The Golden Globes are certainly going to be extra boring this year. There's obviously no ceremony this year and the whole thing is happening just as a news conference telecast (and the broadcast is no longer exclusive to NBC - thank god, we don't have to sit through Nancy O'Dell and that insufferable hack Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" who are scheduled to be the peacock's hosts.)
The Hollywood Foreign Press are also know-nothing hacks, so we're not going to give this shitty show anymore overvalued-importance by giving out our predictions, but we will be living blogging from tomorrow's show (or blogging during the show, whatever) to at least make as much fun of it as we can.
So yeah, the 65th Annual Golden Globes Announcement airs tomorrow night (Sunday January 13) at 9 p.m. EST on various channels. If you're not tuning in to the sure-to-be embarrassing, train-wreck show, come visit us for the sort-of play-by-play (or at least as much as we can stomach). And yeah, don't expect us to cover TV stuff cause we won't.
"Atonement" is the favorite or at least has the most nominations with seven, but it probably doesn't stand a chance outside of the Globes. According to NBC, new interviews with Globe nominees, including "Juno"'s Ellen Page, Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky and "Atonement"s James McAvoy, will be featured from 7-9 p.m. at some kind of NBC pre-funk thing.
Ugh. So far this pre-show is just godawful. Maybe we'll just post the winners.
The Golden Globes are certainly going to be extra boring this year. There's obviously no ceremony this year and the whole thing is happening just as a news conference telecast (and the broadcast is no longer exclusive to NBC - thank god, we don't have to sit through Nancy O'Dell and that insufferable hack Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" who are scheduled to be the peacock's hosts.)
Never in our wildest dreams did we think we'd blog about a kd Lang song. It's nothing personal, we don't necessarily dislike her, but then again, we didn't think she was our cup of tea.
Let's rewind a bit. In our attempts to see all the critically acclaimed and championed films of 2007 we finally got around to seeing "Away From Her," the astonishing directorial debut of Canadian actress Sarah Polley that starred seminal British beauty Julie Christie as woman slipping into the early stages of Alzheimer's. It's fantastically handled with a lot of grace and an assured hand by Polley - a first-time feature filmmaker to boot.
The score by Jonathan Goldsmith is stellar, beautiful and plaintive and there's something about kd Lang's cover of Neil Young's "Helpless" that slays us (the film also uses Young's "Harvest Moon" and songs by the Strap-Ons, Matthew Brown and Bach compositions transposed ambiently by Goldsmith). It's certainly not going to win us any cred points with the three hipsters that read our site, but perhaps the soccer-mom contingent that's always posting on the "PS I Love You" story will be happy.
Yes, it's kind of melodramatic and almost over-the-top in a Celine Dion kind of way, but when that line, "There is a town in North Ontario..." begins it gets us almost choked up (the film is set in Ontario as well, a place we know all too well). It's schmaltzy, but also elevating and sublime. Check out all those Canadian connections (Polley, Lang, Young).
More people need to see this film. At least Christie is a good lock for an Oscar nomination (and maybe an Oscar win). That'll surely help. The trailer uses a great song by Ray LaMontagne ("Be Here Now").
Download: kd Lang - "Helpless"
Download: Jonathan Goldsmith - "Marnie's Theme"
Trailer: "Away From Her"
Karen O Writes Songs - Plural - For Spike Jonze's 'Where The Wild Things Are'; Carter Burwell Composing Score
Last week we wrote about Carter Burwell, the long-time Coen brothers' musical collaborator who has scored the majority of their many excellent movies - most recently "No Country For Old Men," in which he took a completely different approach via ambient sound and minimalism.
Burwell has worked on every Spike Jonze film thus far ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich"), so we assumed correctly that he's composing the score to Jonze's adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's novel, "Where The Wild Things Are."
You'll remember we first wrote about Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's musical participation in 'Wild Things,' (O and Jonze used to date, he directed many YYYs videos and related projects). But details were scarce. All we knew is that she'd be on the soundtrack.
And while Jonze has a well-documented relationship with contemporary rock music as a video director, his films thus far have been mostly all traditional score material (by Burwell) with only one major appearance of pop songs in his films (Björk's "Amphibian" from the closing credits of "Adaptation," we suppose the Turtles in "Adaptation" counts. Is that in the credits? We forget). So it seemed very possible that all we might be getting out of the Yeahs frontwoman, might be a single song in the credits (which never really counts as far as we're concerned).
However, on Burwell's website he gives up a little tidbit which reveals that Karen O has written songs - plural and "other pieces music for the film."
Small, but revelatory, considering this is one of the most eagerly-anticipated movies of the next twelve-plus months. Karen O's child-like demos illustrate that she might be well-suited for this project as did the music of her dreamy Adidas ad (see below). But don't forget 'Wild Things' has been bumped to 2009 according to Dark Horizons.
