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Back in 2009, Phoenix filmed a "Take-Away Show" for La Blogotheque on the streets of Paris, in support of that year's excellent Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Now they've reunited with the website to capture some street-level footage of performances of material from this year's Bankrupt! Their acoustic take of "Entertainment", filmed outside the Palace of Versailles at dawn, is the first in a series. The video features some rather majestic aerial shots.
Next week, La Blogotheque will share Phoenix's performance of "Bourgeois", as well as a short film shadowing the band over the course of a few days.
Check out a Pitchfork.tv interview with Phoenix, also below, and revisit Ryan Dombal's recent interview with Phoenix and R. Kelly here.
Here are some new high quality candids photos of Demi Lovato arriving at LAX Airport on August 31, 2013. Demi will be attending Jimmy Fallon and Live with Kelly & Michael on September 3rd to promote X Factor Season 3.
Paris Hilton's first major stint as an international club DJ was a huge success! In fact, the legendary nightclub where Paris spent the past month has already signed P for 2014, TMZ has learned. Hilton has been a MAJOR draw this summer at Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza, Spain ... where she played to packed crowds on a weekly basis at the club's famous "Foam & Diamonds" parties.
We spoke to the owner of the club who admits he was "nervous" when he first signed Hilton earlier this year -- but his fears were alleviated quickly when she stepped in to the booth ... and the crowds went insane.
"The number of people attending kept on growing and the positive word of mouth in Ibiza was just phenomenal," the owner tells us.
Paris flew back to L.A. on Thursday, bragging that she "killed it" -- and said her Ibiza success is already translating into tons of offers. It's unclear how much cash Paris will rake in for the 2014 gig -- but we're told it's not really about the money, Paris just wants to prove she can hang with the big boys.
Bless! So proud of her. She did so well, and had such a #GoodTime! Can't wait for Good Time to smash, and be another cherry on top of her cupcake of happiness and success.
Too bad this crowd didn't get Bow Down/Diva as their opening.
TLC is ready to introduce its viewers to a new polygamous family. But, if you're thinking this is a redux of its hit Sister Wives reality series, you may be pleasantly surprised by the show's twist on polygamist values.
One-hour special, My Five Wives, will premiere on September 15 at 9/8c and feature a polygamist family that left the Mormon Church in protest of its conservative beliefs, TheWrap has learned.
Brady Williams, his five wives and their total of 24 children, live outside of Salt Lake City. They believe in all kinds of progressive ideas they don't share with the Mormon Church, including equality for everyone and a God who accepts all people.
Shunned by their former Church brethren, the family says they are polygamous by choice and not just religious doctrine.
The series also goes further into the family's intimate relationships than Sister Wives. Cameras are allowed in the bedrooms and the women speak openly about their schedules with Brady.
Brady was born into the Mormon Church, but until age 16, he had never heard of polygamy. At that time, his parents converted to a faith that embraced the lifestyle. Until the age of 34, he grew as a church leader before he and his family decided to break away.
Currently, Brady works as a project manager at his brother's construction business while also pursuing a degree in philosophy at the local college.
Paulie and Brady have been married for 21 years and have six children, ranging in ages from 20 to nine years old. She was raised in a polygamist family and expected Brady to have additional wives, but she is also proud of her oldest daughter, who is recently married and plans a monogamous lifestyle.
Paulie works as a dental hygienist.
Robyn and Brady have been married for 20 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 19 to nine years old. Married about nine months after Paulie, Robyn also grew up in a polygamous home and expected to be a plural wife.
Dubbed by the family as the "creative" wife, Robyn has taken a few art classes and loves making handmade gifts for her large family.
Rosemary and Brady have been married for 18 years and have four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 11 years old. Rosemary used to work for the family construction business but stopped after winning a scholarship at the local college.
She is studying for her teaching degree in music and biology and is particularly passionate about composing.
Nonie and Brady have been married for 15 years and have five children, ranging in ages from 14 to four years old. Nonie was living in Montana when she first met Brady, and the two had a brief long-distance courtship before they got engaged.
She currently handles the administrative side of the family's construction business and is the only wife that works with Brady on a steady basis.
Rhonda and Brady have been married for 12 years and have four kids, ranging in ages from 13 to two years old. Rhonda, who is Robyn's cousin, loves to work outside the home and is now a medical assistant. Despite their immediate bond, she confesses it still took eight years before she really felt like she belonged in the family.
While Rhonda says there are downsides to polygamy, she loves that her kids always have other mothers around that love them.
