1. “Why David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive Is a Great Horror Film.” For the Vulture, Bilge Ebiri explains why.
“This is about as perfect a ’horror’ scene as one can imagine. The oddly floating camera, the strangely somnambulant delivery of the actors, the way they seem to be literally pulled towards the dumpster, the anticipation of the reveal. And, yes, the sound—that ever-present, Lynchian thrum that infects even the most mundane things with anticipation and dread. The scene also sets up this terrifying thing behind the dumpster—is it a hobo, a demon, or something else?—as being a pivotal figure, even though we only see him briefly a couple more times later in the film. (’He’s the one who’s doing it’ is such a delectably vague statement.) So, right at the outset of Mulholland Drive, we have the suggestion of the supernatural and demonic, of something fantastical lurking beneath what seems, at least, at that point, to be a somewhat straightforward thriller.”
2. ” Blackwater Founder Remains Free and Rich While His Former Employees Go Down on Murder Charges.” For The Intercept, Jeremy Scahill reports on the convictions.
“None of the U.S. officials from the Bush and Obama administrations who unleashed Blackwater and other mercenary forces across the globe are being forced to answer for their role in creating the conditions for the Nisour Square shootings and other deadly incidents involving private contractors. Just as the main architect of the C.I.A. interrogation program, Jose Rodriguez, is on a book tour for his propagandistic love letter to torture, Hard Measures: How Aggressive C.I.A. Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, so too is Erik Prince pushing his own revisionist memoir, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. While the Blackwater verdict is an important and rare moment of accountability in an overwhelmingly unaccountable private war industry, it does not erase the fact that those in power—the CEOs, the senior officials, the war profiteers—walk freely and will likely do so for the rest of their lives.”
3. “Garage Doors and Tanning Beds.” 9 Actors Remember Their Famous Horror-Movie Deaths.
“I did not actually do the scene, the dialogue part, before the actual instrument attack. But the moment just before I kill Carrie, I didn’t rehearse that. I wanted the moment to be as raw as possible. I think it was an underlying element of how I thought of Margaret, her religion, her attitude about her daughter, and the fact that she considered her daughter menstruating horrible. And the fact that I sounded like I was having a very long orgasm…I never spelled that out to Brian, I just did it. Part of that I actually played, but I suspect that in editing they extended that vocally longer than I actually did it. But I had such a good time shooting that scene. “
4. “The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight.” He went from child stardom to a Golden Globe nod in Igby Goes Down. Then he disappeared. Now, he’s back in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. Culkin opens up about his unusual journey.
“Many young actors have made their theatrical debut in [Kenneth] Lonergan’s play, from Mark Ruffalo (in the original 1996 Off-Broadway version) to Matt Damon to Jake Gyllenhaal. I’m curious if it has to do with actors missing out on ’that murky in-between’ period of not being sure what profession they’d like to pursue, or even—in his case—their childhood. He pauses. ’I don’t think my childhood was that unusual, or that I missed out on my childhood,’ says Culkin matter-of-factly. ’And when a young person decides they want to be an actor, they’re basically saying, ’I’ve decided that I want to be stressed out and pretty much have no guarantee that I’m going to have any job ever and that I’m probably going to be poor and eventually have to throw my hands up and go, fuck it, I guess I’m going to have to try something else. I’m 32 years old and I have no skills.’’”
5. “Sarah Jessica Parker: A Personal Tribute to Oscar de la Renta.” “I can’t remember how I had the courage to be friends with him,” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter of the designer, recalling their most memorable collaborations, that Met Ball gown—and his love of singing.
“I wore countless beautiful dresses of his, dozens of them, fresh off the runway. It was always a momentous occasion in my life when he would build a dress for me—for the Emmys, the Met Ball, for my 40th birthday at the Plaza. When Fashion’s Night Out started happening in 2009, I spent all those nights with Mr. de la Renta in his store on Madison, and it was a real honor. The first year I got there, he said, ’Let’s sing!’ He loved singing, sang beautifully. He was a muscular singer; it was one of the things he most enjoyed. He sang with mariachi bands, he delighted in any opportunity to create a festive environment. We did show tunes one year, mariachi another year—he even serenaded me. On every Fashion’s Night Out, I had to be at Mr. de la Renta’s store when he was there—it was planned around his arrival and his exit.”
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