O apparently still has a solo album that should be long-finished by now produced by Jonze's younger brother Sam Spiegel (aka Squeak E. Clean), who produced the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's Roll Your Bones (His collaborative N.A.S.A. project also features vox by O on one track). Burwell will next work on "Burn After Reading," the next Coen Brothers espionage comedy that should hopefully be ready for a late 2008 release (but since it just finished shooting, don't be surprised if it's not ready until 2009). Burwell has also composed the score for the upcoming Sundance film, "In Bruges" (more on that in a sec). For more info on O and Jonze's 'Wild Things,' see our original post.
Update: We just heard back from Squeak E. Clean. He tells us that Karen is doing the bulk of the soundtrack. "Karen is doing most of the music. I've helped out a little with ideas, but she is pretty much doing the whole thing," he writes.
"Wild Things' will feature the voices of James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Forest Whitaker, Paul Dano, Catherine O' Hara and Lauren Ambrose who recently replaced Michelle Williams.
Download: Karen O - "Pumpkin/Save The Seeds" (from the The KO at Home demo)
Download: Karen O and Kool Keith - "The Teaser"
Download: Karen O & The Million Dollar Bashers - "Highway '61 Revisted"
Download: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (acoustic)
Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Y Control"
Watch: Karen O and Spike Jonze's Adidas commercial "Hello Tomorrow"
Vulture, Jeffery Wells, Slashfilm and a few others are writing exclamation pointed headlines about the fact that Knowles has actually seen the film and loves it.
Sure, it's one of the first (if not the first) reviews out there about the not-so-secretive monster movie about a Godzilla-like creature that destroys New York (gee, that's fucking original).
But somehow, not having seen the monster yet, is fascinating sheep-like-critics who are completely duped into the film's viral-everywhere, drink-the-kool-aid hype campaign.
But how is Knowles gushing review even news? Isn't this like saying: "Shocker! Fat Camp Kids Adore Delicious Visit To Dairy Queen." He isn't exactly a barometer of good taste, let alone taste itself (besides deliciously fried goods).
Without giving the film any more ink, Knowles calls it a "bold reinvention" of the
We smell a Pulitzer for Knowles.
Wow, well we're sold now. Our question is this: If we just ignore "Cloverfield," will it finally go away? The amazing musical score to the film is the sound of popcorn munching and girlish screaming. The world will be a better place if this film isn't number 1 at the box office when it comes out. Please heed our wishes, people.
You've probably gasped at our musings about "27 Dresses," the formulaic-looking rom-com from the makers of "The Devil Wears Prada," starring the comely Katherine Heigl.
It looks terrible, but it is a slow week (and the movie comes out
tomorrow next Friday - January 18). According to Stale Popcorn, the music in the film includes "Valerie" by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse (among others).
More amazing and somewhat more implausible is that this clichéd rom-com features a track by the lesser-known 1960's experimental and psychedelic soul outfit, The Rotary Connection, who we're big fans of (we used some Rotary Connection in our If I Were Quentin Tarantino imaginary soundtrack playlist; pop-sould singer Minnie Riperton got her start in the Connection)
Off of 1971's Hey Love, "Love Has Fallen on Me" was remade by Chaka Khan in the late '70s and recently enjoyed a renaissance when it was sampled for the Common track featuring Lily Allen's "Driving Me Wild" (which is probably the reason why the Rotary Connection is resurfacing in this mainstream kind of way).
But you won't find any of these songs on the soundtrack. The disc that is scheduled for a January 11 release is all orchestral score material composed by Randy Edelman. If a more traditional pop soundtrack is being planned, nothing has been announced as of yet (we'd bet it depends on how popular the film does or doesn't become).
"27 Dresses" stars Heigl and James Marsden and is about a always-a-bridesmade, never a bride cliche times 1000x (or 27 if you want to be specific about it). Heigl faces her worst nightmare when her sister (played by Malin Akerman*) becomes engaged to the man of her dreams (Ed Burns). But at their wedding she meets a man (Marsden) who will... yadda, yadda, yadda. You get the picture.
Incidentally, Akerman fronts a radio-ready hard-rock band in Los Angeles called The Petalstones. They are terrible. Heigl is married to rock-star milquetoast Josh Kelley.
Watch: "27 Dresses" trailer
Watch: Chaka Khan - "Love Has Fallen On Me"
Watch/Listen: Rotary Connection - "Teach Me How To Fly"
So the WGA (Writers Guild of America) nominations were handed down today and a laborious, little film called "Zodiac," -- of which a small, but loud little contingent of flamers are championing -- earned itself a Best adapted screenplay nod (James Vanderbilt is the writer).