My Five Wives debuts on Sunday, Sept. 15. TLC is considering optioning the feature as a series depending on the success!
Well, he's bringing one of his most popular mutant hybrid creations back, and he's pitting it in a fight to the death with a brand new monster that you'd only find in a film with the name Roger Corman attached to it. It's Sharktopus vs. Mermantula, folks, and we've got two sneak peek clips for ya below!
From the Press Release
Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman continues to fuel the cross-species mutant mash-up sci-fi genre with his latest feature, Sharktopus vs Mermantula.
The production, which wrapped shooting in the Dominican Republic on August 9, features beautiful actress Catherine Oxenberg (Dynasty, Acapulco H.E.A.T., Watch Over Me) playing the shady mad scientist whose quest to create the perfect man runs afoul when her experimental drugs transform a washed-up baseball player into the hideous and hapless half-merman, half-tarantula known as Mermantula. Meanwhile, Sharktopus has returned to terrorize the Caribbean location where the scientist and her Mermantula struggle with the transformative process.
Oxenberg’s real life husband, Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Watch Over Me) plays the affable local drunk Ray, who is engaged by a voodoo-practicing crime boss to collect a portion of Sharktopus for use in his nefarious rituals. Ray, grappling to retrieve a remnant of Sharktopus, gets caught up in the wild battle between Sharktopus vs. Marmantula, a disaster of monstrous proportions.
What's your favorite terrible / drunk movie?
After more than 2-and-a-half years of work, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, MGMT will release their third album self-titled MGMT. Two singles from the forthcoming album were released as a cassette tape special for Record Store Day (April 20) containing the studio cut of “Alien Days”, and earlier this month Tom Kuntz directed the releases first video, “Your Life Is A Lie.”
If that wasn’t enough to satiate your thirst for music ranging from the occult and bizarre to pure Brooklyn-based hipsterdom, The Avant/Garde Diaries will premier a sneak peek trailer for the album directed by Jordan Fish on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The visual showcase will highlight five new songs from the album, and promises viewers a unique, if not surreal, look into the current leanings of the band and their sound.
If MGMT’s previous work is a foreshadowing of what’s to come, no matter how off-the-wall, it’s going to be worth a listen.
Be sure to head over to The Avant/Garde Diaries next Wednesday to catch the premier.
I mean, I don't expect President Obama to step away from Syria to self tweet, but there's plenty of time on set or on the tour bus, peeps! If we're going to put the Syria thing to a Congressional vote, can we also ask them to vote on Ryan Seacrest hosting all that shit? "What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?" -Obama I wonder how many Syrians will die before Congress comes back I like POTUS asking Congress, but I think they should be called back now, not when they casually return from vacation. Question Authority, Don't drink the koolaid and don't go down the rabbit hole. Question Authority, Don't drink the koolaid and don't go down the rabbit hole. .... US credibility and our right NOT to be attacked by WMD on the line.
This is a Labor Day Weekend destined for the history books.
Earlier today, President Obama announced that he thinks the United States should pursue military intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In case you haven't followed the story, Syria is in the midst of a civil war and the President is convinced that al-Assad has used chemical weapons against his opponents, something that's against international law. Because of that, President Obama has formally asked Congress for permission to take action, but that won't happen until at least September 9th.
While the world awaits that decision, Hollywood has already taken notice.
Although most celebrities have taken a light hearted approach to a very difficult to deal with situation, it's refreshing to know that there is time to think of other things than movie premieres and night club brawls.
I mean, I don't expect President Obama to step away from Syria to self tweet, but there's plenty of time on set or on the tour bus, peeps!— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 31, 2013
If we're going to put the Syria thing to a Congressional vote, can we also ask them to vote on Ryan Seacrest hosting all that shit?— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) August 31, 2013
"What message will we send if a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price?" -Obama— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 31, 2013
I wonder how many Syrians will die before Congress comes back— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 31, 2013
I like POTUS asking Congress, but I think they should be called back now, not when they casually return from vacation.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) August 31, 2013
Question Authority, Don't drink the koolaid and don't go down the rabbit hole.— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) August 31, 2013
Question Authority, Don't drink the koolaid and don't go down the rabbit hole.— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) August 31, 2013
.... US credibility and our right NOT to be attacked by WMD on the line.— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) August 31, 2013
“This year I’ve had some of the biggest cries of my entire life,” she admits.
