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14 Dec 18
Cinema Notes

I am not particularly fond of award season in Hollywood. I do believe the satisfaction for a job well done should be reward enough, and that all the glitz and glamour serves only as an ego boost in a town replete with them. However, a movie like Brothers is almost persuasive enough to make me change my […]

14 Dec 18
Twin Cities
In space, stars find their way into existence by way of interstellar molecular clouds at a temperature of just above absolute zero. That’s seriously cold. In “Vox Lux,” the narcissistic human star at the center of writer-director Brady Corbet’s film thrives, however recklessly, at a similar temperature. Natalie Portman plays the pop diva, Celeste, with such witty relish, her coldness becomes a tonic. The character may be hollow celebrity incarnate, but Portman dives right in, returning from the depths of a flamboyantly trashed portrayal saying, in effect: C’mon in! The water’s fine. “Vox Lux” is the sardonic yang to the sincere, heart-yanking yin of this season’s big awards fave, “A Star is Born.” It’s framed as a dark fairy tale, narrated in cool, measured tones by Willem Dafoe. Corbet begins in 1999, with a (fictional) Staten Island, N.Y., school shooting. (This was the year of the real-life Columbine massacre.) Young Celeste, played by Raffey Cassidy, survives a bullet to the throat, while all around her schoolroom, others die. At the memorial service, the seriously injured Celeste sings a ballad, co-written with her sister (Stacy Martin), as a coping mechanism. The song goes viral. Celeste’s star rises. Much of the first half of “Vox Lux” unspools as a black comedy about fame and other forms of terrorism in America. Celeste, her sister and their mother get busy with Celeste, Incorporated. Celeste’s personae remain in perpetual shuffle mode, out-Madonna-ing Madonna. In 2001 the World Trade Center towers fall, which changes everything and nothing. Celeste gets pregnant from a one-night stand, while her ever-lurking, string-pulling manager (Jude Law) keeps his client on track and profitable. Corbet then jumps to 2017, at which point Portman seizes the role of Celeste. Cassidy now plays her daughter, and their extended, forlornly funny conversations become the through-line for “Vox Lux.” Corbet’s atmospheric sense is very strong in this, his second feature: The direction’s fleet-footed and excitingly up for anything. So is Portman. With this picture, alongside her turns in “Black Swan” and “Jackie,” she becomes the patron saint of celebrity burdens and the determination to endure. Celeste has traded one heinous form of notoriety for another kind. “Vox Lux” fabulizes that transformation. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]As for who’s really in there, under the skin of this boozy, needy, extravagantly self-inflicting wound of a woman — that’s never really answered. Corbet has no time for conventional psychology and nuance. He’s a sensationalist, primarily. But he knows how to move a camera, and while it may be thin, his movie is never less than engrossing in its strangeness. “VOX LUX” Directed by: Brady Corbet Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin Rated: R for language, some strong violence, and drug content. Should you go? It’s engrossing in its strangeness. 3 stars
14 Dec 18
Andre Eger

Natalie Portman appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday. During the interview, Portman told the story of how she accidentally texted Meryl Streep. Portman says that her cousin, an illustrator also named Meryl, moved to LA recently, and that she’s been inviting her to a lot of her family’s Jewish holiday celebrations. When Meryl […]

14 Dec 18
Rolling Stone
Listen to this week’s YouTube Music playlist here. Natalie Portman, “Wrapped Up” Sounds like: Two stars at their peak Perfect for: Comfort and solace following tragedies on both the large and small-scale Vox Lux has become one of this year’s most polarizing films, but there’s nothing to debate about its plot-driving track “Wrapped Up,” written by Sia. In the film, a stripped down version of this ballad is performed by the younger version of Natalie Portman’s character Celeste after tragedy hits her hometown. When Portman as an older, more cynical and glitzier Celeste performs it, the song is as amped up as her life has become, with tear-inducing, heart-racing harmonies above a stadium-worthy arrangement. Zayn, “Good Years” Sounds like: A former teen idol prematurely looking back Perfect for: Remembering just how far Zayn’s voice can go Today, Zayn releases his 27-song sophomore album, Icarus Falls. “Good Years” served as the final preview of the album. It’s an emotional ballad that dismisses the hoopla of his previous solo songs, instead focusing on his impressive voice and some life reflections as the former One Direction member hopes he didn’t waste all his good years. RuPaul, “Get to You (This Christmas)” Sounds like: An Eighties Christmas blitz Perfect for: A very happy holi-slay RuPaul loves the holidays, and the drag superstar’s latest holiday album, title Christmas Party, is his best yet. Released in November, Christmas Party was an important component of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, which aired on Vh1 last Friday. “Get to You” was part of an important group lip-sync number and is a highlight of both the show and album with its driving retro synth and irresistible hook that serves up plenty of Eighties realness. Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert, “Dumb Blonde” Sounds like: A modern revival of a worthy classic by two of country’s finest Perfect for: Reminding yourself that these are two of music’s smartest blondes Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert are among the wittiest, catchiest writers of their country generations, and the pair make for a match made in heaven on their remake of Parton’s 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde.” The song is part of the soundtrack for Netflix’s new film Dumplin’, which features remade versions of Parton classics or new songs written by the icon. On “Dumb Blonde,” she and Lambert sing with each other like they’re looking into a mirror. Bruce Springsteen, “The Promised Land” Sounds like: Intimate reflections from our greatest rock & roll star Perfect for: Sitting with a specially curated review of Bruce’s career by the man himself Bruce Springsteen’s time on Broadway is coming to an end tomorrow, but Springsteen on Broadway will live on. One of the shows was shot for a Netflix special that you can stream this weekend, and the official album is out today. One highlight is the stripped down take on “The Promised Land,” which serves as a somber revision of the Darkness on the Edge of Town classic while reflecting on the first time Bruce drove cross-country as an up-and-coming star and saw the American west.
14 Dec 18
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14 Dec 18
Latest Entertainment News | Top Celebrity News, Hollywood Headlines

Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers is apologizing for her actions. The 24-year-old former Miss Nebraska took to Instagram on Thursday after a video surfaced of her mocking Miss Universe contestants for not being able to speak English. In the clips, she is seen speaking about Miss Vietnam H’Hen Nie and Miss Cambodia Rern Sinat. “@MissUniverse […]

14 Dec 18
Ace Newsroom Live

Natalie Portman condemns Israeli nation-state law as 'racist' https://t.co/FmbuADcRKK pic.twitter.com/3hhY60nBmO — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) December 14, 2018

14 Dec 18
The 92 Blog

Ipswich town welcome Wigan Athletic to Portman Road this weekend in a clash that sees Town facing a continuous struggle at the bottom of the table. Ipswich are seven points adrift of second bottom side Bolton Wanderers and 10 points off escaping the relegation zone. Without a win under new manager Paul Lambert Ipswich will […]

14 Dec 18
Capital Growth Management Inc.

[ad_1] President Donald Trump said Thursday that General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra’s decision to idle five plants, lay off 6,000 salaried employees and imperil the jobs of 3,300 hourly workers was “nasty.”(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) Washington — President Donald Trump said Thursday that General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra’s decision to idle five plants, lay […]

14 Dec 18
News Archives Uk

On the screen they are timeless for four weeks a year, immortal on our screens. In reality, the stars of some of the most famous Christmas films ever made have enjoyed – or have survived – very different paths in life. From now-clean Macaulay Culkin's very public battle with drugs and liquor to how young […]