Whoopdedoo, congratulations, right? However, this token gesture will surely galvanize the "Zodiac was awesome, brah!," community of critics who apparently loved David Fincher's tedious investigative examination of a tedious investigative examination (about a serial killer that was never fucking caught, we spoiled that film for you didn't we?).
The movie, which clocks in about 15 hours and feels like a physics mid-term, is reminiscent of that moment on SNL in the '70s when an inundated Chevy Chase -- playing Gerald Ford in a mock Presidential debate - is besieged with scientific data questions and asks to be excused because he was under the impression that there would be "no math involved."
In the film, Robert Downey Jr. does an amazing job of playing Robert Downey Jr. (in an ascot and goatee of course -- what amazing craft!) and some are calling for his impression of himself to be given some Oscar consideration (not in a trillion year, bub).
Adapted nominations also went to Ethan and Joel Coen's "No Country for Old Men," script, Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," jump-off revision, Ronald Harwood's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," story and Sean Penn's take on the "Into the Wild" hippie.
Original screenplay nominations went to -- big shocker here - Diablo Cody's oh-my-blog teenybop "Juno" script, Tony Gilroy hobby away from writing 'Bourne Identities', "Micheal Clayton," -- another not-so-shocker -- writer/director Tamara Jenkins' belated return with the depressingly-funny "The Savages" and two semi-surprising, but not unwelcome nods: Judd Apatow earning a nomination for "Knocked Up," and a nod for Nancy Oliver's cloying, too-sincere "Lars and the Real Girl," (though we liked it) script.
Considering all the massive ink that Cody's obnoxious, but sweet "Juno" script and personal backstory earned her this year, if she doesn't score an Oscar victory this February, she should fire her publicist immediately and consider getting back on the pole.
Hooray for writing... that isn't on strike. As usual, look to these nominations to be at least a semi-crystal-ball-like peek into what will eventually be nominated for the Oscars where writing awards are concerned (3 out of five at least).
Well, we were really hoping Noah Baumbach's savage look at a hyper-dysfunctional family weekend trip - "Margot At The Wedding" - was going to get some love, but since apparently everyone hated it besides us, it was pretty much ignored (one of the most underrated films of the year? Yes. Did the miscast Jack Black sort of ruin some of it? Yes, he did, but whatever). Another major snub is "Atonement," which is watching its pre-Oscar buzz going down in flames rather quickly (it's looking like the film will be relegated to costume and art direction nominations if it wins anything at all). Some will consider the fact that Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola's meandering "The Darjeeling Limited" script not earning a nomination is a snub, but as we wrote earlier today, nobody expected it to earn squat (we surely didn't).
After all this, we will admit that "Zodiac" does have a good soundtrack (thank you Randall Poster).
We guess she was in "High School Musical," but we barely paid attention to what that is. An album, right?
The all-star cast also features A-listers like, Robert Hoffman, Carter Jenkins, Ashley Boettcher and Henri and Regan Young (who the fuck?)
This is either straight to video or gonna be some teen phenomenon we know nothing about. It's probably better that way.
We saw this one many moons ago, but for the rest of the world, Gus Van Sant's dreamy skate-punk teen angst film, "Paranoid Park" hits real-world theaters on March 7, via IFC films.As we previously reported, the film features music by Elliott Smith, Menomena and recycled Nino Rota classic score material. The film also features the lush lensing of longtime Wong Kar-Wai cinematographer Christopher Doyle
Or just contributors to email us whatever. The Playlist is always looking for contributors and everyone's either lazy, busy or peters out after one or two posts (you have a life, we get it).
But since we're not going to the 2008 Sundance Film Festival this year - which takes place January 17-27, we figured we'd call out to those that might be there that would either a) blog for us, b) email us tips and whatever other good bits of information you find (could be as simple as "this movie featured this song," or more in-depth, whatever you have time for). Interested? Email us. Have fun with the mormons. Here's what we think some of the highlights at Sundance '08 might be. Damn, we want to see that Anvil documentary, badly.
We told you Michel Gondry and composer Jean-Michel Bernard would be performing songs from the "Be Kind Rewind" soundtrack (which features a lot of Fats Waller songs) at Sundance later this month.
Well, the concert has a date now and it's Sunday January 20 at the Sundance House at the Kimball Art Center in Park City. Patti Smith and Brooklyn's the Everyother Brothers will be there as well (there's also rumors that U2 will be playing Sundance at some point - makes sense considering their 3D movie will debut there).
But will 'Rewind' star Mos Def be there to perform with Gondry?
Gondry is currently making the rounds at Apple Store appearances to promote 'Rewind' and at the San Francisco event, Gondry tried to cox Mos into coming to do press at Sundance by promising he would direct a music video for the rap artist for free.