“It hasn’t completely hit in yet,” Agron says, her voice softening. “It’s one of the strangest things that has ever happened to me. I don’t know how people do it over and over again throughout their lives. It just makes you take a new lease out on life and look at things a little bit differently.”
She pauses to take a breath.
“He was truly one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and that’s something that everybody can say about him, you know?”
“Glee” showrunner Ryan Murphy announced that the third episode of the upcoming season, which debuts Sept. 26, will be a tribute to Monteith and his character. Agron, who was reduced from a series regular to appear in just three episodes last season, was not asked to participate in the memorial show. In fact, the actress isn’t certain she’ll be back at all this season.
It’s a surprise, given her formerly pivotal role.
“Yeah,” she says coolly.
Time to move on to bigger and better projects?
“I think moving on might be the wrong choice of words because [“Glee”] is always going to be a part of me and with me and I would always go back,” she says. “So it’s not necessarily about a departure. It’s about what it’s imparted in me and what it’s given me.
She says she’s still close with all her “Glee” castmates, especially after Monteith’s death. And for now, she seems content to focus on her personal life, her new adventures in “The Family” and her hopes for Hollywood success.
But one thing’s for sure: no more cheerleading roles.
“I always say, ‘never say never,’ ” she says, laughing. “But I truly believe I have exhausted the cheerleader that I never was.”
What do you guys think about Ryan's decision to not include Dianna? Quinn was an important character the first season but then again they did ruin her character after she started getting movie roles.
Lamar Odom Taxis Around After DUI Bust
Lamar Odom was seen for the first time since his DUI arrest (barely) ... getting around the only way he can now ... IN A TAXI.
TMZ broke the story ... Lamar was popped for a DUI in L.A. early Friday morning after cops believed he was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Lamar refused all chemical tests and as a result his driver's license was suspended for year.
As for where he was headed ... the agency who took the photos claims they were snapped outside the gated community where Khloe and Lamar's house is. But frankly, it's hard to tell.
Update - 1:00 PM PST -- Khloe was just photographed driving into the gated community moments after Lamar.
You can see Khloe's got a HUGE zit on her right chin which she hid in her Instagram picture earlier this week.
Lamar Odom's Blockbuster Weekend
Lamar Odom can't be that drugged out ... he was able to find the last Blockbuster video store in LA.
Lamar went deep into the heart of the San Fernando Valley today -- to Reseda -- to pick up some DVDs for his Labor Day enjoyment.
We recommend "Blow" or the entire Charlie Sheen collection.
Looking like they are still trying to work things out
Link to tweet / Source
Former Chart Topper Ashanti Celebrates Album Release In Vegas With Everyone Who Bought It
Hitting up Sin City to celebrate the release of her new album, Braveheart, Ashanti partied at Moon Nightclub inside the Palms Casino on Friday night (August 30).
The "Rock Wit U" (remember?) singer looked okay I guess, in a strapless black and pink dress with black and white heels as she posed for pics before getting down to business.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced (but who bothered to check) that the 32-year-old singer and past collaborator Ja Rule were working on new music together after his recent release from prison.
Posting a pic of the two in the studio, Ashanti tweeted, "Uhh ohhhhh me & my bro @ruleyorkcity in the lizzaaaabbbbb!!!!!!! We haven't seen each other in 4ever!!! & it feels great!!!"
Enjoy the pictures of Ashanti celebrating the release of her new album, "Braveheart" in Las Vegas, NV (August 30).
i didnt even know she had an album coming out, maybe its because she blocks all her fans on twitter. i was a fan and i tweeted her asking what her favorite beyonce song was, and she bl0cked me..
Season three of "Veep" may not premiere on HBO until 2014, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus was just itching to give us some details about what's to come for her character, Vice President Selina Meyer, during her recent video chat with Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil and Matt Noble.
To recap, the end of "Veep's" second season found Selina making a big play for the Oval Office. But if she actually becomes the President, what would that mean for the show?
"We're figuring out" the third season right now, she continued. "We're kind of all on this journey together. And it's really morphing all the time through rehearsals and the work with the writers and stuff like that. But we have a long way to go before she's elected or not elected President. A long way to go."
Besides Louis-Dreyfus' bid for Best Comedy Actress, for which she's predicted to win with 8/15 odds, "Veep" received its second consecutive nomination for Best Comedy Series as well as first-time supporting nods for Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky.
"That's what I'm told," Louis-Dreyfus admitted about her record number of nominations. "I will tell you I'm suspicious of that fact, but I'm not going to question it for fear of an actual recount."
