We Can't Wait 2015. The Complete Series

03/21/2015 13:00:54 PM

In the We Can't Wait series, just wrapped, we looked at our team's most anxiously awaited movies for the 2015 film year that's just begun. ("It's March!" you cry. It's okay. You're new. Our calendar goes Oscar to Oscar.)

Best Limited or Cameo Role. The Men

03/21/2015 08:57:41 AM

It's time for the final two categories in this year's Film Bitch Awards, the Limited or Cameo roles. Which is to say the actors who have only two scenes or less or who are continually backgrounded but for like one spotlight scene. It's an inexact ...

We Can't Wait #1: Carol

03/20/2015 18:00:54 PM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated. Here's Matthew Eng

Bite Sized Tweet Roundup

03/20/2015 16:29:22 PM

It's a mini-tweets o' the week roundup because I didn't spend much time on social media this week. But I do feel the need to share these yummy morsels featuring Tilda Swinton (Not Tilda), Little Women, Hugh Jackman, Crimson Peak, and Cate Blanchett ...

10th Anniversary: Joan Allen, Family Struggles, and 'The Upside of Anger'

03/20/2015 14:00:46 PM

a special anniversary tribute from Adam Armstrong Are you close with your father?” This was asked of me recently at a social gathering for a graduate school program I may attend in the fall. Not knowing how to respond, or rather, ...

Ask Nathaniel

03/20/2015 11:37:19 AM

For Monday's Q&A, let's do things a little differently. No questions about actresses! (GASP!) I know it's slightly bewildering and terrifying and confusing to talk about other things but let's stretch past our natural impulses for a night. See ...

Posterized: Shailene Woodley

03/20/2015 08:00:38 AM

Shailene breaking glass againWith the excruciatingly titled The Divergent Series Insurgent upon us -- and already garnering terrible reviews even before one of those shameless audience-hating cash-grab two-parters -- it's probably time to talk ...

The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks Animation, Part 1: Rise

03/19/2015 21:31:10 PM

Tim here. It's not often that we come upon a movie which could be even semi-plausibly described as holding the fate of a studio in its hands, but next week we'll have just such a release, as DreamWorks Animation release its 28th feature (31 ...

Women's Pictures - Ida Lupino's The Bigamist

03/19/2015 14:00:27 PM

Joan Fontaine was married to Ida Lupino’s husband. That is both the plot of Ida Lupino’s melodrama The Bigamist

We Can't Wait #2: Ricki and the Flash

03/19/2015 10:30:50 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated. Margaret

You Link Something New Every Day

03/19/2015 07:57:53 AM

• Did you know that Debbie Harry was up for the part of "Pris" in Blade Runner? [Kenneth in the (212)]• Will the general public love Crimson Peak as much as Stephen King does? [Cinemablend]• Which SXSW movie buzz got you excited. I'm ...

We Can't Wait #3: Macbeth

03/18/2015 18:01:44 PM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's David to kick off the top 3... Who & What: Yes, there have been countless Shakespeare adaptations through cinematic history, although the Scottish play is one of the ...

"I never forget a face..."

03/18/2015 16:30:07 PM

Emmy History, "Empire" Heat, and the Super Competitive 'Best Drama Actress' Race

03/18/2015 13:11:43 PM

The two hour season finale of Empire, a show I like to call "The Taraji P Henson Variety Hour," hits tonight and though Emmy nominee balloting is literally three months away (June 15th-26th) so there's plenty of time to weigh the options and ...

Link Block Tango

03/18/2015 10:56:24 AM

HAPPY HANGOVER DAY. I kid I kid. I never drink on St Patrick's Day because who wants to be a cliche? I was too caught up in The Quiet Man but I also got stuck on a subway for hours. Oy so I'm off to a very late start today and

Visual Index ~ The Quiet Man's Best Shots

03/17/2015 22:51:12 PM

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY! One of the specific things the series Hit Me With Your Best Shot has taught me over the years is how great John Ford is as a director. When I was younger I never liked his films much but now I end up wanting to talk about ...

"Is this a courtship or a donnybrook?"

03/17/2015 16:14:28 PM

Top o' the morning...er... evening to you and a Happy St. Patrick's Day. To prepare for tonight's Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Curio: Kim Novak, Painter

03/17/2015 13:01:07 PM

Alexa here.

We Can't Wait #4: Mad Max: Fury Road

03/17/2015 10:30:21 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Glenn... Who & What: Despite being a sequel – and a third sequel at that – there’s something refreshing about seeing Mad Max: Fury Road on the summer schedule

In 'Hot Pursuit' of Counter-Programming

03/17/2015 09:07:38 AM

Is there any hope that summer action/comedy hopeful, Hot Pursuit, can be good? Reese & Sofia shared each others posters on social media the other day and it was endearing, albeit in a corporate mandated way. More...

