September is kind of a peculiar month for movies. Summer blockbuster season has faded, and though the Oscar hopefuls are rolling out at the prestige fall festivals (Toronto, Venice, Telluride), most of them won’t hit theaters until at least October, to accommodate the notoriously short memories of Academy voters. So it’s a perfect month to check out some of the mid-level indies (many of them first seen at Sundance and other, earlier fests) that will hit arthouses this month; we’ve got some recommendations for you after the jump. … Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got eight new trailers for you this week, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Channing Tatum, Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde, Rosario Dawson, Eric Bana, Justin Long, Paul Dano, and more; check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
Taking a glance at today’s new DVD releases (as we do on many a groggy Tuesday morn), we noticed the continuation of a disturbing pattern. Happily Divorced: Season One. The New Adventures of Old Christine: The Complete Fifth Season. Transformers Prime: Season One. “Fan Favorite” collections featuring the “best” of Hogan’s Heroes and Macgyver — since every season of those shows has already been released. And the question we ask (aside from “who the hell is buying this stuff”) is this: How is it that we get every single episode of Fran Drescher’s new TV Land sitcom a mere seven months after they aired, but we’re still waiting for our Wonder Years DVDs?
After the jump, we’ll take a look at a dozen great (or at least interesting) TV shows that are inexplicably unavailable on DVD, and try to figure out why. … Read More
After years of chatter, Steven Spielberg is finally getting to work on his long-awaited Abraham Lincoln biopic, and not a moment too soon, since fellow Oscar-winner Robert Redford already has his own Lincoln-inspired historical drama ready for release. However, Redford’s The Conspirator is less about the former president than the aftermath of his assassination, and the prosecution of Booth’s co-conspirators — specifically, Mary Surratt (Robin Wright — she’s back to going by Robin Wright now, right?). Dreamy James McEvoy will apparently thunder righteously as Frederick Aiken, her lawyer. Reports from the picture’s premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival indicated that the movie moves a bit slowly for some tastes, but with the lure of a vintage (and genuine) conspiracy theory, and a cast of our favorite character actors (Tom Wilkinson! Kevin Kline! Danny Huston! Colm Meaney! Stephen Root! Jim True-Frost! And, um, Justin Long), we’re definitely intrigued. Click through to watch the trailer, and let us know if you agree in the comments. … Read More
Gone are the days when long-distance relationships conjured images of lonely individuals spending hours gazing through a rain-soaked window while yearning to be in the arms of their lover. There’s no more anxious waiting for the postman to deliver a letter. Now we have Facebook, text messages, and video chat rooms. Long-distance relationships in the digital era is the central theme of this new romantic comedy, co-starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. In real life, the duo are an on-and-off-again couple, but we think they look cute together on the big screen, too. The question is: Can the fictional couple withstand the strain of living on opposite coasts? They are crazy about each other, aren’t they? If their relationship works out, maybe it’s because technology really can bring us together, despite Obama’s doubts. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we discovered why superheroes aren’t online more often. We looked at iconic characters put in sketchy situations, as told by M&Ms. We met Rev. Barbie, the creation of Episcopal priest Rev. Julie Blake Fisher of Kent, Ohio. We made mental note of Gawker’s list of 13 things not… Read More
It’s been a grief-ridden week for Broadway: Tony-winning actress Natasha Richardson passed away this week after a skiing accident; she was 45. Typically charming Michael Riedel treated the incident with a slight leaning of insensitivity, running a story headline that screamed: “NATASHA RICHARDSON IS BRAIN DEAD.” Riedel since changed his tone, and is now feeding his investigative impulses, tirelessly covering the incident. The Post is now quoting a Canadian newspaper that ambulances at the resort where Richardson’s accident happened were initially turned away. She’s not the only loss Broadway experienced this week, sadly: Ron Silver — who won a Tony for his performance in the original production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, also passed away from complications relating to esophageal cancer; he was 62. … Read More