With three Emmy wins -- one for each series -- she's only one trophy shy of tying comedy legend Ball, who has four wins for comedy acting. "I didn't know that fact actually," Louis-Dreyfus admitted. "Now my hands are sweating, so thanks a lot for that."
Do you think Louis-Dreyfus will win her fourth Emmy? Vote below for Comedy Actress using our easy drag-and-drop menu. The 65th Primetime Emmys will air on CBS Sept. 22 hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
A few weeks back, one of our esteemed writers presented the possibility of Peter Landesman’s “Parkland,” the film recounting the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, as a dark horse in the Oscar race later this year. Just announced to be released on October 4, Landesman’s film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the last 24 hours and the word seems to be mixed to negative.
An all-star cast is assembled with Oscar-nominees Paul Giamatti and Jacki Weaver, along with Oscar-winners Marcia Gay Harden and Billy Bob Thornton, and Hollywood stars Zac Efron, James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, and Colin Hanks. Seemingly walking the line of past big ensemble pictures like “Bobby” and “Crash” from years prior, the film seemed to be a wildcard for the season. Looks as though that notion may be on serious life support at the moment.
By the few reviews that have hit the web, it looks as though if there’s any possibility for accolades, the underutilized and undervalued James Badge Dale, who has impressed in films like “Shame” and “The Grey” – seems to finally have a vehicle as Robert Lee Oswald, the brother of Lee. As we’ve seen in years that have included “The Paperboy,” it’s hard for the Academy to separate a great performance from a bad movie. There have been actors that have survived such backlashes like Stanley Tucci and Cate Blanchett, but unfortunately Dale hasn’t achieved such a pass from critics yet. Sam Rockwell still hasn’t done it.
Check out the words on the film down below:
Xan Brooks of The Guardian says:
If there is a tragic hero among this unhappy bunch, it may well be found in the unlikely form of Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale), the brother of Lee. Robert is smart and dignified; a cool head in the crisis; a moral compass for the film. But when the public want a scapegoat, it seems that he might fit the bill.
Parkland is a smart little tale from the sidelines of history, shot in the de-rigueur docu-realist manner and spiriting us from the blood-soaked operating theatre to the interior of Air Force One, where the seats must be unscrewed to make room for the coffin. At the end of the film a trio of gravediggers trudge onto the screen and start shovelling dirt. And yet it struck me that all of these characters (the medics and the cops, the agents and the hacks) are gravediggers of a sort. They come to clean up the mess so that the world can move on.
Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter praises Giamatti and Badge Dale:
Another questionable decision is taken with regard to the famous 8 millimeter footage shot by amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti). As reporters besiege Zapruder for rights to the footage, he meets with an editor of Life magazine and agrees to sell the footage to him on the condition that the most graphic frames are edited out. The editor tries to convince him that the omission will stir too many unanswered questions, but Zapruder persists out of deference to the President whom he revered. Giamatti gives one of the two strongest performances in the film; the disorientation he conveys is remarkably raw.
The other standout performance is given by James Badge Dale as the assassin’s brother. Perhaps the most revealing sections deal with the family of Lee Harvey Oswald. Landesman made a surprising but smart decision to focus a good deal of attention on Oswald’s brother Robert. There has probably never been another film that provides such an incisive portrayal of the impact of a horrendous crime on the killer’s family. Dale captures the mixture of shame and grief that characterized Robert’s stunned reaction, and one jailhouse scene between the brothers (with Jeremy Strong well cast as Lee Oswald) has just the right degree of tension.
Guy Lodge of In Contention/Hit Fix gives it a cold “D” but praises Dale:
The only figure in this waxen ensemble who emerges as something resembling a complex, conflicted human being is Oswald’s decent, stoic but tacitly ashamed brother Robert, a man in no doubt as to his sibling’s guilt but attempting to muster up enough unconditional love to understand his mindset. In the only performance here that feels porous and palpably damaged, James Badge Dale is given too little to work with to come close to salvaging the whole tawdry affair, but his efforts are appreciated all the same. As his vindictive mother Marguerite, meanwhile, Jacki Weaver goes to the opposite extreme, playing the woman’s horn-rimmed glare and hissing conspiracy theories for high camp value. It’s the cartoonish approach this material arguably calls for, but a distracting one when none of her blander co-stars apparently received the memo.