Q&A: TV Queens, Musical Divas, and Bad Work by Great Actors

03/16/2015 20:38:00 PM

Time for more Reader Questions. Thanks for asking them. Only six this time and they're nearly all actressy (next week something differentd) but the answers are lengthy. TROY: A performance by an actress in television -- either episodic, movie, ...

Looking for Sanctuary

03/16/2015 16:01:16 PM

Hi Kids, it's your host Nathaniel. I'm subbing for much hipper gay

Beauty vs Beast: Making Beastly Music Together

03/16/2015 13:25:33 PM

Jason from MNPP here with this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast," wherein we ask you to pick a side either side in one of cinema's many morality plays. It's the birthday of one of our greatest living actresses - Isabelle Huppert is turning ...

We Can't Wait #5: The Lobster

03/16/2015 11:33:36 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Teo Bugbee... Who & What: The Lobster is the latest from Yorgos Lanthimos, writer-director of Dogtooth. It's his first film in English, and his cast is an exciting hodgepodge ...

Run All Night and the Liam Neeson Ass-Kicking Hierarchy

03/16/2015 09:00:39 AM

Michael C. here.

Film Bitch Awards... Openings, Endings, and Titles

03/15/2015 21:45:23 PM

Three of the final five Film Bitch Award categories announced. Click over for the nominations! When I think of my wife I always think of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brains, trying to get answers. BEST OPENING ...

Review: The New "Cinderella" Is a Real Beauty

03/15/2015 18:01:41 PM

This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad. The

Box Office: Wild Tales of CG Mice and Mike Leigh's Success

03/15/2015 12:45:23 PM

For today's box office charts, since there isn't much news beyond Cinderella's expected but terrific opening, here's two charts. 1) The unavoidable movies and 2) the movies you have to seek out. The quality differential is damn frightening. ...

Don't Forget: "The Quiet Man" on Tuesday Night!

03/15/2015 12:00:00 PM

Isn't she lovely? Put on your Sunday best and by "put on" we mean, stream The Quiet Man at Amazon or Netflix

We Can't Wait #6 - Crimson Peak

03/14/2015 17:00:26 PM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Jason... Who & What: Guillermo Del Toro directs a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins (the two have worked together several times but Robbins' most important credit ...

We Can’t Wait #7: 45 Years

03/14/2015 11:30:58 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Manuel... Who & What: Directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, HBO’s “Looking”). Starring Charlotte Rampling & Tom Courtenay. I actually love the succinct synopsis

With Songs They Have Sung (For a Thousand Years?)

03/14/2015 09:00:17 AM

Every couple of days while staring at my computer and trying to write about __ or __, I realize I want nothing more than to write about 19 more articles on The Sound of Music after our HMWYBS kickoff in March (join us for the next eppys!). Maybe ...

We Can't Wait! #8: Bridge of Spies

03/13/2015 20:23:10 PM

Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods) on the set with Tom HanksTeam Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's

Posterized: Director Kenneth Branagh

03/13/2015 15:30:14 PM

Cinderella reuniteds director Kenneth Branagh with his former star and ex-lover Helena Bonham-Carter (in the fairy godmother role)Though Kenneth Branagh had acted in three movies in the 1980s before his international breakthrough, he arrived ...

Ask Nathaniel

03/13/2015 15:00:00 PM

How come noone has said anything about the new banner? Don't you like?! What's your favorite movie or performance about photography? Oh, wait. You're supposed to be asking me the questions.

We Can't Wait! #9: Taxi

03/13/2015 13:02:30 PM

Jafar Panahi poses as a taxi driver in "Taxi"Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's

A Twist On a Classic With "Ever After" (1998)

03/13/2015 09:01:13 AM

Cinderella Week continues with

15 Tweets: Wes, Thor, Shearer, Dietrich, Bond Girls

03/13/2015 06:29:26 AM

It's that time again. An incredibly random collection of the week's best showbiz themed tweets. Or at least the best ones that we happened to see on our timeline at incredibly random times of the day. Herewith a dozen byte-sized amusements curated ...

Tim's Toons: Animated features to watch for in 2015

03/12/2015 19:30:55 PM

Tim here. Team Experience is in the midst of unrolling our We Can’t Wait list, and Nathaniel has already devoted some attention to some of the more intriguing potential blockbusters that missed out on our top 15. And so now it falls to me ...

