This just in from the Mostly Unobserved Anniversaries Department — yesterday marked 20 years since the release of Manhattan Murder Mystery, Woody Allen’s cracklingly entertaining 1993 reunion with Diane Keaton. But that film also marked the film debut of one Zach Braff, who (circle of life) will star in Allen’s forthcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway. Braff is just one of the many actors who got an early break in a Woody Allen movie; it’s a rite of passage for a young actor, and everyone from Sylvester Stallone to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Larry David to Henry Cavill turned up in Allen films early in their careers. Here are some of the best appearances by actors in Woody movies, before they were famous: … Read More
Every generation gets the Superman it deserves. In the 1950s, it was the square-jawed George Reeves, maneuvering slipshod sets to save a Metropolis as black-and-white as the TVs it was broadcast on. When Superman: The Movie was released in 1978, it followed, and played as an antidote to, a troublesome period in which people no longer trusted or even felt they could rely on their government; Superman was a clear-cut force for good in an era where those seemed in short supply. His subsequent television incarnations were less about the character than the entertainment of the era, be it the faux-screwball romantic comedy (Lois & Clark) or the soapy, coming-of-age melodrama (Smallville). Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns clung to nostalgia, while the character’s new reboot, Man of Steel, finds him the denizen of a cheerless world defined by its own fear. … Read More
1. Patti Smith and the Kronos Quartet accepted the 2011 Polar Music Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm yesterday. The annual award — which is Sweden’s highest music honor — was founded by Stig Anderson (aka ABBA’s manager), back in 1989. [via BBC]
2. Hopping on board the ’90s nostalgia bandwagon, ABC is… Read More
Earlier today the first official photo of Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder’s highly-anticipated Man of Steel hit the internet, and our first impression is that it’s a surprisingly dark take on the classic comic book character. Could this suggest a new direction — at least visually — for a franchise that has remained fairly consistent across various film and TV adaptations over the decades? Given the fact that Christopher Nolan is involved (he both co-wrote the story that the screenplay is based on and is producing), that’s probably a safe bet. Take a quick visual survey of all of the live action Supermans — from the original, George Reeves, to the most recent man to don the cape and tights, Brandon Routh — and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More
1. Interesting fact: only 13 percent of Wikipedia’s contributors are women, reports the New York Times. The Wikimedia Foundation vows to increase the number of women contributors to 24 percent by 2015.
2. After taking home top honors at last night’s SAG Awards, The King’s Speech is now considered the front-runner for Best… Read More