Peter Debruge of Variety has harsh words:
A painful retelling of the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President Kennedy in which the two least important players seem to be JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald, “Parkland” dramatizes the immediate impact of that tragedy on the lives of civilians, professionals and others tangentially involved. Comparisons with “Bobby” can’t be helped, since it took a similar approach to the equally shocking death of Robert F. Kennedy, though that film seems like a masterpiece compared with this inadvertently tacky restaging of events. Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, this Oct. 4 release will swiftly be forgotten in the face of more tasteful mementos.
Oliver Lyttleton of The Playlist doesn’t like it:
There is one notable exception, and that’s James Badge Dale as Lee Harvey Oswald’s brother. For the fifth time in twelve months (following “Flight,” “Iron Man 3,” “World War Z” and “The Lone Ranger”), the actor feels like he’s in a different, and much better, movie than the one around him. As Robert Oswald, he underplays while everyone swings for the fences, neatly and efficiently capturing brotherly love, ordinary dignity and irrational guilt.
His stuff is by far the best thing in the film, and it would be tempting to suggest that a version of the film focusing solely on the Oswald family might be fairly effective, were it not for the normally reliable Jacki Weaver, who seems to have been told to play Oswald’s batshit crazy mother as comic relief. So ultimately, James Badge Dale can’t salvage the film that we like to think was conceived with good intentions, but comes across on screen as a cheap cash-in. [D-]
On Tuesday, the word “selfie” was added to the Oxford Dictionaries online. As was “twerk,” so it doesn’t sound like that big of an achievement to me. But regardless of my personal disdain for the word—really, it’s the worst—I have to admit that it must mean something that it’s been recognized by a “respectable” organization.
And to be sure, no other industry has been affected by selfies in the same way as fashion. Unlike a personal style blog, which typically requires the blogger to plan her outfit, have someone photograph her, and often tell a story around said outfit, a selfie is spontaneous. It’s raw. It’s showing what the person looks like in the middle of the day, the middle of the night, before makeup and before bedtime. And that’s why it might prove to be a far more effective marketing tool than a traditional blog.
Consider Cara Delevingne. The browtastic model has basically made a career out of posting selfies. Without them, her personality would not be so fully formed, and without her personality there’s little doubt her client list would be far shorter. Other models have also benefited from self-expression through selfies. In the UK, modeling agency Next ran a contest in which the winner would be chosen by a selfie she submitted. And hot-again model Jourdan Dunn recently posed for the cover of I-D magazine in selfie-mode.
And it’s not just models. From market editors to beauty bloggers, selfies offer an easy way to show off their world–much easier than uploading a blog post. Olivia Palermo recently posted a selfie hashtagged, uh, #oliviapalermo. Even Anna Wintour has contributed a selfie to Vogue‘s Instagram.
But where the real opportunity in the selfie is advertising. Brands have used user generated content to drive traffic to their sites for years. Most recently, GQ launched a “How GQ Are You?” feature, where users can upload selfies and get rated by other readers. With the advent of selfie culture, getting a larger group of people to do something like that is easier than ever. Now all they have to do is say, “selfie” and the user knows just what to do. Sounds like a brilliant marketing scheme to us.
Labor Day Weekend is for lovers! The funnyman tied the knot with his girlfriend on Sept. 1 on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
So Seth Meyers will take over NBC’s Late Night as a married man! In a beautiful ceremony on Sept. 1, the comedian said “I do” to his gorgeous, longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe.
Seth, 39, and his lawyer fiancee Alexi said their vows on the quaint Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, according to Us Weekly. Alexi reportedly wore a cap sleeve lace dress, while Seth wore a dark-colored suit.
About 150 guests attended the romantic festivities — and the guest list was totally star-studded. Attendees included famous pals like Olivia Wilde, Allison Williams, Rose Byrne, Jack McBrayer, Jimmy Fallon, Bobby Cannavale, Mike Shoemaker, and Jake Gyllenhall. Plenty of former Saturday Night Live co-stars were on hand as well, like Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Kenan Thompson, and Will Forte.
Seth and Alexi apparently were in a hurry to tie the knot — they got engaged just more than a month ago in July. Reportedly, right after Seth proposed the couple sent out an email to friends with details about the upcoming nuptials.
“He’s very excited for the next phase of his life,” a source told Us at the time of the engagement. “He’s known that she’s The One for a while, but it was all about timing.”
Seth’s timing couldn’t be any better. Not only is he moving up in his career, taking over for Jimmy Fallon on Late Night in 2014, but he’ll be doing so with a loving wife on his arm!
