Some stick to facts, others take liberties, and then there those that spin an entirely new, history-altering narrative. A year after an eventual best picture winner survived attacks, how much fakery will voters accept this season? On March 17, 2002, John Nash, the Nobel laureate whose story was told in A Beautiful Mind, made an extraordinary appearance on 60 Minutes. In the interview, he spoke about mathematics, schizophrenia and a whisper campaign that he was anti-Semitic, which had started to spread as his movie was gaining awards traction and which he denied. Nash's interview was Universal's last-ditch attempt to save what had been the clear frontrunner until rivals floated rumors deemed so damaging that many assumed the film was doomed. In the end, it won four Oscars including best picture. Now, once again, questions of fact versus fiction are rearing their heads in a year stacked with reality-based movies, ranging from tales that deliberately toy with the truth (Once Upon a Time … [Read more...] about Oscars: After ‘Green Book,’ Will Voters Reward Real-Life Movies That Tweak the Truth?
Right off the bat, Pete Townshend wants one thing understood. It’s about that image he’s got: You know, the guy who rips out power chords at a volume that put the Who in The Guinness Book of World Records, who thrashes it out toe to toe with Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle onstage, who leaps into the air kicking his legs in midchord, who windmills his arm frantically as he slashes at his guitar strings, who sometimes ends the show by smashing a guitar to bits. What Townshend wants you to know is that he doesn’t do that shit anymore. He can’t: If he plays too hard or too loud, he gets a sharp ringing in his ears. It’s called tinnitus, and it’s also brought on by stress, including things as seemingly minor as being handed a telephone when he doesn’t know who’s on the other end. And it means that if you’ve bought tickets to see the reunited Who celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary on the road this summer, you’ll see a … [Read more...] about The Who Reunite for 25th Anniversary Tour
There’s a case to be made that there’s no such thing as Peak Madonna. Over the past three decades, the Queen of Pop has ascended so many summits, pulled off so many comebacks and, yes, reinvented herself so many times that it feels impossible to distill her essence into one defining moment. And yet. Back in September 1989, Madonna opened the MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheater in L.A. – Arsenio Hall hosted, newbies Paula Abdul and Guns N’ Roses both had banner years and somehow Neil Young’s “This Note’s For You” won Video of the Year – with “Express Yourself.” In six minutes, Madonna, then 31, divorced from love-of-her-life Sean Penn and riding the commercial and critical success of her revelatory fourth album, Like a Prayer, spelled out to audiences that night why she was (and always will be) one of the most electrifying, charismatic pop stars and live performers of all time. 1. The killer opening … [Read more...] about 12 Reasons This Is Madonna’s Best Performance Ever: ‘Express Yourself,’ VMAs 1989