Let’s start with a plea.
Girls Like Us, the biopic about Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King is in development, with Taylor Swift cast as Joni (could you die?). At the same time Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is currently running on Broadway. So what could be a better time for the SD Blu-ray release of Joni Mitchell’s Woman of Heart and Mind + Painting With Words and Music. Combining the 2003 PBS American Masters doc Woman of Heart and Mind with the 1998 CBC-produced concert film Painting With Words and Music on one Blu-ray would be inspired any time.
Tom Hooper’s extravaganza – big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” – is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you’ve Felt Something – powerfully and repeatedly – until you’ve touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own.
It is enormous and sprawling and not the slightest bit subtle.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscar show live on ABC TV on Feb. 22, 2015.
Gay filmmaker Darren Stein takes us back to school with his campy and colorful new comedy G.B.F. This is familiar territory for Stein, who also directed Jawbreaker, the classic 1990s Mean Girls precursor.
G.B.F. (“gay best friend, for the uninitiated) cranks up the homo high school hi-jinx with a story about an unintentional outing and the resulting chaos that ensues. Narrator Tanner (Michael J. Willett) transforms from invisible man on campus to the dude in demand as he navigates the choppy waters of the high school shark tank.
Is there anything Ang Lee can’t do?
You don’t have to be middle-aged, or even an adult, to know songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” Sure, they’re ’60s-era hits by The Four Seasons, but they’ve become such pop culture fixtures that even youngsters who’ve never heard the name Frankie Valli could surely croon a few bars in his signature falsetto.
Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren need affirmative action to snare one of Hollywood’s favorite accessories, an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?
In a society tilting steadily toward gender neutrality, the separate-but-equal awards that divide actors into one camp and actresses into another have the whiff of a moldy anachronism.