I never gave Game of Thrones a chance. When I was 11, a world full of castles and knights and dragons and magic would have been right up my alley. These days, I have hung up my crossbow and focused my energy on cigarettes and Old Fashioneds, like Don Draper. So when I found out I was going to interview Carice Van Houten who stars as Melisandre in Game of Thrones, I had no idea what I was going to talk to her about.
Cramming three seasons of Game of Thrones into five days is a complete mind-fuck, to say the least. The plot lines are thick, the relationships are tumultuous and the sex is… plentiful. I would find myself walking around the office comparing everything in my real life to Game of Thrones. The cast of characters in my day to day began to remind me more and more of characters in the show. I started to see my daily tasks as stepping stones in the epic crusade that was my life. By the time I reached the final episode of the third season, I was completely hooked.
The fear of not having anything to talk to Carice about was gone, and I was left with a new fear. I was worried that when I got on the phone, my inner geek would come spilling out of my mouth and I would sound like nothing more than another super-fan from Comic Con that had somehow swindled an interview with The Red Priestess.
I dialed Carice’s number with shaky hands to begin our interview.
“You live in Amsterdam, right?” I asked. “I’ve always wanted to go there. I hear it’s incredible.”
“Yes, it is. It’s beautiful. It’s like a museum of nature.”
“Are you going to live there forever?”
“I don’t know. It feels like my home here, but every time I come to New York or LA I change my perspective a bit. So I don’t know - you never know. I might end up in South Africa for all I know.”
“Yeah, I watched your Vine for about 2 hours yesterday. It seems like you speak a million languages and could travel anywhere.”
“[Laughs] You must have thought I was crazy. No, I don’t speak that many. I just decided I wanted to sing a song in as many languages as possible. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so once I got going I couldn’t help myself.”
Crazy is not the right word for it. Eccentric might be a better word. Fun is also another good word to describe how Carice’s interaction with social media makes her seem. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. She jokes around that her stuffed bear is her boyfriend and gets weird with members of her band (we’ll get to Carice’s music career momentarily). The person she is on Vine is such a stark contrast from her character on Game of Thrones, I wondered how her die hard fans reacted to seeing the real Carice via social media.
“I didn’t really get [social media] at first. I mean, I have a love-hate relationship with Twitter and things. It’s nice to have a voice and to be able to show your human side to your fans. I think it’s important for people to see that I am not more or less than anyone else. The fans love it too. They eat that stuff up. Especially with the Game of Thrones stuff. The problem is that most of the time I try to remain a bit ambiguous, and social media can sometimes attract some crazy people and negative people. Sometimes you can start to believe that what negative people say on Twitter is what the world thinks of you. So I just try and treat it as a game I guess. Still, it’s nice connecting. It helps a lot with keeping people up to date with my music as well.”
Carice recently released her full length album See You On the Ice. The album was not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting straight pop-music, but the album is full of very heady, melodic tracks (with a pop hit thrown in every so often). Carice even recruits Antony Hegarty of the band Antony and the Johnsons to add vocals on her sleepy track Particle of Light. Carice’s voice sometimes reminds me of Jenny Lewis back in the early years of Rilo Kiley, and the song structures are reminiscent of tunes by Aimee Mann. The truth is, I never really give actors that try and become singers a fighting chance. I have been burned one too many times. Carice couldn’t agree more.
“You always have to be skeptical of how genuine an actor or actress is that wants to become a musician. I would be at least. A lot of times - not every time - but a lot of times it’s pushed by managers with commercial strategies in mind.
“For me, music has been as much a love for me as cinema throughout my whole life. It’s just now that I have finally found the time to really get things together to make an album. So for me, it’s nothing new. I wanted to make sure that when people listen to the album that they could hear my heart in the songs, because the album is very personal. I never felt pressure or that there was a style I had to follow. It’s a pretty naive album actually. I never really had a plan for the album either. It’s all just so intuitive that it just… happened, you know?”
“Judging solely from your Vine, it seems like singing is something you are always doing.”
“Yep. Ever since I was very young in fact. The trouble is that I have a sister who is also a singer and an actress. Growing up there always seemed to be this strange unspoken rule that I would be the actress and she would be the singer. So now I can finally let that go and begin to let it out in the open.”
Carice might be new to the world of music, but she is definitely a veteran to the world of cinema. With more than 15 years under her belt, Carice understands the industry all too well. In interviews she has been vocal about having a distaste for the Hollywood lifestyle and what it can turn someone into. The fact that she remains overseas is a conscious decision for someone who has a role in one of the most popular television shows of our generation. I was curious to find out what she had learned about the business of film after being in it for so long.