Gondry's New York's Apple in-store appearance is tomorrow January 11. We've interviewed the French director a bunch of times, so we can't say we'll be there (love him and all, but...).
Gondry's next movie is apparently going to be "The Return of The Ice Kings," about kids that invent water that makes you hear music. The "Be Kind Rewind" soundtrack comes out January 22. Mos Def's next film will apparently be "Next Day Air" from the creators of "Friday."
Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" is coming out on DVD February 26 and it will contain the prequel short, "Hotel Chevalier," for those few that missed it. The thing that has about four dorks up in arms about is that the disc won't be a Criterion Collection release as many of us (ourselves included) originally thought, and instead is coming out via 20th Century Fox.
It seems because Anderson's last films were produced and distributed by Buena Vista/Touchstone, Criterion deals were easy because a relationship deal had already been the case. Not so with Fox apparently. And if the unsuccessful budget-to-box office ratio for 'Darjeeling' is any indication, it's unlikely that Fox will make the leap for another Criterion DVD edition (the film cost approximately $23 million to make and domestically it only took in less than $12 mill).
If it indeed doesn't happen, Anderson obsessives can at least take comfort in the fact that an expanded "Bottle Rocket" DVD is coming out on Criterion later this year (maybe we'll finally get to see Judd Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann in some deleted scenes. She was cut out of the original film).
While we were out trolling celebrity Itunes playlists yesterday (the "Juno" cast has their favorite tunes at the digital Apple store), we noticed that some of the 'Darjeeling' cast has posted their picks way back when. Anderson doesn't give up much (maybe he's afraid people will cherry pick his ideas), but he does give some other cuts not used in his films by Cat Stevens, Devo and newer songs by Phoenix, the Arcade Fire and the Pixies (he also notes that he almost used New Order's "Ceremony" in 'The Life Aquatic" - instead he ended up using it in the film's trailer). Jason Schwartzman goes all self-promoy by schilling his musical project Coconut Records (the excellent duet with Kirsten Dunst, "This Old Machine" - though conflicting reports say it's Zooey Deschanel), but also gives love to a eclectic bunch of artists like John Cale, Weezer, Broadcast, Steve Earle, Ween and The Strokes.
As we noted yesterday, in a bid to get Oscar attention, Fox Searchlight is giving free access to all of their 2007 film's scripts, including 'Darjeeling's' which you can download legally here. Anderson's chances for an Oscars this year seem very slim. At best he could earn a screenplay nomination, but that seems unlikely. However, maybe there's hope for "Hotel Chevalier" to score a short-film nod? (yeah, probably not)
Download: Coconut Records f/ Zooey Deschanel - "This Old Machine"
Download: Jyotitindra Moitra & Ustad Ali Akbar Khan - "Farewell to Earnest" (from "The Darjeeling Limited" soundtrack)
Random Features: Actors Left On The Cutting Room Floor, Worst Critics Of The Year & The Great Lost Movies
- IFC.com has a great little feature about actors that were cast in films, but then left on the cutting room floor. They note 15 actors who were paid to show up to set everyday and act, but when screening time came, they were nowhere to be found. They note that Orlando Jones was originally in "Magnolia," but his story was cut due to the long-ass running time, James Van Der Beek was excised from Todd Solondz's "Storytelling," Harold Ramis got the axe from "High Fidelity" and more recently, "Southland Tales" which originally had a small role for Janeane Garofalo, but it too got wiped out in editing. [IFC.com]
Harrison Ford's cameo in "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" was also taken out of Spielberg's final cut, but the scene can be viewed here.
Watch: Harrison Ford in ET the lost scene/alternate ending
- Jonny Greenwood's score is reminding everyone and their mother about films that solely use the music of one person only (sorry guys, "There Will Be Blood," also uses other pre-existing classical music from the likes of Arvo Pärt, and Johannes Brahm). Every one's doing it, but the Onion's A/V nerdclub has a decent feature on movies anchored* by a single artist. They note Seu Jorge's music that tethers together "The Life Aquatic," Aimee Mann's "Magnolia" songs and all the Cat Stevens' songs used in "Harold & Maude" (one of our personal fave choices). [*ed. slightly different][A/V Club] We also have a great affinity for both Robert Altman and Leonard Cohen and their juxtapositions in the great anti-western, "McCabe & Ms. Miller."
