BERLIN, Germany — After more than six months of limbo and the threat of Harvey Weinstein cutting out 20 minutes of footage, the best action movie of the year is officially (but barely) going to get a release in the United States. Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, a ferociously entertaining thrill ride that’s equal parts revolutionary sci-fi manifesto and pulse-pounding futuristic nail-biter, has been busting box office records in South Korea ever since opening last summer ($60 million and counting) but was basically MIA on the international festival circuit until now. The Berlinale has finally allowed North American festgoers their first glimpse of the film.
Fashion Week Observed
Even from the trailer, the mood of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel seems darker, more adult, than any of his work since Bottle Rocket. Sure, it’s still super-whimsical, with a bunch of Anderson-ites (Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norten, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman) hanging out on the snow-capped peak of a European mountain in a pink hotel, punching each other in the face and offering quippy, seemingly non-sequitor one-liners.
Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti has been a luxury retailer for more than a decade. She curated a worldly accessories collection before curating was a buzzword and launched one of the first shoppable magazines, vivre.com. The philanthropist and mother of two has been one of Vogue’s 10 most stylish women in fashion—and now she’s adding Observer columnist to her résumé (which, as it happens, also includes an early stint in investment banking at Lazard Frères).
Fashion Week Observed
Last night saw a book party for Broadway legend Gerald Schoenfeld, a bash for style shutterbug Bill Cunningham, and Tilda Swinton’s emergence from her chrysalis to celebrate Venice.
Julie Ragolia has seen more stars in their skivvies than you could dream of! After sinking her teeth at MTV and a slew of glossies eons ago, she moved up the nasty and competitive ladder of fashion editorial… These days, she serves as the fashion editor of 7th Man Magazine and styles mega-stars, such as Rihanna and Sean Combs. Despite his Napoleon complex, street photo Scott Schuman even made her the cover girl of his treasured tome, The Satorialist. The Observer tried to find out if she gets to sleep with any celebs and what exactly stylists do aside from playing with clothes and acting bitchy in the Prada showroom…
Last week, Michael Bloomberg attended a press conference for the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. “I just don’t see how Blair could marry Prince Louis when she’s clearly in love with Chuck,” said the New York mayor, who apparently had nothing bigger on his plate to worry at that moment, such as the allegations of rape made against Greg Kelly, the son of his police Commissioner Ray Kelly, or the NYPD head’s own cameo in an anti-Muslim training video for NYPD recruits.
“I just wish that Nate and Vanessa had been able to work things out … but, again, I’m just a casual fan,” he added.
Newsweek‘s current issue features its annual pre-nominations “Oscar roundtable”–and either it’ll look dated when nominations are announced tomorrow, or we need to adjust our predictions! The panelists are likely nominees George Clooney and Viola Davis (the working-it pair both recently appeared together on an Entertainment Weekly cover, too), as Read More
On a frosty Friday night at the Angelika, the 7:30 showing of We Need to Talk About Kevin was sold out. As we scooted towards an empty seat in the back, we wondered what could possibly account for such a large crowd for a non-premiere of the Lionel Shriver adaptation.
After the disturbing, somewhat fractured retelling of a young sociopath (played at different life stages by Rocky Duer, Jasper Newell, and Ezra Miller) and his ice queen mother (Tilda Swinton), we found out: as the lights went up, a lanky figure in a full-length fur-coat traipsed the length of the stage and was introduced for a Q&A session. Ezra Miller was going to be taking our questions for the evening.
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsey‘s adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s deeply disturbing novel of motherhood and America and school shootings and baby sociopaths (also, eyeballs) is coming out tomorrow in theaters. So far the reviews have been mixed. Some people who have already seen the film like the adaptation (people like Lionel Shriver). Some people did not like it. It’s probably going to come down to a matter of personal taste.
But already there’s a trend that needs to be addressed regarding this film. So can we all be on the same page about the We Need to Talk About Kevin parodies being this year’s Inception parodies? Look, it’s already starting…