“I think through the years I’ve learned that it’s a business. It’s that simple. When I was young I just wanted to be on stage and perform. It had nothing to do with business or money or anything, I just needed to do it. You learn about selling yourself and becoming “Bankable” and all those buzzwords. It doesn’t always have to do with art at all. I am in a unique position that over here in Europe I am much more established and well known, but I come to Hollywood and it’s almost like I am starting all over again. So I get to see it from two different angles. It’s taken me a while to realize that it is a business, but if you don’t take it too seriously and let it remain fun, you can learn how to make it work for you and you don’t feel the business side of it so much.
When I realized that, I went to Los Angeles and thought that I might be able to live there for a while. You just gotta do everything with a wink and a smile, right?”
“So what’s the next move for you? You seem to always be changing, is there something else you would like to try your hand at in the industry?”
“I am a bit of a control freak. I remember in the beginning I would walk on to a set and want to know everything. I would look around and say ‘Wh-What? What the fuck? Why is the camera there?, Or ‘Why is the camera angled like that?’ I mean, I felt like I had to be on top of everything. I also wanted to direct. I still want to direct. I haven’t yet, but I want to someday. Right now I am working more on becoming a producer. I am slowly working on producing a film about Greta Garbo.”
“Yeah… Tell me about that! I read something about it. I am not a huge Greta Garbo fan or anything but I am really intrigued as to why you chose that for your first production.”
“It’s one of the projects in my life that I felt like I had to do and I can’t explain why. The idea has been floating around in my head for a few years now. It started when a dutch director told me that we were similar in a way. Like in the way we act or maybe a feeling we give off. So I started researching her and got sucked into her. I related to her so much. My whole life I grew up watching nothing but silent films. So the way I look at acting or the way I work, I am really inspired by silent films and their body language.
I have a very specific idea for how the film should be, so I am not trying to force it or bring it too life too quickly. So the project is still a few years out.”
“If you weren’t an actress or a musician, what do you think you would be?”
“When I was young I always wanted to be an astronaut or a detective. So probably one of those.”
“What’s the worst job you ever had?”
“Oh man… I’ve done all sorts of stuff. I worked at a youth hostel where I was constantly spilling fuckin’ soup all over customers. I couldn’t do anything. I worked at the mall behind a counter and I was always over or under in my cash register. I picked berries for a living for a bit. My worst job though… I had a job taking care of old people. You know where you go up to their house and clean for them and talk to them? Yeah… I did that and I was so unfit for that job.”
“So I have to ask about Melisandre. How does playing a role like that change your daily life? Has it changed everything or do you not notice it once you leave the states?”
“I notice it on Twitter. I look so crazily different than I do in the show. I go into meetings and they don’t recognize me. Everyone expects me to be an older, stern, scary lady with no sense of humor [Laughs]. It’s nice to be able to turn my fame off and on. It’s crazy the interactions I see on twitter though. Everyone watches the series, man. Everyone! It’s nuts. Even I watch the series!”
“Before the show were you into castles and magicians and wizards and things?”
“Not at all!” Carice replies laughing. “No Lord of the Rings affinity or nothing like that. The series opened a whole new world to me. And you know, the term ‘fantasy’ is so strange to me.’ That sounds like goblins to me… I don’t even really know what a goblin is to be honest. It’s just a word that I know. That’s the great thing about the series, it’s defined as fantasy, but it’s so much more. It’s like a very intelligent soap opera.”
“It really is. I’m trying not to geek out too hard about it, I’m sure you get a lot of that.”
“All the time. Once people figure out who I am they want to know everything. I would be the same way though. I’m such a fan. It’s such a fucking awesome show!”
Just as I was about to dive into my super fandom and begin preaching of the importance of the show in my personal life and my predictions of what would happen in the seasons to come, I heard a doorbell ring on the other end of the phone. Carice’s friend had arrived and she had to run.
I was literally saved by the sound of a bell.
While you patiently await the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, you can catch Carice in her new film The 5th Estate which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 5th.
charming and lovely as always! (I wish she had as many stans on here as Gwendoline, Sophie, Masie, Jack, Richard, Kit, Nikolaj, Lena, and Natalie do...)
September is upon us and the summer blockbuster season has come to an end, which means there’s a bit of a lull in must-see movies hitting theaters. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any quality films worth checking out this month though, as there are still some very exciting, very highly anticipated releases coming our way.
