Frances McDormand and David Strathairn in the Badlands. Photo: Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures If there’s one movie that will give you wanderlust in the confined Covid existence of winter 2021, it’s Nomadland. The film, directed and written by Chloé Zhao, follows Frances McDormand’s character Fern, who packs up her belongings into a van after losing her job and takes to the road, going back and forth across the American West. Through Joshua James Richards’s cinematography, we see not-quite postcard dispatches from a nomadic gathering in Arizona, a cooking job in South Dakota, a beet harvest in Nebraska, alongside performances from the amateur actors Zhao recruited to play versions of themselves along the way. Zhao started out with a script based on Jessica Bruder’s reporting in the book Nomadland , and her own trips to some of the locations in advance. Filming started in September 2018 in South Dakota, with the crew moving south and west across the U.S. over the next several … [Read more...] about Tracking
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Photo: Netflix Cary Fukunaga, Emma Stone, and Jonah Hill have been working on a Netflix series that looks trippier than your freshman year of college. Per Netflix, “ Maniac is the story of two strangers who find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.” The ten-episode show is based on a 2014 Norwegian satire series , and is Fukunaga’s first directing gig since Beasts of No Nation for Netflix. Sally Field, Justin Theroux, Julia Garner, and Jemima Kirke also star in the black comedy. See the first-look photos below. Really wild how this photo of Emma Stone and Jonah Hill doesn’t even look like a highbrow Superbad reunion, but it actually kind of is. Caress us like one of your … Glossier-pink buttons, Justin Theroux. Maybe it’s because she’s dressed all in red, but — actually, yes, it’s definitely that she’s dressed in head-to-toe scarlet — Sally Field seems like Netflix’s chicest villain this side of Mahershala Ali’s … [Read more...] about Emma Stone and Jonah Hill Do Some Intense Staring in This First Look at
HoodCelebrityy Photo: Rick Kern/WireImage In the cultural spaces from which dancehall music gets its name, women are usually the center of attention. The Jamaican genre’s digital rhythms are calibrated to inspire female bodies to wine , as the vigorous gyration of the waist is known across the Caribbean, and the lyrics to gyal tunes like Tony Matterhorn’s “Dutty Wine” and Mr. Vegas’s “Bruk It Down” echo this connection, calling out ladies-only instructions. The living embodiment of this culture, as seen through the years in music videos from Chaka Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote” to Rihanna’s “Work,” are the so-called dancehall queens: acrobatic dancers in go-go boots, fishnets, and “batty rider” shorts who run the floor at Kingston street parties and diaspora nightclubs with splits, head-top plants, and other feats of flexibility. Yet dancehall, the music genre, has long minimized female voices, relegating women artists to a peripheral role. This, finally, is … [Read more...] about Women Are Keeping Dancehall Fresh
Photo-Illustration: Kelly Chiello and Photos by Getty Images We tried something different in our search for this year’s Song of Summer. From June through August, we rounded up the biggest smashes of each month, declared a winner and four runners-up, and also highlighted five songs to watch over the next month. Our criteria: general ubiquity ( Billboard charting, video views, airplay), quality, and seasonal appropriateness. Desiigner’s “Panda” won June ; Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For” won July ; and Sia and Sean Paul’s “Cheap Thrills” won August . Today, the competition concludes with a roundtable discussion about the three-month ride and how the Song of Summer has evolved. CONTENDERS Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid, “One Dance” Desiigner, “Panda” Fifth Harmony, “Work From Home” Sia ft. Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills” Dee Lockett: To consider Song of Summer in the simplest of terms, … [Read more...] about The Song of Summer Is Dead
Photo-Illustration: by Vulture; Photos by Searchlight Pictures and Hulu Every week between now and March 15, when the Academy Award nominations are announced, Vulture will consult its crystal ball to determine the changing fortunes of this year’s Oscars race. In our “ Oscar Futures ” column, we’ll let you in on insider gossip, parse brand-new developments, and track industry buzz to figure out who’s up, who’s down, and who’s currently leading the race for a coveted Oscar nomination. Best Picture Up Nomadland Nomadland was the big winner at Sunday’s Golden Globes, though it would be premature to consider it a coronation: In the era of the preferential ballot, Oscar’s Best Picture has only overlapped with the Globes’ picks around half the time. Still, this was a meaningful victory for Chloé Zhao’s film, as Nomadland not only bested HFPA fave Aaron Sorkin in Best Drama and Best Director, but also proved Zhao’s critical darling could appeal to voters … [Read more...] about Oscar Futures: Can Surprise Globe Winners Keep Up Momentum?