Watch: Leonard Cohen's "The Sisters Of Mercy" used in "McCabe & Ms. Miller"
- FilmThreat notes their Top 50 "Lost Films," which includes one version of Woody Allen's "September," with a different cast that was never released (he basically scrapped it and refilmed) and the original ending of Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," where the blood was so gory, the MPAA made Marty mute the colors of the crimson-filled climax. The original footage was thrown away, never to be seen again. [FilmThreat]
Watch: "Taxi Driver's bloody climax
-EFilmCritic.com does one of the most delicious features of the year, by calling out the top Film Critic Whores of the year, their shitty, shitty taste and the ridiculously glowing and fawning quotes they give out to movie studios (for really worthless movies usually). Their top award goes to now toppled Maxim film douchebag, Pete Hammond who yielded such hack, genius zingers as, "'The Game Plan' - A comic touchdown for The Rock!," and "'Rendition' - Guaranteed to get your heart racing!" [EFilmCritic.com]
Well, apparenty the soundtrack to her premature pregnancy is the soundtrack to "Juno," the film about a teenage kid (Ellen Page) who gets unexpectedly knocked-up (if you haven't paid attention). It might make sense, the soundtrack was on the top of the digital sales chart a day ago.
The assertion made by the New York Post is ridiculous (not to mention tres classy), but it's probably only helping to fuel the "Juno" hype machine which is riding in full force - the film was No. 1 at the Boxoffice on Monday and is on track to be the number 1 movie at the Boxoffice this weekend (which would kind of be a pretty amazing and unprecedented move for a small $2.5 million dollar indie in its fifth week of release).
"[Spears] loves it and it's helping her through her difficult time," the Post "insider" said (they prolly just made the quote up). Either way her her rep is wisely denying she's a big fan of the soundtrack. What would Kimya Dawson think?
Oh, and as Slashfilm has just pointed out, you can download the "Juno" script for free along with "The Darjeeling Limited," "The Savages," and other free Fox Searchlight scripts over at their awards page. Diablo Cody's "Juno" script is sure to at least get a nomination (and is probably a safe bet to win the Oscars - the indie ghetto always gets this award).
We had mentioned that "Juno" is number 1 on the current digitial Soundscan charts and the physical release debuted at number 8 on the regular Soundscan album charts today. Wait, how can that be? We previously reported that the physical release was due January 15, right? Well, Rhino people tell us the album did so well digitally they bumped up the release to this past Tuesday (January 8) and Soundscan actually counted digital sales in their album chart. Has this ever been done before? Bueller?
As you may have read over at Pitchforkmedia, the Montreal orchestral band A Silver Mt. Zion have lent their track, "Tho You Are Gone I Still Often Walk W/You," to an upcoming promo for the fourth season of the convoluted mystical island show, "Lost."
MT. Zion are a Montreal outfit with many members of the staunchly anti-capitalist/anti-commercial squatter-rock symphony Godspeed You! Black Emperor, so it strikes some as odd that they would even touch this with a 50-ft pole (you'll remember that Godspeed lent a track to Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" and then had a shitfit over it). But maybe things are changing or certain members (Efrim maybe?) are growing up and getting over it. A Silver Mt. Zion also recently liscensed a song of theirs to David Gordon Green's upcoming film, "Snow Angels."
Either way, you can hear the track used in the "Lost" advert below. It's the piano track right at the beginning.
Exclusive: 'Choke' Adaptation Will Feature Tracks By Radiohead, Clap Your Hands, Fiery Furnaces, Ben Kweller; Score By Ex-Shudder To Think Frontman
Directed by actor/filmmaker Clark Gregg (he was great "In Good Company"), the film stars Sam Rockwell, Angelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Marley Shelton and Gregg himself. The film and novel are about a sex-addicted con-man who pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him when pretending to choke to death.
We've never read it, but it's apparently as dark, twisted and funny as "Fight Club."
The film is shaping up to have a pretty decent soundtrack too and will feature songs by a little band called Radiohead ("Reckoner" from the recently released In Rainbows), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! ("Satan Said Dance"), the Fiery Furnaces ("Navy Nurse"), Ben Kweller ("The Rules"), Greg Dulli's (Afghan Whigs) newest group, the Twilight Singers ("There's Been An Accident") and Rogue Wave's "Lake Michigan," which will play out in the film's final credits according to the film's music supervisors Lyle Hysen and Ken Weinstein.
Alap Momin (a.k.a. The Oktopus) from the outré New Jersey hip-hop group, Dälek also scored one musical cue in the film.
The movie's score was written by indie-rocker turned film composer Nathan Larson ex of Shudder To Think. Larson's composed scores for a ton of films, most notably in recent years Todd Solondz's "Palindromes" and "Storytelling," the Kevin Bacon film, "The Woodsman" and "Boys Don't Cry." You can hear a bunch of free downloadable excerpts of his scores over at his website. He also put out a disc collection of his scores called FilmMusik, that came out in April of 2005 if you want a physical sampling of his work and he also has a hard-rock band called The Hot One (which features Canadian singer Emm Gryner).
