted to the hospital, she was put under quarantine and neither Dean nor the children are allowed anywhere near her for fear she may have contracted the contagious non-polio Enterovirus,' says a source.
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Sarah Jessica Parker has infuriated the owners and neighbors of the West Village
townhouse that was Carrie Bradshaw’s home in “Sex and the City” by staging an
apparently unauthorized photo shoot on the storied stoop for her glamorous shoe
After years of tourists streaming past and photographing the address made famous
by Parker’s character, the fed-up owners of 66 Perry St. installed a metal chain
across the steps that reads, “Do NOT go on staircase please.”
On Oct. 7, SJP posted Instagram pictures of herself leaning over the chain and
sign to place items from her SJP Collection for Nordstrom on the steps, then
posing on the stoop alongside her sumptuous shoes, underneath a black hat.
The owners of 66 Perry St. didn’t get back to us, but Gerald Banu, president of
the Perry Street Association, told Page Six, “I heard about the shoot. They
didn’t get the permission from the owner. The situation with ‘SATC’ visitors is
still very intense. People who live here get upset that the sidewalks are
constantly jammed. The only thing I could suggest to SJP is that when they write
the next script, please have Carrie move to a new address.”
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