The word that kept coming to mind while watching The Matrix Resurrections was “ echo .” Not déjà vu — not the spooky sensation of having dreamt or lived something already without being able to account for when or where it happened. But echo: in which you know the origin, you can pinpoint the source, and yet here it comes, boomeranging back, somewhat the same as before, but also different. Distorted. A case in point: the return of familiar characters, like Morpheus and Mr. Smith — unforgettably played by Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving, respectively — but without those actors. (This is no spoiler; we’ve known since at least last year that Fishburne hadn’t been invited back for this sequel .) And a plot, meanwhile, that winkingly replays the story we already knew, almost beat by beat, with an awareness that only heightens the sense of revision. This is a movie that’s playing out in its own, disruptive present tense, looking back on its past self with … [Read more...] about ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Reclaims the Red Pill
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In Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey , the narrative was divided along lines of class: the aristocratic Crawley family upstairs, and their loyal servants downstairs. Fellowes’ new series, The Gilded Age , also includes both servants and their rich and powerful employers, but the story is instead split along a different type of class divide: old money versus new money in 1880s New York, with the chief conflict coming between those who have always had wealth and status, and those who have recently acquired the former and want to buy their way into the latter. There’s a similar push and pull going on outside The Gilded Age ‘s stories. Fellowes has moved his trademark fascination with the lives of turn-of-the-century blue bloods from PBS to HBO. For much of the 20th century, PBS represented the most noble and artistically high-minded form of television, even if much of its scripted content was, like Downton , imported from the United Kingdom. In this century, that mantle has been … [Read more...] about ‘Downton Abbey’ Moves Uptown for ‘The Gilded Age’
Taylor Swift doesn't practice what she preaches about artist's rights, according to a woman who claims Taylor jacked her work ... something Taylor's team adamantly denies. Ally Burguieres' open letter to Taylor went viral over the weekend. In it, she claimed Swift posted a copy of a fox illustration to promote her " 1989 " album. Ally drew that fox, and was pissed Tay never credited her. Ally tells TMZ she thought Taylor -- who fights for artists' rights on the reg -- would happily oblige, and give her the credit, but says it never happened. Instead, she says Taylor's people contacted her to offer compensation with a catch: the money would have to be donated to an animal charity. Taylor's side says she'd merely reposted a piece of fan art, but wanted to make things right by offering Ally a licensing fee that was "well above reasonable." They deny making any demands about what Ally did with the money. So, now things are at a standstill -- Ally says she's not … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Accused of Art Theft, But Team Swift Smells a Moneygrab
Where better than Washington Heights to meet local hero Lin-Manuel Miranda , the Manhattan neighborhood’s most vociferous supporter? How about at the United Palace Theater, an old movie palace Miranda has been supporting for years, and in whose rehearsal rooms the cast of his debut feature Tick, Tick… BOOM! assembled to read through his adaptation of Rent creator Jonathan Larson’s heartfelt autobiographical musical? The story covers Larson’s life in the period immediately before he created Rent , when Broadway success felt impossible, but the drive to try would not abate. Larson died on the night of Rent ’s first off-Broadway preview. DEADLINE: Jonathan Larson’s work had a foundational impact on you. What’s your history with Rent and Tick, Tick… BOOM! ? LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA : It starts with seeing Rent on my 17 th birthday with my high-school girlfriend, Meredith Sommerville, who got me tickets for my birthday. Rent was the most contemporary … [Read more...] about ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ Director Lin-Manuel Miranda On Honoring Jonathan Larson’s Legacy With Support From Stephen Sondheim
Cool cats and kittens defender Carole Baskin plots the end of Joe Exotic ‘s reign in the first teaser for Peacock ’s Joe vs. Carole show — and Kate McKinnon purr fects the quirks, cringe, and nonsense of the Tiger King villainess. On Friday, Peacock released the first teaser of Joe vs. Carole — inspired by the 2020 podcast Joe Exotic: Tiger King — which is set to release on March 3. The 35-second clip focuses on McKinnon as she devises a plan to take down Exotic (John Cameron Mitchell) and his money-making enterprise. “This is who we’ve been after,” McKinnon says at the start of the clip. “Wherever you are, we’re coming for ya.” Then fans get a first look at Mitchell — who previously compared playing Exotic to portraying a Shakespeare character — as the flamboyant, wildcat-raising homosexual Southerner ready to “mess with” Baskin. “I know if we sit down and talk, we can come to an understanding,” he says, before McKinnon’s Baskin breaks into a dolphin-like laugh. … [Read more...] about Kate McKinnon’s Carole Baskin Declares War Against Joe Exotic in ‘Joe vs. Carole’ Teaser
Every year the same question is asked about the Best Animated Feature category: can anyone beat Disney ? Walt Disney Studios, along with subsidiary Pixar, has won 14 Oscars in the Best Animated Feature category since the category began two decades ago, followed in a distant second by DreamWorks Animation ’s two wins. 26 animated features are eligible to be nominated this year, and with only five slots, who will make the final cut? Walt Disney Studios is coming on strong again with their competitors this year, including Pixar’s Luca . Enrico Casarosa makes his feature-length directorial debut with this coming-of-age story inspired by his childhood in Genoa, Italy. Although the theatrical release of the film was canned due to the ongoing pandemic, that didn’t hinder the film’s popularity. It tells the story of Luca Paguro (Jacob Tremblay), a young sea monster boy who has been living a sheltered life under the water while dreaming of seeing the human world. Upon meeting … [Read more...] about A Rough Sketch: In A Category Dominated By Disney, Can A Newcomer Take Home Its First Best Animated Feature Win?