There's no release date for "Choke" yet. The film is scheduled to play in competition at Sundance later this month (January 17-27) and like many films at the Utah-based film festival hopes to score a distribution deal which means we may or may not see it in theaters in 2008 (Sundance faves like, "Wristcutters" took a year, "The Go-Getter" is still waiting for example). It's being produced by ATO Pictures (which explains the Radiohead connection - their label TBD, is a subset) and explains why Dave Matthews was on the set of the film one day. Tim Orr the great photographer of many excellent David Gordon Green films (including the upcoming "Snow Angels"), did the cinematography on this one.
"I drew inspiration from Hal Ashby films like 'Harold and Maude' and 'Being There,' and from recent films like 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and 'Secretary,' the director Gregg told Indiewire very recently about trying to capture the film's dark comedic tones. "As we began to work together on the script Sam and I watched everything from 'Boogie Nights' to 'Bad Santa.' We watched 'His Girl Friday,' Tom Jones, various Fellini pictures and basically anything we thought was dark, funny or even just dirty."
We got our hands on an not-yet-official trailer (which we can't show yet) that features songs by Jon Brion, Chad & Jeremy and Spoon. We'll have to wait and see if those songs make the final cut, but the trailer looks pretty good.
There Will Be Lolz: Daniel Day-Lewis' Melodramatic 'Milkshake!' Line To Precipitate Cultural Catchphrases?
If you haven't seen Paul Thomas Anderson's oil drama "There Will Be Blood," starring the scene-chewing thespian Daniel Day-Lewis this post isn't going to mean anything to you.
But if you have, it's another story. We usually don't post just random silly shit [ed. umm, no? really?], but the surfeit of parody image of DDL from 'Blood' (ok, just two so far), is kind of cracking us up.
Vulture is tongue-n-cheekily positing that Day-Lewis' characters' furious, "volcanically dramatic," dialogue line, "I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!" (which he says to the preacher Paul Dano in the film - a character and actor that he slaps the shit out of in the film, for reals though - he's got the bruises to prove it) is going to become the next, "I see dead people," or "sexy time," movie-phrase that's going to become absorbed into the cultural lexicon.
They even give a guide on the proper use of 'milkshake' usage (the most clever might be the sports metaphor tradition: “Let’s face it. The Celtics drank the Knicks’ milkshake last night.”).
Will it catch on? Who knows, but we're all for it. We're also all for the kids who are tweaking DDL images from 'Blood' and giving his melodramatic looks the LOLCATZ treatment. Let's keep this up people, it's making us laugh.
Anyone wanna make the ICanHasOilBaron website? Maybe we can make the "Bastard in a basket!," line the new bag of chips. How soon until people are taking Kelis' "Milkshake" hit and editing it to clips of 'Blood?' That's a million dollar idea people, run with it. Plainview's milkshake is gonna to bring all the audiences to the yard, we're sure.
Jeffrey Wells is all about the milkshake train as well. He thinks they should make T-shirts to get the word of mouth out (a mock illustration someone made for him pictured). Maybe the "Drainage!" campaign should start too.
Download: Daniel Day-Lewis - "I Drink Your Milkshake!" (audio dialogue)
Wow, she's like, soooo outspoken (*rolls eyes*).
"By the way, Paul [Dano], ["There Will Be Blood" co-star and 10-year-old] Dillon Fraisier slaps harder than you, you should know that."
That Ellen Page is one hip, spunky kid with pretty decent taste. Not only did she recommend the Moldy Peaches to director Jason Reitman who then made their and Kimya Dawson's music integral to the film "Juno," she's got pretty good musical ear that might make the dorks over at Pitchfork want to date her something fierce.
Thanks to our buddy Arye, we were hipped to her ITunes playlist that is pretty great and much better than the actual Juno soundtrack itself (then again, she didn't have to clear licensing for anything and just picked what was available in ITunes). The Canadian actress (from Nova Scotia) clearly has a thing for her Broken Social Scene compatriots ("Leslie Feist singing this Broken Social Scene Song...need I say more? Let's just make out," she writes).
That would figure. BSS scored "The Tracey Fragments," the newest Bruce MacDonald film that Page stars in and just came out in Canada (we missed it over the holidays, some one send us a copy). The film is not yet available in the United States and premiered in Feb 2007 at the Berlin Film Festival.
The equally Canadian Michael Cera (he's from Brampton, reprazent!), has decent taste too (though only a 6.9 on the PFM scale) aside from Dr. Dog (gross) and his proclivity for schmaltz (he has also favors Great White North faves like Neil Young, the Unicorns and the under appreciated Jim Guthrie, "Please help me make Guthrie rich," he writes).
"Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman and actor Justin Bateman all have celebrity playlists up on Itunes, but we've begun to grow sleepy (ok, Cody likes classic rock, Reitman favors indie-stuff already on the Juno soundtrack and Bateman loves them Beastie Boys - "Who else could put the funk in the flute?," he asks genuinely)
We're almost inclined to write a response post to this one titled, "Breaking News: Actors Like Music Too!" Who Knew, right? AMIRITE?!? [ed. for those concerned readers: yes, we're almost through blogging about this film, but it's doing so damn well, it's making a bit of a comeback on our site]
Oh and btw? "Juno" was number one at the Boxoffice on Monday. Will that hold until next weekend? Hard to say, but at least they have bragging rights for one day.
Ellen Page's ITunes playlist:
Björk - "Possibly Maybe"
Broken Social Scene - "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl"
Cat Power - "Wild Is the Wind"
CocoRosie - "Honey or Tar"
Erik Satie - "Gymnopedies, No. 1"
Joanna Newsom - "En Gallop"
Kimya Dawson - "You Love Me"
Mary Gauthier - "Please"
Nouvelle Vague - "In a Manner of Speaking"
New Young Pony Club - "Ice Cream"
Patti Smith - "Break It Up"
Sleater-Kinney - "Entertain"
Susanna and The Magical Orchestra "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Broken Social Scene - "Lover's Spit"
Michael Cera's ITunes playlist:
Dion Mcgregor - "Don't Break the Mailman"
Cher & Sonny - "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done"
Brendan Benson - "Let Me Roll It"
Beulah - "Night Is the Day Turned Inside Out"
Neil Young - "Till the Morning Comes"
Microphones "I'm a Pearl Diver"
Dr. Dog "Ain't It Strange
The Unicorns - "Ghost Mountain"
Jim Guthrie - "Toy Computer"
Dino, Desi and Billy- "Not the Lovin' Kind"
Built To Spill - "Strange"
Louis Prima & Phil Harris - "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)"
The Zombies "Care of Cell"
Daniel Johnston - "The Sun Shines Down On Me"
Weezer - "The Good Life"
Directors Guild Nominates PTA, Coen Bros, Penn, Schnabel And Tony Gilroy; Prize Usually Turns Up Oscar Glory
The DGA (Director's Guild of America) announced its nominees for 2007's Best Director.
The nominations are the Coen Brothers for "No Country For Old Men," Sean Penn for "Into The Wild," Paul Thomas Anderson for "There Will Be Blood," first time feature-director Tony Gilroy for "Micheal Clayton" and Julian Schnabel for "The Diving Bell & The Butterfly."
Look for repetition here when the Best Oscar nominations are given out later this month (January 22). Aside from Joel Coen, the rest of this group are all first-time DGA nominees. The wild-cards or directors least likely to not make this group Oscar-wise, are PTA and Schnabel, but something tells us the list will look almost exactly the same (and that's great for 'Butterfly' a film we've been championing for months). Just for the record, we loved 'Blood,' but hell will freeze over before that movie ever wins an Academy Award for Best Picture.
As the AP notes, the winner of this DGA is almost always an Oscar lock:
Throughout the 60-year history of the guild honors, the winner almost always has gone on to win the best-directing prize at the Academy Awards, including last year's recipient, Martin Scorsese for "The Departed."Atonement Snubbed
How happy are we that shit like "Atonement" and "Charlie Wilson's War" didn't get nominated? Very. The latter probably didn't have a chance in hell, but sometimes we're so skeptical about Hollywood, we get worried. "Atonement" on the other hand has been unjustly scooping up to many award noms despite being fairly mediocre (aside from that amazing tracking shot), so this will probably put an end to its decent award-season reign (and if that's the case, thank god).
Back to our regularly scheduled program. Apparently John Singleton ("Boyz N' The Hood") is on board to direct the feature-length version of "The A-Team."
With Singleton at the helm and having worked with Ice Cube before (in 'Boyz'), this apparently has made the rapper one of the lead actors in contention for the role that Mr. T made famous (the surly character BA Baracus).
Blackfilm spoke to Cube about this possibility.
Would you consider taking on the role of BA Baracus?God, whatever. Some blog out there will defintitely do their fun, "Hey, hey hey! Let's all guess or suggest who should be cast as the rest of the A-Team members! Doodle, doodle doo!" Yeah, that won't be us.
Ice Cube: Hell yeah, especially with John Singleton directing!
What would you bring to the character?
Ice Cube: I wouldn't try to duplicate what Mr. T did, but I will have the same impact on you when you were little watching the TV show. I'm going to bring my own flavor to it and I am going to do the mohawk.
So, is the role definite for you?