It probably isn’t realistic for you to spend every day at your local theater watching every single release in hopes of it being good. You likely have a job, and other life commitments besides movies, so you’re faced with the ever so daunting task of deciding which films are worth your time and money this month.
In order to help you make up your mind, I’ve put together this list of 5 must-see films releasing over the course of September. There are certainly some other quality films hitting theaters, but these are the 5 that you need to make sure you don’t miss.
So without any further ado, read on for our list of 5 movies to see in September.
Insidious: Chapter 2
2013 has been a surprisingly stellar year so far for horror. Yeah, there have been some huge letdowns, as there always is, but there has also been an abundance of quality scares and smart stories to be found, which I can assure you is not always the case. The one horror film I was excited for above all the others coming into this year was Insidious: Chapter 2, and according to early reports, the film definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Not that I thought it would disappoint by any means. James Wan is a master of the genre, and when teamed with Jason Blum, things usually end up being even better than usual. The excellent cast is also back for this one, but really all that matter to me are Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. They were great to watch in the first film, and with the ending of that movie the way it is, I have a hunch that Wilson’s going to be even more exciting this time around.
Prisoners should be one of the most gripping and thrilling dramas of the fall.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal have quickly turned themselves into a couple of the most well-respected actors working today. So a film teaming the two up as co-stars had my attention from the minute it was announced.
The excellent cast for Prisoners doesn’t stop with the two leads. Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, and Viola Davis are all in the film among plenty of other actors who are very enjoyable to watch. In addition to that cast, the film was shot by Roger Deakins, the cinematographer who should’ve won an Oscar for his work on Skyfall (and about six other movies). Perhaps this will be the film for which he finally gets his award.
The trailer, while not what I originally expected from the movie, is sharp and intriguing, setting the stage for this story of how far a man will go to save his family. Jackman and Gyllenhaal both have plenty of intense scenes of frustration, fury, and ferocious yelling, things they do as well as anyone in the biz.
For those who aren’t familiar, the film is about Englishman James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Austrian Niki Lauda (Brühl), whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack showed the differences in style between the two, which also held true in their personal lives. Some say their rivalry was the greatest the world ever witnessed, and this film looks to explore that intensity by showing the two drivers push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance.
All the footage that we’ve seen so far has gotten me really excited, so if you’re on the fence and happen to somehow have missed all the promotion, you should head on over and give the trailer a watch as soon as possible.
The directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon, has received rave reviews so far, and despite being re-cut in order to be rated R, I don’t see any reason why those reviews will be any less positive when the film is in its wide(r) release. You still probably won’t be able to catch this one everywhere, but you should definitely make an effort to get where it’s playing.
Don Jon tells the story of Jon, a porn-addicted, sex-loving guido, who considers changing his behavior when he meets a girl who loves movies but not porn. With a cast including Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, and Tony Danza, this may be the must-see of the month.
As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying has been called unfilmable, mostly because of its many-narrator format, but that hasn’t stopped James Franco from taking it on. Franco shot last year in Canton, Mississippi, a couple hours from Oxford, where Faulkner made his home. The novel, while not my personal favorite, is regarded by many as Faulkner’s best, so if for nothing else, this movie should be seen for that reason.
Franco is an interesting filmmaker, doing more things that strike me as peculiar than promising, but there’s no denying he has talent, and he brought in quite the skilled cast for this one. Ahna O’Reilly, Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Jenkins, and Tim Blake Nelson will all show their faces here. It’s a great story of a family and their quest, and it should definitely be worth your time.
source. which movie are you most excited to see, ontd??
K. Michelle and Tamar Braxton have been directly and indirectly firing shots at each other in the media and on social media sites, but K. Michelle still plans to support her music.The “V.S.O.P.” singer took to her Instagram account on Saturday night to share her excitement about the albums that will be dropping on this coming Tuesday which includes Jaheim, Raheem DeVaughn, John Legend, and Tamar Braxton.
Tuesday is going to be a great day for R&B. For years now we’ve been left with alot of gimmick music. All differences aside REAL MUSIC is coming back, and I’m blessed to be apart of it! I’m buying ALL for of these albums. Yes, even Tamar’s.
The ladies may not see eye to eye, but as far as K. Michelle is concerned…they’re all in the same music gang. What a mature gesture on K. Michelle’s part. I’m sure Tamar left her album on the shelf. Maybe the ladies can move past their differences and be cordial. They both have larger than life personalities. I believe that’s the very reason why they stay bumping heads.
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