Wes Anderson fans are in for a Christmas treat. The filmmaker has brought his distinct flair -- and recurring collaborator Adrien Brody -- to a holiday ad for the clothing company H&M. And it's basically exactly what you think a Wes Anderson H&M commercial would be.
Set on a train, the short film stars Brody as Conductor Ralph, who has the unfortunate task of informing passengers that, due to circumstances beyond his control, the train will be arriving 11 hours late. As the delay will likely ruin most holiday plans, Conductor Ralph invites all the passengers to a brunch complete with seasonal decorations and "chocolate-flavored hot beverage with whipped topping."
The short, titled "Come Together," definitely bears Anderson's quirky hallmarks, with the train and Brody conjuring a "Darjeeling Limited" feel. You almost forget that it's an H&M ad until you realize the passengers' wardrobe doesn't quite match the rest of the Anderson aesthetic. Watch the full short above.
The African American Film Critics Assn. released a statement Monday naming 2016 the best year ever for black people in cinema. The national organization also predicted an end, albeit potentially temporary, to #OscarsSoWhite.
“The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” said Gil Robertson, AAFCA’s co-founder and president. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for blacks in film. From comedies to high-quality dramas and documentaries, 2016 will forever represent a bonanza year for black cinema, and all cinema really.”
Black films in 2016 have ran the gamut from comedies and romantic thrillers to dramas and documentaries.
Tom Ford’s day job as one of the world’s best-known and most successful fashion designers puts him in an unusual position regarding his filmmaking. While audiences and critics may bring expectations that his movies occupy the same precise world as his fashion work, Ford sees them as very different endeavors with very different purposes for him.
“Well, I’m not doing it to make money. I make my money doing other things,” he said. “Fashion is where I make my living, and so consequently, when I design a fragrance, I think, ‘Is this going to sell? I love it, OK, but is it going to sell?’ And that’s not the way I think when I approach film. It’s ‘What do I want to say?’ ”
In the coolly unnerving “Nocturnal Animals,” Ford takes on the empty consumerism and lack of personal connection in modern life, which might also be seen as something of a rebuke of his other career. Amy Adams plays Susan Morrow, a Los Angeles fine-art dealer weary of her high-end world, who receives a package from her ex Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal) containing a novel dedicated to her.
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Armie Hammer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals."
Fashion, I’m just making surface... Whereas film can be about what you are deeply inside.
Forget not knowing her name: Now "America's Got Talent" winner Grace VanderWaal doesn't know her age, either. And it's pretty stinkin' cute.
The 12-year-old is "stuck in sixth grade," she said Monday on the "Today" show, where she performed her original tune "I Don't Know My Name" as a palate cleanser after the long holiday weekend.
“I never went into seventh grade. I am now home-schooled. I’m stuck in sixth grade. I can’t get it out of my mind," Grace told the hosts with a frustrated demeanor typically reserved for people going through retirement, menopause or the end of grad school.
Disney’s “Moana” sailed to No. 1 at the box office over the long holiday weekend, with estimated ticket sales of $81.1 million — more than enough to bump last week’s chart-topper, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” to No. 2 on the U.S. tally.
Even more encouraging for Disney, though, might be that “Moana” — an animated musical about a Polynesian princess on a mission to save her island — now holds the record for the second-biggest five-day Thanksgiving opening.
Its haul from Wednesday to Sunday beat that of Pixar’s “Toy Story 2,” which raked in $80.1 million in 1999. Early box-office returns for “Moana” came close to matching figures for 2013’s “Frozen,” which leads the five-day Thanksgiving list. But in the end, Disney’s summery adventure fell short of the wintry crown holder’s unsurpassed $93.5-million opening.
Anne Rice is once again in control of the vampire Lestat and her other creations from the "Vampire Chronicles," and she's looking to expand on the legend through an epic television series.
Posting on her Facebook page, Rice talked openly about how Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment had optioned the series, but the deal did not work out. Now, she and her son Christopher plan to develop "a detailed outline for an open ended series," and they already have a good idea where their story will be heading.
"We will likely begin with 'The Vampire Lestat' and move on from there. ----- When we sit down finally to talk to producers, we will have a fully realized vision of this project with Christopher as the executive producer at the helm. I will also be an executive producer all the way," said Rice on Facebook.
The theatrical rights to the Vampire Chronicles are once again in my hands, free and clear! I could not be more excited...
The death of Ron Glass, who most recently endeared himself to television fans as Shepherd Book in Joss Whedon's "Firefly" series, spurred remembrances from around the Internet — and around the Whedonverse.
Co-stars in the "Firefly" series and "Serentity" film, plus other actors and producers such as Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg went online to offer tribute to the "Barney Miller" actor.
Three of her "Brady Bunch" co-stars expressed heartfelt messages for the actress known to generations of TV viewers as mom Carol Brady.
Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on the iconic '70s TV show, wrote on Twitter, "Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my <3 forever. Love & hugs to her family. I'll miss u dearly."
The taping for “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome,” an upcoming “Shark Tank”-style ABC competition series in which two entrepreneurs vie for the approval of a live audience, was just ending. But as the crowd started to leave the Television City studio in Hollywood, Harvey, the host who has unofficially inherited the late James Brown’s title of “the hardest working man in show business,” made it clear he was not done with them yet.
Florence Henderson, whose portrayal of Carol Brady on the iconic television show “The Brady Bunch” created an idealized mother figure for an entire generation, died Thursday. She was 82.
Henderson died from heart failure about 7:30 p.m. while surrounded by her four children, her longtime manager and publicist, Kayla Pressman, said.
As Pressman’s telephone continued ringing, the woman who has worked with Henderson for 43 years — starting as her personal assistant — said the actress was “the most vibrant, beautiful inside and out person I’ve ever known in my entire life. We just never left each other. She was so wonderful to be with, and she was most loyal.”