Ice Cube: I don't know. They want me to do it if all the business works out right. I was a fan as a kid and that would be, not a dream come true, but it's definitely a good thing to do and I would put it on my resume for sure.
"This ain't Aruba, bitch." - Bunk
So if you haven't already heard, HBO OnDemand subscribers don't have to wait til Sundays to catch the newest episode of "The Wire." Each episode of Season Five will be OnDemand a week early which rules (so basically they air early each Monday after the normal Sunday airing of the previous ep).
Last night we watched Episode 52, "Unconfirmed Reports," and man that shit was amazing. Without spoiling too much, the stage has been set for the Omar/Marlo showdown, McNulty crosses a line he may never recover from and one of the shows all-time favorite characters returns briefly.
Then there's that deleted scene that was never shot and turned out to be a sly, thank you note from series creator David Simon to the cast and crew. It was a last-minute 4-page insert scene that apparently pissed off the crew when they heard they'd have to tack it on to a very long day. "According to Simon, rumors of the additional pages started seeping from the production office to the set, instigating some minor grumbling about cramming yet more scenes into a final episode that Simon suggests is already about 50 percent longer than ordinary."
That is, until they read it, laughed and got its meta-appreciation.
The Music on "The Wire," isn't the easiest thing to hear usually, but Episode 51 featured songs by Eric B & Rakim, Chammillionaire, Blondie and Ne-Yo among others. There's a reason why it's not easy to make out the music: One rule is strictly observed: All of the music has to be ambient, meaning it has to be justified by a source within the scene, either a boom box or a stereo or a car radio or a band belting it out in a bar that doesn't even have a stage...
"If the lyrics are dead-on with what [the story] is trying to say, it's redundant," said Simon. "Instead, we try to speak to mood and tonality, but obliquely, particularly in regard to lyrics."
"No Country for Old Men," the Coen Brothers' adaptation of the gritty Cormac McCarthy novel, was named best film at the Critics Choice Awards on Monday, leaving contenders such as "Into the Wild" and "Juno" in the dust.
'Country' also earned the Coen bros. a Best Directing award and Javier Bardem a Best Supporting Actor prize. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor and Julie Christie won Best Actress.
Our personal thoughts? Don't be suprised when the Oscars mimics those kinds of award handouts. Plus the Critics choice awards have an strong Oscar track record in the past 12 years half of the acting and best picture winners have gone on to claim Oscar gold, along with 75 percent of the directing winners.
The Music Side Of Things: Snoop Dogg Accepts Greenwood's Award On His Behalf
What won musically? Jonny Greenwood's creepy "There Will Be Blood" compositions won Best Score and "Falling Slowly," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's original song from the film, "Once" took Best Song. The best part? Snoop Dogg and Feist accepted Greenwood's award on his behalf cause he couldn't be there (hearing this come from Snoop's mouth was rather amusing).
Greenwood has also been made the shortlist for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television) nomination along with the overall music to "Once," "Control" and "Into The Wild." "Atonement" leads the overall BAFTA pack with 17 recognitions towards a nomination and looks like it will clean up (the Brits love their own).
Remember the film "My Blueberry Nights"? Here's your refresher. The film is directed by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai and stars singer Norah Jones in her first acting role.
A road-trip film with interconnecting relationship stories, the movie also stars Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz (Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, even has a small cameo in the film where she makes out with Jude Law). The Weinstein Company will release the film in theaters February 13 and the soundtrack is due February 5.
We've got a hold of the album's first single, the original song Jones wrote for the film, "The Story," and just for kicks, here's the tracklist to the album again. The album contains tracks by Cat Power, Ry Cooder (he did the score) and one of our favorite composers, two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla.
"My Blueberry Nights" soundtrack tracklist
01. "The Story" – Norah Jones
02. "Living Proof"- Cat Power
03. "Eli Nevada" – Ry Cooder
04. "Try a Little Tenderness" – Otis Redding
05. "Looking Back" – Ruth Brown
06. "Long Ride" – Ry Cooder
07. "Eyes on the Prize" – Mavis Staple (produced by Cooder)
08. "Yumeji's Theme (Harmonica Version)" - Umebayshi Shigeru
09. "Skipping Stone" - Amos Lee
10. "Bus Ride" – Ry Cooder
11. "Harvest Moon" - Cassandra Wilson (Neil Young cover)
12. "Devil’s Highway" – Hello Stranger (Ry Cooder produced; his sons’s band)
13. "Parajos" – Gustavo Santaolalla
14. "The Greatest" – Cat Power
Download: Ry Cooder - "Paris Texas"
Download: Ry Cooder - "Mixteca"
Download: Umebayshi Shigeru - "Yumeji's Theme"
Download: Cat Power - "Willie"
"My Blueberry Nights" trailer