Empire Mania (and Other Links)

03/12/2015 16:45:05 PM

Arts Beat Kerry Washington to star in HBO film Confirmation about Anita Hill. Great castingPlaybill Not that it was ever in doubt but Disney is officially at work on Frozen 2.

Women's Pictures - Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker

03/12/2015 13:00:13 PM

What a difference four years make! Well, four years and three movies. The disadvantage of having only a single month to cover a director’s entire body of work is that we have to cherry pick individual films representative of overall trends. ...

Hit Me Globe-Hopping: Lush Ireland, Classic Italy, Psychotic Hollywood

03/12/2015 11:25:37 AM

Thank you for making the return of

We Can't Wait! #10: Freeheld

03/12/2015 09:02:55 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Anne Marie... Who & What:

Visual Index ~ Paris is Burning's Best Shots

03/11/2015 23:30:39 PM

For a film that's less than 80 minutes long, Paris is Burning contains at least that many worthy topics of discussion presenting quite a challenge for Best Shot participants. You could write 80 articles on it on entirely different subjects. ...

Richard Glatzer, Co-Director of Still Alice (1952-2015)

03/11/2015 19:04:12 PM

Wash Westmoreland & Richard Glatzer. I believe this photo is from around the time of The Fluffer (2001) Just two minutes after the last post, coincidentally about Still Alice

Your Daily Reminder That Julianne Moore Won an Oscar

03/11/2015 17:16:18 PM

Hat tip and Quote of the week to our friend Ali Arikan in Istanbul Turkish bootlegs don't have time for your bullshit."-Ali Arikan

We Can't Wait! #11: "A Bigger Splash"

03/11/2015 14:33:35 PM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Nathaniel...

5 Suggestions for that Newly Announced DumBurton Film

03/11/2015 12:35:28 PM

Manuel here with your daily Disney update. By now you’ve probably already heard that Tim Burton, he of Alice in Wonderland & Big Eyes fame has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of beloved Disney property Dumbo. With it, of course, ...

Chappie, or "God, How I Hated That Robot"

03/11/2015 09:41:00 AM

Michael C here. The more coarse and petty the level of online discourse becomes the more determined I am to elevate things when I add my own voice to the mix. And yet, here I am sitting down to write about Chappie, a film that announces itself ...

Brandy. Whitney. Bernadette. It's Cinderella... Again

03/11/2015 06:45:33 AM

Cinderella Week continues with Andrew Kendall on a true event in showbiz history... On our journey through Cinderellas we take a stop in 1997 for an unlikely entry in the canon. Unlike the animated version it did not change a cinematic form, ...

"You own everything. Everything is yours."

03/10/2015 18:18:25 PM

There are so many great moments in Paris is Burning, this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot subject, that it's a

Q&A: Hitchcock Presents Reader Questions

03/10/2015 12:28:20 PM

Oops. The 'Ask Nathaniel / Q&A' column is a Monday experience. And here it is on Tuesday. I blame...

Curio: Handmade Movies

03/10/2015 11:00:39 AM


We Cant Wait! #12 "The Dressmaker"

03/10/2015 08:30:48 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's abstew... Who & What: Writer/Director Jocelyn Moorhouse adapts Rosalie Ham's 2000 novel about a 1950s Australian dressmaker named Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage (Oscar winner ...

25 Years Later: Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

03/09/2015 22:00:01 PM

Tim here. When Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were paired off in 1998's instantly-dated time capsule You've Got Mail, the ad campaign – and, indeed, the entire film production – hinged on the can't miss idea that everybody would be thrilled to ...

Sing-Alongs & Fight Clubs, Divas & Heroes

03/09/2015 17:30:27 PM

Awards growing like mushrooms as we race like mad to finish out the film year that just was since we've already started the 2015 celebration. Musical SequencesWith actual musicals like Muppets Most Wanted, Into the Woods and "performance" musicals ...

Looking for Glory: “You’re not what’s wrong in the gay community”

03/09/2015 15:00:58 PM

Manuel here wishing I could borrow Kevin’s puppy sweater

Beauty vs Beast: Vamp Thru The Heart

03/09/2015 12:31:21 PM

It's Monday which means it's time for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" - Jason from MNPP here again to talk us in. Did you know that tomorrow is the 18th anniversary of Joss Whedon's television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer's premiere on the WB? ...

New Tomorrowland Poster in Hashtags

03/09/2015 09:30:55 AM

Manuel here trying to help the social media-savvy Disney marketing team with their latest poster. Nathaniel discussed five would-be blockbusters while kicking off our We Can’t Wait series and one which was conspicuously absent (perhaps because ...

We Can't Wait! #13: The Hateful Eight

03/09/2015 07:00:11 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Michael... Who & What: Fresh off the biggest box office hit of his career (and a second Oscar for writing) Tarantino returns for another go at the western genre. This ...

