Forget about James Gandolfini (I have never seen an episode of The Sopranos, no lie). Yes, Kristen Stewart is in this as well (I’m told she is also in some big vampire movie franchise?). Welcome to the Rileys has one major draw for this writer: PopMatters favorite Melissa Leo, Oscar-nominated star of Frozen River.
I talked to Leo—who also offers key support in Conviction and The Fighter this year—about her process in August: “Its hard work. If you ask me about the shooting Frozen River, I will tell you fairy stories about how delightful it was, because it was to me, [but] to get lost in the character and to not be recognized from one character to the other is my joy and my pleasure”
For her disappearing act as a bereaved mother looking for peace in Welcome to the Rileys, Leo could very well be rewarded with a second Oscar nomination if the buzz is to be believed.
Marilyn Manson has a busy Season of the Witch, in La La Land. When Manson is not working on his band’s new album, or finishing his Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll film project, or holding art exhibitions, he will be on television. First up is a biography on 6 October playing on the Biography channel that is supposed to focus on his relationship with his parents and other close friends and associates, mainly. Also, on 30 October, on the same channel, an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories will feature some of Manson’s thoughts and experiences concerning ghosts and the supernatural or occult. But that’s not all: Manson is a die-hard fan of HBO’s series Eastbound & Down, and a cameo appearance may indeed be realized.
The paneled hydraulics and industrial engineering that comprises the visual to Nosaj Thing’s “Coat of Arms” video is an odd juxtaposition the song, which is nothing if not a digital age construction. One can’t hear the rust on those pipes, nor do the parsed spaces between those gasping vocals find a properly mickey-moused on screen representative. The properly mannerist frame though does fit neatly into the recent fascination… nay, infatuation… with the triangle
A popular subject among people who are really into television history are “cult TV shows”, series that never really drew in big ratings, but are deeply revered by a small yet devoted group of people.
Sometimes a show starts out with a “cult following” and word-of-mouth turns it into a big hit. A recent example of this is CBS’ NCIS. Its eighth season began this week, with the series enjoying its highest ratings yet. However, NCIS also has something in common with several other cult TV shows—David McCallum.
Playing the role of medical examiner/ forensic psychologist Dr. Donald Mallard, “Ducky” has become a big hit among NCIS fans. Whenever internet rumors go around about someone leaving the cast, the comment section is always full of “I hope it’s not Ducky!” replies. In one episode, however, a sly reference was made to another cult TV series McCallum co-starred in.
Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar documents the short life of the transsexual actress whom Warhol’s POPism memoir described as “the most striking drag queen I’d ever seen”. Oscar-nominated actress Chloe Sevigny supplies the voice of the Superstar, who grew up on Long Island being entranced by silver screen legends like Kim Novak and Lana Turner. After moving to Manhattan, her role in Glamour, Glory and Gold, written by Jackie Curtis, served as the entryway into Warhol’s orbit. In addition to appearing in major underground films like Paul Morrissey’s Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), Darling inspired the Velvet Underground song “Candy Says” and is mentioned in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”. After dying from cancer in 1974, her Upper East Side funeral drew the presence of icons like Julie Newmar and Gloria Swanson, a fitting tribute to a young actress whose dreams of Hollywood stardom were left unfulfilled.
The legacy of her gender-bending brand of blond ambition has been transmitted to newer generations of glam-pop performers. In 2005, Madonna herself was rumored to be playing Candy in a film project that never actually materialized. Candy has also been a key inspiration for Darian Darling, a make-up artist and New York nightlife persona who used her blog to offer “love, respect and fascination” to her Superstar namesake. In July 2010, Lady Gaga named Darian as one of her fellow “Golden Girls of Rocknroll,” alongside Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons and her longtime collaborator, Lady Starlight. Gaga tweeted a photo of the quartet to her millions of fans. Another fitting caption for this picture might be the question posed by Candy during her memorable scene in the Warhol-produced Flesh: “Don’t you want to learn to be glamorous?”
Director James Rasin and producer Jeremiah Newton will be present at the documentary’s screenings at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, both in early October.