The music video for Britney Spears’s “Slumber Party,” a standout track from the singer’s recent Glory, starts off promisingly enough. A vintage car rolls up to a mansion, and Britney, looking fresh, strides up to the front door. Inside she discovers a sleepover-themed masquerade party, with guests dressed in their slinkiest nighttime attire, and locks eyes with a stud in a tuxedo and what appears to be a David Bowie bolt tattoo.
Glory (#1–10 of 4)
1. “Oscar 2015 Winners.” Academy Awards: Birdman Wins Best Picture Oscar.
“For the third time in four years, Hollywood’s top honor went to a story mostly about itself: Birdman won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night. Despite relatively meager domestic ticket sales of $37.8 million, Birdman had been the favorite to win best picture, having swept the top prize at banquet after banquet leading up to the Oscars. Minutes before, Alejandro G. Iñárritu had won best director for Birdman. which also collected Oscars for best original screenplay and the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki. ’Tonight I am wearing the real Michael Keaton tighty whities,’ Mr. Iñárritu said, a joke about the long Broadway walk Mr. Keaton, the star, takes in his skivvies during the film.”
Five respectable, if not especially revelatory, nominees; no controversy. It’s a recipe for irrelevance, which would probably suit some in the music branch just fine this year. They famously shot themselves in the foot last year when they nominated (and then un-nominated) a tuneless dirge from a barely seen red state-baiting exploitation film simply because its composer used his position on the branch’s executive committee to e-blast his colleagues, imploring them not to ignore his work. So does this year’s slate represent an apologia on the music wing’s part? Much more than that, and given the contextual status of the category’s two highest-profile contenders, the best original song race could end up being the entire Academy’s chance to collectively say it’s sorry on a scale that far outpaces the category’s typical stature.
Classified assessments of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison obtained by The New York Times give the fullest public picture to date of the prisoners held there.
Elvis Mitchell has been terminated as Movieline’s chief film critic.
Let Paul Brunick’s Alt Screen guide you.
Larry Kramer wants to know why this generation of gay men is so apathetic while he’s still so angry.