We Can't Wait! #14: Knight of Cups

03/08/2015 19:00:46 PM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Jose... Who & What: Knight of Cups is The

Box Office: Rusty "Chappie" Tops Weak Chart

03/08/2015 13:07:58 PM

Hi everyone! Anne Marie here with the weekend box office. We're about a week away from the first big releases of the year, so the news is mostly underwhelming. We had a handful of new releases this weekend with mixed results. Chappie, South ...

I Really Really Really Really Really Really Link You

03/08/2015 10:00:38 AM

Vanity Fair documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens) has died at 88MNPP Have you ever noticed that a skull flashes in Gaston's eyes when he falls to his death? Jason on Beauty & The Beast (1991)Theater Mania Helen Mirren returns to ...

We Can't Wait! #15: Arabian Nights

03/08/2015 06:00:31 AM

Team Experience is counting down our 15 most anticipated for 2015. Here's Amir... Who & What: This is Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’s first feature film since 2012’s Tabu. It is based on the Middle Eastern folklore collection, "One Tho ...

We Can't Wait ~ The 2015 Mini-Series

03/07/2015 13:00:27 PM

It's that time again. As one film year wraps up we get all antsy with excitement for the next. Team Experience voted on their most anticipated films of 2015 and the 15-strong daily movie countdown starts tomorrow morning. It goes without saying ...

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1957)

03/07/2015 09:19:44 AM

Cinderella Week continues with Manuel on a true event in showbiz history... How's this for a televised live event: on March 31st 1957, more than 107 million people watched Rodgers & Hammerstein's written-for-television musical Cinderella starring ...

Forget About L()ve

03/06/2015 18:38:49 PM

"2014 is OVER, Nathaniel" - everyone. I'm aware, thank you. But you know how it is. We have to wean ourselves off of each delightful film year. And we still have to finish our annual Film Bitch Awards and then we're done. Pinky swear. Speaking ...

Next Tuesday... a Ball

03/06/2015 13:26:30 PM

We're multi-tasking again. Cinderella week

Posterized: Judi Dench

03/06/2015 10:30:23 AM

Today marks yet another onscreen reunion of besties & Dames Maggie and Judi:

Ask Nathaniel

03/06/2015 09:00:40 AM

Since we restarted the "Q&A" column, it's time again to ask some questions again. I'll pick a handful or two to answer on Monday but let's try to avoid Oscar's "Best Actress" category this time since we did that last week. This post is illustrated ...

Cinderella Week: Disney's Animated Cinderella (1950)

03/05/2015 20:33:16 PM

With Disney's new live-action Cinderella

Women's Pictures - Ida Lupino's "Never Fear"

03/05/2015 17:14:51 PM

Women’s Pictures get a bad rap. I’m not talking about this series - we’ve only been going a month and you all seem as excited as I am about it - but rather the category of film after which this series is named. During the height of

The Avengers (Again). Three Grabby Shots

03/05/2015 14:18:52 PM

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is nearing Spider-Man 3 levels of giving the game away before it opens. Which worries. Why the hard sell with a third trailer when you're going to break records even if you advertised with only the illustration of ...

Link Long and Prosper

03/05/2015 11:22:52 AM

In the blog explosion that is Oscar night (both build up to and come down from) we end up missing LOTS of stories. Like saying goodbye to Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) better known as Mr Spock. So let's kick off today's collection of news, casting ...

Whatever Happened to... NO!

03/05/2015 09:32:30 AM

I beg the industry to debunk this rumor immediately. This is Meryl Streep's page at IMDb Pro (I added the magnifying glass)

Downton Abbey is The New Gateway to Disney Stardom!

03/05/2015 07:18:56 AM

Have you been following the casting announcements for Disney's live-action adaptation of their Best Picture nominated classic Beauty & The Beast (1991)? First came the collective girlfriend of millennials Emma Watson as Belle. But she's not ...

Release Date Jockeying: Hey Studios, Keep Spreading the Wealth!

03/04/2015 19:04:24 PM

The conversation about the 87th Oscars had barely died down yet when you could hear rumblings about the 88th Academy Awards. It's not just the "will they go back to five" question but the sudden jockeying for release dates for the oncoming battle. ...

Stop daydreaming. What's on your cinematic mind?

03/04/2015 14:13:28 PM

Back to Five? Back to Reality. (On the Best Picture Problem)

03/04/2015 13:13:00 PM

Back from a fantasy, yes... By now you have read the rumor that the Academy is considering going back to only five Best Picture nominees per year. I've been amused by the headlines about this as they're extremely telling before you even get ...

