Jan 30, 2009 Web Exclusive

Director Laurent Cantet utilized three HD cameras to shoot the improvised teacher-student exchanges in The Class, France’s first Palme d’Or winner in 21 years. More

Jan 12, 2009 Web Exclusive

Waltz With Bashir won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.
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Nov 02, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Wood, who earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for her breakout performance in Thirteen, goes toe-to-toe with Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. More

Nov 02, 2008 Web Exclusive

Your scenes with Mickey Rourke in the film are quite intense. What was the mood like on set for that last emotional scene in the film?

We had a really laid back crew and they were all very respectful. It was pretty tense on set sometimes, and all my scenes were with Mickey, but we didn't really talk in between takes, and he wouldn't say anything until we were filming a scene, so I think we, especially Mickey, everybody just stayed completely focused and in character the whole time. It became a really emotional experience, but I think it kinda bonded Mickey and me in a father-daughter way because of it, 'cause we went through all that together, so we're pretty close now. More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Back in their home base of Donnington, England, Late of the Pier’s career started with a jumbled mess of dusty synthesizer equipment, guitars in various states of disrepair, and scattershot drum kits. The band’s keyboardist/sampler, Sam Potter, remembers those early days stuck in a musty attic well. “Our singer/guitarist Sam [Eastgate]’s dad played in a couple bands in the ’80s,” Potter explains. “A lot of the original instruments we played came from that attic. We used to practice with this old battered blue drum kit and this old guitar that was covered in comics. We used to get stoned and just go crazy.” More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Life was looking grim for Will Roan last winter. “A year ago, I was working making raincoats and just trying to be able to pay rent and being really scared because my band was breaking up. It’s a really strange place to be in now—recording a full-length record. Bizarre,” says the singer for Brooklyn’s Amazing Baby. More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

"You know when you smell something, and it’s like a really vivid recollection?” asks director Danny Boyle. “You get a memory throwback. I wanted to try and create that intensity in film.” More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

“Like all Dears records, there’s a grand theme,” says Murray Lightburn, referring to the feeling of being under threat, the underlying idea behind his band’s fourth album, Missiles. It’s a universal enough concept, in step with the record’s mid-paced marvels of melody, harmony, rhythm, and riffage, located at one of the more soulful intersections of pop and rock. Missiles may not seem a particularly fitting title for such romantically inclined music (“paced to love-making,” says the band’s blog), but melodrama remains at the core of The Dears’ oeuvre.  More

Nov 01, 2008 Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

It took a few years, but as the lines between genres and cultures have blurred, it seems like we’re now finally at a place where fans of loud guitars and shouted vocals can admit to liking dance music. Hot Chip, Of Montreal, Girl Talk—these are all acts that have designed songs for the dance floor only to be accepted and celebrated by the kind of listeners who likely once would have cringed when rock bands embraced disco. More