RPDR: Thou Shalt Not Take The Name of Thy Tilda in Vain

03/04/2015 13:00:03 PM

Katya, an actual original!Did you catch the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race

MTV Movie Awards Nominations

03/04/2015 11:07:07 AM

Manuel here pretending not to be baffled and utterly fascinated with the just-announced MTV Movie Awards nominations. As much as I’d like to bemoan their crass youth pandering, their lineup for Movie of the Year (a "category that honors the ...

Visual Index ~ The Sound of Music (1965) "Best Shots"

03/03/2015 20:15:36 PM

Each Tuesday night we ask anyone with a pinterest, blog, tumblr or what have you to post their favorite shot from a preselected movie. To kick off Season Six: The Sound of Music

Introducing... Fraulein Maria

03/03/2015 15:42:58 PM

Season 6 of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" Begins! The original premise of the Best Shot series was a short essay on ONE screen capture from a film, "best" being in the eye of the beholder, and thus the fascination since movies are communal but ...

Top Ten: Horny For Horned Creatures

03/03/2015 10:30:29 AM

This top ten list is devoted to Madonna & her minotaurs since "Rebel Heart," the Queen of Pop's 13th studio album arrives in full this Friday. The minotaurs in particular serve as horny inspiration for this week's top ten. What are the best ...

Curio: Introduction to Pinocchio

03/03/2015 08:38:19 AM

Alexa here with your weekly film curios. After I read Tim's post celebrating Pinocchio on its 75th anniversary, I wondered how I'd ever missed it, and more importantly, how I'd missed showing it to my 5-year-old, now a budding film buff. After ...

Tweets o' th --Whew... That Week Is Over!

03/03/2015 07:00:33 AM

That was... a week, wasn't it? I mean to post this yesterday oops.

Double the Looking: Looking for Gordon Freeman & Looking for a Plot

03/02/2015 22:00:39 PM

Hello everyone, Manuel here to recap Looking's newest episodes. We took a little break last weekend since it was the Holy Night of Awards (may this be your daily reminder that Julianne Moore has an Oscar!) and so we’re back this week with ...


03/02/2015 17:04:40 PM

Yay! It's the return of the long departed much requested Q&A column. Readers ask questions. I pick a handful or two to answer on Mondays. Hopefully it'll be rejuvenating. Every March I feel more like the banner up top. It's the collapsing period ...

Beauty vs Beast: All About Actresses

03/02/2015 14:17:53 PM

Howdy folks it's Jason from MNPP here with this week's round of "Beauty vs Beast," wherein we ask you to take sides between infamous cinematic t

That's a Wrap ~ All the 87th Academy Awards Coverage

03/02/2015 13:02:32 PM

Thanks for reading & listening. You should sign up for the forthcoming weekly newsletter so you don't miss important events like a new Actress Psychic contest, the April Foolish Predictions and films to watch before big articles hit. It'll take ...

...and we'll sing once more.

03/02/2015 11:42:00 AM

Ripley is Forever

03/02/2015 10:01:22 AM

There are few movie characters as iconic as Lt. Ellen Ripley, the accidental but determined warrior so superbly played by Sigourney Weaver four times over in the five film

The Witches of Huntsman?

03/02/2015 07:00:47 AM


Podcast Finale: The Team Reflects on the 87th Academy Awards

03/01/2015 17:00:43 PM

Nick, Katey, Joe and Nathaniel

Box Office: You Must "Focus"

03/01/2015 12:35:16 PM

I kept thinking of Agent Carter's Russian villain whenever I saw the trailer to Focus, because he said "you must focus" every other line in that series while he performed his instant super-hypnosis. Which was ridiculous but the show is really ...

...and we'll sing once more.

03/01/2015 08:42:00 AM

For Hattie...

02/28/2015 21:00:25 PM

Hattie receiving her Oscar from the awesome Fay Bainter, the previous Supporting Actress winnerWe hope you enjoyed The Film Experience's Black History Month miniseries. I asked team members to pick one Oscar nomination or win to talk about hence ...

The New Oscar Actress Hierarchy - 33 Most Beloved Women

02/28/2015 12:26:46 PM

This is your daily reminder that Julianne Moore is now an Oscar winner!

Birdman Post-Mortem

02/27/2015 23:30:08 PM

BEST PICTURE | BEST DIRECTOR | BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYWe're nearly a week out from Birdman's big win and as we close out 2014 coverage (I'm hurrying backstage with our awards

Black History Month: Monster's Ball and Representation

02/27/2015 21:10:48 PM

We were just wrapping up Black History Month when I heard from longtime reader/commenter